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Weekly News from Around the World - 19-Jun-2020
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Notes des éditeurs : de bonnes nouvelles!
Covid au PIF 2020: Une édition spéciale à Castelfidardo - Italie
VIes Journées Internationales d'Accordéon à Prague - République Tchèque
Le duo "LiubAnya" a plus de 2 millions de vue pour la vidéo de son concert en Inde
Stas Venglevski doit se produire au AWAM en juillet – USA
La vidéo italienne gagnante de la Composition "Anantango", en version belge puzzle à la cathédrale de Prague, en Tchécoslovaquie.

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

Accordion Features on Sesame Street & CNN Song on Staying Safe During Covid-19
Nihad Hrustanbegovic Entertains at Resort, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pierre Eriksson: The Accordion Show – Sweden
Video: Phileas Rogue Plays the Theme from “Alien”
Achilleas Panagoulis Entertains at Athens Restaurant - Greece
Jon Hammond from Pandemic Quarantino - USA

Future events

Accordion Concert & Podcast Takes Centre Stage in the Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 – UK
Terry Cavanagh Online Accordion Festival - USA
June Accordion Gala in Tulle, France
Stanislav Angelov Performs Vivaldi in Stellenbosch – South Africa
Sharon Shannon to Perform at Cropredy Convention, Oxfordshire - England
IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” - Belarus

New and Updated Sites

2020 Coupe Mondiale, 5 - 11 October, Castro Marim - Portugal
2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand
Remembering and Honoring Eugene Ettore - USA

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Notes des éditeurs : de bonnes nouvelles!

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Germany rest home concertDe bonnes nouvelles! Nous sommes contents cette semaine de vous annoncer que certains pays du globe se déconfinent doucement après la pandémie de covid-19, tout en maintenant la distanciation sociale et les gestes barrières.

Cette semaine, en Allemagne, l’orchestre d’accordéon de Nuremberg Willi Münch e. V. (photo ci-dessus) commencera ses répétitions cette semaine. Georg Hettmann, le vice président de DHV a aussi annoncé que son orchestre reprendrait les répétitions tout en maintenant les distances de sécurité.

Aussi cette semaine, Maxi Lörcher, 8 ans, a joué pour les résidents de la maison de retraite Novita à Pfaffenhofen (Baden-Württemberg) avec son professeur Chrissi Pfeifer, pour le plaisir du public (photo à gauche).

Les orchestres d’accordéon de la côte Nord à Auckland en Nouvelle Zélande (photo ci-dessous) ont annoncé leur projet de reprendre leurs répétitions hebdomadaires à partir de la semaine prochaine (après les vacances de juillet).

Certaines zones des Etats Unis commencent à se rouvrir. Dans d’autres coins, des accordéonistes jouent dans la rue et pour des concerts en drive-in.

On commence à nous faire part d’évènements à venir cette année dans divers pays comme la France, l’Afrique du Sud, la Grande Bretagne et la Biélorussie. Donc jetez un coup d’œil à notre sélection hebdomadaire pour participer à ces évènements.

Emailez svp: cjmusic@outlook.co.nz avec les détails de vos répétitions ou concerts à venir, de façon à ce que nous informions accordéonistes et fans de l’accordéon, à travers le monde de ces bonnes nouvelles pour notre instrument.

C’est bien de voir le monde de l’accordéon qui se déconfine peu à peu !
AAS

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Covid au PIF 2020: Une édition spéciale à Castelfidardo - Italie

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Renzo RuggieriUn grand changement de format et pour la première fois, un mélange de technologie et de tradition est annoncé pour le PIF 2020, sous la direction artistique de Renzo Ruggieri qui déclare :

« Du fait des circonstances exceptionnelles, il est nécessaire de restreindre le nombre d’applications. Nous nous sommes beaucoup réunis pour organiser une édition PIF qui soit sure et innovante en cette année difficile. La pandémie de COVID-19, qui continue à se développer dans le monde, ne nous donne pas de visibilité pour les mois à venir.

Chaque pays appliquent des restrictions qui rendent nos décisions incertaines. De façon à guarantir l’équité et la régularité des conditions pour les candidats, il y’aura une édition spéciale en deux phases:
- Sélections (à travers vidéos en ligne)
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- Finale (en streaming live ou à travers une prestation sur place en Italie, au théâtre Astra).

