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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Mar-2017
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30. National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention .... Großer Erfolg! - USA
Beltango Quintett große 2017 Konzerttour - Europa
Jon Persson Akkordeon Klassen für chinesische Seeleute - Pazifischer Ozean
2018 März Guinness Weltrekordversuch, London - UK

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

Video: Matthias Matzke Performs "La Campanella" - Germany
Tamburitzans Celebrate 80th Season – USA
Video: Claudio Constantini Performing With Bandoneon & Piano - Spain
20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UK
Video: Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva Perform - USA
The Irish Examiner Newspaper Featured Jackie Daly - Ireland

Future events

Paris Moscou Duo Concert, Montreuil-sur-Mer - France
5th Concurso Nacional de Acordeon, Santiago - Chile
Eric Bouvelle and Sandra Concert, Fontenay-sur-Loing – France
Amaryllis @ North Staffs Accordion Club, Stoke-on-Trent – UK
‘Acordeones del Mundo’, Rosario – Argentina
Shareena Sol Orchestra Concert, Cape Town – South Africa
XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do Acordeo, Algarve - Portugal
Blackpool Accordion Festival, Lancashire – UK

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franco Cambareri Two New Works Released - Australia
Gary Dahl Releases My Melancholy Baby - USA
New Site: Lars Ek Original Compositions - Sweden

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30. National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention .... Großer Erfolg! - USA

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Norman SeatonDr. Norman Seaton, Präsident der Nationalen Akkordeonvereinigung (NAA) und der Verwaltungsrat Nick Ballarini, Nancy Bernstein, Rebecca Ratcliff und Sharon Seaton veranstalteten die NAA 30-jährige Jubiläumskonvention.

Die sehr erfolgreiche Konvention umfasste eine Vielzahl von ausgezeichneten Workshops und Konzerte mit einzigartigen Talenten.

Das Gefühl während der Konvention war eine von einer großen Innigkeit und Akzeptanz aller Ebenen des Spiels.

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Bericht mit Fotos von USA News Editor Rita Barnea auf: 2017NAAReport
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Beltango Quintett große 2017 Konzerttour - Europa

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Aleksandar NikolicVideo: Beltango & AGBU Sofia Kammerorchester unter der Leitung von Bedros Papazyan führt Balkango (komponiert von Nikolic), 5. Juni 2015, Bulgarien Konzerthalle, Sofia, Bulgarien. Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2017

Das sehr beliebte Beltango Quintett reist in den kommenden Monaten in viele Länder


Beltango mit Aleksandar Nikolic (Bandoneon & Artistic Director - Bild links) und den Mitgliedern: Ivana Nikolica (Klavier & Gesang), Antonija Barna & Vladimir Nikolic (Violine), Bogdan Pejic (Gitarre), Petar Holik & Ljubinko Lazic (Doppel Bass).

Beltango sind leidenschaftliche Musiker und Tango-Liebhaber aus Serbien, die ihre Musik lieben und seit fast 20 Jahren zusammen spielen.

Konzertdaten:
17. März Ljubljana (Slowenien)
18. März Maribor (Slowenien)
20. März Belgrad (Serbien)
14. April Basel (Schweiz)
16. April Bregenz (Österreich)
19. April Bologna (Italien)
21. April Varese (Italien)
22. April Bruneck (Italien)
13 Mai Toulouse (Frankreich)
24. Mai Mannheim (Deutschland)
25-26 Mai Eindhoven (Holland)
28. Mai Dortmund (Deutschland)
31. Mai Milano (Italien)
02. Juni Torino (Italien)
04. Juni Bonn (Deutschland)
19. Juli Zürich (Schweiz)
28.-29. Juli Bad Waldsee (Deutschland)
23. August Novi Sad (Serbien)
08 September Zuelenroda (Deutschland)
09 September Hannover (Deutschland)
10. September Viersen (Deutschland)
01. Oktober Rovinj (Kroatien)

CDs sind online verfügbar unter: Beltango

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Jon Persson Akkordeon Klassen für chinesische Seeleute - Pazifischer Ozean

Jon PerssonVideo oben: Londonderry Air ("Danny Boy") von Jon Perssson mit der MiniSymphony (Akkordeon / Streichquintett).

Anfänger-Akkordeon-Klassen wurden vor kurzem für chinesische Passagiere auf einem 3.000-Passagierschiff in der Flotte der Princess Cruise Line, einer der größten Kreuzfahrt-Linien der Welt angeboten.

Die Klassen waren begrenzt für 20 Studenten, offen für Interessierte im Alter von 8-88, und wurden vom amerikanischen Pianist / Akkordeonist und langjährigem Princess Cruises Musiker Jon Persson (Bild links) durchgeführt. Da die Klassen nur 30 Minuten lang waren und zweimal während der 5-tägigen Kreuzfahrt stattfanden, gab es nicht viel Zeit, sich tief in der Akkordeon-Technik zu vertiefen.

