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Weekly News from Around the World - 13-May-2022
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Ever Popular Accordion Cruise Held on World Accordion Day - Finland
“Astor Piazzolla, the Father of the New Tango” at the Castelfidardo Accordion Museum - Italy
Guardia Nueva 20th Jubilee Celebrations, Kokkola - Finland
Ærø Harmonika Festival – Denmark
More 2022 World Accordion Day (WAD) Reports Online - International

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

Sylvia Pagni and Luigi Piovano New Video - Italy
Marco Lo Russo TV, Conferences and Concerts - Italy & Switzerland
Volodymyr Runchak Masterclass – Poland
World Accordion Day Double Celebration – New Zealand
Video: MusicTech Presents Amplification Systems
Masterclasses at 25th International Week of the Accordion "Alcobaça 2022" – Portugal
Applications Open for 15th Premio Andrea Parodi Competition - Italy
AATA Video Project “Bringing the World Together Through the Accordion” – Australia
National Accordion Competition - Varėna/Lithuania

Future events

Sam Reider Performs World Premiere of New Concerto Composition – USA
Grand Accordion Festival - France
40th Anniversary of the Tejano Conjunto Festival - USA
No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Concert Tour – North Wales
Acordeones del Uruguay “Serenata de Accordeones” - Uruguay
Duo 'De Thuiskomst' Spanish Theme Concert - Netherlands

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2022 PIF Castelfidardo Dates and Rules Released in English and Italian - Italy
Six More Titles, Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

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Ever Popular Accordion Cruise Held on World Accordion Day - Finland

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Cruise finalistscruise photoThe Accordion Cruise by Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL - Finland Accordion Association) for over 1,200 accordion enthusiasts, went ahead during World Accordion Day weekend (May 7th & 8th, 2022).

The cruise was originally planned for the end of January 2022 and had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

The cruise features a variety of live music, wonderful atmosphere, dancing, singing and joy!

Finalists were selected for the Golden and Silver Harmonikka 2022 competition during the cruise. The finals will be held in Ikaalinen and televised live in July.

Silver Harmonika finalists are: Saima Kairimo (Asikkala), Samuel Heikola (Pori), Sofia Sankari (Vihti), Kevin Niittyviita (Hollola), Joel Koivisto (Kokkola), Maija Liedes (Kokkokkola) and Venla Tiimonen (Punkharju).

Golden Harmonica finalists are: Marko Haapapuro (Kolari,) Ronja Pehkonen (Jyväskylä), Saana Kastelli (Pyhäjoki), Johannes Koivisto (Kokkola), Ville Vehkalahti (Lavia) and Heidi Rintamäki (Pori). (Pictured above left - photo by Markus Korpi-Hallila).
Cruise performance

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“Astor Piazzolla, the Father of the New Tango” at the Castelfidardo Accordion Museum - Italy

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Paolo PicchioPaolo Picchio (picture left) and the book Astor Piazzolla, The father of Nuevo Tango (Edizioni Curci - picture above) will be the main participants on Sunday May 15th, 2022 at 6.30 pm at the accordion Museum Castelfidardo in Ancona, Italy.

Musicologist, accordionist and composer, Picchio will present the volume in which he traces the biographical and artistic events of the brilliant Argentine composer and bandoneonist (Mar del Plata, 11 March 1921 - Buenos Aires, 4 July 1992), from his beginnings to world popularity. Foreword by Laura Escalada Piazzolla and Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla.

The event will be enriched by the musical interventions of Cristiano Lui (bandoneon), Annalisa Biancofiore (vocals) and Giorgio Fiori (cello). “An unmissable opportunity to relive the history and music of Astor Piazzolla in the prestigious museum which preserves its original scores and the bandoneon that belonged to the artist. On this occasion, this precious and iconic musical instrument will be repositioned in the display case.”

