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Weekly News from Around the World - 09-Sep-2022
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Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Music Has Lost A Great Supporter - UK
Excellent Entries for 'Live' 2022, 75th Coupe Mondiale in Zofingen - Switzerland
8th International Accordion Days in Prague – Czech Republic
Beltango Quintet Entertain at XXIII Tango Argentino Ball - Germany
Håvard Svendsrud & Øivind Farmen Autumn Concert Tour – Norway
Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Arrangement "Il Bosco Incantato" - Italy

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

2022 Dean Martin Prize Awarded to Accordionist - Italy
“Zamar” Performs at Drostdy Theatre – South Africa
Harmonika Müller Exhibits at 2022 Autumn Fair Dornbirn – Austria
Accordion Display at Philadelphia Airport - USA
Skerryvore Tours USA and Canada
Video: Paris Musette – the Accordion in Paris, France
2023 GR8 IDEAS Symposium Features Online & Live Events – USA
Instituto Chileno del Acordeón Course - Chile
2022 Mt Angel Oktoberfest - USA

Future events

Will Holshouser & Eric Vloeimans Tour to Celebrate New CD Release - USA/Canada
Mario Tacca Performs at “Accordions Around the World” Festival – USA
Cooperfisa Celebrates 100th Anniversary – Italy
Tuuliki Bartosik Performs at Usedomer Musikfestival - Germany
Fifi La Mer “Midnight in Paris” Concert – England
Rik Cornelissen Improvisation Workshop - Netherlands
Ebbser KaiserKlang Dance Band Celebrates 75th Anniversary – Austria
Renzo Ruggieri Performs with Vocalist Antonella Ruggiero - Italy
Second Souffle Perform at Blues Sphère - Belgium

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Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Music Has Lost A Great Supporter - UK

Queen Elizabeth IIQueen Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) who reigned as Queen from 1952 was Queen of the UK and the Commonwealth, which includes a combined population 2.5 billion and 1 in 3 young people worldwide, aged between 15 and 29 years.

Queen Elizabeth II who was apolitical, was pictured on more coins and bank notes around the world, than any other person in history.

We salute the life-long service to all people by Queen Elizabeth II and we recognise her support of music. Attached is an article written by Rosie Pentreath about Queen Elizabeth II support of music. Queen Elizabeth II.pdf

The life of Queen Elizabeth II is an inspiration, probably without parallel, of dedicating her life for the good of people for a very long life-time.
Queen Elizabeth II

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Excellent Entries for 'Live' 2022, 75th Coupe Mondiale in Zofingen - Switzerland

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Mirco PatariniKimmo MattilaConfédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Secretary General Kimmo Mattila writes: "The CIA congratulates the 2022 Coupe Mondiale host, the CIA member accordeon.ch upon attracting 83 entries from 23 countries for the 75th Coupe Mondiale in Zofingen, 4-9 October 2022."

Even as we witness devastating war in Ukraine and Covid still causing problems, this second "live Coupe Mondiale" with live jury and contestants is clearly very popular with teachers and competitors.

Additionally, the CIA has received 60 delegate registrations from 29 national members for the CIA International Congress with many Delegates also participating as jury for the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships.

CIA President Mirco Patarini writes: “We are very happy to have such a large number of competitors, delegates and jury members present for the 75th Coupe Mondiale. We will have a great event with real music in a live situation. Music is an Art that is “here, and now”, there is nothing so emotional for the artist and the audience than a concert in a beautiful hall!"

Download printable event poster at: 2022CM-poster.pdf
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8th International Accordion Days in Prague – Czech Republic

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VIII Prague posterRegistrations for the 8th International Accordion Days in Prague, Czech Republic will close on September 23rd, 2022.

The event will be held in the Museum of Applied Arts Hall, Prague, from October 27th to 30th, 2022 and include an opening concert with international guests, competitions, a Gala Concert, orchestras and a prize winners final concert.

The competition jury will include Chairman: Mirco Patarini (Italy – President of CIA), Stefan Hippe, Andreas Nebl (DE), Jörgen Sundeqvist (SE), Ladislav Horák, Josef Hrebík, Markéta Laštovicková, Pavel Trojan and Petr Vacek (CZ).

For details email: cta@iol.cz

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Beltango Quintet Entertain at XXIII Tango Argentino Ball - Germany

Beltango Quintet
The XXIII Tango Argentino Ball will be held in the Mendelssohn Hall, Wuppertal, Germany on September 24th, 2022, organised by Carsten Heveling.

The event will include entertainment by Beltango Quintet (Serbia), led by teacher, composer, performer Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon & accordion), as well as tango dancing shows/ball.

