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Weekly News from Around the World - 10-Jan-2020
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Happy New Year to all Accordionists
XXII Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival - Finland
Paolo Russo Bandoneon Concerto nr. 1 - Italy/Serbia
Black Pencil Perform at Borusan Music House - Turkey

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

Video: Arseniy Strokovskiy Performs World Premiere by Roman Galiev, Moscow - Russia
Entry Deadline for 2020 VAMÖ Accordion Competition – Austria
Rita Davidson Barnea to Receive Honorary ATAM Award - USA
Tom Alexander MBE (1934-2020), Glasgow – UK
Accordionist Massimo Signorini Performs in Livorno - Italy

Future events

Regional Open Competition of Young Artists "New Names of Yakutia" - Russia
Accordionist Lionel Suarez Performs with Vocalist Jehan - France
Chaika Band Fundraising Concert in Sydney – Australia
Michael Bridge to Perform in Ladom Ensemble, Toronto – Canada
Honky-Tonk Jump Dance Night, Minneapolis – USA
Alex Meixner Band 2020 Polish Performances in Florida - USA
Igor Zavadsky January 2020 Concerts in Kiev - Ukraine
“Trio Unkaputtbar” Perform in Dortmund - Germany
Transatlantic Sessions at Bridgewater Hall - England

New and Updated Sites

Updated: Accordion Russia News, New Articles Online - Russia
Updated Site: 2020 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released, Castro Marim - Portugal
Updated Site: 2020 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival Prospectus – New Zealand
Updated Site: New Album release: "MARY plays GARY" - USA

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Happy New Year to all Accordionists

Happy NewYear
diatonic graphicChristine JohnstoneHappy New Year and welcome to an exciting 2020. The year ahead promises to be full of wonderful accordion concerts, festivals, CD releases and competitions all over the world.

We look forward to bringing you news and reports of these events throughout the year.

If you would like us to include a news item please email: cjmusic@outlook.co.nz with information on your upcoming event.

Best wishes from the team at Accordions Worldwide.

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XXII Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival - Finland

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Kokkola posterThe XXII Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival will be held at a variety of venues in Kokkola, Finland from February 9th to 16th, 2020. The Artistic Director since inception of the festival is Raimo Vertainen.

The events will include a large variety of concerts, parades, children’s events, surprise events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city, lunchtime performances, sledding events, Songs for Seniors and jazz music.

A feature will be the world premiere of the new composition by Aulis Sallinen, one of the most significant Finnish composers and well known all over the world. Duo Concertante for two accordions and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing with soloists Sonja Vertainen and Janne Valkeajoki. The concert will be featured live on YLE Radio 1.

Picture below is Guardia Nueva, Musical Director Raimo Vertainen, who perform the final night concert.

Program of events: 2020Kokkola.pdf
Guardia Nueva

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Paolo Russo Bandoneon Concerto nr. 1 - Italy/Serbia

The first concerto for Bandoneon and Chamber Orchestra was recorded in Novi Sad, Serbia (November 15th and 16th, 2019). The 3 minute promo video above will give you an idea of the entire piece. Paolo Russo is the bandoneonist and composer of the piece which is in 3 movements (approximate duration is 24 minutes).

The concerto is a post-Piazzolla tango-oriented work that presents elements of classical, folk, jazz and film-music. The general idea is to transcend the limits imposed by the dominant tango tradition, in order to explore other musical horizons and propose alternative scenarios, without renouncing completely to its peculiar and characteristic language, where the bandoneon can find new life as a solo instrument combined with a dialoguing and articulated use of the orchestra.

Participating in this project are musicians of the Zrenjaninski Kamerni Orkestar, the entire audio recording crew at Studio M and the video recording crew, led by Srecko Milosavljevic.

Conductor: Thommy Andersson
Executive producer: Lelo Nika
Orchestra manager: Roman Bugar
Assistant: Katrine Krog Russo.

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Black Pencil Perform at Borusan Music House - Turkey

Black Pencil
Music House in TurkeyBlack Pencil (which includes accordionist Marko Kassl) will perform “Sit Fast” at the Borusan Music House in Istanbul, Turkey on February 21st, 2020.

“Sit Fast” is named after the work by composer Christopher Tye who lived in the 1500s and is a project which instead of focusing on speed, invites us to sit down and listen. Tye invited music lovers to dive into the enormous imagination he presented in his works.

Black Pencil will be performing works by Klaas De Vries, Martijn Padding, Klas Torstensson, Roderik De Man, Wim Henderickx and Louis Andriessen, bringing a breath of fresh air to contemporary works with a diversity of styles and composition techniques.

