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World Accordion Day

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day.

Since 2009, each May 6th, the CIA has been promoting World Accordion Day.

2021 Video Broadcast and Events


2021 Reports

Video Broadcast by Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)

May 6th hosted by Kevin Friedrich & Grayson Masefield. This program will focus on childhood accordion education in various parts of the world.

Austria Bosnia & Herzogovina Brazil and Portugal
Canada Finland Germany
China Finland Germany
Italy New Zealand North Macedonia
Sweden Russia United States of America

Austria

Date: 06 May 2021
Venue: online video
Contact: Austria – Harmonikaverband Österreichs HVÖ

Further Info:
Video about children learning accordion in Austria will be part of the CIA project video for World Accordion Day.

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Bosnia & Herzogovina

Date: 06 May 2021
Venue: Sarajevo Music Academy Double Celebration for WAD
Contact:

Further Info:

The Sarajevo Music Academy decided to unite two important accordion days: World Accordion Day on 6th May 2021 with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Astor Piazzolla.

Two professors from the Sarajevo Music Academy, Belma Šarancic and Djani Sehu (pictured below) performed Piazzolla's Cafe 1930 from Histoire du tango, especially arranged and artistically recorded for this event.

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Brazil - Portugal

Date: 06 May 2021
Venue:

Online concerts: www.rythmicawebtv.com

Contact: Realization: Quitanda Musical Produções Artísticas, Instituto Oswaldinho do Acordeon and Mito Algarvio - Association of Accordionists of the Algarve

Further Info:

Video 1: 10 clips from the performances. Alphabetical first name order. The clips are introduced by CIA President Mirco Patarini.

Video 2: Video of Fabrica de Gaiteiros introduced by Samanta Albuquerque of the Oswaldinho do Acordeon Institute

Brazil and Portugal will collaborate to celebrate Astor Piazzolla's centenary by holding 15 performances by accordionists around the world.

The Quitanda Musical Booking Agency, in partnership with the Oswaldinho do Acordeon Institute and Mito Algarvio - Association of Accordionists of the Algarve (Portugal), brought together famous accordionists to celebrate this very special date.

Oswaldinho do Acordeon, Hermeto Pascoal, Renato Borghetti and Luizinho Calixto represent Brazil, along with a Portuguese team including João Barradas, Inês Vaz, Nelson Conceição and João Frade. The event also includes the virtuoso Mirco Patarini in Italy and other international talents such as Laimonas Salijus (Lithuania), Petar Maric (Serbia) and Irina Serotyuk (Ukraine).

There will be more than 15 performances on May 6th, divided into four different times throughout the day, broadcast on Rythmica Web TV. Look for the video link here before 6th May. Broadcast: www.rythmicawebtv.com

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Canada

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online: World Accordion & Tango Festival - Canada

 

Contact: Email: publicservices@whistlerlibrary.ca

Further Info:

The 2021 online World Accordion & Tango Festival began on May 6th, to mark World Accordion Day and will run until May 9th, 2021 from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The festival began with a "World Accordion Day Concert" on May 6th by Jelena Milojevic (accordion), OrLa Scott (accordion), Nikolay Bine (accordion) and the Emily Carr String Quartet.

Further events as follows:
May 7th at 7pm: "From Bach to Piazzolla"
Jelena Milojevic (accordion) and the Bergmann Piano Duo

May 8th:
• 1pm - “49 minutes with Renzo Ruggieri”
• 2pm - “49 minutes with Gorka Hermosa”
• 4pm - “49 minutes with Michael Bridge”
• 7.30pm – Concert “West My Friend”

May 9th: Tango workshops
• 1pm – Maja & Marko (Maja Petrovic and Marko Miljevic)
“Walking to different orchestras: D'Arienzo vs. Di Sarli”
• 6.15pm – Sandra & Jorge (Sandra Naccache and Jorge Lopez)
“The circular energy of the Abrazo - understanding its importance”
• 8pm – Miriam & Leonardo (Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo) "Tango, Vals & Milonga - useful exercises to improve your musicality”

All events are free of charge, but donations are welcome. For details email: contact@watf.ca

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Canada

Date: 6th May
Venue: Whistler Public Library Online Event, Whistler, British Columbia.

