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Weekly News from Around the World - 14-Feb-2020
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2020 Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Musikmesse – Germany
Accordion Program and Scholarships Planned in Alabama - USA
Future events of Friedrich Lips for 2020 – Russia, China & Germany
Proxima Srl, Newly Formed Digital Accordion Company - Italy

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

13th Annual Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends – New Zealand
Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) eBook Special Price - USA

Future events

6th Annual Love Folk Festival, Southport - England
“Duo Ichnos” Live Concert in Reggio Emilia - Italy
2020 Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships – Northern Ireland
Accordion Masterclass with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi in London - UK
2020 Edinburgh Centenary Competition & Festival - Scotland
Duo Vilda Concerts in Sweden and Denmark
6th Annual St Patrick’s Day Festival, California – USA
CNIMA April 2020 Courses – France
First International Competition of Performers "Alexander Skliarov Cup", Kazan - Russia

New and Updated Sites

Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed: Oleg Sharov and Grayson Masefield at Zhongsin International Music Competition - Singapore
New Website: Ivan Dyma of SaxAkkord Duo - Russia
Accordion Yellow Pages/Future Events - Cyberspace

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2020 Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Musikmesse – Germany

Musikmesse
This year the Musikmesse in Frankfurt will celebrate its 40th anniversary from April 1st to 4th, 2020 and invites trade visitors from all over the world to an international get-together full of business, emotion and inspiration in Frankfurt.

The international trade fair is for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing and will be open daily for Trade and Private visitors. In addition there will be stage performances, workshops, demonstrations and discussion events.

On the Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, they will welcome musicians and music lovers to the Musikmesse Plaza, where you can look forward to a supplementary programme of events, a pop-up market with direct sales, a variety of workshops, concerts, entertainment and much, much more.

2019 Accordion factories exhibiting include:

Beltuna Accordions S.r.l.
Bugari Armando and Proxima Srl
Cagnoni Srl
Dino Baffetti di Baffetti G. & C. snc
Dallape in visit
Excelsior
Fismen
Harmonikas s.r.o.
Italcinte in visit
Mengascini in visit mengascini@tiscalinet.it
MusicTech di Sabbatini Claudio & C. snc
Orla Srl
Pasco Italia Srl E Soprani Moreschi
Pigini Srl
Scandalli accordions Srl
Zero Sette

A full report of the 2019 Frankfurt Musikmesse is available at: Frankfurt2019

A full report of the 2020 Frankfurt Musikmesse with photos will be available after the opening.

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Accordion Program and Scholarships Planned in Alabama - USA

Alabama AA
Craig FunderburgDr. Craig Funderburg, (picture left) Executive Director of the Alabama Accordion Association has set up a website to accept pledges to endow the Accordion Chair and 15 Scholarships. By endowing the Accordion Major, the funds remain intact in perpetuity while its earnings will provide scholarships, professorships, academic chairs, libraries, and the Accordion Major.

Dr. Craig Funderburg and the Alabama Accordion Association are asking accordionists to support this opportunity to establish an Accordion Program at a Major University in the United States.

Craig writes: "Alabama is already known as the “Million Dollar Band.” The Accordion Program could be the “Million Dollar Accordion.” The program needs “pledges” of $3.5M. That equates to about 7,000 enthusiasts pledging $500 apiece. No funds are being collected at this time. The University will not begin accepting funds until sufficient pledges have been made to guarantee the success of the Accordion Major.

Verbal commitments have already been received from leading accordionists such as Grayson Masefield, Cory Pesaturo, and Michael Bridge who could participate as either active or visiting professors for the Accordion Curriculum.

Here is a philanthropic opportunity to build public interest in the accordion and provide advanced accordion education for aspiring accordion musicians. You can memorialize a spouse, family member, or colleague with a living legacy.

Again, at this time, only pledges are needed. Please make pledges at https://www.accordionpledgeua.net. No pledge amount is too small. We sincerely appreciate your support and consideration."

This proposal will also be discussed during the National Accordion Association (NAA) convention in Dallas, Texas (March 18th to 20th, 2020). Sharon Seaton, Ed.D, will serve as the moderator for a special discussion panel who will express their opinions related to the future of music including the accordion.