Der Unterricht konzentrierte sich auf eine sehr leichte Melodien, die in vielen Ländern und dem chinesischen Volk "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" bekannt waren. Darüber hinaus waren die Akkordeons, die von der Kreuzfahrtlinie gekauft wurden, im Grunde Spielzeug-Akkordeons, aber für diesen Zweck bestens geeignet.

Die Sessions waren leichtherzig von allen und gut besucht und genossen, so dass die 20 zur Verfügung gestellten Akkordeons schnell ihren Spieler fanden.

Für weitere Informationen email: jon@jonpersson.com

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2018 März Guinness Weltrekordversuch, London - UK

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Nikolai RyskovDer in London ansässige russische Akkordeonist Nikolai Ryskov (Bild links) organisiert im nächsten Jahr einen Akkordeon-Weltrekordversuch. Die Absicht besteht darin, Akkordeonisten zu sammeln, die alle eine einfache Version von 'Libertango' von Astor Piazzolla spielen.

Diese Veranstaltung findet zum Geburtstag Ryskov am 11. März 2018 statt und zwar in einem zentralen Londoner Standort, der noch bekannt gegeben wird.

Am Programm steht: Musik und Tanz mit Essen und Getränken, sowie Akkordeon-Ausstellungen.

Der Weltrekordversuch wird vom Guinness Buch der Rekorde überwacht und ist kein einfacher Rekord zu erreichen.

Am 20. Juli 2014 wurde in Shenzhen, China (Bild unten), ein neuer Guiness-Rekord von insgesamt 1.361 Akkordeonspielern gesetzt. 2014HohnerReport

Dann am 20. August 2016 in Tacheng China, ein neue r Guiness Rekord von 1517 Akkordeonisten, die alle zusammen spielen (Bild oben). Bericht: 2016Tacheng

Ein unterhaltsames Ereignis ist geplant, um das Profil unseres Instruments zu erhöhen.

Für weitere Informationen email: nryskov@gmail.com
Shenzhen Guinness World Record

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


Video: Matthias Matzke Performs "La Campanella" - Germany

Matthias Matzke performs the Paganini/Liszt - Etude No3 "La Campanella" by Rudolph Wurthner on the Bugari EVO digital accordion.

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Tamburitzans Celebrate 80th Season – USA

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Joan Grauman, Marko Maslakovic, Joe CerritoSince 1973, I have been annually attending the mesmerizing performances of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, the longest continuously running multicultural song and dance company in the United States.

All of the members are full-time students who receive scholarships for their participation in this highly regarded troupe whose mission is to provide deserving students an education and to perpetuate the varying folk cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe.

Picture left: Joan Grauman, Marko Maslakovic and Joe Cerrito.

These young highly skilled musicians, dancers and singers have delighted audiences all over the world with beautifully choreographed dance sets, hauntingly beautiful music and intricately embroidered costumes for 80 years.

On July 1, 2016, the Tamburitzans became an independent nonprofit organization, the “Pittsburgh International Folk Arts Institute”. Duquesne University gave the troupe their buildings, vehicles, instruments, costumes, equipment, as well as funding to help ensure their future success. Students may now attend other Pittsburgh-based universities as well as Duquesne.

Each year, the Tamburitzans create a new program which they bring to appreciative audiences all over the country. This year, being their 80th anniversary, they “went all out” and the program is truly spectacular!

It features the music and dances of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Armenia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, as well as sets from France and India. There is still time to see the Tamburitzans perform during the current season, which ends on June 9 (see downloadable schedule below).

Of course, we all took notice of the excellent and very personable accordionist, Marko Maslakovic from Belgrade, Serbia, who is studying for his Master’s degree in corporate communications. The entire ensemble is superb, as are the dancers and singers. A must see!!

Picture below: Tamburitzan clarinetist & accordionist Marko Maslakovic.

Future Performances. Full details at: 2017Tamburitzan.pdf
Sunday 19 March Munster, IN
Sunday 26 March Detroit, MI

Saturday 1 April, Toms River, NJ
Sunday 2 April Allentown, PA
Sunday 9 April Ellwood City, PA
Saturday 22 April Erie, PA
Sunday 23 April Cleveland, OH
Saturday 29 April Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday May 20 – Dayton OH
Sunday May 21 – Greendale WI
Sunday May 28 – Mountain View CA
Tuesday May 30 – Los Angeles CA
Wednesday May 31 – Las Vegas NV

Thursday June 1 – Mesa AZ
Friday June 2 – Las Cruces NM
Sunday June 4 – Pueblo CO
Monday June 5 – Kansas City KS
Tuesday June 6 – Indianapolis IN
Friday June 9 – Pittsburgh PA
accordionist Marko Maslakovic

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Video: Claudio Constantini Performing With Bandoneon & Piano - Spain

Piano and bandoneon player Claudio Constantini performs both parts of the Brahms Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Sonata op.120 no.1, II. Andante un poco Adagio using his bandoneon to perform the clariinet part.

