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Weekly News from Around the World - 19-Feb-2021
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Inscriptions ouvertes pour la Journée de l’Accordéon 2021 - Autriche
Antonio Spaccarotella, le directeur artistique du PIF 2021 à Castelfidardo - Italie
Compétition de musique Piazzolla 2021 - Croatie
Succès du XXXIII ième festival d’hiver d’accordéon Kokkola - Finlande
Martynas Levickis joue au concert en hommage à Piazzolla - Allemagne
Le concert de Kevin Friedrich "An American Journey" à Dargaville – Nouvelle Zélande

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

Wu Qiong on CCTV Spring Festival Gala Concert - China
Video: Exciting Renzo Ruggieri New Releases - Italy
Online: VI Odin International Music Competition 2021 Results
Ricardo Llanos Pitch Bending Paper - Spain
Online: Uruguay Tropical Festival - Uruguay
Historical Video: K Trio Performance in 2005 - USA

Future events

Alex Meixner Band Entertainment in Florida - USA
Concert "Europe Dances: Music of Palaces and Cabaret", Moscow - Russia
Accordionists Entertain at Benefit Concert - Brazil
Vardos Trio “Cookbook” Concert, Melbourne - Australia
Online: Tiina Kiik and Tuulikki Bartosik Perform at Music Week - Estonia
Online: Day of the Accordion - USA
Online: John Kirkpatrick “Morris Music Special” - UK
Tracey Collins Entertains at Auckland Fringe Festival - New Zealand
Online: Talisk Features in CCM Live Music Festival - Scotland
Online: Ian Lowthian “Eastern European Tunes” Music Weekends – UK
Online: Music From Before the Accordion was Invented - USA
1st International Conducting Festival - Italy

Childrens Corner

Kokkola Childrens Concert - Finland

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Jeff Lisenby

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Inscriptions ouvertes pour la Journée de l’Accordéon 2021 - Autriche

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Les inscriptions sont dorénavant ouvertes pour la compétition de la Journée de l’Accordéon 2021 qui se tiendra à Perg, en Autriche, du 3 au 6 juin 2021, organisée par le HVO - Harmonica Verband Osterreichs (L’association de l’accordéon autrichienne).

La compétition pour l’accordéon styrien, diatonique et à boutons, comportera des catégories pour solistes, duos, ensembles et orchestres. Il y’aura aussi des catégories de musique de variété, musique de chambre et musique du monde. Les catégories par âge vont de 6 ans à l’âge adulte (âge maximum 32 ans).

Cette année il y’aura une nouvelle catégorie pour l’accordéon styrien : le prix Cyrill Demian pour les candidats internationaux!

La date limite d’inscription est le 23 avril 2021.
Télécharger le règlement ici, en allemand et en anglais : 2021TagHarmonikaRules.pdf

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Antonio Spaccarotella, le directeur artistique du PIF 2021 à Castelfidardo - Italie

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Castelfidardo logoRoberto Ascani, Ruben CittadiniVidéo: Tango Revenga composé par Antonio Spaccarotella et joué par l’orchestre philarmonique de Calabre l’OFC , dirigé par Volodymyr Runchak, avec comme soliste, Grayson Masefield.

La ville de Castelfidardo (région des Marches en Italie), en collaboration avec l’association de tourisme de Castelfidardo Pro Loco, organise la compétition internationale du PIF “Città di Castelfidardo” pour accordéonistes solistes et groupesde musique classique et autres genres.

La commune de Castelfidardo a pour maire Roberto Ascani. L’association Pro Loco de Castelfidardo est dirigée par Ruben Cittadini, et le nouveau directeur artistique du PIF depuis le 15 février 2021 est Antonio Spaccarotella.

Le PIF Castelfidardo 2021 se déroulera, du 22 au 26 septembre, sous la direction du plus jeune directeur artistique jamais connu pour ce festival, Antonio Spaccarotella. Dans son curriculum : directeur de production dans l’évènementiel, professeur reconnu avec de nombreux succès internationaux, arrangeur, et depuis peu compositeur à succès.

Anotonio Spaccarotella est directeur du département accordéon au conservatoire de musique de Catanzaro P.I. Tchaikovsky et directeur de production à l’OFC (orchestre philarmonique de Calabre), un des jeunes orchestres les plus en vogue sur la scène internationale.

