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Weekly News from Around the World - 20-Nov-2020
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L’ “Akkordeon Musik Preis” (AMP) 2021, en juin, à Ettlingen – Allemagne
Dècès d’Amleto Dallapé 1942 - 2020 - Italie
Vidéo: Enregistrement de "Lively Sky" par Zoe Tiganouria – Grèce
Renzo Ruggieri invité à la radio Nonsolomusica à San Salvo - Italie

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

New Recording by Sergey Osokin's Jazz Trio, Moscow - Russia
Passing of Leonard R. “Skeets” Langley, 17 November, Arizona - USA
Online Concerts: Music from Scotland
2021 Accordion Babes Calendar Available for Pre-Order Now
“The PoguestrA” Looking for Musicians to Play "The Pogues" Song
Premier Album Release by “Second Souffle” - Belgium
New CD Collection for Christmas – Germany
New Video by Alexander Poeluev - Russia
Tuvan Throat Singer Entertains at Brooklyn Accordion Club Online Meeting - USA
Mikhail Shostak Performs on Good Morning Show, Moscow - Russia
Need a Christmas Gift? Try Accordion Anthology Books – UK
Video: Oktay Taşdemir Performance - Turkey

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Rejoice and Be Merry Concert, Christchurch – New Zealand

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L’ “Akkordeon Musik Preis” (AMP) 2021, en juin, à Ettlingen – Allemagne

Akkordeon Musik Preis (AMP)
DHV logoLa compétition d’accordéon pour les jeunes, l’ « Akkordeon Musik Preis » (AMP) 2021 se tiendra du 3 au 6 juin 2021 à Ettlingen en Allemagne, sous l’égide de la Deutscher Harmonika Verband e.V. (DHV).

La compétition a lieu tous les trois ans et s’adresse aux accordéonistes de moins de 27 ans résidant en Allemagne. Les diverses catégories comprennent l’accordéon, l’accordéon de Styrie, l’accordéon diatonique, l’harmonica, en formation solo, duos, et musique de chambre.

La première phase des compétitions par états qui devaient avoir lieu en février et mars, a été annulée du fait du Covid. L’absence de présélection pour les finales, obligent les professeurs à n’envoyer que les étudiants qui ont le niveau.

Télécharger l’information pour le détail des catégories à : 2021AMP.pdf

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Dècès d’Amleto Dallapé 1942 - 2020 - Italie

Amleto DallapéLe 17 novembre, à Stradella, une petite ville de Lombardie tout près de Milan, disparaissait un des plus grands noms de l’accordéon. Amleto Dallapé n’a pu survivre à la bête invisible du début du 21ième siècle, le covid.

Tous ceux qui l’ont fréquenté comme ami ou au travail, pourront témoingé du goût pour la beauté et de la joie de vivre d’Amleto.

Diplomé de l’université de Pavie en 1969 avec une thèse sur les ramifications économiques de la fabrication de l’accordéon, il a pris en charge avec ses frères Mariano et Fabio, la gestion d’une des plus anciennes et plus prestigieuses fabrique du secteur, Mariano Dallapé et fils.

Les nouveaux instruments "organtone" et "super Maestro" sont bien accueillis sur le segment du marché le plus sophistiqué, créant un nouveau positionnement différent d’un positionnement populaire. La conquête des marchés d’Europe de l’Est, notamment celui des Balkans, conférerra au prestige de la compagnie Stradella.

Un autre mérite indiscutable d’Amleto fut de contribuer à la fin de rivalités ancestrales entre les villes de Castelfidardo et Stradella sur la primauté dans « l’invention » de l’instrument. Ce fut un des premiers entrepreneurs à promouvoir une sérieuse collaboration entre les deux fabriques et villes de l’accordéon.

Son amitié avec Castelfidardo s’est renforcée à l’occasion de l’ouverture du Musée international de Castelfidardo. Vincenzo Canali, Gervasio Marcosignori et moi même, portâment les instruments de Dallapé à Portobello, le fameux programme de la Télévision Rai program, ou Dallapé invita les détenteurs italiens de vieux instruments à en faire donation au musée (Dallapé fit donation d’une douzaine d’instruments).

