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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Sep-2021
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Ksenija Sidorova steals the show @ BBC Last Night of the Proms, London – UK
Guardia Nueva 20th Jubilee Celebrations, Kokkola - Finland
Sofia Ros Gonzalez Performs at Prize Winners Concert, Vienna - Austria
Sini Ström Performs Two World Premieres - Finland
“Flogging Molly” 2022 Salty Dog Cruise - USA
Stockport Accordion Club Broken Cross Concert, England – UK

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

Friedrich Lips Performs in Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Video: Alexander Poeluev Performing Galliano Concerto - Siberia
Video: Fofa Nobre Performance at Expointer 2021 - Brazil
“Bachtopus” Releases Eighth Commission from 2020 Composers Commissioning Fund - USA
Video: Melbourne Accordion Orchestra Performs at 2021 Cabaret Festival – Australia
Video: Italian Tarantella on the Tram - Italy/Switzerland
“Music on the Green” Concert – England
Fernando Fraga Traba Performs at Oscar Ibáñez Concert - Spain
Video: Jazz Accordionist Lee Terry Meisinger “Rio Beach Party”
Video: Accordionist takes Part in Humorous Play - Egypt

Future events

"Beltango Quinteto" Performs at Festival de Tango – Germany
XIX International Festival "Vivat, Bayan!" Concerts, Samara - Russia
Leyland Accordion Club Opening Night – UK
Tango Aliado “Ode to Piazzolla” Concert - Netherlands
Steve Albini Performs for Accordion Night at Cibo Rustico, California - USA
Accordion Ensemble Seminar – Germany
Brooklyn Accordion Club Presents Charlie Giordano Workshop - USA
Coba Performs at Festa Matsumoto 2021 - Japan
"Magical Music from Northern Lands" Concert - New Zealand

Childrens Corner

Children's Art School Orchestra Performance - Ukraine

New and Updated Sites

Franck Angelis Mise à jour du site MusicForAccordion.com - Internet
Now in Russian, German and Spanish, Friedrich Lips 2021 Interview by Herbert Scheibenreif, Moscow - Russia
Gagnant du concours de composition AAA Elsie M. Bennett 2021 - États-Unis
Kevin Friedrich sort son CD 'Reflections' - USA

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Ksenija Sidorova steals the show @ BBC Last Night of the Proms, London – UK

Ksenija at PromsKsenija at PromsLatvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova made her Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday September 11th, and stole the show at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert. Early in the evening she was interviewed by the presenter Katie Dereham, about herself, her music and the accordion.

Ksenija gave commanding performances that entranced the full house audience and the millions watching worldwide on television – a truly great advertisement for the accordion.

In the first half she performed ‘Fantasie on a Theme of Piazzola’ by Franck Angelis, and in the second half performed ‘Libertango’, by Astor Piazzolla, and then accompanied the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as he sang ‘Sur’ by Anibal Troilo. Expressive and passionate, Ksenija’s performances brought the audience to its feet, and left them wanting more.

Ksenija’s appearances came part way through a diverse concert that also paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in the USA. The conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers Sakari Oramo, from Finland, commented that the evening reflected “the healing power of music”.

Later, Ksenija commented “Last night was absolutely magical and unforgettable. Back in March 2019 I was due to perform at the BBC Proms but had to cancel due to doctor's recommendation not to travel (I was heavily pregnant). I would never imagine I'd had to cancel something of such significance but, of course, then it was a right decision. And good things come to those who wait!

I was honoured to step on stage of the Royal Albert Hall last night, so warmly received by the orchestra and Sakari Oramo and, of course, the audience! This was like nothing before! My debut as an accordion-soloist on the Last Night of the Proms, and a return of concerts with audience! I thank everyone who made it happen. It wasn't easy but we made it!”

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Guardia Nueva 20th Jubilee Celebrations, Kokkola - Finland

Guardia Nueva, Musical Director Raimo Vertainen
20th Anniversary PosterGuardia Nueva turns 20 years old. This very successful orchestra directed by Raimo Vertainen, celebrates its 20th Diamond Jubilee anniversary by making five different concerts that showcase the multidimensionality of the orchestra, the main concert being on 19 February, 2022.

18 September 2021, Astor Piazzolla solo concert at Konservatorio
08 October 2021 Guardia Nueva Concert for elderly and those in service homes. Sold out.
11 December 2021 Guardia Nueva featuring Vivaldi - The Four Seasons with guests, dance and animations
19 February 2022 Guardia Nueva Festive concert at the Kokkola Ice Rink. Full gala concert with soloists Jarkko Ahola, Arja Koriseva, Jennie Storbacka and Teemu Roivainen
09 July 2022 Summer Evening Concert, West Park, Soloists are Anu Komsi, Simodeus and MC Kajo, Free entry.

