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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Dec-2021
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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022 to Everyone
33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia
Video 3: 17th December “Bayan and Accordionists” Festival Concert – Russia
Video 4: 18th December “Bayan and Accordionists” Festival Concert – Russia
Video 5: December 18th Closing Festival Concert, Moscow - Russia
2022 Festival Accords Des Montagnes - France
80th Anniversary ATG: July 20-24 in the Chicago Area - USA
Coba Entertains at 20th Christmas Creation Fashion Show - Japan
Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Marco Lo Russo Wins Best Soundtrack Award at Monaco International Film Festival - Monaco
Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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

Video: Renzo Ruggieri Christmas Story - Italy
XII International Competition named after N.I. Beloborodov, Tula - Russia
XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival – Spain
Video: Radu Ratoi Concert at VIII International Festival & Competition "Accordionissimo" - Russia
Louise Jallu Performs on France Television Show, Paris - France
Video: Elijah Clements Performance in Alabama - USA
Skerryvore & Manran Winter Tour Shows Rescheduled - Scotland
Video: Christmas Piece on Accordion by Medeon Maraon

Future events

Achilleas Panagoulis Performs Festive Concerts – Greece
Mirko Satto Performs at Tango and Cinema Event! - Italy
Accordions-Nous Concert in Bois d’Haine – Belgium
Victor Prieto Trio December Concert - USA
Merry Christmas with Accordion! Concerts – Czech Republic
Alex Meixner New Year's Eve Show, Florida - USA
"Die Glühwürmchen" Perform New Year's Concert – Germany
2022 Seattle Accordion Social – USA

Childrens Corner

Video: Young 7 Year Old Entertains – Italy

New and Updated Sites

2022 National Accordion Convention - USA

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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022 to Everyone

Xmas 2021
Christine JohnstoneAccordions Worldwide would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope you have enjoyed the news over the last year, and AWW will continue to keep you informed about accordion events wherever they are happening. We are all wishing for a better year ahead.

The first news for next year is on Friday January 14th, 2022.

We can still receive news of your upcoming concerts over the holiday season at:

cjmusic@outlook.co.nz

All the best from the team at Accordions Worldwide
Christmas 2021

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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
LipsVideo 1: December 15th concert - The opening concert on December 15th included a performance by Radu Ratoi (Moldova, picture below) the 2018 Coupe Mondiale Champion and the 2020 winner of the VII International Bayan Competition, which was held in conjunction with the 2020 Moscow Festival.

The opening event also included the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Anatoly Belyayev, People’s Artist of Russia.

Video 2: December 16th concert - Ukrainian evening

Artistic Director Friedrich Lips (picture right) welcomes you all to the 33rd “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, which will be held in Moscow from December 15th to 19th, 2021.

Further events as follows:
• 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

Print poster for details: 2021MoscowPoster.pdf

A full report will be online at: 2021Moscow
Radu Ratoi

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Video 3: 17th December “Bayan and Accordionists” Festival Concert – Russia

Viatcheslav Semionov 75 years!Video: December 17 Concert Hall of the Russian Academy of Music Gnesins, Moscow.

People's Artist of Russia, Professor of the Russian Academy of Music. Gnesins, famous composer, Viatcheslav Semionov celebrating 75 years!

Performing are:
National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia N.P. Osipova
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor - People's Artist of Russia Vladimir ANDROPOV
Conductor - Danil Stadnyuk

Chamber Orchestra "Pluriart Orchestra" Conductor - Yuri Medianik

Program / video of the concert online at: 2021Moscow

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Video 4: 18th December “Bayan and Accordionists” Festival Concert – Russia

Video: December 18 Concert Hall of the Russian Academy of Music Gnesins, Moscow.

Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov, Prof Alexander Dmitriev celebrates 70 years!

Students and pupils of the hero of the day are playing.

Program / video of the concert online at: 2021Moscow

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Video 5: December 18th Closing Festival Concert, Moscow - Russia

Video 5 Closing Festival Concert.

