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Weekly News from Around the World - 13-Nov-2020
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Highlights

2021 Coupe Mondiale, 13-17 de octubre de 2021 - Alemania
Marta Cubas Hondal gana el Premio Especial de Música de Cantabria - España
IX Conferencia en línea de los Días Internacionales del Acordeón “AkoPoznań 2020” - Polonia
Concierto de graduación del competidor internacional Liu Hongting - China

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

Peter Wood Nominated for Scots Trad Music Awards - Scotland
Results: International Competition "Friedrich Lips Cup", Yemanzhelinsk - Russia
National Accordion Association Training Centre - USA
Organ and Accordion Recital in Auckland - New Zealand
Results: 71st Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival – Scotland
Alex Meixner Band Special TV Recording – USA
Video: Lucy Alves Guest Performance with Petrobras Sinfônica - Brazil
Wallace Liggett (1936 - 18 October 2020) - Australia/New Zealand
Nathan Neuman Performs the “Ballot Counting Polka” - USA

Future events

Dan Newton Online Shows - USA
“Drops of Green” Perform for Online Milwaukee Irish Fest - USA
Luca Pignata Guest Performer in Baroque Concert, s-Hertogenbosch - Netherlands
Chaika Band Live Concert, Sydney - Australia
ATG Masterclass: The Accordion: A Foundation of Success! - USA
Milwaukee Accordion Club Christmas Party – USA

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2021 Coupe Mondiale, 13-17 de octubre de 2021 - Alemania

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DHV logoGeorg HettmannGuarde las fechas en su calendario para la Coupe Mondiale 2021 que se celebrará en Múnich por Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e.V. (DHV), miembro alemán de la Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA).

Con la promesa de que las vacunas estarán disponibles a principios de 2021, se considera que la distribución de vacunas permitirá viajar en octubre de 2021 con seguridad para las personas de la mayoría de los países.

El primer vicepresidente de DHV y delegado de la CIA, Georg Hettmann (imagen a la derecha), desea invitar a los competidores de acordeón y a sus seguidores de todo el mundo a participar en la Coupe Mondiale 2021 del 13 al 17 de octubre de 2021.

Las reglas del concurso, la información sobre viajes y alojamiento se publicarán en diciembre.

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Marta Cubas Hondal gana el Premio Especial de Música de Cantabria - España

Marta Cubas HondalMarta Cubas Hondal (alumna de Gorka Hermosa) fue reconocida como la primera acordeonista en ganar el Premio Extraordinario de Formación Profesional en Música, que cada año otorga el Gobierno de Cantabria al mejor alumno. El concurso se celebró el 10 de octubre en el Conservatorio del Monasterio de Jesús de Santander en 2 fases. En una primera fase, Marta presentó una grabación de tres piezas de diferentes estilos, con una duración total máxima de 15 minutos.

Una vez superada esta fase, Marta pasó a la segunda fase que consistió en la interpretación en directo de dos piezas de diferentes estilos, con una duración máxima de 10 minutos cada una.

La evaluación de los premios se realizó de acuerdo con los siguientes criterios:
a) Nivel técnico. Hasta 25 puntos.
b) Coherencia estética y estilística. Hasta 50 puntos.
c) Presencia escénica. Hasta 10 puntos.
d) Dificultad del trabajo presentado. Hasta 15 puntos.

El jurado estuvo formado por José Ramón López, Inspector General de Educación y varios asesores musicales especializados. El premio consta de 500 euros y oportunidades de promoción.

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IX Conferencia en línea de los Días Internacionales del Acordeón “AkoPoznań 2020” - Polonia

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Video: grabaciones y conferencias que tuvieron lugar como parte de los Días Internacionales del Acordeón 2020.