Cet évènement sera retransmis par le théâtre Astra avec des professionnels du milieu pour guarantir les mêmes conditions aux candidats.

Programme des auditions 2020
17 septembre Classique 1
18 septembre Jazz, Virtuoso
19 septembre World, Prix Gervasio Marcosignori
20 septembre, prix Astor Piazzolla, Classique 2

Le règlement et les normes vidéos, en anglais et en italien à : 2020Castelfidardo
PIF Know the rules

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VIes Journées Internationales d'Accordéon à Prague - République Tchèque

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Prague logoThe VI International Accordion Days will take place at the Prague Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic from October 29th to 31st, 2020 organised by the Czech Accordion Association, the Accordion Department of the Prague Conservatory and the CTA Agency.

The main goal of the competition is to keep and develop a strong tradition of accordion playing in the Czech Republic, building on the European festival of accordion orchestras in Prague.

The competition will include classes for accordion soloists, ensembles and orchestras in a variety of age groups. The closing date for entries is September 23rd, 2020.

Download competition rules here: 2020AccordionDays.pdf

For further information email: cta@iol.cz

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Le duo "LiubAnya" a plus de 2 millions de vue pour la vidéo de son concert en Inde

LiubAnya DuetLe duo d’accordéons "LiubAnya" de Moscou (Russie) a eu plus de 2 millions de vues pour leur vidéo youtube de pirates des Caraibes. La vidéo a été enregistrée en février 2020, lors d’un concert pour les étudiants de l’école de Kolkata, en Inde.

The duo est composé de Lyubov Akhanova et Kristina Krahmal.

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Stas Venglevski doit se produire au AWAM en juillet – USA

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Stas VenglevskiHelmi HarringtonLe World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) reprend peu à peu ses activités, avec des horaires d’ouverture réduits. Les gens qui souhaiteraient visiter le musée sont priés de prendre rendez-vous par téléphone au 218-393-0245.

Le 6 juin, le dernier épisode de la WAD (journée mondiale de l’accordéon) avec les hôtes Kevin Friedrich et Grayson Masefield a présenté le AWAM et un entretien avec le commissaire du musée, Helmi Harrington (photo à droite).

Concert à venir :

Stas Venglevski (photo à gauche) doit jouer le 19 juillet, de 15 à 16h15, à l’auditorium du AWAM. Son programme inclura sa nouvelle composition “Petting Zoo Suite” ainsi que la première mondiale de “Eleven for Accordion » par Josh Schmidt.

L’auditorium organisera la distanciation sociale parmi les spectateurs et suggère l’utilisation de masques, comme recommandés par le gouvernement.

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La vidéo italienne gagnante de la Composition "Anantango", en version belge puzzle à la cathédrale de Prague, en Tchécoslovaquie.

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CathedralVidéo ci-dessus: Cette semaine, le vidéo clip de "Anantango" composé par Gorka Hermosa et joué par Armando Rizzo a remporté le festival du film indépendant de Naples, en Italie.

L’accordéoniste belge Lieke Opt`Roodt a fait un puzzle de la pièce de Gorka Hermosa intitulée "Anantango".

"Anantango" fut écrit en 2003 et est un morceau triste, évoquant un amour perdu nommé Ana. La première a eu lieu à la Casa Encendida de Madrid en December 2003 et fut enregistrée par Christine Rossi sur son CD "Gorka Hermosa: Pièces pour accordéon". Lieke a choisi de faire un puzzle de cette pièce qu’elle aime beaucoup.

De plus, la pièce a été jouée à la cathédrale de St. Vitus à Prague, en République tchèque, le 12 juin 2020. Ce fut apparemment la première fois que l’on joua de l’accordéon dans cette cathédrale.

Gorka déclare que c’est un honneur que son “Anantango" soit choisi pour être joué à la cathédrale par Ladislav Horák, en duo avec le célèbre violoniste Jaroslav Svecený.

