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Weekly News from Around the World - 07-May-2021
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Video Broadcast by Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
2021 World Accordion Day, World of Accordions Museum - USA
Online: Absolute Premiere Streaming, Sunday 9 May 18:30 - Italy
Broadcast of "The Accordion" Sunday 9 May, 9.15 pm on Sky Arte (channels 120 and 400 of Sky) - Castelfidardo/Italy
World Accordion Day 2021, Brazil, Portugal, Others - International
Online: World Accordion & Tango Festival - Canada

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

Sarajevo Music Academy Double Celebration for WAD - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Video: 2021 World Accordion Day at Karlssons Musik - Sweden
New CD: Guardia Nueva and Arja Koriseva Double CD Released May 14th - Finland
Scandinavian Echoes Music Show Celebrates WAD
WAD Celebrations by Confederación de Acordeonistas de Chile
Alex Meixner World Accordion Day Special – USA
Video: Aydar Gaynullin & Euphoria TV Performance - Russia
AccArt and The Band from Joensuun Konservatorio - Finland
Closing date for Online: 17th National Accordion Competition for Soloists and Chamber Music – Netherlands
Video: Maria Telesheva Plays Bach to Celebrate World Accordion Day

Future events

“Firasso” Releases Debut Album & CD Release Concert - Germany
Daddy Squeeze Performs Mother’s Day Concert – USA
Online: Paul Hutchinson “Folk Accordion Sessions”, England - UK
ATG Wednesday Workshops - USA
V All-Russian Open Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments named after I.Y. Panitsky, Saratov - Russia
Isabelle Debarre Orchestra Entertains at Olympic Park Hotel - Spain

Childrens Corner

Pan Jingyun Accordion Star International Winner - China

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Video Broadcast by Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)

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Kevin & GraysonView the video above in large size at: WorldAccordionDay2021

CIA World Accordion Day Video of May 6th was co-hosted by Kevin Friedrich & Grayson Masefield with Opening by CIA President Mirco Patarini and Closing by CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila.

The very interesting video program focuses on childhood accordion education in various parts of the world.

On the World Accordion Day site, there are many other pictures and information from accordionists around the world. Visit the World Accordion Day website: WorldAccordionDay2021

Enjoy the worldwide World Accordion Day celebrations.

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2021 World Accordion Day, World of Accordions Museum - USA

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Broadcast starting at 1 pm

Broadcast starting 10 am, First concert at 11 am, see schedule below.
View the video above in large size at: WorldAccordionDay2021

Harrington ARTS Center (HARTS) and A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) will host a live music accordion festival in Superior, Wisconsin from May 6th to 8th, 2021. This event will be held in conjunction with A World of Accordions Museum and the 9th Annual Palmer Festival.

• May 5th: Band rehearsal
• May 6th: World Accordion Day concerts, music and lectures will be ongoing from 10am to 7pm with refreshments available.
• May 7th: 9th Annual Dr Willard Palmer Festival introduction from 10am with concerts, demonstrations, workshops, and concerts.
• May 8th: Special Event open to the public – The Norsk Hostfest Polka Service Band will give an hour of folk music.

AWAM’s large concert hall allows for 6 foot seating distances, and masks will be required.

Tickets can be ordered or paid at the door for US$75 per day, or US$125 for the first two days. The polka service is free.

Many of the performances will be online. A full program of events is at: 2021USWAM

For further information, view: A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM)
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Online: Absolute Premiere Streaming, Sunday 9 May 18:30 - Italy

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Robert Palermo, Renzo RuggieriThe Associazione Promotion Arte led by Renzo Ruggieri organizes "Absolute Premiere", a novelty in the field of concert organization, as an conline concert welcoming artists from the world of the accordion who will present their productions in preview.

Mini concerts with repertoires performed for the first time that are a prelude to the forthcoming concerts/ productions. The event will be streaming on accordions.com and on Facebook and Youtube on 9 May 2021 at 18:30 hours.

Artists
- Vincenzo Abbracciante "Orizzonte"
- Andrea Di Giacomo "Suite Abruzzo"
- Marco Gemelli "Resíliens"
- Roberto Palermo Ensemble "Mediterranima"
- Renzo Ruggieri Mauro De Federicis "Ciak"

Details of each new composition in Italian and English: AbsolutePremiere.pdf
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Broadcast of "The Accordion" Sunday 9 May, 9.15 pm on Sky Arte (channels 120 and 400 of Sky) - Castelfidardo/Italy

The documentary film "La Fisarmonica" (The Accordion) broadcast on Sky Arte is about the 40th anniversary of the Museo della Fisarmonica (Castelfidardo Accordion Museum).

