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Weekly News from Around the World - 16-Aug-2013
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66th Coupe Mondiale Competitions Starting, Victoria - Canada
Super Accordion Events This Summer, Plans For 2014 - China
Celebrating 150 Years, Travelling Exhibition 'Craftsmen of Sound' - Italy
Video: Aydar Gaynullin Performs Tango de Amor With Philharmonie Berlin - Germany
World Record Attempt for Largest Irish Band, County Clare – Irish Republic

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

Sylvia Louise Prior, March 14, 1922 to August 9, 2013 - USA
Video: Three Finnish Folksongs by Mika Väyrynen - Finland
Polish Accordion Quintet "Fantini" Performs At Polish Festival - USA
‘Donny & Diane Play Gaelic Pipe & Irish Tunes’ CD, Scotland – UK
Video: Ma Shuang Performs Revelation - France
Video: Duo Russkyistil - Russia
Video: Modrijani by the Group S teboj - Slovenia
Video: Chiquito e Bordoneio 13 - Pêlos / Carreta (Os Serranos)
Video: Duo violin and accordion
Video: Pino di Modugno Performances - Italy
Video: Sergio Scappini el stratto dal concerto Tango! - Italy
‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordion Activity in Japan in 1999

Future events

Guy Klucevsek Concert and Workshop, Alpentöne Festival – Switzerland
Erika & Jean-Marie Dance, Pondrome – Belgium
Helen Maher Concerts, Liverpool – UK
‘duistanz - About Sky(s)’ Performances, Duisburg – Germany
“From Broadway to the Met …. plus”, New York – USA
Ksenija Sidorova @ Rheingau Musik Festival, Hesse – Germany
Renee de la Prade Gigs – France, Canada
Iñaki Diéguez Performs in California – USA

CD Reviews

‘Fairy Tales’ CD by Ksenija Sidorova, London - UK

New and Updated Sites

Dražan Kosoric Releases Two New Compositions
Franco Cambareri Releases Two New Compositions

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66th Coupe Mondiale Competitions Starting, Victoria - Canada

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2013 Coupe Mondiale PosterDaily Reports at: 2013Coupe from Sunday 18th August late evening

The 66th Coupe Mondiale runs from Monday 19th August to Saturday 24th August. View the Daily Reports, pictures and livestream TV on the official Coupe Mondiale website www.coupemondiale.org. Full schedule at: 2013Coupe

There are three days of pre-Coupe Mondiale competitions. Friday features local competitions with Saturday and Sunday featuring an international accordion orchestra competition with the finals on Sunday evening. Sunday morning also has an Accordion Parade in downtown Victoria.

The Coupe Mondiale competitions start on Monday morning with the official Opening Concert on Monday evening.

The Host Organization for the 66th Coupe Mondiale (2013) is the British Columbia (BC) Accordion Society, President Aleksandar Milojevic in conjunction with the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA), IMC-UNESCO, Secretariat, Finland.

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Super Accordion Events This Summer, Plans For 2014 - China

Prof. Li CongThe closing ceremony of the “Parrot” Accordion Competition, hosted by the China Accordion Association (CAA), was held on the 13th August in Beijing. Over 2,000 competitors have attended 4 national accordion competitions during summer.

They were:
1.“Nanshan” Accordion Competition, July 21st, in Shenzhen Guangdong. Around 400 competitors from Southern China participated.

2.“Chuncheng” Keyboards Competition (including piano, accordion and double key keyboards), Aug 1st, Kunming, Yunnan. Around 400 competitors from Southwest China participated.

3.“Hohner” Variety Accordion Competition, Aug 5th, Luoyang, Henan. Around 900 competitors from Middle China participated. Frederic Deschamps, the chairperson of CIA Music Committee, held a master class during this event. Pietro Adragna from Italy, (the Entertainment category winner of the 2011 Coupe Mondiale held in Shanghai) and Elsa Gourdy (France) performed a concert.

4.“Parrot Cup” Accordion Competition Aug 10th, Beijing. Over 800 competitors participated.

On 12th August, the China Accordion Association (CAA) has held an important meeting. President: Li Cong (picture left), Vice President: Wang Shusheng, Chen Jun, Zhang Guoping, Yang Guoli, Du Ning, Secretary-General: Zhang Tianyu, Deputy Secretary-General: Crystal Wang and Meng Hui attended.

The association business and major events for 2014 were discussed and planned during this meeting. There will be 5 major competitions for 2014. They are:

1. The National Competition of comprehensive universities and teachers’ colleges,and the exchange conference in May, Shanghai, to be hosted by the CAA and Ministry of Education of China.

