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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Jun-2022
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2022 Carrefour Mondial Accordion Festival, Québec - Canada
2022 International Accordion Seminar in Lusławice - Poland
London Accordion Orchestra Perform at Broadway Theatre, England - UK
“Sirius Trio” Wins “10th Antón Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition” - Spain
Duo Vilda Entertains at 33rd Haapavesi Folk Music Festival - Finland
JAPC Accordion Summer Festival 2022 - Japan

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

Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Arrangement, Birdland by Zawinul - Italy
4th Cyprus International Accordion Festival – Cyprus
Australian Accordion Teachers Association International Video Project
Black Pencil in Schokland Prize 2022 - Netherlands
Video: Naomi Harris performing “Vires Acquirit Eundo” - Canada

Future events

CD Presentation of “Compositions” by Eddy Flecijn - Belgium
8th Festival dell'Organetto Diatonic Accordion Competition - Italy
Henry Girls Entertain at Galway Folk Festival – Ireland
16th Make Music New York Festival – USA
Accordion Chamber Music Recital, England – UK
Victor Prieto Trio Entertains at "Terraza 7" - USA
Shane Brogan Entertains at 2022 Langtoun Jazz Festival - Scotland
14th Accordion Festival – France
Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Rheinparkkonzert - Germany
Haifa Cabaret Trio Perform at Hakol Kora Festival - Israel

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2022 Carrefour Mondial Accordion Festival, Québec - Canada

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The 33rd edition of the Carrefour Mondial Accordion Festival will be held in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada from September 2nd to 4th, 2022.

The festival program has just been released and includes details of performers, activities, dates, sponsors, contact details and a map of events.

Download the program here: 2022CarrefourProgram.pdf
Carrefour performers

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2022 International Accordion Seminar in Lusławice - Poland

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The 2022 International Accordion Seminar will be held at the Krzysztof Penderecki’s European Center for Music in Luslawice, Poland from July 13th to 18th, 2022.

The event is organised by the Polish Accordionists Association and the Krzysztof Penderecki’s European Center for Music Chopin University.

Lecturers include Klaudiusz Baran (Poland - Head of the course), Marie-Andrée Joerger (France), Rafal Grzaka (Poland), Daniel Lis (Poland) and Grzegorz Palus (Poland).

The program of the masterclasses will consist of individual or chamber music lessons. All participants can take part in concerts during the course.

Entries close on July 1st, 2022. For details email: warsztatyakordeonowe@gmail.com

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London Accordion Orchestra Perform at Broadway Theatre, England - UK

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LAO venueThe London Accordion Orchestra, conducted by accordionist Ian Watson, will perform at the Broadway Cinema and Theatre in Letchworth, England, United Kingdom on July 2nd, 2022 at 3pm.

They will provide a “fun program with music from stage and screen as well original music written for the orchestra”.

“This is both an uplifting concert and a fundraising performance, because part of the proceeds will help local charity the Letchworth Educational Settlement to raise money. The performance will also help live music get back on its feet, after a punishing couple of Covid-19 years”.

Ian Watson, has been playing with the band “Divine Comedy” for many years and this is how the London Accordion Orchestra have come to feature on the Divine Comedy's recently released 'Best of' album, entitled “Charmed Life”.

Tickets will be on sale shortly at the Broadway Cinema and Theatre. For details email: mail@londonao.co.uk

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“Sirius Trio” Wins “10th Antón Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition” - Spain

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Video: Performance by Sirius Trio at the final of the "10th Antón Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition" in Spain.

Sirius Trio (Italy) have won the 10th Antón Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition held in Baza, Spain from June 1st to 3rd, 2022.

The trio, which includes Michele Bianco, Alberto Nardelli and Pietro Secundo (picture below) performed a final program of:

Revis Fairy Tale – Schnittke
- Ouverture
- Official
- The Ball
- The Greatcoat Polka

First Day of Spring - Baranek
Maestoso Mesto — Olczak
Toccata Barbara —Semionov

The competition Artistic Director was Paqui Garcia Vázquez, President of the Jury - Enrique Garcia Asensio and members of the jury - Isabel Villanueva, Javier Herreros Díaz, Esther Lopez Caballol and Manuel Gil De Galvez.
Sirius Trio

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Duo Vilda Entertains at 33rd Haapavesi Folk Music Festival - Finland

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Duo VildaHCBDuo “Vilda” which includes accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä and indigenous Samí singer Hildá Länsman (Finland – picture above left) will perform at the 33rd Haapavesi Folk Music Festival will take place from June 30th to July 2nd, 2022 in Haapavesi, Finland.

