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Weekly News from Around the World - 23-Sep-2022
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Daily Reports: 47th International "PIF Citta di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize & Festival - Italy
8th International Philharmonika Peace Festival 2022 – Germany
Pietro Roffi Performs with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra - Brazil
Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival – Scotland
Jérôme Richard Performs at Accordion Week in Maurs La Jolie – France
Stas Venglevski Performs for WMAS – USA
Aotango Quintet Presents “A Century of Tango” Concert Series – New Zealand

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

AMMA Donates Coupe Mondiale Prizemoney - Switzerland
Registrations Open: 2022 Music China
Klaus Paier Performs Live Jazz Concert – Germany
Hartlepool Folk Festival, England - UK
Video: Opening Ceremony at National Academy of Music - Vietnam

Future events

“Eloise & Co” Lawn Concert – USA
Grégory Daltin Performs at Jazzèbre Festival 2022 Concert - France
Sharon Shannon Trio Tours Canada
Intermediate Accordion Weekend - UK
Ferran Martínez Performs in Catalonia – Spain
Super Orchestra Day in Surrey – England
Ville Hiltula Performs Piazzolla with Ensemble Kobe - Japan
David Vernon is Guest Performer at Stockport Accordion Club - England
Anthony Schulz Performs in “Zulya and the Children of the Underground” - Australia

Links to Previous News Still Current

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New and Updated Sites

2022 CIA Video Archive and Education Project, Zofingen - Switzerland
Updated Expanded Article, AAA Commissioned Concert Works - USA
New Website for Accordion Method Books by Ricardo Llanos - Spain
Wanted: Volunteers, 2022 Coupe Mondiale, Zofringen - Switzerland

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Daily Reports: 47th International "PIF Citta di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize & Festival - Italy

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Daily Reports from 28 September online at: 2022Castelfidardo

The City Council of Castelfidardo (Marche region, Italy), in collaboration with Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association, calls and organizes the PIF International Competition “Città di Castelfidardo” reserved for accordion soloists and groups, of classical music and other genres and a music festival featuring accordion.

The Castelfidardo Municipal Administration is led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco headed by Ruben Cittadini, and 2022 PIF Artistic Director Antonio Spaccarotella. At the press conference yesterday they spoke happily about the level of entries, and the positive future with many different styles of music being performed in competitions and concerts.

Also speaking was Association Music Marche Accordions (AMMA) President Mirco Soprani and Cesare Sampaolesi of Nugo-Creative Collective. Group picture: 2022PR.jpg The press conference finished with TV news interviews.

The complete program was released: 2022PIF-Program.pdf
Daily Reports from 28 September online at: 2022Castelfidardo
Reuben Cittadini, Mayor Roberto Ascani, Antonio Spaccarotella

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8th International Philharmonika Peace Festival 2022 – Germany

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Chamber Philharmonic Hall of Berlin"Peace Concerts" in the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Brandenburg Gate.

Picture above left to right: Volodymyr Kashuta, Dmitri Pavlov, organizers Herbert Scheibenreif & Waldemar Fleischhauer, Yuri Shishkin, Eduard Akhanov.

The association Pantonale e.V. has made a name for itself not only in accordion circles with its annually organized festival Philharmonika, which has a different motto every year and also attracts a lot of international attention.

Picture above: Chamber Philharmonic Hall of Berlin Picture report: 2022Peace

Pantonale decided this year to hold a peace festival in the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Brandenburg Gate, due to the current geopolitical situation. True to the words of the Dalai Lama, "Peace begins within us".

Artists from Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy, Colombia, Austria and Germany attended the festival. Award-winning accordionists Yuri Shishkin, Eduard Akhanov, Volodymyr Kashuta and Vitaliy Shal (guitar) performed the opening concert at the Trinitatis Church Berlin Charlottenburg. The "Kollektiv Duo" Raphael Brunner (accordion) and Juan Carlos Diaz (flute) from Austria and Colombia performed their own compositions such as "Plátano" and "Gameflow".

The "Quinteto Respiro" (France), presented their new program "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgski, arr. Gustavo Beytelmann. The concert programs also included works by Ukrainian composer Viktor Vlasov, Georg Gershwin and Alexander Tsfasman.

A string quintet from the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and pianist Dmitri Pavlov provided the musical framework for the concerts.

Picture report: 2022Peace

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Pietro Roffi Performs with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra - Brazil

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Pietro RoffiAccordionist Pietro Roffi (picture right) will perform with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira – picture above) at the City of Arts Chamber Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 25th, 2022, at 11am.