Spaccarotella a beaucoup de respect et gratitude pour les nombreuses éditions précédentes PIF Castelfiidardo qui ont fait le festival d’aujourd’hui. C’est pour cette raison, qu’il souhaite innover tout en respectant la tradition du festival, convaincu qu’un bon équilibre entre les deux âmes de l’accordéon est important pour le futur.

Le règlement et plus d’infos pour le for PIF 2021 seront disponibles sous peu à : 2021Castelfidardo
Antonio Spaccarotella

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Compétition de musique Piazzolla 2021 - Croatie

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Vidéo promo vidéo de la compétition de musique Piazzolla.

La compétition de musique Piazzolla, organisée par Miran Vaupotic, le directeur artistique, aura lieu en hommage à la musique d’Astor Piazzolla et pour son 100ième anniversaire, et présentée en collaboration avec la fondation Astor Piazzolla.

La compétition, qui s’adresse aux solistes et aux groupes de musique d’ensemble, est ouverte à tout instrument ou voix, qui auraient une affinité avec l’oeuvre de Piazzolla, et qui puisse enrichir le catalogue du compositeur.

Le grand prix inclut une récompense monétaire, un enregistrement et un contrat de disque avec PARMA Recordings Navona Records, ainsi qu’une tournée en Chine, organisée et financée par PARMA.

Le jury de la compétition, dirigé par Pablo Ziegler (ancien membre du quintet Piazzolla), inclura les bandonéistes Hector del Curto (Argentine), Daniel Binelli (Argentine/Espagne), Walther Castro (Argentine) et l’accordéoniste, bandonéoniste & compositeur Cesare Chiacchiaretta (Italie).

La clôture des inscriptions pour la compétition est le 18 avril 2021. Les gagnants seront annoncés le 15 juin 2021.

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Succès du XXXIII ième festival d’hiver d’accordéon Kokkola - Finlande

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Le XXXIIIième festival d’hiver d’accordéon de Kokkola qui s’est tenu en ligne du 6 au 14 février 2021, à Kokkola en Finlande, a rencontré un vif succès.

Le festival d’hiver de Kokkola a généreusement rendu accessible gratuitement tous les concerts principaux à : 2021Kokkola
Voir les reportages des années précédentes :
2018KokkolaReports
2020Kokkola

Le directeur artistique depuis toujours, Raimo Vertainen, souhaite remercier tous les supporters, le comité d’organisation et les sponsors qui ont rendu possible ce XXXIII ième festival d’hiver de Kokkola 2021, en tant de pandémie.

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Martynas Levickis joue au concert en hommage à Piazzolla - Allemagne

Martynas LevickisMartynas Levickis jouera avec Steinbacher (violon) et l’orchestre Aurora dirigé par Nicholas Collon à une soirée spéciale au Tonhalle, à Düsseldorf en Allemagne, le 12 mars 2021 pour célébrer le 100ième anniversaire d’Astor Piazzolla.

L’orchestre Aurora prefère présenter ses prestations un peu différemment en étant debout sur scène et en jouant par coeur, pensant ainsi véhiculer plus d’énergie.

Le programme du concert avec Martynas Levickis inclura le "Libertango" de Piazzolla.

Pour les details email : info@martynasmusic.com
Aurora orchestra

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Le concert de Kevin Friedrich "An American Journey" à Dargaville – Nouvelle Zélande

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Kevin with ExcelsiorKevin Friedrich présentera un concert ‘An American Journey’, le 28 mars 2021 à 13heures. Presenté au musée de Dargaville - Te Whare Taonga o Tunatahi, le 14ième après-midi de musique annuel avec Kevin Friedrich et ses amis, offrira un programme de musique américaine et s’achèvera avec des chansons américaines à reprendre tous en choeur.

Les reprises de musique américaines couvriront plusieurs genres allant du vaudeville à Vegas, du ragtime au rock n'roll, du cajun au country, de Broadway au bluegrass, des Golden Oldies au Gospel, de la musique inspirée de l’Amérique et bien plus encore !

Photo ci-dessus : Kevin avec l’accordéon fabriqué aux Usa par Excelsior dans le New York 1930.

