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Alexander Sevastian Memorial Concert, Minsk – Belarus

Alexander Sevastian Memorial ConcertA Memorial Concert for Alexander Sevastian (1976-2018) takes place at Verkhnii Gorod, Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Saturday November 17th, 7pm. Several leading accordionists, including the Paris Moscou Duo – Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine, will perform in homage.

Alexander Sevastian died suddenly on February 16th 2018 in Mexico during a tour of South America with the Quartetto Gelato. Alexander Sevastian’s many achievements including winning 2007 CIA Coupe Mondiale in Washington, DC.

In 2001 he moved to Toronto, Canada, where he was a prominent and much admired accordionist. He has been widely mourned.

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Review: Rita Barnea at Ksenija Sidorova Carnegie Hall Debut - USA

PosterOn Saturday evening, November 10, 2018, I had the pleasure to hear accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and mandolinist, Avi Avital perform with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to a full house at Carnegie (2,800 seat Stern) Hall, New York.

At this event, they premiered two new concertos:
- the Double concerto “Monomachia” for Mandolin, Accordion and Chamber Orchestra by very popular British film music composer Benjamin Wallfisch; 
and
- J S Bach’s “Concerto for Accordion and Mandolin in C Minor, BWV 1060R” arranged by Paul Chihara.

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American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Election Results - USA

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Dr Joe CicconeMary TokarskiVoting for AAA Officers by the AAA membership has just taken place and the results were announced at the November Board meeting.

The results are as follows: Current 1st Vice-President Dr Joe Ciccone (picture left) stood for President and current AAA President Mary Tokarski (picture right performing at the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival) stood and was elected AAA 1st Vice-President.

Terms begin on January 1, 2019 and last for two years.

Dr. Joe Ciccone – President
Mary Tokarski – 1st Vice President
Linda Reed – 2nd Vice President
Ray Oreggia – Treasurer
Rachel Quirbach – Secretary

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22nd Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UK

2019 NAO UK Accordion Championships
Clyde JohnstonThe 22nd annual Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships are being held in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickferus, Larne, on Saturday February 23rd 2019, running from 9 am to 5 pm. The organiser is local accordion teacher Clyde Johnston (picture right). Subject to entries and agreement with the competitors some sections may be held on the Sunday morning.

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New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: AAA Festival 2019, July 17-21, King of Prussia, PA - USA

AAA 2019 Festival posterUpdated Site: The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) announces the AAA Festival 2019, will be held at the Valley Forge Casino Resort (Radisson Hotel), July 17-21, King of Prussia, PA. Details are on the AAA flier right.

This follows the outstanding 80th Anniversary 2018 AAA Festival which featured a multitude of concerts, workshops, activities, and a trade show.

AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos at: 2018AAA80th

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Gary Daverne Accordion Orchestra Arrangements Released - New Zealand

Gary DaverneTwo accordion orchestra arrangements released by composer, arranged and conductor Gary Daverne ONZM.

Catalog: gd101 Invercargill March composed by Alex Lithgow arranged for Accordion Orchestra.
Parts: Score, bass, glock, guitar, 8 accordion parts.
Invercargill Marrch is one of the worlds greatest marches and especially popular in the United States.

Catalog: gd102 New Zealand in Song. Arrangements of a medley of popular New Zealand historic melodies
Parts: Score, bass, kit drums, percussion, timpani, 8 accordion parts.

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Friedrich Lips 70th Birthday Special, November 18th, Moscow - Russia

Friedrich LipsFriedrich Lips was born 18 November 1948, in the city of Yemanzhelinsk, Eastern Urals, Russia. Lips celebrates his 70th birthday this 18th November and the accordion world honors a professional life of over 50 years filled with so many accordion achievements.

"Jubilee concerts" are planned Magnitogorsk, Smolensk and Moscow soon and much of the December "Bayan and Bayanists" festival will be in honor of Friedrich Lips.

An updated biography for the 70th birthday by Herbert Scheibenreif is online at: Lips Biography

This updated biography details the lifetime of achievements by Lips and the home page of the site at: Friedrich Lips
lists his 29 CD's - an incredible musical history.

To celebrate, all the Lips CD's until the 70th birthday are available post free:
- Individual CD's €16 each, including postage.
- Your Choice of Any 3 Lips CD's (value €48 plus post) for only €41 including postage.
- Your Choice of Any 6 Lips CD's (value €96 plus post) for only €80 including postage.
- All 29 CD's, (value €464) for only €312 including postage.

To order, email: musicforaccordion@yahoo.com with a list of the CD's you want and you will be sent an invoice which you can pay by credit card or with Paypal, after which the CDs will be posted to you.

Below: 29 CD covers

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Friedrich Lips 29 CD covers

Stas Venglevski Announces Two New Compositions - USA

Stas VenglevskiTwo new Stas  Venglevski compositions are now available.

Catalog: vstas055 Octobler Rondo (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas056 Summer Sunshine (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.


Recent Stas  Venglevski compositions released.

Catalog: vstas051 Meg Tango (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas052 Maurisa (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas053 A Song (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas054 Stas' Tune (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.

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New Site: Nova Wan Site and First Composition Released, Shanghai - China

Nova Wan is a former international competitor who achieved 3rd place in the Virtuoso Entertainment category at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. His tutor was Crystal Wang of Shanghai Normal University (SHNU).

After graduation, Nova Wan has continued composing and arranging, and is now a well known composer and arranger as well as accordion teacher and Conductor of the Shanghai Accordion Alliance Orchestra.

Nova Wan is going to release his compositions over the coming months.

Just released is:
Catalog: nova101 Umbrella Waltz composed by Nova Wan for quartet, ensemble or orchestra. Sample of music available online, music in pdf format sent to clients by email.

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