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Weekly News from Around the World - 12-Jul-2024
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Daily Reports, AAA Festival July 12-14, 2024 - USA
3rd Baidi Cup Accordion Festival – China
Veli Kujala Performs at Jazz Hochburg Festival - Austria
Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Tico Tico se fuba - Italy
4th Mariehaven Accordion Festival: Rundt om Harmonikaen - Denmark

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

Gorka Hermosa: Seven Concerts in Nine Days - Spain

Future events

2024 Live Milonga Special - Japan
Schmidt Harmonika Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Austria
“Folkadu” Perform at Jewish Museum Berlin Summer Party - Germany
Accordionists Perform Concert and Bal Folk – France
“Poor Man's Gambit” Concerts at Longwood Gardens – USA
Summer Country Dancing at Halsway Manor - England
Alex Meixner Band Performs at 2024 Sommerfest - USA
Celebrate the Accordion Concerts & Workshop – New Zealand

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Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory Manufacturing Again Following March 2024 Fire - Italy
CNIMA Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop - France

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Daily Reports, AAA Festival July 12-14, 2024 - USA

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Frank Busso Jr.AAA logoAAA President Frank Busso Jr. (picture left) has arrived at the hotel ready to welcome all AAA members and accordion enthusiasts arriving today and tomorrow morning for the "Kickoff Luncheon" concert starting at 11:30 am Friday.

View information about the 2024 Festival activities, concerts and workshops at: AAAFestival

Daily Reports will be online early next week of the 86th anniversary of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Festival which returns to the Marriott Philadelphia West in Conshohocken, PA, July 12-14, 2024.

Daily Reports at: 2024AAA86th

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3rd Baidi Cup Accordion Festival – China

3rd Baidi Cup Accordion Festival, China
The 3rd Baidi Cup Accordion Festival will be held at the Yinghua Experimental School in Dongli District, Tianjin, China, from August 8th to 11th, 2024.

The event will feature solo competition classes from preschool children through to adults playing a free choice program on standard bass and free bass instruments.

Other categories include groups, ensembles, college students, professional, junior classic, senior classic, variety music, bandoneon, electronic, chamber music, middle aged and elderly people, accordion & vocal, and accordion orchestras.

Category information: 2024Baidi.pdf
For competition rules and further information email: info@baidicup.com

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Veli Kujala Performs at Jazz Hochburg Festival - Austria

Veli Kujala Performs at Jazz Hochburg Festival
Veli KujalaAccordionist Veli Kujala (picture left) will perform at the Jazz Hochburg Festival, held in Austria on July 20th, 2024 at 6pm, with Harri Sjöström (saxophone), Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone) and Sergio Amarolli (vibraphone).

The “Jazz Stronghold Carinthia” concert will be held at the Alte Burg Gmünd (Old Castle Gmünd).

“In the hands of these exceptional musicians, this extraordinary combination of instruments creates a sensational fusion of sound that has never been heard before. The music is so captivating that you sit down and listen.”

See poster for details.

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Tico Tico se fuba - Italy

Renzo RuggieriTico Tico music pdf coverVideo: Mario D'Amario winning Coupe Mondiale performance in Norway in 2006.

Renzo Ruggieri has now released for sale the very popular Tico Tico se fuba composed by Zequinha Abreu. Cat. rrenzo530

Renzo Ruggieri, concert player, composer, teacher for jazz and modern accordion says that "this popular successful arrangement has been performed by my students with many international successes."

Other recent releases by Renzo Ruggieri are:
rrenzo525 - Spain (Solo)
rrenzo526 - Birdland (Solo)a new solo arrangement of the famous song from Joe Zawinul (group Wheater Report).
rrenzo527 - Tourn e arrangements & compositions (Solo), for only €20,80 for the 40 page pdf book of:
- La Czardas (Monti, arr. Ruggieri)
- Mazurka Celebre (Migliavacca, arr. Ruggieri)
- Figaro (for soloist, Rossini, arr. Ruggieri)
- Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin, arr. Ruggieri)
- Passione e Fisarmonica (Ruggieri)
rrenzo528 - Il Postino (Solo)
rrenzo529 Donna Lee (Solo)

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4th Mariehaven Accordion Festival: Rundt om Harmonikaen - Denmark

4th Mariehaven Accordion Festival
The 4th Mariehaven Accordion Festival “Rundt om Harmonikaen” will be held in Mariehaven, Ansager, Ribe, Denmark on July 27th, 2024.

