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Weekly News from Around the World - 18-Oct-2019
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Zhang Ziqiang, Former President of China Accordion Association Passes Away - China
Estonian Tiit Kalluste Presented CIA Merit Award - Estonia
Stas Venglevski Performs with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra - USA
35th International Accordion Festival in St Petersburg - Russia

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

Results of XII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” – Spain
Video: Kateryna Sushko Performs "Señorita" - Ukraine

Future events

Julien Labro Presents “The Art of the Accordion” in New York - USA
“Piazzolla Plus” with James Crabb Concerts - UK
Fifth International Accordion Meeting in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Sergey Osokin Concert and Masterclasses – Russia
Gorka Hermosa Presents New CD “Atlantia Ë Ria” - Spain
Halloween with “Lemon Bucket Orkestra” in Nelson – Canada
Midland Accordion Festival – UK
Kosmos Ensemble Perform in Oxford – England
Registrations Underway for IDEAS Symposium 2.0 – USA
Vardos Trio Perform at Melbourne Recital Centre – Australia
Gran Festival Salto Ciudad - Uruguay

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Zhang Ziqiang, Former President of China Accordion Association Passes Away - China

Zhang Ziqiang and Li Cong
"One of the founding fathers of the accordion, Mr Zhang Ziqiang passed away at the age of ninety. The accordion world is very sad. Good bye old friend."
Prof. Li Cong, President of the Accordion Association of the Chinese Musicians' Association (CAA).

Read the historic Celebrity Interview with many pictures of Zhang Ziqiang by Kevin Friedrich on 5 May 2006. In Chinese http://www.accordion-news.cn/interviews/zhang/index-cn.htm
and in English at: Zhang Ziqiang.

From the 2011 Coupe Mondiale Program, Shanghai where Zhang Ziqiang was presented the CIA Merit Award.

"Zhang Ziqiang, born in 1929 in Shanghai, is a professor of Chinese People's Liberation Army Academy of Arts, honorary president of the Accordion Association of Chinese Musicians Association, part-time professor of Music Education Department of the China Conservatory of Music and distinguished professor of the Art College in Beijing Normal University. He used to be the supervisor of the Beijing accordion professional group, the third president of the Accordion Association and the deputy director of the fifth social musical Commission of Chinese Musicians Association as well as the accordion performer of the General Political Department Art Ensemble of Chinese People's Liberation Army."

Pictures: 1. Zhang Ziqiang and Prof. Li Cong
2. Presentation of CIA Merit Award by CIA President Raymond Bodell
3. Zhang Ziqiang making a speech
4. Performance in 2011 with wife Wang Biyun
Zhang Ziqiang

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Estonian Tiit Kalluste Presented CIA Merit Award - Estonia

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Tiit KallustePicture above: Quintet - Allan Järve (trumpet), Joel Remmel (piano), Tiit Kalluste (accordion), Kaspar Kalluste (drums) and Heikko Remmel (bass).

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) awarded Estonian accordionist Tiit Kalluste (picture left) with a “Merit Award” this month.

On October 13th Tiit Kalluste played a concert with his quintet at the “Jazzkaar” jazz festival which was held at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. At the end of the concert the General Secretary of the CIA, Kimmo Mattila, presented Tiit the award for his notable career as an accordionist and a positive co-operation with the CIA.

Kimmo Mattila the CIA General Secretary said: “I like very much Tiit Kalluste’s music and his wonderful way of accordion playing. He has created a personal style combining traditional jazz and contemporary Nordic music. His concert together with young jazz musicians was simply great!”.

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is a worldwide organization consisting of 43 member organizations around the world.

The CIA was founded in 1935, and is one of the oldest international music organization in the world. The CIA is a member of the International Music Council, which is an official partner of the UNESCO.

The Estonian Accordion Association (Eesti Akordioniliit) has been a full member of the CIA since 2004. In March this year Eesti Akordioniliit hosted the annual CIA Winter Congress in Tallinn.

Tiit Kalluste was the President of the Eesti Akordioniliit from 1999 to 2011 and during this time the association was appointed as a Premiere Voting Member of the CIA.

The CIA Merit Award is the highest recognition of the international accordion movement. It is awarded to one or two distinguished musicians each year, who have made an exceptional career with the accordion. The Merit Award is authorised by the CIA General Assembly, thus it reflects a worldwide approval and recognition.

This year the CIA Merit Award was also awarded to (Crystal) Wang Congyu from China.
Tiit award

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Stas Venglevski Performs with the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra - USA

Stas VenglevskiThe Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra (MFSO - picture below) Winter Pops Concert featuring accordionist Stas Venglevski (picture left) will be held on December 14th. The concert is entitled “Christmas Fairy Tales and Fantasies" and will be held at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center in Sussex, Wisconsin beginning at 7.30pm.

Music includes the "March of the Tin Soldiers", "The Snow Maiden", and "Babes in Toyland".

