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Weekly News from Around the World - 14-Sep-2018
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Daily Reports: 43rd PIF International Accordion Prize 2018, Castelfidardo - Italy
Coupe Mondiale Opening Concert and Prize Winners Concert, Kaunas - Lithuania
PIF Premio Three Finalists Announced, Castelfidardo - Italy
PIF Virtuoso Entertainment Results, Castelfidardo - Italy

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

New Book: ‘Accordion Stories from the Heart’ by Paul Ramunni, Connecticut - USA
Jimmie McGregor on 'Jimmy Shand Story', Scotland – UK
‘The Musical Memories of Gary Blair’, Scotland – UK

Future events

‘Gala Accordeons et Repas Dansant’, Chalindrey – France
Frank Morrison SDB at Variety Concert, Scotland – UK
Cherish the Ladies September CD release and Irish Tour
Giancarlo Caporilli Concert, Castelfidardo – Italy
Will Holshouser performs for WMAS, Virginia – USA
John Douglas @ Annan Accordion & Fiddle Club, Scotland – UK
Eugenia Chercazova Master Class, Vercelli – Italy
Marko Kassl Concert Dates – Germany
Festival National D’Accordeon, St Just St Rambert - France

New and Updated Sites

19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention - USA
Lilliput I, II and III eBooks Released by Ivano Battiston - Italy
New Stas Venglevski Compositions - USA
Video: New Arrangement, The Jackson Medley by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy

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Daily Reports: 43rd PIF International Accordion Prize 2018, Castelfidardo - Italy

2018 Castelfidardo PIF
Renzo Ruggieri43rd PIF International Accordion Prize for Accordion Soloists and Groups and Festival runs from September 9th to 16th. Event Artistic Director Renzo Ruggieri.

Daily Reports with pictures, video and competition results is online at: 2018Concorso

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Coupe Mondiale Opening Concert and Prize Winners Concert, Kaunas - Lithuania

2018 Coupe Mondiale Opening Concert poster
The 71st Coupe Mondiale Opening Concert will be in the Kaunas State Philharmonic, Grand hall  (L. Sapiegos st. 5) starting 19:00. Download concert posters to view or print: 2018CM-Posters.pdf

Featured will be Laimonas Salijus (accordion) and the VMU Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jonas Janulevicius

Laimonas Salijus - well known Lithuanian performer. Laimonas gained recognition after a number of successful performances in national and international music competitions in Italy, Slovenia, Canada, Croatia,Ukraine, JAV, Estonia, Austria and Latvia. He has become a laureate in all major national competitions, as well as wining 2rd prize in "Coupe Mondiale" and "Trophee Mondiale" in 2014. 

Laimonas performs regularly in various musical acts in addition to giving solo recitals both in Lithuania and oversees.

The Closing Concert on Saturday night in the same prestigious hall will feature the winners of the 7 Coupe Mondiale categories.
2018 Coupe Mondiale Winners Concert poster

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PIF Premio Three Finalists Announced, Castelfidardo - Italy

2018 PIF Header
Augustinas Rakauskas (Lithuania), 1st round.
Ratoi Radu (Moldavia) 1st round.
Vladimir Stupnikov (Russia) 1st round
PIF Premio results after the second round are now online at Daily Reports: 2018Concorso

The category was very competitive and the three through to the final round (alphabetical order) are:
Augustinas Rakauskas (Lithuania),
Ratoi Radu (Moldavia)
Vladimir Stupnikov (Russia)

Final results are:
1st Vladimir Stupnikov (Russia)
2nd Ratoi Radu (Moldavia)
3rd Augustinas Rakauskas (Lithuania),

4th Michele Bianco (Italy),
5th Alxey Mykitenko (Russia)
6th Han Yrui (China).