Photo ci-dessous, de gauche à droite : Jaroslav Svecený, Gorka Hermosa & Ladislav Horák
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

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Accordion Features on Sesame Street & CNN Song on Staying Safe During Covid-19

Dr Sanjay Gupta (a practicing neurosurgeon and multiple Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN) brought his accordion along to accompany vocalist Erica Hill singing a Covid-19 song with Sesame Street characters.

The video clip shows Elmo, Big Bird and Abby Cadabby of Sesame Street performing the song to help children remember how to protect themselves and others from coronavirus.

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Nihad Hrustanbegovic Entertains at Resort, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nihad HrustanbegovicAccordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic (picture right) entertained at the MGallery Hotel Forest Resort & Spa Tarcin in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 19th.

The concert was entitled “World Music Accordion Solo Concert” and was held to celebrate the beginning of their summer season.

His program included a variety of classical, jazz, pop and sevdah music (traditional folk music from Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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Pierre Eriksson: The Accordion Show – Sweden

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Video starts: 7:57 Swedish accordionist Pierre Eriksson performs regularly on “The Accordion Show” which is live streamed via social media in Swedish and English.

The video above includes performances from his June 11th, 2020 show.

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Video: Phileas Rogue Plays the Theme from “Alien”

Phileas RogueVideo: Accordionist Phileas Rogue playing the theme from “Alien”, a 1979 science-fiction horror film that “follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extra-terrestrial set loose on the ship”.

“The film was met with critical acclaim and box-office success, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards (Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright), and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other nominations. It has been consistently praised in the years since its release, and is considered one of the greatest films of all time”.

Enjoy this accordion version of the theme!

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Achilleas Panagoulis Entertains at Athens Restaurant - Greece

Achilleas PanagoulisAccordionist Achilleas Panagoulis entertains regularly each Saturday evening with vocalist Pepi Theochari for diners at Christiana's Restaurant at the Athens Tennis Club in Athens, Greece. The restaurant boasts breath-taking views of the Pillars of Olympian Zeus.

For details phone: 2109223240

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Jon Hammond from Pandemic Quarantino - USA

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Hammond Report June 18 2020 from Pandemic Quarantino @Jon Hammond - Original Music and Stories from organist accordionist Jon Hammond.

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Accordion Concert & Podcast Takes Centre Stage in the Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 – UK

Leeds PosterThe Leeds International Organ Festival welcomes the classical accordion to its 2020 Festival with a special podcast and concert. The Podcast with Professor Owen Murray of the Royal Academy of Music was held on June 19th.

This will be followed up with a concert by his student Qianyu Zhang on Youtube on Monday June 22nd from 1.15pm onward. Both podcasts will be available online for up to one year.

The Leeds International Organ Festival is part of Diocese of Leeds Music, the largest choral and keyboard teaching programme in England for children and young people.

Each week 4,500 children from across the region meet together in around 100 choral groups, and since the pandemic, these groups continue to meet online.

Diocese of Leeds Music began an organ teaching programme in 2016 under the direction of David Pipe, previously the organist of York Minster. This now has 60 children from deprived backgrounds, with a large number of boys and girls from a rich diversity of ethnic heritages learning the instrument.

In the near future it is planned to offer the Classical Accordion, with a three year target of 60 students from economically deprived backgrounds enjoying free lessons in schools.

For details email: bensaunders@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk

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Terry Cavanagh Online Accordion Festival - USA

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Accordionist Terry Cavanagh will host his online accordion festival on June 22nd, 2020.

This free event will include performances and interviews with popular accordionists who will share their favorite tips and strategies for taking your music to the next level.

Artists are:

Alex Meixner: “Living and Breathing Passion”
Danny Jerabek: “For the Love Of It:
Carl Finch: “The Master’s View”
Michael Bridge: “The Accordion Wizard”
Ted Lange: “The Consummate Musician”

For details email: terrycavanaghae@gmail.com

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June Accordion Gala in Tulle, France

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Tulle accordionistsAn Accordion Gala will be in Tulle, France from June 26th to 28th, organised by the Maugein Accordion Factory. The event will include an online concert on June 26th beginning at 3 pm, which will include previously unseen recordings by accordionists and a live orchestra from the factory's premises.

The following day (June 27th) there will be a “Walking in Tulle” event, where accordionists will walk the streets of Tulle from 10am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm.

