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Weekly News from Around the World - 10-Mar-2023
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"JAF" Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy
Beltango Quinteto Spring Tours – Europe
CIA Winter Congress in Paks - Hungary
2023 Tag de Harmonika (Day of the Accordion) - Austria
15th Tango 2 Istanbul Festival - Turkey
Grayson Masefield Performs at A World of Accordions Museum - USA
2023 International Accordion Competition Vilnius - Lithuania

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

Nikola Djoric' First Performance of Gabriele Proy's "Rosarium" - Austria
Claudio Jacomucci International Accordion Training Course - Italy
1st All-Russian Competition "Russian Accordion & Bayan Championship" - Russia
Accordion-YellowPages.com Future Events Free Listing - Cyberspace
Accordion Entertainment at 1,2,3 Dance Cruise - France

Future events

Black Pencil Baroque Trilogy Concert – Netherlands
Burak Şendağ Solo Bandoneon Concert – Turkey
Das Kollektiv Duo Tours Austria Performing “Caminando” - Austria
“Mr Accordion Man” Entertains at Father’s Day Lunch - Australia
2023 Celtic Spring Tour – Austria
2023 District Accordion Championships - Norway
CNIMA “Adults” Accordion Workshop – France
José Valadez Accordion Recital - Mexico
"Elegante Sport” Tango Concert - Argentina

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"JAF" Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy

CASTELFIDARDO - From Friday to Sunday, the Jazz Accordion Festival returns with a full house of performances, capturing the spring and festive mood that is in the air. "This is the first festival of the year to be held under the aegis and seal of quality of the P.I.F., the International Accordion Award, offering all accordion and jazz enthusiasts three days of concerts and two JAF sessions of the highest level. A unique festival that, thanks to the imprint and research of artistic director Simone Zanchini, embodies the natural essence of jazz in the movement of the bellows and in the experimentation that once again demonstrates the sonic power of the accordion," explains councillor Ruben Cittadini.

Two locations, three artists for three events with free admission that combine originality, energy and elegance. The opening entrusted to a young emerging artist of Tuscan origin, Sara Calvanelli, on stage at the On Stage club in via Soprani on Friday at 9.30 pm. An unprecedented jazz solo concert with a deeply personal female imprint: from the tradition of ancient songs to free improvisation, an unusual mix of voice, classical accordion and electronic effects.

On Saturday at the On Stage (9.30 pm) the Roberto Gervasi trio will perform: Roberto Gervasi on accordion, Davide Inguaggiato on double bass and Fabrizio Giambanco on drums, the protagonists of "My Jazzy Accordion", a tribute to giants such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Frank Marocco.

For the final performance on Sunday 19th, the scene shifts to the Salone degli Stemmi for the afternoon concert (6 p.m.) by French soloist David Venitucci: a performer and composer of fine quality and technique, who generates a unique and surprising world of sound with the use of loose basses.

Admission to all concerts is free. The Friday and Saturday evenings will culminate at the On Stage in the JAF Session open to guests and musicians.

Info at Pro Loco Castelfidardo 0717822987

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Beltango Quinteto Spring Tours – Europe

Beltango tour poster
Beltango Duo tourThe Beltango Quinteto will begin their 2023 European Spring Tours this month, which will include concerts in Germany, France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, Netherlands and Austria.

Firstly Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon) and Ivana Nikolic (piano & vocals) will tour as Beltango for Two through to April 18th, 2023, poster right.

The Beltango Quintet will begin their tour on April 8th in the Netherlands, concert list on poster above.

Poster below for the 25 Years Beltango & Friends Festival 29 June to 03 July 2023.

Beltango band members are:
Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon),
Ivana Nikolic (piano & vocals),
Antonija Barna (violin),
Bogdan Pejic (guitar) and
Petar Holik (double bass)

Beltango Quinteto enjoy performing a variety of traditional tango, Tango-Nuevo, Contemporary tango and Balkango.
Beltango 25th Anniversary

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CIA Winter Congress in Paks - Hungary

Delegates, 2023 CIA Winter Congress
Marcel Csuka, Adam PatakiPhoto above: 2023 Winter Congress Delegates

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) held their 149th General Assembly of Delegates Winter Congress in Paks, Hungary from 3-5 March, 2023. The Winter Congress attended by Delegates from 17 countries from as far afield as the USA, South Korea, Russia, Scandanvia and throughout Europe, was hosted by the CIA Voting Member "Az Ifjú Harmonikásokért" Alapítvány - "For the Young Accordionists" Foundation, Olga Papp – President.

