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Weekly News from Around the World - 13-Oct-2017
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55. International Accordion Competition Klingenthal 2018 - Germany
Coba Honored by City of Castelfidardo - Italy
Guy Klucevsek Performs with University Orchestra, Pittsburgh – USA

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

Ronnie Brown (1954-2017), Scotland – UK
Alexander Sevastian’s JS Bach CD, Ontario - Canada
Vishtèn Trio Tour of New Zealand - Canada
2018 Accordion Babes Pin Up Calendar, California - USA
Corey Jeffries Entertaining at Accordion Musuem, Dargaville - New Zealand

Future events

Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival, England – UK
‘Soiree Accordeon’, La Châtaigneraie - France
No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Concerts, Liverpool - UK
Ezequiel Tatich Concerts, Paso Del Rey, Tigre - Argentina
Richard Galliano’s October Dates – France, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic
Monheim-Bamberg Accordion Orchestra Concert, Baumberg - Germany
Stockport Accordion Club’s Anniversaries Concert, Cheshire - UK
‘World Café’ Concert, Western Cape – South Africa
Milwaukee

New and Updated Sites

Giemme Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy
Updated Site: Gary Daverne New Email and New CD - New Zealand
Renzo Ruggieri New Release: Accordion Kids (ten pieces) eBook - Italy

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55. International Accordion Competition Klingenthal 2018 - Germany

International Accordion Competition Klingenthal
International Accordion Competition Klingenthal bookletMayor of Klingenthal Thomas Hennig & Jörg KünzelThe 55th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal will be held from the 29th April to 5th May 2018.

The event features:
- International competition categories for soloists and groups, for concert and entertainment music, for children through to open categories.

Full competition rules and category information, entry forms at: 2018Kling.pdf

The event also features concerts by famous performers and an international jury of well known teachers. Entry closing date is 31st January 2018.

View the 2017 Daily Reports of results, pictures and video at: 2017 Klingenthal

Klingenthal, is known as a city of music at the foot of the Aschberg mountain in the beautiful Vogtland region. Mayor of Klingenthal Thomas Hennig (picture right) invites accordionists of all nationalities and countries and their friends to the 2018 Klingenthal International Accordion Competition.

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Coba Honored by City of Castelfidardo - Italy

Coba Castelfidardo Concert
CobaPicture above: Mayor Roberto Ascani presentation to Coba.

Famous Japanese accordionist Coba and his Japanese band were performing on the 7th October evening at the Teatro Astra in Castelfidardo.

Earlier in the day, Yasuhiro Kobayashi, stage name Coba was honored by the City of Castelfidardo with Honorary Citizenship for his musical achievements which include:
- 37 albums with millions of copies sold;
- collaboration and tours to the most prestigious venues with some of the worlds most famous performers and pop singers;
- an innovator who has radically transformed the accordion image by inserting accordion so successfully into the pop world;
- one of the most important Japanese musicians on the international stage.

Mayor Roberto Ascani said: "We celebrate a star musician and also a model, a great one, who honors his presence with the simplicity and affection of a friend."

Coba with glittery eyes thanked saying: "At the time when there were no smartphones, the internet or even the fax, the information was very little, yet when I saw the text made in Castelfidardo on the back of the accordion, I decided to come here. At 18, I arrived at Ancona Station. I waited two hours for Excelsior's agents to begin that day and I started to understand how things worked in Italy: I had to arrange them!

By establishing a strong friendship with Peppino Principe, Valentino Lorenzetti, Wolmer Beltrami and Gervasio Marcosignori at the time on the crest of the wave, studying Adamo Volpi's music, this was an amazing period.

Italy has changed my life and has given me everything, especially Castelfidardo, the homeland of the accordion where I built my musical culture."

Picture below is Coba with his fan club and below that, Coba performing with his band. Also present was the Asian TV network Nhk who followed him on this trip.
Coba Fan Club and band

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Guy Klucevsek Performs with University Orchestra, Pittsburgh – USA

Guy KlucevsekAccordionist and composer Guy Klucevsek performed in concert with the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on October 11th at the Bellefield Hall Auditorium.

The concert program included Guy Klucevsek’s compositions ‘Ratatatatouille’ for accordion and orchestra, ‘Wave Hill’, ‘Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse’, ‘Stolen Memories’, and Anton Dvorak – ‘Largo: Variations and Theme’ (accordion solo).