Their program will include the 8 Seasons of Vivaldi/Piazzolla and some of Roffi’s own compositions.

For details phone: (21) 2142-5800

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Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival – Scotland

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival
The 33rd Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival will be held at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland from October 6th to 9th, 2022, organised by the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club.

Over 60 invited visiting musicians, including Full Scottish Dance Bands, smaller groups and solo musicians as well as countless local musicians, bands and groups form the basis of the festival. The festival is also attended by various Scottish traditional dance groups, enthusiasts and tourists from all over the country.

A Grand Dance, the highlight of the weekend for many will be held at the Clickimin Centre on Saturday night. This formal dance attracts over 600 guests and consists of 7 hours of non stop traditional Scottish Dancing with 10 of the best Shetland and Scottish Dance bands providing the entertainment.

For details email: info@shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com

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Jérôme Richard Performs at Accordion Week in Maurs La Jolie – France

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Accordionist Jérôme Richard will perform at the Accordion Week event, held in the Village de la Chataigneraie in Maurs La Jolie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France from October 2nd to 8th, 2022.

The event features dancing, fun and entertainment every day with daily excursions such as a visit to the local accordion museum.

See poster for details.

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Stas Venglevski Performs for WMAS – USA

Stas Venglevskiwmas logoStas Venglevski (USA) will perform as a guest artist for the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) in Washington, USA on September 25th, 2022.

His program will include classical and folk music, as well as American favorites and his own compositions.

Stas is an accordionist, composer, arranger, entertainer and teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions, and a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music.

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Aotango Quintet Presents “A Century of Tango” Concert Series – New Zealand

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Video: Aotango Quintet performing Escualo - Astor Piazzolla.

The Aotango Quintet will present “A Century of Tango” concert series in November and December 2022 in New Zealand. Download poster: TangoCentury.pdf

The quintet includes Grayson Masefield (accordion), Andrew Beer (violin), Somi Kim (piano), Gordon Hill (bass) and Sam Swindells (guitar).

Concert schedule:
• 21st November at 7.30pm: Warkworth Town Hall, Warkworth
• 22nd November at 7.30pm: Westlake Girls Events Centre, Takapuna
• 2nd December at 7.30pm: All Saints Church, Howick
• 3rd December at 7.30pm: Chapel of Christ the King, Hamilton

"A Century of Tango" is a musical journey through the evolution of tango, showcasing popular favourites such as El Choclo, Por una Cabeza and La Cumparsita, to the revolutionary nuevo tango style works of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla.

For further information email: gmasefield@gmail.com

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AMMA Donates Coupe Mondiale Prizemoney - Switzerland

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Mirco SopraniThe Association Music Marche Accordions (AMMA) is offering the sum of 500 euros to add to the prize of the Coupe Mondiale Winner!

The prizemoney has been approved by the CIA Executive committee who hope AAMA President Mirco Soprani (former Mayor of Castelfidardo, picture right) will travel to Zofingen to award the prize.

The AMMA is an organization located in the Marche Region of Italy which was founded over 20 years ago. It is a non-profit association that brings together 35 companies including producers and components of the accordion sector, involving most producers.

Its main purpose is to promote the accordion and its cultural, productive and artistic heritage at both national and international levels, as well as to pass on knowledge, interest and passion for this instrument to future generations.

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Registrations Open: 2022 Music China

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Music ChinaMusic ChinaBooth applications and visitor registrations are now open for the 2022 Music China exhibition, due to be held at the Nanjing International Expo Centre in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China from November 17th to 20th, 2022.

The event will include a variety of music demonstrations, exhibits, educational workshops, industry forums and live music shows.

For details email: music@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com

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Klaus Paier Performs Live Jazz Concert – Germany

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Klaus PaierVideo: Klaus Paier, Gerald Preinfalk and Asja Valcic live at St Pauler Kultursommer 2021.

Klaus Paier entertained live on accordion and bandoneon at the Jazz, Folk & Bike Club in Syke, Bremen, Germany this week.

He was accompanied by Gerald Preinfalk (soprano saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet) and Croatian cellist Asja Valcic in the concert hall of the Kreissparkasse with its excellent acoustics.

“The listeners could revel in the rich timbres of the instruments, which the musicians mastered in all registers.”

The trio's current album is released by the German label Skip Records and is titled “Fractal Beauty”.

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Hartlepool Folk Festival, England - UK

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Sarah Allen - FlookThe Hartlepool Folk Festival will be held in Hartlepool, England from September 30th to October 2nd, 2022.