The opening event of the General Assembly was a Concert in the beautiful Lutheran Church of Paks by accordionist Marcell Csuka and the Mixed Choir of Paks. Marcell performed works ranging from Scarlatti and Rameau to the contemporary composers Berio, Cage and Sciarrino. A graduate of the Bartok Bela Vocational Schoolf of Music in Budapest and the Stain Petersburg Conservatory Rimsky Korsakov in Russia, Marcell specializes in promoting modern works and the accordion and performs with numerous contemporary chamber ensembles.

After meetings of the CIA Executive and Music Committees, at the opening session of the 149th General Assembly, President Mirco Patarini (Italy) welcomed Delegates in his opening address. Reports were given by other Executive Officers including Kimmo Mattila (Finland - General Secretary), Alexander Selivanov (Russia – Chairman of the Music Committee), Kevin Friedrich (USA – Ambassador), Harley Jones (New Zealand – Public Relations Manager (presented on his behalf by Kevin Friedrich) and the co-host organizer Sergei Krickij (Hungary – For the Young Accordionists" Foundation). An additional report was presented by Anica Karakutovska of the Ljubiteli na Klasicnata Muzika in Skopje in North Macedonia who highlighted an upcoming premiere by composer Bete Ilin and their 15th Anniversary of the celebration of CIA World Accordion Day.

The General Assembly was an opportunity for the CIA to work over matters including financial matters, future events, membership affairs, the upcoming Coupe Mondiale in Bijeljina, Bonia and Herzegovina from the 4-9 September, 2023, technical issues regarding to the Coupe Mondiale as it pertains to the contestants, jury and delegates, Merit and Honored Friend of the Accordion Awards and other agenda items.

The CIA unanimously welcomed the renowned group from Moldova, Concertino as a new voting member. Artistic Manager Eugen Negruta and member Sergei Paramonov Mirzac were in attendance to present their application and receive their subsequent membership.

Concertino represents a group of accordionists, founded on October 18, 2003, whose purpose is to promote the accordion as an instrument for several musical styles. The concept of Concertino belongs to fresh-faced graduate musicians from Music Theatre and Fine Arts Academy, which had the ambition to „invest” all their musical knowledge into a unique and original project. They proved to the world that the accordion is an instrument that allows the skilled interpreter to perform not only popular but also classical music. Besides the characteristic energy and stamina, Concertino can be proud of having a repertoire that embraces creations from classical, contemporary, folk music, jazz, collaborating with different composers from the country and abroad. Since 2017, Concertino Accordion Band was taken under the protection of prestigious National Philharmonic „Serghei Lunchevici”.

The CIA had received two nominations for their prestigious CIA Merit Award, in honor of outstanding contributions to the international accordion movement. The Congress voted to unanimously accept Ladislav Horák (Czech Republic) and Renzo Ruggieri (Italy) for the Merit Awards. No nominations were received for the Honored Friend of the Accordion Award for this General Assembly.

The hosts provided an additional concert by Ádám Pataki and his variety Band, performing works by Bartók, Közeledo, Chernikov, Vlasov, Hermosa and Piazzolla followed by a trip to the Fritz Estate vineyard. The Fritz Estate, located on the Golden Hill near Szekszárd, was one of dozens of homesteads in the Decsi vineyard a few decades ago. From the early days of only two hectares of vineyards, the estate has grown to more than 30 hectares allowing the family to revive the centuries-old family winemaking traditions dating back as far as 16 35. The CIA Delegates and guests were treated to a gala evening of wine tasting, a grand dinner and traditional Hungarian Music.

The event concluded with the closing session of the General Assembly and a farewell luncheon at the Szedmák Maestro Pince-Borház vineyard.