Fuller details of the Guardia Nueva 20th Anniversary Concerts at: 2021DiamondJubilee
Guardia Nueva

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Sofia Ros Gonzalez Performs at Prize Winners Concert, Vienna - Austria

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Sofia RosBrahms HallSofia Ros Gonzalez (Spain) won the 1st Wind Virtuoso Category: Musikverein of the 3rd Vienna International Music Competition with categories for all musical instruments, voice and chamber music. Winners list: 2021Wien

Sofia performed at the Vienna International Music Competition prize winners concert, held at the Brahms Hall (picture right), Musikverein in Vienna, Austria on September 10th, 2021.

Winners, who came from all over the world, received a cash prize plus the opportunity to perform at the prize winners concert, which included invited international critics, music promoters and managers in the audience.
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Sini Ström Performs Two World Premieres - Finland

Sini StrömRBuilding, HelsinkiAccordionist Sini Ström will play a solo recital, which will include two world premieres, at The Concert Hall in R-house, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki on September 20th, 2021 at 6pm Finnish time.

The pieces to be premiered are an accordion solo “Abracadabra” by Sebastian Dumitrescu and a ground breaking chamber music piece “Nocturne” for accordion and eight singers by Tommi Paavilainen.

The concert will also include J.S. Bach's “Partita no 6” (E-minor), three parts of “Jelek” (by Andras Hamary) and “Feux Follet” (Tapio Tuomela).

Sini Ström is a Finnish based accordionist, founder of the new Rantaraitti Soi! Festival and a co-artist of the Youtube channel SqueezePostBox.

For further details email: sini.strom@uniarts.fi

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“Flogging Molly” 2022 Salty Dog Cruise - USA

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“Flogging Molly” will hold their next Salty Dog Cruise from March 28th to April 1st, 2022. The 4 day floating festival will take place on the cruise ship “Norwegian Pearl”, which will sail from Miami to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.

The festival will include a variety of concerts, on-board activities, a skate ramp with pro skaters and tattoo artists.

“Flogging Molly” is a seven piece Celtic punk band, which includes Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals) along with players of a variety of instruments such as guitar, bodhran, violin, tin whistle, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, drums, percussion and vocalists.

For cruise details email: floggingmolly@5bam.com

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Stockport Accordion Club Broken Cross Concert, England – UK

Pearl Fawcett-AdrianoThe annual Stockport Accordion Club concert in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice takes place at the Broken Cross Club, Broken Cross, Macclesfield, England on September 26th at 2pm.

Performers include the Stockport Accordion Band, Accordion Spice (picture below), Helen Rich, All Scotland Champion Walter Perrie, and special guest World Champion Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (picture left).

The event is organised by John Jones MBE and all proceeds will go to the Hospice.

For details and tickets phone: 01 625 618 691
Accordion Spice

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Friedrich Lips Performs in Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Friedrich LipsThe European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in partnership with SAMIT Event Group, launched the first edition of the Middle East Classical Music Academy (MECMA) in Dubai from September 4th to 23rd, 2021

Friedrich Lips was invited to take part in the first performance of the composer in residence, Alexey Shor, at the Music Hall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel in Dubai on September 10th.

Lips performed “Carpe Diem” for bandoneon (bayan) with the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valid Agayev.

The three week event will include a number of concerts, courses, lectures, seminars, and masterclasses set to be led by a roster of globally distinguished musicians and music pedagogues.

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Video: Alexander Poeluev Performing Galliano Concerto - Siberia

Alexander PoeluevVideo: Alexander Poeluev performing the 3rd movement of the Opale Concerto (R. Galliano) with the "Renaissance" Accordion Orchestra conducted by Igor Shimin.

The concert was recorded at the Siberia Concert Hall in Barnaul, Siberia in March 2021.

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Video: Fofa Nobre Performance at Expointer 2021 - Brazil

Fofa NobreVideo: Accordionist Fofa Nobre performed with her group “Acords” at the Expointer 2021 Gaúcha Culture Show in Brazil on September 11th, 2021, presented by the Ministry of Tourism.

The event ran from September 4th to 12th, 2021 and attracts over 5,000 people.

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“Bachtopus” Releases Eighth Commission from 2020 Composers Commissioning Fund - USA

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“Bachtopus” has released the eighth commission from their 2020 Composers Commissioning Fund, entitled “Tomorrow Being Today” by Randall Woolf.