2. “Hohner” Variety Accordion Competition in July, Shenzhen, Guandong.

3. “Baidi” Accordion Competition in August, Shandong.

4.“Harbin Summer” (Harbin 2014) International Accordion Festival in August, Harbin, Heilongjiang to be hosted by CAA and Ministry of Culture of China.

5. Accordion Competition, October, in Wuhan Hubei.

Predictably, 2014 will be a fascinating year of accordion in China.

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Celebrating 150 Years, Travelling Exhibition 'Craftsmen of Sound' - Italy

Craftsmen of Sound
150th logoDates for the travelling exhibition 'Craftsmen of Sound' are:

Numana (Palazzo Comunale), 25th August to 1st September

Osimo (Teatro la Fenice), 7th to 18th September

Camerano (San Francesco), 28 September to 12 October

Castelfidardo (Auditorium San Francesco), 31 October to 16th November

Loreto (Bastione Sangallo), 30 November to 11th December

Recanati (Palazzo Comunale), 2014 date not yet determined

Klingenthal, Germany (Museo Comunale), May 2014

150 years ago the first of mass production of accordions was initiated in Castelfidardo by Paolo Soprani. Impossible to think at that time, that this "spark" would have resulted in a history of ingenuity, resourcefulness, a passion that led to the emergence of a highly specialized manufacturing district in this territory.

The City of Castelfidardo, through the Museum Castelfidardo has decided to organise a traveling exhibition that illustrates, through images, the historical journey / production of this musical instrument.

The project also includes a publication and a series of conferences. Each show will be "personalized" with respect to the host city and the role which it played in the district.

The events are organised by Beniamino Bugiolacchi (Director of the Museum Castelfidardo), Fabio Buschi (photographer) and Roberto Carlorosi (graphics) with support from local government and the cities where the exhibitions will be held.

The prestigious photographic book "Craftsmen of Sound" published by Tecnostampa and processed by the curators of the exhibition will also be promoted.

For further information email Beniamino Bugiolacchi at: info@museodellafisarmonica.it

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Video: Aydar Gaynullin Performs Tango de Amor With Philharmonie Berlin - Germany

Video: Tango de Amor with the Berliner Philharmonie in concert on 8th June 2013, published 6th August 2013

The video features: Aydar Gaynullin (accordion, accordina), Artyom Dervoed (guitar). Aydar Gaynullin is a renowned accordionist, well known for international competition successes in past years, today for accordion concerts both solo and with his wife Elena Lutz (accordionist), and most recently as a vocalist and composer, with lots of success in the film music industry.

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World Record Attempt for Largest Irish Band, County Clare – Irish Republic

Guinness World Record Attempt posterOn Sunday August 25th, 3.30pm, in the square near The Burren Centre, Kilfenora, County Clare, the Kilfenora Ceili Band will lead an attempt on the Guinness record for the world’s largest Irish band.

Players must be at least 12 years old and able to play the ‘Kilfenora Jig’. Players of accordions, concertinas, fiddles, flutes, or any typical ceili band instruments are welcome.

For further information email: johnlynch1955@gmail.com7

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Sylvia Louise Prior, March 14, 1922 to August 9, 2013 - USA

Sylvia PriorSylvia Prior, born in Los Angeles, California on March 14th 1922 passed away peacefully on August 9th 2013 in Ventura, California.

Sylvia taught accordion and piano in Los Angeles and later in Oxnard for nearly 60 years, carrying on the business her father started in 1917. She loved teaching music and took great pride in knowing that she had touched the lives of countless students during her career.

Sylvia was also closely involved with the Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA) in various executive positions for the association over many years.

The most important thing in Sylvia's life, however, was her family, especially her two daughters. Sylvia was a devoted mother who taught by example the importance of kindness, generosity and compassion. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Sylvia is survived by her daughters Adrian Jo Guidotti (David Ross) and Sylvana Louise Guidotti, M.D. (Kevin Wells), as well as her sister Patricia Kessen (Willard) and her nephew Jeffery Kessen.

She is also survived by many devoted friends and her faithful dogs Gina and Scout. Sylvia was predeceased by her big sister Dorothymae Nelsen, husbands Tito Guidotti and Richard Westhouse, and her niece and goddaughter Dorothy Lee Pabst.

The family would like to thank the physicians and staff who cared for Sylvia at the Ventura County Medical Center and Victoria Care Center, especially Doctors James Helmer, Joseph Esherick and Jacqueline D'Orazio. The family is also grateful to Westwood Home Care and Sylvia's primary caregiver Mida who enabled her to remain in her home with her pets for her final years.

