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Weekly News from Around the World - 08-Feb-2019
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2019 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Goes Live, Shenzhen - China
Marta Cubas Hondal Performs in Parliament of Cantabria – Spain
XIII International Accordion Competition “Ascoltate 2019” - Lithuania
AAA William Schimmel Master Class & Concert Series, NY - USA
Sergey Osokin Concert Tour - Austria

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

Video: Lets Go Performed by LiubAnya Duet, Moscow - Russia
New Douglas Ward Compositions Now Online - UK
Video: Daniel Soroka Performs "The Pink Panther" - Hungary
New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia

Future events

Bayan and Accordion Music Festival - Russia
13th Annual Accordion Art Festival - Italy
Jonathan Dove Accordion Concerto Premiere – Scotland
2019 Macedonia Pearl Folk Seminar - Macedonia
Tango Quartet Debut Concert – New Zealand
57th Annual New England Music Festival - USA
Northern Ireland Open International Accordion Championships
Accordionist at “2019 Live at St Winfrid’s Music in Grappenhall” Series - UK
“Circolo Pivot" Concert – Italy

CD Reviews

CD Review: Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franck Angelis Two New Works Published - France
New Poster: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2019 - USA

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2019 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Goes Live, Shenzhen - China

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo MattilaCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2019 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 72nd Coupe Mondiale from the 2019 General Competition Rules page: 2019CM-Rules

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites all (41) CIA members to register delegates to the 142nd International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Shenzhen.

President Patarini invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries and praised the generous China/Shenzhen Government sponsorship which has afforded the opportunity to award 50 contestant subsidies towards airfare and free room and board. Subsidy applications must be received by 20 May 2019 so make your application today!!

The 72nd Coupe Mondiale will be held from 12-17 August, 2019 in Shenzhen, China hosted by The Accordion Association of Chinese Musicians' Association (CAA). President Li Cong and his Organising Committee (picture below) welcomes everyone to enjoy famous Chinese hospitality and wonderful music in the modern Xixiang Music Valley facility in Shenzhen.

The festival will feature competitions as follows:
• 71st Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

Entry closing date is 30th June 2019 and all entry and hotel information is online at: Coupe Mondiale
CAA Organising Committee

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Marta Cubas Hondal Performs in Parliament of Cantabria – Spain

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Accordionist Marta Cubas Hondal (student of Gorka Hermosa, Professor at Conservatorio Jesús de Monasterio) performed at a special concert in the Parliament of Cantabria recently.

The audience included the President of the region, the education counselor, the President of Parliament and other authorities of Cantabria.

Marta’s program included Kalina Krasnaya (Semionov), Anantango (Hermosa) and The Bee (Matsanov).

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XIII International Accordion Competition “Ascoltate 2019” - Lithuania

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Mindaugas LabanauskasLogoThe XIII International Accordion Competition “Ascoltate 2019” will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania, at the Kaunas J.Gruodis Conservatory Concert Hall, 5 - 7 April 2019.

Event organisers are: Lithuanian National Accordionist’s Union, Kaunas Accordion Society and the Kaunas J.Gruodis Conservatory.

The competition categories are open to young accordionist’s of different ages. They can participate as soloists or as the members of an ensemble or an orchestra.

Download the category and entry information in English, Russian and Lithuania languages at: 2019AscoltateInfo.pdf

For further information, contact Kaunas Accordion Society Vice-President Mindaugas Labanauskas (picture left) at: +370 676 29314 or e-mail: mindaugas@akordeonas.lt

Read the Daily Reports of the "Ascoltate 2017" where approximately 400 contestants participated in this very well organised event before an international jury. Full report including the Final Concert with pictures and video is online at: 2017Ascoltate
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AAA William Schimmel Master Class & Concert Series, NY - USA

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William Schimmel2019 Accordion Seminars "That Means What!?"
American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Master Class and Concert Series
William Schimmel, Moderator and Curator
July 26 27 and 28, 2019

Venue: The Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue

2019 Flyer available soon.

Price:
Three-Day Session, all Master Classes, Workshops and Concerts for 26-28.. $150.00
Daily Full Session, Master Classes, Workshops and Concerts - $60 per day
Daily Master Classes and Workshops - $30 per day
Daily Concerts only - $35 per day

Purchase your tickets online at: AAA Shopping Cart

Pictures below from 2018 event.
2018 Seminars photo

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Sergey Osokin Concert Tour - Austria

Sergey OsokinAccordionist Sergey Osokin has prepared a fresh program of new arrangements of compositions in his unique style for his upcoming tour in Austria this March.

