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Weekly News from Around the World - 04-Aug-2017
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Carrefour Mondial de L'Accordeon Festival, Montmagny - Canada
Cory Pesaturo Guiness World Record Attempt, Graz - Austria
In Stock, New German Language Book by Friedrich Lips - Germany
Video: Tan Jialiang Performing At Shenzhen Opening Concert - China
27th "Premio di Lanciano" International Accordion Competition - Italy

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

Video: Music Released, Ples Composed by Ivano Battiston - Italy
Brandon McPhee’s new CD 'Ten Years On', Scotland – UK
Video: Young Children, 4-6 Years, at Shenzhen International Festival - China
Gary Dahl Has Over 200 Individual Arrangements and 10 eBooks - USA
Video: Guest Artist Alexander Poeluev at the 2017 Shenzhen Festival - China
Nick Villarreal (1951-2017), Texas - USA
Video: Guest Artist Anna Kryshtaleva at the 2017 Shenzhen Festival - China
Video: Aydar Gaynullin & Euphoria Orchestra, Moscow - Russia

Future events

Punk accordionist Malcolm Tent to play at Elephant Talk, Atlantic City – USA
Ksenija Sidorova Concert, New York – USA
Steve Albini @ Sacramento Festa Italiana, California – USA
Julien Gonzales Concerts – France
Zoe Tiganouria Concert Dates – Greece, USA
Paivi Mettala @ Can-Jamt Dragspefestival, Laxviken - Sweden
Chamberlain & Haywood Concert, Edinburgh – UK
Gorka Hermosa ‘Mini Tour’ Concerts, Valladolid, Tarragona – Spain
Accordion Gala, Villegenon – France

New and Updated Sites

Bugari-evo New Colors Release, Castelfidardo - Italy
New Site: Ignacio Hernández, Conservatorio Nacional de Acordeón - Chile
Gary Dahl July Promotion, Any 3 or more eBooks @ 50% off - USA

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Carrefour Mondial de L'Accordeon Festival, Montmagny - Canada

Carrefour Mondial de L'Accordeon Festival
Carrefour Mondial de L'Accordeon FestivalThe Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordeon Festival takes place from August 31 to September 4, 2017 in Montmagny, Quebec. About 34 miles east-northeast of Quebec City, Montmagny is a proudly French-speaking town that is over 300 years old and has 11,885 residents.

From August 30 through September 3, the population swells to more than 50,000, most of them intent on hearing some of the finest accordionists in the world.

Quote from a TripAdvisor contributor, "If you love accordion music (or even if you hate it), this place is an adventure. The Carrefour Mondial brings accordionists from all over the globe, and it seems as if every man, woman, and child in Montmagny plays some version of a squeezebox. We camped out, dined where we could (the locals provide their hearty version of baked beans), line danced, and heard the accordion stretched to its ultimate performance abilities. It was so much fun. Highly recommended.”

2017 performing artists include:
Renzo Ruggieri, Roman Jbanov et Marie-Noëlle Cros, Trio Martin Bellemare, Alexandre Boivin Caron, Antoine Pigeon-Bourque, Marie-Brousseau et Guillaume Turcotte, Georges Camitsis, Duo Montanaro-Cavez, Club Carrefour, Sébastien Clermont, Vladimir Denissenkov, Francine Desjardins, Keven Desrosiers, Joaquin Diaz, Dina Swing, Serge Duchesne et Luciano Testani, Samuel Garcia et Mario Cimenti, Sabin Jacques et Rachel Aucoin, Alexandre Juan, Diamik, Duo Silb, Bernard Lafargue, Jean-Claude Laudat et Jean-Yves Dubanton, Réjean, Lizotte, Tipsy 3, TokaTaNoka, Jesse Mea et R. Bourgeois, Gaston Nolet et Michel Béchard, Patrick Nolet, Denis Pépin, Cati Plana et Pau Puig, Valérie Plante, Gorkata, Loïc Primeau-Vinetti, Vildà Tapia eta Leturia, Simon Thoumire et Mark Maguire, Timi Turmel et Erin Leahy, Paolo Vani and Gerry Virone.