The program also included Igor Stravinsky's ‘Concerto in D’ for string orchestra and Johannes Brahms' ‘Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a’.

Guy Klucevsek (born 1947) is a versatile musician, and frequently active in new music, jazz and free improvisation. He has released 20+ albums, and has recorded or performed with Kepa Junkera, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, and many others. He is also a founding member of the international group Accordion Tribe.

In 2010 Klucevsek won a United States Artists Fellow award.

For further information email: gklucevsek@mac.com

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Ronnie Brown (1954-2017), Scotland – UK

Ronnie BrownRonnie BrownRonnie Brown, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was for many years one of Scotland’s stalwart figures in the National Accordion Organisation, and was very well liked and respected by many.

He was an accordion teacher, MD of the JR Brown Accordion Orchestra, member of the NAO Executive, and organiser of the NAO South of Scotland Area Festival. His JR Brown Accordion Orchestra regularly competed in the UK championships during the 1980s and 90s.

Ronnie Brown passed away on October 10th 2017 after suffering for some time with Motor Neurone Disease. Our thoughts at this sad time are with his beloved wife Shelia, children Johnathan, Peter and Kristina.

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Alexander Sevastian’s JS Bach CD, Ontario - Canada

Alexander Sevastian CDAlexander Sevastian has released a new solo CD presenting music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The CD includes ‘Prelude and Fugue a-minor BVW 543’, ‘Chaconne BVW 1004’, ‘Toccata and Fugue D-minor BVW 565’, ‘Passacaglia and Fugue c-minor BVW 582’, and ‘Badinerie’, Choral f-minor BVW 639 and Air’.

Born in Belarus, now living in Canada, Alexander Sevastian has won several international competitions, most notably the CIA Coupe Mondiale in Washington DC in 2007. He has performed throughout Canada, the USA, and also Serbia, Italy and Russia.

Order the CD at Alexander Sevastian.
For further information email: sevastian2004@gmail.com

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Vishtèn Trio Tour of New Zealand - Canada

Pastelle LeBlancThe Trio Vishtèn (Canada) featuring Acadian and Celtic genres with rock and indie-folk influence is touring in New Zealand. The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc (twins) from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse.

Pastelle LeBlanc: accordion, piano, percussive dance, vocals
Emmanuelle LeBlanc: whistles, octave mandolin, bodhrán, piano, jaw harp, percussive dance, vocals
Pascal Miousse: fiddle, mandolin, guitars, vocals

The band has performed thousands of shows at international events and venues in Canada, USA, UK, Europe, New Zealand and won a number of awards.

New Zealand tour dates:
08 October: Cafe One2One, Ponsonby
11 October: 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth
12 October: St Peters Village Hall, Paekakariki
13 October: Kokomai Creative Festival, Wairarapa
14 October: Wellington Museum, Wellington
15 October: Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson
Vishtèn Trio

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2018 Accordion Babes Pin Up Calendar, California - USA

2018 Accordion Babes Pin Up CalendarThe Accordion Babes 2018 Album & Pin-Up Calendar is now available for pre-order.

Renee de la Prade, the organiser, writes: “Our theme for next year is Calling All Muses. The front cover features Meredith Pangrace of Cleveland, Ohio. In the 2018 edition we'll have artists from the USA, Canada, Germany, France and Portugal. We're an international crew now and I have to say it feels very exciting to not just be a local project anymore...”.

The accordionists pictured are all professional players, and not models, and the calendar comes complete with a CD featuring each of them.

For further information email: squeezeboxgoddess@gmail.com

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Corey Jeffries Entertaining at Accordion Musuem, Dargaville - New Zealand

Corey JeffriesAccordionist Corey Jeffries has been entertaining around Dargaville town during the school holidays.

On Saturday October 7th, Corey was busking outside the local supermarket playing a variety of well known melodies and much to the delight of shoppers, many of whom could be seen dancing the Birdie Dance in the car park area.

The following Monday Corey (picture right) was entertaining locals and visitors in the Accordion Gems area of the Dargaville Museum, which includes a collection of over 200 accordions largely organised by Kevin Friedrich.