“Like many of the compositions written during quarantine in this series... the title loosely refers to the sentiment that, in times like these, tomorrow can’t come quickly enough."

Bachtopus includes Robert Duncan, Peter Flint, Mayumi Miyaoka, and Jeanne Velonis.
The Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble’s 2020 Composer Commissioning Fund is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Bachtopus

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Video: Melbourne Accordion Orchestra Performs at 2021 Cabaret Festival – Australia

Video: The Melbourne Accordion Orchestra performing live at the 2021 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, held in the Chapel Off Chapel Theatre in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia recently.

Their well received program included a selection of music arranged for accordion orchestra by musical director, George Butrumlis with Cameron Goodall and Robyn Archer on vocals as follows:

Golden Brown (The Stranglers)
Lonely At The Top (Randy Newman)
Pants (Randy Newman)
Stay Away From Me (Randy Newman)
Money Makes The World Go Round (Kander and Ebb)
Le Piano du Pauvre (Leo Ferre)
Monsieur William (Leo Ferre)
Tribute to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht (Weill and Brecht)
Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
God's Song (Randy Newman)
New Orleans Fantasy (Trad.)

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Video: Italian Tarantella on the Tram - Italy/Switzerland

Video: Fortunato & Valentina performing a tarantella on the tram in Basel, Switzerland. The duo are Calabrian musicians and founders of the traditional music group "Tarantella Project".

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“Music on the Green” Concert – England

MOTG programChurchThe Diphonon Duo performed a lunchtime concert at the Esher Green Baptist Church in Esher, Surrey, England on September 15th, 2021 as part of the “Music on the Green” concert series (concert video above).

Diphonon Duo is a London based accordion and viola duo formed by Greek viola player Michael Iskas and accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade (from Navarra, Spain).

Their repertoire focuses on contemporary music and transcriptions of genres from Baroque to folk music.

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Fernando Fraga Traba Performs at Oscar Ibáñez Concert - Spain

Fernando Fraga TrabaAccordionist Fernando Fraga Traba performed at the Oscar Ibáñez concert held at the Jofre Theater in Ferrol, Spain on September 10th, 2021.

Fernando accompanied Oscar Ibáñez (bagpipes) and dancers Eva Faraldo and Jesús Quiroga.

See video above.

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Video: Jazz Accordionist Lee Terry Meisinger “Rio Beach Party”

Video: Jazz accordionist Lee Terry Meisinger would like to take you on a Latin Holiday – a Rio beach party and tour of Mexico. This video features:
0.00 - Girl From Ipanema
2.43 - Carioca
4:42 - South of the Border

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Video: Accordionist takes Part in Humorous Play - Egypt

BeshooVideo: a humorous theatre presentation from the play Galata Sais - Amin & Co in Egypt.

The play stars actor Ahmed Amin in collaboration with Eyad Amin, Mohamed abo Elmaati (slave), accordionist Beshoo Egycordionist (picture left) and director Alaa Ismail.

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Future events


"Beltango Quinteto" Performs at Festival de Tango – Germany

Tango fest poster
Beltango Quinteto will perform at the Festival de Tango in Schwerte, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany this weekend. The festival, which will include a variety of dancing, milongas and workshops, will be held on September 18th and 19th, 2021.

Beltango Quinteto (leader: bandoneonist, composer and teacher Aleksandar Nikolic) will perform at a live Milonga on September 18th from 7.30pm.

Performances will be given on a 100 m2 indoor dance floor in the large ventilated hall, with seating indoors or outside in the beer garden.

Only those who are immunized or tested negative will be permitted to attend. Please bring valid certificates!

See poster for details.

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XIX International Festival "Vivat, Bayan!" Concerts, Samara - Russia

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Vivat 22ndVivat 23rdOrganisers of the XIX International Festival "Vivat, Bayan!", (which has been held in Samara since 2002), announce the following upcoming concerts. All concerts will begin at 7pm and will be held in the Concert and Theater Complex "Airship" in Samara.

• September 21st: "Double Expression" duo (picture top) will perform for guests and spectators of the festival. The duo consists of Artyom Malkhasyan and Evgeniia Chirkova (St. Petersburg).

• September 22nd: "Amran" Trio (picture above left) concert. The trio consists of Soslan Kotslov, Victoria Kokaeva and Khetag Aboev (Vladikavkaz).

• September 23rd: Ensemble of Folk Instruments of the A. Schnittke Sofia Folk Instruments "Parafraz" (picture above right) will perform. The ensemble consists of Maria Belykh, Anastasia Babaeva, Ksenia Veshnyakova, Evgeny Razzhivin, Sergey Denisov and Vitaly Terentyev (Saratov).

