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Weekly News from Around the World - 25-Nov-2022
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XXIX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition - Spain
10th International Accordion Festival 2023 - Netherlands
XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia
Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble Perform at Perchtoldsdorf Castle - Austria
Accordionists Entertain at New Year Highland Hogmany – Scotland
1st International Festival Da Gaita – Brazil

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

Vincent Peirani and Yamandu Costa: Virtuoso Fire - Austria
Revue : Aotango Quintet se produit devant une foule enthousiaste - Nouvelle-Zélande
Video: Cody McSherry, Multi-talented Performer with the Tamburitzans – USA
Saint Cecilia Celebrations – Spain
Nika Kushnir Galatz Radio Interview - Israel
2023 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar
Annie Gong: Guest at Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand

Future events

Handharmonika Club Walheim-Besigheim Church Concert – Germany
2022 Dream Concert - Korea
Hohenlimburg Accordion Orchestra e.V. “We Will Entertain You” Concert - Germany
Dave Evans "Accordion in the Courtyard" Concert - Australia
John Kirkpatrick Launches New CD “Joy and Jubilation” – UK
Orchestra "Patty Stella" Presents New CD – Italy
Alex Meixner at Tomball German Festival Christmas Market - USA
Christmas Weekend with Ian Lowthian - UK
Ferran Martínez Performs Christmas Concert with “Industrial Choir” – Spain
Closing Date Extended for 1st International Igor Zavadsky Accordion Competition - Ukraine

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Marie Evelyn Jones décède à l’âge de 93 ans (de 1928 à 2022) - Nouvelle-Zélande
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XXIX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition - Spain

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The XXIX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition will be held in Arrasate-Mondragón, Basque Country, Spain from December 2nd to 4th, 2022, organised by “Hauspoz” Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the County Council of Gipuzkoa.

The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality.

The winner of the competition will be invited by the organizers to give a series of concerts at the 2023 XXX “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition.

Download the festival program: 2022ArrasateProgram.pdf

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10th International Accordion Festival 2023 - Netherlands

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The 10th International Accordion Festival will be held at the Geert Teis Theater in Stadskanaal, Netherlands on April 16th, 2023.

Entertainment will be provided by Pietro Adragna (Italy), Marieke Kroes (Netherlands), René Trok (Netherlands) and Jonny Kerry (accordion) & Harry Diplock (guitar) (Great Britain).

For details email: info@accordeonfestival.nl

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XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia

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Friedrich LipsAlexander Selivanov, Maria VlasovaThe 2022 XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" will be held at the Concert Hall of the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music (RAM) in Moscow, Russia, from December 14th to 18th, 2022. Download program poster: 2022MoscowPoster.pdf

Prof. Friedrich Lips is the Artistic Director of the festival and Alexander Gataullin is the Festival Director.

Concerts:
December 14th: Performers at the Opening Concert include the State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble "Russia", Directed by Dmitry Dmitrienko, Professor Alexander Kapitan (accordion), Stanislav Gerasimov (accordion) plus a group performance by Professor Alexander Tsygankov (domra), Vladislav Afanasiev (domra), Anastasia Zakharova (domra), Olzhas Nurlanov (accordion), Rafael Sapukov (accordion) and Mikhail Chernov (accordion).

December 15th: Concert of “Bayan and Accordion: Classics and Modern” by the Governor's Chamber Orchestra "Russian Camera" (Artistic director and conductor - Andrey Kruzhkov), soloist Maria Vlasova, “Folk Music Orchestra” from the Lugansk State Academy of Culture and Art. M. Matusovsky, directed by Irina Zolotareva, soloist Alexander Selivanov.

December 16th: Performance by Vladimir Stupnikov (accordion) and the “Sib-Duo” which includes accordionists Alexander Sirotkin and Andrey Bityutskikh.

December 17th: Performance by Dmitry Khodanovich (accordion), celebration of the 80th anniversary of the composer Vladislav Zolotarev with Professor Yuri Sidorov (bayan), Olzhas Nurlanov (accordion) and the Bayan Ensemble consisting of: Semion Shmelkov, Timur Galinurov, Arslan Aliev, Lin Jing Han and Rafael Sapukov.