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Future events


Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival, England – UK

This year’s Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival takes place from October 13th to 16th. The venue is The Folk House, 40a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG

The chief festival guests this year are The Po’ Boys, Rough Chowder, Acadian Strings, The Cajun Roosters, and The Flatville Aces. The festival includes Cajun dance tuition with Dennis & Liz, and Zydeco dance tuition with Kay, and jam sessions in the bar. Home cooked food will be available during lunchtimes and early evenings.

For further information, tickets, etc, google the Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival website.

For further information email: lists@simplicityweb.com

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‘Soiree Accordeon’, La Châtaigneraie - France

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The ‘Soiree Accordeon’ is week-long event, from Saturday October 14th to Saturday 21st at the holiday village La Châtaigneraie, Cantal, in south-western France. The event offers lots of accordion music, dancing, culture, aperitifs, excursions, relaxation activities, from 620€. The price includes accommodation in full board, dinner on Saturday 14th to breakfast on Saturday 21st, all evening entertainment, daily dance aperitifs, access to the Spa, an excursion to Jacky Carles (restaurant and transport), discovery of museum of the Vénazès (transport and entry), archery, aqua gym, orientation course, etc.

Accordionists performing include Lionel Beluard, Benedicte Gamba, Patrice Jounier, Florian Lagarde, and the brothers Mickael and Jerome Richard.

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No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Concerts, Liverpool - UK

posterThe No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra (MD Jane Ward) performs in concert twice in Liverpool this weekend, as follows:

Saturday October 14th, 9pm – The Baltic Social, Parliament St, L8 5RN
Sunday October 15th, 2.30pm – The Nordic Church, 138 Park Lane, L1 8HG

Founded in 2010 by Karen Tweed, The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra has 16 members, all passionate accordion players from around the UK, with a shifting line-up of up to sixteen performers. This all-squeezing, cake-loving, tea-drinking band of lovely talented ladies has enthralled audiences across the country, in village halls, ballrooms, festivals, fetes, parties, piers and pavilions. With the unexpected sounds of multiple accordions played with sensitivity, versatility and a unique style of charming idiosyncrasy, many an accordion-phobe has been made to think twice!

For further information email: no1ladiesaccordion@gmail.com

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Ezequiel Tatich Concerts, Paso Del Rey, Tigre - Argentina

Ezequiel Tatich, known as ‘El Gringo de la Acordeon’, performs in concert on Saturday October 14th, 9pm, at La Clandestina, El Fogon, Tigre, Argentina.

On Sunday October 15th in Paso Del Rey, Ezequiel Tatich is one of the entertainers at The Gran Festival Norteno, a one day celebration of Norteno music and culture.

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Richard Galliano’s October Dates – France, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic

Richard Galliano’The well-travelled French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano performs concerts around Europe this month, as follows:

October 14th – 22nd International Guitar Festival, Montpellier, France
October 15th – New Jazz Musette, Roubaix, France
October 21st – Concerto, Yerevan, Armenia
October 24th – Mare Nostrum, Tbilissi, Georgia
October 25th – solo and with symphony orchestra, Baku, Azerbaijan
October 26th - New Jazz Musette, Ermatingen, Switzerland
October 28th – solo and Mikael on Opale Concerto, Budapest, Hungary
October 31st – concerto, Prague, Czech Republic

For further information email: solathierry@gmail.com

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Monheim-Bamberg Accordion Orchestra Concert, Baumberg - Germany

On Sunday October 15th, 5pm, the Monheim-Bamberg Accordion Orchestra performs in a concert titled ‘Inspirations’ at the Ev.Frierichskirche, Baumberg, Schellingstraße 13 40789 Monheim am Rhein, Germany. Admission is free.

The concert includes ‘Revirado’, ‘Fuga 9’ and ‘S'il vous plaît’ - Astor Piazzolla, ‘Sway’ – Pablo Ruiz, ‘Summertime’ (variations) – George Gershwin, ‘Frank Sinatra in Concert’ – arranged by Hans-Günther Kölz, and ‘Classic meets Fööss’ arranged by Matthias Hennecke.

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Stockport Accordion Club’s Anniversaries Concert, Cheshire - UK

Stockport Accordion ClubStockport Accordion Club's 30th & 80th Anniversary Concert takes place next week on Wednesday October 18th, 7.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF. Admission is £5. All are welcome.