Piazzolla with his mixes of tango, jazz and classical gave life to the so-called Nuevo Tango: he attracted harsh criticism from Argentine purists - who came to call him "the killer of tango" - but in truth he has reformed, regenerated and sublimated. Following a precise and detailed chronology, the book suggests listening to the most significant works of each phase of his career: the contaminations between genres, collaborations with the protagonists of jazz, cinema productions, concert music, song, poetry and dance. The discussion is accompanied by a reasoned and complete discography, in which Piazzolla figures both as a composer and as an interpreter.

Paolo Picchio has lectured all over the world on the accordion and his repertoire, and regularly publishes essays and articles in specialized magazines and websites.

For details email: bertolini.curci@gmail.com

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Guardia Nueva 20th Jubilee Celebrations, Kokkola - Finland

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Raimo VertainenGuardia Nueva conducted by Raimo Vertainen (picture right) will hold their 20th Jubilee Celebration concert at the Kokkloa Ice Rink in Kokkola, Finland on May 21st, 2022 at 6pm.

The opening concert is dedicated to Ukraine and the children of Ukraine and includes also six Ukrainian compositions among others.

The Guardia Nueva concert includes fresh arrangements of Finnish music, tangos, world music, Argentinian works, film music, old favorites and instrumental pieces in the style of Guardia Nueva.

Guest performers include Jarkko Ahola, Arja Koriseva, Jennie Storbacka and Teemu Roivainen along with dancer Shuichi Murai.

Details of the Guardia Nueva 20th Anniversary Concerts at: 2021DiamondJubilee
Guardia Nueva

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Ærø Harmonika Festival – Denmark

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Evert TaubeThe 27th Ærø Harmonika Festival will be held in Marstal, Denmark from May 20th to 22nd, 2022.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events due to Covid-19, organisers are looking forward to an event full of fun, good music, dancing and concerts.

The festival will begin on May 19th with a small concert of soloists and groups in the Marstal Church, before the official opening on May 20th.

Accordion music will be provided on three stages and include Swedish songs by Evert Taube (Swedish author, artist, composer and singer - picture right) as well as Italian virtuoso pieces by Frosini, music from the USA, rock and swing, easy listening etc., a dance tent of Danish folk music, singing in the rowing club or relax and listen to the many soloists and groups in the sailing club with entertainment for all ages.

Download festival program here: 2022Aeroprogram.pdf

For details email: info@harmonika-festival.dk
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More 2022 World Accordion Day (WAD) Reports Online - International

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World Accordion Day logoThere are more reports and video online which you can view at: World Accordion Day (WAD)
Enjoy the worldwide WAD celebrations.

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Sylvia Pagni and Luigi Piovano New Video - Italy

Sylvia Pagni and Luigi Piovano
Sylvia PagniAccordionist Sylvia Pagni and Luigi Piovano (cello) joined on May 2nd, 2022 at the Theater of Atri in Atri, Abruzzo, Italy to record a new video entitled "Mi Pasion" by Loris Cattunar.

"Mi Pasion" is a record production of published and unpublished tango pieces created and composed by Sylvia Pagni.

The video included Italian Argentine Tango dance champions Alessandra Moro and Bruno Daniel Ciarfella (pictured below).

The unreleased tracks on the album "Mi Pasion" are R.T.I. Mediaset and the launch of the record will be done with the video shot by S.L.M. Sound Light Music at the Municipal Theater of Atri kindly granted by the municipality for the event. The recording is signed by the trio of authors, Sylvia Pagni, Elisa Riccitelli and Loris Cattunar.

The premiere of the “Mi Pasion” concert will be presented on June 18th, 2022 at the Mittelcult Cultural Center of Trieste in the Beethoven Hall for the review dedicated to the centenary of Raffaello de Banfield “RdB. 100 ".

Raffaello De Banfield Tripcovich, was a character at the center of the life and cultural and entrepreneurial history of Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and a great man of culture of the Trieste twentieth century, who also wrote important pages in the history of Assicurazioni Generali.

Sylvia Pagni "La Gorni Kramer in Gonella" is honored to close the calendar of musical events "RdB 100" by performing a series of "Tangos Argentini" published and unpublished tangos taken from "Mi Pasion".
Alessandra Moro and Bruno Daniel Ciarfella

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Marco Lo Russo TV, Conferences and Concerts - Italy & Switzerland

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Video: La Machetera trailer directed by Yanet Pavon Bernal soundtrack music by Marco Lo Russo LeonCuba film.

