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Weekly News from Around the World - 14-Jan-2022
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Happy New Year Accordionists and Enthusiasts!
2022 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released, Zofingen - Switzerland
33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia
Mirco Patarini and Gabriele Mirabassi in Moscow - Russia
The Brandon McPhee Experience 2022 – Scotland

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

Friedrich Lips’ Future Events – Russia and Germany
New Music Video Released by Father/Son Collaborators Jacques and Lucas Pellarin - France
2022 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival – New Zealand
Yuri Shishkin CD's Sold Out, eTracks Available - Russia
"Stockport Accordion Club's Newsletters - a Diary of Squeezing", Cheshire – UK
XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival – Spain
Chilean Accordion Institute Summer Courses - Chile
Video: Zoe Tiganouria Television Interview - Greece
Playing the Accordion with “Bear” Accompaniment

Future events

Stas Venglevski Performs at Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat - USA
Hohner Konservatorium New Year Concert – Germany
Online: II International Internet Art Contest "Key to Talent" - Belarus
First Ceilidh for 2022 – Scotland
Louise Jallu Quartet Perform at Théâtre du Château - France
“Locura Tanguera” Entertain at Tango Concerts - Japan
2022 CNIMA Workshops - France
Romano Viazzani Ensemble Perform in London - England

Childrens Corner

Playing the Accordion at 4 years old - Italy

New and Updated Sites

80th Anniversary ATG: July 20-24 in the Chicago Area - USA

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Happy New Year Accordionists and Enthusiasts!

Happy New Year
Accordions Worldwide wishes you all a Happy New Year. We hope that 2022 will be a wonderful musical year despite the pandemic and we look forward to bringing you news of accordion events from around the world.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022.

Regards from the AWW team.

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2022 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released, Zofingen - Switzerland

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Yvonne Glur (President), Ruedi Marty2022 Coupe Mondiale PosterThe 75th Coupe Mondiale will be held from 04 - 09 October 2022 in Zofingen, Switzerland, hosted by the CIA member accordeon.ch led by President: Yvonne Glur (President) and Switzerland CIA delegate Ruedi Marty.

CIA President Mirco Patarini and CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila warmly invite accordion competitors, teachers and supporters to attend the 2022 Coupe Mondiale which will feature concerts and competitions as follows:
• 75th Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

2022 rules and regulations at: Coupe Mondiale
View hotel information and pictures of the concert venues at: Coupe Mondiale
Download printable event poster at: 2022CM-poster.pdf

The on-line entry system will open in Spring and the entry closing date is 31 August 2022.

You will find a complete Report of the 2021 Coupe Mondiale at:
2021 Video Homepage & Video Timetable at: 2021CM-Video
2021 Daily Reports, pictures, results at: 2021CM-Report
Hall Zofingen

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33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia

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Video 1: 15 December 2021 Opening Concert

Video 2: 16 December 2021 Concert
Videos of five major festival concerts and the Silver Disc awards are reported in detail at 2021Moscow and there are now many pictures of the international 33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow.

Concerts included:
• December 17th: 75th Anniversary Celebration of Viatcheslav Semionov, People’s Artist of Russia
• December 18th: 70th Anniversary Celebration of Alexander Dmitriev
• December 19th: Astor Piazzolla – 100! Celebrations

Full report at: 2021Moscow

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Mirco Patarini and Gabriele Mirabassi in Moscow - Russia

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Video: Concerto “Strambotti” for Accordion, Clarinet and string orchestra, by Brazilian composer André Mehmari.

Mirco Patarini and Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet) with Yuri Medianik conducting the Chamber Orchestra "Pluriart Orchestra" performed on the 17th December in Moscow as part of the 33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival.
Poster Mirco Patarini and Gabriele Mirabassi

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The Brandon McPhee Experience 2022 – Scotland

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Video: Brandon McPhee playing "The Rose of Aberdeen"

The Brandon McPhee Experience show will take place next year beginning on February 16th, 2022 in Musselburgh, organised by BRM Promotions.

Further February concerts will be held in Stirling, Langholm, Brechin, Inverness and Aberdeen.

This show is a mix of traditional Scottish, Country and Folk that will feature some of Brandon's favourite tunes as well as popular requests from people attending the show!

