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Weekly News from Around the World - 04-Sep-2020
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Закрытие заявок на участие в 73-м Международном чемпионате мира по футболу - Португалия
VII International Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Prikamie - 2020", Perm - Russia
Joan Sommers Online Masterclass - USA
1st Eberstedt Mühlenrauschen Music Festival - Germany

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

Very Successful Online Australian International Accordion Championships - Australia
Remembering Adam Wilkinson 1945 to 2020 - Northern Ireland
2020 Ideas Virtual Symposium 3.0 Registrations Now Open - USA
Jean Baptiste Baudin, CNIMA Alumni - France
Inger Murray Passes Away - UK
Cancelled: Midland Accordion Festival, Dudley – England
India Smith Records her 2020 UK Championships Programme During Lockdown - Scotland
Alanah Jones Performs New Composition For Accordion with Choir - New Zealand
Nathan Neuman Releases New Scandinavian CD

Future events

Harmonika Müller Summer Seminars, Styria - Austria
John Kirkpatrick at Oxford Online Folk Festival - UK
Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand
Duo Vilda Perform at Nomads Festival, Helsinki – Finland
Alicia Jo Straka Performs at San Francisco Accordion Club - USA
Diego Schissi Quintet in Concert, Buenos Aires – Argentina
2020 Perth Accordion Virtual Festival - Scotland

CD Reviews

New Article: 40 Years after the Dream Came True - 1980 Coupe Mondiale

New and Updated Sites

New Site: Lian Jones, Accordion and Piano Teacher, North Shore - New Zealand
New Products from AccordionGifts: SUNbuster Car Shade & Accordion Masks – USA

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Закрытие заявок на участие в 73-м Международном чемпионате мира по футболу - Португалия

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2020 Coupe Mondiale posterГенеральный секретарь ЦРУ Киммо Маттила объявляет, что дата окончания приема заявок на участие в Кубке мира 2020 года - 5 сентября 2020 года. До этой даты заявки можно отправлять через онлайн-систему подачи заявок. Киммо просит вас завершить регистрацию делегатов / членов жюри как можно скорее. по возможности, если вы еще этого не сделали, это очень важно, чтобы организация могла забронировать номера в отеле.

Президент ЦРУ Мирко Патарини приглашает всех (45) членов ЦРУ зарегистрировать делегатов 144-го Международного Конгресса делегатов, который дважды встречается в Кастро-Марим.

73-й Международный турнир Coupe Mondiale пройдет с 6 по 10 сентября 2020 года в Кастро-Марим, Португалия, и будет организован членом ЦРУ Мито Алгарвио-Ассоциация акордеонистов в Алгарве. Президент Жоау Перейра и его Организационный комитет приветствуют участников на прекрасной концертной площадке в Кастро-Марим. и горячо приглашает их к участию.

См. Страницу с Общими правилами соревнований на 2020 год: Правила 2020CM
Прямая ссылка на систему входа: https://coupemondiale-entry.eventio.fi

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VII International Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Prikamie - 2020", Perm - Russia

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The VII International Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Prikamie - 2020" will be held in Perm, Russia from November 28th to December 5th, 2020. The competition is organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, GAUC "Permian Regional Philharmonic" and the "Perm State Institute of Culture".

The competition is designed to preserve, support, develop and promote the best traditions of domestic and foreign musical culture.

Competition categories for accordion include solo age group classes up to 25 years, variety classes from 20 years, ensembles and professional ensembles.

The deadline for applications is October 28th, 2020. For details email: kultkonkurs@mail.ru

Download competition rules in Russian language at: 2020PermRules.pdf

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Joan Sommers Online Masterclass - USA

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The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) have announced they will hold an online Masterclass series which will feature some of the finest accordion instructors in the world providing instruction to students.

Their first online masterclass will be held by Joan C. Sommers on September 27th, 2020 at 3pm. Joan will provide instruction to 4 different students at various levels. Don't miss out on this free chance to learn from one of the worlds finest.

All details available on the website at: ATG

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1st Eberstedt Mühlenrauschen Music Festival - Germany

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The 1st Eberstedt Mühlenrauschen Music Festival will take place at the Ölmühle Eberstedt in Eberstedt, Germany from 11th to 13th September, 2020. The open air festival will include entertainment by a variety of artists listed on the poster.

The Ölmühle Eberstedt Hotel is giving away a special prize for the event which will include 2 nights accommodation in their floating cabins (picture below), breakfast and tickets to the festival for 2 people. The winner will be announced on September 6th, 2020.