For details email: org@tango-tano.de

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Håvard Svendsrud & Øivind Farmen Autumn Concert Tour – Norway

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Håvard Svendsrud & Øivind Farmen will tour Norway giving a total of 18 concerts from September 13th to 24th, 2022, and from November 1st to 8th, 2022.

See poster for details.

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Arrangement "Il Bosco Incantato" - Italy

Book coverRenzo RuggieriVideo: Conductor & composer: Renzo Ruggieri, soloist: Petr Vacek, bass-accordion: Ladislav Horak, accordion orchestra from masterclass in Dobrany Festival 2022. Premiered 31 August 2022.

Renzo Ruggieri (picture right) has now released his composition "Il Bosco Incantato" for accordion solo with accordion quintet/orchestra arrangement, catalog rrenzo524

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "Il bosco incantato" is a piece written for accordion (with free bass) that elaborates a melody created for the exhibition curated by Marco Goldin - to whom the piece is dedicated - "Munch e lo Spirito del Nord" (2011) on the famous painter Edward Munch. The title recalls the painting "The Enchanted Forest" from 1903."

The composition "Il Bosco Incantato" has previously been released.
rrenzo524 - Il Bosco Incantato for free bass accordion and string orchestra (full score and individual parts).
Now, for the same price, the purchase of rrenzo524 will include the composition for accordion quintet/orchestra and the composition for string orchestra, score and all individual parts included. Superb value at € 25
The solo version "Il Bosco Incantato" is catalog rrenzo517

Other virtuoso arrangement by Renzo Ruggieri:

rrenzo500 - Song For S.B (Accordion and Orchestra) and (Accordion and String Orchestra)
rrenzo501 - Song For S.B (Solo)

rrenzo503 - Tango Italiano (Solo) this very successful solo has been updated in February 2021 (ver. 1.3). Tango Italiano for 5 types of ensembles rrenzo522 (ensemble)

rrenzo504 - Carnevale (Solo)
rrenzo505 - Roma Tango (Solo)
rrenzo506 - Cinema (for 4 parts and drums, electronic accordion)
rrenzo507 - Variations on Säkkijärven Polka (Solo)
rrenzo508 - Medley Disco (Solo)
rrenzo509 - Acquarelli Italiani (Solo)
rrenzo510 - Grande Jo (Solo)
rrenzo511 - Figaro (Solo) or (Solo with string orchestra)
rrenzo512 - Accordion Kids (10 pieces) simple and modern compositions
rrenzo514 - La Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things)
rrenzo515 - Peccatum et Gratia for electronic (hybrid) accordion
rrenzo516 - Lo Scuro e il Chiaro (accordion duo)

rrenzo517 - Il bosco incantato (for free bass accordion, solo) This work for free bass accordion and string orchestra is catalog rrenzo524

rrenzo518 - Valentango (Solo)
rrenzo519 - The Jackson Medley (Solo)
rrenzo520 - Acquarelli Italiani for Accordion and Orchestra
rrenzo521 - ll Tuo Sguardo (solo)

rrenzo522 - Tango Italiano (ensemble) (full score and individual parts). The solo version is catalog rrenzo503

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2022 Dean Martin Prize Awarded to Accordionist - Italy

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Danilo Di PaolonicolaThe 2022 Dean Martin Prize was awarded to accordionist Danilo Di Paolonicola (pictured below at the award ceremony) in Vasto, Italy this week.

Danilo is the creator of the Orchestra Popolare del Saltarello project which was born from an operation of research and revaluation of the musical tradition of Abruzzo. The Dean Martin prize was given in recognition of his work with the orchestra.
Danilo award

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“Zamar” Performs at Drostdy Theatre – South Africa

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Video: Music clips from Zamar

“Zamar” celebrated Spring with a concert entitled “Dis Zamar Lekker” at the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa on Sptember 9th, 2022.

The group features Monika Stuchlik Kahl (accordion & vocals), Veronica Bell (violin & vocals), Philip Vermeulen (guitar), Warren Joubert (bass) and Ronald Siegelaar (drums). Their name “Zamar” means “to celebrate with the plucking of strings”.

Their program included popular light classical music, Hungarian rhapsodies, Ukrainian folk melodies, South American tangos, Irish folk music, traditional African songs and contemporary classics.

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Harmonika Müller Exhibits at 2022 Autumn Fair Dornbirn – Austria

2022 Autumn Fair DornbirnHarmonika Müller GmbHThe 2022, 74th Autumn Fair Dornbirn began on September 7th and will run through to September 11th, 2022 in Dorbirn, Austria.