From the multimedia marathon OnePeopleOnePlanet on RAI Play and Vatican News, for the World Earth Day, last April, Marco Lo Russo is again on TV this month, guest on the program L'Argonauta broadcast on Alma TV with presenter and journalist Vassiliki Tziveli (picture above) on channel 65, Italy as well as with other live events.

• In the episode of May 13th, rerun on Monday 16th at 11.00 am and on Tuesday 31st May at 7pm, with a repeat on June 1st at 11.00 am, Marco Lo Russo who, thanks to his numerous international concert tours, will give travel experiences, anecdotes etc.

• On Tuesday May 24th at 2.00 pm, at the Aula Magna of the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory of Music in Avellino, for the musicological review Parole e Musica, Marco Lo Russo will moderate the conference meeting with Stefano Zenni regarding his publication I segreti del Jazz, Una guida all’ascolto. For the occasion, some students from the jazz courses of the Cimarosa Conservatory will also perform.

• On May 31st, at 8pm, Marco Lo Russo will perform a live solo concert on the final evening of the OtherMovie film festival in Lugano, Switzerland, on the occasion of the screening of the film La Machetera, of which Lo Russo himself edited the soundtrack, already awarded at the Monaco International film festival.

• On June 2nd at 5pm, on the occasion of the Italian Republic Day, another live solo concert at the enchanting Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Piona in Colico, on the shore of Como’s Lake in the province of Lecco, Italy. Marco Lo Russo, with this appointment, confirms his love for Made in Italy, which he has been promoting for years with the will to continue to enhance places of art and culture scattered throughout the Bel Paese. The repertoire, from classical music to world music, jazz pieces, original soundtracks and compositions by Lo Russo himself, will allow you to experience an emotional journey around the world, from the nights of the African desert, to the passionate atmospheres of tango.
Marco Lo Russo

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Volodymyr Runchak Masterclass – Poland

Masterclass posterstudentsVolodymyr Runchak, accordionist, conductor and composer (from the Ukrainian National Academy of Music named after Pyotr Tchaikovsky in Kiev) held a Masterclass for students of the Accordion Department of the Academy of Music in Katowice, Silesian, Southern Poland on May 11th this week.

The event was held in the Chamber Hall II of the Academy and included a lecture on personal elements in new music with examples of Runchak’s own accordion compositions, as well as individual open performance workshops with the students.

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World Accordion Day Double Celebration – New Zealand

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On Friday May 6th, 2022, accordionists in Auckland, New Zealand celebrated World Accordion Day.

The day was a double celebration as they were joined by the President of the New Zealand Accordion Association, Lawyer Sonja Palinich, after her capping with a Bachelors of Music from The University of Auckland.

Photo, Left to right, Jessica Chen, Grayson Masefield, Roseanne Rosario, Lionel Reekie, Sonja Palinich, Amber Masefield, Heather Masefield.

The photo has the Sky Tower and Auckland City in the background

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Video: MusicTech Presents Amplification Systems

Video: Claudio Sabbatini from MusicTech Company presents different amplification systems explaining how the traditional acoustic accordion can live together with digital electronic.

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Masterclasses at 25th International Week of the Accordion "Alcobaça 2022" – Portugal

Alcobaca posterThe 25th International Week of the Accordion "Alcobaça 2022" will be held from May 21st to 29th, 2022 organised by the Accordion Association of Portugal (President Aníbal Freire) together with the Municipality of Alcobaça and the Orquestra Típica e Coral de Alcobaça.

Masterclasses will be held by Raymond Keith (France), João Barradas (Portugal), Marco Gemelli (Italy), Diana Freire (Portugal) and Liliana Aparicio (Portugal).

Download Masterclass information here: 2022AlcobacaMasterclass.pdf

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Applications Open for 15th Premio Andrea Parodi Competition - Italy

Premio Andrea Parodi logoApplications are now open for the 15th Premio Andrea Parodi World Music Competition in Italy.

