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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Mar-2023
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"JAF" Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy
CIA Merit Awards for Ladislav Horák and Renzo Ruggieri, Paks - Hungary
2023 Chester Folk Festival - UK
World Accordion Day (WAD) Festival at A World of Accordions Museum - USA
34th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert – USA
Online: XIV International Bayan-Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile” – Ukraine

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

CNIMA Nathalie Boucheix on Radio Grand Lac - France
2023 Che Bandoneon International Competition – USA
Accordionist Wins Gold Medal at 4th Vienna International Music Competition - Austria
Accordionist Yael Hass Entertains on "Good Deeds Day" - Israel
“Mosaic”: New Recording Release by Anthony Schulz & Rachel Scott - Australia

Future events

Concert Lesson at Civic School Paolo Soprani - Italy
ATG Presents Online: Teach Talk - USA
Ferran Martínez CD Presentation Concert - Spain
Stanislav Angelov Performs Solo Recital – South Africa
Vardos Trio Perform at Open Studio - Australia
Sylvia Pagni Performs “Mi Pasion” Concert - Italy
Accordion Orchestra Hamburg-Eimsbüttel Spring Concert – Germany
Canterbury Accordion Association Variety Concert – New Zealand
Murray Grainger Accordion Workshop – England, UK

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Grayson Masefield Performs at A World of Accordions Museum - USA
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"JAF" Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy

Sara CalvanelliRoberto GervasiCASTELFIDARDO - From Friday to Sunday, the Jazz Accordion Festival returns with a full house of performances, capturing the spring and festive mood that is in the air. "This is the first festival of the year to be held under the aegis and seal of quality of the P.I.F., the International Accordion Award, offering all accordion and jazz enthusiasts three days of concerts and two JAF sessions of the highest level. A unique festival that, thanks to the imprint and research of artistic director Simone Zanchini, embodies the natural essence of jazz in the movement of the bellows and in the experimentation that once again demonstrates the sonic power of the accordion," explains councillor Ruben Cittadini.

Two locations, three artists for three events with free admission that combine originality, energy and elegance. The opening entrusted to a young emerging artist of Tuscan origin, Sara Calvanelli (picture above left), at the On Stage club in via Soprani on Friday at 9.30 pm. An unprecedented jazz solo concert with a deeply personal female imprint: from the tradition of ancient songs to free improvisation, an unusual mix of voice, classical accordion and electronic effects.

On Saturday at the On Stage (9.30 pm) the Roberto Gervasi trio will perform: Roberto Gervasi (accordion - picture above right), Davide Inguaggiato (double bass) and Fabrizio Giambanco (drums), the protagonists of "My Jazzy Accordion", a tribute to giants such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Frank Marocco.

For the final performance on Sunday 19th, the scene shifts to the Salone degli Stemmi for the afternoon concert (6 p.m.) by French soloist David Venitucci (picture below): a performer and composer of fine quality and technique, who generates a unique and surprising world of sound.

Admission to all concerts is free. The Friday and Saturday evenings will culminate at the On Stage in the JAF Session open to guests and musicians.

Info at Pro Loco Castelfidardo phone: 0717822987
David Venitucci

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CIA Merit Awards for Ladislav Horák and Renzo Ruggieri, Paks - Hungary

Delegates, 2023 CIA Winter Congress
Renzo Ruggieri, Ladislav HorákPhoto above: 2023 Winter Congress Delegates

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) held their 149th General Assembly of Delegates Winter Congress in Paks, Hungary from 3-5 March, 2023, which was attended by Delegates from 17 countries from as far afield as the USA, South Korea, Russia, Scandanvia and throughout Europe.

The CIA had received two nominations for their prestigious CIA Merit Award, to honor outstanding contributions to the international accordion movement. The Congress voted to unanimously accept Ladislav Horák (Czech Republic) and Renzo Ruggieri (Italy) for the Merit Awards.

Renzo Ruggieri, jazz accordionist has performed more than 2,000 concerts all over the world, participated in hundreds of productions and is renowned as a composer, arranger and teacher. Formerly an artistic director of PIF Castelfidardo and currently director of the Italia Award Festival which he created. He teaches Jazz Accordion at the conservatory "Gaetano Braga" (Teramo, Italy) and his students have won many international competitions.