December 18th: Closing concert will feature popular music and jazz with Eduard Akhanov (bayan) and friends, the Ivan Talanin Quartet (bandoneon) "Tango En Vivo" and Peter Dranga (accordion).

At the closing ceremony of the festival, the "Silver Disc" will be awarded. Former recipients include Marcel Azzola, Viktor Vlasov, Alfred Ginzburg, Viktor Gridin, Yuri Kazakov, Alfred Mirek and many others.

A full report of the event will be published in this news. See the 2021 event report at: 2021Moscow

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Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble Perform at Perchtoldsdorf Castle - Austria

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New Castle Hall of Perchtoldsdorf CastleThe Viennese Accordion Ensemble (Das Wiener Akkordeon-Kammer-Ensemble – WAKE) will perform at the New Castle Hall of the Perchtoldsdorf Castle (picture left) in Austria on December 4th, 2022.

Group members are:
Ladies - Sylvia Zobek, Margarete Gebauer and Elisabeth Weibert
Men: Werner Weibert, Guenther Zobek, Walter Dietz, Anton Barink and Christian Hoeller.

Their program will include works by Hummel, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Bernstein, Piazzolla and Strauss.

In addition the group will perform the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Piccolo Concerto.

For details phone: +43 (664) 2106552

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Accordionists Entertain at New Year Highland Hogmany – Scotland

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Brandon McPheeAccordionists will provide evening entertainment at the four-day New Year Highland Hogmany held at Jury’s Inn in Inverness, Scotland from December 30th, 2022 to January 2nd, 2023.

Performers include Brandon McPhee Trio (picture left), Manson Grant & the Dynamos and the Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band (picture below).

See poster for details.
Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band

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1st International Festival Da Gaita – Brazil

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The 1st International Festival Da Gaita will be held in Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil from December 9th to 11th, 2022.

The event, which is organised by the Rio Grande do Sul Secretary of Culture, will include Brazilian accordionist Fofa Nobre and 40 artists in total.

See poster for details.

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Vincent Peirani and Yamandu Costa: Virtuoso Fire - Austria

Vincent Peirani and Yamandu Costa
Vincent Peirani (accordion) and Yamandu Costa (seven-string guitar) are internationally acclaimed for their superb technique on the accordion and guitar. The French accordionist shapes European jazz with a variety of projects, the Brazilian guitarist is referred to as the "Paganini of the guitar" and is considered the most renowned contemporary Brazilian guitarist. Both can refer to an extensive, award-winning discography.

In 2018 Vincent Peirani and Yamandu Costa met at the Festival “Jazz à Porquerolles“ and spontaneously decided to perform together. The concert was a firework of dynamic interaction and marked the beginning of a brilliant collaboration. Each of their performances promises an explosive mix of two gifted artists creating a space on stage that goes beyond the music and lets us experience something extraordinary! Now the gifted musicians have made their first guest appearance as a duo in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Their performance brought a breathtaking evening full of vibrant rhythms and ingenious melodies.

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Revue : Aotango Quintet se produit devant une foule enthousiaste - Nouvelle-Zélande

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Grayson MasefieldVidéo ci-dessus : Le segment En Pampa du concert d'Aotango à Takapuna.

Le quintette AOTANGO a donné ses deux premiers concerts "Century of Tango" le 21 novembre au Warkworth Town Hall et le 22 novembre au Westlake Girls Events Centre à Takapuna, Auckland. Ces concerts font partie d'une série de quatre concerts "Century of Tango".

Malgré un orage à Takapuna, le public nombreux a pu apprécier un programme étonnant de musique tango - un voyage musical à travers l'évolution du tango, présentant des classiques populaires tels que El Choclo, Por una Cabeza et La Cumparsita, jusqu'aux œuvres révolutionnaires du style nuevo tango du compositeur argentin Ástor Piazzolla, Gardel, Galliano, Rodriguez et Jaurena & Torres.