The next General Assembly will be held on 5 September 2023 in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the opening of the 76th Coupe Mondiale festival.

For further information about the CIA, visit the website: Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
For full information about the 76th Coupe Mondiale, visit the website: Coupe Mondiale
Photos: courtesy of Gyula Molnár.
CIA Executive and CIA Music Committee

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2023 Tag de Harmonika (Day of the Accordion) - Austria

HVO Day of Accordion
Werner WeibertThe 2023 Day of the Accordion will take place from May 18th to 21st in Stainz, Southern Styria, Austria, organised by the HVÖ Harmonikaverband Österreichs, President, Werner Weibert (picture right).

This year all national and international candidates are invited to the 30th Austrian Accordion Competition and the 4th Erich Moser Memorial Competition for Steirische Harmonika.

The closing date for registrations is March 31st, 2023.

Download rules and information for:
- English and German for 30th Austrian Accordion Competition for accordion solo, duo, ensembles and orchestra;
- English and German for 28th Competition for Steirische Harmonika Solo - Duo and 23rd Competition for Folk Music Groups;
- English and Slovenian 4th Erich Moser Memorial Competition for Steirische Harmonika;
at: 2023HVO-Tag.pdf

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15th Tango 2 Istanbul Festival - Turkey

15th Tango 2 Istanbul
The 15th Tango 2 Istanbul Festival will be held at The Ritz Carlton in Istanbul, Turkey from March 21st to 26th, 2023.

Sexteto Cristal (picture below) will perform concerts at the festival as follows:

• March 23rd from 8pm to 10pm Theatre concert at The Ritz carlton
• March 24th from 8pm to 5am Milonga Istanbul concert at the Mandarin Oriental

Sexteto Cristal comprises of Christian Gerber (bandoneon), Michael Dolak (bandoneon), Maja Hunziker (violin), Rupert Dintinger (violin), Fernando Bruguera (piano) and Anna-Maria Huhn (double bass).

Registrations are open now. For details email: info@tangotoistanbul.com
Sexteto Cristal

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Grayson Masefield Performs at A World of Accordions Museum - USA

Grayson - USA
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Video 2:
Video 1: Grayson Masefield writes: "A fun light-hearted disco medley created for me by Renzo Ruggieri - Performed at University of Massachusetts Boston.
Video 2: Grayson performs Chaccone in F minor, Pachelbel, Finale Concert at 2021 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival.

A World of Accordions Museum looks forward to welcoming Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) to Superior, Wisconsin, USA for his fundraising concert on July 30th, 2023.

The concert will take place in the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall, which is acoustically ideal and seats 1,000 people on floor and balcony levels.

Grayson is a New Zealand born accordionist and is the first person to win World Championships in Classical, Virtuoso and Digital accordion categories. He is the Instrumental Music Teacher for Accordion at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Over the years, Grayson has been invited to perform in many countries including France, Spain, Germany, UK, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, China, Switzerland, Chile, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Korea, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Finland.

Grayson has available a varied program of serious concert works as well as entertainment music. His extensive repertoire can be heard on his three albums as well as many live performances on youtube.

He has worked with several of the world's leading composers such as Franck Angelis (France), Gary Daverne (New Zealand), Gorka Hermosa (Spain) and Petri Makkonen (Finland) to perform and record new original works for the accordion.

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2023 International Accordion Competition Vilnius - Lithuania

2023 International Accordion Competition Vilnius
Raimondas Sviackevičius,The 2023 International Accordion Competition Vilnius will take place from March 23rd to 25th in Vilnius, Lithuania, organised by the Lithuanian Accordionists' Association and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

This year's event is the XV anniversary and is dedicated to two important events: the 90th anniversary of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the 700th anniversary of Vilnius.

The competition includes categories according to genre, composition and age, from serious classical to light entertainment according to age and chosen genre of performance, for soloists, ensembles and orchestras of various compositions.

