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Weekly News from Around the World - 15-Jan-2021
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Highlights

Online: 2021 CIA Winter Congress, Basel - Switzerland
Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival - Finland
John Kirkpatrick Awarded MBE - UK
Online: 1st Accordion Star International Competition 2021 - USA
85th Anniversary of British College of Accordionists - UK

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

VIII Music Festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" Day 1 - Russia
VIII Music Festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" Day 2 - Russia
Frank Toscano Performs in New Movie “The Many Saints of Newark” – USA
Video: Nick Ariondo Presents World Music Styles
Martynas Levickis New CD Release, Vilnius - Lithuania
Milorad Marinković New CD – Germany
Ksenija Sidorova New CD "Piazzolla Reflections"
“Little Miss Squeezebox” Interview on ABC Radio Perth – Australia

Future events

Online: Coffee with Dominique - "Accordion Heroes on Vinyl" - Netherlands
Online: Celtic Connections QuebecFest - Canada
Alex Meixner January Virtual Fundraiser - USA
2021 Ian Lowthian Online Music Weekend - UK
Félicien Brut Duo Concert in Paris – France
Dr. William Schimmel to Present New Seven Hour Virtual Work - USA

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: New Zealand Accordion Association Site - New Zealand
Newly Available Sheet Music "Poetic Rhapsody" by Stas Venglevski
Updated Site: Andrew Glover (Andy) Free Download - New Zealand

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Online: 2021 CIA Winter Congress, Basel - Switzerland

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
Ruedi MartyDue to the ongoing restrictions and circumstances pertaining to the Global Covid-19 pandemic, the CIA 145th General Assembly of Delegates which was scheduled to be held in Switzerland, hosted by Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Premiere Voting Member accordeon.ch, has been adapted to an online meeting, enabling maximum international participation.

We thank the Swiss accordeon.ch Association led by President Ruedi Marty, for all their work in arranging our Winter Congress, and we look forward to our visit to Switzerland for the upcoming Coupe Mondiale to be held in Zofingen from October 4th to 9th, 2022.

Members will receive an invitation from Secretary General Kimmo Mattila shortly.
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Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival - Finland

Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival
Raimo VertainenKokkola Winter Accordion FestivalThe Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival will be held from February 6th to 14th, 2021 in Kokkola, Finland.

The festival week program is planned and the festival will be carried out according to Covid-19 current restrictions, therefore the concerts have been restricted and will now be online.

Right is the list of performers and concerts and you can come to this page or the Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Facebook or youtube to view the concerts.

The first Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival was held in 1999. Well known Kokkola teacher and accordionist Raimo Vertainen (picture left) has been the Artistic Director since inception and this year is the 22nd Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival.

Download and print the 2021 Kokkola poster at: 2021KokkolaPoster.pdf

Tuesday 09 February
Ilta Jukkolanmäellä featuring Sonja Vertainen (accordion and bandoneon), Julia Hansson (accordion) and Katri Antikainen (cello)

Wednesday 10 February
Vilda Duo of Hildá Länsman (vocals) and Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (accordion)

Friday 12 February
Maria Kalaniemi (accordion and vocals) and Eero Grundström (harmony)

Friday 13 February
Guardia Nueva, Musical Director Raimo Vertainen with vocalists Virva Puumala, Matti Korkiala, Maria Autio and Jiri Tammilehto. Kokkola 400 years celebration concert
recorded from Snellman Hall.

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John Kirkpatrick Awarded MBE - UK

John KirkpatrickAccordions Worldwide sends congratulations to John Kirkpatrick (accordion, melodeon & concertina player) who was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List (UK) for services to folk music.

The MBE is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others. Those receiving the accolades are announced a few days before the end of the year and around the Queen's state birthday.

During the 2021 Covid-19 lockdowns John plans to perform live online concerts every few weeks.

His next concert will be held on January 24th, 2021 at 7.30pm GMT, where he will play tunes and songs from his CD’s “Morris On”, "Sheepskins", "The Duck Race", “Plain Capers” and many more..

For details email: squeezer@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk

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Online: 1st Accordion Star International Competition 2021 - USA

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Sergei TeleshevAll accordionists are invited to participate in the 1st online Accordion Star International Competition 2021 will be held from April 16th to 25th, 2021. This is an opportunity for young and talented accordionists from all over the world to showcase their art to a wide audience of music lovers and professional musicians. President of the festival is performer Sergei Teleshev (picture left).