For further details email: csfunder@gmail.com

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Future events of Friedrich Lips for 2020 – Russia, China & Germany

Friedrich LipsFuture events of Friedrich Lips for 2020 as follows:

February 14th to 19th: Masterclass at Bashmet-Festival in Sotshi (Russia)
February 26th to March 1st: Masterclass in Barnaul (Russia)
March 21st: All Russian Day of bayan, accordion and harmonica in Moscow. First performance of A. Tchaikovsky: Sonata
April 12th: Concert with Piazzolla-Studio in Conservatory in Moscow
May 3rd to 10th: Klingenthal Competiton in Germany
May 12th to 16th: Head of jury at competition “Friend of Bayan” in Kurgan (Russia)
July 27th to 31st: Competition and masterclass in Harbin (China)

On December 12th to 16th, the 2018 Bayan and Bayanists Festival dedicated to Friedrich Lips was held in the concert hall of the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. Videos of all 5 major concerts and a report written by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif is at: 2018Moscow

An updated biography for the 70th birthday by Herbert Scheibenreif is online at: Lips Biography This updated biography details the lifetime of achievements by Lips and the home page of the site at: Friedrich Lips lists his 30 CD's - an incredible musical history.

Below: graphic of 30 CD covers
Friedrich Lips CD covers

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Proxima Srl, Newly Formed Digital Accordion Company - Italy

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Marco CinagliaA new company Proxima Srl. was formed this month by the former Bugari Evo team. This company offers design, production, development and research of electronic parts of digital accordion.

Proxima Srl. is run by three people who love the accordion and believe that the accordion will have more and more importance in the digital and technological environment. They are:

Fiorino Capriotti - Mechanical engineer
Andrea Capriotti - Musician, tester, assembler
Marco Cinaglia - Technical specifications, product sales and marketing (picture left)

Their products will have the same production process adopted for the Bugari Evo and will be a product entirely "Made in Italy" using all Italian materials from the Castelfidardo companies such as: wooden cabinet, real mechanical accordion keyboard assembled by the fine craftsmen of Castelfidardo, bellows, accordion accessories (straps, bass strap etc) and product painting.

They have a dedicated team for electronic technological development so their new products will have a new "digital heart" born from experience gained over the years. The purpose of this new company is to focus on the digital accordion and its accessories.

The company will be present in Frankfurt from April 1st to 4th, kindly hosted by the Bugari company where Proxima will display their new products:
- MIA P37 piano model with 96 bass & chord
and
- MIA B46 chromatic model with 96 bass & chord.
Both models will have new technical specifications and technological innovations.

For further information, email Marco Cinaglia: marco.proxima@gmail.com

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13th Annual Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends – New Zealand

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Video: Kevin Friedrich performs Cinderella by Alexey Arkhipovskiy, arranged by Alexander Poeleuv, featuring Alina Reekie (dancer) at a previous annual concert.
Kevin FriedrichNew York based accordionist Kevin Friedrich (picture left) will return to Dargaville, New Zealand to host ‘An American Journey’, on 29th March 2020 at 1pm. Presented by The Dargaville Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Tunatahi, the 13th Annual Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends will feature an array of American themed music and finish with an American themed Sing Along.

American music covers a diverse array of genres, including Vaudeville to Vegas, Ragtime to Rock n' Roll, Cajun to Country, Broadway to Bluegrass, the Golden Oldies to Gospel, music inspired by American and much more! Moving to the United States in 1980 to study accordion at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) with renowned accordionist and teacher Joan Cochran Sommers, Kevin’s concert will showcase a variety of musical styles and some of the popular pieces that pertain to his country of residence, the USA.

Guest artists will include Auckland Accordion Symphonietta conducted by Lionel Reekie, Roslyn Gilmore, Jone Yelcich, Colin Horsefall and his accordion group from Keri Keri, Martin Rhodes, pianist Thomas Koloi, Lionel Reekie, Dargaville’s very own songsters, the Rivertown and Take 6 Singers and additional artists as they are confirmed.

The Concert will be a wonderful Variety Show for all ages, bringing the community and guests together for an afternoon of music and friendship. Available at the Dargaville Museum, tickets are $25 for Adults and $10 for Children and include Afternoon Tea. All proceeds will be donated to the Dargaville Museum in support of their efforts to showcase the history of the community for future generations to enjoy.

For ticket information phone: (09) 439 7555

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Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) eBook Special Price - USA

Gary Dahl eBooks
Gary DahlThe home page of Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) has been updated and for the first time, a special price is offered for the complete collection of Gary Dahl eBooks #1 to #10. The 10 eBooks worth USD $335 with 156 titles is emailed to you for the special price of USD$220, catalog DH01-10eB.

DH01-eB Latin Spectacular!
DH02-eB Favorite French Standards
DH03-eB The American Songbook
DH04-eB Favorite Waltzes & Polkas
DH05-eB Easy Listening Variety
DH06-eB Easy Listening Variety
DH07-eB Traditional Polish Carols
DH08-eB Italian Collection
DH09-eB Traditional Christmas Carols
DH10-eB Polka!