Services will be held on Saturday August 17th at 11am at Santa Clara Mortuary and Cemetery, 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sylvia's memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame, California Province, 1776 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Attn: Advancement Office or to your favorite charity.

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Video: Three Finnish Folksongs by Mika Väyrynen - Finland

Video: Mika Väyrynen performing his arrangement of "Three Finnish Folksongs" on 23rd July 2011 concert at Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaca - Claustro D. Afonso VI.
- The sky is blue and white (dedicated to A-J-E)
- Ostrobotnian Polska (in memoriam..)
- Little folksong (dedicated to Vilja)

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Polish Accordion Quintet "Fantini" Performs At Polish Festival - USA




Polish Accordion Quintet "Fantini" from Poland were performing last Saturday and Sunday at the 2013 Annual Twin Cities Polish Festival, Cultural Stage, St. Anthony Main to an appreciative audience. Above are some videos of their performances.
Video 1: Music name not listed.
Video 2: "DANCE"
Video 3: "The Easy Winners" composed by Scott Joplin
Video 4: Excerpt from Carmen Overture by Bizet

The Fantini Quintet was formed Qin 1996 by Arthur Zajkowski, who today is the artistic director. The group has a rich and varied repertoire that has made them popular with audiences.

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‘Donny & Diane Play Gaelic Pipe & Irish Tunes’ CD, Scotland – UK

‘Donny & Diane Play Gaelic Pipe & Irish Tunes’ CD cover‘Donny & Diane Play Gaelic Pipe & Irish Tunes’ features Donny Smith (5-row button accordion) and Diane Mearns (piano accordion), from Scotland, playing a collection of music in the Gaelic, pipe and Irish traditions.

Tracks: 2/4 Marches - Pipe Major Jim Christie of Wick/The Crags of Stirling; Gaelic Waltzes - Soiridh Leis Na Fuar Bheann/Eilean Beag Donn A Chuain/Ho Ro Mo Nighean Donn; Jigs - Hebridean Jig/Dunacht Head/Drummond Castle; Irish Waltzes - The Flower of Sweet Strabane/Old Ardboe/I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers; Marches - Mairi's Wedding/Cutting Bracken/Calum's Ceilidh; Gaelic Waltzes - Fagail Ghlaschu/Mo Mhathair; 2/4 & 6/8 Marches - Royal Scottish Pipers Society/Jim Ritchie's March; Gaelic Waltzes - Fear A Bhata/Maighdeanan na h-airigh/Tha Mo Spiorad Cianail; Highland Schottische - Clan Macquarrie Community Centre/M'eudail air do shuilean donna; Gaelic Waltzes - Calum Sgaire/ Tha Mi Dol Dhachaidh/Ho Mhairi; 6/8 Marches - Dr J G Hunter of Aultbea/Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis; Gaelic Waltzes - Gleann An Fhraoich/Guma Slan Don Ribhinn Oig/Oran Na Navy/Oigh Loch Na Madadh; Irish Jig & Reels - Lilting Banshee/Round The Irish Coast/The Jolly Beggarman; Gaelic Waltzes - S'Fhada Bhuam Thar A Chuan/Far An Og Rinn Mi Mireadh/Tiughainn Leam's Dean Cabhaig/Calum A' Ghlinne

For further information email: jiml@musicinscotland.com

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Video: Ma Shuang Performs Revelation - France

Shuang Ma, student of CNIMA J.Mornet music school performs Revelation composed by Sergei Voytenko.

Yvon Body of CNIMA writes: This young Chinese woman has been an accordion teacher for children in Beijing, while she was studying China’s Arts and Traditions at University. After she had obtained a degree in that subject, she decided to dedicate herself to accordion, to reach a high instrumental level and to do a training course with the aim of a Master's degree in teaching.

Ma Shuang travelled to France in December 2012 to study at the CNIMA J.Mornet music school for a full-time classical accordion training course (in American plan) over one year.

Shuang achieved stunning progress, so much so, that after only six months of courses Jacques Mornet, the founder, and Nathalie Boucheix, the manager of the centre, presented her in international competitions. The video above is her performance at the international competition Montrond-les-Bains in 2013.

CNIMA also prepared Ma Shuang for selection at HEMU, High Music School of Lausanne (Switzerland), educational partner of the CNIMA. After her successful application, Ma Shuang is now studying towards a Master's Degree (by 2014) with accordion option pedagogy, diploma recognized by the authorities of her country.

Ma Shuang demonstrates that CNIMA J.Mornet teaches buttons and piano keyboard accordions equally.