Parmi les artistes invités : un orchestre d’accordéons composé de différents groupes d’ Auckland, Roslyn Gilmour, Jone Yelcich, Colin Horsefall et son ensemble d’accordéon de Keri Keri, l’accordéoniste et vocaliste populaire Lionel Reekie, le pianiste Thomas Koloi, Maurice Jones et sa fille, Alanah Jones, des chanteurs de Dargaville même, le Rivertown et Take 6 Singers, les jeunes vocalistes Abbey and Isaac Skelton et Cindy et Mark Vincent au violon et à la guitare.

Le musée de Dargaville présente la seule collection de joyaux de l’accordéon dans l’hémisphère sud, « Une collection maitresse d’accordéons à travers le temps ». Créée et gérée par Kevin Friedrich, cette collection de 140 instruments présentés montre la fascinante évolution de l’instrument durant ses 200 ans d’histoire.

En vente au musée de Dargaville, les tickets sont de $25 par adultes and $10 pour les enfants et incluent un thé. Pour plus d’informations, appeler le: (09) 439-7555.

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Wu Qiong on CCTV Spring Festival Gala Concert - China

Video: Excerpt featuring accordionist Wu Qiong, CCTV 2021 Spring Festival Gala Concert.

Accordionist Wu Qiong has been a member of the China Oriental Performing Arts Group since 2010. At 13, Wu was admitted to study the accordion at Tianjin Conservatory of Music and graduated from the school with a master's degree in 2009.

Music is a family tradition. Her grandfather was a keyboard player, her father was a pianist and accordion player and her mother a violinist. Wu started learning piano when she was 3 years old, and at 9, she played her father's accordion recreationally and was drawn to the sound of the musical instrument. She decided to learn playing accordion with her father.

During the third season of I Am a Singer, Wu collaborated with Chinese singer-songwriter Li Jian on the song, Baikal Lake, which Li wrote and performed in 2011. The song not only won Li positive reviews from the audience and music critics but also led to TV performances on various shows, including The Voice of China by Zhejiang Satellite TV Station.

"The accordion is an amazing instrument," says the now 35-year-old musician, who was born and grew up in Tianjin. "It's powerful yet delicate and sensitive." "I want to display the versatility of the musical instrument, melody, chords and accompaniment," says Wu. "I hope more young composers will write original music pieces for the musical instrument."

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Video: Exciting Renzo Ruggieri New Releases - Italy

Renzo RuggieriVideo: Renzo Ruggieri has released his new work "Il Bosco Incantato" for accordion and string orchestra. The accordion soloist is Claudio Azzaro.

Catalog: rrenzo517 - Il Bosco Incantato for free bass accordion
Catalog: rrenzo524 - Il Bosco Incantato for free bass accordion and string orchestra (full score and individual parts).

Renzo Ruggieri is pictured right with his new accordion by Bugari Armando, has also published an update of his very popular composition "Tango Italian" (ver. 1.3) for solo virtuoso accordion. Real value for only Euro 10 and ideal for competitions and concerts.
Catalog: rrenzo503

Tango Italiano is also released in 5 versions:
accordion & orchestra and
accordion & string orchestra
accordion & strings, rhythmic section
accordion & rhythmic section
added piano
(full score and individual parts). Catalog: rrenzo522
Il Bosco Incantato score

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Online: VI Odin International Music Competition 2021 Results

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Odin logoMargherita BerlandaVideo: Odin International Music Online Competition, 1st prize winner 17 – 18 years Sofia Ros Gonzalez (Spain). Sofia's prize included an Online Masterclass with Jury member Margherita Berlanda.

The VI Odin International Music Competition was held online in January 2021, organized by the European Academic Artists Association, a non-profit organization with the aim to promote worldwide cultural and educational exchange.

The international jury included Margherita Berlanda (accordion, Italy - picture right).

Results:

• Accordion 11 - 12 years: 2nd place - Maksymilian Sztabinski (Poland)
• Accordion 15 – 16 years: 1st place - Žygimantas Vyšniauskas (Lithuania)
• Accordion 17 – 18 years: 1st place - Sofia Ros Gonzalez (Spain)
• Accordion 17 – 18 years: 2nd place - Martin Kot (Czech Republic)
• Accordion 19 – 22 years: 1st place - Marek Mikác (Slovakia)

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Ricardo Llanos Pitch Bending Paper - Spain

A paper has been released entitled “Accordion acoustics: A study on pitch bending”, written by M. Jesús Elejalde-García, Erica Macho-Stadler and Ricardo Llanos - Vázquez.