For details email: info@oelmuehle-eberstedt.com
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Very Successful Online Australian International Accordion Championships - Australia

Video 1: Oleksandr Khrustevich

Video 2: Tian Jianan
Video 3: Marcell Csuka
The 2020 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival was held as an online competition this year, due to the impacts of Covid 19 with 140 competitors (170 plus entries) from across Europe, Asia, USA, New Zealand and of course Australia.

Organised and run by the Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA), a premiere voting member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), this competition is special with an emphasis on encouraging young competitors, with the 12 years old and under category attracting 40 competitors.

This was won by Yongxi Hong (China), 2nd Maria Telesheva (USA) only 0.3 of a mark lower! 3rd Faris Halilovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The premiere category was a very close competition between Oleksandr Khrustevich (Ukraine) 1st and Tian Jianan (China). After deducting the high and low mark of the jury, both contestants were marked 1st by three of the six judges and two jury gave maximum points to Tian Jianan. Close was 3rd Marcell Csuka (Hungary). Jury marks for this category at: 2020AATA-01.pdf So listen to the videos above of the top three contestants and enjoy the exceptional music.

The AATA committee would like to especially thank all of the 21 international jury members from 10 different countries, for all their time as jury members.

The AATA looks forward to welcoming competitors to Sydney, Australia in August next year for their 2021 Championships and Festival.

Download all competition categories results list at: 2020AATAResults.pdf

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Remembering Adam Wilkinson 1945 to 2020 - Northern Ireland

Adam WilkinsonArticle with pictures: Adam Wilkinson 1945 to 2020

The entire Accordion Community throughout all of Ireland, the UK and further afield shall be deeply saddened to learn of the passing (peacefully) of Adam Wilkinson yesterday, Tuesday 1st September 2020 at Antrim Area Hospital and late of 29 Old Antrim Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Adam was 75 and is survived by his wife Jennifer and daughters Wendy, Janice and Charis.

Adam was a Bandsman through and through joining his beloved Killycoogan Accordion Band in the 1950's as a snare drummer before moving onto accordion. He became Musical Director and moulded them into a top class Marching Band as well as transforming them into a Concert and Competition band. As word of his prowess spread he was in great demand by other bands to train them and when he moved on from Killycoogan he enjoyed phenomenal success with, amongst others, St Johns of Drumcree, Vow, County of Antrim, Aughafatten, Lower Ballinderry and, laterly, Glenavy.

His bands were rarely out of the prizes in the top competitions run by the Northern Ireland Accordion Band League, the Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, The Irish Accordion Associations All Ireland Championships, the UK National Accordion Championships and the World Music Festival in Innsbruck Austria. In addition to the numerous UK titles he amassed with various Bands/Orchestras his finest achievements were obtaining 4th place in the Advanced Orchestra Section with the County Antrim Accordion Orchestra, which he founded, and winning First Prize with the St John's Of Drumcree Orchestra in the Intermediate Section at the prestigious World Music Festival in Austria. No other Musical Director from the UK has matched that marvellous achievement.

Adam was truly a giant in the accordion band scene and at his last appearance at the Northern Ireland International Open Accordion Championships in 2017 he received a richly deserved standing ovation when he was presented with a Special Merit Award in recognition of his great contribution to the accordion movement.

Adam and I have been friends for over 40 years and it was through him I joined Killycoogan. He also encouraged me to become Secretary of the Accordion Band League and to organise the NI Open Accordion Championships.

The door to 29 Old Antrim Road was always open, it was like a magnet with the house being packed many's and many's a time. He had a very cheerful and warm personality and always greeted you with a smile. Adam was very observant of human behaviour and had a great turn of phrase in describing people and their characteristics. He was also a Master Storyteller when it came to telling an entertaining yarn.

A Legend has gone from the accordion band scene in Northern Ireland and I shall miss him very much.

Due to the current restrictions the house and Funeral is private. The Funeral Cortege will leave Alan Francey’s Funeral Church on Friday 4th September at 13.45 proceeding out Toome Road allowing family and friends the opportunity to pay their respects whilst adhering to social distancing for a private family burial in Ballee New Cemetery at 14.00.