For further information: accordeon@montmagny.com

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Cory Pesaturo Guiness World Record Attempt, Graz - Austria

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Cory PesaturoRed Bull logoA report of the event every few hours will be here: CoryWR

Cory Pesaturo has won world accordion championships and he is now on a new world quest: a Guiness World Record.

Sponsored by RedBull, Cory will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Accordion Playing on August 4, 2017.

The longest marathon playing accordion lasted 31 hours 25 minutes and was achieved by Anssi Laitinen (Finland) at Koljonvirta Camping Area, Iisalmi, Finland from 31 July to 1 August 2010. Anssi played 536 different songs throughout the attempt.

Cory will attempt to play for 33-36 hours starting 10:30 am Friday 4th August at Optik Neuroth, Am Eisernen Tor 2, 8010 Graz, Austria. Corey is allowed a 30 second break between songs and a 5 minute break every hour and will perform on an accordion sent to him by Scandalli who will also be a sponsor.

Sponsor RedBull is video taping the entire event and also providing the witnesses. There must be two witnesses changing every four hours, never repeating a witness. Music cannot be repeated within any 4 hour period.

Go Cory!!!!

A report of the event every few hours will be here: CoryWR

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In Stock, New German Language Book by Friedrich Lips - Germany

Die Kunst der Bearbeitung klassischer Musik für AkkordeonNow in Stock, the new Friedrich Lips book in German:
Catalog No: kslips02 Die Kunst der Bearbeitung klassischer Musik für Akkordeon (The Art of Editing Classical Music for Accordion).

Exclusive special offer only until 20 August.
25% price advantage. Now 29.50 euros instead of later 39.50 euros (plus shipping and handling).

Being posted now. Purchase at Catalog No: kslips02

The first book in German by Friedrich Lips, Catalog kslips01 Die Kunst des Bajanspiels continues to be available.

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Video: Tan Jialiang Performing At Shenzhen Opening Concert - China

Shenzhen Opening Concert
Tan Jialiang was featured at the Opening Concert of the 2017 China Shenzhen Bao'an International Accordion Art Festival, performing with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Liu Ming. The video performance is: Capriccio Movement 1 composed by Tan Jialiang, orchestrated by Zhu Bin.

Other videos of Tan Jialiang Opening concert performance can be viewed at: 2017 Shenzhen (24 July)

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27th "Premio di Lanciano" International Accordion Competition - Italy

Vladimir ZubitskyThe 27th annual "Premio di Lanciano" International Accordion Competition takes place in Lanciano from 25th to 30th September 2017. Artistic Director is Vladimir Zubitsky (picture right).

There are 10 solo categories, up to 14 years, 16 years, 18 years and open for variété and classic performance. For groups, there are small and large ensemble and tango categories.

The rules and entry information are available in several languages including English, Italian and Russian.

Email Artistic Director Vladimir Zubitsky to be sent the rules. E-mail: vl.zubitsky@gmail.com

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Video: Music Released, Ples Composed by Ivano Battiston - Italy

Ples sample pageCatalog: battiston103 Ples is a composition for solo accordion by Ivano Battiston which is inspired by the folklore of Macedonia. After a brief, expressive introduction, a brilliant dance is played using the bellows ricochet.

The video above is Ivano Battiston performing Ples at the 40th PIF International Castelfidardo Festival, published on Sep 25, 2015.

Ivano Battiston recently released
Catalog: battiston101 Libertango composed by Astor Piazzollo, arranged by Ivano Battiston for solo accordion.
Catalog: battiston102 Postcards composed by Ivano Battiston for sax (both soprano and baritone) and accordion.

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Brandon McPhee’s new CD 'Ten Years On', Scotland – UK

Ten Years On CD coverWill Starr LP coverAccordionist Brandon McPhee has released a new CD, 'Ten Years On', which pays homage to the music of two of his predecessors, Will Starr and Sir Jimmy Shand. The recordings were made using the unique 4-row Shand Morino, the last accordion owned by Will Starr (1922-76) and featured on his albums (picture right) made in the late 1960s and early 70s.