Stas will perform a concerto by Galla-Rini, along with music from The Nutcracker Suite and other holiday favorites!

Stas is an accordionist, a musician, an arranger, an entertainer and a teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music.

Compositions and CDs available online at: Stas Venglevski

For further concert details email: stas@stasv.com
Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra

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35th International Accordion Festival in St Petersburg - Russia

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Alexander DmitrievThe 35th International Accordion Festival will be held in the White Hall of the Polytechnic University in St Petersburg from October 27th to November 2nd, 2019. The festival Art Director for 35 years is Honored Artist of Russia, Prof. Alexander Dmitriev (picture left).

Festival program will include the following concerts:

October 27th at 3pm:
Arkady Shkvorov (Russia)
Albert Gatmullin (Russia)
Vitaly Dmitriev (Russia)
Their program will include classical transcriptions and original compositions

November 1st at 6pm:
Pietro Adragna (Italy) – program of French and Italian variety music and jazz standards
Eduard Akhanov (Russia) – program of pop music and jazz compositions

November 2nd at 1pm:
Concert of festival participants as well as laureates of 2019 international competitions: Matvey Lavrov, Grigory Porynov, Ivan Kishkin, Artyom Tretyakov, Alexander Matveychuk, Arseny Kiryukhin, Dmitry Borovikov, Arthur Adrshin, Duet Lyubov Startseva (violin) and Ivan Kishkin (accordion).

For further information phone Vitaly Pugachev, Festival Administrator: +7-952-2O2-888-2

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Results of XII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” – Spain

Esudero logoThe XII International Accordion Composition Competition “Francisco Escudero” was held in Hernani, Gipuzkoa last month.

The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for solo accordion and for accordion in chamber music.

The competition jury comprised of Zuriñe Fernández Gerenabarrena, Eugenia Luc and Iñaki Alberdi.

Results:

1st prize: Lina Tonia (Greece)
Title: The Sea of Rains
Instruments: accordion, piano, violin and cello

2nd prize: Michalis Lapidakis (Greece)
Title: Murmurs of an Invisible Island
Instruments: accordion, flute and cello

Special Mention Premier Award: Antonio Macaretti (Italy)
Title: Omne vivum ex ovo
Instrument: accordion

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Video: Kateryna Sushko Performs "Señorita" - Ukraine

Video: Popular song "Señorita" composed by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes and performed by Kateryna Sushko, Kiev, Ukraine.

Kateryna Sushko plays a variety of instruments including accordion, saxophone and piano, and has produced a number of popular accordion cover videos that are online.

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Future events


Julien Labro Presents “The Art of the Accordion” in New York - USA

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Julien LabroAccordion and bandoneón player Julien Labro will perform at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in New York on October 18th at 7.30pm. This is the second concert in the 2019-2020 Friends of Good Music performance season.

In a concert entitled “The Art of the Accordion,” Labro will guide the audience through the history of accordion and bandoneon, performing works by Albeniz, Bach, Scarlatti, a French medley, tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and some compositions of his own.

For details and tickets phone: (716) 375-2494

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“Piazzolla Plus” with James Crabb Concerts - UK

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Video: Piazzolla - Romance del Diablo arranged by James Crabb and performed with the Omega Ensemble in Sydney, 2014.

Accordionist James Crabb (picture below left) will give a concert series in the UK from October 24th to 27th organised by Sinfonia Cymru.

James will be accompanied by an orchestra of young players from Sinfonia Cymru. Their program will include a variety of pieces such as Astor Piazzolla (arr. Crabb): Libertango; Romance del Diablo; La Muerte del Angel, Arvo Pärt: Fratres, Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Crabb): Concerto RV542 in F-Major, Kalevi Aho (arr. Crabb): Kolme Tangoa, Antonio Agri/Jose Carli (arr. Crabb): Desde Adentro and Astor Piazzolla : Aconcagua Concerto.

Tour schedule as follows:

October 24th: The Stoller Hall, Manchester, England
October 25th: Pontyberem Memorial Hall, Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales
October 26th: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales
October 27th: Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, England

For further information email: contact@sinfoniacymru.co.uk
James Crabb

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Fifth International Accordion Meeting in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

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The Fifth International Accordion Meeting will be held at the Town Hall in Río de Janeiro on October 19th and 20th organised and directed by Moráis do Acordeón.

Accordionists from Italy, France, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil will attend the event.

Please see posters for performers and further details.
5th performers

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Sergey Osokin Concert and Masterclasses – Russia

Sergey OsokinAccordionist Sergey Osokin will hold a concert and masterclasses in Surgut, Russia from October 24th to 28th.

The Masterclasses will be held at the Surgut College of Music, St. Enthusiasts, d. 28 in Surgut. Subjects to be covered are original masterwork by accordion, baroque and romantic styles.

The concert will be held on October 26th in the College Organ Hall at 6pm. Sergey will play his own arrangements such as “C'est si bon” by Henri Betty and “Whispering” by Paul Whiteman.