Hear video of the first round of some of the other competitors at: 2018Concorso (13th September). Detailed marks at: 2018Concorso (Results)
Video of the 2nd and 3rd rounds are at: 2018Concorso (14th & 16th September)

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PIF Virtuoso Entertainment Results, Castelfidardo - Italy

2018 PIF Competitions and Festival header
1st Egle Bartkeviciute (Lithuania) round 1
2nd Ratoi Radu (Moldavia) round 1
3rd Jean Baptiste Baudin (France) round 1
4th Evgenia Chirkova (Russia) round 1
The results and prize giving happened last night for the Virtuoso Senior Category for soloists no age limit – 2 rounds.
Video from Round 1 of the competition above. The results are:
1st Egle Bartkeviciute (Lithuania)
2nd Ratoi Radu (Moldavia)
3rd Jean Baptiste Baudin (France)
4th Evgenia Chirkova (Russia)

Video of round two is online at: 2018Concorso (13 September)

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New Book: ‘Accordion Stories from the Heart’ by Paul Ramunni, Connecticut - USA

‘Accordion Stories from the Heart’Paul Ramunni‘Accordion Stories from the Heart: A Collection of Accordions from Around the World and Their Stories, Inspired by the Extraordinary People Who Played Them’ (Accordion Stories Volume #1), by Angelo Paul Ramunni, is a new book published on September 1st.

The book is a hardback containing 170 pages, and available from the author or via the Internet.

Paul has recorded many of the interesting stories people have told him related to the accordion and those that play it, and the book presents pictures of a variety of accordions along with the stories connected with each of them.

Paul Ramunni, from Canaan, Connecticut, is the founder and owner of the ‘New England Accordion Connection and Museum Co’, which is large and continually developing exhibition of antique and more recently made accordions. He is a member of the board of the American Accordionists’ Association.

For further information email: ramunni@comcast.net

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Jimmie McGregor on 'Jimmy Shand Story', Scotland – UK

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Sir Jimmy ShandFolk singer/guitarist Jimmie McGregor wrote on social media about his role as narrator:

The 'Jimmy Shand Story' in the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, on Saturday September 8th was a bit of a worry for me. In the normal course of events, when I walk on stage, I'm my own boss for a couple of hours, but this was different. It was a very complicated show, with no less than 95 cues to pick up. I was the narrator, and to miss one of those cues was to throw the proceedings out of kilter - result, chaos.

I felt I was really out of my comfort zone and sweated blood for about a week. However, having spent a great deal of concentrated time on the material, I found on the night that I sailed through it and was enjoying a wonderful response from the packed audience. I realised within minutes that almost everyone mentioned in the show was known to me me, either as a real friend or an old work colleague, so the script was seasoned with a lot of related jokes and anecdotes and I was really enjoying myself.

An added bonus was that the band members were good guys and the star of the show, a 21 year old called Brandon McPhee, was a natural on stage and a stunningly talented accordionist. Sorry to go on about all this, but what began as a fairly daunting prospect, became a thoroughly stimulating and enjoyable experience. Try to see the show. Dave Anderson will be the narrator.

Picture below: Sir Jimmy Shand and Jimmie McGregor.
Jimmie McGregor and Jimmy Shand

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‘The Musical Memories of Gary Blair’, Scotland – UK

Gary Blair and bookScottish accordionist Gary Blair has published a book of his compositions has been published. It contains 45 compositions, ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘finger busting’, with a few pages of photographs connected to the tunes. It is available directly from Gary Blair (PayPal preferred) at a special introductory price of £12 including p&p. Overseas customers please Gary by messenger or email for prices.

Gary Blair, from Renfrew near Glasgow, is a popular and highly accomplished accordionist, teacher and orchestra leader. He is in constant demand to perform at festivals around the world, and this year performed in the USA, Canada, Italy, Spain and Russia.

For further information email: gary.blair@ntlworld.com

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Future events


‘Gala Accordeons et Repas Dansant’, Chalindrey – France

‘Gala Accordeons et Repas Dansant’ poster‘Gala Accordeons et Repas Dansant’ is a dinner and dancing event on Saturday September 15th, 12midday until 6.30pm, at the Centre Culturel de Chalindrey, a commune in the Haute-Marne department in north-eastern France. Accordionists performing for dancing include Gilou, Gilbert Conti, Angelique Neuville, Dany Moureaux, and several local players.

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Frank Morrison SDB at Variety Concert, Scotland – UK

Variety Concert posterOn Saturday September 15th, 7pm, a Variety Concert promising an evening of Scottish music and songs featuring the Frank Morrison Scottish Dance Band plus many other musicians takes place at Law Parish Church, Station Road, Carluke ML8 5PS. Admission is £5. Contact details are on the poster.