The paper is published by Acoustics in Practice (AiP) which is an open access electronic journal (free to read, no submission fees but contributions are limited to EAA - European Acoustics Association society members).

Download the paper to read at:
https://euracoustics.org/activities/acoustics-in-practice/acoustics-in-practice

Thank you to the three authors for their generosity in making the paper freely available.

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Online: Uruguay Tropical Festival - Uruguay

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The online event “Uruguay Tropical Festival” was held on February 12th, 2021.

Over 30 artists from Uruguay took part in the event including popular group “Fuelles Salteños”.

You can see their performance in the video above.

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Historical Video: K Trio Performance in 2005 - USA

Video: Connecticut Accordion Association - The K Trio perform at Seven Angels Theater on January 30, 2005. This video is from Marilyn O'Neil’s collection.

Sadly, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona, 72, of North Haven, USA passed away unexpectedly on January 15th, 2021 at her home. She was a member of the K Trio, AAA, American Accordionists' Association and the Connecticut Accordion Association.

The K Trio performed all over the United States and were truly a trio of champions. Siblings Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk performed nationwide in competitions and concerts as youngsters. As young adults, life moved them to different areas of the United States! After 25 years apart, they all relocated to Connecticut again, and soon after began performing as The "K" Trio.

You can read more about her at: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=22-Jan-2021&lang=en#art17215

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Alex Meixner Band Entertainment in Florida - USA

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The Alex Meixner Band will be making its premiere performance at the Martin County Fair in Stuart, Florida on February 20th at 4pm. The band will play a “90 minute power set”. They will also be joined by Polka Hall of Fame and multi-instrumentalist Wally Dombrowski, who plays concertina, trumpet, and vocals!

The following day, (February 21st) the band will perform at the Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery in Fort Pierce, Florida from 1pm to 4pm. This concert will be in a Covid safe outdoor setting under the pavilion where everyone can spread out. For this performance the band will be joined by Rick Piotrowski on sax, clarinet, trumpet, and vocals and their repertoire will include lots of Polish-style polkas.

For details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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Concert "Europe Dances: Music of Palaces and Cabaret", Moscow - Russia

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A concert entitled "Europe Dances: Music of Palaces and Cabaret” will be held on February 21st at 2pm, in the Musical Lounge "Watercolour Salons" in Moscow, Russia.

Performers include Maksim Fedorov (bayan & bandoneon), winner of international competitions and artistic director of the ensemble "Fandango" along with Vladislav Domogatsky (guitar).

Their program will include works by J. S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, J. Rodrigo, A. Piazzolla, K. Gardel and L. Bakalov.

See poster for details.

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Accordionists Entertain at Benefit Concert - Brazil

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Accordionists will entertain at a special benefit concert for music friends on February 21st, 2021 at 4pm in Santa Bárbara d’Oeste, Brazil.

Popular trio “Catuaba Com Red Bull” (picture below) will perform. Everyone is encouraged to attend to show their support for these musicians.

See poster for details.
Catuaba Com Red Bull

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Vardos Trio “Cookbook” Concert, Melbourne - Australia

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The Vardos Trio (which includes accordionist Sophia Chapman) will perform a “Cookbook” concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 26th 2021 at 9pm UTC+13.

“Vardos delves into the great melting pot of music from Hungary, Romania and their neighbours, stirring up many delicious discoveries to savour. Original arrangements of rarely heard songs about cooking and food provide a glimpse into the region’s wonderful culture”.

The concert is part of a series entitled “Local Heroes 2021”.

Due to Covid-19 safety regulations a range of public health, hygiene and physical distancing measures will be in place.

For details email: vardos@hotmail.com

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Online: Tiina Kiik and Tuulikki Bartosik Perform at Music Week - Estonia

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Accordionists Tiina Kiik (Canada) and Tuulikki Bartosik (Estonia) will perform an online concert entitled “Memories of Home” on February 25th at 8pm, (February 26th at 2pm UTC+13) to kick off the Estonian Music Week celebrations

The event is free of charge and donations are gratefully appreciated.

The Memories of Home Online Concert Series embraces the duality of having roots in one country while starting afresh in another. Organisers asked artists to show what memories of home mean to them.

