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33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia

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LipsArtistic Director Friedrich Lips (picture right) welcomes you all to the 33rd “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, which will be held in Moscow from December 15th to 19th, 2021.

The opening concert on December 15th will include a performance by Radu Ratoi (Moldova, picture below) the 2018 Coupe Mondiale Champion and the 2020 winner of the VII International Bayan Competition, which was held in conjunction with the 2020 Moscow Festival.

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Radu Ratoi

Renzo Ruggieri Appointed Jazz Accordion Tutor at "Gaetano Braga" Conservatory – Italy

Renzo Ruggieri
Course posterRenzo Ruggieri has been appointed Jazz Accordion tutor (level Master) at the "Gaetano Braga" Conservatory of Teramo in Italy. The course will start immediately: year 2021/22

This is one of the first classes in the world in a conservatory, specifically for jazz accordion.

Renzo Ruggieri has spent many years teaching Jazz accordion including seminars and master classes in international conservatories, published material and prepared winning students of international competitions.

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Martynas Levickis Vivaldi Concerts - Lithuania

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Martynas Levickis and the Chamber Ensemble “Mikroorkestra” will perform concerts entitled “Vivaldi – The Four Seasons” at St. Catherine Church, Vilnius, Lithuania on December 27th and 28th, 2021 at 7pm.

Guest performer will be guitarist Chris Ruebens.

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Julien Labro Performs Two World Premieres with the Takács Quartet - USA

Julien LabroJulien Labro (accordion & bandoneon) will perform a concert with the Takács Quartet for the University Musical Society (UMS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA on December 3rd, 2021.

The concert program will include two world premieres and UMS co-commissioned works by composers Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner as follows:

- “Clash” for bandoneon and string quartet (Clarice Assad)
- “Circles” for bandoneon and string quartet (Bryce Dessner)
- Meditation #1 for bandoneon and string quartet (Julien Labro)

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Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

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Christmas giftsChristmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas.

These ideas have been compiled to hopefully attract your Xmas gift money to be spent with accordion artists, composers, arrangers and publishers.

Please support accordion artistry and choose from over 2,400 eSheet pieces, 310 CD/DVD’s, 2,000 eTracks, 1,000 plus printed works and numerous books (text) to choose from. 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas Accordion Workshop at CNIMA - France

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Mornet book coverThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold a Christmas Accordion Workshop from December 19th to 23rd, 2021.

Jacques Mornet a (non) method book (picture right) jmornet01

The Christmas workshop is suitable for all ages, levels and styles:
• For young players who love the friendly but studious atmosphere and are supervised, in total safety.

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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Merry Christmas logoFree Postage Special:
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English

In French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special:
Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English.

In French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).

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Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon, L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore

Future events

"Two Duo" Concert in Moscow Features Accordion - Russia

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Nikita Nedelko, Ivan Dyma, Arseniy StrokovskiyTwo duos: SaxAkkord Duo (Ivan Dyma – saxophones and Arseniy Strokovskiy - accordion) and Jongo Duo (Ivan Dyma – saxophones and Nikita Nedelko - guitar) will give a festive concert in honor of the anniversary of Radio Orpheus on November 26th, 2021 at 8pm at the Concert Hall "Orchestrion" in Moscow, Russia.

The "Metamorphoses" program is an excursion-concert about the changes in academic music over the past one hundred years. A fusion of jazz and academic music, from George Gershwin's Third Movement to Javier Contreras's modernist style, the musicians will perform iconic compositions by 20th and 21st century composers.

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New and Updated Sites

Popular "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" eBook Now Available in Chinese Language

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John BonicaPlay Your Accordion Without PainDue to its popularity, the John Bonica eBook titled "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" has been translated into Chinese.

A book exclusively for accordionists, written by an accordionist, about accordion related problems and injuries, based on 50 years of professional clinical experience. The definitive reference for players of all ages, teachers and professionals.

This is an ebook so it will be sent to you by email as as Acrobat pdf and you will have it promptly, no waiting for post or courier.

English language catalog: bonica00 Chinese language catalog: bonica-cn

Information in Chinese:
http://www.accordion-news.cn/mfa/eBooks/bonica/bonica3-cn.htm

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History of AAA Music Commissions by Prof. Robert McMahan - USA

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Prof. Robert McMahanDr. Robert Young McMahan, Chair of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Composers’ Commission Committee (picture left) has written a number of very interesting articles on the contemporary concert works for accordion that have been commissioned by the AAA over the years.

Robert McMahan is the recently retired Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey and was also the Area Coordinator of Musicianship and Composition, as well as artist-teacher of classical accordion.

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