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Weekly News from Around the World - 09-Oct-2020
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Karlssons Musik feiert ihr 50-jähriges Bestehen - Schweden
CMA 70. Geburtstagsfeier & Trophée Mondial 2020 Online
Stas Venglevski "Poetic Rhapsody" Weltpremiere bei AWAM - USA
„Opera Bretelles“ tritt in Estavayer-le-Lac auf - Schweiz
Duo Madera Konzert „Von Gershwin zu Carmen“, Almere - Niederlande

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

Closing date: 2020 XIII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” - Spain
Video: Alessandro Mugnoz "Divertimento n.2" by Adamo Volpi - Italy
“Die Hosenstricker” Duo Compete in Radio Kärnten Musiparade - Austria
Guy Klucevsek Appointed to Faculty of New England Conservatory - USA
Leonard Brown ‘Requested by You 2’ Double CD, England – UK
Over 1.13 Million Views For Campbell Bettridge Bach Performance
International Digital Electronic Accordion Society (IDEAS) Virtual Symposium 3.0 - USA
Morand Cajun Band Album "Paradis Cajun" - France
Video: Nonato Lima Virtual Performance - Brazil
Dan Newton "Out of my Dreams" CD Release - USA

Future events

Raffaele Damen Performs at Museo del Novecento, Milan - Italy
“Scythian” Entertains at Steelstacks Outdoor Dining, Pennsylvania – USA
24th Season of “Gnesin Represents…” Concert Series, Moscow - Russia
CNIMA Accordion Workshops with Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix - France

CD Reviews

CD Review: Quodlibet CD by Friedrich Lips

New and Updated Sites

NAA 34. Jahresakkordeon Convention, Texas - USA
AAA Historian Joan Grauman Contributes Articles on Accordion Personalities

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Karlssons Musik feiert ihr 50-jähriges Bestehen - Schweden

Sven Karlsson, Siv Karlsson, Ingvar Karlsson, Lars Karlsson, Daniel Bengtsson, Sofi Blücher
Bild oben von Karlssons Team: Sven Karlsson, Siv Karlsson, Ingvar Karlsson, Lars Karlsson, Daniel Bengtsson, Sofi Blücher. Ingvar und Siv Karlsson gründeten das Unternehmen am 3. März 1970 und gehören heute zu den bekanntesten Familien der Akkordeonwelt.

In diesem Jahr feiert Karlssons Musik sein 50-jähriges Bestehen. Ihre geplante Feier mit einem großen Benefizkonzert im Kungsbacka Teater wurde wegen der Covid-19-Pandemie auf nächstes Jahr verschoben. Am 4. Oktober feierten sie jedoch ihr kleines Jubiläum mit einem kostenlosen Livestream-Konzert.

Das obige Video zeigt Folk Rock, traditionelle, klassische und andere Musikstile, Darsteller in der folgenden Reihenfolge:
Lars Karlsson Band
William Leijon
Annika Andersson
Bengan Janson.

Ihre Feierlichkeiten zum 50-jährigen Jubiläum finden nun am 9. Oktober 2021 statt.
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CMA 70. Geburtstagsfeier & Trophée Mondial 2020 Online

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Frederic DeschampsDie Trophée Mondial 2020 findet vom 16. bis 29. November online statt und ist der 70. Jahrestag der Konföderation Mondiale de l'Accordeon (CMA).

Der Wettbewerb umfasst die Trophée Mondial und die International Open Trophy. Die Anzahl der Kandidaten pro Land oder Kategorie ist unbegrenzt. Die Anmeldungen sind jetzt offen. Für „Variety / World Music / Jazz“ und „Classic“ wird es eine Vielzahl von Altersgruppen von unter 10 bis zu Erwachsenen geben.

CMA-Präsident Frédéric Deschamps (Bild links) hat angekündigt, dass die endgültigen Ergebnisse für jede Kategorie am Ende des Wettbewerbs veröffentlicht werden.

Anmeldeschluss ist der 15. Oktober 2020. Ausführliche Informationen unter: cma-2020.com

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Stas Venglevski "Poetic Rhapsody" Weltpremiere bei AWAM - USA

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Stas Venglevski wird am 6. Dezember um 15 Uhr ein Konzert geben, das vom A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) in Superior, Wisconsin, USA, organisiert wird.

Das Konzert wird Werke von Bach sowie die Weltpremiere seines neuen Hauptwerkes "Poetic Rhapsody" beinhalten. Stas schreibt die Beauftragung und Widmung dieser Arbeit dem AWAM-Museum zu.