For further details email: sergei_osokin@mail.ru

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Gorka Hermosa Presents New CD “Atlantia Ë Ria” - Spain

CD coverAccordionist Gorka Hermosa will present his new CD “Atlantia Ë Ria” together with flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón and Guinean singer Piruchi Apo with concerts in Spain over the next month.

Dates are:

October 27th: San Martín de Tours Church in Urretxu, Gipuzkoa

November 15th: Leioa Auditorium in Leioa, Bizkaia

The CD includes pieces by each of the three main performers as well as Basque traditional piece "Fasio" among others.

For details email: gorka@gorkahermosa.com
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Halloween with “Lemon Bucket Orkestra” in Nelson – Canada

LBOThe “Lemon Bucket Orkestra” will perform a Halloween concert with Slava Doval Dance Fusion & The Oxygen Orkestar at Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel in Nelson on October 31st.

The group which includes accordionist Marichka Marczyk along with trumpet, saxophone, guitars, violins, trombone, percussions and vocalists play music based on musical traditions of the Balkan region, such as Balkan, klezmer, gypsy and punk.

For further information email: ian@meta4world.com
LBO group

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Midland Accordion Festival – UK

Matthias MatzkeKennet AOThe Midland Accordion Festival will be held at the Quality Hotel Dudley, Birmingham Road in Dudley, UK from November 1st to 4th. The festival will include daytime activities, accordions to try & buy, lessons and evening concerts.

Performers include Matthias Matzke (picture above left - Germany), The Master Butchers Band (Harry Hussey, Alan Young & Barry Smith), The Lukins Family (Angie, Andrew & David Lukins), The Kennet Accordion Orchestra (picture above right - directed by Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton), Julie Best & Jean Corrighan, Amaryllis (Tracey Middleton & Dave Garwood), Sue Bennett, Stewart & Anne Towe, Jovan Rynjak, Rosemary Wright, Helen Rich and the Black Country Accordion Band.

This is a great opportunity to see so many talented accordionists during one weekend.

For details email: accordions2010@hotmail.co.uk

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Kosmos Ensemble Perform in Oxford – England

Kosmos Ensemble
The Kosmos Ensemble will perform at Balliol Hall, Balliol College, University of Oxford in Oxford, England on November 3rd at 8.30pm.

The trio which includes accordionist Miloš Milivojevic, Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola) will play a programme inspired by Gypsy, Greek, Jewish, Japanese and tango music.

For details email: kosmos@kosmosensemble.com

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Registrations Underway for IDEAS Symposium 2.0 – USA

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Registrations are underway for the IDEAS Symposium 2.0 for Digital Accordion which will be held at the Avalon Inn & Resort in Warren, Ohio from November 6th to 10th, 2019.

This year’s event will include a new approach which has been designed to assist digital accordion enthusiasts to learn the technology of their digital instruments.

The technology department of GR8 IDEAS Symposium 2.0 have orchestrated a set of classroom type sessions with hands on training that will build up your technical knowledge so that you can achieve your goals artistically and creatively.

The classroom sessions are organized into three levels: Tech Level I, II, III to grow your knowledge from your starting point.

Tech Level I will focus on operation fundamentals, menu navigation, backup, restore, sets and user programs, and sound selection.

Tech Level II will focus the next stage of learning with topics such as user program creation, combining sounds, organ and percussion programming, sound editing and recording.

Tech Level III will focus on advanced programming, MIDI configuration, effects usage and editing, comprehensive discussions on User Programs and Sets, as well as student initial topics. Nowhere in the world has something like this been offered.

For further information: thegr8.ideas@gmail.com
IDEAS 2.0

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Vardos Trio Perform at Melbourne Recital Centre – Australia

Video: Vardos Trio playing - Hora Chisinau. Group members are: Alana Hunt (violin), Sofia Chapman (accordion) and Kirri Buchler (double bass).

Vardos Trio (which includes accordionist Sophia Chapman) will perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 8th at 6pm.

This concert is part of a series entitled “From the Caravan to the Club”. The trio specialise in eclectic modern gypsy music from Romania, tracing the beloved musical tradition to its Eastern sources.

For concert details email: vardos@hotmail.com
Vardos Trio

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Gran Festival Salto Ciudad - Uruguay

Uruguayan folklore band “Fuelles Salteños” (picture below) will perform their Uruguayan traditional music at the Gran Festival Salto Ciudad which will be held at Parque Vaimaca Piru (Indigena) on November 9th and 10th.

The band (which was formed by accordionist & teacher Elida Rusconi) consists of vocalists Caterin Zaz & Vanessa Zaz, accordionists Elida Rusconi, Walter Olhausen & Carlos Seyañes, Federico Zacarias (bass), Franco Nuñez (guitar) and Miguel Acosta (drums).

For further details email: VANEZAZ2010@hotmail.com
Fuelles Salteños

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