The event will feature “a large array of accordion players from Denmark, Sweden and Norway in particular, but also Scotland, England and Ireland, professionals, experienced as well as less experienced” who will perform to a large, dedicated audience.

Marie's Festival Band will perform at the entrance to Mariehaven from 11.30am and then again at 8pm in Mary's Tent.

For further information email: mail@mariehaven.dk
Maries Festival band

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Gorka Hermosa: Seven Concerts in Nine Days - Spain

Gorka Hermosa
Photo above by Merce Benet.

Accordionist Gorka Hermosa (pictured above) will perform seven concerts in nine days in Spain this month.

The first concert was held in Santander on July 11th and featured “Mareas”, a literary-musical show based on the novel of the same name by Toti Mtnez (the most widely read Basque writer in recent years, who writes in Spanish, her mother tongue).

Future concerts as follows:
• 12/07/2024: Usurbil (Gipuzkoa) “Kantu berri bat gara”.
• 13/07/2024: Miengo (Cantabria) “Montón & Hermosa flamenco trio”.
• 16/07/2024: Sopela (Bizkaia) “Kantu berri bat gara”.
• 17/07/2024: Sopeña (Cantabria) “Accordion solo”.
• 19/07/2024: Lekeitio (Bizkaia) “Kantu berri bat gara”.
• 20/07/2024: Vinaros (Castellón) “Josep Sancho & Gorka Hermosa”.

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Future events


2024 Live Milonga Special - Japan

2024 Live Milonga Special
Tango musician, Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) will entertain as the special guest at the 2024 Live Milonga Special, held at Ginza Libertango in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan on July 12th, 2024 from 3pm to 8pm.

See poster for details.

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Schmidt Harmonika Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Austria

Schmidt Harmonika
Schmidt Harmonika will celebrate their 40th anniversary with three open days from July 12th to 14th, 2024 in Weinitzen, Austria.

The event will feature over 50 instruments on display, including a new anniversary model, workshop visits, a review of the last 40 years and live music.

Admission is free. See poster for details.

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“Folkadu” Perform at Jewish Museum Berlin Summer Party - Germany

Folkadu
“Folkadu” will give two performances at the Jewish Museum Berlin Summer Party, held in Berlin, Germany on July 14th, 2024 at 3pm and 5pm.

The trio, which includes accordionist, Ira Shiran perform a variety of Jewish music with “a unique combination of vocals, oud, accordion, trumpet and the ancient shofar”.

Free entrance. For details email: info@folkadu.com

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Accordionists Perform Concert and Bal Folk – France

Concert and Bal Folk
The Balagan Company has organised a two part concert and Bal Folk event in Hameau de Chalap, Sénéchas, France on July 17th, 2024.

The event will begin with a concert by Didier Laloy (accordion) and Adrien Tyberghein (double bass) at 9pm. “Together, they break stylistic boundaries by mixing traditional, classical, rock and electronic music, crazy rhythms, expressive melodies, original compositions, at the crossroads of different universes.”

This will be followed by the Bal Folk performance at 10.30pm by accordionists Bruno Le Tron & Marion Evain. The duo “offer a sensitive, fusional and energetic ball… with a repertoire embracing their different musical spheres, ranging from Bruno's famous compositions to revisited traditional melodies, including a few songs in the round.”

For details email: compagniebalagan@gmail.com

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“Poor Man's Gambit” Concerts at Longwood Gardens – USA

Poor Man's Gambit
“Poor Man's Gambit” will perform their next concert in the Beer Garden at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA on July 19th, 2024 at 6pm.

The group, which includes accordionist Corey Purcell, is a trio of traditional Irish musicians based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

For further details email: poormansgambit@gmail.com

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Summer Country Dancing at Halsway Manor - England

Summer Country Dancing at Halsway Manor
A Summer Country Dancing event will be held at the Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts in Crowcombe, Somerset, England from July 22nd at 4pm to 26th at 10am, 2024.

The event will “be a week of lively dance encompassing all forms of social folk dancing… with the opportunity to enjoy American and British contra as well as traditional English, Playford and American squares.”

There will be dances each evening and workshops in the mornings. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments for regular jam sessions.

Music will be provided by Ali Messer (accordion), Jane Harrison (fiddle), Meg Winters (guitar) who will perform with contra dance caller Mark Elvins.