This work was composed in 1894 by the Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. Claudio Constantini writes that: Video and audio production is (humbly) made by myself... I am no pro but I enjoy doing it! I hope you enjoy watching and listening! Published on Mar 12, 2017

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20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UK

Clyde JohnstonThe 20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships took place at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, on February 25th. This festival was another huge success with reaction from spectators and competitors alike being very favourable towards the festival which ran like clockwork in a very relaxed and friendly spirit.

The NI Championships are run under the rules of the National Accordion Organisation (NAO) of the United Kingdom and are a qualifying heat for the 2017 NAO UK Championships, held at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, April 21st to 24th. 
 
Organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right) it is the largest accordion festival in Northern Ireland and again attracted a good entry. Clyde was delighted to again welcome competitors from the Chilton School of Music in County Cavan and Gerry Kelly’s Accordion School from County Meath as well as other entries from County Meath, County Dublin, Southern England and Glasgow in addition to the local competitors.

There were also trade stands on display by Alan Shute, Sean O'Neill, Rob Howard, Glitterbug Bagz, Frazer Mclellan, and Scotland Accordions, which added great interest and atmosphere to the festival.

Clyde was also delighted to welcome surprise guests to the festival in the form of top UK duettists Nigel Pasby and Helen Newton, from Hungerford, Berkshire. They only decided to attend at the last minute but enthralled the audience by performing, on borrowed accordions, a few delightful duets in the afternoon.
 
The adjudicators, Ivan Black, and Sarah McEvoy were greatly impressed not only by the high standard of playing but also with the smooth and efficient manner in which the Championships were run.

Read the full report at: 2017NIreland

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Video: Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva Perform - USA

Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva perform Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint Saens on March 5, 2017 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, WI.

Presented by Accordion XXI, the video features virtuoso Stas Venglevski, blending his talent with Tatyana Krasnobaeva, cimbalom (dulcimer). Published on Mar 15, 2017.

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The Irish Examiner Newspaper Featured Jackie Daly - Ireland

Video: Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh Sullivan's, Britches Full of Stitches.

Some excerpts from the article about his 6 decades of music making.

In Jackie Daly’s case, the title of laoch, or hero, is added to that of Gradam Ceoil winner, All-Ireland senior accordion champion — the only Corkman to win either award — and doyen of Sliabh Luachra box-playing.

His anecdotes are as much a tradition of his performances as the tunes.

He tells another anecdote about Galway accordion maestro Joe Burke, who visited Jackie in hospital in Cork after he suffered a brain haemorrhage.

“The doctor was testing me and Joe said ‘Doctor I know what’s wrong with him. His head is full of slides and polkas rather than decent jigs and reels’. I said ‘Joe, thank you for visiting me. I’m going to compose a tune in your honour’. I did, and it’s Joe Burke’s polka. People say to him Joe, play your polka, so I definitely got my own back. He’s never played it.”

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Future events


Paris Moscou Duo Concert, Montreuil-sur-Mer - France

The Paris Moscou Duo – Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov - performs in concert on Saturday March 18th, 8.30pm, at the Conservatoire Marin Marais, La Licorne, Olonne-Sur-Mer, France. Free admission.

Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine began performing together in 1998, and have performed in France, Russia, Denmark, Italy, Poland, China, Portugal, Lithuania, Canada, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Domi Emorine’s achievements include winning the CIA Coupe Mondiale, CMA Trophée Mondial, Concours International de Klingenthal, and the Prix de la Sacem. Roman Jbanov achievements include Grand Prize Beloborodov in Tula (Russia), Scholarship of the President of the Russian Republic, and the CMA Trophée Mondial.

For further information email: duopm@sfr.fr

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5th Concurso Nacional de Acordeon, Santiago - Chile

PosterThe 5th Concurso Nacional de Acordeon – the national accordion championships – take place on Saturday March 18th, 5.30pm, at the Centro Cultural, Escuela Moderna de Musica, Santiago, Chile. Entrance is free.

The adjudicators include Frederic Deschamps (France), Kristap Ginters (Latvia), Byron Angel (Chile), Mario Braun (Argentina), Enrique Baeza (Chile), Bernardo Mosqueira (Chile), and Alfonso Mancisidor (Chile).

The competition winners will be eligible to take part in the Torneo Sudamericano in Argentina and the CMA Trophee Mondiale 2017 in France.