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Video: Duo Russkyistil - Russia

Video: Those lovers of Russian folk style music will enjoy the duet Russkyistil who now have some 43 videos on their youtube channel.

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Video: Modrijani by the Group S teboj - Slovenia

Modrijani by the group S teboj from Slovenia

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Video: Chiquito e Bordoneio 13 - Pêlos / Carreta (Os Serranos)

Chiquito e Bordoneio 13 - Pêlos / Carreta (Os Serranos)

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Video: Duo violin and accordion

These quality musicians were not named on this 10 minute video and the music played was also not listed. However, I am sure you will like their fine music and hopefully someone will send us their names.

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Video: Pino di Modugno Performances - Italy




Popular Italian entertainer and accordion demonstrator Pino di Modugno performing some well loved classics.
Video 1: Dizzy Fingers with a fast fingered guitarist, performed at the World of Accordion Festival in June.
Video 2: Finculi Finicula Another performance at the World of Accordion Festival.
Video 3: A historical video of Pino di Modugno performing for early TV RAI in 1957. He performs Moto Perpetuo (Rondò dalla sonata op. 24) by Carl Maria Von Weber.
Video 4: Czardas transcription for accordion by di Pino di Modugno performed by Sebastiano Barbagallo.

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Video: Sergio Scappini el stratto dal concerto Tango! - Italy

The trio "il Gusto della Musica" of Sergio Scappini (accordion), Mimma la Monica (flute) and Sonia Vettorato (piano) perform el stratto dal concerto Tango!

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‘14 Years Ago’ – Accordion Activity in Japan in 1999

The Accordions Worldwide news for the week ending August 13th 1999 included no less than three articles from Toru Katou about accordion events in Japan during August 1999. If one looks at the early years of Accordions Worldwide there were frequent items concerning accordion concerts, contests, and other events in Japan.

Japanese Accordion Competitions – Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou

The Japan Accordion Association (JAA) will hold their 2nd ‘JAA Accordion Contest’ on August 29th at the Yotsuya Ward Citizens' Hall, Tokyo from 10 am. Contestants range in age from 6 to 67 years old, with participants from overseas.

Competition judges include Stefan Hussong (Germany), Noboru Emori and Chikaie Yoshida. Guest accordionists include the Director of the JAA, Hideaki Yamaoka.

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Guy Klucevsek Concert and Workshop, Alpentöne Festival – Switzerland

Guy KlucevsekThe highly accomplished and versatile US accordionist Guy Klucevsek visits Switzerland this weekend as a guest at the Alpentöne Festival.

On Friday August 16th, 10.45pm, Guy Klucevsek performs in concert at the Alpentöne Festival, Altdorf, Switzerland. On Saturday August 17th he leads an all day workshop at this festivalon the topic of ‘Accordion Tribe’ music. Guy will coach the participants in preparing individual parts of several pieces from the ‘Accordion Tribe’ repertoire, which they will then play together. All workshop participants must be able to read music.

For further information email: info@guyklucevsek.com

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Erika & Jean-Marie Dance, Pondrome – Belgium

ErikaOn Sunday August 18th, 6pm, Erika, known as ‘The Princess of the Accordion’ and her keyboard accompanist Jean-Marie play for dancing at la salle Esperance, Pondrome, Belgium.

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Helen Maher Concerts, Liverpool – UK

Helen MaherLiverpool accordionist/vocalist Helen Maher performs this month, as follows:

August 19th, 6pm until 8pm - Vauxhall Vaults, Vauxhall Road, Liverpool. Free entry.
August 23rd – with singer/guitarist Ian Prowse, The Commercial Inn, Chester. Free entry.
August 30th, 8pm - with singer/guitarist Ian Prowse, Liverpool Olympia.

For further information email: helenmaher@hotmail.com

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‘duistanz - About Sky(s)’ Performances, Duisburg – Germany

About Sky(s)’ Performances poster‘duistanz’ is a newly founded platform for contemporary dance by choreographers Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino, and the project ‘About Sky(s)’ is conceived especially for a very specific part of Duisburg's harbour, the ‘Garten der Erinnerung’.

Performances of ‘duistanz’ and ‘About Sky(s)’ take place in Duisburg, in the Ruhr area from August 21st to 25th. Each evening of the performance will have a different theme. Involved will be The Kaiser-Antonino Dance Ensemble, visual artist Wolfram Lakaszus, soprano Janin Roeder, and accordionist Marko Kassl, who will perform music by amongst others Luciano Berio, Gerhard Stäbler, Georg Friedrich Händel, and some of his own compositions.