This Trade Fair features a variety of exhibitors, fashions shows, sports, children’s events, arts & crafts, competitions and concerts.

Harmonika Müller GmbH will exhibit a variety of musical instruments in Hall 3, Stand 17 during the event.

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Accordion Display at Philadelphia Airport - USA

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An accordion exhibition entitled “Making the Accordion Great Again” by Liberty Bellows is currently on display at Philadelphia International Airport, between Terminal A East and B.

The exhibition, which includes 40 accordions, will run until the end of December 2022.

The Airport’s Exhibitions Program is a nationally-recognized, award-winning visual arts initiative which began in 1998. The exhibits change throughout the year to provide a variety of educational and cultural programs. This forum for presenting visual arts attests to the Airport's commitment to supporting arts and culture.

The Exhibitions Program provides millions of visitors from around the world access to a wide variety of art forms by artists and arts institutions from the Philadelphia area.
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Skerryvore Tours USA and Canada

Skerryvore Canada
Skerryvore (which includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion) will tour USA and Canada from September 16th to October 9th, 2022

The group will perform two concerts in Alaska before beginning their tour of Canada

Canada tour dates as follows:

September 25th: Melissa’s Missteak in Banff
September 28th: Arden Theatre in St Albert
September 29th: Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in Camrose
October 1st: Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver
October 2nd: McPherson Playhouse in Victoria

For details email: info@skerryvore.com
Skerryvore

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Video: Paris Musette – the Accordion in Paris, France

Video: Paris Musette – the Accordion in Paris. A documentary on the history and culture of the distinctive Parisian accordion released in February 2022.

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2023 GR8 IDEAS Symposium Features Online & Live Events – USA

2023 GR8 IDEAS
The 2023 GR8 IDEAS Symposium will feature both a virtual and live event next year.

• Virtual event from February 6th to 12th, 2023
• Live event at the Grand Resort Warren in Ohio, USA from April 26th to 30th, 2023

See poster for details. Further details will be released soon.

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Instituto Chileno del Acordeón Course - Chile

Chile accordion course
The Instituto Chileno del Acordeón Coursewill hold an accordion course with tutor Manuel Bustamante this month in Santiago, Chile.

The course will include 10 sessions and is ideal for “those who want to start studying this instrument from the beginning, providing good technique, execution and musicality”.

For details email: clasesdeacordeon.cl@gmail.com

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2022 Mt Angel Oktoberfest - USA

MA Oktober festVideo: information on the 2022 Mt Angel Oktoberfest.

The 2022 Mt Angel Oktoberfest will be held in Mount Angel, Marion County, Oregon, USA from September 15th to 18th, 2022.

See video above for event details.

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Will Holshouser & Eric Vloeimans Tour to Celebrate New CD Release - USA/Canada


Will Holshouser and Eric VloeimansWill Holshouser and Eric Vloeimans CD coverVideo 1: A reel of concert and interview clips with the trumpet / accordion duo.

Video 2: “Redbud Winter” -- Eric Vloeimans, trumpet & Will Holshouser, composer and accordionist. “Redbud Winter”: a cold snap in early spring when the redbud trees begin to blossom (expression used in Tennessee). In memoriam Cynthia Shoemaker (1939 - 2021). This piece was commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association (2021), and premiered at the AAA Seminars of Dr. William Schimmel, Curator - on July 30, 2021.

Accordionist/composer Will Holshouser and Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) are touring USA and Canada this month to celebrate the release of their new CD, “Two for the Road” via Bandcamp.

“Two for the Road was recorded during a live concert tour of the Netherlands in 2021, during a window in the pandemic when musicians and audiences could finally come together. The second album from this duo, it showcases their expressive writing, playful and virtuosic improvising, and omnivorous range of influences, stretching the format to include a colorful range of sounds from their eclectic musical backgrounds.”

Concert dates as follows:

September 11th: Asheville NC
September 12th: Boone NC
September 15th: Charlottesville VA
September 18th: New York NY
September 20th: Des Moines IA
September 22nd: Chicago IL
September 23rd: Madison WI
September 24th -25th: New Orleans LA
September 27th: Albuquerque NM
September 29th: Santa Cruz CA
September 30th to October 1st: Vancouver BC, Canada
October 2nd: Seattle WA

For further information email: wholsho@twc.com

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Mario Tacca Performs at “Accordions Around the World” Festival – USA

Mario TaccaMario Tacca will perform at the 2022 “Accordions Around the World” Festival, held in Bryant Park, New York City, USA on September 14th, 2022 from 5.30pm.