Premio Andrea Parodi was created in honour of the distinguished Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who passed away 16 years ago.

The Artistic Commission established by the Foundation will select ten finalists among the applicants in an anonymous way.

Finalists will perform in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy from October 13th to 15th, 2022, at the "Premio Andrea Parodi" Festival 2022, in front of a Jury composed of authoritative industry professionals (singers, musicians, writers and songwriters, poets, managers, producers, press offices & journalists).

The prize for the winner includes concerts and performances in some of the partner music festivals in their 2023 editions, such as European Jazz Expo (Sardinia), Folkest (Friuli), not forgetting the very same Premio Andrea Parodi 2023.

In addition the winner will be entitled to a €2,500 scholarship and the winner of the Critics' Awards will have a professional videoclip of their competition song produced, offered by the Andrea Parodi Foundation.

Registration is free and the deadline for applications is May 31st, 2022.
For details email: fondazione.andreaparodi@gmail.com

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AATA Video Project “Bringing the World Together Through the Accordion” – Australia

Tatjana MarxAATA logoThe Australian Accordion Teachers Association Inc. (AATA) has announced their 2022 Australian International Accordion Video project entitled “Bringing the World Together Through the Accordion”.

President of the AATA, Tatjana Marx (picture above) says the video project will give accordionists of all ages, all levels and all nations the opportunity to submit a video to be compiled together as a showcase of how when we work together, all differences can be put aside!

This event is open to accordionist soloists, duets, trios and ensembles as well as groups that feature the accordion.

The final edited video of performances will be released online in early June 2022.

The Australian Accordion Teachers Association has decided to postpone their annual international competition for 2022, and instead create a platform for accordionists from all over the world to come together in celebration of our favourite instrument.

Entries close on May 30th, 2022 and videos must be submitted by June 3rd, 2022.

For further details visit the AATA website.

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National Accordion Competition - Varėna/Lithuania

Marta KomarThe national Lithuanian accordion competition in Varena is held every two years, where excellent young Lithuanian accordionists are participating. It is one of the most important accordionists’ events in Lithuania with 150 accordionists competing in different age categories.

Picture above of two winners:
Picture left: Marta Komar (winner, category up to 10 years, teacher Žana Gumenaja).
Picture lower: Simona Tamošiunaite (winner, category up to 16 years, teacher Deividas Dombovskis).

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Sam Reider Performs World Premiere of New Concerto Composition – USA

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Sam Reider (accordionist & composer) will perform the premiere of his latest composition “Concerto for Accordion” with the Del Sol Quartet at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, USA on May 15th, 2022 at 4.30pm.

For the past two years Sam has been pursuing a graduate degree in composition and the work is part of this project.

“The piece is bright, colorful and a lot of fun to play. It draws on various types of accordion folk music and explores some unique sonic textures with accordion & strings”.

For details email: sam@samreidermusic.com

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Grand Accordion Festival - France

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A Grand Accordion Festival will be held the Centre Socio Cultural in Palluau, Pays de la Loire, France on May 15th, 2022 from 2.30pm, organised by Les Copains D’Avant.

See poster for details.

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40th Anniversary of the Tejano Conjunto Festival - USA

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The 40th Anniversary of the Tejano Conjunto Festival will be held at the Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park in San Antonio, Texas, USA from May 16th to 22nd, 2022, presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

The festival will include a symposium on the State and Future of Tejano Conjunto Music, a Conjunto Music in Film & Video presentation, a Free Seniors Conjunto Dance which will include a special presentation by Conjunto Music Hall of Fame accordionist Felipe Pérez, as well as a variety of concerts and performances by Santiago Jimenez, Conjunto Kingz de Flavio Longoria, Los Fantasmas del Valle, Rubén Vela Jr. y Su Conjunto, South Tx Homies, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, Los Texmaniacs with special guest Flaco Jiménez and many more.

For details phone: 210.271.3151

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No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Concert Tour – North Wales

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The No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra will give a short concert tour to North Wales on May 21st and 22nd, 2022.