The international jury will include famous performers, teachers, composers, conductors, producers from the USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, England, France, Israel, South Africa and other countries. The Chairman of the jury is People's Artist of Russia, Viatcheslav Semionov.

Competition categories are available for a variety of age groups for soloists from under 8 years old up to over 37 years old as well as ensemble classes with no age limit and a special category entitled “Music of Bach”.

The international jury will include Viatcheslav Semionov (Chairman - Russia), Alexander Selivanov (Russia), Roman Jbanov (France), Jelena Milojevic (Canada), Petar Maric (Serbia), Matthias Matzke (Germany), Bratislav Manasijevic (USA), Michael Bridge (Canada), Semmy Stahlhammer (Sweden), Sergey Teleshev (USA/Russia), Trofim Antipov (Belarus), Igor Snedkov (Ukraine), Yuri Merkulov (Russia), Gary Blair (England), Victor Aryutkin (Israel), Lyudmila Varavina (Russia), Isabel Blomme (Sweden), Yuri Veshininin (Russia), Zhenya Rock (USA), Sergio Zampolli (South Africa) and others.

In addition to the competition program, concert performances, master classes, interviews and presentation of the members of the jury and guests of the festival will be presented at the festival.

Applications close on April 7th, 2021.

Download competition rules here: 2021AccordionStarRules.pdf

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85th Anniversary of British College of Accordionists - UK

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The British College of Accordionists will celebrate their 85th anniversary in 2021 with an Online International Anniversary Festival and National Graded Solo Competition which is open to all UK accordionists.

The British College of Accordionists aims to promote, encourage and support accordionists in becoming:
Technically competent
Quality musicians
Fluent communicators
Future leaders and ambassadors of the instrument.

The BCA Administration Board includes Principal Raymond Bodell, Graham Laurie, Alistair Gillespie and Anna Bodell with BCA Governing Council members Robert Fletcher, Patrick Hay, Harry Hinchcliffe, Mahir Kilic, Pauline Noon, Ken Farran and Wendy Farran.

Competition entries close on February 1st, and videos must be received by February 14th, 2021.

Entry forms are available on the BCA website.

For further details email: bca.anniversaryfestival@gmail.com

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


VIII Music Festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" Day 1 - Russia

Danil and Olga Sharavyeva
Video: Danil and Olga Sharavyeva.

The 8th music festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" was held in a virtual format on the stage of the large hall of the Kurgan Philharmonic.

The first guests of the festival were Danil and Olga Sharavyeva from Yekaterinburg. Literally from their first performance, Danil and Olga won the love and respect of the public.

In 2015, their duo was recognized as the best instrumental team of Yekaterinburg.

Their repertoire is extensive and diverse, including many styles from Bach's organ music to pop-jazz popular compositions.

Currently, Danil and Olga Sharavyeva are soloists of the Ekaterinburg House of Music, as well as assistant trainees of the Ural State Conservatory named after M.P. Mussorgsky.

The duo has won many All-Russian and International competitions including:
11th Open All-Russian Competition of Ensembles and Orchestras of Harmonics "Winter Games", Nizhny Tagil - I PREDI
All-Russian competition of ensembles and orchestras "We are together!", Yekaterinburg - GRAN-PRI
10th International Rainbow International Competition, Ukraine, Odessa - Grand Prix
1st Bravo International Competition, Bulgaria, Essebr - I REMARY
13th International Competition, Poland, Pulawa - I PRED
2nd Bravo International Competition, Bulgaria, Ezebre - GRAN PRI
1st International Competition, Hungary, Budapest - GRAN PRI
5th International Competition of performers on bayan, accordion "Friend-Bayan, Kurgan - GRAN-PRI.

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VIII Music Festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" Day 2 - Russia

Ivan Sendetsky (cello) and Vladimir Stupnikov (bayan)
Video: Solo performance by Vladimir Stupnikov (bayan), then in duo with Ivan Sendetsky (cello).

Day2 of the VIII festival "Gnesin's RAM Students" included a performance by young musicians Vladimir Stupnikov (bayan) and Ivan Sendetsky (cello).

Vladimir Stupnikov, winner of more than 30 international competitions, is currently a graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Art and Korsakov 2019, a class of Prof. A. I. Dmitriev and continues his training in assistant-internship at the Russian Academy of Music by Gnesin, the class of Prof. Friedrich Lips.

