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Weekly News from Around the World - 22-Mar-2024
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"Shanghai Spring" 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week - China
Video: 2023 76th Coupe Mondiale Competitions & Festival in Bijeljina - Bosnia & Herzegovina
All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica, Moscow - Russia
Zoe Tiganouria Presented Medal of Honor - Greece
21st Annual Gator by the Bay – USA
What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International
“World Accordion Day” Lunch & Concert – South Africa

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

Duo "Con:trust" Appearance on TV Show Supertalent 2024 - Germany
Salvatore Cauteruccio: New Single – “A mano a mano”
Ferran Martínez New CD “Bessons” - Spain

Future events

Accordion Ensemble Concert and Dance Class - Belgium
Gorka Hermosa Concert & CD Presentation – Spain
Tracey Collins Performs at 61st Tauranga Jazz Festival – New Zealand
Cory Pesaturo Performs Four Concerts in Bakersfield – USA
Radu Ratoi Performs at Širvintai Cultural Center - Lithuania
João Barradas Accordion Masterclass – Portugal
Roberto Palermo Performs MediterrAnima Concert - Norway
Domi Emorine Masterclass and Concert – France
No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra 2024 Concert – England

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Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Accordion Life”
CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier - France

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"Shanghai Spring" 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week - China

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This year, the "Shanghai Spring" 6th International Accordion Culture and Art Festival and 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Art Week will be held from March 23 to April 5, 2024.

By then, top accordion artists from Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, as well as eight countries including Italy, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, and Bosnia & Herzegovina will gather in Changning to bring nine themes and wonderful performances of 14 concerts/activities to fully demonstrate Changning has the image and cultural soft power of an international boutique urban area with world influence!

Over the years, the "Shanghai Spring" International Accordion Culture and Art Festival, has been an important part of the "Festival within a Festival" of the "Shanghai Spring" International Music Festival, and has continued to innovate and integrate the accordion art into streets, campus business districts, and new performing arts spaces, to further enrich the cultural life of Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area citizens.

The "Shanghai Spring" International Music Festival originated from the "Shanghai Music and Dance Performance Month" in 1959. It is the oldest music festival in China and a symbol of Shanghai's music and dance culture. For more than 60 years, "Shanghai Spring" has enthusiastically promoted Chinese traditions, actively absorbed the world's outstanding music and dance culture, and promoted cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries.

Daily Reports of major Shanghai Spring accordion events will be online at: 2024Shanghai

Adviser: Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
Organizers:
Shanghai Musicians Association
Propaganda Department of Shanghai Changning District Committee of the Communist Party of China
Shanghai Changning District Culture and Tourism Bureau
Shanghai Changning District Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Shanghai Changning District Culture and Tourism Management Affairs Center
Accordion Professional Committee of Shanghai Musicians Association
Shanghai Changning Culture and Art Center
Co-organiser: Shangsheng·Xinsuo

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Video: 2023 76th Coupe Mondiale Competitions & Festival in Bijeljina - Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Slaviša PericVideo: The 2023 76th Coupe Mondiale Competitions & Festival in Bijeljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, CIA member "Association of Artists (Bijeljina)" organizing team have crafted an excellent 32 minute documentary video.

The documentary has beautifully captured the exciting atmosphere of this highly competitive international event, featuring thrilling performances and showcasing the camaraderie among participants.

Additionally, the film included interviews with competitors, delegates, jury members, and even the hosts, providing a comprehensive insight into the event's spirit and dynamics.

Our grateful thanks to the CIA member Association of Artists (Bijeljina) who were the organizing team hosting the 76th Coupe Mondiale led by 2023 CIA Vice-President Slaviša Peric.
76th Coupe Mondiale TV interviews

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All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica, Moscow - Russia

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Video: 0:05:54 - beginning of the concert. Full program details at: 2024WADreport

March 16th. The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is celebrated each year (on the third Saturday in March) at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow. The Department of Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager being Friedrich Lips.

The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) because that date clashes with a Russian National Holiday, so for that reason, the All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is held in March annually.

The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips. The aim of the event is to become part of a national cultural project.

The initiative began in 2010 and demonstrated great enthusiasm in all regions of Russia, both from amateurs and professional musicians, and resulted in a truly national celebration.

It is worth noting that throughout the twentieth century these instruments were an integral part of the life of the peoples of Russia: Russians, Tatars, Bashkir, Ukrainians and many others and that the bayan, harmonica and accordion played an important role during the World War II of 1941-1945.
2024 brochure

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Zoe Tiganouria Presented Medal of Honor - Greece

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Zoe with medalVideo: Zoe Tiganouria performing in Parnassos, Greece on March 8th, 2024

Zoe Tiganouria performed at an event to celebrate International Women's Day in Parnassos, Greece on March 8th, 2024, organised by the Parnassos Philological Association. The event was entitled “The Woman of Yesterday and Today” and featured a special presentation of the Medal of Honor of the Parnassos Literary Club for Zoe’s contribution to culture. The award was made by Mr Anastasios Dimoschakis, Honorary Chief of Police and Member of Parliament of Evros. (Pictures above and left).