For details email: mcpheemusic@hotmail.com

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


Friedrich Lips’ Future Events – Russia and Germany

Friedrich LipsVideo: Friedrich Lips performing on March 20th, 2021 at the Gnessin Hall for the Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica Day.
1:47 - Mikhail Bronner Suite "Jewish Holidays" in 4 parts (2020)
13:40 - Mikhail Bronner Dolce Appassionato (2020)
19:07 - Russian folk song ''Oh, you, guelder rose!'' "Hey Thou Little Snowball-Tree" (Oi Da Ty Kalinushka), arr. I. Panitsky
23:08 - Clement Doucet - Fantasy for Piano, on the motifs of Liszt


Friedrich Lips’ Future Events for 2022 as listed below:
• February 16th: Performance of Sofia Gubaidulina “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and strings in Moscow, Russia.
• February 17th to 20th: Masterclass at the Bashmet Festival in Sotshi, Russia
• February 25th and 26th: Head of jury at the Solotaryov Competition in Pushkino, Russia.
• March 10th to 15th: Head of jury at the Saidashev Competition in Kasan, Russia.
• March 22nd to 26th: Masterclass in Moscow, Russia
• May 8th to 14th: Member of jury at the Klingenthal Competition in Germany
• June 13th to 16th: Masterclass in Moscow, Russia
• September 10th: Concert with Piazzolla-Studio in Simferopol, Russia.

For details email: herbert@accordion-cd.co.at

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New Music Video Released by Father/Son Collaborators Jacques and Lucas Pellarin - France


Pellarin CD coverVideo 1: “Piano Bar Man Dreaming” by Jacques Pellarin
Composition for Piano & Accordion (Classic crossover Jazz)
Composer, Pianist , Accordionist Jacques Pellarin
Upcoming album Piano leader & Accordion Jacques Pellarin - Spring 2022 -
A film by Lucas Pellarin

Video 2: “Jacques Pellarin - Valse des mariniers (Clip officiel)”
Filmmaker Lucas Pellarin

Jacques Pellarin is proud to present a new film by his son entitled “Piano Bar Man Dreaming”.

Jacques shares, “What luck for a father to be in artistic resonance with his talented filmmaker son! Many thanks Lucas Pellarin”.

Jacques Pellarin is a composer, accordionist and a music producer well known internationally for The French Chic & Eclectic Accordion collection from Jacques Pellarin music productions.

He has recorded 16 albums to date encompassing many genres from Jazz to French Cinema to Latin Jazz to Crossover Traditional to Classical music.

His latest release entitled 'Paris Sunlight' (12/21) is a collection of self penned songs which celebrates the Parisienne Café Culture popular in the early 1900s in the City Of Romance when café proprietors would hire accordion players to entertain the 'Al Frecso' visitors.

His music has been featured often on NHK TV in Japan and has been used in a national documentary there. Three of Jacques' compositions featured in the beautiful playlist Music Apple which depicted the theme of Paris Café Classic French Vibes. It included other notable French musicians and vocalists both past and present such as Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand, Charles Aznavour, Manu Dibango, Babik Reinhardt and Avishai Cohen.

Jacques Pellarin is a true exponent of the Accordion art form and his wide repertoire of music genres and styles makes him a much sought after musician and composer".

For further information email: jacques.pellarin@wanadoo.fr

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2022 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival – New Zealand

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The 2022 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival will be held at a venue to be selected June 4th and 5th, 2022.

The event, due to current Covid travel restrictions, will be open to only New Zealand residents or NZ passport holders. A variety of age group classes for soloists, duos, trios, ensembles and orchestras will be available. Covid restrictions mean that currently, non NZ residents and non NZ passport holders are not allowed to come to New Zealand.

Entries close on April 14th, 2022.
Download the rules and competition prospectus at: 2022nz_prospectus.pdf

For further details email NZAA Competitions Secretary Renee Jeffries at: nzaacompsec@gmail.com

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Yuri Shishkin CD's Sold Out, eTracks Available - Russia

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Yuri Shishkin writes that a number of his CD's have sold out, mp3 eTracks remain available. Three CD's remain. At the excellent price of Euro 13.50 plus post, CD fans should purchase now to avoid disappointment.

yshishkin07 Appliques CD - available
yshishkin04 Shishkin Plays Semionov CD - available
yshishkin06 Libretto (Bajan on the Russian Opera Stage) CD - available

yshishkin01eT Towards The Sun CD has just sold out, eTracks mp3 album available
yshishkin02eT Images Of The Passing Time - CD sold out, eTracks mp3 album available
yshishkin03eT Favourites - CD sold out, eTracks mp3 album available
yshishkin05eT Pictures at an Exhibition - CD sold out, eTracks mp3 album available
Yuri Shishkin CD's

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"Stockport Accordion Club's Newsletters - a Diary of Squeezing", Cheshire – UK

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SACRob & John"Stockport Accordion Club's Newsletters - a Diary of Squeezing" is a fascinating look back through 200 club newsletters written since 1987, describing our club’s many ups and downs.

