Report: 144th General Assembly of Delegates Congress - International

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Ruedi MartyThe Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) held their online 144th General Assembly of Delegates Congress for 44 members, many being national accordion organisations on 28th November.

The Congress led by President Mirco Patarini and Secretary General Kimmo Mattila has never been held online before and about 40 members attended.

Plans for 2021 were presented:


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"The Magic of the Accordion" Competition - Worldwide

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Mirco PatariniAnnouncement by CIA President Mirco Patarini of "The Magic of the Accordion" video competition was part of the Agenda for the CIA online 144th General Assembly of Delegates Congress on 28 November 2020.

Supporting text: CIA has always been very attentive to the evolution of the audio, video and internet world in general. Even if the video of a performance cannot be compared to a live concert, a video can however be an artistic product in itself.

The accordion is one of the youngest instruments, but a space has now been created in every musical genre, from Baroque to contemporary, folk to jazz. The new challenge is to modernize the image of the instrument in order to make it attractive and popular to the general public and especially the youth of today. The video should be a fresh, young and modern style.

From this came the idea of a competition for the creation of promotion videos.


32nd International Moscow Festival “Bayan and Bayanists” - Russia

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LipsAbove: Promotional Video for 2020.
Print poster: 2020MoscowPoster.pdf

Artistic Director Friedrich Lips (picture left) welcomes you to the 32nd International Moscow Festival “Bayan and Bayanists” which will be held at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow, from December 15th to 20th, 2020.

Full schedule of concerts in English at: 2020Moscow


Guardia Nueva Christmas Concert will be Streamed from Kokkola Church - Finland

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The famous Guardia Nueva tango orchestra, artistic leader Raimo Vertainen, announce that their Christmas Concert will be streamed from the Kokkola Church on Tuesday 8 December at 5 pm CET time (Finland time at 6 pm).

The concert can be seen live on the web at: www.keskipohjanmaa.fi

The concert is limited to only 20 people because of Covid-19, so the concert must be without audience, all 1,200 seats are empty with only the orchestra in the church and even the video technic people in a car beside the church. The video filming of the concert will be done by 5 robot cameras!


Friedrich LIPS performing „Seven words“ at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum - Russia

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The first concert of the festival "December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter" - The artist reads the Bible took place in Moscow‘s famous Pushkin Museum on December, 2nd.

The festival opened with the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble directed by Yuri Bashmet. Together with the legendary team, Russian stars performed: Yevgeny Mironov, Alexander Rudin and Friedrich Lips.

Picture below: An amazing 30 Lips albums available online at: Friedrich Lips


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New and Updated Sites

Updated Obituary Site: Yvette Horner Live on Television 1956 - France

Historical Video of Yvette Horner Live on Television 1956, France, added to her obituary site.


Site Updated: Harley Jones Site Updated with New Pictures

Harley Jones album coverHarley Jones Site Updated with New Pictures and album information in English and Chinese


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