Frank Morrison and his Scottish Dance Band have been together since 1969. Frank, the leader on accordion, hails from the town of Carluke in Lanarkshire, the area where he was born. He comes from a musical family, his father playing the button accordion and fiddle, whilst his mother also played fiddle.

Frank started to play accordion around the age of seven, was self-taught, and over the years learned from the greats of the Scottish dance band scene. His band includes Dorothy Lawson on piano, Alex Graham on 2nd accordion, and Billy Goodfellow on drums.

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Cherish the Ladies September CD release and Irish Tour

Cherish The Ladies posterThe Irish-American female super group Cherish the Ladies, featuring Mirella Murray on piano accordion, formed in the 1980s and with many international tours on the CV begin a tour of Ireland on Saturday September 15th. Tour dates are on the poster. The tour coincides with the release of a new CD, ‘Heart of the Home’.

For further information email: contact@cherishtheladies.com

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Giancarlo Caporilli Concert, Castelfidardo – Italy

Giancarlo Caporilli Concert, CastelfidardoGiancarlo Caporilli will perform a solo concert featuring some of his many compositions on Sunday September 16th, 12mid-day, at the Sala Binci, Castelfidardo.

Giancarlo Caporilli studied accordion, piano, harmony and composition with Maestro Silvio Aureli, and went on to become a professional soloist and composer. He has performed to great acclaim in England, Scotland, Spain, France, Switzerland, former Yugoslavia, Romania, Holland, and Canada, and has been described as "The accordionist for all" because his repertoire is very large and covers many genres: classic, lyric, symphonic, liturgical, light, pop, and jazz. He is Professor of Accordion at the Conservatory in Rome.

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Will Holshouser performs for WMAS, Virginia – USA

Poster Will Holshouser performs for WMASThe Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society presents the versatile accordionist Will Holshouser in concert on Sunday September 16th, 4pm. WMAS meets at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, Virginia 22044.

Will Holshouser performs with various groups, and has performed with the singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, jazz violinist Regina Carter, clarinet player David Krakauer, multi-instrumentalist Andy Statman, trumpet player Eric Vloeimans, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Vienna Accordion Festival, and the AAA Festival.

There is free admission for WMAS members, with a suggested donation of $8 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

For further information email: peter@musicisforever.com

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John Douglas @ Annan Accordion & Fiddle Club, Scotland – UK

John DouglasThe Annan Accordion & Fiddle Club presents accordionist John Douglas as their concert guest on Sunday September 16th, 7.30pm. The club meets at St Andrew’s Social Club, Standalane, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland DG12 5JW.

John Douglas, from Dumfries, is an experienced accordionist and band leader. He is also an accordion and other musical instruments retailer and an accordion technician and tuner. In July John Douglas was honoured for his 35 years’ service with a special concert, organized by and featuring accordionist Leonard Brown.

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Eugenia Chercazova Master Class, Vercelli – Italy

Professor Eugenia Chercazova, from the Kiev National Chaikovsky Conservatory in the Ukraine, holds master classes on Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd at the music school "Vallotti" in Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. The event is organized by the Cooperfisa accordion company.

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Marko Kassl Concert Dates – Germany

Marko Kassl ConcertAustrian accordionist Marko Kassl has the following forthcoming concert dates – involving several premieres - in September and October:

September 22nd, 12pm until 1pm – programme: Uraufführung Christian Banasik ‘Metropolitan II’; venue - Kunstpunkte 2018, U-Bahn Station Kirchplatz, St.Peter Kirche, Düsseldorf
September 28th, 8pm – programme: Werke von Schülern der Kompositionswerkstatt David Graham; venue – In Front Festival 2018 – 30 Jahre GZM, Klangbrücke Aachen, Kurhausstr. 1, D-52058 Aachen
October 5th, 7.30pm – programme: ART Ensemble NRW; venue - Werkstattkonzert, Rathaus Abtei, Rathausplatz 1, D-410 61 Mönchengladbach
October 7th, 5pm – programme: Lieder von Mahler/Wolf/Hänschke; venue – Five o’Five o’clock, Evangelische Stadtkirche Moers, Klosterstr. 5, D-47441 Moers

Marko Kassl performs as a soloist and as a member of the quintet Black Pencil Ensemble. He studied the accordion with Miko Väryrynen, Roman Pechmann, James Crabb and Mie Miki. He teaches at the Detmold Academy of Music in Germany, and at the Conservatory in Amsterdam.