The 3-day music event includes a variety of concerts of Finnish and international folk music and world music, along with classical, jazz and pop as well as seminars and Folk Courses.

Other accordionists performing at the festival include:
Helsinki Ceilidh Band (picture above right), Nope folk group with accordionist Virve Yli-Savola, Duo Hannu Oskala (accordion) and Paula Susitaival (violin), Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha which includes accordionist Marko Roininen, Laitakaupungin orkesteri (picture below) which includes accordionist Antti Paalanen, Loiskis which includes accordionist Marianne Oivo and Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha Band which includes accordionist Marko Roininen.

Viivi has a CD for sale titled Carnevale at: Viivi Maria Saarenkylä

For details email: folk@haapavesifolk.com
Laitakaupungin orkesteri

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JAPC Accordion Summer Festival 2022 - Japan

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The JAPC (Japan Accordion Promotion Conference) will hold their 2022 Accordion Summer festival on July 9th, 2022, at the Nippori Sunny Hall in Tokyo, Japan from 12 midday.

Guest performers include Yuta Mizutani, with further guest performers to be announced soon.

See poster for details.

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Arrangement, Birdland by Zawinul - Italy

Video 1: Birdland acoustic accordion
Video2: Birdland digital accordion
Renzo RuggieriRenzo Ruggieri (picture right) has now released a new solo arrangement of the famous song Birdland composed by Joe Zawinul (group Wheater Report).

Video: Listen to this special interpretation, where Leonardo Rondolone performs the same arrangement in two versions, Video 1 for acoustic accordion and Video 2 for digital accordion.

Below is a picture of the Diploma 1st Place that Leonardo Rondolone received when he made the premiere public performance of this Birdland arrangement and won with it. Birdland is now available online at: Catalog: rrenzo526 - Birdland

Also, earlier this month, Renzo Ruggieri updated his popular rrenzo502 - Volo Degli Angeli Solo arrangement. The is a famous melody composed by Carmen Carozza. "I made this arrangement especially for international competitions and with this arrangement, my students won many competitions."

Other virtuoso arrangement by Renzo Ruggieri

rrenzo500 - Song For S.B (Accordion and Orchestra) and (Accordion and String Orchestra)
rrenzo501 - Song For S.B (Solo)

rrenzo503 - Tango Italiano (Solo) this very successful solo has been updated in February 2021 (ver. 1.3). Tango Italiano for 5 types of ensembles rrenzo522 (ensemble)

rrenzo504 - Carnevale (Solo)
rrenzo505 - Roma Tango (Solo)
rrenzo506 - Cinema (for 4 parts and drums, electronic accordion)
rrenzo507 - Variations on Säkkijärven Polka (Solo)
rrenzo508 - Medley Disco (Solo)
rrenzo509 - Acquarelli Italiani (Solo)
rrenzo510 - Grande Jo (Solo)
rrenzo511 - Figaro (Solo) or (Solo with string orchestra)
rrenzo512 - Accordion Kids (10 pieces) simple and modern compositions
rrenzo514 - La Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things)
rrenzo515 - Peccatum et Gratia for electronic (hybrid) accordion
rrenzo516 - Lo Scuro e il Chiaro (accordion duo)

rrenzo517 - Il bosco incantato (for free bass accordion, solo) This work for free bass accordion and string orchestra is catalog rrenzo524

rrenzo518 - Valentango (Solo)
rrenzo519 - The Jackson Medley (Solo)
rrenzo520 - Acquarelli Italiani for Accordion and Orchestra
rrenzo521 - ll Tuo Sguardo (solo)

rrenzo522 - Tango Italiano (ensemble) (full score and individual parts). The solo version is catalog rrenzo503

rrenzo524 - Il Bosco Incantato for free bass accordion and string orchestra (full score and individual parts). The solo version is catalog rrenzo517
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4th Cyprus International Accordion Festival – Cyprus

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Cyprus performersWorkshop with Iraklis VavatsikasThe successful 4th Cyprus International Accordion Festival was held in Agios Theodore, Larnaca, Cyprus from June 3rd to 5th, 2022.