Program / video of the concert online at: 2021Moscow

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2022 Festival Accords Des Montagnes - France

Festival poster
venueThe 2022 Festival Accords Des Montagnes will be held at the Chalet des Roches in La Bresse, Vosges, France (picture above) from January 15th to 21st, organised by Frédéric Buch.

The festival will begin with an Opening Gala Dinner in the Congress Hall, with entertainment by with Frédéric Buch and his Orchestra on January 15th at 8pm.

Throughout the festival there will be performances and masterclasses by over 20 artists and groups.

A Masterclass with Jean-Louis Noton & Roman Jbanov is for all ages and all levels and will run from January 15th to 18th. Roman Jbanov will cover body balance, imagination, bellows techniques, the work of sound & touch and Jean-Louis Noton will cover the possibilities of the digital accordion.

Download posters / program: 2022montagnes.pdf
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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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Coba Entertains at 20th Christmas Creation Fashion Show - Japan

Coba fashion
Popular Japanese entertainer “Coba” performed at the 20th Christmas Creation 2021 Fashion Show & Exhibition, held at the KDDI Ishin Hall Main Hall Stage in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture on December 12th, 2021.

The event was held in conjunction with the "Yamaguchi Rovaniemi Design Week 2021”.

Coba entertained during the opening act Christmas dance, playing "It's Christmas". He also performed while the models took part in the Denim Fashion Design Contest which had the theme "Upcycling with Jeans" as well as the Planning and Design Laboratory section (Yamaguchi Fashion & Textile Research Institute).
Coba 2

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Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

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Christmas giftsChristmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas.

These ideas have been compiled to hopefully attract your Xmas gift money to be spent with accordion artists, composers, arrangers and publishers.

Please support accordion artistry and choose from over 2,400 eSheet pieces, 310 CD/DVD’s, 2,000 eTracks, 1,000 plus printed works and numerous books (text) to choose from. 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas

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Marco Lo Russo Wins Best Soundtrack Award at Monaco International Film Festival - Monaco

Marco Lo RussoAccordionist Marco Lo Russo has won the Best Original Soundtrack Award at the 18th Angel Film Awards at the Monaco International Film Festival held this week in Monaco.

The award was for Marco’s music for the Cuban/Italian film “La Machetera”. The movie was inspired by true events that happened in 1978 in Cuba, by those who courageously fought for women's emancipation and equality between men and women.

Marco Lo Russo said “The good fortune of having lived Cuba for so many years, thanks also to the collaboration and friendship with Maestro Leo Brouwer, allowed me to dress this film with a soundtrack eager to tell the most authentic part of this wonderful country.”

This year Marco Lo Russo has also won the award for best foreign film at the Los Angeles LA Femme Film Festival 2021 International Film Festival.
Marco Lo Russo

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

Benetoux books
Merry Christmas logoFree Postage Special:
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English

In French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special:
Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English.

In French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).
Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon, L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore

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


Video: Renzo Ruggieri Christmas Story - Italy

Renzo RuggieriVideo: Renzo Ruggieri performing “Canto di Natale”, a Christmas story told and played for your enjoyment.

Merry Christmas.

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XII International Competition named after N.I. Beloborodov, Tula - Russia

N.I. BeloborodovThe XII International Competition named after N.I. Beloborodov for young performers on the bayan and accordion will be held in Tula from March 28th to 31st, 2022.

The competition will be held in 2 rounds and include the following age categories:
• up to 9 years old (inclusive)
• from 10 to 11 years old (inclusive)
• from 12 to 13 years old (inclusive)
• from 14 to 15 years old (inclusive)
• from 16 to 17 years old (inclusive)
• from 18 to 19 years old (inclusive)

Competitors must perform their entire program by memory.

Competition entries open on January 10th, 2022 and will close on February 10th, 2022.

For further details email: umc.ock@tularegion.org

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XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival – Spain

logoVideo: XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival Closing Gala concert and prizegiving.

The XXXIII Arrasate Accordion Festival was held in Arrasate, Gipuzkoa Province, Basque Country, Spain from December 4th to 6th, 2021.

