Successful XIX Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Celebrates 100 Years - Finland

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Kokkola logoRaimo VertainenPictures above: World premiere of mixing digital accordion, Netta Skog (accordion), Felix Zenger (beatboxing) and Elisa Järvelä (electric violin).
Trio Reino Porko (accordion), Esko Johnson (guitar) and Päivö Aalto (double bass)

A very successful 2017 Kokkola Accordion Festival ran from 10th to 19th February with the theme "100 years of Finland". Download 2017 44 page program (43 MB): 2017Kokkola.pdf

Festival Director Raimo Vertainen reports that over 5,100 people from children to elders attended the 38 concerts that were part of the 19th annual Kokkola Accordion Festival.


Jörgen Sundeqvist, Mirco Patarini, Kimmo Mattila

Valery Kovtun (1942 - 2017), Moscow - Russia

Valery KovtunOn Sunday 19th February, Valery Kovtun unexpectedly passed away. Picture right from a recent CD.

His next solo concert (with invited guests) was scheduled for February 28th at the State Kremlin Palace, which, like so many years in a row, there would be no space in the 6000 seats concert hall. The concert has most sadly been cancelled.


Guy Klucevsek's 70th Birthday Concert, New York – USA

Accordionist and ‘new music’ composer Guy Klucevsek performs in a concert presenting his own compositions to celebrate his 70th birthday at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, on Saturday February 25th, 6 pm.

Performing with Guy are Kamala Sankaram (vocals and accordion), and Todd Reynolds (violin). Tickets are $10. There will be a pre-concert reception at 5 pm.


Auditions: Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) University of Music - Switzerland

Stéphane ChapuisThe University of Music Lausanne (HEMU), located in French-speaking Switzerland, is renowned for its highly qualified staff, its challenging and comprehensive program of studies, and its firm commitment to music on the regional, national and international levels.

The HEMU’s classical and jazz departments afford students university-level training based on both theory and practice, and facilitate their immediate entry into the professional world at the end of their studies.


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franco Cambareri Two New Works Released - Australia

Franco CambareriFranco Cambareri has released two new compositions:

cfranco218 - Calabrian Serenata
Calabrian Serenata is a Slow Ballad with a Nostalgic Feeling.

cfranco219 - Danza del Grillo
Danza del Grillo (Dance of the Cricket) is a Regional Tarantella Dance alla Calabrese.

These works are eSheet (pdf file, able to be emailed to you) and can be purchased online with secure server credit card.


Site Update: Francis Wright (1918 to 1997), Composer, Author, Publisher, Teacher - UK

Francis WrightNew site about Francis Wright (1918 to 1997), composer, author, publisher, teacher. Site includes biography and list of compositions and arrangements published by Charnwood Publishing.

Chairman, Board of Administration of British College of Accordionists (BCA) 1969 - 1997
National Accordion Organisation of the UK (NAO) Chairperson 1966 - 1969
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Vice President 1968 - 1970


New Site: Lars Ek Original Compositions - Sweden

Lars EkLars Ek, composer, arranger, performer and teacher of Sweden has now released his original compositions on the MusicForAccordion.com site. See samples of the music and further information at:

ek141 - Snokangan
ek142 - Sun over Bergen
ek143 - Sunshine Dreams
ek144 - The Path Beyond Nowhere
ek145 - The Earthquake
ek146 - The Musical Box
ek147 - The Prayer of the Accordion
ek148 - Triaden
ek149 - Trosteskogsvalsen
ek150 - Twilight on Iceland


Two New Works by Douglas Ward Released by Charnwood Publishing - UK

Douglas WardTwo new works have been released by well known UK composer and performer Douglas Ward, published by Charnwood Publishing.

DW942 Click for Info

DW943 Click for Info

The Douglas Ward page is now listing over 80 compositions and arrangements of eSheet and printed music available from Charnwood Publishing. Purchase with credit card online.


Updated Site: Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) by Heather Masefield

Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) logoThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2017 examination dates and 2017 entry fees and entry forms.


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