Contact: Email: publicservices@whistlerlibrary.ca

Further Info:

Sharon Schrul (picture above) will perform at the Whistler Public Library Online Event in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on May 6th, 2021.

The music is aimed at young children aged up to 5 years old and includes classical pieces in a non-traditional, casual setting.

The Whistler Public Library (pictured above) scheduled this performance to fall on World Accordion Day, so it's the perfect day to celebrate this instrument.

For details email: publicservices@whistlerlibrary.ca

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Canada

Date: 6th May
Venue: Victoria Accordion Club Band Video Performance for World Accordion Day
Contact: For further information: aiwillia@shaw.ca

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During these pandemic times, we have been staying together as a band by creating a video feature every month. We have scheduled a video premiere for World Accordion Day on May 6th at midnight “Blue Tango”

"Blue Tango" is an instrumental composition by Leroy Anderson, written for orchestra in 1951 and published in 1952. Anderson originally wrote "Blue Tango" for an orchestra consisting of two flutes, one piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets in B-Flat, two bassoons; four horns in F, three trumpets in B-Flat, two tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba; a percussion section consisting of snare drum, bass drum and glockenspiel; and strings.

The Victoria Accordion Club started in 2002 as a small gathering of interested accordion players in the Victoria area. Presently there are over 50 members who come from as far as away as Nanaimo (2 hours north of Victoria).

The aim of the Victoria Accordion Club is to enjoy the accordion, the music of accordions, and the people who create it here in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Everyone is welcome! The VAC band is made up of 10 – 15 accordionists, ranging in levels from beginner to advanced. The band was formed 2002, with the creation of the Victoria Accordion Club.

The music of the VAC Band includes a wide variety of songs. Music ranges from popular international songs, such as Mexican Hat Dance and Chiapanecas, to classical (Scheherazade) to waltzes (Life in the Finland Woods) to tangos (Scent of a Woman) and even jazz (Swanee River) and rock’n roll. The group plays range of European ethnic music as well. And, of course, the band plays the ever-popular and lively polkas.

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China

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online video
Contact:

China Accordion Association, China Voting member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), the Shanghai Spring International Accordion Art & Culture Festival, 37th Spring Shanghai International Music Festival.

Further Info:

Video about the Shanghai Spring International Accordion Art & Culture Festival and about children learning accordion in Shanghai. This video will be part of the CIA project video for World Accordion Day.

More pictures:

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Finland

Date: 6th May
Venue: online video
Contact: Finland - Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL)

Further Info:

Video about children learning accordion in Finland will be part of the CIA project video for World Accordion Day.

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Finland

Date: 6th May
Venue: online video
Contact: AccArt and The Band from Joensuun Konservatorio.

Further Info:

AccArt and The Band from Joensuun Konservatorio. A performance for World Accordion Day by AccArt and The Band from Joensuun Konservatorio. The Players are 16-19 years old and their teacher is Sirpa Kainulainen, from the Joensuun Konservatorio. Enjoy the music.

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Germany

Date: 06 May 2021
Venue: online video
Contact:

Further Info:

Video about the 2021 Coupe Mondiale in , Germany was part of the CIA project video for World Accordion Day.

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Italy

Date: 6th May and earlier
Venue: Castelfidardo
Contact:

Strumenti&Musica Festival, Spoleto and Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), Italian member of the CIA.

Further Info:

Part of the CIA World Accordion video promotion (first on this page) 6th May with video about accordion teaching program in Castelfidardo supported by the City of Castelfidardo, the accordion manufacturers association and local accordion teachers.

Mirco Patarini as President of the CIA also released a video for World Accordion Day performing the beautiful Agua e Vinho, by Egberto Gismonti.

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New Zealand

Date: 6th May
Venue: TBA
Contact:

New Zealand Accordion Association, NZ Voting member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), Heather Masefield, Grayson Masefield

Further Info:

Video as part of the CIA project video for World Accordion Day about children learning accordion in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online
Contact: http://www.garydaverne.gen.nz/VideoDaverneCompetition.htm for contact, rules and regulations.