For further information email: gerenciaconservatorio@gmail.com

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Eric Bouvelle and Sandra Concert, Fontenay-sur-Loing – France

Eric Bouvelle and Sandra posterAccordionist Eric Bouvelle and vocalist Sandra perform in concert together on Sunday March 19th, 2.30pm, at Theatro Montargis, ZA de la Foret, 54210 Fontenay-sur-Loing, France.

Eric Bouvelle (b 1972), and married to Sandra, had many competition successes, including becoming CIA World Entertainment Champion in 1988 in Trossingen, Germany. He has since become one of the leading French dance music accordionists, and has many recordings and compositions to his name.

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Amaryllis @ North Staffs Accordion Club, Stoke-on-Trent – UK

PosterThe accordion duo Amaryllis perform at the North Staffs Accordion Club, Goldenhill Workingmens Club, Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 5SH, on Tuesday March 21st, 8pm. Admission is £4.

Amaryllis - Tracey Middleton and David Garwood – have been performing at accordion clubs and festivals since the 1980s, and have a repertoire that includes various types of folk dance music ranging from Playford to ceilidh tunes, and other kinds of music, including arrangements of popular music.

For further information email: stevehg0@gmail.com

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‘Acordeones del Mundo’, Rosario – Argentina

On Thursday March 23rd, 8pm, an international event titled ‘Acordeones del Mundo’ takes place at the Auditorio AMR, Espana y Tucaman, Rosario, Argentina.

This event includes a master class led by French accordionist Frederic Deschamps, and a concert featuring Kristap Ginters (Latvia) and Ignacio Hernandez (Chile). Entrance is free but donations are invited.

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Shareena Sol Orchestra Concert, Cape Town – South Africa

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On Thursday March 23rd, 8pm, the Shareena Sol Orchestra performs their programme of Gypsy Jazz, Balkan Swing, Klezmer and more, at The Crypt Restaurant in Cape Town.

The members of the Shareena Sol Orchestra are Stanislav Angelov – accordion, Petrus de Beer – violin, Dave Ledbetter – guitar, Dave Ridgeway - double bass.

Stanislav Angelov studied the accordion in his native Bulgaria, and received a degree in accordion in 1991, after which he taught at the ‘Constantine Preslavsky’ University, Shumen. In 1992 he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he performs, records and teaches.

For further information email: music@goodmusic.co.za

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XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do Acordeo, Algarve - Portugal

XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do AcordeoThe XXV1 Grande Gala Internacional do Acordeo takes place from March 24th to April 2nd at venues in the Algrave, Portugal.

Portuguese accordionists performing include Francisco Saboia, Pedro Goncalves, Jorge Alves, Rodrigo Maurício, Henido Goncalves, Joao Tomas, Concalo Justo, and Francisco Monteiro. Overseas guests include Pietro Adragna (Italy), Jeremu Lafon (France), and Michel Sapateado (France).

For further information email: info.asacord@gmail.com

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Blackpool Accordion Festival, Lancashire – UK

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The Blackpool Accordion Festival, organised by John Romero, takes place at The Carousel Hotel, South Shore, Blackpool, from Friday March 31st to Monday April 3rd. The guests include Gary Blair, Harry Hussey, Caroline Hussey, Thom Hardacre, and John Romero. The trade show includes The Accordion Shop, Acorn Accordions, Birmingham Accordion Centre, Harry Kipling's ‘Accordion Treasures’, Robaccord Publications, and Carillon Music.

£225 per person (half-board, £80 deposit) - balance to be paid on arrival. Day passes are available. Further details, including the daily programme, are on the Carillon Studios website.

For further information email: jr@carillonstudios.com

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New and Updated Sites


Updated Site: Franco Cambareri Two New Works Released - Australia

Bahian SambaFranco CambareriFranco Cambareri has released two new compositions:

cfranco220 - Bahian Samba
Grade 3, 2 pages, Bahian Samba is a melodic Samba.

cfranco221 - Danza Vittoriosa - mp3 sound file available
Grade 4, 4 pages, Danza Vittoriosa (Victory Dance) is a Paso Doble with a Victory Marching Dance.

These works are eSheet (pdf file, able to be emailed to you) and can be purchased online with secure server credit card.

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Gary Dahl Releases My Melancholy Baby - USA

Music sampleGary Dahl has released "something new for solos...an educational lead sheet, Catalog: DH0258 My Melancholy Baby composed by Ernie Burnett".

View the sample pages of over 200 plus high quality arrangements at: Gary Dahl

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New Site: Lars Ek Original Compositions - Sweden

Lars EkLars Ek, composer, arranger, performer and teacher of Sweden has now released his original compositions on the MusicForAccordion.com site. See samples of the music and further information at:

ek151 - Ulla Martas Dance
ek152 - Waltz from Drefviken
ek153 - Waltz to Helmer Grundstrom
ek154 - The Westerly Mountain
ek155 - Visa till Ann-Marie
ek156 - Voss on the Rocks

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