This is a new and different interpretation of pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

For details email: info@blackpencil.org

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Video: Arseniy Strokovskiy Performs World Premiere by Roman Galiev, Moscow - Russia

The XXXI 31st International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" featured some world premieres, among them being two works by the Moscow composer Roman Galiev.

Video above: The composition “Portrait” is a three movement work for solo accordion by Roman Galiev and dedicated to his friend and colleague Arseniy Strokovskiy.

As the composer himself says: “The best memory that remains after him - this is his music, and the best gift that a composer can give to his friend and the performer - is his own composition dedicated to him ... "

“Portrait” is the fruit of many years of friendship. In this composition, the composer tries to address the issue of not only the external order, but first the internal. Reveal the depth of heart experience and quest with your close friend.

No wonder this composition is for a solo accordion without any accompaniment or ensemble, as through the interaction of the performer and instrument, the listener,
the veil of the human soul is opened.
Roman Galiev and Arseniy Strokovskiy

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Entry Deadline for 2020 VAMÖ Accordion Competition – Austria

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Hermi KaletaEntry deadline for the 38th VAMÖ Accordion Competition 2020 for soloists from EU-countries and foreigners living in Austria is 1st February 2020.

The competition will take place at the Waldmüllerzentrum in Vienna Austria on March 15th 2020, organised by the Verband Der Amateurmusiker und Vereine Österreichs (Association of Amateur Musicians of Austria), Honorary President Prof. Hermi Kaleta (picture left).

Competition programs must consist of different styles with at least one original composition and be performed by memory.

The event will conclude with a final festive concert with prizes awarded and performances by successful contestants. Admission is free.

Click here for competition information and rules: 2020VamoRules.pdf

Registrations can be sent by email to: akkordeon@vamoe.at

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Rita Davidson Barnea to Receive Honorary ATAM Award - USA

Rita BarneaVideo: AAA 80th Anniversary Workshop performance

The Accordion Teacher’s Association of Massachusetts (ATAM) is proud to bestow Honorary Membership upon Rita Davidson Barnea at the 58th Annual New England Festival sponsored by the “Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts.

The event will be held at the Boston Marriott Newton, Mass. from March 27th to 29th, 2020 and is an annual musical competition. The event averages more than 3000 entries and 800 contestants from all across New England.

Rita has been the National Editor of the Accordion USA News for the past eleven years. This online monthly publication covering North American continent accordion events, artists, concerts, including video etc. has a huge readership of some 95,000 page views per month.

She is on the Governing Board of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and has been attending accordion festivals and competitions for years where she judges both piano and accordion categories.

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Tom Alexander MBE (1934-2020), Glasgow – UK

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Alexander BrotherslogoScottish accordionist Tom Alexander, (picture top) one half of the internationally famous Alexander Brothers, (picture above) died this week. He leaves behind his widow Betty and was pre-deceased by his son.

The Alexander Brothers – vocalist and pianist Jack (1935-2013) and accordionist Tom (1934-2020) - turned professional in 1958 after winning a talent competition, and went on to national and international fame through their many successful recordings, DVDs, tours, radio, and television appearances. In 1964 their best selling single ‘Nobody’s Child’, actually outsold the Beatles in Scotland, where the duo had become a household name. The brothers’ act did much to popularize the traditional songs and music of Scotland, and they were inspirational for many acts who followed them, most notably Foster & Allen. The Alexander Brothers were both awarded the MBE in 2005 for their contribution to the world of music.

After the brothers retired as a duo in 2012 Tom, an All Scotland Champion in the early 1950s, continued as a solo accordionist, recorded several excellent solo CDs, and was a popular guest in accordion clubs throughout Scotland and England. He was recognised by his peers as one of the finest and most admired accordionists of his era.

Tom Alexander passed away on January 8th in a care home in Glasgow after suffering with dementia for a few years. He was widely mourned in Scotland and beyond.
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Accordionist Massimo Signorini Performs in Livorno - Italy

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Massimo SignoriniAccordionist Massimo Signorini (picture left) performed a concert at the Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Natural History Museum) in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy on January 4th, 2020.

The concert entitled “Je T’aime” was held to celebrate the continuance of a musical and historical partnership with the Academy of Avvalorati, since 16 85.

Massimo was accompanied by vocalists Maria Salvini (soprano) and Sergio Panajia (tenor).

Their popular program included music by Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Rossini, Weill, Bovio, Schubert, Bizet among others.

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Regional Open Competition of Young Artists "New Names of Yakutia" - Russia

Competition logoyatusk schoolThe Yakutia Graduate School of Music are currently hosting the 20th anniversary Regional Open Competition for Young Artists "New Names of Yakutia" in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. Organizers of the competition are the Ministry of Culture and Spiritual Development of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and HBOU "Higher School of Music of the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia, Va. A. Bogonova".