In 1987 our then MD Clifford Wood asked me to write a newsletter, and 35 years later I am still writing them! During the last lockdown I revisited the 200 past newsletters for the first time, and edited them into a loose diary form, then published the result as a book.

This unique and fully illustrated hardback book was produced for our members, past members and friends, and all those who now have it just love it, so I am told!

It is a trip down memory lane like no other. The book is available free in exchange for a donation (of any amount) which will go to St Ann's Hospice, Heald Green, Stockport.

The newsletters describe Stockport Accordion Club’s NAO North West Area Festivals (1988-96), our many Club Night concerts and guest artists (1990-2019), club visits to accordion festivals and NAO UK Championships, and much else involving SAC’s members.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

Picture below: Stockport Accordion Club 2012
SAC 2012

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XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival – Spain

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HauspozResults and pictures from the XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival, which was held in Arrasate, Gipuzkoa Province, Basque Country, Spain from December 4th to 6th, 2021.

First prize: Piotro Motyka (Poland)
Second prize: Maryia Arol (Belarus)
Third prize: Yilin Han (China)

Further details and video of Festival Closing Gala concert and prizegiving online at:
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=17-Dec-2021&lang=en#art18341
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Chilean Accordion Institute Summer Courses - Chile

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The Chilean Accordion Institute are running Summer Accordion Courses in Ñuñoa, Santiago Province for all levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional during January and February 2022.

Their mission is to professionally train its students, to preserve and increase the cultural and heritage of music in Chile, develop research, composition and interpretation of various works of musical art.

Courses include musical initiation, Brazilian music, direction and crafts as well as preparation for national or international competitions. Classes will be held in-person and online.

For details email: clasesdeacordeon.cl@gmail.com

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Video: Zoe Tiganouria Television Interview - Greece

Zoe TiganouriaTV link: https://www.megatv.com/2021/12/27/zoi-tiganouria-i-ellinida-synthetis-kai-akornteonista-pou-ntynei-mousika-to-xolygount/
Zoe Tiganouria (picture left) interview with Christina Kombou on Mega TV in Greece. Zoe composed the music for the major Hollywood production of “Tango Shalom” directed by Gabriel Bologna and the interview discusses Zoe’s collaboration.

“Tango Shalom” is a family-friendly dance comedy, which swept up awards at top film festivals worldwide (including in Montreal, Toronto, Brooklyn and India) and promotes a very timely and timeless message of peace, tolerance and love.
Tango Shalom poster

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Playing the Accordion with “Bear” Accompaniment

See this video. Not sure how many accordionists would like to perform with a "bear" accompaniment??

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Future events


Stas Venglevski Performs at Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat - USA

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Stas Venglevski and thirty five musicians from all over the USA including seven youth Ensemble members will perform at the Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat 2022 concerts on January 15th and 16th, 2022.

The concerts will be held at Lutheran Churches in Houston, Texas. See posters for details.

On January 15th, the concert will feature the music of Russia, France, Moldova, Finland, Azerbaijan, and the World Premiere of a new orchestra overture by Stas Venglevski. The orchestra will also perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury.

On January 16th, Stas Venglevski will perform a popular program of works by Rachmaninoff and Villa-Libos as well as Russian folk tunes.

The Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat 2022 will take place from January 13th to 16th, 2022. For further information email: meghada33@gmail.com
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Hohner Konservatorium New Year Concert – Germany

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The Hohner Konservatorium in Trossingen, Germany will hold a New Year Concert on January 16th, 2022 at 5pm. The concert will be live in-person as well as streamed online.

The concert program will include:
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento KV 439b No. 4 Allegro - Larghetto - Minuet/Trio - Adagio - Rondo performed by Naoko Nebl (chromatic harmonica) and Andreas Nebl (accordion)
• R. Breitenfeld - Ageha-cho performed by Volker Rausenberger (accordion)
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria from "Hochzeit des Figaro" by Christin Tanja Putze (soprano), Giorgiana Pelliccia (soprano) and Matthias Matzke (accordion)
• Charlie Parker & Miles Davis Donna Lee by Eric Dann (accordion)
• Matthias Matzke performing “Walking On” (accordion)

The current Covid regulations (2G+) applies to the event.

