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Weekly News from Around the World - 05-Jul-2024
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Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory Manufacturing Again Following March 2024 Fire - Italy
Monastery Music Springs (Klášterecké Hudební Prameny) 20th Anniversary – Czech Republic
Accordionists Entertain at Milwaukee Irish Fest - USA
CNIMA Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop - France
Ashokan Northern Week 2024 - USA

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

AAA Festival Schedule Released, Conshohocken - USA
Joan Eileen Reekie 1942 to 2024 – New Zealand
Mikhail Zatsepin Passes Away June 30th, 2024 - Russia
Video: Vlasta Krsek, the "Queen Of The Polka" on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show

Future events

Ian Lowthian: Cajun, Country and Americana Weekend - Scotland
Bayou Brothers Perform at Accordion Lovers Society International – USA
"Noria and the Parisians" Bastille Day Celebration Concert – Australia
“Black Pencil” Journey into the Future Concerts - Netherlands
“New England Digital Accordion Orchestra” Summer Concerts - USA
Victor Prieto 2024 Concerts in Galicia - Spain
Kosmos Ensemble Performs at Paxton House – England
Styrian Harmonica Seminar for Beginners - Austria

Links to Previous News Still Current

Past News List of Links

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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy
Latest Expansion of AAA Commissioned Composers Series of Articles - USA
Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

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Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory Manufacturing Again Following March 2024 Fire - Italy

Fire at Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory
Dino Baffetti logoThe Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory is manufacturing instruments again following the devastating and destructive factory fire on 14 March 2024.

The flames involved two floors of the factory, which covers a big area plus smoke damage. The fire brigade was on the scene, with teams from Osimo and Ancona. Luckily no people were injured. Reasons for the fire was found in the production part of the factory, caused by an electricity power strip for heating the wax early in the morning, to be ready for the workers to use, once they start to work.

Most of the instruments positioned in the middle part of the factory were completely damaged and could no longer be used. The entire factory had to be cleaned up from top to bottom due to heavy smell of burn, smoke and dust.

Pictures of the fire and alongside, the refurbished Dino Baffetti Factory are at: https://www.accordions.com/baffetti/fire2024.htm

The Baffetti family (Genuino, Cinzia and Milena, picture below) were overwhelmed by the big support received from the other accordion related factories, who promptly offered their help as well as all the Dino Baffetti factory workers themselves.

Now, only 3 months later, the Baffetti Accordion company was able to "wash" away all stains in the factory and also from their hearts, getting ready with all their possible efforts, to continue to supply their customers.

AWW congratulates Dino Baffetti for this superb achievement being able to restart the accordion factory so quickly.

See news item on March 15th, 2024: https://accordions.com/news.aspx?d=15-Mar-2024&lang=en#art21055

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Baffetti family (Genuino, Cinzia and Milena)

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Monastery Music Springs (Klášterecké Hudební Prameny) 20th Anniversary – Czech Republic

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Ladislav HorakThe Monastery Music Springs (Klášterecké Hudební Prameny) 20th Anniversary festival will be held at the Castle Monastery in Klášterec nad Ohrí, Czech Republic, from July 9th to 13th, 2024. The event will feature daily concerts from 7pm.

Accordionist Ladislav Horák (picture left) will perform at a Gala Concert in honour of the 20th anniversary of the festival in the Castle courtyard in Klášterec nad Ohrí on July 12th, 2024.

His program will include music by Elton John, Claude Bolling and Ástor Piazzolla.

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Accordionists Entertain at Milwaukee Irish Fest - USA

Milwaukee Irish Fest
Drops of GreenGoitseThe Milwaukee Irish Fest will be held at the 75 acre Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 15th to 18th, 2024.

The event will feature over 100 acts across 16 stages. “From traditional Irish to indie-rock there's musical entertainment for everyone at the Milwaukee Irish Fest!”

Accordion performances as follows:

• Drops of Green (picture above left, which features accordionist Sean Kearney) will perform at the Lakefront Brewery Stage at 6.15pm on August 15th.
• Goitse (picture above right) will perform at the Parkview Senior Living Community Stage at 8pm on August 16th.
• Leahys Luck (picture below, which features accordionist Stas Venglevski) will perform at the Parkview Senior Living Community Stage at 1.30pm on August 17th.
• Providence Ceili band will perform at the Dance Pavillion from 12 midday on August 18th.
• Concertina Circle: Mary MacNamara(County Clare), Mohsen Amini (from the group Talisk – Scotland), and Lexie Boatright (USA), will perform at the Village Pub Stage at 4.30pm on August 18th.