Click DH01-10eB to purchase the 10 Gary Dahl eBooks for US$220

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Future events


6th Annual Love Folk Festival, Southport - England

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Video: Granny's Attic at the Beardy Folk Festival in 2018

The 6th Annual Love Folk Festival will be held at “The Atkinson”, Lord Street, Southport, England on February 14th and 15th.

There will be accordion performances on February 15th as follows:

Andrew Waite, accordionist and composer from the Scottish Borders will entertain at 12.30pm with his variety of Scottish, Irish and English Trad music along with Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk and Classical music.

This will be followed by “Granny’s Attic” (picture below) which includes Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina & vocals), George Sansome (guitar & vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, mandolin & vocals) will play English traditional and original music from 2.15pm.

For details phone: 01 704 533 333
Granny's Attic

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“Duo Ichnos” Live Concert in Reggio Emilia - Italy

Duo poster
Video: Duo Ichnos perform Schindler' List by John Williams.

Duo Ichnos, which includes Marco Lo Russo (accordion) and Guido Felizzi (violin) will perform a live concert at Bagnolo in Piano, Reggio Emilia, Italy on February 16th at 7.15pm.

The concert is the final of a series entitled “Apertivi in Duo” (Music Aperitifs) organised by the Associazione Corale S.Francesco da Paola.

Their program will include pieces from the two albums “Ichnos” and “Dances from the World” - musical compositions ranging from world music, to jazz influences, soundtracks, reinterpretations of classic music and original songs by Marco Lo Russo and Guido Felizzi.

Admission is free. See poster for details.
Duo Ichnos

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2020 Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships – Northern Ireland

Clyde JohnstonThe 23rd annual Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships will be held on February 22nd at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right). This year’s event, which will incorporate an NAO Area Festival has attracted over 200 entries from as far afield as England, Scotland, Irish Republic and Germany as well as a strong local entry.

The event will include competition classes for solo, duet, group, orchestral and marching band sections, in a variety of age groups and abilities as well as a number of Trade Exhibitors.

A free and easy concert will be held in the Glendun Suite on the Friday night featuring accordionists Nigel Black, Gary Arnold, Tom Cruickshank, Sean O'Neill & Anne-Marie Devine, Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton and Helen Rich.

A prize presentation will take place later that night at a Gala Dance in the Hotel with entertainment by The Keith Dickson Scottish Ceilidh Group. In addition guests will be treated to a 45 minute concert featuring accordion duettists Julie Best and Jean Corrighan together with a number of prize winners from previous years.

These exciting accordion championships promise to deliver an extravaganza of accordion music catering for all tastes and have been recognised by the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) as a qualifying heat for the British Championships.

Daytime admission is free. For details email: clyde.johnston@hotmail.co.uk

Picture below: 2019 orchestra performer
2019 players

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Accordion Masterclass with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi in London - UK

Mario Stefano PietrodarchiAccordionist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (Professor of accordion at the Conservatorio Torrefranca, Vibo Valentina in Italy - picture right) will hold an accordion masterclass at the Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London on February 24th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Mario, who is a classical accordionist and bandoneonist will cover the tango repertoire with students of the Royal Academy of Music accordion department.

For details phone: +44 (0)20 7873 7373

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2020 Edinburgh Centenary Competition & Festival - Scotland

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Alena BulatetskayaThe 2020 Edinburgh Centenary Competition & Festival began with the first round of the Edinburgh Concerto Competition, held from January 31st to February 1st organised by the Edinburgh Competition Festival Association.

After 2 very full days of entries, accordionist Alena Bulatetskaya (picture left) playing Galliano Opale Concerto for Accordion is one of the finalists.

Further competitions for a variety of instruments and vocalists will be held from March 3rd to 14th in Edinburgh. Admission is free to over 100 classes, competitive and non-competitive, with 940 entries this year. The accordion solo class will be held on March 4th at St. Mark's Unitarian Church adjudicated by Paul Chamberlain.

The Final Concert of Highlights of the 2020 Festival, followed by the Final of the Concerto Class, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Friends of the Festival (conducted by Gordon Bragg), will be held at The Queen’s Hall on March 15th.

As this is their centenary year, organisers have planned special events and celebrations, together with normal festival classes.

These special events include:

February 1st to 28th: Exhibition in the Music Library, George IV Bridge – 100 years of the Edinburgh Competition Festival

March 15th: Highlights Concert & Concerto Final to be held in The Queen’s Hall. This will include a special Centenary Choir performance

March 29th: St Giles’ at Six - performances by some of the 2020 15 minute recital winners

May 17th: Centenary Concert at St Cecilia’s Hall - performances by distinguished former Festival winners

For details email: email@ecfest.org.uk

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Duo Vilda Concerts in Sweden and Denmark

Vilda DuoVideo: Duo Vilda - Skállovárri (Live) Recorded at G Livelab, Helsinki April 2019.