Las IX Jornadas Internacionales del Acordeón “AkoPoznan 2020” comenzaron el 5 de noviembre de 2020. El evento en línea comenzó con una conferencia "Recuerdo de los compositores polacos de música de acordeón", que incluyó discursos de:

Tiempo en video:
04:22 - Prof. Dr. Bogdan Dowlasz: "Precursores de la literatura original polaca del acordeón"
37:30 - Prof. Dr. Joachim Pichura: "Recuerdo de los principales creadores del acordeón polaco"
01:06:18 - Prof. Dra. Teresa Adamowicz-Kaszuba: "Recordando ... Andrzej Krzanowski y Bronislaw Kazimierz Przybylski en mi vida musical"
01:35:01 - MGR Gabriela Lesniak: "Desarrollo de la figura creativa de Ralf Jung. Relación del compositor con la comunidad polaca del acordeón"
01:59:18 - MGR Grazyna Krzanowska: "Inspiraciones y dedicatorias en composiciones de Andrzej" Krzanowski
02:24:42 - Dr. Grzegorz Palus: "Dúo de acordeón en las obras de compositores polacos. Reflexiones ejecutivas sobre el ejemplo de obras seleccionadas de la literatura del siglo XX"
02:48:11 - Prof. Dr. Hab. Elwira Sliwkiewicz-Cisak: "Aphorismen Ralfa Jung. Composición para acordeón y orquesta dedicada a Bronislaw Kazimierz Przybylski - aspectos ejecutivos
03:13:23 - Prof. Dr. Jerzy Madrawski: "Acordeón en la obra de Miroslaw Niziurski"
03:35:36 - Prof. Dr. Elzbieta Rosinska y Dra. Anna Sawicka: "Acordeón en la obra de Roman Gordiejuk"

A esto le siguió una presentación sobre música para ciegos e intercambio de experiencias en la enseñanza de música a personas con discapacidad visual.

Como parte del evento, también hubo un concierto en línea de música de acordeón polaca.

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Concierto de graduación del competidor internacional Liu Hongting - China

Liu HongtingVideo: Liu Hongting presentado por su profesora, la profesora Crystal Wang, actuando en el décimo aniversario de la Orquesta de Acordeón de la Universidad Normal de Shanghai. Revisión completa de este evento en: 2018Shanghai (8 de junio)

Liu Hongting (imagen de arriba al centro) fue uno de los tres estudiantes que se presentaron en un concierto el 4 de noviembre en Shanghai. El concierto fue ofrecido por los estudiantes cuando estaban a punto de graduarse de la Escuela de Música de la Universidad Normal de Shanghai.

Liu ha representado a China en la Coupe Mondiales 2018 y 2019 y en otras competiciones internacionales.

El programa en solitario de Liu Hongting incluyó:
Valentango (Renzo Ruggieri),
Coco Mazurca (Joao Frade y arreglos de Renzo Ruggieri),
Playing Love (Ennio Morricone y arreglos de Renzo Ruggieri)
Tango Italiano (Renzo Ruggieri).

Liu Hongting está estudiando acordeón con la profesora Crystal Wang, subdirectora del Departamento de Música Instrumental de la Escuela de Música de la Universidad Normal de Shanghai.

Imagen de abajo: Graduados Hou Jintong (órgano digital), Liu Hongting y Ye Ye.
Graduation photo

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Peter Wood Nominated for Scots Trad Music Awards - Scotland

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Peter WoodAccordionist Peter Wood has been nominated for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, Musician of the Year award sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands.

Public voting opened on November 2nd and closes at midnight on November 15th. Please consider casting your vote for Peter who says “Remember this is all about highlighting traditional music so all votes extremely appreciated.”

These highly regarded annual awards give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. Results will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on December 12th, 2020 at 9pm.

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Results: International Competition "Friedrich Lips Cup", Yemanzhelinsk - Russia

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Lips competition posterThe 2020 VIII International Competition "Friedrich Lips Cup" for bayanists and accordionists was held from October 29th to November 3rd in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia.

The Friedrich Lips Cup is held every three years and this year participants sent in videos as the competition could not be held in a live format due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Download full result list in Russian language at: 2020ResultsLipsCup.pdf

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National Accordion Association Training Centre - USA

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Sharon SaetonThe National Accordion Association (NAA) is now hosting a virtual training area for the accordion world, coordinated by Dr Sharon Seaton (picture right). The purpose is to provide a single reference area for digital training areas.

Online training options include:
1. Covid-19 survival kit
2. Training sessions
3. Youtube videos

Sharon is waiting for your recommendations and helpful hints. What ideas have you used personally, or observed in other musicians, to revive lagging playing engagements?