Condolences to the Wilkinson family circle at this sad and difficult time

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2020 Ideas Virtual Symposium 3.0 Registrations Now Open - USA

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Registrations are now open for the 2020 Ideas Virtual Symposium 3.0. on the Ideas website. 2020 is the ideal time to attend the Ideas Symposium, if distance and travel may have inhibited you before.

This year you can experience (what others have made excellent reports about from previous Symposiums), and enjoy this Symposium in the privacy of your own home.

Organizer Joseph Natoli said, "Consider attending Symposium 4.0 in 2021 in person if you love the experience, which we know you will, based on previous attendees! Michael Soloway and I are excited to welcome all new and previous attendees!"

For further information email: gr8.ideas@gmail.com

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Jean Baptiste Baudin, CNIMA Alumni - France

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Video: CNIMA alumni Jean Baptiste Baudin plays at the Berlin Philharmonic and with Didier Lockwood.

Jean Baptiste Baudin, is a CNIMA student alumni. He studied the accordion with Thierry Bouclier while studying part-time at the CNIMA. He then joined the CNIMA as a full time student where he obtained the French national Diplome D’Études Musicales in accordion both in variety and classical music.

During his studies at the CNIMA, he won several first prizes at international competitions (in 2013: Trophée Mondial and in 2014 Coupe Mondiale and Klingenthal). He pursued his studies at the Haute école de Musique de Lausanne and is now a full time musician.

The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix welcomes accordion players from all levels and all ages, from potential world class players to beginners.

The CNIMA full year program starts on September 21st and students are given the opportunity to study for National French conservatory diplomas. Registrations are still open

Upcoming accordion workshops:
October 26th to 31st 2020
December 27th to 31st 2020

A la carte studies on location or online are also available.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr
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Inger Murray Passes Away - UK

Inger MurrayInger bookInger Murray (1944 - 2020) wife of accordionist Owen Murray (Professor of accordion at the Royal Academy of Music in London), passed away this week.

Inger Murray was a graduate in psychology and wrote the book “Get Rid of Your Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety”. She developed a special concept for musicians after having studied for many years, the problems performing musicians face in their work. She had travelled extensively with her musician husband Owen Murray and that had given her the opportunity to observe professional musicians working in highly stressful situations and the problems they face.

This research also included studying the pressures students face during conservatory education and in examination and competition situations.

Inger also held regular workshops at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Danish Music Conservatory and she had students from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory. She has worked with young musicians in Croatia, Spain and Ireland. In addition, she has worked with the young musicians on The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Condolences to the Murray family.

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Cancelled: Midland Accordion Festival, Dudley – England

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cancelledFestival organiser Barry Smith regrets to announce that they have had to cancel the Midland Accordion Festival which was due to be held at the Quality Hotel in Dudley, England from November 6th to 9th, 2020, due to Covid-19.

They are currently planning next year’s event which will be held from November 5th to 7th, 2021 at the same venue.

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India Smith Records her 2020 UK Championships Programme During Lockdown - Scotland

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India SmithVideo 1 – 17 Years & Under Musette Solo: Brise Napolitaine – V Guerino & J Peyronnin

Video 2 – Tango Solo (Senior): Libertango – A Piazzolla

Video 3 – 17 Years & Under Solo – Test Piece: Czardas – F Fugazza

Scottish accordionist India Smith recently qualified at the 2020 NAO (Scotland Area) Festival held in Grangemouth in March, to perform at the 2020 NAO UK Accordion Championships in Liverpool.

Seventeen year old India, who has been competing at UK Championships since the age of seven, was left feeling rather disappointed when the 2020 UK event, organised by the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom, was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Rather than remaining disappointed, India from Milton Bridge near Edinburgh, Scotland decided to record several videos, featuring the pieces she planned to perform in three different categories, and share them with Accordions Worldwide.

This week we are publishing three videos and next week we will publish the remaining three videos.

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Alanah Jones Performs New Composition For Accordion with Choir - New Zealand

Alanah Jones (accordion) performed La luna blanca composed by David Hamilton with the Choralation (Westlake Boys' and Girls' High Schools) Choir in Auckland, New Zealand. The event was held by the New Zealand Choral Federation - The Big Sing 2019 National Finale - Session Three before an audience of over 1,200. Recorded with thanks to JX Live and Radio New Zealand Concert Programme.

Alanah Jones sings in Choralation (at times as a vocal solist) and also plays accordion, so composer David Hamilton wrote this new work for Alanah to highlight accordion with the choir. Alanah is the daughter of well known accordionist Maurice Jones and music teacher
and performer Lian Jones, who has her new website listed lower in this news.

