VII All-Russian Competition "Pearl of Kuban", Krasnodar - Russia

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PearlThe 7th All-Russian Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Pearl of Kuban" will be held in Krasnodar from November 10th to 12th, 2020.

The competition will be held in two stages as follows -

Stage one: Participants must send in a video of their performance along with their application form by October 9th, 2020. Participation in this stage of the Competition is mandatory and free.

The jury will determine the best competitive performances. Participants who have successfully passed the selection will be invited to participate in the face-to-face competitive auditions.

Stage two: The face-to-face stage of the competition will take place from November 10th to November 12th at the Krasnodar State Institute of Culture in Krasnodar.

Registrations for the face-to-face stage will close on November 10th, 2020.


Félicien Brut August Tour Concert Dates - France

Félicien BrutAccordionist Félicien Brut August concert dates as follows:

August 2nd: 6pm concert with Julien Martineau (mandolin) at Chapelle Saint-Quenin in Vaison-la-Romaine

August 7th: 5.30pm concert with Édouard Macarez (double bass) at Parc du Mazeau in Saint-Priest-Taurion

August 8th: 4pm concert with Renaud Guy-Rousseau (clarinet) at Parc du Mazeau in Saint-Priest-Taurion

August 14th: concert with Sextet “NEUF, Beethoven meet Accordion”, Hermès Quartet and Édouard Macarez (double bass) in Bourges

August 18th: 8.30pm concert with Thibaut Garcia (guitar) in Chassignolles


Wiener Melange Autumn Concert 2020 - Austria

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The Wiener Melange Autumn Concert 2020 will be held at the Festsaal Bisamberg in Bisamberg, Austria on October 11th, 2020 at 4pm organised by the Accordion Club La Tastiera Magica.

This event was originally planned as a Spring concert in March this year but was postponed until October due to Covid-19. All tickets purchased or reserved for the March concert are valid for this upcoming event.

The accordion orchestra "La Tastiera Magica" (picture below) under the direction of Gabriele Mittermüller-Hofbauer will entertain with a variety of popular melodies from Vienna.

For details email: tickets@latastieramagica.at


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Excelsus Perform at Rezeknei 735! City & Balloon Festival 2020 – Latvia

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“Excelsus” will perform an outdoor concert at the Rezekne Technology Academy, as part of the Rezeknei 735! City & Balloon Festival 2020 in Rezekne, Latvia on August 1st.

The event is hosted by the Rezekne Cultural and Tourism Centre and runs from July 29th to August 2nd, 2020.

Excelsus band members include Zane Vancane (accordion), Arna Rogalevic (accordion), Evgeny Skritnik (accordion), Sanita Aizupiete (accordion), Kristaps Vish (bass guitar) and Eduard Geikin-Tolstow (percussion). Their repertoire includes music by Vivaldi, Bach, Grieg, Liszt, Piazzolla, Khachaturian, Webber, Bazhilin, Ivanovs, ABBA, Metallica and others.


Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Norbert Seidel New Book, "Tango Waltz Jazz" - Germany

Tango Waltz JazzAccordion Jazz ChordsNorbert Seidel new music book and tutorial "Tango Waltz Jazz" for only Euro 19.50 or US$ equivalent. Catalog: 1066 This is the supplementary book to the author’s bestseller instruction book "Accordion Jazz Chords" Catalog: seidel

Tango Waltz Jazz features new compositions in modern rhythms and with stylish accompanying harmonies.
- 12 imaginative compositions – tangos, waltzes and jazz pieces – for accordion solo
for beginners as well as advanced players, button and piano keyboard players.
- With detailed text descriptions and instructive explanations for playing the compositions musically and realizing them technically.


New Accordion Gift Website Launched – USA

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Dan GraumanDan Grauman (picture left) proudly announces the new website, AccordionGifts at www.accordiongifts.com has been launched.

Accordion-themed items, including clothing, jewelry, stationery, and novelties have traditionally been much more difficult to find than similar items with images of other instruments, such as violins, clarinets, drums, etc. AccordionGifts hopes to change that.  Some gift items on this website include original art by accordionist and artist, Joan Geller Grauman. Many thanks go to accordionist and artist Cody McSherry for creating our beautiful logo.



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Article: Heinrich Band: Namesake, but Not Inventor of the Bandoneon - Germany

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Ulrich SchmüllingWilloughby Ann WalsheThe cradle (beginnings) of the bandoneon or those German Concertinas that were later called bandonions is situated in the town of Carlsfeld (Saxony) in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge).

After Carl Friedrich Uhlig (1790–1874) developed the first German Concertina in Chemnitz in 1834, it was Carl Friedrich Zimmermann (1817–1898) who started producing German Concertinas in the attic of his parents’ house in Carlsfeld around 1840, further developed them and some few years later invented an instrument that later became known and sold worldwide under the name “Bandonion.”

This is a fact about which there is no doubt in the general public as well as among experts and which has been historically proven. Until recently!

A specialist book, which has been available on the German market since May 15, 2020, states with remarkable explicitness that Krefeld merchant Heinrich Band (1821–1860) invented the bandonion and subsequently makes the city of Krefeld the instrument’s birthplace.

Under the title “Heinrich Band. Bandoneon” (subtitle: “Die Reise eines Instruments aus dem niederrheinischen Krefeld in die Welt” [The journey of an instrument from Krefeld, Lower Rhine, into the world]), it is both the “Förderverein für das Kulturbüro der Stadt Krefeld e.V.” [Sponsoring Society for the Cultural Office of the Krefeld] as editor and Janine Krüger as author who propagate this in a colorful and lavishly produced book.


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2020 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Online - Portugal

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo MattilaJ PerieraCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2020 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 73rd Coupe Mondiale from the 2020 General Competition Rules page: 2020CM-Rules

Secretary General Kimmo Mattila invites all (44) CIA members to register delegates to the 144th International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Castro Marim.

The 73rd Coupe Mondiale will be hosted by the CIA member Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve led by President João Pereira from 6-10 October, 2020.

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries and highly praised the officials of Castro Marim and President João Pereira of Mito Algarvio for all their assistance.


Biblioteca Castro Marim

Online 2020 Australian International Championships and Festival - Australia

AATA logoTania LukicDespite Covid-19 the music continues! Because of the continued impact of Covid-19 around the world, the Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) will be running this year’s competition categories online by video submission. The competition organiser is AATA President, Tatjana Marx pictured above right.


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