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Weekly News from Around the World - 20-Jan-2023
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2023 ATG Festival Features International Guests - USA
Tickets Selling Fast for Sharon Shannon Trio Tour – UK
Frank Busso Jr. Elected 2023-2025 AAA President - USA
2023 Val Tidone International Music Festival – Italy
Chester Folk Festival February Folk Day – England

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

Registrations Now Open: "Day of the Harmonica 2023" - Austria
Applications Open for 16th Premio Andrea Parodi Competition - Italy
Stas Venglevski Releases 30th CD “Compilation” - USA
Video: Skerryvore: Everything You Need
Video: Gypsy Song by Maria & Sergei Teleshev

Future events

Marie Andrée Joerger Recital - France
Steve Turner Performs at Tamar Valley Folk Festival - Australia
Duo Guinguette Jean-Luc Performance Schedule - France
Royal Academy of Music Accordion Chamber Music Concert – UK
Claudio Jacomucci January 2023 Masterclass - Germany
Stockport Accordion Club Guest Performers - England
Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic – “Vision for Two” Concert – Italy
Hoger Streven Accordion Association Concert – Belgium
March 2023 Accordion Workshops – Netherlands
Accordion Extravaganza – Canada

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2023 AAA 85th Anniversary Festival - USA
CNIMA: Olivier Douyez Accordion Workshop - France
Updated Site: Karthause-Schmülling accordion publications list - Germany
2023 National Accordion Convention (NAA), Texas - USA
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2023 ATG Festival Features International Guests - USA

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Mary Ann CavoneThe 2023 Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival will be held at the Lisle Hyatt in Lisle, Illinois, USA from July 19th to 22nd, 2023. ATG President Mary Ann Covone welcomes accordion enthusiasts from around the world.

Event concerts will be held at the Armerding Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Wheaton College and feature guests Grayson Masefield (New Zealand), the Polyphonia Orchestra (Reunion Island), Das Duo Kollektiv (flute & accordion duo from Austria), Stas Venglevski (USA) with Dr. Brett Jones on marimba and the (UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble directed by Joan Cochran Sommers.

Further details at: Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
UMKC Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble, Polyphonia Orchestra (Reunion Island)

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Tickets Selling Fast for Sharon Shannon Trio Tour – UK

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Video: Sharon Shannon and Friends performing “Blackbird” on The Late Late Show - RTÉ One.

Tickets for the Sharon Shannon Trio concert tour of the UK are selling fast with some venues sold out already. The tour will begin on February 3rd, 2023 in London and continue through to February 19th in Exeter.

Sharon Shannon is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions and is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Reggae, Classical and Rap.

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Frank Busso Jr. Elected 2023-2025 AAA President - USA

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Frank Busso Jnr.From the 1st January 2023, Frank Busso Jr. has been elected President of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) for the 2023-2025 years.

Frank Busso Jr. has served on the AAA board of directors since 2007 and as the organization’s 2nd Vice President since 2021. He is the director of the Ernest Deffner Affiliates, whose brands include Titano, Pancordion, Pigini, Excelsior, Roland, and Hohner. Frank is the accordionist for The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC and runs the Busso Music School in Alexandria, VA.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Boston University, later serving as an instructor and arranger with the Boston University Athletic Bands.

Frank studied accordion with Frank Busso Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York, eventually becoming an instructor there, where his students earned many regional and national titles in competition.

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2023 Val Tidone International Music Festival – Italy

Livio Bollani2023 Val Tidone posterThe XXV edition of the Val Tidone International Music Competition and Festival will be held from July 13th to 16th, 2023 in Val Tidone, Italy.

Competitions include:
• Egidio Carella Composition Competition for classical and contemporary music with sections for solo instrument and chamber music.
• Silvio Bengalli Piano Prize
• Val Tidone Young Talent Competition which includes age categories for sections: piano, strings and chamber music.

Composition competition jury members include Livio Bollani (Artistic Director – picture left), Andrea Portera and Barbara Rettagliati.

Applications open on February 1st, 2023. The deadline for entries is May 31st, 2023. See poster for details.
2023ValTidone.pdf

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Chester Folk Festival February Folk Day – England

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The Chester Folk Festival will hold their 2023 February Folk Day at the All Saints Church in Chester, Cheshire, England on February 25th from 12 noon.