"O’Jizo", a trio of multi-instrumentalists from Tokyo, Japan featuring accordionist Hirofumi Nakamura will perform the following concerts:
• August 15th at 7.15pm at the Lakefront Brewery Stage
• August 16th at 7.15pm at the Celtic Roots Stage sponsored by Catholic Financial Life
• August 17th at 3.30pm at the Celtic Roots Stage sponsored by Catholic Financial Life
• August 18th at 4.30pm at the Celtic Roots Stage sponsored by Catholic Financial Life

"Steam" Irish quartet featuring accordionist John Williams will perform daily at the Dance Pavilion as follows:
• August 16th at 5pm
• August 17th at 3.15pm
• August 18th at 2.30pm

"Talisk" will perform daily at the Cider Boys Stage as follows:
• August 16th at 6.15pm
• August 17th at 8pm
• August 18th at 2.30pm

"The Byrne Brothers" will perform daily at the Miller Lite Stage as follows:
• August 16th at 6pm
• August 17th at 2pm
• August 18th at 6.15pm

For further information email: info@irishfest.com
Leahys Luck

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CNIMA Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop - France

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Jacques MornetThe CNIMA, directed by Nathalie Boucheix, will hold an “Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop” from July 29th to August 3rd, 2024 in Saint-Sauves-d'Auvergne, France.

The trainer is Jacques Mornet (picture left), a world-renowned accordion teacher, holder of the Gus Viseur prize, the silver disc of the Gnessin Russian Academy and founder of the CNIMA.

The workshop, for high level students of all ages will cover preparation for international accordion competitions, Graduate Schools admission exams, or just a professional career.

Students need to have previously attended a workshop at CNIMA, in order to attend this workshop.

For further details email: contact@cnima.com

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Ashokan Northern Week 2024 - USA

Northern Week 2024
Sabine JacquesRachel BellThe Ashokan Northern Week 2024 will be held at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York, USA from July 14th to 20th, 2024.

The week’s events will begin with a “pre-camp BBQ dinner and dance” on July 13th. Attendees can dine, dance, or just enjoy a great evening of New England music and dancing under Ashokan’s outdoor pavilion! Learn dance basics and then join in the contras & squares with live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and the Northern Week staff.

Accordion instructors include:
• Miraj - (Audrey Jaber, Rachel Bell, Jacqueline Schwab)
• Sabin Jacques (Canada - picture above left) - as well as teaching tunes and techniques, Sabin will join up with La Famille LeBlanc to play for dancing and help lead the "Cinq a Six," Northern Week's legendary and very inclusive daily Québécois jam session.
• The Vox Hunters (picture below) consists of Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi who are dedicated to sharing their infectious enthusiasm for harmony singing and instrumental music with others.
• Rachel Bell (picture above right) who will play for contra dance, French BalFolk dance, and English country dance.

For further information email: office@ashokancenter.org
Vox Hunters

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AAA Festival Schedule Released, Conshohocken - USA

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AAA Festival Schedule for July 12th to 14th, 2024 has now been released.

Guest artists include (alphabetical order):
- AAA 2024 Festival Orchestra conducted by Frank Busso Sr.
- AAA Junior Festival Orchestra conducted by Joanna Darrow
- Nikolay Bine
- Busso Festival Orchestra conducted by Frank Busso Jr.
- Joe Natoli
- Dallas Vietty Ensemble
- Hanzhi Wang

Registration, Tickets, and Payment
Use the following form to register for the festival and to purchase tickets: 2024AAARegistration.pdf

Payments can be made by check or online through the AAA’s secure checkout page: AAA Shopping Cart

Gala Banquet
One of the festival’s flagship events is the Gala Banquet on Saturday night. This year’s banquet will feature the 2024 AAA Festival Orchestra conducted by Frank Busso Sr., as well as an ensemble performance led by Dallas Vietty.

Further information at: AAAFestival

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Joan Eileen Reekie 1942 to 2024 – New Zealand

Joan ReekieJoan Eileen Reekie, the mother of well known New Zealand vocalist and accordionist Lionel Reekie and sister Carolyn Reekie passed away on June 24th, 2024. Both Lionel and Carolyn performed in honor of their mother at the funeral, which was held in Albany, Auckland, New Zealand on July 1st, 2024.

Joan was a long time supporter of accordion activities in New Zealand and travelled on a number of tours with the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra when they were New Zealand Cultural Ambassadors and made many international concert tours enjoying extensive acclaim and publicity, promoting tourism to New Zealand.

• 1981 tour to Europe and Singapore
• 1984 USA and Canadian tour 1984
• 1986 European tour
• 1988 Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia, China tour, Singapore and Hong Kong concerts
• 1990 Western USA tour
• 1992 European tour
• 1994 Eastern Canada and Eastern USA tour
• 1996 Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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Mikhail Zatsepin Passes Away June 30th, 2024 - Russia

Mikhail ZatsepinMikhail Zatsepin & Alexander PoeluevVideo: Mikhail Zatsepin and Alexander Poeluev (pictured together right) recording in 2021 with Mikhail Zatsepin talking about a unique bellows tremolo that only he played. He was persuaded to share his experience in this video.