Competition prizes include:
1st prize - International competition Trophee Mondial de l'Accordeon (2015 in Switzerland)
1st Prize - II All-Russian Music Competition (2017 in Russia)
1st Prize - International Competition - Coupe Mondiale (2017 in Italy)
1st prize - International competition - 43 PIF Castelfidardo, category Premio (2018 in Italy)

Ivan Sendetsky (cello) is the winner of many international competitions from 2007 through to 2020 and plays at a variety of music festivals.

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Frank Toscano Performs in New Movie “The Many Saints of Newark” – USA

Accordionist Frank Toscano was asked to arrange and perform music for the soundtrack of a new movie entitled “The Many Saints of Newark” which will be released worldwide on March 12th, 2021.

Frank recorded eight songs and performed in the movie with guitarist, Steve Lucas, in the scene of the confirmation party for Janice, Tony’s sister. The movie is a prequel to the popular series “The Sopranos”.

Among the songs he played were “Ferry Boat Serenade”, “Volare”, “The Nearness of You” and “Core Grate”. For the scene Frank wore a red tuxedo jacket and slicked back hair.

For details email: info@franktoscanoMusicSchool.com

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Video: Nick Ariondo Presents World Music Styles

The accordion, an instrument of world/global status, captures musical styles from classical to world-ethnic and everything in between.

In this video, accompanied by Russian guitarist Sergey Taranov, accordionist/arranger Nick Ariondo demonstrates his diverse/unique style, performing music of Eastern European Romanian origins.

The camera angle close-ups of the right-hand keyboard, bellows and left-hand buttons captures the essence of the accordion's endless possibilities ~ from driving rhythms and chords, to a variety of single note passages, to complex bellows technique.

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Martynas Levickis New CD Release, Vilnius - Lithuania

CD coverAccordionist and conductor Martynas Levickis has just released his new CD entitled “Vivaldi: The Four Seasons”. The CD also includes performers Mikroorkéstra Chamber Ensemble and Chris Ruebens (guitar).

Martynas says “It is unbelievable that in these uncertain times we are pulling off and releasing a long awaited album. At last!!!! Vivaldi’s music has always been very close to me…”

For details email: info@martynasmusic.com

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Milorad Marinković New CD – Germany

Video: Excerpts from the CD

Milorad Marinkovic (Serbia/Germany) has just released his new CD “Akkordeon Classical Music”.

The CD is a personal choice of Milorad’s favorite compositions and includes Jazz, world music, as well as classical music.

Tracks include: Asturias (Albeniz), Sonata No 2 (Solotarjow), Sonata in D minor (Scarlatti), plus works by Repnikov, Strauss, Shishkin, Bach and Rimsky Korsakov among others.

The CD was available on music platforms from January 6th, 2021.

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Ksenija Sidorova New CD "Piazzolla Reflections"

CD coverKsenija Sidorova’s new CD “Piazzolla Reflections” will be available from February 12th, 2021. The CD is devoted to the anniversary of Astor Piazzolla and was created in 2020 with Alpha Classics.

Ksenija is offering online, the first track from the album “Chau, Paris!”, an arrangement by Claudio Constantini for your enjoyment.

For details email: ao@harrisonparrott.co.uk

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“Little Miss Squeezebox” Interview on ABC Radio Perth – Australia

Little Miss SqueezeboxPerth (Australia) accordionist Nikki Dagostino (also known as Little Miss Squeezebox) was interviewed by ABC Perth Radio Station Producer Kate Leaver to find out and learn about the accordion.

The interview includes Nikki playing excerpts of everything from the German classics to ACDC on accordion!

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Future events


Online: Coffee with Dominique - "Accordion Heroes on Vinyl" - Netherlands

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recordsAccordionist Dominique Paats will present an online concert entitled Coffee with Dominique - "Accordion Heroes on Vinyl" on January 17th, 2021 at 10pm UTC+13.

This event is free to everyone. Dominique will open his record cabinet and pay tribute to the accordionists on vinyl by performing their pieces.

For details email: d.paats@hotmail.com

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Online: Celtic Connections QuebecFest - Canada

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Pierre-Luc DupuisThe online edition of the Celtic Connections QuebecFest will be held from January 15th to February 2nd, 2021.