Tour program:

March 5th 2019: Viennese accordion festival, 20:00
March 6th 2019: Neunkirchen, concert in the music school, 19:30
March 7th 2019: Hochegg, Reha Center, 19:00
March 8th 2019: Lavamünd, Kulturhaus, 19:30
March 10th 2019: Graz, Harmonica Center, 19:30
March 11th 2019: Baumgartenberg, Baumann/Glas, 20:00

Composers: S. Gainsbourg, C. Thomain, H. Betti, J. Gart, V. Young, M. Ferrero,
P. Whiteman, Mecano, R. Galliano, A.V. Damme, J.F. Baez, J. Richard, K. Weill, A. Astier
and own compositions of S. Osokin.

Sergey Osokin is the winner of Russian and international competitions including the famous high-level international competitions: Klingenthal (Germany, 2002), Arrasate-Mondragon (Spain 2002), Castelfidardo (Italy, 2003), ‘Trophée Mondial’ (Bourboule, France, 2005) and Golden prize at the festival ‘April Spring’ (North Korea, Pyongyang, 2006).

He has also participated in international festivals in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, China, North Korea, and the United States of America.

In addition Sergey has been filmed entertaining in the cinema production “It's Simple” directed by Sonya Karpunina, and television projects “Morning Star”, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Main Stage”.

As well as releasing 4 CD’s he has been a member of the jury of international competitions and accordion tutor at the Alfred Schnittke College of Music, Moscow University.

For further tour information email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at

CD's available online:
Catalog os601 Eternal Returning CD and eTracks album
Catalog os602 Il Cinema per Sempre CD and eTracks album
Catalog os603 Il Dolce Dolore CD and eTracks album
Catalog os604 Space CD and eTracks album

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Video: Lets Go Performed by LiubAnya Duet, Moscow - Russia

LiubAnya Duet logoLets Go by the LiubAnya Duet. Players are: Liubov Akhanova and Anna Zueva.
Left is their nice accordion logo. Updated website: www.LiubAnya.com

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New Douglas Ward Compositions Now Online - UK

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

DW950 Backstage Waltz
This waltz is written in Eb major and starts with a four-bar introduction. This is followed by the next eight bars which take the treble melody through a tuneful dance, with phrasing, slight tempo changes, and dynamic variations. An eight-bar short middle section introduced both major and minor bass chords. This is followed by a reinstatement of the melody, which leads into a slightly unorthodox ending in that the waltz momentarily turns into a foxtrot in 4/4, before the final bar in 3/4.

DW951 Conundrum
This composition, in A minor, starts with a bold concert-like announcement as its introduction, but after four bars changes to an emotional motif for several bars. Suddenly a speedy, turbulent allegro con brio section takes over, with an abundance of off-beat accenting in both treble and basses, and dynamic markings. This is followed by a section that suddenly stumbles into an almost dream-like state of emotions and feelings, played rubato, followed by a treble cadenza, and a lead-up to a major key. It then recapitulates to the allegro con brio theme before aiming at the build-up towards the ending. This involves a four-bar bellows shake, followed by a 24-note rising chromatic run, with a surprise ending that is typical of an Argentinian tango. The composition requires accurate coordination of treble, basses and bellows, plus phrasing, dexterity and personal musical interpretation

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

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Video: Daniel Soroka Performs "The Pink Panther" - Hungary

The Pink Panther Theme Song composed by Henry Mancini became a hit with the release of the classic Pink Panther film in 1963. The role of an inept French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau was orignated by and is most closely associated with actor Peter Sellers.

Daniel Soroka (Hungary) Performs The Pink Panther Theme Song for his Best Accordion Covers youtube site. Video: Published on Feb 2, 2019

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New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia

Spicy Salsa musicFranco CambareriThree new compositions by Franco Cambareri of Australia have been released.

cfranco238 - A Bumbling Bee
cfranco239 - Spicy Salsa
cfranco240 - Blu Dolphin Listen to the beautiful music sample sound file of Blu Dolphin: cfranco240s.mp3

View sample page online, pdf format music sent to purchaser by email.