The event began on January 9th with a grand opening in the Concert Hall of the Children's School of Arts No.2.

The competition is held in order to find, select and support talented children and young people of the Far East region. The competition program includes not only the competitive numbers of children and young people, but also a program to improve the skills of teachers, master classes of leading musicians of educational institutions of culture and art of Russia and Yakutia, holding "round tables" in which leading specialists, analysts, representatives of other humanitarian spheres, philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, cultural scientists, art studies, and sociology take part.

The competition is held in two stages. The first was held at the participants' place of study and decided on December 1st, 2019. The second stage - a competitive audition before the jury will be held at the Yakutia Graduate School of Music. V.A. Barefootova in Yakutsk until January 12th.

Competition categories include Instrumental Performance: Bayan, Accordion, Ensemble Music "Teacher and Apprentice" (joint ensemble - teacher with pupil).

The ceremonial closing of the competition will take place on January 12th at the Concert Hall of DSI No. 1, beginning at 3pm.

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Accordionist Lionel Suarez Performs with Vocalist Jehan - France

Video above includes excerpts from their album “Leprest – Pacifist unknown” released in January 2016.

Accordionist Lionel Suarez began a concert tour of France with vocalist Jehan on January 7th. Future concerts will be held on January 11th at Le Bouche a Oreille in Simorre and on January 12th at the Salle de la Mairie in Castelnau Montratier. See poster below for further dates.

The concerts will feature pieces from their album “Leprest – Pacifiste inconnu” (Leprest – Pacifist unknown).

For details email: contact@lionelsuarez.com
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Chaika Band Fundraising Concert in Sydney – Australia

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Chaika band“Chaika Band” (which includes accordionist Emily-Rose Šárkova) are currently touring NSW in Australia. Unfortunately they have had to cancel their performance in the beautiful town of Bundanoon due to the bushfires burning through the Southern Highlands.

In light of this they have decided to put on a house concert in Engadine in Sydney's Sutherland Shire this Sunday January 12th at 4pm. All proceeds with be going towards the local RFS (Rural Fire Service) in the Southern Highlands.

Their concerts in Armidale, Bellingen and Newcastle will still go ahead as well as their performance at the Illawarra Folk Festival from January 16th to 19th.

For details email: info@chaikaband.com

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Michael Bridge to Perform in Ladom Ensemble, Toronto – Canada

Video: Ladom Ensemble - “Raha”
Raha means "Free" or "Release". It was composed almost 10 years ago by the pianist and co-founder of the group, Pouya Hamidi. It was inspired by Persian traditional music, chamber music, and Kurdish dances.
Video by Thom Varey.
Musicians:
Michael Bridge, accordion
Beth Silver, cello
Adam Campbell, hand percussions
Pouya Hamidi, piano and composer

The Ladom Ensemble will perform at "Piano Fest" in Burdock, Toronto, Ontario on January 12th from 6.30pm. The ensemble, which includes Michael Bridge (accordion), Beth Silver (cello), Adam Campbell (percussion) and Pouya Hamidi (piano) play a unique blend of acoustic chamber and culturally diverse music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild.

Their all-original repertoire incorporates inspirations from Argentinean tango, Serbian folk and dance traditions, Persian classical repertoire, as well as classical music (Bach, Prokofiev) and progressive rock (Radiohead) worlds.

For further information email: michael@michaelbridgemusic.com
Ladon Ensemble

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Honky-Tonk Jump Dance Night, Minneapolis – USA

Dan NewtonHonky-Tonk Jump (which features accordionist Dan Newton - picture left) will entertain at a Dance Night with special guest Becky Thompson. The event will be held at the Hook & Ladder Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 16th at 7.30pm

Attendees can expect an upbeat night of classic honky-tonk and western swing Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams.

You can bring perishable/non perishable food items (except eggs) to donate to the Community Driven food share.

For details email: honkytonkjump@gmail.com

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Alex Meixner Band 2020 Polish Performances in Florida - USA

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The Alex Meixner Band will entertain at a concert and Polka Party with Jan Lewan (Polish-American songwriter and polka band leader) on January 18th, 2020. The event will take place at the Polish Center of John Paul II in Clearwater, Florida at 6pm.

The following day, January 19th, the band will entertain at the Polish American Social Club of Vero Beach in Vero Beach, Florida.

The Alex Meixner Band play a mix of popular folk, jazz and polka music.