The event will feature a variety of music concerts and workshops for beginners as well as more experienced players.

On January 29th, “Le Vent du Nord” (picture below) which includes accordionist Réjean Brunet, will entertain with their traditional folk pieces as well as original compositions at 8.45pm GMT.

This will be followed by a performance by “De Temps Antan” which features accordionist Pierre-Luc Dupuis (picture left). This 3 piece group features a variety of instruments such as violin, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, foot-percussion along with three-part vocals.
Le Vent du Nord

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Alex Meixner January Virtual Fundraiser - USA

Alex Meixner
Alex Meixner will perform an online fundraising concert on January 30th, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm. The concert is a private show for the benefit of the Reading Liederkranz in Pennsylvania.

You can enjoy the performance from the comfort of your own home or watch it at the Clubhaus.

For details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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2021 Ian Lowthian Online Music Weekend - UK

Music weekend
The first 2021 Music Weekend by Ian Lowthian will take place online from January 30th to 31st.

The event will cover Scottish Music and as it is the time of year to celebrate Robert Burns, some Burns Tunes will be included.

In addition some more general Scottish tunes will be added to the mix.

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Félicien Brut Duo Concert in Paris – France

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Video: Félicien Brut (accordion) and Thibaut Garcia (guitar)

Félicien Brut (accordion) will perform in duo with Thibaut Garcia (guitar) at Le Bal Blomert in Paris, France on February 17th, 2021 at 8pm.

Their program will include works by Piazzolla, Ravel, Boccherini and Granados among others.

For details email: contact@balblomet.fr

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Dr. William Schimmel to Present New Seven Hour Virtual Work - USA

William Schimmel“Tributaries”, a set of pieces that explore the accordion in all facets, moods and styles will be presented and performed by Dr. William Schimmel in seven, one hour segments online during February and March 2021 as follows:

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
March 6th, 13th and 20th
From 3pm to 4 pm

Schimmel is the Artist in Residence of The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) where he also serves as Distinguished Lecturer in Residence and member of the Governing Board.

For further information email: accordionbill@gmail.com

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New and Updated Sites


Updated Site: New Zealand Accordion Association Site - New Zealand

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The New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) 2021 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival will be held in Auckland, June 5th and 6th, 2021.

The event, due to 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 non NZ residents and non NZ passport holders are not allowed to come to New Zealand.

Site update includes New Article: 40 Years after the Dream Came True - 1980 Coupe
Mondiale by Kevin Friedrich, CIA Ambassador. View article at: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=04-Sep-2020&lang=ru&s=16796
and
1980 Historical website Report, Pictures and Results at: 1980CoupeMondialeHistory

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Newly Available Sheet Music "Poetic Rhapsody" by Stas Venglevski

Stas VThe newly available sheet music of "Poetic Rhapsody" Catalog: vstas064 is online.

Other eSheet Individual Compositions by Stas Venglevski.

Catalog: vstas051 Meg Tango (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas052 Maurisa (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas053 A Song (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas054 Stas' Tune (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas055 Octobler Rondo (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas056 Summer Sunshine (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas057 Sunshine Return, accordion (solo )with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas058 In the Garden, accordion (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas059 Butterfly Swing, accordion (duet) with music page sample.
Catalog: vstas060 K's Musette, accordion (solo) with music page sample.
Catalog: vstas061 Shaking Waltz, accordion (solo) with music page sample.
Catalog: vstas062 Ice Meadow, accordion (solo) with music page sample.
Catalog: vstas063 Twelve Hot Tango Compositions For Accordion (solo)
Catalog: vstas064 Poetic Rhapsody for accordion (solo)

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Updated Site: Andrew Glover (Andy) Free Download - New Zealand

Andrew Glover
Andrew GloverIn memory of Auckland accordionist Andrew Glover (Andy), former member of the North Shore Musicale Accordion Orchestra who passed away suddenly, yet peacefully (non Covid) in December 2020, his composition Tender Tango (Solo) is available as a free download to AWW readers.

Andy was a well-known competitor at the New Zealand Accordion Association annual Championships and Festival, usually entering the “Accordion with self vocal” classes as well as a performing in the Musicale Orchestra. He also set up Singing Telegrams in New Zealand.

"Tender Tango" was selected as a test piece for an age category of the 2016 New Zealand Accordion Championships. Download Tender Tango (Solo): mfa8051

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