An important work of cultural promotion, a precious and further piece of the dossier that supports the candidacy for UNESCO heritage. Ennobled by the narrative voice of an artist of depth like Raphael Gualazzi, the result of the professionalism of a team of experts and stimulated by the institutional will, it arrives on Sunday 9 May at 9.15 pm on Sky Arte (channels 120 and 400 of Sky) and on the platform Now TV titled the documentary "The accordion".

Produced by Sonne Film and K + directed by Giangiacomo De Stefano with the support of the Marche Region and the Municipality in collaboration with Sky Arte, the film is a story that from local becomes universal describing the evolution and the main protagonists of an excellence (of accordions) made in Castelfidardo.

A spark fired thanks to Paolo Soprani, in the years following the Risorgimento battle of 1860 and which has since reverberated in the many companies that have operated in this sector over time, and continues to produce an incredible and complex instrument, whose peculiarities are effectively documented in the documentary film by renowned artists/musicians such as Richard Galliano.

The broadcast date corresponds to the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the International Accordion Museum which will be remembered throughout the 9th May date with themed piped music through the streets of the historic center, free admission (for residents only) and musical aperitif at 17.30.

The International Accordion Museum, which has recently undergone a logical and structural restyling that has made it possible to renovate, among other things, the settings and exhibition paths, was inaugurated on 9 May 1981 after a great amount of work in preparation and collection of the accordions and historical material. There was an exceptional impulse to participate in the month of February in an episode of the famous “Portobello” conducted by Enzo Tortora, promoters and founders Gervasio Marcosignori (picture right top), and founding directors Beniamino Bugiolacchi (picture middle right) and Vincenzo Canali (picture lower right)

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World Accordion Day 2021, Brazil, Portugal, Others - International

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WAD headerVideo 1: 10 clips from the performances. Alphabetical first name order.
Video 2: Video of Fabrica de Gaiteiros introduced by Samanta Albuquerque of the Oswaldinho do Acordeon Institute

Brazil and Portugal collaborated 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 some famous accordionists to celebrate this very special date.

The event was a big success and the video clips above give you some idea of all the concerts performances.
Performers list

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Online: World Accordion & Tango Festival - Canada

Festival posterThe 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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Sarajevo Music Academy Double Celebration for WAD - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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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Video: 2021 World Accordion Day at Karlssons Musik - Sweden

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 it will again be that we do a streaming without visitors on site, but 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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New CD: Guardia Nueva and Arja Koriseva Double CD Released May 14th - Finland

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A new live double CD by Guardia Nueva (conducted by Raimo Vertainen) and vocalist Arja Koriseva will be released on May 14th, 2021 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Guardia Nueva.

The CD include popular pieces such as "King Cobra", "On the Beach", "Bread, Gentle, Warmth" and "Tico Tico".

The CD also contains a 12-page booklet with plenty of pictures, information and golden memories.

Guardia Nueva recorded a May Day concert in 2020 when their hometown of Kokkola turned 400. The concert began and ended with a march to Kokkola composed by Ossi Runte.

This recording was broadcast on Alfa-TV “Winter Harmonica with Guardia Nueva” in Finland on May 1st, 2021.

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Scandinavian Echoes Music Show Celebrates WAD

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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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WAD Celebrations by Confederación de Acordeonistas de Chile

Chile logoThe Confederación de Acordeonistas de Chile celebrated World Accordion Day beginning with an activity “that means a lot to us and we think it's important that everyone can participate”.

The association held a survey of accordionists with the intention of gaining information of the number of accordionists in the country, accordion musical activities, performances, tastes and musical preferences, among others.

For details email: confederacion.acordeonistas.cl@gmail.com

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Alex Meixner World Accordion Day Special – USA

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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Video: Aydar Gaynullin & Euphoria TV Performance - Russia

Aydar GaynullinVideo: Aydar Gaynullin (picture right) playing a medley of popular tunes on bayan, and accordina with the Euphoria Orchestra. The performance was televised on "Russia 1" TV in Moscow as part of the program “Izmailovsky Park”.

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AccArt and The Band from Joensuun Konservatorio - Finland

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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Closing date for Online: 17th National Accordion Competition for Soloists and Chamber Music – Netherlands

NOVAM posterThe closing date for the 17th National Accordion Competition for Soloists & Chamber Music Special Edition 2021 is June 1st, 2021.

The online event for accordion soloists, ensembles and chamber music, which is organised by NOVAM (Nederladse Organisatie Voor Accordeon en Mondharmonica) will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

All videos are watched by an independent jury consisting of Vincent van Amsterdam, Elke de Meester, Froukje Klinge, Ellen Zijm, Gertie Bruin and Jef de Haes.

There are no prizes this year, but you have a chance to win a masterclass or concert prize and all participants will receive a personal jury report and a memento.

For details email: secretaris@novam.net

Registration is free of charge. Download information in Dutch and English at: 2021CompNOVAM.pdf

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Video: 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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Future events


“Firasso” Releases Debut Album & CD Release Concert - Germany

Firasso CD coverVideo: Firasso performing "Käues", Track 1 from the debut CD.