Tu vas nous manquer Amleto!
Merci pour ton amitié à mon égard et à l’égard de tant d’autres.
Beniamino Bugiolacchi

Autres articles:
http://www.accordions.com/roland/roland-dallape/index.htm
http://www.accordions.com/articles/dallape_visit.aspx
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?lang=de&d=17-Sep-2010&lang=en&s=2931
Amleto Dallapé and Beniamino Bugiolacchi

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Vidéo: Enregistrement de "Lively Sky" par Zoe Tiganouria – Grèce

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Vidéo 1. Chanteur iranien Roozbeh Nematollahi avec Zoe Tiganouria
Vidéo 2. Concert télévisé, version originale avec Katie Garbi et Zoe Tiganouria

La chanson folk grecque "hasapiko" de Zoe Tiganouria “Lively Sky" ("Zontanos Ouranos" en grecque) a touché le célèbre chanteur iranien singer Roozbeh Nematollahi. Ce dernier a choisi de la chanter en grecque et de la faire connaitre dans son pays natif (l’Iran) conquérant le cœur de ses auditeurs iraniens. C’est peut-être le début d’une collaboration pleines de suprises?!

On a parlé de cette chanson dans des émissions de variétés iraniennes. « Ce qui prouve » dit Zoe Tiganouria « que la musique unit les peoples et adoucit les cœurs – ce dont nous avons bien besoin en ces temps difficiles de confinement. »

La chanson fut à l’origine chantée en Grèce en 2016 par Katie Garbi. Mon souhait pour le futur est un «Lively Sky » pour tous, sans pandémie.

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Renzo Ruggieri invité à la radio Nonsolomusica à San Salvo - Italie

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Le 13 novembre, Renzo Ruggieri fut l’invité de la radio Nonsolomusica à San Salvo en Italie et interviewé par la chanteuse auteur-compositeur Lara Molino. La radio Nonsolomusica créée par Lara, est une radio en ligne pour tous.

Vidéo ci-dessus : Entretien avec Renzo Ruggieri en italien et concert.
Renzo Ruggieri

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New Recording by Sergey Osokin's Jazz Trio, Moscow - Russia

Sergey OsokinMoscow State University senior lecturer, Sergey Osokin has just released a recording of “Fou Rire” (Richard Galliano) with his trio. Trio members also include Aleksei zafikin (bass) and Piotr Ivshin (drums).

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Passing of Leonard R. “Skeets” Langley, 17 November, Arizona - USA

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Leonard AWW is sad to report the passing of Leonard R. “Skeets” Langley. His sister, Dee Langley, said, “My most adorable brother, "Skeets" Langley, passed away in his sleep at his home in Maricopa, Arizona on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020. "Skeets" was a world class musician and accordionist, 1963 Coupe Mondiale winner and he was also a world class brother. I'll miss him forever.

The family of "Skeets" Langley would love for anyone who knew him to be able to get together and remember his remarkable life. With COVID restrictions upon us, we have decided to postpone the celebration in Minneapolis until May 2021. When a date and place is set, you will be informed.

Excerpts from the biography by Mke Sanko: Skeets Langley was inducted into the 2012 Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. He was a virtuoso, side man on uncountable bands, leader, educator, recording artist, composer and musicians union member for more than 57 years.

Leonard R. (Skeets) Langley began accordion lessons at age 6 and continued his lessons for 14 years, the last few years of which were with teacher Larry Malmberg (MMHF Inductee 1997). As he grew up, he won many national championships on his way to participation in the Coupe Mondiale.

To qualify for the 1962 Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championship (held in Prague, Czechoslovakia) he first had to win his state then national competitions. Winning those, he then represented the USA and the AAA in the 1962 Coupe Mondiale. With about 25-30 contestants, Skeets came in a close second, losing by just 1/2 point, performing Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor". He received a Silver Medal and a cut glass trophy from the CIA organised Coupe Mondiale. He was only 20 years old at that time.

The following year (1963) at age 21, he was encouraged to go through the process again, first winning state then national competitions, and once again onto the Coupe Mondiale World Competition, that year held in Germany. In 1963, he won the Coupe Mondiale with his performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto #2 in D Minor”, 2nd movement. He received a Gold Medal, trophy and proudly brought the 1963 Coupe Mondiale world title home to the USA.