The link to the training area is: http://www.accordions.com/naa/t-Overview.html

For any suggestion or questions, email: AccordionSharon@yahoo.com

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Organ and Accordion Recital in Auckland - New Zealand

Stephen Vincent & Stephanie Poole
Organ programWell known New Zealand organist Stephen Vincent (picture above left and below) presented a magnificent recital at New Zealand's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland on Sunday, November 8th, 2020. Holy Trinity houses New Zealand's largest organ, designed and built by the organ building company of Nicholson & Co Ltd in the United Kingdom and it consists of 91 speaking stops spread over four manuals and pedals, with 5,432 pipes.

Stephen, also an accordionist, is organist at St. Luke's in Auckland and previously at St. Matthew-in-the-City. He studied organ with John Carter and is a former student of the late Betty Stewart. Stephen is currently enjoying further studies with Dr. Phillip Smith. He is Vice President of the Auckland Organ Association and has been a driving force behind the St. Luke's Organ refurbishment project, almost at completion.

Stephen was joined by accordionist Stephanie Poole (picture above right). Stephanie is an accordion pedagogue, examiner and former accordion tutor at Auckland University's Conservatory of Music. She is a regular adjudicator at national and International accordion competitions including the CIA Coupe Mondiale. Stephen and Stephanie were both former members of the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, performing on International Goodwill Concert Tours.

Stephen and Stephanie were featured performing duos including an arrangement of Noel X -Grand jeu et Duo by Daquin and Carnaval des Animaux by Saint-Saëns. In addition, the recital featured Stephen performing works by Copeland, Lindberg and Lesley concluding with the Fantaisie pour Orgue by Saint-Saëns.
Stephen Vincent

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Results: 71st Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival – Scotland

Perth logoThe 71st Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival took place online this year due to Covid-19.

Results:

All Scotland Senior Traditional Accordion Solo Championship
Jimmy Shand Challenge Shield
1st: Liam Stewart, Galston

Senior Pipe Music Accordion Solo
Bill Black Challenge Cup
1st: Susan MacFadyen, Polmont

Senior Musette Accordion Solo
1st: Ciorstaidh Chaimbeul, Glasgow

Senior World Music Accordion Solo
Accordion World Challenge Cup
1st: Ciorstaidh Chaimbeul, Glasgow

Download full results at: 2020PerthResults.pdf

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Alex Meixner Band Special TV Recording – USA

The Alex Meixner Band was honored to be asked to record a version of the "World News Polka" for the program "World News Now" that airs overnights on the television station, ABC in the United States.

The band includes Alex Meixner (accordion & vocals), Tom Haller (drums), Paddy King (violin), Jake Willis (tuba) and Nicholas Owen (guitar).

The video was recorded at Ohio Recording Company
Video & Audio: Brennan Willis
World News Polka was written by Barry Mitchell
© 2020 Harris Music Productions

For details email:

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Video: Lucy Alves Guest Performance with Petrobras Sinfônica - Brazil

Lucy AlvesVideo: Lucy Alves (accordion and vocals) performance on the Guest Series with the Petrobras Sinfônica (Petrobras Symphony Orchestra) conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky.

The concert was held in the Vivo Rio concert hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to honor Northeastern music!

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Wallace Liggett (1936 - 18 October 2020) - Australia/New Zealand

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Book CoverWallace LiggettIt is with great sadness that the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) has learned of the passing of Life Member Wallace Liggett.

As a young man he met with the "father of the accordion" in New Zealand, teacher Allan Jones. His teaching introduced Wallace "to a level of technique and musical interpretation, although more common in top accordionists of today, was unknown in NZ at that time." The realisation of this motivated Wallace to practice hours each, so that within about five years, he had established himself as the leading New Zealand concert accordionist of the day.

He was the first New Zealander (circa 1958) to play and record using free bass accordion on National Radio and transcribed a number of the works of the great masters for free bass accordion.

For some years he enjoyed a dominance in the concert accordion field in NZ, such that when an early winner of the NZ Solo Accordion Championship was asked in a radio interview about his further accordion ambitions, he replied, "To become as good as Wallace Liggett".

Wallace Liggett recorded for both the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

In 1990, the NZAA New Zealand Accordion Association commissioned Wallace Liggett to be the author of the book "The History of the Accordion in New Zealand) , to ensure that information about the early history of the accordion in New Zealand, the individuals and their struggle for the wider acceptance and appreciation of the accordion by musicians and public alike, was not lost through the passage of time.