“Firasso” will release their debut album entitled “Tales” on GLM Music, Germany on May 7th, 2021, which consists exclusively of original compositions.

The trio, which incudes Marko Kassl (accordion), Robert Beck (clarinet & bass clarinet) and Nils Imhorst (double bass) recorded the album during Covid-19 lockdowns.

For “Firasso”, music has a lot to do with life. “They tell stories of a walk through the autumn foliage, of chewing gum stuck under the heel, of uncertainty and fear in corona times... Life is everything: exciting, sad, angry, cheerful”.

A youtube CD Release Concert from “Firasso” will be held on May 7th, 2021 at 8pm from the Kornkammer Brühl in Brühl, Germany.

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Daddy Squeeze Performs Mother’s Day Concert – USA

Daddy SqueezeDaddy Squeeze (Dan Newton) will entertain at a Mother’s Day concert on May 9th from 11am to 2pm. The event will be held at the historic Waldmann Brewery in St Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Concert goers will enjoy good music, food and beer in the outdoor garden with social distancing in place.

For details phone: 651-222-1857

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Online: Paul Hutchinson “Folk Accordion Sessions”, England - UK

Paul HutchinsonVideo: Paul Hutchinson gives a brief description of his Folk Accordion sessions for all accordion players from beginner to professional.

Paul Hutchinson (picture left) will give a series of online “Folk Accordion Sessions” aimed at the accordionist who has reached a basic level and now wants to make further progress.

Paul wants to make this versatile instrument more appreciated in all musical circles and we will explore techniques to create space and different textures.

The sessions will focus on:
• dynamics
• phrasing
• articulation
• bellow control
• simple and effective left hand accompaniments

Each session will include a ‘surgery’ where you can ask questions.

Future dates are:
May 11th, 2021
June 29th, 2021
July 20th, 2021
August 3rd, 2021
August 17th, 2021

For details email: paulhutchinson@mail.com

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ATG Wednesday Workshops - USA

Murl Sanders, Stas VenglevskiLiz Finch, Larry GoldingsThe Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) is presenting “Wednesday Workshops” every Wednesday at 7pm in May, 2021 as follows:

May 5th: Murl Allen Sanders presented a workshop on how to accompany oneself while singing and playing the accordion.

May 12th: Stas Venglevski presents: "Tips on Practicing Efficiently". Stas will share some experiences he has achieved over the years on how to approach and improve your study and practice habits of new compositions you are learning. One of his students will perform one of Stas’ original compositions and will share her experience of studying with Stas.

May 19th: Madalynn Neu and Liz Finch Co-Host: "Plays Well With Others". A discussion and overview of accordion performances with other instrumental ensembles, featuring video clips of great examples from around the world.

May 26th: Larry Goldings presents Making your right hand melodies more interesting/emotional with: counter melodies, clusters, right hand chording ideas and the importance of ear training.

For details check out the ATG website

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V All-Russian Open Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments named after I.Y. Panitsky, Saratov - Russia

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PanitskyFriedrich LipsThe V All-Russian Open Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments named after I.Y. Panitsky will be held in Saratov, Russia from May 14th to 19th, 2021.The event is organised by the L.V. Sobinov State Conservatory and includes classes for accordion and bayan.

Friedrich Lips (picture right) is Head of the Jury at this competition. Other jury members include Elena Sidorova, Vyacheslav Bondarenko, Grachev Vladimir, Yuri Gurevich and Faizullin Abuzar.

Schedule of events:
May 14th – registration of contestants
May 15th – round 1 of the competition
May 16th – round 2 of the competition
May 17th – round 3 of the competition and the first rehearsal of the orchestra of participants
May 18th – final bayan competition classes, 2nd orchestra rehearsal and readings dedicated to the work of I.Y. Panitsky
May 19th – Jury Masterclass, followed by a Gala Concert and results.

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Isabelle Debarre Orchestra Entertains at Olympic Park Hotel - Spain

The Isabelle Debarre Orchestra will entertain at an “Escape Under the Sun of the Costa Brava” trip to Olympic Park Hotel in Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain from June 6th to 12th, 2021.

The trip of 7 days and 6 nights is organised by the Agence de voyages Découverte (Discovery Travel Agency).

The Isabelle Debarre Orchestra will give evening performances for guests.

For details email: contact@decouverteengroupe.com

Download poster with full details: 2021IsabelleDebarre.pdf

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Pan Jingyun Accordion Star International Winner - China

Pan Jingyun won the 2021 Accordion Star International Category 1:- 8 years and under.

The video above shows him playing the following pieces:
Sonata K201
Sonata in Classic Style 1st & 7th movements
Pan Jingyun Accordion Star

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