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Weekly News from Around the World - 08-Sep-2023
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Informes diarios, 76ª Coupe Mondiale 2023, Bijeljina - Bosnia y Herzegovina
Ugljevik Hosts CIA Coupe Mondiale Opening Festivities - B&H
The London Accordion Orchestra in Concert - UK
Daily Reports: 48th International "PIF Citta di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize & Festival - Italy
Martynas Levickis Performs with Vienna Concert Association Orchestra – Austria
Cremona Musica 2023 - Italy
Kosmos Ensemble Tours Sweden

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

Report: 32nd Cotati Accordion Festival 2023 - USA
27th International Recoaro Terme Accordion Meeting - Italy

Future events

Ladom Ensemble Performs at 2023 Honens Festival – Canada
Sharon Shannon 2023 September Tour - USA
Malarkey Irish Band Guests at “March to the Movies” Concert – New Zealand
Martina Jembrišak Performs in Croatia and Germany
Accordionists Entertain at 3rd Fiesta De La Torta Frita - Argentina
Alpine Music Concert – Australia
Noé Clerc Trio Perform at D'Jazz Nevers Festival - France
Accordion Masterclass with Alan Small – Scotland
Edward II "Farewell for Now" Christmas Party - England

Links to Previous News Still Current

Past News List of Links

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AAA Composers Competition Results - USA
2023 Festival de Arte del Acordeón Xin Jiang Ta Cheng - China
"Meditato" de Gorka Hermosa ha tenido un estreno mundial en Chicago y un estreno en Chengdu - EE.UU./China

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Informes diarios, 76ª Coupe Mondiale 2023, Bijeljina - Bosnia y Herzegovina

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Coupe Mondiale posterVideo Homepage & Video Timetable en: 2023CM-Video
Resultados, informes diarios, fotos en: 2023CM-Report

Los Informes Diarios de vídeo e imágenes comenzaron con el Concierto de Apertura. Habrá vídeos de todos los concursantes de la Coupe Mondiale y de los conciertos, proporcionados por el Archivo de Vídeo y Proyecto Educativo de la CIA.

Los resultados del concurso de la Coupe Mondiale se anunciarán a las 18 horas del sábado 9 de septiembre.

Descargue el cartel imprimible del evento en 2023CM-poster.jpg
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Ugljevik Hosts CIA Coupe Mondiale Opening Festivities - B&H

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UgljevikPictured at Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion: Ružica Petricevic, CIA General Secretary Kimmo Mattila (Finland), President of the Assembly of the Republic of Serbska Zoran Lazic, CIA President Mirco Patarini (Italy), 2023 Coupe Mondiale organizer and CIA Honorary Vice President Slaviša Peric, The Mayor of Ugljevik Vasilije Peric, CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich (USA) and Chairperson of the CIA Music Committee Alexander Selivanov (Russia).

The Mayor of Ugljevik Vasilije Peric and President of theAssembly of the Republic of Serbska Zoran Lazic hosted a series of events in the city of Ugljevik (logo left) as part of the 76th Coupe Mondiale in Boznia and Herzegovina from the 3-9 September,2023.

Delegates of the Confédération Internationale desAccordéonistes (CIA) and guests were invited to partake in the annual Festival of Plum, Fruit, Rakija and Honey as well as the gala Luncheon receptions, a roundtable discussion with city officials and an International Concert.

CIA 2023 Honorary Vice President Slaviša Peric coordinated a series of activities including media interviews and concerts and performances showcasing the unique cultural heritage found inthe surrounding areas.

The Ugljevik Concert featured an impressive lineup of 4 CIA Coupe Mondiale World Champions including Kirill Rusinov (2019 from Russia), Alexander Selivanov (2004 from Russia), Olzhas Nurlanov (2021 from Kazakhstan) and Grayson Masefield (2009 from New Zealand). The finale of the concert featured Alexander Selivanov (Russia), Mirco Patarini (Italy) and Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) performing a magnificent version of a work by the popular Motion Trio.

The Mayor and the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Serbska were assisted by Ružica Petricevic from the Government office who offered continuous translations for the visiting CIA international guests.

Pictured at Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion: Ružica Petricevic, CIA General Secretary Kimmo Mattila (Finland), President of the Assembly of the Republic of Serbska Zoran Lazic, CIA President Mirco Patarini (Italy), 2023 Coupe Mondiale organizer and CIA Honorary Vice President Slaviša Peric, The Mayor of Ugljevik Vasilije Peric, CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich (USA) and Chairperson of the CIA Music Committee Alexander Selivanov (Russia).