The event included performances by Zoe Tiganouria (Greece), Iraklis Vavatsikas (Greece), Arthur Bacon (France), “Duo Fueye” which includes Iraklis Vavatsikas (accordion & bandoneon) and Chrysa Chatziantoniou (accordion) and the Music Moments Accordion Band.

In addition there was “Free Playing” by accordionists in various parts of the village (picture above left), workshops, an accordion seminar entitled "An Educational Seminar on All Matter" held by Iraklis Vavatsikas (picture above right), an accordion seminar “Musette Waltz from Gus Viseur to Django” by Arthur Bacon, and an open Accordion Exhibition and Technical Support by Panagiotis Zafeiriou (picture below).
Exhibition

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Australian Accordion Teachers Association International Video Project

AATA logoVideo: The Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) is thrilled to present this showcase of the accordion. 180 video clips were submitted by players from all over Australia and around the globe for us to unite together through music.

With the current geo-political events, and the on-going impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic making a competition event very difficult this year, this video project was an opportunity for enthusiastic accordionists, both amateur and professional, of all ages and levels to share their performances and celebrate the accordion.

A premiere voting member of the world accordion governing body, Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - IMC UNESCO the AATA is proud to represent Australian accordionists on the world stage and encourage top performers to share their talents with our audience.

Visit AATA for further information including their international online events and activities in Australia.

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Black Pencil in Schokland Prize 2022 - Netherlands

Video: Trailer about the selection of the compositions.

In collaboration with Museum Schokland, Black Pencil (which includes accordionist Marko Kassl) asked composers from all over the world for a short solo composition of approximately 60 seconds. The inspiration was drawn from the former island of Schokland, and the compositions must be for one of the instruments of the ensemble: recorder, pan flute, viola, accordion or percussion.

“Black Pencil received a total of 174 submissions from 36 countries, and were delighted with this massive success. Thanks to all participating composers”.

The winning composition along with four honorable mentions will be announced at the end of June, and performed live at Sound Walk Schokland on July 10th and August 28th, 2022, and again in the summer of 2023.
Black Pencil

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Video: Naomi Harris performing “Vires Acquirit Eundo” - Canada

Naomi HarrisVideo: “Vires Acquirit Eundo” - Naomi Harris, accordion

Naomi Harris is a music student at the University of Victoria in Canada, currently studying accordion performance.

The composition, “Vires Acquirit Eundo” is an artistic contribution to the Equity Action Plan “Safety to be One’s True Self.” This is expressed through this three-movement accordion and vocal performance meaning “we gather strength as we go”.

This piece includes reflections taken directly from members of the UVic community and addresses tensions that arise from individuation in society. The piece was composed with traditional influences of accordion composition while also utilizing contemporary accordion techniques.

The first movement expresses the formation of identity; discovering one’s capabilities and limitations. Progressing into the second movement, the individual is elated and driven to find meaning and purpose. The piece concludes with confusion and frustration. Losing parts of oneself to mold into a collective, but ultimately rediscovering and returning to one’s true self.

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CD Presentation of “Compositions” by Eddy Flecijn - Belgium

CD Compositions
On June 19th, 2022, Eddy Flecijn will present his new CD “Compositions” at the Ringtheatre in Hamme, Belgium.

This CD is the ultimate result of years of composing and working together with a new generation of splendid musicians. During the months of April, May and June 2021, three live concerts were recorded and broadcast in the Hamme Ringtheater.

This was a heart warming cooperation with an astonishing result. The compositions are an anthology of Flecijn‘s accordion achievements. Each work has its history and has originated mostly as a complement to a growing repertoire of Belgian accordion music.

Elke De Meester, Bram Van Weverberg, Jef De Haes, Ward Ginneberge, Jeroen Vrancken, Mart Flecijn & Eddy Flecijn himself will take part in the concert. CD Track information: 2022EddyFlecijnCD.pdf

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8th Festival dell'Organetto Diatonic Accordion Competition - Italy

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The 8th Festival dell'Organetto Diatonic Accordion Competition will be held in Armento, Potenza, Italy on June 19th, 2022.

The event is organised by the C.D.M.I. of Recoaro Terme, Vicenza and the Music Association "Amici della Musica" APS of San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno.

This is a national Italian competition for accordions of any type and brand and will include age group categories from under 9 years up to over 50 years.