AOTANGO met en scène certains des musiciens les plus réputés de Nouvelle-Zélande : Grayson Masefield (multi-champion du monde d'accordéon), Somi Kim (pianiste du NZTrio), Andrew Beer (violon, premier violon de l'orchestre philharmonique d'Auckland), Gordon Hill (basse principale, orchestre philharmonique d'Auckland) et Sam Swindells (guitare jazz).

Les personnes qui assisteront au concert du 2 décembre à l'église All Saints de Howick (Auckland) et à celui du 3 décembre à la chapelle du Christ Roi de Hamilton auront droit à un "vrai régal" !

Réserver maintenant - Aotango Tickets

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Video: Cody McSherry, Multi-talented Performer with the Tamburitzans – USA

Cody McSherryVideo: excerpts from the concerts by the Tamburitzans featuring accordionist Cody McSherry

Cody McSherry has performed concerts with the Tamburitzans in the USA since 2020.

The Tamburitzans, formerly the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, is an ensemble that has performed a wide variety of folk dance and music representing international cultures for over 80 years in the United States and internationally.

Cody was accepted into the Tamburitzans in 2020 following an audition that included singing, dancing and playing accordion.

Cody is now a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Classical Studies with an emphasis in Ancient Greek and French, and an additional certificate in Russian and in Slavic Studies.

See news item for further details about Cody McSherry: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=14-Oct-2022&lang=en#art19339

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Saint Cecilia Celebrations – Spain

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Saint Cecilia Celebrations were held at the Escola Municipal de Musica de Tarragona in Spain on November 22nd, 2022.

The celebrations included a concert by the music school teachers designed for the whole family.

Performers included Guillem Anguera (accordion), Alexis Lanza Bermejo (cello), Pau Duran Gual (guitar/ukelele), Xavier Pie (soprano sax) and Artemi Agras (bass) (pictured below).
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Nika Kushnir Galatz Radio Interview - Israel

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Nika KushnirAccordionist Nika Kushnir (picture left) was interviewed this month by music journalist Lior Friedman on the Israeli Radio Station, Galatz in Israel.

During the show they discussed music that Nika has written, followed by her performance of Princess Accordion (Roger Dufas), Romanian Gypsy Suite (Emil Aybinder) and Basso Ostinato (Victor Vlasov).

Nika is a member of the Haifa Cabaret Trio and performs regularly in Israel.

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2023 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar

2023 calendarThe 2023 Accordion Babes Pin-Up calendar with CD is available for pre-order now.

Calendar Editor Renée de la Prade advises that they need about 300 pre-orders to meet their goal for printing costs. Calendars are due out soon.

For details email: squeezeboxgoddess@gmail.com

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Annie Gong: Guest at Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand

Annie GongRaelene TurnerOn November 20th, 2022 the Canterbury Accordion Association (CAA) held one of its regular Jam Sessions where players of any instrument join in making music together.

The afternoon started with the group consisting of accordionists, a harmonica player, a brass bass and a keyboard playing a variety of selected pieces from the music provided (picture below). The audience clapped along to ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ and the group finished with a few favourite Christmas Carols.

93yr old soloist, Raelene Turner (picture above right) then performed ‘Remember You’re Mine’ and CAA 2022 Scholarship award winner, 10yr old Ivy Du, played ‘Raisins & Almonds’ and ‘Yossel Yossel’.

Then came the highlight of the afternoon with the CAA having the good fortune to welcome Annie Gong (picture above left), professional accordionist and entertainer, (usually entertaining on Cruise ships from London), in New Zealand for the Summer season. Annie is currently in Christchurch and was available to join in the Jam Session.

Annie with her catchy enthusiasm and wonderful talent kept us all spellbound and wanting more. She played short excerpts from pieces such as Toccato in D Minor, Phantom of the Opera and a Jazz piece and then on to a very moving ‘Hallelujah’ and a country music piece ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’.