Duo “Vilda” which includes accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä and indigenous Samí singer Hildá Länsman (Finland) will perform concerts in Sweden and Denmark next month.

The duo play original music, composed and written by themselves, influenced by the northern nature, traditional Samí joik and Finnish folk, and pop music!

Concert dates are:

March 6th: Husets Café in Aalborg, Denmark

March 7th: Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö, Sweden

March 8th: Alice in Copenhagen, Denmark

For details email: viivi@saarenkyla.fi

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6th Annual St Patrick’s Day Festival, California – USA

Flogging Molly
Seven piece Celtic punk band “Flogging Molly will entertain at the 6th annual St Patrick’s Day Festival at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on March 17th, presented by KLOS 95.5 and sponsored by Breckenridge Brewery's Nitro Irish Stout.

The group includes Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals) along with players of a variety of instruments such as guitar, bodhran, violin, tin whistle, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, drums, percussion and vocalists.

Leading up to this event, the band will be making the following appearances during March:

March 12th: Harrah's Resort SoCal in Funner, CA
March 13th: Harrah's Ak-Chin in Maricopa, CA
March 14th: Morongo Casino in Cabazon, CA
March 15th: Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV -

For details email: floggingmolly@5bam.com

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CNIMA April 2020 Courses – France

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Patrick BrugalièresRémi SallardRegistrations are now open for CNIMA (directed by Nathalie Boucheix) accordion music courses and masterclasses to be held in April this year.

Course dates as follows:

April 14th to 17th: Tango Course with Louise Jallu (picture below), who won the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Award for Jazz and Classical Music this year. She is currently currently preparing a new album on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Astor Piazzolla, which will be released in January 2021 at the Philharmonie de Paris.

April 20th to 24th: Traditional Music course with Rémi Sallard (picture right) – diatonic and chromatic accordion, Rémi is a professor at the Conservatory of Tulle and inter-school music and dance Haute Corrèze. He will work on repertoire, technique and ornamentation.

April 28th to 30th: Masterclass "Accompanying the accordion" with Patrick Brugalières (picture left).
An accompaniment of a voice or a soloist means mastery of his instrument: technically, rhythmically and harmonically. The objective during this masterclass is to identify the different possibilities that the accordion offers us through listening, transcription and then original or original achievements in various styles.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr
Louise Jallu

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First International Competition of Performers "Alexander Skliarov Cup", Kazan - Russia

Kazan trophyThe 1st International Competition "Alexander Skliarov Cup" for performers of bayan and accordion will be held from April 27th to 30th in Kazan, Russia, organised by the Municipal Budgetary Institution of Continuing Education of Kazan Children's Music and Choral School.

This event will be held in four venues - Kazan State Conservatory (Academy) named after N.G. Jiganova: in the Rachmaninoff Hall and in the Chamber Hall, KDK in V.I. Lenin, "Polymer" Culture House and MBUDO Kazan "Children's Music and Choir School".

Jury members are Alexander Skliarov (Chairman of the jury), Damir Sultanov, Alexander Protasov, Rinat Galyaveev and Anton Popov.

The deadline for applications is March 30th, 2020.

Download competition rules (Russian language) here: 2020KazanRules.pdf

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Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed: Oleg Sharov and Grayson Masefield at Zhongsin International Music Competition - Singapore

Zhongsin International Music Competition header, Oleg Sharov
Xia GangOleg Sharov (President of Committee, Zhongsin Int. Competition, picture above) and Grayson Masefield were performing and on the jury at the major Zhongsin International Music Competition. Picture left Xia Gang (Founder and Secretary-General of Committee of the Zhongsin International Competition).

Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed:
Full report and many pictures at: English 2020Zhongsin Chinese: 2020-Zhongsin

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New Website: Ivan Dyma of SaxAkkord Duo - Russia

Ivan DymaNew website for Ivan Dyma (saxaphone) of the SaxAkkord Duo with Arseniy Strokovskiy (accordion).

Contact: Ivan Dyma, Professor of Saxophone, A. Schnittke Institute of Music, Moscow, Russia.
Mobile: +7 9035821 529
E-mail: adyma@yandex.ru

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Accordion Yellow Pages/Future Events - Cyberspace

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All concert, competition and festival organizers are reminded to list their Future Events in our yellow pages 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 yellow pages Future Events calendar displays at the top right hand side of the accordions.com Weekly News in all 7 languages plus other popular sites such as the USA News and the Diatonic News.

Huge numbers of readers every year view the accordion yellow pages Future Events, so all accordion event organizers are urged to take full advantage of this free service to keep the accordion community informed.

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