A final Closing Gala concert and prizegiving of the Arrasate Accordion Competitions and Arrasate Hiria International Accordion Competition 2021 was held on December 6th at the Amaia Theater. The event included performances by the 2019 competition winners.
winners

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Video: Radu Ratoi Concert at VIII International Festival & Competition "Accordionissimo" - Russia

Video: Radu Ratoi (Moldova) gave a concert at the 2021 VIII International Festival & Competition "Accordionissimo" in Ufa, Russia

This year’s event was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Ufa College of Arts in Russia.

Radu Ratoi was also a member of the jury and he gave a masterclass during the event.

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Louise Jallu Performs on France Television Show, Paris - France

Louise JalluVideo: Louise Jallu interview and then performing Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” on the Culturebox show. Main performance starts at 7:03

Louise Jallu appeared on the France Télévision Culturebox show this week which was presented by Daphné Bürki and Raphäl Yem.

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Video: Elijah Clements Performance in Alabama - USA

Elijah ClementsVideo: Elijah Clements performed in concert at the Brookwood Baptist Church in Alabama last month. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Accordion Association.

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Skerryvore & Manran Winter Tour Shows Rescheduled - Scotland

Skerryvore rescheduled shows
Popular band Skerryvore (which includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion) have just announced that the remaining 5 shows of their Winter Tour have to be postponed due to the pandemic.

Below are the rescheduled dates for the shows. All purchased tickets remain valid for the new date:

Queens Hall, Dunoon - 15th April, 2022
Tait Hall, Kelso - 23rd April,2022
Albert Hall, Stirling - 29th December, 2022
Howden Park, Livingston - 14th April, 2022
Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow - TBC

For further details email: info@skerryvore.com

Manran, which includes accordionist Gary Innes, will announce their new dates as soon as possible.

For details email: info@manran.co.uk
Mànran

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Video: Christmas Piece on Accordion by Medeon Maraon

“Silver Bells” performed on accordion and piano (both played by composer, arranger, and performer Medeon Maraon) for your Christmas listening pleasure.

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Achilleas Panagoulis Performs Festive Concerts – Greece

Achilleas PanagoulisCafe decorationsAccordionist Achilleas Panagoulis will entertain with Pepi Theochari (vocals) at the Cafe Avissinia in Athens, Greece this weekend.

Their first performance will be on the evening of December 17th, 2021, followed by another performance at noon on December 18th.

Their program will include festive songs.

For details email: cafeavisinia@gmail.com

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Mirko Satto Performs at Tango and Cinema Event! - Italy

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Mirko Satto (accordion & bandoneon) will perform at the Tango and Cinema Event! in Padova, Italy on December 18th, 2021 organised by Veneto Padova Spettacoli.

The event includes live music & tango with a silent film “The Four Knights of the Apocalypse” by Rex Ingram with Rudolph Valentino.

During the evening there will be an Argentine tango performance by Estudio de Tango with Silvia Sollano and Stefano Gambarotto.

The film tells the story of Madariaga, a wealthy Argentine landowner who has two daughters. One marries the French Marcelo Desnoyers, a lover of art and democracy; the other marries Karl von Hartrott, an authoritarian and militarist German.

Both daughters give birth to a male heir, but Madariaga has a strong fondness for Julio, son of Marcelo, a lively and beautiful dreamer.

On the death of the old patriarch, after dividing the inheritance equally, the family splits up and the Desnoyers go to live in Paris while the von Hartrotts settle in Berlin. Julio, who became a painter, falls madly in love with Margherite, a married woman, causing a big scandal and at the outbreak of the First World War, he refuses to wear the uniform and leave for the front.

For further details email: info@mirkosatto.it

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Accordions-Nous Concert in Bois d’Haine – Belgium

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ASBL accordeons-nous.org/ have organised a concert at the Eglise St Jean Baptiste de Bois d’Haine (Church of St John the Baptist in Bois d’Haine) Belgium on December 18th at 7.30pm.