Skeets graduated from Golden Valley High School in 1960, received his Bachelor of Music in 1965 from Augsburg College, and Masters Degree from MacPhail School of Music in 1966. He worked as an instrumental music teacher from 1966-1999. He spent his entire career with beginning 5th and 6th grade students, serving in 5 or 6 different buildings every week. This resulted in an immense number of beginning students over his 33 plus years, estimated at well over 20,000 students!

Skeets has led many musical groups and was involved in the recording industry. Skandisk, Inc. began their association with Skeets in the early 80’s when Michael and Else Sevig contacted him for his contribution to their first album. “Juleglade” their Christmas album sold thousands of records. The Sevigs subsequently went on to record 7 more albums, all featuring Skeets on the accordion. These recordings, now in CD format, are still a big seller with Skandisk, Inc.

Two interesting side stories about Skeets: As an accordion player at age 12, Skeets father was employed as a meat cutter and had some connections with the Christmann Sausage Company who had a number of retail cutlets. His father was approached by them hoping that they could hire his son to go around to their various retail outlets and entertain the customers during the Holiday Season (for a small stipend) It did not take long for the Musicians Union to find out about this and put a stop to it. He was taking work away from the other union musicians and he would have to join the union if he wanted to continue to play jobs. The administrative personnel at the union office were surprised when this preteen walked in the office announcing he was there to take the test for membership. Skeets was granted membership without any difficulty. As a result, he was an active union musician for over 57 years and a past Director of their board!

Another story was, that Skeets was the lone accordionist accompanying Luciano Pavarotti during his mid 80’s and early 90’s concert tour in Minneapolis. On one occasion, during rehearsals, when Pavarotti’s touring orchestra director attempted to “direct: Skeets in his interpretation of the “Italian Street Song”, Luciano Pavarotti said to his conductor, “Leo, just let the man play.” Obviously, Luciano approved of Skeets ability and presentation of the piece. After the actual St. Paul Civic Center performance, Pavarotti made direct eye contact with Skeets, smiled and said, “Bravo. Bravo!”

From wearing a tuxedo and playing with Cliff Bunzeil and the Golden strings, to Lederhosen on Leon Bonrud’s Bavarian, to being featured accordionist at the Black Forest Inn, to playing every kind of Oktoberfest, to playing “Pepe Band” style for the Minnesota Vikings games, to playing the opening of Meredith Wilson’s Music Man Square” Museum, to being on the road of the “Mary Lu De Met, Richard Ericsson Foundation” an entity that grants scholarships to aspiring musicians. and to playing the famous Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, Skeets has done it all.

Rosemarie, his wife, shares, “First of all, any celebration of life gathering we will have for Skeets will be held in Minneapolis.  Many of you have been wanting details.  Before I explain further, I will put forth one word, which says it all:  COVID. Those of you now reading this who live in Minnesota are fully aware that Gov. Tim Walz has now put further restrictions on the number of people allowed at a "funeral."  I understand also, that right now, weather is a drawback.  Plus, I want everyone who wants to attend Skeets' event to be able to comfortably do so, and that might not be possible for them while COVID is still infecting people. So, after talking with our son David, we feel that this get together would best be arranged after the virus has been controlled (when vaccine is available and most have had access to it). I will keep our Caringbridge avenue of communication open until this last detail is decided so that all of you will know when our get together occurs. Interment of Skeets' cremains will be at noon next Tuesday at our church's Memorial Garden.”

For further information: Dee Langley: squeezermn@yahoo.com

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Online Concerts: Music from Scotland

Ewan GallowayDavid VernonMusic from Scotland are currently presenting live one hour concerts online on a daily basis. A number of accordionists are taking part in this event and past concerts are still available to view.

Performers during the last week are:

November 10th: Ewan Galloway (picture above left)
November 11th: David Vernon (picture above right)
November 15th: Lomond Ceilidh Band (picture below)
November 16th: Matthew Maclennan
November 17th: Ewan Galloway
Lomond Ceilidh Band

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2021 Accordion Babes Calendar Available for Pre-Order Now

2021 Accordion babesVideo: Information on the 2021 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar

The 2021 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar (with CD) is available for pre-order now. The calendar editor is accordionist Renee de la Prade. Renee is asking for advance orders as they need about 200 more orders to cover all the print costs.