Zoe performed a number of pieces with the "Enchord" string quartet and a children's choir, (picture below), including her new song "My Day Leans" (lyrics by Konstantinos Romanidis), Carlos Gardel's "Scent of a Woman", "Sweet daughter" (by Zoe) and "Ah Valentina".

Other works were performed such as "The Driving force is the Female", "For Women We All Live", "Two Red Lips", and “Last Tango by Zoe”.
Zoe Tiganouria concert

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21st Annual Gator by the Bay – USA

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Jeffery Broussard & The Creole CowboysThe Daquiri QueensThe 21st annual Gator by the Bay will be held in San Diego, California, USA from May 9th to 12th, 2024.

The event will feature a variety of concert performances during the four day festival including the Friday Bayou Boogie which will celebrate the 100th birthday of Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”. C.J. Chenier, Sonny Landreth & Marcia Ball will entertain at this concert (picture top).

Other festival performers include Geno Delafose & French Rockin' BoogieZydeco, C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (picture above left), The Daquiri Queens (picture above right), Billy Lee & The Gulf Coasters, Bayou Brothers and David Sousa & The Zydeco Mudbugs (picture below).
David Sousa & The Zydeco Mudbugs

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What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International

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World Accordion Day logoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day (WAD) to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion Day (WAD) is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

WAD was started in 2009 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the WAD website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support WAD by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of WAD if that should be more convenient.

Everyone can register their WAD activity on the WAD website and send a report of their event after, for that website.

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating WAD are welcome. This is a CIA promotion for the accordion in which every accordion enthusiast can participate and help bring our accordion world together as well as strongly promote the accordion.

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“World Accordion Day” Lunch & Concert – South Africa

Drostdy TheaterA World Accordion Day lunch and concert will be held at the Drostdy Theater in Stellenbosch, South Africa on May 5th, 2024.

The event will begin with the light lunch at 1pm followed by the concert at 3pm. The concert will be an “accordion mini-expo” featuring a “celebration of the accordion with its iconic versatility and beautiful sound.”

“Join leading accordionists of South Africa in an enchanting mix of music from various genres, cultures and countries.”

For details email: info@drostdyteater.co.za

See World Accordion Day reports at: 2024WADreport

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Duo "Con:trust" Appearance on TV Show Supertalent 2024 - Germany

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Supertalent 2024Video: Performance by Duo "Con:trust" on the Supertalent 2024 TV show.

The Duo "Con:trust" appeared on the TV show Supertalent 2024 recently. The duo consists of Marius Staible and Daniel Roth.

Their next concert will be held in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany on March 27th, 2024.

For details email: info.contrustmusic@gmail.com

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Salvatore Cauteruccio: New Single – “A mano a mano”

Salvatore Cauteruccio: New Single – “A mano a mano”
“A mano a mano” Recording arranged and produced by Salvatore Cauteruccio.

Salvatore Cauteruccio's accordion-only arrangement of the song "A mano a mano" by Riccardo Cocciante is available on all digital platforms.

This is an “entirely personal version that highlights the melodic part of the writing through a free interpretation dictated by the sensations that the "phrases" suggested during the performance.”

Salvatore Cauteruccio says: "In this period I spend a lot of time in the studio to record and I really like to dedicate a good part to Italian author music because I find it really interesting to play some masterpieces that are part of our life on my instrument."

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Ferran Martínez New CD “Bessons” - Spain

Ferran Martínez New CD
Ferran Martínez (Spain) has just released his new accordion CD “Bessons”.

The CD features works by Galliano, Marocco, Piazzolla, Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart and Vivaldi including a variety of pieces such as waltz, tango, fandango, polka, romantic and classical music.

For details email: ferranacordio@gmail.com

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Future events


Accordion Ensemble Concert and Dance Class - Belgium

Accordion Ensemble Concert and Dance
The “Accordion Ensemble” will perform a concert at the Colégiale st Ursmer de Binche in Binche, Belgium on March 24th, 2024.

Their program will feature a Spanish program and include dance classes.

See poster for details.

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Gorka Hermosa Concert & CD Presentation – Spain

Gorka Hermosa Concert
Gorka HermosaGorka Hermosa will perform a concert at the "Canal Gallery" in Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain on March 24th, 2024 at 7pm.

The concert, which will present their CD "Sustraien Matxinada" will feature live painting by "Balu", one of the most trending visual artists in contemporary art at the moment.

The following day, they will record the CD for Spanish National TV.

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Tracey Collins Performs at 61st Tauranga Jazz Festival – New Zealand

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Tracey Collins will entertain in “Bonjour Madame” (duo with Sonia Wilson – vocals, guitar & ukulele), at the 61st Tauranga Jazz Festival, held in Tauranga, New Zealand on March 30th and 31st, 2024.