In der ersten Hälfte des Konzerts werden JS Bachs Musik präsentiert, darunter: Passacaglia und Fuge in c-Moll, BWV 582, Toccata und Fuge in d-Moll, Präludium und Fuge VI aus dem Wohltemperierten Klavier (Buch Zwei), Erfindung in c-Moll (drei) Teil), Erfindungen in e-Dur und h-Moll (zweiteilig) und Choralvorspiel in f-Moll, BWV 565.

In der zweiten Hälfte des Konzerts werden seine Poetic Rhapsody, Bill Sussmans Zydeco Madness und Musik von Hiromi Uehara uraufgeführt.

Covid-19-Verfahren zur sozialen Distanzierung werden zwischen den Zuschauern durchgeführt. Masken sind erforderlich.

Zusätzlich wird das Konzert live gestreamt und vor der Veranstaltung werden Live-Stream-Links verschickt.

Für Details senden Sie bitte ein Email an: aworldofaccordions@gmail.com
Stas Venglevski

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„Opera Bretelles“ tritt in Estavayer-le-Lac auf - Schweiz

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"Opera Bretelles" wurden eingeladen, am 11. Oktober um 17 Uhr in der Azimut-Halle in Estavayer-le-Lac, Schweiz, bei der neuen Veranstaltung "Opera for All" der Classic'azimut Association aufzutreten. Siehe Poster für Details.

Die Gruppe besteht aus einem Quartett von Sängern (Sopranistin Joelle Delley Zhao, Mezzosopranistin Marie-France Baechler, Tenor Michel Mulhauser und Bariton Jean-Luc Waeber) in Begleitung des Akkordeonisten Christel Sautaux unter der Regie von Jérôme Maradan.

Bild unten: CD-Cover und Titelinformationen, alle Details unter: Christel Sautaux
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Duo Madera Konzert „Von Gershwin zu Carmen“, Almere - Niederlande

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Das Duo Madera, bestehend aus Leo van Lierop (Akkordeon) und Arjanne Bruggeman (Flöte), wird am 23. Oktober um 14 Uhr in Almere, Niederlande, ein Nachmittagskonzert mit dem Titel „Von Gershwin nach Carmen“ geben. Dies ist Teil einer Reihe von Nachmittagskonzerten, die von Goede Rede organisiert wurden.

Das Duo ist bestrebt, die Kombination von Flöte und Akkordeon sowohl mit Originalkompositionen als auch mit Arrangements durch klassische, Jazz- und Volksmusik hervorzuheben.

Auf dem Programm stehen Werke von Gershwin, Doppler, Rutter, Poulenc, Reis sowie Fantaisie Brilliante sur Themes von Bizets Carmen (Borne).

Für Details senden Sie bitte ein Email an: info@goederedeconcerten.nl ist Teil einer Reihe von Nachmittagskonzerten, die von Goede Rede organisiert wurden.

Das Duo ist bestrebt, die Kombination von Flöte und Akkordeon sowohl mit Originalkompositionen als auch mit Arrangements durch klassische, Jazz- und Volksmusik hervorzuheben.

Auf dem Programm stehen Werke von Gershwin, Doppler, Rutter, Poulenc, Reis sowie Fantaisie Brilliante sur Themes von Bizets Carmen (Borne).

Für Details senden Sie bitte ein Email an: info@goederedeconcerten.nl

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


Closing date: 2020 XIII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” - Spain

Escudero posterEscudero posterThe closing date for entries into the 2020 XIII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” is October 16th, 2020.

The contest will take place on October 23rd, 2020 organised by the Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea.

For further details email: info@hauspoz.org

Download competition information and rules: 2020Escudero.pdf

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Video: Alessandro Mugnoz "Divertimento n.2" by Adamo Volpi - Italy

Alessandro MugnozHistorical video. In 2010 Alessandro Mugnoz performs, with pianist Claudia Menghi, the "Divertimento No. 2" by Adamo Volpi (1911-1980); one of the first Italian pieces in the field of chamber music with accordion.

Adam Volpi, great organist, composer and teacher, was one of the reference figures of the first, now historical, literature for accordion; having dedicated to the instrument various concert pieces, recreational/didactic and chamber music, in a rather academic style, but always balanced and refined.

Recorded at the Ancona, Auditorium of the Higher Institute of Musical Studies "G.B. Pergolesi", 03 December 2010.

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“Die Hosenstricker” Duo Compete in Radio Kärnten Musiparade - Austria

“Die Hosenstricker” Duo from Lavant Valley in Austria are currently competing in the Radio Kärnten Musiparade. Listeners vote for the best soloist or group and each week the performers receiving the highest votes progress to the next round. The video above is their latest song entered in the competition.