Accordion groups performing include Edward II, Flook (accordionist Sarah Allen picture left), Melrose Quartet (Richard Arrowsmith – melodeon), Davenport Family and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (concertina and melodeon).

For details email: info@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk

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Video: Opening Ceremony at National Academy of Music - Vietnam

Video: Solo accordionist, Lam Adam Nhat Vu performing at the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 – 2023 school year at the National Academy of Music (Hoc Vien Am Nhac Quoc Gia Viet Nam) in Hanoi, Vietnam this week.

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Future events


“Eloise & Co” Lawn Concert – USA

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“Eloise & Co” will perform a lawn concert in South Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA on September 25th, 2022 at 4pm.

The duo, which includes Rachel Bell (accordion, piano & vocals) and Becky Tracy (violin & vocals) will perform a varied program finishing with some bal folk dances.

For details email: eugenecgiraffe@gmail.com

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Grégory Daltin Performs at Jazzèbre Festival 2022 Concert - France

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Grégory Daltin (accordion) and Marco Bardoscia (double bass) will perform at the Elne Cinéma René Vautier in Elne, France on October 1st, 2022 at 9pm.

This concert is part of the Jazzèbre Festival 2022 event in France. Their program will include a variety of Jazz tango and musette pieces.

For details phone: 04 68 51 13 14

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Sharon Shannon Trio Tours Canada

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Two concerts in the upcoming Sharon Shannon Trio tour of Canada have now sold out.

The tour begins in Vancouver on October 2nd, with concerts in Victoria, Calgary and Canmore, Alberta through to October 9th, 2022.

Sharon is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish influenced compositions, as well as a variety of music genres such as hip hop, cajun, country, classical and rap.

See poster for details.

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Intermediate Accordion Weekend - UK

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Ian Lowthian will hold an Intermediate Accordion Weekend in Ettrickbridge in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders on October 8th and 9th, 2022.

The event will include “some not too tricky tunes that we will play at a leisurely pace. There may be some challenges to work on after the weekend.”

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Ferran Martínez Performs in Catalonia – Spain

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Ferran Martínez will perform a bayan concert in Berga, Catalonia, Spain on October 8th, 2022.

His program will include works by Piazzolla, Rossini, Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Strauss and Semionov.

For details email: ferranbayan@gmail.com

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Super Orchestra Day in Surrey – England

accordionCobham HallSuper Orchestra Day is returning, after a long break due to Covid-19 and is one of the biggest annual accordion orchestra training days in the UK.

This year’s event will take place at the Cobham Village Hall (picture right) in Cobham, Surrey, England on October 9th, 2022 from 10.30am to 7pm.

Julie Luck, well-respected, teacher, and leader of the London Accordion Orchestra will oversee the day, with over 80 accordionists expected to attend.

The event gives accordionists the opportunity to join and meet other players and share in their love for the accordion and the music.

An evening concert will be held featuring the groups who have taken part and a mass Orchestra will perform pieces they have worked on during the day.

For the first time this year organisers will introduce a “mini orchestra” with a free day of ensemble playing for Under 16's in the rear hall. A range of instruments will be available for children to borrow for the day and encourage kids who have never played the accordion before to give it a try.

All players must register. For details email: mail@londonao.co.uk

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Ville Hiltula Performs Piazzolla with Ensemble Kobe - Japan

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Kobe hallVideo: Ville Hiltula & Friends performing Oblivion by Piazzolla.

Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) will perform a concert with the Ensemble Kobe (conducted by Zheng Yano) at Kobe Shimbun Matsukata Hall (picture left) in Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, on October 21st, 2022

Their program will feature Piazzolla’s Aconcagua Bandoneón Concerto and Four Seasons.

See poster for details.

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David Vernon is Guest Performer at Stockport Accordion Club - England

David VernonDavid Vernon is the guest performer at the Stockport Accordion Club meeting held at the Woodley Methodist Church in Woodley, Stockport, England on November 16th, 2022 at 7.30pm.

“David Vernon is a highly regarded, versatile accordion entertainer, whose music goes beyond Scottish traditional tunes to the music of various parts of Europe and even further afield. He’s also likely to throw in some humour, amusing memory tricks, and maybe even a spot of bagpipes wizardry.”

“The Stockport Accordion Band will kick off what is sure to be an evening of top class accordionising”!

New members or visitors are always welcome. For details email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Anthony Schulz Performs in “Zulya and the Children of the Underground” - Australia

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Anthony SchulzAccordionist Anthony Schulz (picture left) will perform in a production of “Zulya and the Children of the Underground” at the Melbourne Recital Centre Primrose Potter Salon in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 12th, 2022 at 7pm.