For details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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Igor Zavadsky January 2020 Concerts in Kiev - Ukraine

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Accordionist Igor Zavadsky will perform 2 concerts at the Actor's House concert hall in Kiev, Ukraine this month. Concert dates are January 20th and January 21st, both beginning at 7pm.

The concerts are entitled "Triumf" and "Triumf-2" and will feature tracks from his latest album of the same name.

His program will include works by Brahms, Verdi, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Piazolla among others. Igor will also perform a trio with Sandra Vasilkov (violin) and Artur Vasilkov (piano).

For details phone: 0730493848

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“Trio Unkaputtbar” Perform in Dortmund - Germany

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“Trio Unkaputtbar” will perform at the Akkordeon Café Dortmund, Fritz Henssler Haus Cultural Centre in Dortmund, Germany on February 3rd at 7pm. The Dortmund Cafe holds an open stage event on the first Monday of each month to encourage accordion music performers.

The “Trio Unkaputtbar” includes Fabian Plank (Styrian, button accordion, guitar, e-bass, contrabass), Dominik Focks (guitar, bass, contrabass, accordion), Alexander Weisbecker (accordion, Styrian, button accordion, guitar, bass, contrabass) who will be joined by guest Sebastian Lammerich (baritone, accordion, guitar, bass, contrabass).

Attendees can expect an evening with original Styrian music.

For details email: akkordeoncafedortmund@gmail.com

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Transatlantic Sessions at Bridgewater Hall - England

Phil CunninghamThe 17th live edition of the Transatlantic Sessions will feature a fresh cross-generational array of Scottish, Irish and US special guests joining the regular all-star instrumental line-up.

The event, which will be held at The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, on February 5th will include accordionist Phil Cunningham (picture left) who plays with the accompanying instrumental dream-team.

For details phone: 0161 907 9000

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Updated: Accordion Russia News, New Articles Online - Russia

10 new articles since 1st December 2019 are listed in the Accordion Russia News in Russian language.

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Updated Site: 2020 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released, Castro Marim - Portugal

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2020 Coupe Mondiale posterThe 73rd Coupe Mondiale will be held from 05 - 11 October 2020 in Castro Marim, Portugal, hosted by the CIA member Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve, President: João Pereira.

The festival with 20,000 Euro in prize money will feature competitions as follows:
• 73rd 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

2020 rules and regulations at: Coupe Mondiale
The on-line entry system will open in Spring and the entry closing date is 31 August 2020.

The Coupe Mondiale festival will also feature the magnificent World Accordion Orchestra XIII, to be held on Sunday, 11 October 2020 at the conclusion of the festival competitions.

You will find a complete record of the 2019 Coupe Mondiale at:
http://www.coupemondiale.org/2019/cn_coupemain.html
In Chinese
http://www.accordion-news.cn/news.aspx?d=20-Dec-2019&lang=cn
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Updated Site: 2020 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival Prospectus – New Zealand

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NZAA President Sonja PalinichThe Prospectus (Rules and Regulations) for the 2020 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival, to be held in Auckland on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 2020, are now available at: 2020 NZ Prospectus

The rules for the international categories closely follow the rules of the Coupe Mondiale. The South Pacific international concert music category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe
Mondiale Masters category and the South Pacific entertainment category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment category.

Similarly Junior (under 18 years) South Pacific entertainment category. The South Pacific Junior solo concert category has the same rules as the first round of the Coupe Mondiale Junior category.

Entry closing date is 17th April 2020.

NZAA President Sonja Palinich writes: “I extend a warm invitation to all accordionists from not only New Zealand but also from all over the world to participate in the 2020 South Pacific International and New Zealand National Accordion Championships and Festival. Our association has staged this event since 1972. This event attracts enthusiastic and appreciative audiences who enjoy all genres of music.

We are delighted to once again have the use of the Raye Freedman Arts Centre (picture below). This outstanding modern venue is ideally suited to our requirements with excellent acoustics, lighting and full facilities all under one roof.”

Past events reports at: South Pacific Daily Reports
The Prospectus (Rules and Regulations): 2020 NZ Prospectus
Raye Freedman Arts Centre

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Updated Site: New Album release: "MARY plays GARY" - USA

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Gary DaverneReleased just before Christmas was the album titled "Mary plays Gary" with American accordionist Mary Tokarski playing the music of New Zealand composer Gary Daverne.

The album features 12 tracks with tracks 1 to 6 being Mary Tokarski recorded with the Moravian Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

The other tracks are solos by Mary Tokarski and the album features compositions of many different styles.

The album of 47 mins is available as mp3 tracks for only US$10. Full information about the album and the music including sound samples is online at Catalog: mary19eT "Mary plays Gary"
Mary Tokarski

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