The first Stockport AC was formed in 1937, disbanded during WW2, reformed in 1948 and disbanded again in 1953. In 1956 there was another revival with the formation of the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra, disbanded in 1974 and revived in 1987. This band morphed into the present club in 1994, hence the double anniversary. In conjunction with these anniversaries a high quality fully illustrated hardback book, ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’ has been written, tracing the club's history, and loaded with members' anecdotes and memories.

The concert programme includes
Rob Howard – Selection from ‘Oliver’
Stockport Accordion Band - 'Liberty Bell', 'Amapola', 'My Way'
Brennan Wilson & vocalist Stella - Piaf songs 'L'accordeoniste', 'Autumn Leaves', 'No regrets'
Accordion Spice (quartet) - 'Harmonica', 'Amazing Grace', 'Katyusha'
John Curvis & Adrienne Sharpe - 3 Scottish reels
Chris Green & Helen Rich - 'Ashokan Farewell'
Helen Rich - set to be announced
Interval and raffle - with entertainment with John Jones MBE
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano - set to be announced
Dorothy Brincat - a Scottish medley
Phil Watson - set to be announced
Dennis Pepler – ‘Gourmand Polka’ (Waldteufel)
Chris Green & Betty Molloy - 'Unity March', 'Granada'
Scottish Quartet - set to be announced
Stockport AC Band - 'Wien bliebt Wien', 'Simple Gifts', 'La Chipanecas'

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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‘World Café’ Concert, Western Cape – South Africa

On Sunday October 22nd, 12.30pm-1.30pm, the trio World Café performs their programme of European music, including some of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, at Mountain Shadows Country Manor, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

The members of World Café are Stanislav Angelov – accordion, Petrus de Beer – violin, and Schalk Joubert - bass guitar.

Stanislav Angelov studied the accordion in his native Bulgaria, and received a degree in accordion in 1991, after which he taught at the ‘Constantine Preslavsky’ University, Shumen. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he performs, records and teaches.

For further information email: music@goodmusic.co.za

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Milwaukee

Popular at Oktoberfest events, Polka Joel Kiekhaefer is headed our way. Come to our October 23rd meeting to get the feel and sounds of a good old fashioned ‘bierfest’. Tim, our bartender can fix you up with and appropriate beverage and it will be easy to “fall into the feeling of fall”. Polka Joel starts at 7:30 p,. but come early because… Ralph Novacek will be doing premeeting music from 6:15 pm. Ralph is a former student and friend of the late Frank Ricchio and lives in Union Grove. He is playing one of Ricchio’s classic 140 bass premium accordions. As this is being written we do not know what the weather will be that evening, but unless there is a hurricane or blizzard, you will NOT want to stay home that night.

Next Regular Meeting October 23, 2017 At Knights Of Columbus Hall, 1800 S. 92nd St. West Allis, WI 6:15 pm Doors Open 6:15 pm Pre Meeting Entertainment -Ralph Novacek 7:30 pm “Polka”Joel Kiekhaefer Band Admission: • Members $3 NonMembers $5

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Giemme Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Know the People Giemme Interview
Giemme Bellows logo"Know the People" Interview at: 2017Giemme
with: Giemme Bellows, Gianfranco Marincioni (Owner) and Sabrina Alba (Owner).
Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" of Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordion products. Interview at: 2017Giemme

Picture below: Gianfranco Marincioni and Sabrina Alba.
Gianfranco Marincioni (Owner) Sabrina Alba (Owner)

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Updated Site: Gary Daverne New Email and New CD - New Zealand

Gary DaverneUpdated site of well known accordion composer Gary Daverne with a new email. garydaverne@gmail.com

Also a new symphony orchestra CD to celebrate over 16 million viewers on youtube of Gary Daverne conducting the Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing Pirates of the Carribean.

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Renzo Ruggieri New Release: Accordion Kids (ten pieces) eBook - Italy

Accordion KidsRenzo RuggieriRenowned accordionist, teacher and composer Renzo Ruggieri has just released a new eBook (.pdf file able to be sent to you by email) titled Accordion Kids Catalog rrenzo512

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "Accordion Kids features progressive songs for young accordion students. From first notes, to small imitations of animals, to singular genres such as Disco, Baroque and Blues. The use of the left hand loses regularity in the accompaniment (march / waltz / tango) to bring the young player closer to the new rhythms of the present times."

Price is only 10 Euro (or USD$ equivalent) for these exciting young childrens compositions that are a "must have", for every teacher of young children. Available online at Catalog: rrenzo512

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