This instrument has a bright musette tuning, and for many years has been part of the large Ken Hopkins accordion collection in Northern Ireland. Brandon, an All Scotland Champion, brings this special instrument back to life on this excellent CD, which also marks ten years since his very first recording, ‘A Starr is Born’, when aged just 11 and just a few months after taking up the accordion.

Tracks include: Athol Highlanders/Rakes of Kildare/Teviot Brig/Ness Bothan; Loch Ruan/Leslie Angus/Thomas Sanders; Memories of Willie Snaith of Hexham; Whistling Rufus; Glens of Angus/Bonnie Gallowa/Highland Cradle Song/My Mother; Dashing White Sergeant/The Mason's Apron/CTS Express/Reconciliation; Shetland Two Step; Jacqueline Waltz; Scotland The Brave/ Mharis Wedding/Thistle of Scotland; The Bluebell Polka; Dawn’s Waltz/Frank & Moira Stephens Ruby Wedding; Under The Double Eagle; Fraser and Kevin McGlynn/John Macmillan of Barra; Home On The Range; Flying Scotsman

For further information email: jiml@musicinscotland.com

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Video: Young Children, 4-6 Years, at Shenzhen International Festival - China

2017 China Shenzhen Bao'an International Accordion Art Festival
If you like cute young accordionists, there are 21 videos of 4-6 year old contestants at the recent 2017 China Shenzhen Bao'an International Accordion Art Festival. Enjoy at: 2017 Shenzhen (26 July)

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Gary Dahl Has Over 200 Individual Arrangements and 10 eBooks - USA

Gary DahlGaryvDahl has achieved a milestone of over 200 individual arrangements online as well as 10 eBooks.

Gary began this mammoth arranging journey when he realised from his students and fellow accordionists, that there was a strong demand for arrangements of different styles and genre.

Gary was one of the early pioneers, in 2002, of marketing accordion arrangements using the internet, and from that time, Gary has been steadily publishing new arrangements that have proved to be very popular with accordionists in all parts of the world.

This week, there are two new releases:

Catalog: DH0260 - Sweetheart of Sigma Chi composed by Vernor, lead sheet arrangement by Dahl

Catalog: DH0261 - Tarantella Napoletana composed by Crisculo, arranged by Dahl

Congratulations to Gary Dahl on reaching the milestone of over 200 individual arrangements online plus the 10 eBooks. View all at: Gary Dahl

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Video: Guest Artist Alexander Poeluev at the 2017 Shenzhen Festival - China

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Alexander Poeluev Concert at the 2017 China Shenzhen Bao'an International Accordion Art Festival.

Video above features: Alexander Poeluev and Wang Xin (Ballerina) performing Cinderella. Video of all the major concert by Alexander Poeluev is online at: 2017 Shenzhen (26 July).

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Nick Villarreal (1951-2017), Texas - USA

Nick VillarrealVideo: Nick Villareal performs El Mayor Live in Fresno - 2012

Conjunto and Tejano accordionist Nick Villarreal, from San Antonio, known to many as Nicky Snick, passed away on Sunday July 30th, following a heart attack. He was 66.

The music legend had been diagnosed with diabetes for many years and talked about it in an interview with Rancho Alegre Radio in 2013.

Villarreal was part of the musical Zimmerle family and learned to play the accordion at the age of 5 by his grandfather James Zimmerle. He eventually started his own conjunto band with his brothers Roger, David, and cousin, David Zimmerle, and recorded his first single on Toby Torres’ recording label. He then recorded under San Antonio-based Joey Records.

“Nicky Snick” was known for his unmistakable, easy-going goofy cumbias and he credits the many conversations he had with his mother, María Luis Zimmerle-Villarreal, as inspiration for many of his greatest hits. Some of those hits include ‘Kool-Aid con Hielo’, ‘La ‘Not to Worry’, and ‘La I Gotta Go’.

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Video: Guest Artist Anna Kryshtaleva at the 2017 Shenzhen Festival - China

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Video above features Anna Kryshtaleva beginning the concert with Alexander Poeluev at the 2017 China Shenzhen Bao'an International Accordion Art Festival. Video of all this major concert is online at: 2017 Shenzhen (26 July).