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Future events


Bayan and Accordion Music Festival - Russia

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Vladimir & SvetlanaThe Bayan and Accordion Music Festival will be held from February 15th to 17th in St. Petersburg under the leadership of Honored Artist of Russia, Victor Dukaltetenko.

The opening concert of the festival will be held in the White Hall of the Polytechnic University, with further concerts on February 16th and 17th being held in the Concert Hall "At the Finland Station".

Guest performers include well known soloists and groups from different cities of Russia as follows: Nikolay Miroshnik, Lev Lavrov (Moscow), Yevgeniy Derbenko (Orel), Abuzar Faizullin (Kazan), St. Petersburg musicians. In addition soloists and accordion ensemble Äänekosken harmonikkakerho from Finland will also perform.

The event will conclude with a gala concert which will include a performance by the St. Petersburg duet of accordionists and laureates of international competitions, Svetlana Stavitskaya and Vladimir Ushakov. (picture right)

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13th Annual Accordion Art Festival - Italy

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Renzo RuggieriThe 13th Annual Accordion Art Festival will be held on June 15th and 16th in Roseto degli Abruzzi, TE, directed by Renzo Ruggieri in collaboration with the Comune di Roseto degli Abruzzi. The event will include the Italia Award international competition with competitors from all over the world.

Competition categories include classical accordion, virtuoso and diatonic for a variety of age groups. Entries close on June 10th, 2019.

For competition rules and entry form click here: 2019AAF_ItaliaAward_it.pdf

For any further information email: info@accordionartfestival.com

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Jonathan Dove Accordion Concerto Premiere – Scotland

Owen MurrayJonathan DoveAccordionist Owen Murray (pictured left) will perform the world premier of an accordion concerto entitled “Northern Lights” by Jonathan Dove on May 2nd (in Edinburgh), May 3rd (in Glasgow) and May 4th (in Aberdeen) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Jonathan Dove (pictured right) is one of the UK's foremost composers and has written over 20 operatic works. His new Accordion Concerto promises to be a fitting tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, drawing influences from his love of Orkney. Sir Peter had been commissioned to write the concerto for Owen Murray, but sadly he passed away just as he was about to start work on it. Dove rose to the challenge and has now completed the work.

Owen Murray, professor of accordion at the Royal Academy of Music has tried the work and is delighted with it. It is a fitting tribute to the accordion that the concerto will be premiered in three major Scottish cities. This premiere is down to the dogged determination of Owen Murray to keep the accordion present on its recently-gained position on the classical concert platform and to leave a legacy of good works for the next generations of players.

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2019 Macedonia Pearl Folk Seminar - Macedonia

Registrations close on April 10th for the Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar held at the Hotel Manastir in Berovo, Macedonia from July 25th to August 3rd. The event will include 10 days of folk music, brass bands, orchestral classes, dancing and popular local guests. Each evening there will be a “Live Music Party” with traditional Macedonian instruments.

Founder and Director of this event is accordionist Goran Alachki, who has composed over 300 songs, dances and arrangements. He will hold seminars and workshops in Macedonian traditional music.

For further details email: g_alacki@yahoo.com
Macedonia Festival Poster

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Tango Quartet Debut Concert – New Zealand

Tango ProjectAuckland Tango quartet Milonga de Cuatro will perform their debut concert at The Pumphouse, Killarney Park in Takapuna, Auckland on February 24th. The quartet includes accordionist and teacher Lian Jones, Natalia Meyta (piano), Irina Lgotkina (violin) and Marija Dimitrijevic (double bass).

Their program will consist of The Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) which are a set of four tango compositions written by Ástor Piazzolla. Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer) written in 1965, originally as incidental music for the play 'Melenita de Oro' by Alberto Rodríguez Muñoz; Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter) written in 1969; Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring) written in 1970, contains counterpoint; and Otoño Porteño (Buenos Aires Autumn) written in 1970.

In addition the quartet will play a variety of other works such as Libertango, Oblivion and Ave Maria to name a few.

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57th Annual New England Music Festival - USA

The 57th Annual New England Music Festival will be held from April 5th to 7th at the Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Massachusetts. The New England Music Festival is an annual musical competition sponsored by the Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts, Inc, (ATAM). The festival averages over 3,000 entries and 800 contestants from all across New England.