Anthony Schulz, along with vocalist Zulya Kamolava, Lucas Michailidis (guitar), Andrew Tanner (double bass) and Phil Collings (drums), will present “the Australian premiere of Komostan, a project created in collaboration with Dutch producer MFO in 2015. Together with the inimitable Children of the Underground, Zulya will perform an acoustic adaptation of the original works.”

“The piece follows the legend of Tataeli, the daughter of Aelita, queen of Mars and the first Tatar space explorer Ilgizar Zinnatullin, taking listeners on an otherworldly journey through deep space. Its epic and modal elements produce an elegant and romantic stream of music, shifting pentatonic paradigms toward new horizons and creating an imaginary system of parallel worlds for listeners to become immersed in.”

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Links to Previous News Still Current


List of Links

2022 Coupe Mondiale 2022 Coupe Mondiale, October 04 - 09, Switzerland News Link
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2022  Information
Voci Armoniche logo Accordion Reed Production  Article Link
Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
Dr William Schimmel 2022 Dr William Schimmel’s Accordion Seminars, July 29-31, NY  News Link
Serenellini Know the People Interview Serenellini Know the People Interview News Link
2022 aaa online Festival Competition 2022 AAA Recent publications, USA  News Link and Article
2021 Coupe Mondiale 2021 Coupe Mondiale Report and Video of all contestants Report Link

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2022 CIA Video Archive and Education Project, Zofingen - Switzerland

Scandalli sponsor Video Archive and Education Project
Coupe Mondiale logoThe Scandalli Accordion Factory is the sponsor of the 2022 Video Archive and Education Project, 2022 Coupe Mondiale, 4-9 October, Switzerland.

The "Video Archive Education Project" is a project initiated in 2010 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) with assistance from sponsors and Accordions Worldwide.

Videos should be online approximately 90 minutes after the live performance or live competition and viewers will have free downloads of Coupe Mondiale competitions playing a vast range of different types and styles of music.

The project includes a video of all the Coupe Mondiale categories and their contestants to be kept in the CIA archives in Finland, which over the coming years will become a wealth of historical recordings, including the premiere of many original accordion works and the emergence of upcoming artists at the Coupe Mondiale.

We thank the Scandalli Accordion Factory for their sponsorship enabling this ambitious free project to assist accordion students and tutors throughout the world.
Scandalli sponsor Video Archive and Education Project

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Updated Expanded Article, AAA Commissioned Concert Works - USA

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Robert Young McMahanIt gives me great pleasure to announce that I have completed the expansion of yet another of my 22 original articles on the AAA commissioned concert works each of which appeared annually in the AAA Festival Journal between 1997 and 2019.

This article examines the Adagio and Rondo Concertante, for two accordions & orchestra, by Paul Pisk, and Sonatina, for solo accordion, by David Diamond. http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions8.php

As with my previous revisions, this one adds more historical and analytical information than was in the original article plus the new and much needed feature of musical examples. Regarding the latter, a new element in this latest revision is the presence of sound files to accompany the musical excerpts of the Pisk work, thus allowing the reader to hear the excerpts while viewing them in print. Regarding the Diamond Sonata, you may hear it beautifully performed by Beverly Roberts Curnow in its entirety via the link in the AAA website commissioned works home page (http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions.php)

As always, go to http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions2.php to view this and all the other articles of the series in both their original and newly revised versions.

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New Website for Accordion Method Books by Ricardo Llanos - Spain

Accordion bookPun bookRicardo Llanos is the new distributor of his two accordion method books: “Acordeón Divertido” (for free bass button accordion - picture above left) and “Pun Txan Txan” (for standard or Stradella button accordion - picture above right).

Both methods are written in Spanish, English and Basque. They include a methodological guide for the teacher and, currently, most of the songs are step by step explained and performed by Ricardo on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjFq8_3O55iUuvd0K-avAdQ

The books are available at: www.acordeondivertido.com

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Wanted: Volunteers, 2022 Coupe Mondiale, Zofringen - Switzerland

2022 Coupe Mondiale posterVolunteers are being asked to help with the video filming of competitions and concerts at the 2022 Coupe Mondiale, Zofringen, 4-9 October 2022.

You are volunteering to help the CIA Video Archive and Education Project provide a free service of videos of all the 2022 Coupe Mondiale competitors and concerts to accordionists and teachers around the world.

The video filming is not complicated and training is supplied. Volunteers aged from 15 years to retired citizens are encouraged to volunteer and help.

Please email your contact details and days you can volunteer to: harleyjones.nz@yahoo.com Harley Jones, CIA Public Relations.

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