Pictured: CIA President Mirco Patarini, Ružica Petricevic, Ðorde Peric, (accordionist) and CIA Public Relations Manager Harley Jones in the festival Carriage Ride procession.
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The London Accordion Orchestra in Concert - UK

On Sunday, 3rd of September 2023, the London Accordion Orchestra, under the direction of Ian Watson, presented their latest concert in their “Bellows Across Borders” series. Performing at St. Gabriel’s Church in London, for this performance, they welcomed the superb Bavarian State Youth Orchestra (Landesjugend-Akkordeonorchester Bayern) from Germany, conducted by renowned Germany conductor and composer, Stefan Hippe.

The 40 member London Accordion Orchestra performed Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla, Lullaby by Louise Drewett, Tico Tico by de Abreu, A Swift’s Return (Premiere) by Ian Watson and the popular Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez.

The Bavarian State Youth Orchestra (Germany) under the direction of Stefan Hippe performed Jubilee Overture by von Weber, Overpainting by Stefan Hippe, Trumpet Suite in D Major by Handel, Werziade III by Fritz Dobler, Sensemaya by Revueltas, Episodes sur une Image by Hans-Günther Kölz and Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky with the rousing encore of Elgar’s famous “Pomp and Circumstance”.

The Bavarian Youth Orchestra is a project to promote young accordion players from Bavaria by offering a repertoire of contemporary original works for accordion as well as transcriptions of the classics.

LAO conductor Ian Watson is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Ian has been LAO’s Principal Conductor since its formation. He brings his experience as a professional musician and composer to the orchestra and always strives to keep LAO growing musically. His compositions are played by accordion orchestras around the world.

During Stefan Hippe’s career, he has presented more than 120 world premieres of contemporary music. Concert tours have taken him to Hungary, Poland, Greece, France, the Czech Republic, Canada, the United Kingdom, the USA, Russia and Belarus. Since 1999 he has been teaching accordion and composition at the Nuremberg Music School and since 2015, Stefan has been engaged as a lecturer for conducting, score playing and music history at the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen, Germany.

For more information on the London Accordion Orchestra and upcoming concerts, please visit LAO.
Bavarian State Youth Orchestra (Landesjugend-Akkordeonorchester Bayern)

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Daily Reports: 48th International "PIF Citta di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize & Festival - Italy

Antonio SpacarotellaMayor Roberto Ascani, Ruben CittadiniDaily Reports from 13th September online at: 2023Castelfidardo

The City Council of Castelfidardo (Marche region, Italy), in collaboration with Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association, organizes the PIF International Competition “Città di Castelfidardo” reserved for accordion soloists and groups, of classical music and other genres and a music festival featuring accordion.

The Castelfidardo Municipal Administration is led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco headed by Ruben Cittadini, and 2023 PIF Artistic Director Antonio Spaccarotella.

Daily Reports from 13th September online at: 2023Castelfidardo

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Martynas Levickis Performs with Vienna Concert Association Orchestra – Austria

Martynas LevickisMartynas Levickis (Lithuania - picture left) will perform with the Vienna Concert Association Orchestra (picture below) conducted by František Macek at the Brucknerhaus Linz Concert Hall in Linz, Austria on October 26th, 2023.

This event is held to celebrate the National Day Concert – Brucknerhaus Linz (Konzert zum Nationalfeiertag – Brucknerhaus Linz).

Their program includes “Unfold for accordion and string orchestra” by Gerald Resch.

For details email: info@martynasmusic.com
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Cremona Musica 2023 - Italy

Cremona 2023
The 2023 Cremona Musica 2023 international exhibition and festival will be held at CremonaFiere in Cremona, Italy from September 22nd to 24th, 2023.

This musical event is dedicated to high-end instruments and features accordions, pianos, violins, guitars and wind instruments from around the world, crafted by the finest musical craftsmen.

“Admire the craftsmanship of these unique instruments up close and participate in exciting concerts and interactive rehearsal sessions. Cremona Musica 2023 offers an engaging experience for musicians, enthusiasts and professionals in the sector. Discover the latest musical innovations and technologies, meet internationally renowned artists and participate in exclusive workshops and masterclasses.”