For further details email: maugein.direction@orange.fr

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Stanislav Angelov Performs Vivaldi in Stellenbosch – South Africa

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Stanislav AngelovAccordionist Stanislav Angelov (picture left) will perform with Schalk Joubert and Petrus de Beer at Drostdy Teater in Stellenbosch, South Africa on July 3rd at 7pm.

Their program will include Vivaldi's Four Seasons, one of the best-loved classical masterpieces and enjoyed by old and young across the spectrum of music lovers. It is one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works.

The Afrikaans translation from Italian was completed by Dr Dawid de Villiers.

For further details email: info@drostdyteater.co.za

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Sharon Shannon to Perform at Cropredy Convention, Oxfordshire - England

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Sharon ShannonPopular accordionist Sharon Shannon (picture left) and her band will perform at the annual Fairport Cropredy Convention in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England on August 14th, 2020. The event is a festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band "Fairport Convention" and attracts up to 20,000 people each year.

This year's festival will run from August 13th to 15th and include performances by a variety of artists.

See poster for details.

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IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” - Belarus

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Acco posterAcco posterThe IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” will be held from October 30th to November 2nd, 2020 in Belarus. The competition is for a variety of bellows instruments such as bayan, accordion, bandoneon, harmonium (or any kind of harmonica), digital bayan accordion, as well as ensembles from duos to ensembles.

The competition will also include a variety of concerts with a planned program as follows:

October 30th – Competition Opening with a performance by the Simetrio Trio (Poland)

October 31st – Belarussian Bayan evening with a performance by Andrey Fedy (Belarus) and Vladislav Pligovka (Belarus)

November 1st - Concert by members of the jury including Trophim Antipov (Belarus), Vladimir Murza (Ukraine), Vladislav Pligovka (Belarus), Anatoly Taran (Belarus), Sergey Osokin ( Russia) and Artur Zajkovski (Poland).

The aim of the competition is to promote the performance skills of musicians of various levels (music schools, secondary and higher special educational institutions of culture), the popularization and promotion of folk, classical and modern music, and to preserve and increase the traditions of the music-educational and performing school.

The competition will be held in two rounds with a variety of categories for age groups of soloists, duos, trios, quartets & quintets and sextets & octets.

Download competition information and rules in Russian language: 2020AccoPremiumRules.pdf

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2020 Coupe Mondiale, 5 - 11 October, Castro Marim - Portugal

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Coupe Mondiale posterIt is less than 4 months before the 73rd Coupe Mondiale in Portugal will be held from 5 to 11 October in the city of Castro Marim, a splendid center of the Algarve.

There is a required review of national and international health issues, including confirmation of the date.

Almost daily contacts take place with the political side and national health requirements, that see Portugal, like the majority of European nations, emerge in this period from the first phase of the pandemic crisis.

However, it is logical that, since it is a world event, it will be necessary to fulfill all Government controls and understand the evolution of COVID 19 in other parts of the globe.

"Within the next few weeks - CIA President Mirco Patarini tells us - we will be able to outline the guidelines in detail. There is a willingness on everyone's part to create a great World Coupe Mondiale competition and festival on this occasion - by ensuring everyone is safe."

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2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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Daily Report: Video pictures and results at: 2020SouthPac

The New Zealand Accordion Association shortened version (because of Covid-19) of the South Pacific International Championship Solo Classes were held on May 30th, 2020.

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Remembering and Honoring Eugene Ettore - USA


Eugene EttoreVideo 1: “Rhapsodie Espagnol” composed by Eugene Ettore, performed by Rita Barnea at the 80th Anniversary AAA Festival in Washington DC.
Video 2: "Prelude & Scherzo” composed by Eugene Ettore, performed by Rita Barnea.

June 2, 2020 would have been Eugene Ettore’s 99th Birthday. In honor of his birthday, I am posting the link to the website I created to educate all about a unique, versatile and talented individual who made great contributions to the accordion world and musical world in general. I encourage you to visit this page at: Eugene Ettore

In honor of Eugene Ettore’s birthday, I am offering a free download of the recording of his original compositions:
http://www.musicforaccordion.com/eTracks/inform/davidson/index.htm

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