The duo includes Thomas Koller (Styrian harmonica) and Stephan Schriefl (guitar). They enjoy playing a mix of folk music and pop to entertain their audience.
Die Hosenstricker

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Guy Klucevsek Appointed to Faculty of New England Conservatory - USA

Guy KGuy Klucevsek has been appointed to the part-time faculty of the New England Conservatory in the Contemporary Improvisation Department as Accordion Instructor. In this innovative program, students take one private lesson a week on their instrument to advance their performance skills, and another lesson specifically in improvisation with a faculty member who plays an instrument other than the student's.

Guy said that he is honored to have been appointed and excited to begin working with students.

Guy Klucevsek is a very versatile and highly respected accordionist / composer who has performed and/or recorded with many mainstream musicians such as: Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Brave Combo, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Rahim al Haj, Robin Holcomb, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relâche, Zeitgeist, and John Zorn.

Klucevsek has just Released! “Vignettes, Short Pieces for Accordion” Delightful original compositions and you can read about them at: Guy Klucevsek

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Leonard Brown ‘Requested by You 2’ Double CD, England – UK

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Leonard BrownVideo: from the Leonard Brown Show Live DVD - Abba Medley

‘Requested by You 2’ is a new and very entertaining double CD from the popular accordionist Leonard Brown from Newcastle, accompanied by the equally talented Liam Stewart (piano), Duncan Findlay (guitar and banjo), John Sinton (bass), and Malcolm Ross (drums).

In my opinion, this is a superb 26 tracks album, with great playing throughout from Leonard, fine arrangements, excellent sound quality, and a diverse programme that should appeal to a wide audience. Leonard, like other pro accordionists, has been performing concerts on the internet during this year’s pandemic period, and all the tracks are requests from listeners.

The first track on Disc 1 is the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, getting everything off to a swinging start with this old favourite (evoking memories for me of the much missed Dermot O’Brien, who recorded this tune in similar fashion in the 1960s). This is followed by Pistonette, a valse musette composed by the late, great Maurice Larcange. Track three is a lively Trip to Bavaria dance set, first of some Scottish selections on these discs.

Disc 1 includes two old chestnuts beloved of accordionists through the decades - Lady of Spain, complete with impressive bellows shakes, and the Cuckoo Waltz.

There are some catchy polkas on this album, namely The Paypal Polka, Box and Fiddle Rag, and The Beer Barrel Polka, plus a catchy novelty number Skippy, written by Bobby McLeod.

By way of contrast there are some well-known classical pieces – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel), Gold and Silver Waltz (Lehar), Carnival of Venice (with variations), Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimsky-Korsakov), and a Classical Medley (Tritsch-Tratsch Polka/Rondo a La Turca/Can Can/William Tell Overture).

Other tracks include a Beatles Medley, an Elton John Medley, Hits from the Blitz, the famous hymn How Great Thou Art, and the final track We’ll Meet Again – a tribute to the late, great Vera Lynn.

This album works on different levels: there is varied entertainment that should please most listeners, and there is also a high level of technique to satisfy the more discerning ear.

Leonard Brown became only the second Englishman to become All Scotland Accordion Champion in 2012 (Robert Whitehead was the first in 1978). He is one of the busiest and most prolific recording accordionists in the UK, with several CDs and DVDs to his credit.

For further information email: leonardbrownaccordion@gmail.com

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Over 1.13 Million Views For Campbell Bettridge Bach Performance

Campbell BettridgeNew Zealand performer and teacher Campbell Bettridge has had over 1,137,788 views of his arrangement of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BMV 565, by J S Bach.

This is one of the most viewed Bach compositions online that is performed by an accordionist. Congratulations to Campbell Bettridge.

On his website, you can read about the arrangement and see sample pages. Catalog: bettridge01

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International Digital Electronic Accordion Society (IDEAS) Virtual Symposium 3.0 - USA

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Digital accordionists will soon be enjoying 2020’s largest and most expansive virtual accordion event at the IDEAS Virtual Symposium 3.0. The event will be held from November 5th to 20th, 2020! That’s 15 days of wall-to-wall learning content and concerts from some of the world’s finest digital accordionists from around the globe.

Registrations are still open on the IDEAS site.

Because this year is a virtual event, pricing is half of our normal live event Symposium pricing. Yet you will get 40 classes to attend (any or all of them), and 4 concerts, all of which will be recorded and posted on our Members Only section of our web site only for Symposium attendees to view well into the future.

For further information: thegr8.ideas@gmail.com

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Morand Cajun Band Album "Paradis Cajun" - France

Video: "Paradis Cajun" by the Morand Cajun Band. This is their 4th album on Cajun-zydeco music featuring band members Roger Morand (melodeon & vocals), Jean-Marie Ferrat (guitar, bass, and sound), Patrick Plouchart (violin & vocals) and Michel Droz (board & snare drum).