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Kosmos Ensemble Tours Sweden

Kosmos Ensemble
The Kosmos Ensemble will tour Sweden from October 14th to 20th, 2023. The trio consists of Miloš Milivojevic (accordion), Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola).

Tour dates are:

• 14th October, 4pm - Musikverket, Kuturcentrum, Sanviken
• 15th October, 6pm - Norrtullkyrkan, Soderhamn
• 16th October, 7pm - Missionkyrkan, Ockelbo
• 17th October, 7pm - Soldatkyrkan, Gavle
• 18th October, 7pm - Hanebo forsamlingshem, Kilafors

For details email: kosmos@kosmosensemble.com

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Report: 32nd Cotati Accordion Festival 2023 - USA

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Cory & TraceyTraceyReport by professional accordionist Tracey Collins (picture above) about her trip to California: I was invited to headline at the 32nd Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California, USA on August 19th and 20th. It was excellent to finally perform in person as I was unable to attend due to the 2020 lockdown, however, I still managed to perform online.

Scott Goree (Executive Director) and Cory Pesaturo, a great friend whom I had met in Auckland, New Zealand at the Coupe Mondiale in 2009 made all this happen.

Following my flight, it was a long 2.5 hour wait at customs and Cory Pesaturo was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. We had just enough time for a little tour of San Francisco, then we went to visit Steve Albini at his gig. Steve Albini kindly loaned me his Petosa accordion over the weekend. I had never played this model before so was a little nervous at first about performing with it (like driving a new car!).

Every year Cory Pesaturo is invited to do a pre-festival performance for a lovely bunch of locals, so I managed to give it a test run there. Cory also performing with his very talented friend Yasmine Azaiez on violin. An excellent first day/night before the festival even started!

I performed two sets over two days at the Cotati Festival which went super well and was a lot of fun. The audience was very receptive and really love and appreciate the accordion!

Cory and I managed to perform a couple of duets during each of our sets. We played Volare and La Cumpersita (picture above left). Every year they present an Honorary Director for the festival and this year it was Frank Lima “The Great Morgani”, who has since retired but it was a nice acknowledgment for his contribution to the accordion world.

There were many excellent performers at this year’s festival – Erica Mancini, Foleada Forro, Those Darn Accordions, Elena Stenkina to name a few, showcasing the diverse range of genres you can play on an accordion.

On Sunday August 20th, we had the finale show and many of the performers all got together to perform, a great way to end the festival (picture below).

The whole Cotati team were so organized and the festival ran super smoothly. They certainly made you really feel a part of the community, for this very special event.

Following the festival, Cory, myself, Elena, and Yasmine along with 3 x instruments and luggage crammed ourselves in the hire car enroute towards LA. We couldn’t take the coastal route due to flooding, so the only other alternative was one loooong straight road! But thanks to good music, banter and roadside Pistachios, Fresh Strawberries and Garlic Ice Cream, we made it in 12 hours to stay with Liz Finch who was so lovely and accommodated us over the next few days.

Tuesday night, August 22nd, Cory arranged a house concert at his friend Leah Zeger’s place (another very talented violinist). We were surrounded by an amazingly talented group of artists and supporters and were lucky enough to perform and jam with everyone. It was a superb night! Wednesday 23rd, was our last night in LA and Cory surprised Elena and I with tickets to see Herbie Hancock at the Hollywood Bowl which was terrific. Joni Mitchell, Santana also made guest appearances.

I enjoyed a fantastic trip and I wish to extend a big thanks to Cory for being a terrific tour guide and host and to Scott Goree and the team for arranging my Cotati performances.
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27th International Recoaro Terme Accordion Meeting - Italy

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Simone MariniThe 27th International Recoaro Terme Accordion Meeting (27th Recoaro Terme Raduno Internazionale Fisarmonicisti) was held in Recoaro Terme, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy from September 1st to 3rd, 2023.

Hosted by Elio Bertolini, the event featured a performance by Quintetto Veneto (picture below), an exhibition inauguration dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the death of Italian accordionist Gervasio Marcosignori curated by Prof. Sandro Strologo, as well as a presentation of the C.E.A. Star for artistic merit award to Simone Marini (picture left).

Simone Marini will perform a live Milonga concert entitled “La Gran Tango” in Cinisello Balsamo, Italy on September 16th, 2023.
Quintetto Veneto

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Ladom Ensemble Performs at 2023 Honens Festival – Canada

2023 Honens Festival
Ladom EnsembleThe Ladom Ensemble (picture left) will perform five concerts at the 2023 Honens Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this week from September 7th to 10th, 2023.