For details email: info@hohner-konservatorium.de

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Online: II International Internet Art Contest "Key to Talent" - Belarus

Nikolay SevryukovLidia SkachkoThe online II International Internet Art Contest "Key to Talent" will be held in Belarus from January 21st to 31st, 2022. The competition Director is Andrey Alekseev.

Competition classes include folk keyboard instruments - bayan, accordion and harmonica.

Jury members include Nikolay Sevryukov (Belarus - picture left) and Lidia Skachko (Belarus - picture right).

Entries close on January 20th, 2022. For details email: lidarb2021.1@gmail.com

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First Ceilidh for 2022 – Scotland

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Video: The Lomond Ceilidh Band playing the Laird of Drumblair set

The Lomond Ceilidh Band will entertain at their first 2022 Ceilidh. The event will take place at Forgan's Broughty Ferry Restaurant in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland on January 22nd, 2022.

The band includes Alan Small (accordion), Gemma Donald (violin) and Kyle Innes (drums). Depending on Covid-19 regulations, they hope for a great night with Ceilidh dancing.

For details email: info@forgansbroughtyferry.co.uk

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Louise Jallu Quartet Perform at Théâtre du Château - France

Louise JalluThe Louise Jallu Quartet will perform at the Théâtre du Château in Eu, France on January 22nd, 2022 at 6.15pm.

The quartet includes Louise Jallu (bandoneon – picture left), Mathias Lévy (violin), Grégoire Letouvet (piano) and Alexandre Perrot (double bass).

Their program will include Astor Piazzolla’s music such as "Libertango", "Oblivion", "Buenos Aires Hora Cero", and "Soledad".

For details email: contact@theatreduchateau.fr

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“Locura Tanguera” Entertain at Tango Concerts - Japan

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Video: Oblivion (Piazzolla) by Ville Hiltula & Japanese Friends

The “Locura Tanguera” Quartet will entertain at Guggenheim House in Kobe Shioya, Japan on January 22nd, 2022 at 2pm.

The quartet includes Ville Hiltula (bandoneon), Kazuhiro Takagi (violin), Tomomitsu Fumoto (piano) and Masashi Goto (contrabass).

The following day, the quartet will entertain at a Tango Lunch concert held at the Royal Horse Jazz Club in Osaka (January 23rd) from 1pm.

Their program will include Argentine tango pieces by Piazzolla, Pugliese, Francini and Balcarce.

For details email: villehiltula@gmail.com
“Locura Tanguera”

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2022 CNIMA Workshops - France

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Nathalie & jacquesThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will run accordion workshops for all ages, levels and styles during January and February 2022. The workshops will cover developing accordion technique, the hold of the instrument, balancing of the bellows, sound support, various touches and musicality etc.

Dates as follows:

• January 24th to 28th: Adult workshop which covers additional training on specific problems adults can encounter with tutors Nathalie Boucheix and Jacques Mornet (picture left).
• February 14th to 19th: workshop for all ages and levels with Nathalie Boucheix and Jacques Mornet.
• February 21st to 26th: workshop for all ages and levels with Nathalie Boucheix and Jacques Mornet.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble Perform in London - England

Romano Viazzani Ensemble
The Romano Viazzani Ensemble will perform in concert at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in London on January 29th, 2022 at 7pm, organised in conjunction with M2M (Memories2Music).

Their program will include a selection of music from their album “London Tango” as well as traditional Argentine tangos and the music of Astor Piazzolla.

The ensemble includes Romano Viazzani (accordion & bandoneon), Barbara Dziewiecka-Data (violin), John Bailey (piano), Jonathan Preiss (guitar), Nick Pini (double bass), and vocalists Jacqui Tate and Luciana di Bella.

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Playing the Accordion at 4 years old - Italy

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Video 1: At 4 years old this young Italian boy Matteo Tortora shows us his talent as he plays his accordion just like a professional!

Video 2: PIF World Music Junior winner in Castelfidardo 2021

Picture below: A list of achievements by Matteo Tortora since he was four!
2021 Matteo

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80th Anniversary ATG: July 20-24 in the Chicago Area - USA

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The long awaited Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) festival celebration is happening next summer!

Join the ATG from July 20th to 24th, 2022 in the Chicago area as the ATG’s 80th anniversary is celebrated.

Reserve your seat for the 80-piece ATG Festival Orchestra! This special orchestra is in honor of the ATG's 80th anniversary, and will be directed by Joan C. Sommers.

The fee to hold your seat in the orchestra is $25 and will be applied towards your festival registration. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't drag your feet and take a seat!

Registration will be available soon on the website: ATG

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