The variety of music ended with Annie changing her accordion to sound like the bag-pipes and she marched to ‘Scotland the Brave’ much to the delight of a Scottish member present!

Annie then invited questions on how her MIDI accordion worked and she explained the programming system of different instrumental sounds to create whatever she wanted – even a full orchestra and voices!

Annie’s passion for passing on any information she could and seeing players enjoy playing the accordion was appreciated and well received by all present.

What a treat it was to have such a talented and exciting young player entertain us – thoroughly enjoyed by all! The CAA hopes to invite Annie to join in another one of their events before she returns to London.

Picture below: Jam session performers
Jam session players

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Handharmonika Club Walheim-Besigheim Church Concert – Germany

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Carmen BuchgraberSabina KeinerThe Handharmonika Club Walheim-Besigheim (picture below) will perform a church concert at the Catholic Holy Cross Church in Besigheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on November 26th, 2022 at 6.30pm.

The 1. Orchestra and the ensemble "Accent" led by Carmen Buchgraber (picture left) and the youth orchestra led by Sabina Keiner (picture right) have prepared a program for an atmospheric concert evening.

Free admission.
Handharmonika Club Walheim-Besigheim

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2022 Dream Concert - Korea

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Accordionist DooHwan Jeon invites accordionists and enthusiasts to the next Dream Concert, which will be held in Korea on November 26th, 2022 at 2pm.

See poster for details.

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Hohenlimburg Accordion Orchestra e.V. “We Will Entertain You” Concert - Germany

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The Hohenlimburg Accordion Orchestra e.V. will perform a concert entitled “We Will Entertain You” in the Auditorium of the Realschule Hohenlimburg in Hagen, Germany on November 27th, 2022.

The orchestra will be joined by the Hohenlimburg theater group "Klamauk" and the "Elseyer-Nahmer Men's Choir".

Their program will include a mix of classical music such as Ludwig van Beethoven's "Scherzo", well-known pop hits by Elton John, Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now", "The Sound of Silence" (new version by the group Disturbed) and "One Tango" by Ian Watson.

For details phone: 02334/51493

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Dave Evans "Accordion in the Courtyard" Concert - Australia

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Accordionist Dave Evans will play his favourite songs at a solo concert entitled "Accordion in the Courtyard" at Open Studio in Northcote, Victoria, Australia on December 2nd, 2022 at 6.30pm.

Free Entry.

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John Kirkpatrick Launches New CD “Joy and Jubilation” – UK

CD CoverJohn KirkpatrickJohn Kirkpatrick MBE (picture right) will launch his new CD “Joy and Jubilation” (Fledgling Records) at a concert at the SpArC Theatre in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, England, UK on December 3rd, 2022 at 7.30pm.

The CD features songs relating to Midwinter and Christmas plus songs by the Bishop’s Castle Carollers.

At the CD launch, the Carollers will join John “for a grand finale to raise the roof!”

For details phone: 015 88 630321

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Orchestra "Patty Stella" Presents New CD – Italy

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The Orchestra "Patty Stella" featuring Filippo Bosco (accordion) will hold concert to present their new CD “Il Nostro Liscio” (Our Smooth) at the Parrocchiale Theatre in Verla di Giovo, Italy on December 4th at 5pm.

Admission is free. For details phone: +39 338 84 41 753

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Alex Meixner at Tomball German Festival Christmas Market - USA

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Alex MeixnerThe Alex Meixner Band will entertain at the Tomball German Festival Christmas Market held in Tomball, Texas, USA from December 9th to 11th, 2022.

The festival includes three stages of live music, an open air market, street vendors and a variety of music and dance entertainment.

The Alex Meixner Band will perform on December 9th from 6pm to 10pm, on December 10th from 6pm and on December 11th from 3pm.

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Christmas Weekend with Ian Lowthian - UK

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Ian's music weekendIan Lowthian will run his popular Christmas Weekend on December 10th and 11th, 2022 at Kirkhope House, Ettrickbridge, Scottish Borders, UK.