For details email: roger.morand@free.fr
Morand Cajun Band

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Video: Nonato Lima Virtual Performance - Brazil

Accordionist, vocalist and composer Nonato Lima (Ceará, Brazil) had the pleasure of playing virtually with his friend Eduardo Taufic (keyboards). Enjoy.

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Dan Newton "Out of my Dreams" CD Release - USA

CD coverDan Newton celebrated the release of his new CD "Out of my Dreams" with a live stream on Social Media on October 5th. The CD features Dan's own compositions.

During October, Dan will be streaming live every Monday at noon.

You are welcome to send requests to: daddysqueeze@yahoo.com

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Raffaele Damen Performs at Museo del Novecento, Milan - Italy

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Accordionist Raffaele Damen will give a concert with Roberta Pandolfi (piano) at the Museo del Novecento, Piazza Verdi in Milan Italy on October 13th at 5.30pm for the Amici della Musica Udine.

Raffaele will perform the premiere of “Time Toccata” for accordion solo written by composer Sonia Bo. This work was completed during the full lock down period, and tries to examine the subject of time with suggestive sound.

Their program will also include music by Danilo Comitini, Uroš Rojko, Martin Lohse and
Igor Stravinsky.

The duo will give a live preview of this concert on Italian Radio3 Rai, Piazza Verdi program on October 10th at 4pm.

For details email: raffaeledamen@gmail.com

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“Scythian” Entertains at Steelstacks Outdoor Dining, Pennsylvania – USA

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“Scythian” which includes accordionist Dan Fedoryka, are the guest performers at the Steelstacks Outdoor Dining event, Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square Arts Quest Center in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on October 11th from 4pm.

The band play a variety of energetic rock with an Irish-Gypsy-American blend and clever storytelling to excite their audience.

Seating at this event is limited and reservations are required. Please bring a mask. Maximum of 4 people per table. All Covid-19 guidelines will be adhered to.

For details phone: 610-297-7100

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24th Season of “Gnesin Represents…” Concert Series, Moscow - Russia

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The 24th Season of “Gnesin Represents…” concert series will be held at the RAM Gnesin concert hall in Moscow on October 17th at 2pm.

Performers include duo of accordionists Arslan Aliev and Aleksej Pankratov, duo Nikita Ukrainskiy and Ilona Savina, Kirill Rusinov, Aleksandr Komelkov, Olzhas Nurlanov and Vladimir Stupnikov.

Please note: Masks must be worn at all times. Entrance without a mask is forbidden. Covid-19 social distancing regarding seating arrangements will be upheld, so the number of available seats will be limited.

For details phone: +7 (495) 690-24-22

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CNIMA Accordion Workshops with Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix - France

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Dates for upcoming CNIMA Accordion Workshops with Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix in Auvergne, France are:

October 19th to 23rd, 2020 (for adult beginners)
October 26th to 31st, 2020
December 26th to 30th, 2020

These workshops are aimed to teach students the fundamentals of Jacques Mornet's teaching method. Mornet approaches the accordion as a wind instrument thus allowing a radical improvement in the student's playing.

Subjects covered will include good holding of the instrument, good use of the bellows, the study of the 4 articulations (legato, tenuto, aggressive staccato and aspired staccato) and musicality to improve technique.

The workshops will be available onsite in person, or online via Skype. All Covid 19 sanitary rules are strictly respected.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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CD Review: Quodlibet CD by Friedrich Lips

Quodlibet CD cover by Friedrich LipsCD Reviews Index for the Review of Quodlibet CD by Friedrich Lips. Review by Joan Cochran Sommers in English and German languages.

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NAA 34. Jahresakkordeon Convention, Texas - USA

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Die National Accordion Association (NAA) wird vom 17. bis 20. März 2021 ihre 34. jährliche National Accordion Convention im Hyatt Regency Hotel in Richardson, Texas, abhalten.

Präsident Norman Seaton hat bestätigt, dass die Veranstaltung die Konvention von 2020 „Von Klassik zu Folk - die Welt des Akkordeons“ beibehalten wird. Kongress- und Hotelregistrierungen werden am 1. November 2020 eröffnet.

Für Details siehe: NAA
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AAA Historian Joan Grauman Contributes Articles on Accordion Personalities

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Joan GraumanAAA Historian Joan Grauman has placed more of her feature articles on the AAA website at: Archival Information

This month, articles on the lives of Frank Marocco, Manny Bobenrieth and Lou Coppola were added, plus two other articles including videos on Lou Coppola, bringing the current total to 23 of Joan’s articles in the AAA website at: Archival Information

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