The event will include afternoon & evening concerts, ceilidh, sessions and dance displays. Performers include “The Time Bandits” folk band, with Ian Jones on melodeon (pictured below).

For details email: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
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Registrations Now Open: "Day of the Harmonica 2023" - Austria

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Werner Weibert, President of the Harmonikaverband Osterreichs (HVÖ) has announced that registrations are now open for the Day of the Harmonica 2023 competition which will take place from May 18th to 21st, 2023 in Stainz, Southern Styria, Austria.

The event will include the Austrian competition for accordion soloists, duos, ensembles, chamber music and world music.

In addition, registrations are also now open for the 4th Erich Moser International Memorial Competition for Styrian Harmonica.

The documents are available in Slovenian and English at: https://harmonikaverband.at/tag-der-harmonika-2023/

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Applications Open for 16th Premio Andrea Parodi Competition - Italy

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Applications are now open for the 16th Premio Andrea Parodi World Music Competition in Italy.

Premio Andrea Parodi was created in honour of the distinguished Sardinian artist Andrea Parodi, who passed away in 2006.

The Artistic Commission established by the Foundation will select ten finalists among the applicants in an anonymous way. The finalists will perform in Cagliari at the "Premio Andrea Parodi" Festival 2023, in front of a jury composed of authoritative industry professionals (singers,, musicians, writers and songwriters, poets, managers, producers, press offices, journalists), from international countries.

These finals will be held in autumn in Cagliari, Sardinia.

The prize for the Winner includes concerts and performances in some of the partner music festivals in their 2024 editions, such as European Jazz Expo (Sardinia), Folkest (Friuli), as well as the Premio Andrea Parodi 2024.

In addition, winners will be entitled to a €2,500 scholarship. The winner of the Critics' Awards will have a professional videoclip of their competition piece produced, offered by the Andrea Parodi Foundation. Some of the finalists can also be invited to some other partner festivals, such as Mare e Miniere, Premio Bianca d’Aponte, Premio Città di Loano per la musica tradizionale italiana, Mo'l'estate Spirit Festival, Musiconnect-Italy.

Registration is free and the deadline for applications is May 31st, 2023

For details look online or email: fondazione.andreaparodi@gmail.com

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Stas Venglevski Releases 30th CD “Compilation” - USA

Stas CDStas Venglevski has just released his 30th CD entitled “Compilation”.

Stas is an accordionist, musician, arranger, entertainer and teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions, and a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States.

For CD details email: stasvenglevski@wi.rr.com

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Video: Skerryvore: Everything You Need

Video: Skerryvore performing their new video: Everything You Need (Official Music Video), which is from their upcoming new album 'Tempus' due to be released on 28th April 2023.

Skerryvore includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion.

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Video: Gypsy Song by Maria & Sergei Teleshev

Video: Gypsy Song "The Sun" (Solnishko) by Maria & Sergei Teleshev Duo Two Accordions.

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Marie Andrée Joerger Recital - France

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Marie Andrée Joerger will give an accordion recital at the Auditorium du Conservatoire in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France on January 21st, 2023 at 8.30pm.

Her program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Abbott, Zorn, Galliano, Balbastre and Angelis.

See poster for details.

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Steve Turner Performs at Tamar Valley Folk Festival - Australia

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Steve TurnerConcertina player, Steve Turner (UK - picture left) began a tour of Australia on January 15th, 2023.

His final concerts will take place at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in George Town, Tasmania, Australia from January 27th to 29th, 2023.

The festival will include “three days of music, concerts, workshops, poetry and fun for children.”

For details email: info@tamarvalleyfolkfestival.com

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Duo Guinguette Jean-Luc Performance Schedule - France

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The Duo Guinguette Jean-Luc will entertain at a variety of venues in January and February 2023.

The duo includes Jean-Luc Prié (accordionist & vocals) and Christelle Prié (vocals and rhythm guitar).

See poster for details.

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Royal Academy of Music Accordion Chamber Music Concert – UK

RAMRAM logoThe Royal Academy of Music will hold an Accordion Chamber Music Concert at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall in London, England on January 27th, 2023 at 6.30pm.

This free concert will feature solo and chamber music with classical accordion students of Professor Owen Murray.