This will be a live event and also online for those who prefer to attend from home

Ian will cover some Christmas music along with the usual festive lights and decorations!

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Ferran Martínez Performs Christmas Concert with “Industrial Choir” – Spain

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Ferran Martínez will perform a Christmas concert with the “Industrial Choir” at the Acadèmia Catòlica
Carrer St Joan, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on December 18th, 2022 at 6pm.

Their program will include works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Bach, Scarlatti and Brahms.

For details email: ferranacordio@gmail.com

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Closing Date Extended for 1st International Igor Zavadsky Accordion Competition - Ukraine

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The closing date for the 1st International Igor Zavadsky Accordion Competition, due to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine next year has been extended until December 31st, 2022.

The competition itself consists of three rounds. the third with the orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.

The event is planned to take place in Kyiv from May 23rd to 28th, 2023 or May 21st to 26th, 2024 (if martial law is still in place in Kyiv at the beginning of spring next year).

The competition jury includes Igor Zavadsky (Ukraine), Renzo Ruggieri (Italy), Franck Vilain (France), Olga Mykytenko (Germany) and Victor Makarov (Belgium).

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Marie Evelyn Jones décède à l’âge de 93 ans (de 1928 à 2022) - Nouvelle-Zélande

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Marie JonesVidéo ci-dessus : The Holy City composé par Stephen Adams, un favori de Marie Jones, interprété par Alanah Jones et son père Maurice Jones lors de la célébration de la vie de Marie Jones le 13 novembre 2022.

Marie Jones photographiée ci-dessus à 90 ans avec sa famille.

Peu de temps avant son 94e anniversaire, Marie Evelyn Jones est décédée au Lady Allum Care Suites. Ayant récemment souffert du Covid, d'une jambe cassée et de deux AVC, elle repose désormais en paix.

Il y a eu une crémation privée et une célébration le13 novembre, pour honorer une longue et belle vie consacrée à l'accordéon et à la famille.

Marie Jones était la mère bien-aimée des accordéonistes Harley Jones, Maurice Jones et Heather Masefield et la grand-mère bien-aimée d'Amber Masefield, Grayson Masefield et Alanah Jones. Elle laisse dans le deuil sa sœur Nita Rotherham, la dernière de ses 6 frères et sœurs.

Vivre au 4 O'Neills Ave, Accordion House Importer/Retailer, pendant près de 60 ans, signifiait que quotidiennement, il y avait de nombreux appels téléphoniques, et des visiteurs venant voir d'abord son mari Allan Jones, puis après 1980, son fils Maurice Jones, qui importait des accordéons pour le marché australien dans ces locaux.

En octobre 2003, Marie Jones a été la première personne à recevoir le Prix de l'Ami Honoré de l'Accordéon de la Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) lors du Congrès de la CIA en Hongrie pour ses nombreuses années de contribution à l'accordéon en Nouvelle-Zélande ainsi que son travail vers la communauté internationale. événements organisés en Nouvelle-Zélande.

Pour plus d'informations et de nombreuses photos, voir le site : Marie Jones
Marie Jones at 2011 Coupe Mondiale

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CNIMA_ Ludovic Beier 2022 Masterclass Jazz Manouche - France

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Ludovic BeierLudovic BeierVidéo : Information promotionnelle sur la Masterclass CNIMA Jazz Manouche 2021 par Ludovic Beier.

Ludovic Beier animera une Masterclass Jazz Manouche à l’école d’accordéon le CNIMA du 14 au 16 décembre 2022.

La masterclass abordera tous les secrets de la musique jazz manouche : comment improviser, accompagner et développer son répertoire.

Le formateur Ludovic Beier est un accordéoniste de jazz bien connu. Il a joué avec Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Dorado Schmitt, San Severino, Thomas Dutronc et Guy Marchand pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns et est titulaire d'un doctorat en jazz manouche.

Il vient de rentrer d'un concert au Birdland NYC, aux États-Unis, pour le festival Django Reinhardt de six jours qui s'est tenu début novembre.

Pour plus de détails email : cnima@orange.fr

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