For further information email: office@halswaymanor.org.uk

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Alex Meixner Band Performs at 2024 Sommerfest - USA

Alex Meixner Band Performs at 2024 Sommerfest
The Alex Meixner Band will perform at the 2024 Sommerfest held in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA on July 27th, 2024 from 3pm to 10pm, hosted by Bierhaus Maisschäler.

“This year's festival promises an afternoon filled with lively music, delicious food, and a festive atmosphere you won't want to miss.”

For further details email: bierhausmaisschaler@gmail.com

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Celebrate the Accordion Concerts & Workshop – New Zealand

Celebrate the Accordion poster
The “Celebrate the Accordion” weekend will be held at the Methodist Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand on August 17th and 18th, 2024, organised by the Canterbury Accordion Association.

The event will feature an accordion workshop by special guest Maurice Jones (Auckland) followed by a Jam Session on August 17th.

On the following afternoon (August 18th) Maurice Jones will entertain at a concert, along with the Christchurch Accordion Orchestra and the Bellowettes.

See poster for details.

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Links to Previous News Still Current


Past News List of Links

2024 Coupe Mondiale 2024 Coupe Mondiale Information
2024 Online Entry now open
2023 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Video
World Accordion Day Information 2024 World Accordion Day Report, 6th May each year
Articles Articles Index page
2024 Shanghai 2024 Shanghai Festival Daily Reports, Video
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2024  2024 PIF Castelfidardo Information
PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2024 Malaysia Festivals 2024 Malaysia Festival Daily Reports
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
Interviews Interviews Index page
2024 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
2025 World Music Festival 2025 World Music Festival
Bayan and Accordion Festival, Moscow 2023 XXXV International Festival, Moscow  News and Daily Reports and videos
Ship Cruise Finland 2023 Accordion Cruise, Finland Information, News article
Voci Armoniche logo Accordion Reed Production  Article Link
Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
News article about Beniamino Bugiolacchi Article Link
Dino Baffetti Know the People Interview Dino Baffetti Know the People Interview Interview Link
Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Article Link
Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain News Link

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Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory Manufacturing Again Following March 2024 Fire - Italy

Fire at Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory
Dino Baffetti logoThe Dino Baffetti Accordion Factory is manufacturing instruments again following the devastating and destructive factory fire on 14 March 2024.

The flames involved two floors of the factory, which covers a big area plus smoke damage. The fire brigade was on the scene, with teams from Osimo and Ancona. Luckily no people were injured. Reasons for the fire was found in the production part of the factory, caused by an electricity power strip for heating the wax early in the morning, to be ready for the workers to use, once they start to work.

Most of the instruments positioned in the middle part of the factory were completely damaged and could no longer be used. The entire factory had to be cleaned up from top to bottom due to heavy smell of burn, smoke and dust.

Pictures of the fire and alongside, the refurbished Dino Baffetti Factory are at: https://www.accordions.com/baffetti/fire2024.htm

The Baffetti family (Genuino, Cinzia and Milena, picture below) were overwhelmed by the big support received from the other accordion related factories, who promptly offered their help as well as all the Dino Baffetti factory workers themselves.

Now, only 3 months later, the Baffetti Accordion company was able to "wash" away all stains in the factory and also from their hearts, getting ready with all their possible efforts, to continue to supply their customers.

AWW congratulates Dino Baffetti for this superb achievement being able to restart the accordion factory so quickly.

See news item on March 15th, 2024: https://accordions.com/news.aspx?d=15-Mar-2024&lang=en#art21055

See VIP/Interview: "Know the People" 2017Baffetti
Baffetti family (Genuino, Cinzia and Milena)

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CNIMA Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop - France

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Jacques MornetThe CNIMA, directed by Nathalie Boucheix, will hold an “Intensive Pro Accordion Workshop” from July 29th to August 3rd, 2024 in Saint-Sauves-d'Auvergne, France.

The trainer is Jacques Mornet (picture left), a world-renowned accordion teacher, holder of the Gus Viseur prize, the silver disc of the Gnessin Russian Academy and founder of the CNIMA.

The workshop, for high level students of all ages will cover preparation for international accordion competitions, Graduate Schools admission exams, or just a professional career.

Students need to have previously attended a workshop at CNIMA, in order to attend this workshop.

For further details email: contact@cnima.com

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