Due to Covid-19 leading to so many cancelled concerts, Renee has also started a free fortnightly live online event called "Accordion Fridays". The next one will be on November 20th. She is inviting loads of great artists to join in and as New Year's Day 2021 is going to fall on a Friday, she has already decided, it's going to be an “Accordion Friday”!

For details email: renee@squeezeboxgoddess.com

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“The PoguestrA” Looking for Musicians to Play "The Pogues" Song

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The PoguestrA is a flexible group of musicians from around the world who are also fans of The Pogues. It was established in May 2020 during the lockdown with musicians playing together remotely.

Original members of The Pogues (a celtic punk folk band) have joined the group for some of their songs including accordionist James Fearnley.

The PoguestrA are looking for musicians to help them record an epic version of the Pogues classic "Fairytale of New York" over the coming weeks!!

For details email: poguestra@gmail.com

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Premier Album Release by “Second Souffle” - Belgium

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Video: Excerpts from the new album.

“Second Souffle” will release their premier album “Éclat d'Âmes” on December 1st, 2020. The duo includes accordionists Alain Van Muysewinkel and Beatrice Adam from Liège, Belgium.

For details phone: 0494/ 61 74 69

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New CD Collection for Christmas – Germany

Viviane Chassot, Andreas Nebl
A new CD Collection entitled “Akkordeon pur – Musik satt" by lecturers from the Hohner Conservatory Trossingen GmbH will be available from December 1st, 2020, just in time for Christmas.

The CD includes

Viviane Chassot (picture above left): Mozart Piano Concertos
Alexander Maurer: String Jump - a New Affair
Andreas Nebl (picture above right): Domentico Scarlatti 20 Sonata
Hans-Günther Kölz: Songbook, live with accordion limitless in duo with Matthias Anton

For details email: info@hohner-konservatorium.de

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New Video by Alexander Poeluev - Russia

PoeluevVideo: New from Alexander Poeluev, Rio Rita - music from the 30s to 40s.

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Tuvan Throat Singer Entertains at Brooklyn Accordion Club Online Meeting - USA

BAC logoBadyAccordionist and Tuvan throat singer Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (picture right centre from Tuva, Russia) entertained at the Brooklyn Accordion Club online meeting on November 14th, 2020.

The audience considered it a treat to hear Bady (from the Alash Ensemble) throat singing accompanied by accordion and igil, a 2 stringed Tuvan musical instrument played with a bow. Tuvan throat singing is a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time.

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Mikhail Shostak Performs on Good Morning Show, Moscow - Russia

Mikhail ShostakMikhail Shostak (picture left) performed an outdoor concert at the State Kremlin Palace on the Moscow Channel 1 Good Morning Show this week, despite the cold weather. The video shows his group playing a medley of popular songs.

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Need a Christmas Gift? Try Accordion Anthology Books – UK

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Rob HowardAA2Rob Howard has written two popular books:
Accordion Anthology Catalogue: robaccord07
and
Accordion Anthology 2 Catalogue: robaccord08

The first book was published in 2016 and is aimed at accordion enthusiasts, including those who are new to the instrument. It contains a variety of articles, photos and biographies such as Getting to Know the Accordion; Accordion Tips and Hints; Be a Better Player; Use of the Couplers; Playing For Others; Manfrini Accordions; Evolution of the Accordion and Accordion Concerto to name a few.

Accordion Anthology 2 presents a variety of accordion related articles and biographies, with autobiographical contributions. An ideal present for any accordion enthusiast! The book is a near A4 sized high quality hardback, and contains well over 300 colour photographs.

What great gift ideas for Christmas.

Both books are available online at: robaccord08 and robaccord07

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Video: Oktay Taşdemir Performance - Turkey

Video: Accordionist Oktay Tasdemir from Kars, Turkey performing and singing Terekeme ay Baba in Turkish language.

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Rejoice and Be Merry Concert, Christchurch – New Zealand

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Heather GladstoneAccordionists Heather Gladstone and Sue Allan will take part in the “Rejoice and Be Merry” concert to be held at St Paul’s Parish Church in Christchurch, New Zealand on November 29th at 5pm.

Heather directs and plays with the St Alban’s Community Choir. The New Brighton Silver Band will also entertain with a variety of Christmas carols from around the world.

Entrance is by donation. See poster for details.

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