Ladislav Horák is accordion professor and deputy director of the Prague Conservatoire. He performs as a soloist, chamber player and accompanied by symphony and accordion orchestras and has regularly appeared at prestigious festivals in different countries of the world. He is artistic director of the festival International Accordion Days in Prague and premiered many works by contemporary Czech and foreign composers which he has recorded for Czech and international radio stations.
Paks 2023 Winter Congress

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2023 Chester Folk Festival - UK

Chester FFHelianthusThe 2023 Chester Folk festival will be held in Kelsall, Chester, England from May 26th to 29th, 2023.

The event will include a variety of concerts, Ceilidhs, sessions, workshops, dance displays, craft fair, children's entertainment and much more.

Accordion entertainment will be provided by Sherburn Bartley & Sanders (Chris Sherburn on concertina), The Time Bandits (Ian Jones on melodeon), Helianthus (picture above right) and the Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews Duo (picture below).

For details email: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Doug & Sarah

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World Accordion Day (WAD) Festival at A World of Accordions Museum - USA

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World Accordion Day logoA World of Accordions Museum will hold the Dr Willard Palmer Festival at the Harrington Arts Centre in Superior, Wiscomsin, USA to celebrate World Accordion Day (WAD). The festival will run from May 5th to 7th, 2023 and include a variety of concerts, seminars, exhibits and a museum visit. See poster for details.

The first WAD was held on 6th May 2009, marking the 180th birthday of the accordion - 6 May 1829, the date the accordion patent was filed. WAD is organised by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion.

Every accordionist is asked to actively support this event by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on 6th May or the weekend either side of WAD if that should be more convenient. Register your WAD event at: World Accordion Day

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34th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert – USA

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Texas Folklife has announced their 34th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert will be held on June 3rd, 2023 from 7pm to 10pm in celebration of the Miller Outdoor Theatre’s 100th Anniversary in Houston, Texas.

Performers include Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Grupo Imagen, Alex Meixner Band, and Texas Folklife’s 2023 Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Contest Champions.

The show will simultaneously be live streamed via Facebook for audiences not able to attend in-person.

Accordion Kings & Queens has showcased the extraordinary accordion music of Texas at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre since 1990. The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of dancing and roots music played on the accordion. Accordion Kings and Queens is supported by the Board and Members of Texas Folklife and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional sponsorships and support provided by Raven Grill and Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Online: XIV International Bayan-Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile” – Ukraine

XIV International Bayan-Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile”
Vladimir ZubitskyOnline: The XIV International Bayan-Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile” will be held online in Drohobych, Ukraine from May 5th to 7th, 2023.

The competition has six categories for different age groups, different styles of music and for solo, ensembles, orchestras. Applications close on April 21st, 2023.

The aim of the online competition is to popularize the accordion and the event is dedicated to the 70th birthday of Vladimir Zubitsky. The 2023 jury comprises of Vladimir Zubitsky (Ukraine – Italy), Raymond Bodell (Great Britain), Yuriy Chumak (Ukraine), Frederic Deschamps (France), Eduardas Gabnys (Lithuania), Spodris Kacans (Latvia), Jerzy Madrawski (Poland), Volodymyr Murza (Ukraine), Yaroslav Oleksiv (Ukraine), Igor Sayenk (Ukraine), Andriy Stashevsky (Ukraine) and Ihor Vlakh (Slovakia).

Download competition rules and entry information in English and Ukrainian at: 2023Ukraine.pdf

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CNIMA Nathalie Boucheix on Radio Grand Lac - France

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Nathalie BoucheixOn March 19th, 2023, Nathalie Boucheix (picture left), Director of CNIMA L'ecole de musique et d'accordeon will be live on L'Accordeon c'est ma passion (The Accordion is my Passion show) on Radio Grand Lac on 92.1FM

The program will present information about the CNIMA, future events and Nathalie Boucheix’s career and projects.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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2023 Che Bandoneon International Competition – USA

Stowe fest posterHector Del Curto.The 2023 Che Bandoneon International Competition is open to bandoneon players of all nationalities and at least 18 years of age by August 1st, 2022.

The preliminary round will be held online. The Finals of the Competition will be held in Stowe, Vermont USA from August 8th to 20th as a part of the 2023 Stowe Tango Music Festival. Artistic Director & Founder: Hector Del Curto (picture right).

Schedule:
March 31st: Application Deadline
April 30th: Video Submission Deadline
May 7th: Announcement of the Finalists
August 8th: Finalists arrive to Stowe
August 18th: Competition Finals
August 19th: Award Ceremony
August 21st: Departure from Stowe

Information and entry applications on the Stowe Tango Music Festival website.