The work La luna blanca is being performed in concert again next month with Alanah again, the accordionist.

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Nathan Neuman Releases New Scandinavian CD

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Video: Let's Spread Polka Music with Nathan Neuman.

Nathan Neuman has just released his new CD of Scandinavian songs in "Dragspel" style. This special recording is a tribute to Paul Riley, an accordionist from New York who encouraged Nathan throughout the years in his music endeavours. He passed away in June, 2020.

Nathan plays on a rare Raggie Special accordion built in the early 1930's by Ragnar Sundquist, a renowned musician, songwriter, and builder in Stockholm, Sweden. To compliment it in this recording, he added two Chicago chromatics from the same time period with similar tunings: Italy American Concertmaster and Ruatta & Crucianelli. He accompanied with rhythm acoustic guitar and upright bass.

Track list:
1 Bella schottis (P Riley)
2 Styrmansvalsen,
3 En gammel svensk schottis
4 Graduation Polka (P Riley)
5 Jane's hambo (P Riley)
6 Johan på Snippen
7 Hästtrav polka (R Sundquist)
8 Hugo's schottis (P Riley)
9 Ala schottis
10 10,000 Lakes schottis (P Riley)
11 Strolling through Stockholm (N Neuman)
12 Livet i Finnskogarna
13 Dalbackatrallen polka
14 Anna Eklund schottis (P Riley)
15 Lindstrom & Larson schottis (P Riley)
16 Charlie's Song (N Neuman)
17 Ut på landsvägen schottis

For details email: nathan.concertina@gmail.com

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Harmonika Müller Summer Seminars, Styria - Austria

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Markus SchwarzHarmonika Müller have organised four accordion seminars, each of which will be held for five days duration with tuition by Markus Schwarz (picture left).

The seminars will take place at the Gasthof Sonnenhof in St. Georgen ob Judenburg (also known to many as Märchenwald - Fairytale forest) in Styria, Austria.

The first seminar began on August 31st and the dates for the remaining three are:
September 7th to 11th, 2020
November 11th to 15th, 2020
November 18th to 22nd, 2020

The seminars are for all age groups and levels and will include private & group lessons, making music together, loan instruments if required and social events.

For further information phone: +43 3583 2116

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John Kirkpatrick at Oxford Online Folk Festival - UK

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John KirkpatrickOn September 9th John Kirkpatrick will give a live online concert for the Oxford Folk Weekend beginning at 8pm.

John has become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music.

John has a busy week as he began a Button Accordion Workshop at The Church Barn, Bishop's Castle in Shropshire on September 4th. The workshop, for the B/C/C sharp button box will run through to September 6th.

Please note - Due to Covid-19, the following events have been postponed:

September 12th & 13th: workshops at Lewes Saturday Folk Club, The Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DJ. Postponed until 2021.

September 19th: concert at the Weobley Village Hall, 8 Gadridge Road, Weobley, Herefordshire. Postponed indefinitely.

For details email: squeezer@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk
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Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand

CAAThe Canterbury Accordion Association will hold their September Jam Session at the new venue, St Paul’s Hall in Papanui, Christchurch on September 13th at 3pm.

Bring your instrument (any instrument welcome!), your friend with their instrument, your singing voice or just come along and enjoy the music!

Music will be provided and you can bring some of your own for others to play along with you if you wish.

All are welcome. Entry is free of charge. Come and have some fun and make music!

For details email: jkperry@xtra.co.nz

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Duo Vilda Perform at Nomads Festival, Helsinki – Finland

Vilda DuoDuo Vilda will perform a 2 hour concert at the Nomads Festival in Vuotalo, Vuosali, Helsinki, Finland on September 19th beginning at 7pm.

The Duo, which includes accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä and indigenous Samí singer & frame drummer, Hildá Länsman perform original music, composed and written by themselves and influenced by northern nature, traditional Samí joik & Finnish folk, and pop music!

Entry is free. For details email: viivi@saarenkyla.fi

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Alicia Jo Straka Performs at San Francisco Accordion Club - USA

Alicia Jo StrakaAlicia Jo Straka will perform for the San Francisco Accordion Club on September 20th, 2020. The Portland musician has been performing concerts specifically to raise money for the CDC, the International Rescue Committee and others.