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Video: Aydar Gaynullin & Euphoria Orchestra, Moscow - Russia

Aydar Gaynullin & Euphoria Orchestra (Live in Moscow) perform "Mombasa" by Hans Zimmer, Published on Aug 1, 2017

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Future events


Punk accordionist Malcolm Tent to play at Elephant Talk, Atlantic City – USA

Malcolm TentMalcolm Tent, a rock ‘n’ roll and punk accordionist, has been in show business for almost 40 years and has recently released a greatest hits album. “It was easy to do a greatest hits. I’ve been recording for years, and there’s a lot of good material there,” he says of his album.

Tent is one of the featured performers at the upcoming Elephant Talk Indie Music Festival, running on Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th at the Boneyard Bar & Grill, 20 South Virginia Ave, Atlantic City.

Elephant Talk is an offshoot of Elephants for Autism, and over 40 bands will lend their talent to the cause over the two-day festival. Tent’s set will begin 7.30pm on Friday.

For those unfamiliar with Tent’s particular brand of rock, expect the accordion to take centre stage, no matter who’s playing behind him. “Right now I’m solo, but when I have a band they usually back me up,” he explains. “Even in a punk rock band, the accordion is the centerpiece. Not to belittle all the musicians that have played with me. They’re all are excellent.

In fact, I’m always the worst musician of them. But it’s not about musical virtuosity, but that (the accordion) sometimes can prompt more excitement than anything else.”

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Ksenija Sidorova Concert, New York – USA

Ksenija SidorovaLatvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova performs in concert on Saturday August 5th, 10pm, at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 W 65th St, New York 10023.

Latvian virtuoso accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, now based in Spain, started to play the accordion aged eight under the guidance of Marija Gasele in her hometown of Riga. She later studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music under Professor Owen Murray. 

She subsequently received her Masters Degree with Distinction, and has since pursued a highly successful international career, performing to great acclaim around the world.

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Steve Albini @ Sacramento Festa Italiana, California – USA

Steve AlbiniAccordionist Steve Albini will be performing solo at the Sacramento Festa Italiana, 3730 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821, on Saturday and Sunday August 5th and 6th.

On Saturday he performs at 12 noon and 5.30 pm, and on Sunday Steve performs at 11.45 am.

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Julien Gonzales Concerts – France

Julien Gonzales PosterAccordionist Julien Gonzales performs next week, as follows:

August 6th, 6pm - solo at the church of Lentillac, Pyrenees
August 7th, 9pm - trio ‘Tango Oriental’, Floirac, Pyrenees
August 8th, 9pm -trio ‘Tango Oriental’, a aynac, Pyrenees
August 9th, 8.30pm – solo, Sousceyrac-En-Quercy, Lot, southern France

Julien Gonzales is an international performer, and acts as a jury member for international competitions. Born in Besançon, he started to learn music at age 7. He graduated with honours in Musicology from the Conservatoire of Dijon where he also studied Chamber music and, at the same time, studied accordion with Frederic Deschamps at the Conservatoire of Paris until 2008.

He went on studying with Viatcheslav Semionov at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow until 2010. He won the CIA Coupe Mondiale, both as a Junior participant from 2003 to 2005, and as a Senior from 2006 to 2010.

He was also awarded several international prizes in chamber music in 2007, 2008, and 2010. He is also a teacher and co-designs accordions for Evoluo.

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Zoe Tiganouria Concert Dates – Greece, USA

Zoe TiganouriaGreek accordionist and composer Zoe Tiganouria performs in concert this summer, as follows:

August 6th - Venetian Castle of Myrina, Lemnos
August 7th - Ancient Agora, Thassos
August 16th – Sindos, Delta Municipality of Thessaloniki
August 20th - Argos City
August 23rd - Sikinos Castle, Oinoi
August 25th - with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kalamaria at the ‘Para Thin 'alos’ Festival, Thessaloniki
September 2nd – Drom, New York City, USA
September 8th – Polichni, Thessaloniki
September 30th - Marousi Municipality

For further information email: info@zoe-music.net

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Paivi Mettala @ Can-Jamt Dragspefestival, Laxviken - Sweden

Can-Jamt Dragspefestival posterFinland’s Paivi Mettala performs at the Can-Jamt Dragspefestival, August 11th to 13th, held in Laxviken, Krokum Municipality, Sweden.