The Artistic director of the competition is Prof. Raimondas Sviackevicius (picture left), President of the Lithuanian Accordionists' Association, and Head of the Accordion Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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Nikola Djoric' First Performance of Gabriele Proy's "Rosarium" - Austria

Nikola Djoric
As part of his concert program "Souvenir de Baden" in the "House of Art" there, Nikola Djoric premiered "Rosarium", the latest work by the distinguished contemporary composer Gabriele Proy, who he has been working together with for many years.

After several chamber music works, "Rosarium" is now the first piece for accordion solo. “Nature is an important source of inspiration for my work as a composer. My instrumental works as well as my vocal pieces and my soundscape compositions contain many references to nature. Like "holding on to time", my compositions should spread inner peace and regain inner peace even after very dramatic passages. My approach to music is the art of listening: As a composer, I want to offer the listener an intensive listening experience - I also want to hit the nerve of the listener in the field of contemporary music." (Gabriele Proy) Since the composer lives and works in Baden, it is only natural and logical that Austria's largest rose garden, the Baden Rosarium, offered her an endless source of experiences and memories that inevitably led to her latest work and are now also documented in a convincing tonal language.

This new original composition for accordion was embedded in works by Couperin, Bach, Beethoven, Rameau, Scarlatti, Liszt/Schubert, Piazzolla and Galliano. With the sound spectrum of the accordion, Djoric explores previously unknown timbres in a repertoire that was not written for this instrument, although he does not make any arrangements, but rather remains faithful to the original musical text. This approach, often unusual for accordionists, has earned Djoric a great deal of respect and recognition in the general music world. Appearances as a soloist and chamber musician on such important concert stages as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gasteig in Munich, the Beethovenfest in Bonn and many others were the logical consequence. Chamber music occupies an important place for Nikola Djoric. With the cellist Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet) he founded the duo "Ex Equo" and with the baritone Bo Skovhus he created a special interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise.

One critic attested to Djoric "poetry, power, passion, devotion, control...", all attributes that he also demonstrated on this evening to enrapture his audience with storms of enthusiasm!

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Claudio Jacomucci International Accordion Training Course - Italy

Erasmus
An International Training and updating course on accordion practice focused on the principles of the Alexander Technique will be held at the Conservatorio G.B.Pergolesi in Fermo, Italy from May 17th to 19th, 2023, tutored by Claudio Jacomucci and organised by Erasmus+.

Course topics will include ergonomics (instrument types, sitting, placing and supporting the instrument, securing the instrument, strap systems), techniques (tone production, bellows technique, finger technique, fingering), learning process (learning how to learn, hearing and listening, tempo and metronome, training technical skills, learning a new piece, daily practice, phrasing and breathing, interpretation, imitation, stage fright).

The deadline for submitting applications is April 21st, 2023.

Download course information in Italian and English here: 2023Jacomucci.pdf

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1st All-Russian Competition "Russian Accordion & Bayan Championship" - Russia

Competition poster
The 1st All-Russian competition "Russian Accordion & Bayan Championship" will be held in Tyumen, Western Siberia, Russia from April 26th to 28th, 2023.

Founders and organizers of the competition are Charitable Foundation "Golden Gates of Siberia" and Autonomous non-profit organization "Center of Musical Art" (ANO "Muzis").

The competition will be held with the support of the Tyumen City Administration, Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the CIA International Confederation of Accordionists (Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes).

As part of the competition, selection will be made for the delegation to participate in the International Competition "World Cup" from September 5th to 9th, 2023 in Bielina, Bosnia and Herzegovina with financial and organizational support from the Golden Gates of Siberia Charitable Foundation and ANO.

Students from children's music schools, children's art schools, pre-professional educational programs and in general developmental educational programs will be able to take part in the competition. Students from institutions of secondary vocational education and higher professional education, as well as Russian professional performers up to 32 years old are also eligible.

Applications close on April 5th, 2023. Applications must be sent by email to: rusaccordionists@gmail.com

Download competition rules here: 2023All-Russian.pdf

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Accordion-YellowPages.com Future Events Free Listing - Cyberspace

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All concert, competition and festival organizers are reminded to list their Future Events for 2018 in the Accordion-YellowPages.com website. Its free to list and you can do it yourself. You can also change and update your listing yourself as further information becomes available.