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Accordionist Wins Gold Medal at 4th Vienna International Music Competition - Austria

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Leonardo RojnicLeonardo Rojnic (picture left - Croatia-Finland), student from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, achieved a golden medal in the Virtuoso category of Instrumentalists: 18, 19 or 20 years old at the 4th Vienna International Music Competition, held online this month.

The competition is designed to provide a large number of awards to exceptional musicians: recitals at the Musikverein and the Mozarthaus; cash prizes; five digital albums; and many Special Awards.

At least 20 musicians will perform at the Winners’ Concerts at Musikverein and Mozarthaus in April 2023.

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Accordionist Yael Hass Entertains on "Good Deeds Day" - Israel

Yael HassAccordionist Yael Hass (picture right) entertained for the elderly at the Yom Club in Rishon LeZion, Israel this month as part of "Good Deeds Day".

The concert also included vocalists and a belly dancer.

Yael says: “Learning to play and the performances are so enriching, so happy and fulfilling”.

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“Mosaic”: New Recording Release by Anthony Schulz & Rachel Scott - Australia

Mosaic album cover
Anthony SchulzAnthony Schulz (picture right), Vice-President of the Accordion Society of Australia (National & Victorian branch) has just released his new recording “Mosaic: Music for Cello and Piano Accordion” with Rachel Scott (cello).

Rachel and Anthony went into the studio in April 2022. They recorded pieces they'd been rehearsing and performing over the last few years - and 'Mosaic' was the result.

The album includes three tracks composed by Anthony Schulz and the album is online from international streaming sites.

Tracks:
Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 116 - J.S. Bach
Fugue In G Minor, BWV 578 "Little Fugue" - J.S. Bach (arr. M.B. Sibson)
Bachianas Buenos Aires - Richard Charlton
Gertrude - Anthony Schulz
Prelude and Blues - Raffaele Marcellino
Minuet in B-Flat Major, BWV Anh. 118 - J.S. Bach
In the Hall of Mirrors - M.B. Sibson
The Burning Hue - Anthony Schulz
Leo - Anthony Schulz

For details email: anthonyjschulz@gmail.com

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Concert Lesson at Civic School Paolo Soprani - Italy

Concert Lesson at Civic School Paolo Soprani
Alessandro MugnozOn March 18th, 2023, during the "Week of the Accordion" organized by Alessandro Mugnoz of the "Vecchi Tonelli" Conservatory in Modena, the accordion class of the Civic School Paolo
Soprani di Castelfidardo will perform in a concert lesson in which they will talk about teaching, repertoire, arrangement etc.

Tutor Luigino Pallotta will be joined by students Elena Merli, Michele Alessandrini, Cristian and Nicolas Chiaraluce (Fisitalia family), Emma Burini and Alessia Catena who have put a lot of effort into the preparation for this concert.

Download poster for details. 2023SchoolPS.pdf

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ATG Presents Online: Teach Talk - USA

ATG Talk
The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) will hold a new online meeting series beginning on March 19th, 2023 at midday CT, hosted by Dallas Vietty and Michael Bridge.

This free event is an open discussion for accordion teachers to share pedagogical ideas, problems, and solutions.

For further information see: ATG

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Ferran Martínez CD Presentation Concert - Spain

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Ferran Martínez will perform a CD Presentation Concert to celebrate the release of his new CD "Cara i Creu" at the Berga Església de St Joan (Church of St Joan) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on March 25th, 2023.

For details email: ferranacordio@gmail.com

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Stanislav Angelov Performs Solo Recital – South Africa

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Stanislav Angelov will perform a solo classical recital at the Evergreen Lifestyle Clubhouse, Val de Vie Estate, Paarl, South Africa on March 26th, 2023.

See poster for details.

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Vardos Trio Perform at Open Studio - Australia

Vardos Trio
Vardos Trio which includes accordionist Sophia Chapman will perform at Open Studio and Creperie in Victoria, Australia on March 31st, 2023 at 6.30pm.

The trio will perform a program of Romany, Hungarian and Eastern European music.

For details email: vardos@hotmail.com

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Sylvia Pagni Performs “Mi Pasion” Concert - Italy

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Video: Sylvia Pagni performs “Mi Pasion” clip.

Sylvia Pagni will perform a concert entitled “Mi Pasion” at the Teatro Auditorium Giovanni Paolo II in Pescara, Italy on April 1st, 2023 at 9pm.