At the end of June, Mikhail Zatsepin, a “wonderful musician, educator, a wonderful person, and the winner of the 1982 Coupe Mondiale, Hamburg, Germany has passed away.”

“The man is of multifaceted talent...when he played, he literally drew music. Just as a true artist draws details on canvas with a brush, so did he extract every note”.

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Video: Vlasta Krsek, the "Queen Of The Polka" on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show

Video: Enjoy this adorable clip of Vlasta Krsek, the "Queen Of The Polka" from Chicago, USA on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show on June 20th, 2024.

The original airdate was: December 10th, 1985.

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Ian Lowthian: Cajun, Country and Americana Weekend - Scotland

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Ian LowthianIan Lowthian (picture left) will hold a Cajun, Country and Americana Weekend in Ettrickbridge in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders on July 13th and 14th, 2024.

The live (and online) event is for accordionists and mixed instruments and will focus on music from America, with an emphasis on Cajun and Zydeco tunes and some Country music.

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Bayou Brothers Perform at Accordion Lovers Society International – USA

Bayou Brothers
The Bayou Brothers will perform at the Accordion Lovers Society International, Covenant Living at Mount Miguel in Spring Valley, California, USA on July 14th, 2024 from 1pm.

“With a sound straight out of Louisiana's dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the Bayou Brothers will rock you right on into "Fat Tuesday" with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin', foot stompin' musical gumbo y'all won't soon forget!!!”

For further information email: bayoubrothersandiego@gmail.com

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"Noria and the Parisians" Bastille Day Celebration Concert – Australia

Noria and the Parisians Bastille Day Celebration Concert
“Noria and the Parisians” will perform a Bastille Day celebration concert at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia on July 14th at 6.30pm.

Vocalist Noria Letts will celebrate France’s national day in true Parisian style with verve, swing and excitement, with “classics from the likes of Piaf & Brel, as well as some rarely performed French gems and host marvellous modern chansons for the brightest and most entertaining Bastille Day show in town.”

She will be accompanied by Dave Evans (accordion), Peter Baylor (guitar), Sophie Dunn (violin), Tom Flenady (double bass) and Phil Collings (drums).

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“Black Pencil” Journey into the Future Concerts - Netherlands

“Black Pencil” Journey into the Future
“Black Pencil” will perform a series of concerts taking the audience on a “Journey into the Future” this month at De Nieuwe Bibliotheek in Almere, Netherlands in collaboration with the Gouden Haas theatre company.

The production entitled “Change us”, is an interactive time journey on the threshold between future and present.

Performances dates and times are:

17 July 2024: 17.00 and 19.00 hrs
18 July 2024: 17.00 and 19.00 hrs
19 July 2024: 17.00 and 19.00 hrs
Black Pencil

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“New England Digital Accordion Orchestra” Summer Concerts - USA

New England Digital Accordion Orchestra
The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra will perform the following summer concerts in Massachusetts this month as follows:

• July 19th, 2024 at 6pm - Brookfield Summer Concert Series at the Brookfield Town Common Gazebo.
• July 31st at 6pm - Hitchcock Summer Concert Series at the Brimfield Town Common Gazebo.

Special guest performers include Angela Falcetti (accordion), Leslie Alexandra (McMahon - organ and vocals), 10 year old Ella Niemiec (piano and violin), Franklin Nichols (piano, flute, saxophone, and harmonica) and 14 year old Benjamin Niemiec (cello, piano and violin.

For further information email: samfalcetti@gmail.com

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Victor Prieto 2024 Concerts in Galicia - Spain

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Victor Prieto will perform 2024 concerts in Galicia, Spain this month with the Casa Galicia NYC choir.

Please see the poster for concert dates, times and venues from July 22nd to 26th, 2024.

For further information email: victorprieto2001@yahoo.com

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Kosmos Ensemble Performs at Paxton House – England

Kosmos Ensemble
The Kosmos Ensemble (picture above) will perform at Paxton House in Paxton, Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland, England on July 25th, 2024 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, organised by Music at Paxton.

The trio, which includes Milos Milivojevic (accordion), Harriet MacKenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola), will give an “evening of undiluted pleasure as they entertain with electrifying music from around the world, created from their encounters and studies with musicians working in North African, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Balkan and Gypsy, Argentine tango, flamenco, Celtic and jazz traditions.”

For further information email: info@musicatpaxton.co.uk

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Styrian Harmonica Seminar for Beginners - Austria

Thomas HolzerA Styrian Harmonica Seminar for Beginners will be held at the Quetschn Academy in Graz, Austria on August 17th and 18th, 2024 from 9am to 5pm.

The seminar tutor is Thomas Holzer (picture left).