The Accordion-YellowPages.com Future Events calendar displays at the top right hand side of this Weekly News of accordions.com in all 7 languages and also on the USA News, Diatonic News and Russia News.

Huge numbers of readers, about 5,000 visitors per day, view also the Future Events calendar display, so all accordion event organizers are reminded to take full advantage of this free service to keep the accordion community informed.

Any internet challenged organizers may email their event details: harleyaccordion@yahoo.com

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Accordion Entertainment at 1,2,3 Dance Cruise - France

1,2,3 cruise
Mickael Richard will provide accordion entertainment on board the Costa Toscana from May 27th to June 3rd, 2023.

The cruise will leave from Marseille, France for eight days of “1,2,3 Dance” which will include dance classes, dance evenings and entertainment.

See poster for details.

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Black Pencil Baroque Trilogy Concert – Netherlands

Black Pencil
Black Pencil (picture above) which features accordionist Marko Kassl, will peform a concert entitled “Baroque Trilogy” at the Castle Middachten in De Steeg, Gelderland, Netherlands on March 12th, 2023 at 3pm.

Their program will feature “the music of 3 geniuses who were connected in different ways: Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi. Bach's Art of Fugue alternates with colorful Concerto Grossi by Vivaldi and Telemann's exuberant Ouverture-Suites".

Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in C minor RV 555
Bach: Siciliano in G minor BWV 10 31
Telemann: Overture in B flat major 'Les Nations' TWV 55:B5

For details email: info@kasteelconcerten.nl

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Burak Şendağ Solo Bandoneon Concert – Turkey

Burak Şendağ
Burak Sendag will perform a solo bandoneon recital at the Mozarthaus in Ankara, Turkey on March 12th, 2023 at 7.30pm.

His program will include works by Piazzolla, Troilo, Gardel, Pugliese plus Sendag’s own compositions and interpretation.

For details email: buraksendag@gmail.com

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Das Kollektiv Duo Tours Austria Performing “Caminando” - Austria

Kollektiv Duo poster
As unusual as the combination of accordion and flute may seem, Raphael Brunner (accordion) and Juan Carlos Díaz (flute) use their skills to multiply this cast into a collective musical experience.

Their diverse concert activities have already taken the young musicians to places such as the Luxemburg Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Concert House, Concert and Theater St. Gallen and Radial System V in Berlin. In addition, their musical profession enabled them to tour Europe, Latin America and Asia.

So far 3 CDs (Timeless, No Limits & Platano) with works from the classical, modern, folklore, jazz, tango-nuevo and own compositions have been released.

The current musical program "Caminando" is shaped by the experiences that the young
musicians have made on their travels through the world and tells about the search for the personal musical identity of the artists.

“Caminando” is the Spanish word for running. One hears Colombia, feels Taiwan, experiences France, is penetrated by Greece and impressively feels the power of the various rhythms and melodies. World music, jazz and classical music meet here and merge into refreshingly new original compositions. Well-known pieces are also reinterpreted by the artists and performed with playful ease. With their skills, their joy of playing and their respect for the diversity of cultures, they create the feat of genre fusion and a new level between classic and folklore. Their mutual understanding and music as a universal language create a boundless unity.

"We never play a work as it is written, but always bring our own ideas and soul into the music." (Das Kollektiv)

Their tour schedule will include the following concerts:
16.3. Sparkassen Lounge Neunkirchen, 7.30 pm
17.3. Akkordeonfestival Wien, Bühne Purkersdorf, 7.30 pm
18.3. St. Andrä im Lavanttal, Musikcafé – Live, 6.30 pm
19.3. Schloss Albeck (Albeck Castle), 11 am and at the Harmonikazentrum in Graz, 7.30pm

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“Mr Accordion Man” Entertains at Father’s Day Lunch - Australia

Father's Day lunch
Mr Accordion Man“Mr Accordion Man” (Frank Miranda – picture right) will entertain at a Father’s Day Lunch at the Abruzzo & Molise Sporting Club WA in Perth, Western Australia on March 19th 2023, at midday.

Mr Accordion Man will be “squeezing with the Rhythm n Groove band”.