• September 24th: Final day of the festival - concert by the Hashmal group (picture below) from Minsk.

Admission is free of charge. See posters for details.
Vivat 24th

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Leyland Accordion Club Opening Night – UK

St Marys logoaccordionsThe Leyland Accordion Club are pleased to announce that they are able to begin monthly meetings again, beginning with an opening night on September 21st, 2021. The venue is newly named St Mary’s Community Centre in Leyland, Lancashire, England.

Their first meeting will be an informal night, so you are invited to bring your accordions for a bit of music, bring yourself for a chat and catch up with what has been happening with others over the last 18 months since you last saw them, and bring along anything you want to sell.

Future nights for the remainder of the year are:
• 19th October 2021
• 16th November 2021
• 21st December 2021

For details email: david@accordionclub.co.uk

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Tango Aliado “Ode to Piazzolla” Concert - Netherlands

Video: Tango Aliado performing El Andariego (Álvaro Carrillo Alarcón)

Tango Aliado will perform a concert entitled “Ode to Piazzolla” at the Goede Rede Concert Hall in Almere, Netherlands on September 24th, 2021 at 8pm.

Their special program is designed to celebrate Piazzolla’s 100th birthday and the quartet will ‘bring his music and his story’.

Tango Aliado members are Gert Wantenaar (bandoneon), Françoise van Varsseveld (violin), Mariken Zandvliet (piano) and Lucas Stam (cello).

For details email: info@goederedeconcerten.nl
Tango Aliado

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Steve Albini Performs for Accordion Night at Cibo Rustico, California - USA

Steve AlbiniAccordionist Steve Albini and drummer Bob Belanski will be the “house band” for Accordion Night at Cibo Rustico in Santa Rosa, California on September 25th, 2021.

It will be an evening of great Italian food, wine, beer, and wonderful accordion music! Other accordionists will also perform that evening.

Steve and Bob will also perform on October 2nd, 2021 at the St. Helena Italian Festival in the Napa Valley.

Steve Albini is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As a studio musician, Steve is often called by producers and artists to add his touch to their projects. His performances of Italian music fused with jazz and world rhythms have brought him international acclaim.

He has enchanted audiences throughout the United States and Italy with a blend of musical virtuosity and artistic passion. Steve also performs as part of the duo Il Sole with Tatiana Semichastnaya.

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Accordion Ensemble Seminar – Germany

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Martina KlugeMartina Kluge (picture left) will hold an Accordion Ensemble Seminar at the Kleines Kulturforum in Werdohl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on September 26th, 2021, from 10am to 5pm.

The event is organised by Michlbauer Harmonikawelt and is open to slightly advanced learners.

Seminar content includes:
• Getting to know the elements and special features of ensemble playing
• Development of some 3-part pieces, notes are provided in advance
• Optimize accuracy and ability to perform
• Experience fun making music together
• Learn the basics of simple "accompaniment"
• Find new harmonica friends in NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Download registration details here: 2021Ensembleseminar.pdf

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Brooklyn Accordion Club Presents Charlie Giordano Workshop - USA

BAC logoThe Brooklyn Accordion Club will present a free workshop entitled “An Approach to Playing Accordion in the Band” by accordionist Charlie Giordano and Emily Duff.

The workshop will be held in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on October 3rd, 2021, from 1.30pm to 3pm and will be limited to 15 fully vaccinated individuals only. All participants will be required to wear a mask during the meeting, and asked to sit on their own blanket to maintain 3ft social distance.

Charlie Giordano has played with Bruce Springsteen, Julie Andrews, James Taylor, Pat Benatar, The Bacon Brothers and many others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Kennedy Center, The Obama White House, The Bottom Line, The Russian Tea Room, Jalopy and Sunny’s.

To book your spot email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

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Coba Performs at Festa Matsumoto 2021 - Japan

Festa 2021CobaThe 2021 Festa Matsumoto will be held at a variety of venues including the Matsumoto Civic Art Museum, Shin-each Media Garden, Kamido Theater and Suite Nawate Main Store in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan from October 8th to 17th, 2021.

Well known Japanese accordionist “Coba” will participate in three concerts during the festival.

• October 14th at 7.30pm, in the Small Hall, Masathimoto Civic Art Museum
• October 15th at 7pm, Coba will make a special guest appearance at the Music and Dance event at Matsumoto Civic Art Museum with Alan Patton (accordion), Ohji Kimura (drums), So Kobayashi (piano) and Natsumi Akiyama (vocals).
• October 16th at 3.30pm, Accordion “Friendship Concert” at the Shin-each media garden.