Further Info:

Gary Daverne2022 International Video Competition for
CONDUCTORS
performing music compositions by
GARY DAVERNE

This is a Video Competition for conductors of: orchestras, choirs, bands (brass, wind, accordion, etc.) or ensembles. 1st prize of a round trip air ticket to New Zealand to conduct at a suitable concert in 2023, in Auckland, New Zealand. Accommodation for 5 nights included.

This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for the winning conductor to visit New Zealand.

Download printable pdf Rules and Information
Download printable pdf Poster


This competition is open to conductors of any age, gender and nationality.

Rules and regulations at:
http://www.garydaverne.gen.nz/VideoDaverneCompetition.htm



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North Macedonia

Date: 6th May
Venue: Covid Cancellation
Contact: Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA)

Further Info:

Warm regards from North Macedonia. Because of the big covid numbers, the Goverment has ruled that all events are cancelled. We are forced to postpone our WAD concert and other promotions this year.

We wish you successful WAD celebration.





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Russia

Date: March 20th. The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is celebrated each year (on the third Saturday in March) at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow. The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips.
Venue: Gnesins RAM Concert Hall
Contact: Gnesins RAM, Moscow, Friedrich Lips

Further Info:

Download poster for details: 2021AllRussiaPoster.pdf

The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) because that date clashes with a Russian National Holiday, so for that reason, the All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is held in March annually.

Several world premieres will be performed in the concert program as well as performances by Friedrich Lips (picture right) students of the Academy.

The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips. The aim of the event is to become part of a national cultural project.

The initiative began in 2010 and demonstrated great enthusiasm in all regions of Russia, both from amateurs and professional musicians, and resulted in a truly national celebration.

It is worth noting that throughout the twentieth century these instruments were an integral part of the life of the peoples of Russia: Russians, Tatars, Bashkir, Ukrainians and many others and that the bayan, harmonica and accordion played an important role during the World War II of 1941-1945.

Video: Allow a few seconds for the video file to load.
Concert dedicated to the All Russia Day of bayan, accordion and garmonica at RAM ''Gnesin'' Concert hall on 20 March 2021. 2021AllRussiaMusicList.pdf

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Sweden

Date: 6th May
Venue: Karlssons Musik
Contact: Karlssons Musik

Further Info:



Karlssons Musik, Fjärås, Sweden with an hour of accordion music. The 6th of May is World Accordion Day / Accordion Day and normally we have an open house with different artists performing on 3 different occasions for a packed venue! Now the situation is as it is, so this year, we will again do a video online without visitors on site. Instead of several shorter broadcasts like last year, we will have a more pure concert at 20:00!

Artists: Johan Kullberg, Jörgen Sundeqvist, Hanna Blomberg, & Petter Ferneman. A warm welcome to be with us live this evening!

Sven, Lars, Siv, Ingvar, Sofi, Daniel, Peter
Karlsson's Music

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United States of America (USA)

Date: 6th and 7th May
Venue: World of Accordions Museum (AWAM)
Contact: Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph.D. Curator, Executive Director Harrington ARTS Center (HARTS) and AWAM,
For more information call (218) 393-0245 or email: aworldofaccordions@gmail.com

Further Info:


World Accordion Day Morning Broadcast

Introduction and Opening Remarks
Stas Venglevski: Premiere of “Full Moon” Suite in Four Movements In honor of Joan Cochran Sommers

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World Accordion Day Afternoon Broadcast

Judy Campbell Contino: Dick Contino Legacy
Mike Middleton Concert: Honoring Dick Contino
Joan Cochran Sommers and Stas Venglevski: Original Duets
Accordion Trio from Kansas City - Joan Cochran Sommers, Betty Jo Simon, Jane Christison

World Accordion Day Later Afternoon Broadcast

Japanese Guest Artists: Mihoko Goto and Chiharu Ebihara

World Accordion Day Early Evening Broadcast

William Susman: “Three for Keyboard”: Stas, Dr. Brett Jones (UWS Music Dept. Chair), UWS pianist Hector Landa

If you have enjoyed, please make a donation at:
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On May 6, AWAM events align with international celebrations of World Accordion Day in recognition of Cyril Demian’s patent that generated the instrument family. AWAM introduces Stas Venglevski, our recently appointed Artistic Director, who premiers his “Full Moon Suite” composed for Joan Cochran Sommers, UMKC Professor Emerita. Joan will then perform in duet with Stas, and in trio with accordionists Betty Jo Simon and Jane Christison.

