Google Home Page Features Animated Accordion - Internet

google.com logoVideo above of the Google English homepage on 23 May 2024.

The Google English home page, May 23, 2024 featured an animated (moving) large accordion image. Hundreds of millions use Google daily so this animated accordion was put in front of an enormous number of people. Thank you Google!


2024 Malaysia Accordion Festival, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

Ding Peng and Huang DaVideo above: excerpts of the event. Other videos added to the report at: 2024HohnerReport

More than 500 accordionists and supporters from China and Malaysia took off from 28 different cities to gather in beautiful Kuala Lumpur for the annual Hohner Accordion Cup (held most years in China), a Seniors Accordion Festival and a series of musical activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia.

Festival organizers are Ding Peng and Huang Da, picture right.

Previous Hohner Festival Reports:

This enormously successful festival in Malaysia has a full report of photos, text and videos at: 2024HohnerReport


1st PNE.UMA Contemporary Accordion Festival – Italy

1st PNE.UMA Contemporary Accordion Festival
Luca PiovesanClaudio JacomucciThe first edition of the PNE.UMA Contemporary Accordion Festival will be held in Castelfidardo, Italy from July 24th to 28th, 2024 in collaboration with Pigini Accordions and with the support of the NÜGO - Records label.

The event will feature concerts at the Pigini Accordions factory, and a masterclass by Claudio Jacomucci (picture above right) from July 24th to 27th, which will include individual lessons, group meetings, talks and workshops in preparation for the collective concert on July 28th. The event will also focus on American composer and accordionist Pauline Oliveros (1932 - 2016).


Jacques Pellarin: Two Compositions in Soundtrack of Hollywood Blockbuster Film - France

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Jacques Pellarin CD coverVideo: Accordionist, composer and producer, Jacques Pellarin performing "Vintage Valse" with Michael Nikolidakis (guitar).

Jacques Pellarin has announced that two of his compositions are officially in the soundtrack of the Hollywood blockbuster film “Den of Thieves 2 Pantera”, which features actor Gerard Butler. This action movie (written and directed by Christian Gudegast) is a direct sequel to the 2018 film “Den of Thieves” which follows the pursuit of a diamond heist in France.


2024 Sidmouth Folk Festival Celebrates 70th Anniversary - UK

Sidmouth FF
Jason NicholasThe 2024 Sidmouth Folk Festival will celebrate its 70th anniversary in Sidmouth, Devon, England, UK from August 2nd to 9th, 2024.

The event will feature concerts, ceilidhs, children’s festival, dance displays, workshops and much more.


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Results: 14th Italia Award Online Edition Results – Italy

14th Italia Award Online Edition
Vitor PastorThe 14th Italia Award 2024 online edition of the Accordion Contests was held online on April 28th, 2024.

The Art Director is Renzo Ruggieri and the President is Claudio Azzaro.

Classical Senior winner: Vitor Pastor (Portugal - picture left)
Virtuoso Senior winner: Vitor Pastor
Renzo Ruggieri Award recipient: Jaroslav Pokuta (Czech Republic)
Art Accordion Award recipient: Francesco Scarselli (Italy)


Aotango Duo Performs at Ray Freedman Arts Centre – New Zealand

Aotango Duo
Just returned from highly successful concerts at the 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week in China. The Aotango Duo will next perform at the Ray Freedman Arts Centre in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand on June 1st, 2024 at 2.30pm.

This performance is part of a special festival concert of the 2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival, Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Silver Rd, Epsom, Auckland.


New and Updated Sites

Published: Latest Expanded Article About AAA Commissioned Works - USA

Dr Robert Young McMahanNow published is the expanded article from the Past Annual Series of Articles for the AAA Festival Journal:
2015: Four of the Five Commissioned Works for the Intermediate Level Student
Solos by David Diamond, William Grant Still, Carlos Surinach, & José Serebrier.

View the expanded article at: http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions21.php


2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand

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The 2024 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival will be held at the superb Raye Freedman Arts Centre (picture below), Silver Rd, Epsom, Auckland on 1-2 June.

The Finale concert will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday 2nd June with the performers listed on the poster above.


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