Program dates and times as follows:

Saturday March 30th: 1.30pm - St Amand, 105 The Strand, Tauranga
3.45pm – Phoenix, 2/59 the Strand, Tauranga
5pm: Miss Gees, The Strand, Tauranga

Sunday March 31st: 1pm – Macau, 59 The Strand, Central, Tauranga
2.45pm – Lonestar, 41 The Strand, Tauranga
4.30pm - Kewpie Jazz Cruise, The Strand

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Cory Pesaturo Performs Four Concerts in Bakersfield – USA

Cory Pesaturo Easter concert
Cory Pesaturo will perform four concerts in Bakersfield, California, USA, beginning with a special Fred and Beverly Dukes Memorial Concert at the First Congregational Church on Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024 at 4pm.

Further events will be held as follows:

April 2nd: Cory is the featured artist at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.
April 3rd: Cory will join other musicians at the 18th Street Bar and Grill.
April 4th: Cory Pesaturo & Friends will be “thrilling the audience” at the Crystal Palace as a part of the prestigious Guitar Masters series.
Cory Pesaturo

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Radu Ratoi Performs at Širvintai Cultural Center - Lithuania

Radu Ratoi
Radu Ratoi (Moldova) will perform at the Širvintai Cultural Center in Vilnius County, Lithuania on April 4th, 2024 at 6pm.

“Playing solo and in ensembles, collaborating with various musicians and orchestras, Radu performs all over the world, and his concerts attract audiences with exceptional musicality, technique and charisma. As the performer himself says, his main goal is to prove to the world that the accordion is still an underrated instrument with limitless possibilities in all genres of music.”

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João Barradas Accordion Masterclass – Portugal

João Barradas Accordion Masterclass
João Barradas will hold an “Accordion Masterclass” at the Conservatório de Música do Porto in Praça Pedro Nunes, Porto, Portugal on April 4th, 2024.

Joao Barradas has just performed the UK premiere of Portuguese composer Luís Tinoco's “Accordion Concerto” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This performance was held on March 13th, 2024, at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in London, England. (See picture below).

For masterclass details email: vitormonteiro@prof.conservatoriodemusicadoporto.pt
João Barradas & LPO

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Roberto Palermo Performs MediterrAnima Concert - Norway

MediterrAnima Concert
Roberto PalermoRoberto Palermo (picture right) will perform in the MediterrAnima Concert with Paulin Voss (cello) & the Angeli Strings, held at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo, Norway on April 5th, 2024 at 7pm.

The concert will be “an unforgettable musical experience…where the accordion blends with the enveloping sound of a string quintet to create a fusion of classical and tango music”.

“The captivating compositions of accordionist Roberto Palermo arranged by Renzo Ruggieri will be performed, promising to enchant and transport your spirit.”

For details email: info@robertopalermo.com

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Domi Emorine Masterclass and Concert – France

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Domi Emorine will hold an Accordion Masterclass at the Gueret Conservatory Auditorium in Creuse, France on April 6th and 7th, 2024.

The masterclass will include a concert by Paris Moscou Duo which includes Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov (picture above).

The concert is open to the public. For details email: duopm@sfr.fr
Domi Emorine Masterclass

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No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra 2024 Concert – England

No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra 2024 Concert
The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra will hold their first concert for this year at the Exning Church Hall in Exning, England, UK on April 13th, 2024 at 7.30pm.

The group will include some new pieces to their 2024 repertoire, including a reel and a delightful Klezmer piece.

See poster for details.

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2023 Coupe Mondiale 2023 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports 2023 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Video
World Accordion Day Information 2023 World Accordion Day, 6th May each year
Articles Articles Index page
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
Interviews Interviews Index page
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
Bayan and Accordion Festival, Moscow 2023 XXXV International Festival, Moscow  News and Daily Reports and videos
Ship Cruise Finland 2023 Accordion Cruise, Finland Information, News article
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Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
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Serenellini Know the People Interview Serenellini Know the People Interview News Link
Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Article Link
Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain News Link

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Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Accordion Life”

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Christmas is the time of year, once again, when my mind goes to holiday music, magical light displays, celebrations with loved ones, and to my all-time favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life". I have watched this heartwarming movie every Christmas season for the last 50 years.

Read the article and historic pictures of the amazing Jimmy Stewart, accordion lover, movie star of 80 movies, Brigadier General in the Army in WWII. https://www.ameraccord.com/articles/Stewart.htm

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CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier - France

CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier
The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix, will hold a World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier from May 28th to 30th, 2024.

The masterclass will cover Brazilian, gypsy, zydeco and celtic music and is suitable for players of all levels.

The aim is to broaden your playing by approaching a world music repertoire in a fun way. You will work on various themes playing them uptempo, improvising or playing transcribed versions.

For further details email: contact@cnima.com

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