Attendees will “learn the most basic skills, from proper posture to finger movement and simple bass playing, so you will end up playing your first tunes and a piece with both hands.”

Loan instruments will be available. The aim of the seminar is for you to get to know the Styrian harmonica and find out whether it is the right instrument for you.

For further information email: info@quetschn.academy

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2024 Coupe Mondiale 2024 Coupe Mondiale Information
2024 Online Entry now open
2023 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Video
World Accordion Day Information 2024 World Accordion Day Report, 6th May each year
Articles Articles Index page
2024 Shanghai 2024 Shanghai Festival Daily Reports, Video
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2024  2024 PIF Castelfidardo Information
PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2024 Malaysia Festivals 2024 Malaysia Festival Daily Reports
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
Interviews Interviews Index page
2024 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
2025 World Music Festival 2025 World Music Festival
Bayan and Accordion Festival, Moscow 2023 XXXV International Festival, Moscow  News and Daily Reports and videos
Ship Cruise Finland 2023 Accordion Cruise, Finland Information, News article
Voci Armoniche logo Accordion Reed Production  Article Link
Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
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Dino Baffetti Know the People Interview Dino Baffetti Know the People Interview Interview Link
Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Article Link
Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain News Link

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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy

2024 PIF Poster
Mayor Roberto Ascani, Ruben CittadiniAntonio SpaccarotellaThe PIF Castelfidardo Competitions and Festival is organised by the City Council of Castelfidardo led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association headed by Ruben Cittadini and 2024 PIF Artistic Director Antonio Spaccarotella.

The 49th PIF (Premio Internationale Fisarmonica) Castelfidardo 2024 will be held from September 11th to 15th in Castelfidardo immediately following the 2024 Coupe Mondiale which is also being held in Castelfidardo, September 6th to 10th, 2024.

These two major international accordion competitions and festivals mean that competitors, enthusiasts and supporters can with one airfare, attend both these exciting events at the home of Italian accordion manufacture.

The excellent 2024 PIF prizes are designed to attract competitors from many different countries.

The PIF Premio Award, the most prestigious PIF category features three finalists in the 3rd round, performing with a full symphony orchestra in the Teatro Astra. Each finalist will perform the world premiere of the commissioned work composed by Veli Kujala (Finland). President of the international jury is Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (Italy).

Further information about the festival, competition categories and entry at: 2024Castelfidardo

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Latest Expansion of AAA Commissioned Composers Series of Articles - USA

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Robert McMahonWallingford Riegger’s Cooper Square,
Virgil Thomson’s Lamentations, and
Paul Creston’s Second of Four AAA Commissions, Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra

This is one of longest and most historical and analytical ventures of this series, owing to the great accomplishment of Elsie Bennett to have persuaded three of America’s most famous and celebrated composers of the early and mid-twentieth century to contribute to the accordion’s growing classical repertoire. The three works are as diverse and unique as were their disparate styles of composition.

Creston was in his usual virtuosic, syncopated, modal, jazzy, and somewhat Debussyian element in his creation of perhaps the most frequently performed and highly virtuosic concerto for accordion and orchestra.

Riegger, one of America’s earliest exponents of atonal composition, and pegged as one of the “American Five” of ultra-modern music stemming from the 1920s (the other four controversial luminaries of the group being Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, John Becker, and Henry Cowell, the last fated to become a two-time contributor to the AAA Commissioned Composers repertoire decades later), chose to write a rather curious, abstract kind of tango named after New York’s Cooper Square where many musicians of note hung out during the mid-20th century.

Thomson, normally a more tonal, less dissonant composer than either of the above, opted to write a short but extremely dissonant, rather terrifying and highly virtuosic set of variations on a chilling, crashing processional that comprises the opening theme.

As is the purpose of the series, this article offers thoroughly researched historical and theoretical information on the compositions and their creators, along with interesting historical photos from Elsie Bennett’s large photo collection. https://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions22.php

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo RuggieriVideo: Francesco Scarselli recording Donna Lee.

Renzo Ruggieri has just released for sale to the public his special arrangement of cat. rrenzo529 Donna Lee composed by Charlie Parker.

This virtuoso arrangement has been successfully used in international competitions by students of Renzo Ruggieri, only €10, the music sent emailed to you.

Other recent releases by Renzo Ruggieri are:
rrenzo525 - Spain (Solo)
rrenzo526 - Birdland (Solo)a new solo arrangement of the famous song from Joe Zawinul (group Wheater Report).
rrenzo527 - Tourn e arrangements & compositions (Solo), for only €20,80 for the 40 page pdf book of:
- La Czardas (Monti, arr. Ruggieri)
- Mazurka Celebre (Migliavacca, arr. Ruggieri)
- Figaro (for soloist, Rossini, arr. Ruggieri)
- Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin, arr. Ruggieri)
- Passione e Fisarmonica (Ruggieri)

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