"Curated by Ariana Hellerman, this program features accordionists as well as bandoneón, bayan, concertina, and harmonium players of different musical genres. The public can wander the park and explore different musical styles, or set up a picnic and enjoy rotating artists.

The series culminates with the Accordion Festival on September 16th, which celebrates the accordion and music from the cultures of Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the US/Mexico border."

For details email: manciniandtacca@gmail.com

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Cooperfisa Celebrates 100th Anniversary – Italy

Cooperfisa poster
The Cooperfisa accordion factory will celebrate their 100th anniversary with a “100 Year party” at the Teatro Civico di Vercelli (Civic Theater of Vercelli) in Vercilli, Italy on September 17th and 18th, 2022.

The commemorative concert includes performances by 14 international artists as listed on the poster above.

See poster for further details.

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Tuuliki Bartosik Performs at Usedomer Musikfestival - Germany

Usedomer festival
Useomer logoAccordionist Tuulikki Bartosik will perform at the Usedomer Musikfestival Beach concert, (picture above) held next to the recreation house in Seebad Ahlbeck, Germany on September 18th at 3pm.

This year’s event features concerts of peace.

For details email: info@usedomer-musikfestival.de
Tuulikki Bartosik

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Fifi La Mer “Midnight in Paris” Concert – England

Fifi La Mer
Accordionist Fifi La Mer will perform her new show “Midnight in Paris” with her ensemble at Pizza Express Live in Holborn, London, England on September 18th, 2022 at 8pm.

The show “mixes Parisian folk music ( musette), French chanson with 60’s French pop, film music and unforgettable 20s upbeat and 50s cool jazz.”

The group includes Fifi la Mer (vocals & accordion), Alex Garnett (vocals, clarinet and tenor sax), Oliver Wilby (accordion, clarinet and tenor sax), Julian Bury (double bass) and Mark Ridout (guitar).

For details email: musicoffice@pizzaexpress.com

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Rik Cornelissen Improvisation Workshop - Netherlands

Rik CornelissenRik Cornelissen will run an Improvisation Workshop at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem, Netherlands on September 24th from 11am to 3pm. Future 2022 workshops will be held on October 15th and November 19th.

The target group of the workshops is very broad as they are intended for anyone who wants to improvise, regardless of the level. All aspects of music-making are covered (sound quality, theory, chord theory, melody theory, ear training etc.). The course is given 'tailor-made', allowing mixed levels.

Group size: max. 10 people. For information and registrations email: info@rikcornelissen.com

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Ebbser KaiserKlang Dance Band Celebrates 75th Anniversary – Austria

75th anniversary
The Ebbser KaiserKlang Tyrolean dance band will celebrate their 75th Anniversary in Ebbs, Tyrol, Austria along with the 75th anniversary of Fohlenhof Ebbs on September 25th, 2022.

The day’s celebrations will include:

10.30 am – 12.00 pm: Musical morning pint with the Ebbser Kaiserklang (free entry)

12:00 pm – 1.30 pm: Anniversary stallion parade in the Fohlenhof Arena (admission included)

1.30 pm – 4.00 pm: Musical conclusion with the Ebbser Kaiserklang and the Original Almrauschklang (free entry)

For details email: info@kaiserklang.at
Kaiserklang

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Renzo Ruggieri Performs with Vocalist Antonella Ruggiero - Italy

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Accordionist Renzo Ruggieri will perform in concert with vocalist Antonella Ruggiero at the Teatro Mercadante Altamura (Mercadante Altamura Theater) in Altamura, Apulia, Italy on September 25th, 2022 at 7.30pm.

This concert is part of the 3rd edition of October Jazz 2022 in Italy.

For details email: info@teatromercadante.com

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Second Souffle Perform at Blues Sphère - Belgium

Video: Second Souffle playing “Omerta”, the story of a young woman plunged into a coma, of her companion who tries to bring her back to life by telling her their most beautiful memories.

Second Souffle will perform at Blues Sphère in Liège, Belgium on September 27th, 2022. The duo includes accordionists Béatrice Adam and Alain Van Muysewinkel.

Their performance will be recorded live. For details email: adambeatrice1974@gmail.com
Second Souffle

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CNIMA Jazz Manouche September Masterclass – France

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19212_sx.jpgVideo: CNIMA 2021 Masterclass Jazz Manouche with Ludovic Beier.

CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold a Jazz Manouche Masterclass from September 27th to 29th, 2022 with tutors Ludovic Beier (picture left) and Philippe Mallard.

The course will encourage you to “Immerse yourself in “gypsy music to discover all its secrets".

There is a limit of 10 per class.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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