Her repertoire spans a wide variety of musical genres, including; jazz, pop, opera, French musettes, folk songs, polkas, contemporary, classical, romantic, and techno. She is also a composer and often features her own arrangements in concert.

For further information email: aliciajostraka@gmail.com

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Diego Schissi Quintet in Concert, Buenos Aires – Argentina

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Santiago SegretThe Diego Schissi Quintet will perform a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 21st at 9pm. The group comprises of Santiago Segret (bandoneon – picture left), Diego Schissi (piano, arrangements and composition), Guillermo Rubino (violin), Ismael Grossman (guitar) and Juan Pablo Navarro (bass).

Their program will include their own compositions plus pieces by Mariano Mores and Astor Piazzolla.

For details email: consultas@cafevinilo.com.ar

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2020 Perth Accordion Virtual Festival - Scotland

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Perth logoThe 71st 2020 Perth Accordion Festival will be run as a “Virtual Festival” this year because of Covid-19. Instead of staging the festival competitions in the halls and venues around Perth, competitors will record their performances from their own homes and send them in to the festival to be compiled with other entries in each class, then adjudicated and shared online for everyone to enjoy.

The festival provides so much value & enjoyment and organisers are motivated to provide a virtual offering that goes someway to fill the gap left by the normal event.
The competition will include accordion age group categories for soloists in Junior, Senior, Veteran and Open sections. Entries close on October 12th, 2020.

Competition adjudicators are Alan Gardiner, Billy Anderson and James Cassidy.

Performances and results will be shared online throughout the day on October 31st, 2020.

For details phone: 07411 738810

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New Article: 40 Years after the Dream Came True - 1980 Coupe Mondiale

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Coupe Mondiale booklet cover1980 Historical website Report, Pictures and Results at: 1980CoupeMondialeHistory

"Could we in New Zealand, host the Coupe Mondiale? Would it not be a great event both for New Zealand and the accordion?" These were questions posed to a group of New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) committee members in the late 1970s by prominent Auckland lawyer, Gerald Ryan, who was a keen supporter of the accordion movement, with several of his children learning the instrument. With added encouragement from Harley Jones and his father Allan, both of whom had considerable contact with overseas accordion organizations, it became first a feasibility study and finally developed into a definite project.

1980 Historical website Report, Pictures and Results at: 1980CoupeMondialeHistory

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New Site: Lian Jones, Accordion and Piano Teacher, North Shore - New Zealand

Lian JonesVideo: Tango Project "Milonga De Cuatro", Astor Piazzolla "Triunfal" & "Libertango"Astor, performers: violin Irina Lgotkina, accordion Lian Jones, contrabass Marija Durdevic, piano Natalia Meyta.

Lian Jones AIRMT, Dip MusEd, is proud of to announce the launch of her new website https://lianjonesmusician.wixsite.com/lian designed by her daughter Alanah.

Lian is a performer and teacher of both the piano and accordion, based on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.

Born and raised in the Fujian Province of China, Lian (Huang Lingling) started playing the piano accordion at age 5, and began to learn piano and keyboard soon after. At 15, she began her studies at Fujian Normal University, majoring in Music Education under Prof. Li Weiming. Lian has won awards and placed at multiple piano and accordion competitions both in China and internationally.

Lian has been teaching piano and accordion in Auckland for over 20 years, and has taught many accordion students who have gained success nationally at the NZ and South Pacific Accordion Championships and also represented New Zealand internationally at the Coupe Mondiale and other competitions. Her students in both accordion and piano also excel in examinations.

Alongside her teaching, Lian is an avid performer as a member of the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta, conducted by Lionel Reekie, and the Tango Project, Milonga de Cuatro.

Picture below: Lian Jones playing the solo for the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta's world premiere of Gary Daverne's 'Song of the Far North'
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New Products from AccordionGifts: SUNbuster Car Shade & Accordion Masks – USA

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masksDan Grauman of AccordionGifts announces the introduction of its newest products.

The SUNbuster car shade. Keep your car cool in hot weather and show your pride in your instrument by placing the car shade behind your windshield.

This corrugated cardboard sun shade prevents the sun from penetrating the windshield so the air is cooler and more bearable upon return. The sun shade efficiently folds up accordion-style to maximize vehicle interior space.

Accordion Masks: The double layer mask, imprinted with two accordions, is made of soft breathable fabric consisting of 95% cotton and 5% Spandex. It is washable and reusable, and is adjustable around the nose. One size fits most adults. The mask is available in black or charcoal.
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