For details phone: +44 (0) 20 7873 7373

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Claudio Jacomucci January 2023 Masterclass - Germany

Claudio JacomucciAccordionist and composer, Professor Claudio Jacomucci will hold an accordion masterclass at the Chamber Music Hall of the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen-Werden, Germany from January 28th to 30th, 2023.

The artistic director of the event is Mie Miki (Folkwang Professor for Accordion and Vice President for Artistic Excellence) with the kind support of Dr. Josef and Brigitte Pauli Foundation.

The interested public is welcome with free entry.

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Stockport Accordion Club Guest Performers - England

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The Stockport Accordion Club will hold their first 2023 meeting at the Woodley Methodist Church in Woodley, Stockport, England on February 1st, 2023 at 7.30pm.

Guest performers will be the Julie Best & Jean Corrighan Accordion Duo (picture above), who will perform a “varied and uplifting” program.

For details email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic – “Vision for Two” Concert – Italy

Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic
Klaus Paier (accordion) and Asja Valcic (cello) will present their concert entitled “Vision for Two – Ten Years” at the Teatro Sociale di Stradella in Stradella, Italy on February 11th, 2023 at 9pm.

The duo, who have been performing together for ten years, will present a program from their album "Vision for Two - Ten years", which was recorded in 2019. They planned a concert tour to present the album back then, but it was suspended due to the pandemic and resumed again this year.

Their music converges French musette, Argentine tango, Balkan dance, rock and jazz.

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Hoger Streven Accordion Association Concert – Belgium

Hoger Streven Accordion Association Concert
The Hoger Streven Accordion Association will hold a concert at the CC Kadans Theatre in Wuustwezel, Belgium on February 12th, 2023 at 2pm.

Tickets are selling fast for this event. See poster for details.

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March 2023 Accordion Workshops – Netherlands

Jos LambregtsThe following workshops will be held at Q-Factory Amsterdam in the Netherlands organised by Trekharmonica's Amsterdam (THA).

• March 12th, 2023 from 1pm: Workshop Waltzing in irregular time signatures by Gilbert Hoek van Dijke
Level: advanced
Register by 12th February, 2023

• March 22nd, 2023 from 1pm: Beginners accordion course with Jos Lambregts (picture right).
Instrument: C/F
Register by 15th February, 2023

For details email: info@trekharmonica-adam.nl

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Accordion Extravaganza – Canada

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An Accordion Extravaganza will be held at the James Hall, Powell River Academy of Music in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on March 5th, 2023 at 2pm.

The event is held as a preview to the Accordion Fest 2023, due to be held in May 2023.

For details email: info@powellriveracademy.org

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2023 AAA 85th Anniversary Festival - USA

2023 AAA Festival
The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will hold their 85th Anniversary Festival 2023 at the Marriott Philadelphia West Hotel in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA from July 12th to 16th, 2023.

Planned events include concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibits, special activities and more and Frank Busso Sr. will receive the AAA Lifetime Achievement Award at the AAA Festival 2023.

For more information visit AAA

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CNIMA: Olivier Douyez Accordion Workshop - France

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Olivier DouyezCNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold an accordion workshop tutored by Olivier Douyez from February 20th to 24th, 2023.

Olivier Douyez is an accordion professor at the Royal Mons Conservatory in Belgium. The workshop is for all levels and ages with a special focus on young talents (14 to 18 year olds) who wish to enter the Bachelor program at the Royal Mons Conservatory.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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Updated Site: Karthause-Schmülling accordion publications list - Germany

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Updated Site: Karthause Schmülling accordion publications list - Germany

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2023 National Accordion Convention (NAA), Texas - USA

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The National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention will be held from March 15th to 19th, 2023 at the Hilton Hotel, Richardson, Texas, USA

The convention will feature 2023 versions of American Music that is marketable as today’s music. The music is a combination of contemporary American music originated by USA immigrants who brought their musical values and traditions as they joined the great American melting pot. The music is a blend of musical styles that include, but are not limited to, popular tunes, folk music, country and western (C&W), ballads that tell a story, rock and roll, polkas and waltzes, European music, Gospel, and jazz.

In addition the 2023 event will include Higher Learning Opportunities such as creative thinking and applying to music, ear-training, articulation and bellows control, practice techniques, sight reading, musical theory, performing techniques, and performance opportunities.

NAA Convention and Registration information at: 2023NAARegistration
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The Accordion Russia News has been updated with new additional articles.

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