Ensemble members are Michael Bridge (accordion), Adam Campbell (percussion), Pouya Hamidi (piano) and Beth Silver (cello).

Their first concert on September 8th at the Royal Canadian Legion, was entitled “Around the World with Ladom Ensemble” and featured “traditional melodies from Persia, Romania, Russia, and Argentina, and for fans of alternative rock, music of Radiohead.”

Further concerts are:
• September 9th at 10.30am at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. A family-friendly concert that embraces neurodiversity and disability.
• September 9th at 2pm. An open air concert at Central Memorial Park
• September 10th at 10.30am at Evan Hazell Theatre at Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton. A family-friendly concert.
• September 10th at 2pm. An open air concert at George Lane Memorial Park, High River.

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Sharon Shannon 2023 September Tour - USA

Sharon Shannon 2023 USA Tour
Sharon Shannon began her 2023 USA Tour on September 8th with a concert at the Irish American Heritage Centre in Chicago.

Her concert tour will finish on September 16th and 17th with performances at the Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan.

See poster for details.

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Malarkey Irish Band Guests at “March to the Movies” Concert – New Zealand

March to the Movies
The Sumner Silver Band will hold their “March to the Movies” concert at the Sumner Centre Main Hall in Christchurch, New Zealand on September 10th, 2023 from 3pm.

Guest performers are the Malarkey Irish Band (picture below).

Entry is free of charge.
Malarkey Irish Band

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Martina Jembrišak Performs in Croatia and Germany

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Dora PejačevićMartina Jembrišak (Croatia) will perform concerts in Croatia and Germany this month, beginning on September 10th, with a concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic (10th September 1885 – 5th March 1923 (picture right) in Našice, Croatia.

This will be followed by a performance at the large hall of the DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst in Hörstel, Germany on September 17th, 2023 at 6pm. The event is organized by Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst and supported by Dr Carl Dorken Stiftung.

Martina will perform with other scholarship winners from the Dörken Foundation in Herdecke.

Their program is listed below. For details email: jembrisakmartina@gmail.com
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Accordionists Entertain at 3rd Fiesta De La Torta Frita - Argentina

3rd Fiesta De La Torta Frita
Accordionists Antonio Figueroa Trio and Miguel Figueroa Y Su Conjunto Amanecer Campero will entertain at the 3rd "Fiesta De La Torta Frita y Del Mate Cocido", held in Villa Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina on September 10th, 2023 at 2pm.

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Alpine Music Concert – Australia

Alpine Music Concert
Slovenian-Australian trio featuring Phill Nadvesnik (accordion), Peter Grivic (bass) and Steve Rezonja (guitar) will perform instrumental alpine music (Oberkrainer music and Volksmusik) from Slovenia and Austria, for a laid back afternoon with authentic European food and drink at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg West, Melbourne, Australia on September 10th, 2023 from 12.30pm till 4.30pm.

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Noé Clerc Trio Perform at D'Jazz Nevers Festival - France

D'Jazz Nevers Festival - France
Noé Clerc TrioThe Noé Clerc Trio will perform at the D'Jazz Nevers Festival in Nevers, France on September 15th, 2023.

The trio features Noé Clerc (accordion & accordina - picture left), Clément Daldosso (double bass) and Élie Martin-Charrière (drums).

The evening program will be presented in music and images by Roger Fontanel, Director of the festival.

For details email: info@djazznevers.com

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Accordion Masterclass with Alan Small – Scotland

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Accordionist Alan Small from the Lomond Ceilidh Band will hold an accordion masterclass at the Radio Room in Islesburgh, Scotland on October 7th, 2023 from 3pm to 4.30pm.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival Club and cover traditional/continental music for intermediate and advanced players of all ages.

See poster for details.

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Edward II "Farewell for Now" Christmas Party - England

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Edward II are inviting fans to their “Farewell for Now” Christmas Party, to be held at Band on the Wall in Northern Quarter in Manchester, England on December 28th, 2023 starting at 7pm.

The band plan to take a break throughout 2024 but would “like to go out with a bang, or at least a rumbling bass line, rocksteady rhythms and blistering melodeon.”

The night will “feature all the festival favourites, old and new, and will feature a number of special guests.”