The event will conclude with the announcement and presentation of winners.

For details email: roncogia@alice.it

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Henry Girls Entertain at Galway Folk Festival – Ireland

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Video: Information about this concert at the Galway Festival

The Henry Girls will entertain on the final day of the Galway Folk Festival in Galway, Ireland on June 19th, 2022 from 2pm to 4.30pm.

They will perform on the Monroe's Live Mainstage with guests Les SalAmandas.

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16th Make Music New York Festival – USA

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MM logoThe 16th Make Music New York event will be held throughout the five boroughs of New York City on June 21st, 2022, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the USA.

The festival is open to anyone who wants to take part. From ten in the morning to ten at night, every kind of musician, young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion, pours onto streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

New York City based accordionist Melissa Elledge will lead an all accordion outdoor performance of “In C” by Terry Riley in Battery Park at 6pm for one hour.

For details email: melissaknowsbest@gmail.com

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Accordion Chamber Music Recital, England – UK

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Mingyuan RuanThe Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department will complete its academic year with a chamber music concert at the Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music in London, England on June 23rd, 2022 at 7.30pm.

Performers include Mingyuan Ruan (picture left) and Jinjie Kang who will give world premiere performances of 200 pieces by Des Oliver - Iconoclast and 200 Pieces by Vykintas Baltakas - New work for solo accordion.

For details phone: +44 20 7873 7373

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Victor Prieto Trio Entertains at "Terraza 7" - USA

VP TrioThe Victor Prieto Trio will entertain at "Terraza 7" in Queens, New York, USA on June 23rd, 2022, at 7pm.

The trio includes Victor Prieto (accordion), Ricky Rodriguez (bass) and Juan Felipe Mayorga (drums) – pictured left.

“As a New York-based accordionist and a native of Galicia, Spain, Victor naturally combines sounds and ideas from different genres. His compositions are not only the culmination of this idea but he takes it to another level”.

For details email: info@victorprieto.net

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Shane Brogan Entertains at 2022 Langtoun Jazz Festival - Scotland

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Accordionist Shane Brogan will entertain at The Langtoun Jazz Festival 2022, which will take place from June 24th to 26th, 2022.

A variety of concerts will be held in the following venues: Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, Live Lounge at Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy and Merchants House Cafe, all in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

See poster for details.

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14th Accordion Festival – France

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The Accordion Club Lorraine (ACL) will hold their 14th Accordion Festival at the Centre Culturel in Homécourt, France on June 26th, 2022, at 3.30pm.

The event features “Special Young Accordionists”.

Jean-Baptiste Baudin will entertain with his trio (accordion, double bass & guitar).

See poster for details.

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Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Rheinparkkonzert - Germany

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The Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling (Accordion Orchestra Wesseling) conducted by Anita Brandtstäter will perform at the annual Rheinparkkonzert in Cologne, Germany on June 26th, 2022, at 4pm.

During this "Music Day", professional and amateur musicians celebrate the diversity of musical life nationwide in Germany.

The orchestra will perform a varied program from original music for accordion orchestras to film music, German hits and world hits, folk to Cologne songs by Willi Ostermann.

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Haifa Cabaret Trio Perform at Hakol Kora Festival - Israel

Nika KushnirThe Haifa Cabaret Trio, which includes accordionist Nika Kushnir (picture right) will perform at the Hakol Kora Festival (Everything Happens Festival) held at the Sirkin, Talpiot Market in Haifa, Israel on July 7th, 2022.

Their program will include an evening of French music and songs.

Hakol Kora is a series of diverse cultural events created and produced by Haifa artists. “The Haifa Boston Partnership has partnered with the Culture Department of the Haifa Municipality and together they have set themselves the goal of supporting and promoting Haifa cultural events, strengthening connections between young people and creating community networks in the city.”

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2022 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

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Video 1: North Shore 50th Anniversary Orchestra performs Beatles Medley, arranged by Gary Daverne and used for numerous concerts both in New Zealand and internationally, conducted by Heather Masefield.

Video 2: Grayson Masefield performs Tango for Claude by Richard Galliano

The New Zealand Accordion Association held their annual South Pacific International and New Zealand National Accordion Championships and Festival at the Takapuna War Memorial Hall, Takapuna, Auckland on June 4th and 5th.

Daily Reports and pictures are online with video of the Finale Concert at: 2022SouthPac

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