Sylvia Pagni will be joined by Andrea Aloisi (violin), Alì Namazi and Laura Amadei (Bar Tango Rome) and actor Flavio Baldes.

See poster for details.

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Accordion Orchestra Hamburg-Eimsbüttel Spring Concert – Germany

Accordion Orchestra Hamburg-Eimsbüttel logoThe Accordion Orchestra Hamburg-Eimsbüttel (conducted by Stefanie Perl-Kindel) will hold their Spring Concert at the Aula Gymnasium Dörpsweg (Dörpsweg High School Auditorium) in Dorpsweg, Germany on April 2nd, 2023 at 4pm.

Their program comprises of a “musical journey across Europe”. Entry is free of charge but donations are welcome.

For details phone: +48 23 906 42 11

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Canterbury Accordion Association Variety Concert – New Zealand

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The Canterbury Accordion Association will hold a Variety Concert at the Church Corner Methodist Centre in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand on April 2nd, 2023 at 3pm.

Performers include the Christchurch Accordion Orchestra conducted by David Thorne and guest entertainers.

See poster for details.

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Murray Grainger Accordion Workshop – England, UK

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Murray Grainger will hold an Accordion Workshop in Misson, Nottinghamshire, England, UK on April 16th, 2023.

Have you ever wondered how the professionals take a simple short tune of only a few bars and turn it into an exciting rich and varied piece? If so, then this course is for you!

The workshop entitled “Tune development and arrangement on the accordion” will cover “how to develop tunes into a more interesting and varied arrangement. Murray will be looking at the use of ornamentation, harmonies, rhythmic elaboration and variation, as well as how the left hand can help you to take a simple tune and shape it into the arrangement you have always wanted.”

All teaching materials will be provided before the day, both sheet music and audio recordings of the repertoire. Attendance is by booking only, space is strictly limited so it is recommended to book as soon as possible!

For details email: mail@mgrainger.co.uk

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Grayson Masefield Performs at A World of Accordions Museum - USA

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Video 1: Grayson Masefield writes: "A fun light-hearted disco medley created for me by Renzo Ruggieri - Performed at University of Massachusetts Boston.
Video 2: Grayson performs Chaccone in F minor, Pachelbel, Finale Concert at 2021 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival.

A World of Accordions Museum looks forward to welcoming Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) to Superior, Wisconsin, USA for his fundraising concert on July 30th, 2023.

The concert will take place in the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall, which is acoustically ideal and seats 1,000 people on floor and balcony levels.

Grayson is a New Zealand born accordionist and is the first person to win World Championships in Classical, Virtuoso and Digital accordion categories. He is the Instrumental Music Teacher for Accordion at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Over the years, Grayson has been invited to perform in many countries including France, Spain, Germany, UK, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, China, Switzerland, Chile, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Korea, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Finland.

Grayson has available a varied program of serious concert works as well as entertainment music. His extensive repertoire can be heard on his three albums as well as many live performances on youtube.

He has worked with several of the world's leading composers such as Franck Angelis (France), Gary Daverne (New Zealand), Gorka Hermosa (Spain) and Petri Makkonen (Finland) to perform and record new original works for the accordion.

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Accordion-YellowPages.com Future Events Free Listing - Cyberspace

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All concert, competition and festival organizers are reminded to list their Future Events for 2018 in the Accordion-YellowPages.com website. Its free to list and you can do it yourself. You can also change and update your listing yourself as further information becomes available.

The Accordion-YellowPages.com Future Events calendar displays at the top right hand side of this Weekly News of accordions.com in all 7 languages and also on the USA News, Diatonic News and Russia News.

Huge numbers of readers, about 5,000 visitors per day, view also the Future Events calendar display, so all accordion event organizers are reminded to take full advantage of this free service to keep the accordion community informed.

Any internet challenged organizers may email their event details: harleyaccordion@yahoo.com

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CNIMA “Adults” Accordion Workshop – France

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Jacques Mornet and Nathalie BoucheixThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold an “Adults” Accordion Workshop from March 27th to 31st, 2023, tutored by Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix (picture left).

The workshop has been adapted to the specific problems that adults face with smaller class numbers. This is an ideal workshop for “beginners or to get back to the accordion as an adult in a friendly atmosphere”.

Subjects covered include holding the instrument, bellows and sound control, different touches, musicality etc.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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