Paivi Mettala, a musician and accordion technician, has won 2 Finnish National Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal at the Finnish Accordion Championships in Ikaalinen, and 1 Finnish National Gold Medal and 2 Silver Medals with an accordion orchestra.

Other accordionists performing at this festival include Durspelstrion, Grenslåt, Jämtstårsan, Verknuffaran, Reidar Aksnes Orchestra, MoMMusik Trio, Jonas Hansson (Sweden), Edwin Erickson (Canada), Killingberg’s Orchestra (Norway), Glenda Mueller (Canada), and Swe-Cana (Sweden/Canada).

For further information email: info@pmaccordion.fi

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Chamberlain & Haywood Concert, Edinburgh – UK

Chamberlain & Haywood posterAccordionist Paul Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Michael Haywood perform in concert at St Andrew’s and St George’s West, 13 George St, Edinburgh, on August 13th and 25th, 4.30pm. This concert is an event in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For further information email: paul@theaccordionist.com

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Gorka Hermosa ‘Mini Tour’ Concerts, Valladolid, Tarragona – Spain

Gorka Hermosa PosterAccordionist and composer Gorka Hermosa leads his ‘Malandro Club’ trio in concerts in Valladolid and Tarragona on August 13th and 15th.

Gorka Hermosa is a Professor at the Conservatorio de Monasterio, Santander, and teaches many aspiring accordionists. He is the author of ‘The Accordion in the 19th Century’, an academic study of the early history of the accordion and other free reed instruments, published in 2013.

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Accordion Gala, Villegenon – France

PosterA two-day accordion gala takes place on August 20th and 21st in Villegenon, a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.

On Sunday August 20th, the event begins at 11am with Mass featuring accordionists Chantal Soulu and Sébastien Farge, involving a car blessing. Gala dancing begins at 2.30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. Accordionists performing include Karine Fontaine, Thierry Bonnefous, Chantal Soulu, Sébastien Farge, and more. Entrance is 15 Euro.

The music and dancing continues on Monday, and includes a concert at 7pm, followed by more dancing. Monday’s event is free.

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New and Updated Sites


Bugari-evo New Colors Release, Castelfidardo - Italy

New Bugari Evo colors
Marco Cinaglia of Bugari-evo released information about two new Bugari-evo color models with new grille design. Larger pictures of the new models are at: 2017Evo.jpg

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New Site: Ignacio Hernández, Conservatorio Nacional de Acordeón - Chile

Conservatorio Nacional de Acordeón
Ignacio HernándezIgnacio Hernández has a new personal website outlining his accordion education and career performing with important artists and orchestras in Chile, notably the Chilean Folkloric Orchestra, the Chilean Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra.

Internationally, his participation with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic and in the Soundtrack of the Film "Salty", of Antonio Banderas.

New website at: Ignacio Hernández

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Gary Dahl July Promotion, Any 3 or more eBooks @ 50% off - USA

Gary Dahl eBooks
Gary DahlJuly promotion - Any 3 or more Gary Dahl eBooks @ 50% off. Email your order to: MusicForAccordion@yahoo.com and you will receive the invoice by email, payable online with Paypal (worlds largest) secure server system using your credit card.

Your eBooks music is emailed to you after payment.

Gary Dahl has released 10 great value eBooks in recent years. Click the links below for further information:
DH01-eB - Latin Spectacular! - eBook US$35.50
DH02-eB - Favourite French Standards - eBook US$35.50
DH03-eB - The American Songbook - eBook US$35.50
DH04-eB - Favourite Waltzes and Polkas - eBook US$46.50
DH05-eB - Easy Listening Variety - eBook US$35.50
DH06-eB - Easy Listening Variety - eBook US$57.50
DH07-eB - Traditional Polish Carols - eBook US$16.50
DH08-eB - Italian Spectacular - eBook US$35.50
DH09-eB - Traditional Christmas Carols - eBook US$18.50
DH10-eB - Polka - eBook US$18.50

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