Tiina Kiik reimagines contemporary classical compositions for the accordion bringing unexpected textures to the instrument.

Estonian accordionist and composer Tuulikki Bartosik is slated to record a special performance for the concert, a series of her original compositions. She will be performing from the ancient St Catherine's Monastery which is one of Tallinn's oldest buildings in Estonia, founded by Dominican monks back in 1 246.

See poster for details.

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Online: Day of the Accordion - USA

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The Day of the Accordion annual event, usually held in the greater Seattle (USA) area, will be held online this year due to Covid-19.

With events still shutdown in early 2021, chairman Bonnie Birch did not want to miss doing something for DOTA.

Online performances will be posted for all to enjoy on February 27th, 2021.

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Online: John Kirkpatrick “Morris Music Special” - UK

John KirkpatrickFollowing his sell-out online concert on January 24th, 2021 and by popular demand, John Kirkpatrick will present his “Morris Music Special” concert on February 28th, 2021 at 7.30pm.

The concert will feature tunes and songs from his CD’s “Morris On”, “Plain Capers”, “Sheepskins”, “The Duck Race” as well as lots of Cotswold Morris from his days with Hammersmith Morris Men, a dip into the repertoire of the Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish, and a few surprises.

For details email: squeezer@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk

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Tracey Collins Entertains at Auckland Fringe Festival - New Zealand

Tracey CollinsAuckland accordionist Tracey Collins will entertain at the Auckland Fringe Festival, Tapac Performing Arts Centre in Western Springs at 3pm and 6pm on February 28th, 2021. The 2021 festival runs from February 14th to March 6th and includes a variety of exhibitions, workshops, theatre, music, comedy, art and children's events.

Tracey will perform at Voyagers “An Epic Journey”, which is a collective of award-winning and International musicians who feature "traditional and World sounds colliding with contemporary and popular forms."

For details email: tracey@traceycollins.co.nz

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Online: Talisk Features in CCM Live Music Festival - Scotland

TaliskScottish trio Talisk (which includes concertina player Mohsen Amini) will feature in a live broadcast from Capture Works in Glasgow, Scotland on February 28th, 2021 at 10.30am GMT+13.

The festival is presented by CCM Live and will run from February 26th to 28th, 2021, featuring nine artists from Scotland, Finland and Canada.

Attendees are welcome to “tune in from the comfort of your sofa as we stream live, full-length, full production and fully covid-safe festival sets to your homes!”

For details email: taliskmusic@gmail.com

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Online: Ian Lowthian “Eastern European Tunes” Music Weekends – UK

Ian LowthianIan Lowthian (picture left) will run an online Eastern European Tunes music weekend on February 27th and 28th, 2021.

Ian believes much of the Eastern European music uses some more unusual time signatures and as we are currently living in “interesting times” perhaps we can spend some time de-stressing these “difficult times”!

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Online: Music From Before the Accordion was Invented - USA

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Daddy Squeeze (Dan Newton) will give an online concert with a difference on March 1st, 2021 at noon CT.

The concert is one of a regular series of lunchtime online concerts and will feature “Music from before the invention of the accordion”.

Requests are welcome.

For details email: daddysqueeze@yahoo.com

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1st International Conducting Festival - Italy

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The 1st International Conducting Summer Academy and Festival will be held from July 5th to September 30th, 2021 in Brescia, Italy, presented by the Master Orchestra Artematica.

The festival will give attendees the opportunity to work with conductors and professors as listed in the above poster. They will also be given the opportunity to conduct the Master Orchestra Artematica.

Applications close on May 30th, 2021.

For further information email: info@masterorchestra.it

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Kokkola Childrens Concert - Finland

The first concert of the XXIII Kokkola Winter Festival featured young people.

Here are the very youngest beginners, Anna Hirvinen and Joel Koivisto, playing a traditional melody Lumiukkojen tanssi. View the excellent concert of many young performers of different levels at:
http://www.accordions.com/kokkola/2021/index.htm#eight
Childrens Concert

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Updated Site: Jeff Lisenby

Jeff LisenbyUpdated information and videos on the new page about Jeff Lisenby who passed away on January 6th, 2021.

Heinz Siemens has generously made available a video of the full 20 minute concert by Jeff Lisenby on August 11th, 1990 "to honor and remember this great talent and kind and giving gentleman." View it at: Jeff Lisenby

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