This year the event will include a new category for adults. Download information at: 2019ATAM.pdf

The festival competition includes accordion categories for solo, duet and groups. Contestants must be students of ATAM teachers.

The three-day event will also include a “Battle of the Bands” competition, an awards banquet, workshops and concerts.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information please call Peggy Falcetti-Chairperson: 1-413-2041 022
New England Poster

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Northern Ireland Open International Accordion Championships

Clyde JohnstonThe Northern Ireland International Accordion Championships will be held on February 23rd at the Loughshore Hotel Carrickfergus, East Antrim, organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right). This year’s event has attracted competitors from England, Scotland, Germany and the Irish Republic as well as a strong local entry.

The event caters for all types of accordion music, with classes for solo, duet, group, orchestral and marching bands for all ages and grades ranging in styles from classical and continental to traditional. The Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra (pictured) will compete in the Intermediate and Preparatory Orchestra Sections this year.

There will also be a number of Trade Exhibitors which shall add greatly to the interest and atmosphere.

Prior to the competitions, a free and easy concert will be held in the Glendun Suite on the Friday night (February 22nd) featuring accordionists Nigel Black, Jean Hanger, Jovan Rynjak, Gary Arnold, Alan Shute, Sean O'Neill & Anne-Marie Devine, Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Helen Rich, Malachy Cairns and Barry Smith.

These exciting Accordion Championships promise to deliver an extravaganza of accordion music catering for all tastes and have been recognised by the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) as a qualifying heat for the UK Championships.

The grand finale concert will feature a Massed Accordion Band with over 60 accordions on stage. A prize presentation will take place later in the evening with performances by accordionist Noelle McCarthy and prize winners from previous years. This will be followed by a Gala Dance in the Hotel with The Keith Dickson Scottish Ceilidh Group.

Daytime admission is free. For further details email: clyde.johnston@hotmail.co.uk
Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra

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Accordionist at “2019 Live at St Winfrid’s Music in Grappenhall” Series - UK

Serbian born classical accordionist Miloš Milivojevic (who is a member of the Kosmos Trio) will perform with guitarist Craig Ogden at the annual series of live classical music performances at St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall Village, Warrington, Cheshire on February 14th.

Their program includes a solo accordion performance of “Five Views on Country Gulag” (Viktor Vlasov) plus duets Concerto in D (Vivaldi), Felix Tango, Jewel, Pirotango (Falloni) and Kontroverse (Truhlar).

The church boasts a warm and very comfortable setting for the concerts, which have been ongoing for over twenty five years with the aim of encouraging young musicians.
Milos & Craig Poster

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“Circolo Pivot" Concert – Italy

Leonardo PosterAccordionist Leonardo Di Gioia will perform with Enzo Bacco (saxophone) at the Circolo Culturale Pivot in Castellana Grotte, Italy on February 8th.

Following his return from a tour of America, Leonardo recorded his album “Horizons” which includes original songs, improvisations, Mediterranean, South American, Argentine and Caribbean styles. Teaming up with Enzo on saxophone, they seek a balance between traditional ethnic and modern musical languages.

Their Circolo Pivot concert will present tracks from this new “Horizons” album.

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CD Reviews


CD Review: Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips

Hymn to Aphrodite CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of Hymn to Aphrodite CD by Friedrich Lips. Review by Joan Cochran Sommers.

Recent years Lips CD's:
CD028 Hymn to Aphrodite CD
CD027 Fachwerk | Kapote CD
CD026 Night Flowers CD
CD025 Lips Concerto CD
CD024 Under The Sign of Scorpio CD
CD023 Cocktail "Rio Rita" CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD022 Viva Voce CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD021 ecLipse CD & eTracks mp3 album
CD020 ¡Buenos Dias, Astor! CD & eTracks mp3 album

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Updated Site: Franck Angelis Two New Works Published - France

Franck AngelisVery popular French composer Franck Angelis has published and made available for international sale two new works:
ang568 - Spleen (Solo) View information and sample page
ang569 - Fantaisie (Solo) View information and sample page

The music is in pdf format sent to the client by email.

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New Poster: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2019 - USA

Poster: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2019
New Poster online: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) 2019, June 20-23, 2019. Further information will be online shortly.

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