For details phone: 0415 781 514

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2023 Celtic Spring Tour – Austria

Bands on tour

Video 1: The “Cairngorm Ceilidh Band” (Scotland).
Video 2: Airboxes playing Bultkets.

The “Cairngorm Ceilidh Band” (Scotland) and “Airboxes” (Belgium) are currently on a concert tour of Austria through to March 18th, 2023.

Both groups will entertain at the Schutzhaus Zukunft in Vienna on March 13th at 7.30pm.

The “Cairngorm Ceilidh Band” features Amy Henderson (accordion & vocals), Ewan MacPherson (guitar, banjo & vocals) and Russell Murray (violin & percussion).

Airboxes features the duo of Guus Herreman and Bert Leemans who are “considered the "gold standard" in folk music in Belgium” and released their debut album recently. They were nominated for “Most Promising Band” and “Best Album” at the Flanders Folk Awards 2021.

See poster for details.
Tour Schedule

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2023 District Accordion Championships - Norway

Norway Comp
The 2023 District Accordion Championships will be held at the Brønnøysund Community Center in Brønnøy, Norway on March 24th and 25th, 2023, organised by the Nordstrømmen and Velfjord Accordion Club (picture below).

For details email: baagra01@online.no
Nordstrømmen and Velfjord accordion clubs

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CNIMA “Adults” Accordion Workshop – France

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Jacques Mornet and Nathalie BoucheixThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold an “Adults” Accordion Workshop from March 27th to 31st, 2023, tutored by Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix (picture left).

The workshop has been adapted to the specific problems that adults face with smaller class numbers. This is an ideal workshop for “beginners or to get back to the accordion as an adult in a friendly atmosphere”.

Subjects covered include holding the instrument, bellows and sound control, different touches, musicality etc.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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José Valadez Accordion Recital - Mexico

José Valadez poster
José Valadez will give an Accordion Recital at the Almma Academia Musica & Art (Almma Academy) in Monterrey, Mexico on March 29th, 2023 at 8.30pm.

His program will include works by Tchaikovsky, Minkus and Grieg among others.

Entry is free of charge. For details email: joseavaladez@prodigy.net.mx

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"Elegante Sport” Tango Concert - Argentina

Seven piece group “Elegante Sport” will perform a Tango Concert at the Bebop Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 29th at 8pm.

The group, which includes Nicolas Velazquez (bandoneon) will perform pieces from their upcoming album plus new compositions.

For details email: info@bebopclub.com.ar

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What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International

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World Accordion Day logoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day (WAD) to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion Day (WAD) is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

WAD was started in 2009 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the WAD website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support WAD by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of WAD if that should be more convenient.

Everyone can register their WAD activity on the WAD website and send a report of their event after, for that website.

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating WAD are welcome. This is a CIA promotion for the accordion in which every accordion enthusiast can participate and help bring our accordion world together as well as strongly promote the accordion.

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Aotango: Live at the Auckland Museum - New Zealand

Aotango Live at the Museum
Video: Aotango - Promo video for Auckland Museum concert

Get ready to be dazzled as New Zealand’s celebrated quintet Aotango take you on an eclectic journey through the evolution of tango in a show featuring some of New Zealand’s top talent: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) Concertmaster and violinist Andrew Beer, NZ Trio pianist Somi Kim at the Fazioli grand piano, world champion accordionist Grayson Masefield, APO Principal Bassist Gordon Hill and renowned jazz guitarist Sam Swindells.

The concert will take place on March 12th, 2023 from 6.30pm in the Auckland Museum’s stunning setting of Te Ao Marama South Atrium in Parnell. Auckland, with Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café offering delicious food and beverage options throughout the evening.

Presented in two acts, 'A Century of Tango' traces the origins and diverse expressions of this vibrant style. Through the course of the performance, hear how tango has evolved through African, European, South and Central American influences as they have entered through Rio de la Plata to the ports of Buenos Aires - with popular favourites "El Choclo", "Por una Cabeza" and "La Cumparsita" - and finally to the revolutionary nuevo tango style of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla.

For details and purchase tickets: Aotango12March
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