Performance dates:
August 21st, 7pm – programme: ‘Meeting the white’, Garten der Erinnerung, D-47051 Duisburg
August 22nd, 7pm – programme: ‘In the mood to wave’, Garten der Erinnerung, Duisburg
August 23rd, 8pm – programme: ‘Ein Stück Himmel’, Brockhauser Str. 72, D-44797 Bochum
August 24th, 7pm – programme: ‘duistanz - About Sky(s)1’, Garten der Erinnerung, Duisburg  
August 25th, 5pm – programme: ‘duistanz - About Sky(s)2’, Garten der Erinnerung, Duisburg
August 30th, 7pm - Ensemble Tangosphere ‘Ein Stück Himmel’, Kunstkabinett Mönter, Kirchplatz 1-5, D-40670 Meerbusch

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

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“From Broadway to the Met …. plus”, New York – USA

vocalist Connie Shakalis and accordionist Dominic Karcic“From Broadway to the Met …. plus” takes place at La Villini Restaurant, 288 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731, on Thursday August 22nd, 6.30pm, featuring vocalist Connie Shakalis and accordionist Dominic Karcic. Their repertoire will be hits from the American Song Book, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, Opera, Operetta, etc. This will be the first of a monthly event. For dinner reservations contact Frank on 631-261-6344 or www.la-villini.com

Connie Shakalis has had a successful career in musicals, with leading roles in ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Show Boat’, ‘Brigadoon’, and more.

Dominic Karcic has played accordion and piano professionally for many years, with a long list of performing credits to his name. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) and contributes articles for the AAA Newsletter.

For further information email: accordionman@verizon.net

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Ksenija Sidorova @ Rheingau Musik Festival, Hesse – Germany

Ksenija SidorovaLatvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova performs at the Rheingau Musik Festival on August 22nd and 23rd. The concert details are:

August 22nd, 8pm - St. Aegidius, Mittelheim; programme includes JS Bach: ‘Overture in the French style BWV 831’, Sergei Berinski: Also Sprach Zarathustra’, Sergej Rachmaninow: ‘Barcarolle op. 10 No. 3’, Felix Mendelssohn / Sergej Rachmaninow: Scherzo from ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream op. 21’, Yevgeny Derbenko: ‘Choral Prelude’, Alfred Schnittke: Excerpts from the ‘Gogol Suite’
August 23rd, 6.30pm - Gala Concert with Dinner at the Hotel Kronenschlösschen, Hattenheim

For further information email: ksenijasidorova@yahoo.co.uk

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Renee de la Prade Gigs – France, Canada

Renee de la PradeUS accordionist Renee de la Prade, of the bands ‘Whiskey and Women’ and ‘Accordion Babes’ fame, will soon be off to perform some mainly solo gigs in France and Canada. Her itinery includes:

August 23rd, 7pm/11pm – bar/restaurant Le Samoa, Vichy, France
August 24th, 7pm/11pm - outdoor concert, Place St. Jean, Ambert, Puy De Dome region
August 25th, 10.30am/11pm – outdoor fair, Le Foire Aux Anes, Braize, Auvergne
August 30th, 9.30pm/11.30pm - playing with local Quebequois accordionist Santosh Lalonde at L'Escogriffe, Montreal, Canada  

For further information email: squeezeboxgoddess@gmail.com

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Iñaki Diéguez Performs in California – USA

Iñaki DiéguezAccordionist Iñaki Diéguez, from the Basque town of Irun in northern Spain, visits California in September. He writes, “For my friends in California, USA, I'll playing at the Santa Barbara Accordion Club on September 8th, Chino Basque Club - September 13th, and San Francisco Accordion Club on September 15th. See you soon!!”.

For further information email: inakidieguez@gmail.com

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‘Fairy Tales’ CD by Ksenija Sidorova, London - UK

‘Fairy Tales’ CD by Ksenija SidorovaCD Reviews Index for the Review of ‘Fairy Tales’ CD by Ksenija Sidorova, reviewed by R. Williams.

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Dražan Kosoric Releases Two New Compositions

Dražan Kosoric - accordionist, composer, professor, releases 2 new composition for accordion available for purchase online.

'Ballad for accordion solo', catalog: dkosoric106,
'Concert Piece for accordion and piano', catalog: dkosoric107

The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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Franco Cambareri Releases Two New Compositions

Franco Cambareri - accordionist, composer, producer, releases 2 new composition for accordion available for purchase online.

'Parisian Sunset', catalog: cfranco183,
'Parisian Sunset', catalog: cfranco184

The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.

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