Judy Campbell Contino will pay tribute to her legendary husband Dick Contino, whose estate displays are expected to open at AWAM by 2022. Accordion star, Dr. Michael Middleton, will perform a concert of Contino favorites. Because the pandemic prevents international travel, guest Japanese artists, Mihoko Goto and Chiharu Ebihara, will provide a recorded presentation. Dr. Brett Jones (Chairman of the University of Wisconsin Music Department), Stas Venglevski and Alex Sandor (UWS Piano Instructor) will perform William Susman’s original work “Three for Keyboard” on bayan, marimba, and piano.

On May 7, HARTS will host the Ninth Annual Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival featuring Willard A. Palmer III. Bill will discuss the era in which instruments evolved as “Mid-19th Century Family Music Developments,” and he’ll explain the Dick Contino connection that inspired Palmer-Hughes Accordion Method books. Concerts by Dance Attic: Susi and Jimi, Dee Langley (MN), and Paul Vargason (WI) continue the afternoon. A roundtable discussion on composing and arranging music for accordion is centered around Megumi Hada who wrote her first two music books in a matter of hours. She hopes to motivate others to enjoy similar success. The day closes with performances by the World Accordion Music Band conducted by Tracey Gibbens.


On May 8, Festival programs end with a special hour of folk music in the format of a polka service. The Norsk Høstfest Polka Service Band (Minot, ND) is sponsored by Board Member Yvonne Marts. This informal and fun experience is free and open to the public.

Supper banquets will be hosted at the Elks Hall within a block of the concert hall on Thursday and Friday evenings. Coffee, refreshments, and lunch are included with the in-person ticket price.

Registration for in-person tickets, live stream, and supper banquets are all available at the http://www.worldofaccordions.org

United States of America (USA)

Date: 1st May
Venue: CD Release in North Ameria/Europe
Contact: Kevin Friedrich

Further Info:



The CD titled The Journey, features music by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne who has written pieces specifically for Northland, New Zealand, such as “Song of the Far North”, “Gem of the Kaipara”, “Day of Aranga” as well as “The Anzac Trilogy”, all which have been featured at Kevin's annual Fundraising concerts at the Dargaville Museum, New Zealand, often with the composer present.

Upon his return from New Zealand to the USA, Kevin Friedrich has released his new CD in the North America and Europe on 1st May and dedicated the release to World Accordion Day.  You can hear sound samples and further information about the CD at: Catalog: friedrich01 The Journey CD.

Kevin Friedrich CD

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United States of America

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online Alex Meixner World Accordion Day Special – USA
Contact:

Alex Meixner

Further Info:

Alex Meixner celebrated World Accordion Day in conjunction with the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) with a 15-minute program in which he presented some favorite selections on piano accordion and button accordion.

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United States of America

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online.
Contact:

Maria Telesheva

Further Info:

Maria Telesheva Plays Bach to Celebrate World Accordion Day

Video: Maria Telesheva is playing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No 2 in C minor to celebrate World Accordion Day for your enjoyment.

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United States of America

Date: 6th May
Venue: Online Scandinavian Echoes Music Show Celebrates WAD
Contact:

Further Info:


The new Scandinavian Echoes Music Show featured all accordion music on the New Season 4, Episode 1 to commemorate World Accordion Day, May 6th, 2021.

The show featured an exclusive interview with Movie Star & accordionist Frank Toscano, who plays accordion in the movie, “The Many Saints of Newark.” The movie, which is a prequel to “The Sopranos” will be released on September 24th, 2021.

The Scandinavian Echoes Music Show will be online every Sunday.
















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