Performances will be given at the Llanfairfechan Town Hall in Llanfairfechan and the Old Courthouse in Caernarfon.

The group plays “an eclectic mix of music from all over the world, from wistful waltzes to tantalising tangos and also including some popular classical pieces and film and show themes. Something for everyone and lots of fun for all!”

See poster for details.

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Acordeones del Uruguay “Serenata de Accordeones” - Uruguay

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“Acordeones del Uruguay” will perform a concert entitled “Serenata de Accordeones” in Bella Unión, Uruguay on May 22nd, 2022 organised by Division Turismo.

Acordeones del Uruguay is an ensemble of accordionists from throughout Uruguay who perform music by Uruguayan composers.

For concert details email: silviopre@hotmail.com

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Duo 'De Thuiskomst' Spanish Theme Concert - Netherlands

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KunstlinieDuo 'De Thuiskomst', which comprise of Quirine van Hoek (violin) and Ellen Zijm (accordion – pictured above) will perform a Spanish themed concert at the Kunstlinie Architect Studio (pictured right) in Amere, Netherlands on May 29th, 2022 at 2pm organised by Goede Rede Concerten.

Their program will include music by composers De Falla, De Sarasate, Turina, Granados and Piazzolla. “Enjoy the sultry, warm and also passionate sounds of the beautiful combination of violin and accordion.”

For details email: info@goederedeconcerten.nl

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World Accordion Day logo World Accordion Day, May 6th News Link and WAD Reports
2022 Coupe Mondiale 2022 Coupe Mondiale, October 04 - 09, Switzerland News Link
Friedrich Lips book Buy last stock at old price, "The Art of Accordion Playing" by Friedrich Lips News Link
ATG logo 80th Anniversary ATG: July 20-24, Chicago News Link
ATG logo Steirische Harmonika WM 2022  News Link
Voci Armoniche logo Accordion Reed Production  Article Link
2021 Coupe Mondiale 2021 Coupe Mondiale Report and Video of all contestants Report Link
Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
Dr William Schimmel 2022 Dr William Schimmel’s Accordion Seminars, July 29-31, NY  News Link
Serenellini Know the People Interview Serenellini Know the People Interview News Link
2022 ascoltate 14th International Accordion Competition & Festival "Ascoltate" 2022, April 29th - May 1st, Lithuania  News Link
2022 aaa online Festival Competition 2022 AAA Recent publications, USA  News Link

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2022 PIF Castelfidardo Dates and Rules Released in English and Italian - Italy

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Antonio SpaccarotellaRoberto Ascani, Ruben CittadinThe 2022 PIF Castelfidardo dates have been set. Wednesday 28 September to Sunday 02 October 2022. Entry closing date is 04 September 2022. Rules and further information now in English and Italian at: 2022Castelfidardo

The City Council of Castelfidardo (Marche region, Italy), in collaboration with Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association, organizes the PIF International Competition “Città di Castelfidardo” for accordion soloists and groups, of classical music and other genres.

The Castelfidardo Municipal Administration is led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco headed by Ruben Cittadini, and PIF Artistic since 2021 is Director Antonio Spaccarotella. His qualifications include, event Production Director, highly successful teacher with many international successes, music arranger and recently, successful composer.

Rules in English are now online at: 2022Castelfidardo

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Six More Titles, Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

Julia Gordon accordion sheet music
Julia GordonJulia Gordon, entertainer, teacher and arranger, has a tutor book and a large catalog of Scottish arrangements that have received very complimentary reviews. The music is in pdf format able to be emailed to you.

Six more titles, of Scottish traditional works arranged by Julia Gordon are now online. Click the link below, to view a sample of each piece, grade and other information.

Catalog No. - Name of Music
jgordon179 Loch Rannoch
jgordon169 O'er The Water To Charlie
jgordon164 Ye Banks And Braes
jgordon149 Will Ye Gang Tae Kelvin Grove
jgordon173 Màiri Bhàn Òg (Mary, Young And Fair)
jgordon189 Òran Chaluim Sgàire (Calum Sgaire's Song)

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