Three years of research has resulted in a book that had grown from a projected maximum 100 pages to over 270 pages of text, information lists and photographs to become a major reference work for the accordion. Some 545 New Zealand associations, orchestras, and accordionists are included in the book.

Wallace was an Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers and a Registered Secondary School Teacher. He was an admired accordion teacher, school teacher, regular judge at the NZ Accordion Championships and was appointed an examiner for the Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand in 1992.

In 2011, Wallace Liggett was made a Life Member of the NZAA for all his services to the accordion in New Zealand at the 40th Anniversary of the NZAA. An update to the book "The History of the Accordion in New Zealand" was completed for this event, the update being in digital pdf format and provided free with the original book.

In September 2011, Wallace Liggett moved to Australia to be with family members and into semi-retirement, then full retirement. He passed away 18 October 2020 in Coramba NSW, Australia.

Below picture: NZAA Secretary Heather Masefield and Wallace Liggett
NZAA Secretary Heather Masefield and Wallace Liggett

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Nathan Neuman Performs the “Ballot Counting Polka” - USA

Accordionist Nathan Neuman wrote this song while waiting for the 2020 USA Presidential election votes to be counted. Nathan enjoys writing songs featuring acccordion and vocal, about topical events.

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Future events


Dan Newton Online Shows - USA

Daddy SqueezeAccordionist Dan Newton – Daddy Squeeze has announced 2 upcoming online concerts as follows:

November 16th at Noon CT - Gulf Coast Music
November 23rd at Noon, CT - French and European tunes

For details or music requests email: daddysqueeze@yahoo.com

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“Drops of Green” Perform for Online Milwaukee Irish Fest - USA

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Irish band “Drops of Green” will perform on Epsiode 5 of the CelticMKE “Aoibhneas Sessions” online concert series on November 19th at 6pm Central Time.

The five piece folk and ballad group includes Sean Kearney (accordion and vocals), Lee Campion (guitar and vocals), Ross Hennessy (mandolin, bodhran and vocals), James Ring (bass guitar, 5 String banjo and vocals) and Robbie Campion (banjo, guitar and vocals).

They bring their own unique and modern style to classic Irish ballads, along with a wealth of tradition, storytelling and passion.

Organisers of the Milwaukee Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, put together the online concert series, called “Aoibhneas Sessions" for you all to enjoy. This is a free online concert.

For details email: dropsofgreen@outlook.com

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Luca Pignata Guest Performer in Baroque Concert, s-Hertogenbosch - Netherlands

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Luca Pignata (Italy) is the special guest performer at a Baroque Accordion Concert at the Willem Twee Hall in s-Hertogenbosch on November 20th at 8.15pm. He will present pieces from his Baroque CD which includes works by Johan Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti

The concert will include a performance by the Accordion Orchestra Jheronimus which includes Jorind Josemans (accordion and bandoneon). They will play a program of music by Richard Galliano, Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota.

See poster for details.

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Chaika Band Live Concert, Sydney - Australia

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“Chaika Band” (which includes accordionist Emily-Rose Šárkova) are pleased to announce their first live concert since lockdown. The band has just spent time working on some brand new material, some of which they will premiere at this upcoming show.

The concert will be held at the Leichhardt Bowling Club in Sydney on November 20th at 8pm.

There are only a limited number of tickets available due to Covid-19 restrictions.

For further concert information email: info@chaikaband.com
Chaika band

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ATG Masterclass: The Accordion: A Foundation of Success! - USA

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ATG posterThe ATG November online Masterclass will be a panel discussion on November 22nd at 3pm Central Time.

The subject is The Accordion: A Foundation of Success!

Five music professionals will share their musical journeys which began with the accordion. They are Jeff Lisenby, Liz Finch, Jeff Taylor, Mark Weston and Bonnie Schurmann who will all discuss how studying the accordion has impacted their careers within (and without) the music industry.

The Masterclass is open to the general public at no cost.

For details visit: ATG

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Milwaukee Accordion Club Christmas Party – USA

Jan Leman BandChristmas is just around the corner and the Milwaukee Accordion Club will hold their annual Christmas Party on December 13th at the Root River Center in Franklin.

The event will include a dinner, door prizes and entertainment by “The Jan Leman Band” (picture right).

Tickets will be available at their November 23rd meeting. For details phone 414-546-3370

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