For further information email: info@marko-kassl.de

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Festival National D’Accordeon, St Just St Rambert - France

Festival National D’Accordeon,This year’s Festival National D’Accordeon competition takes place on Sunday September 23rd, 12mid-day until 7.30pm, at the Salle L’Embarcadere, St Just St Rambert, near Saint Etienne, France. Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert is a commune in the Loire department in central France. Admission is 15 Euro.

The competition day is preceded by concerts and master classes on September 21st and 22nd, featuring leading accordionists including Nathalie Boucheîx (from CNIMA), Mathilde Royet, Julie Blocher, Pascal Loiodice, Jérôme Baudoui, and Phil Bouvier.

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19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention - USA

19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
The 19th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention (LVAC) will be October 15-18, 2018 at the Gold Coast Hotel. This year we celebrate the return to fall with the theme “Oktoberfest Fun” including featuring German cuisine!

Returning to the event by popular demand are Grayson Masefield (Zurich, Switzerland) and Cory Pesaturo (North Providence, Rhode Island) both World Champions and both of whom are totally amazing. Thursday evening will feature the 11th installment of the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra under the direction of the esteemed Joan Cochran Sommers.

Listed are all the amazing artists and clinicians for 2018 to make a great event.

Registration fee for the event includes 7 wonderful Las Vegas banquet meals with concerts, plus over 40 workshops and master classes taught by these experts. Check out the special pricing valid until September 15 at: 2018LV.pdf

Also some incredible room rates until September 15 from only $39/$47 - full details at: 2018LV.pdf

You can register online at www.AccordionStars.com or contact Paul Pasquali, event organizer, by phone at 1-800-472-1695 or (801) 485-5840, email: paul@accordioninfo.com.

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Lilliput I, II and III eBooks Released by Ivano Battiston - Italy

Ivano BattistonIn pdf format sent to you by email.
The Lilliput series by Ivano Battiston is not an accordion method but a collection of small musical forms, divided into five volumes, inspired by the Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók and composed with the following didactic intents:

- offer musical material - to the accordionist with a single note instrument - from the very first lessons up to the thresholds of a medium level preparation (fifth year of study);
- bring the scholar closer to most musical forms and to a heterogeneous sound world;
- lead the young accordionist towards a gradual exploration of the instrument, through an active participation in the problems of musical interpretation;
- increase instrumental skills through learning based on the increase in the number of sounds;
- introduce the scholar to the orchestral dimension of the accordion, also creating compositions inspired by the characteristics of the other musical instruments.

The pieces can be played with any type of instrument provided with single notes.

Volumes II and III of Lilliput! are required for the accordion admission exam in Italian music high schools (Licei musicali).

Catalog: battiston107 - Lilliput I
Index of 27 titles: view sample music pages.
Book of 41 pages.

Catalog: battiston108 - Lilliput II
Index of 23 titles: view sample music pages
Book of 45 pages.

Catalog: battiston109 - Lilliput III
Index of 16 titles: view sample music pages
Book of 37 pages.

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New Stas Venglevski Compositions - USA

Stas VenglevskiStas Venglevski has released two new compositions in eSheet format (pdf Acrobat files) able to be sent to the client by email.

Catalog: vstas053 A Song (solo)
Catalog: vstas054 Stas' Tune (solo)
View samples pages of the music.

Other CD's and music by Stas Venglevski are:
Catalog: vstas051 Meg Tango
Catalog: vstas052 Maurisa
Catalog: vstascd001 Adagio, Romance And Beyond CD
Catalog: vstascd002 My Main Squeeze CD
Catalog: vstascd003 The Nutcracker Suite CD
Catalog: vstascd004 Accordion Illusions CD
Catalog: vstascd05 Awakening CD by Stas Venglevski and Joan Sommers

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Video: New Arrangement, The Jackson Medley by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy

Renzo RuggieriThe Jackson Medley arranged by Renzo Ruggieri for Virtuoso Entertainment is now available online for public sales. View sample page and performance video above.

Catalog: rrenzo519 The Jackson Medley

Video: Viivi Maria Saarenkylä performing The Jackson Medley (arr. Renzo Ruggieri) at the Closing Gala of Shenzhen Xixiang Music Valley international accordion competition in China, July 2015.

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