For details email: gavin.sharp@me.com

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2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2023  Competition Information
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
PIF Castelfidardo XXXIV International Festival, Moscow  Daily Reports
World Accordion Day Information 2023 World Accordion Day, 6th May each year
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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AAA Composers Competition Results - USA

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Le Accordeon du Diable (performed by Maria Martonová, accordion) composed by João Pedro Oliveira
Walts Curse composed by Jacob Bean
Flicker, free bass accordion solo, by Kaidson Davis

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Elsie  M. BennettThe results of the 2023 American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition are:

1st place: Le Accordeon du Diable, for accordion and electronic track, by João Pedro Oliveira
2nd place: Walt's Curse, accordion solo, by Jacob Bean

Honorable mention:
Flicker, free bass accordion solo, by Kaidson Davis
Two Legs, One Peg, Two Arms, accordion solo, by Cody McSherry

Full information including recordings of the compositions are at: http://www.ameraccord.com/bennett.php

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2023 Festival de Arte del Acordeón Xin Jiang Ta Cheng - China

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Récord Mundial Guinness conseguido en el Festival de Arte del Acordeón Xin Jiang Ta Cheng 2023.

Video de arriba de los 2525 acordeonistas en vivo, además de 2003 verificado en línea para un total de 4528 acordeonistas.

El informe completo de este gran acontecimiento en Ta Cheng, China, está disponible en línea en 2023Tacheng

Probablemente haya más acordeonistas por habitante en Tacheng que en ninguna otra ciudad del mundo. Tacheng está en la región autónoma china de Xinjiang Uygur, y para llegar a Tacheng hacen falta más de 5 horas de vuelo desde Hong Kong, Shanghai o Pekín, y está cerca de la frontera con Kazajstán. Para ponerlo en perspectiva, de Londres a Moscú hay 3 horas y 40 minutos.

El China Daily Times (edición en inglés) escribió: "Apodada la "ciudad del acordeón", Tacheng tiene una rica historia y un legado de acordeón. El acordeón es como un símbolo de la ciudad, y de cada 10 personas habrá dos o tres que sepan tocarlo.

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"Meditato" de Gorka Hermosa ha tenido un estreno mundial en Chicago y un estreno en Chengdu - EE.UU./China

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Gorka HermosaVídeo: Estreno mundial en Chicago.

Grayson Masefield interpretó el estreno mundial más exitoso de "Meditato" compuesto por Gorka Hermosa en el Festival Internacional (ATG) del Accordionists & Teachers Guild de 2023 en Chicago. Reportaje fotográfico en: http://www.accordions.com/atg/2023report.php

“Meditato” (2023) es una Meditación sobre la irracionalidad de la barbarie humana que fue encargada por el ATG gracias a la Presidenta del ATG Mary Ann Covone y Harley Jones. Cuando se le acercó para el encargo, Gorka Hermosa propuso una pieza melódica, ya que la mayoría de los encargos que recibe son piezas virtuosas. Pensó que era más profundo ir en dirección opuesta con un trabajo melódico.

Gorka escribe: "La Meditato intenta expresar la desolación de mi alma ante actos de barbarie como los que mostré anteriormente en Gernika (1994), y en Fragilissimo (2000) mostrando que todo depende del punto de vista y de nuestra incapacidad para comprender el punto de vista de la gente que piensa lo contrario de nosotros. Para componer “Meditato”, escuché las principales piezas melódicas escritas para acordeón (Romance de Angelis, Kalina Krasnaya de Semionov...), música de Albeniz, Satie, Debussy... y finalmente encontré la inspiración escuchando a Rachmaninoff (para la introducción de la pieza) y a Villalobos (Bachiana Brasileira nº5) para el resto de la pieza, partiendo de la improvisación sobre su armonía, para escribir lo que finalmente compuse en esta pieza."

Grayson Masefield realizó el estreno chino de "Meditato" en un concierto en Chengdu la semana pasada ante más de 9.000 espectadores adicionales a través de Internet. "Meditato" recibió una respuesta entusiasta del público tanto en Estados Unidos como en China, donde la obra también se interpretó en concierto en Tacheng la semana pasada. Informe completo del festival Tacheng en: 2023Tacheng

Grayson Masefield interpretará el estreno europeo de "Meditato" en el concierto de la Coupe Mondiale 2023 de "oficiales de la CIA" el 4 de Septiembre en Ugljevik, Bosnia y Herzegovina.

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