For details phone: 0263-33-2200

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"Magical Music from Northern Lands" Concert - New Zealand

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Heather GladstoneThe Christchurch Accordion Orchestra (conducted by David Thorne) and the St Albans Community Choir (directed by accordionist Heather Gladstone QSM - picture left) will perform a concert entitled "Magical Music from Northern Lands" on October 17th, 2021.

The concert will be held at the St Paul’s Parish Church in Christchurch. Entry is by donation.

See poster for details.

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Children's Art School Orchestra Performance - Ukraine

Video: “Blue Canary” (by Vincent Fiorino) performed by the Children's Art School No. 3 Accordion Orchestra in Kharkov, Ukraine at the Ukraine VII International Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Art-Dominanta".

“Blue Canary” is a popular American song by Vincent Fiorino. Its Italian language version became popular in 1963, thanks to the Bulgarian company Balkanton, where the song was recorded by the Bulgarian duo of Maria Koseva and Nikola Tomov.

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Franck Angelis Mise à jour du site MusicForAccordion.com - Internet

Franck AngelisLe site de Franck Angelis a eu des informations sur sa composition Pékin 2011 mises à jour avec :

Nouvelle vidéo de la Coupe Mondiale au Canada, où les compositeurs sélectionnés ont été invités à présenter leur 'Original Solo Work' (composée en 2012/2013), qui sera interprétée à la Coupe Mondiale pour la première fois, par l'artiste de leur choix.

Tian Jianan a interprété l'œuvre et l'œuvre a remporté le prix de la meilleure œuvre solo originale à la Coupe mondiale 2013. Vidéo en ligne sur : ang567 avec des extraits de la partition.

et vidéo de Franck Angelis lors d'un séminaire en Chine expliquant en détail chaque mouvement de Pékin 2011 avec Tian Jianan en spectacle.

ang568 Spleen a une vidéo d'Anna Kryshtaleva jouant le premier concert.

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Now in Russian, German and Spanish, Friedrich Lips 2021 Interview by Herbert Scheibenreif, Moscow - Russia

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Prof. Friedrich LipsDr Herbert ScheibenreifThe amazing stellar career of Prof. Friedrich Lips as a performer, professor, author, arranger is well known around the world.

The interview is now online in Russian, German and Spanish.

He was originally interviewed in 1999 and now 22 years later, on the occasion of the publication of Lips CD030 Double Mirror, Moderator: Dr Herbert Scheibenreif interviews him again.

The co-operation between Prof. Friedrich Lips and Dr Herbert Scheibenreif has now produced an incredible 30 CD's for the accordion world.

View the 2021 Interview,
English: Lips2021
Deutsch: Lips2021-de
España: Lips2021-es
Russian: Lips2021-ru

Original 1999 Interview at: Lips1999

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Gagnant du concours de composition AAA Elsie M. Bennett 2021 - États-Unis

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L'AA organise un concours annuel de composition Elsie M. Bennett et Kinga Broslawska, 24 ans, de Pologne, s'est classée première dans la division ouverte. La vidéo ci-dessus remporte le titre de composition "XYZ" composé et interprété par Kinga Broslawska.

La partition XYZ est disponible sous forme de fichier pdf gratuit auprès du compositeur sur le site Web de l'AAA à l'adresse : http://www.ameraccord.com/bennett.php

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Kevin Friedrich sort son CD 'Reflections' - USA

Reflections CD cover by Kevin Friedrich
Kevin FriedrichL’accordéoniste basé à New-York Kevin Friedrich a récemment sorti un CD de ses performances lives intitulé “Reflections” Catalogue : friedrich02.

Pour Kevin :”Tout au long de ma carrière d’accordéoniste j’ai eu la joie de produire un éventail de transcriptions musicales mettant en valeur le génie des grands maîtres tels que Jean-Sébastien Bach au travers de la création d’œuvres originales pour l’accordéon.

Beaucoup de ces performances ont été conjointes avec les moments où je concourais dans des compétitions internationales comme la Coupe Mondiale de la Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) (1979, 1980 and 1981) à Klingenthal (1986) ainsi que pendant mes études au Conservatoire à la fois à Kansas City (USA) et à Paris (France).”

Pour plus d’informations and pour commander “Reflections” sur le catalogue : friedrich02 avec aussi son CD mettant en valeur la musique des compositeurs néo-zélandais Gary Daverne “The Journey” rendez vous sur : catalogue friedrich01 s'il vous plaît visitez:
http://www.musicforaccordion.com/eTracks/inform/friedrich/index.htm

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