See poster for details.

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Victor Prieto Trio December Concert - USA

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The Victor Prieto Trio will entertain at "Terraza 7" in Queens, New York City on December 22nd at 7pm.

Victor will be accompanied by Moto Fukushima (bass) and Jimmy Macbride (drums).

“As a New York-based accordionist and a native of Galicia (Spain), Victor naturally combines sounds and ideas from different genres.”

For details email: info@victorprieto.net

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Merry Christmas with Accordion! Concerts – Czech Republic

Check Accordion Trio
Video: Check Accordion Trio performing Holy Night – their version of Silent Night.

The Check Accordion Trio will perform two Christmas concerts this week which will consist of the trio’s traditional repertoire, supplemented by non-traditional staging of Christmas songs and carols. The whole evening concerts will be humorous.

The first concert will be held in Litvínov, Ústí nad Labem on December 21st and the second will be held in Kutná Hora, Central Bohemia, on December 23rd.

The trio consists of Marketa Lastovickova, Marie Cejnova and Michal Karban. They enjoy playing a mix of classical pieces, Balkan music, Argentine tango and much more.

For details email: accordiontrio@hotmail.com

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Alex Meixner New Year's Eve Show, Florida - USA

AM bandAM New Year showVideo: Alex Meixner performing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

The Alex Meixner Band will entertain at a New Year's Eve show held at the German American Social Club of Cape Coral in Florida on December 31st, 2021.

The event includes dinner and an open bar.

For details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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"Die Glühwürmchen" Perform New Year's Concert – Germany

"Die Glühwürmchen" (pictured above) will perform a New Year's Concert at the Rheinforum Wesseling in Wesseling, Germany on January 9th, 2022 at 5pm.

The swing ensemble includes a variety of instruments such as accordion, horn, violin, cello, clarinet, percussion and piano. Their show entitled "Sparkling like Champagne" will include cabaret music and hits from the 1920’s.

For details email: rathaus@wesseling.de

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2022 Seattle Accordion Social – USA

January 2022 poster
The first Seattle Accordion Social for 2022 will be held at the Senior Centre of West Seattle on January 10th.

Guest entertainers include Lyle Schaefer, Toby Hanson and David Locke.

See poster for details.

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Video: Young 7 Year Old Entertains – Italy

Video: Young 7 year old Mattia Monti from Maltignano, Italy, entertains and shows off his talents by playing the Supersaltarello and Five Finger Organet technique taught by teacher Enzo Scacchia.

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2022 National Accordion Convention - USA

NAA 2022
Planning for the 2022 National Accordion Convention is at full steam. We have already signed up a large list of presenters and performers, some of whom you may have seen in previous years, but some are also new to the convention. All are well seasoned accordionists and will conduct a large variety of interesting presentations and workshops.

Save the dates: Wednesday March 16th to Saturday March 19th, 2022.
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Richardson, Texas, USA (formerly a Hyatt facility)
Bookings: Hotel registrations are now open at: http://www.accordions.com/naa/conv6Registration.html
Convention registrations open in Mid December at: NAA

There will be something for every accordion enthusiast: from playing in two orchestras, presentations, interactive sessions and play-along, accordion techniques, digital and acoustic accordions.

Detailed workshop descriptions can be found here: http://accordions.com/naa/conv3Work.html

Here is a glimpse of the evening activities:
• Wednesday evening: Welcome reception. Meet and mingle with music.
• Thursday evening: Music around the world. We will dedicate rooms to different cities like Paris, Rome, Munich, and others. Each will have a main presenter, but everybody is welcome to play for open mike! Stroll around with a beverage for an entertaining trip.
• Friday evening: Dance Party - dance until your shoes fall off! We will have performers on stage entertaining you with Folk, Polka and Ballroom dance.
• Saturday evening: Gala dinner with final concert.

Covid-19 will most likely not be over, so we will follow all health guidelines of the State of Texas, the local authorities, and the Hotel to keep you safe.
2022 NAA planning team

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