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Weekly News from Around the World - 25-Sep-2020
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Music Marche Meeting, Castelfidardo - Italy
New Date for 2021 Musikmesse Frankfurt - Germany
CNIMA Pays Homage to Louis Corchia - France
Results & Daily Reports: 2020 PIF Castelfidardo International - Italy
A Touch of Italy in Dargaville - New Zealand

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

2021 AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition for Aspiring Composers
Alexander Poeluev Video Features Rostov-on-Don - Russia
Kevin Friedrich CD Release Launch, Dargaville - New Zealand
Video: Alessandro Mugnoz Quintet Recording of Felice Fugazza's "Scherzo" - Italy
Accordion Decoration Challenge by Maugein - France
Bridge & Wolak Film “Bach to Benny Goodman” - Canada
6 Year Old Boy Plays Reginella Campagnola - Italy
La P’tite Remorque Band at Tour de France

Future events

Ivan Dyma, Arseniy Strokovskiy & Nikolai Kurdyumov in Concert, Moscow - Russia
Luigi Carniglia Online Concert, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Cafe Accordion Orchestra Outdoor Concert, Minneapolis - USA
Piano Accordion Course at Halsway Manor, Sommerset - UK
Trossingen Workshops - Germany
Twin Lakes Trio at Milwaukee Accordion Club – USA

New and Updated Sites

Site Update: 2020 Coupe Mondiale Competition - Portugal
Tracey Collins Accordion Entertainer Updated Site - New Zealand
Russia News Updated

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Music Marche Meeting, Castelfidardo - Italy

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A special Music Marche meeting was organised by newly elected President Massimo Pigini on September 17th, 2020, to discuss the PIF, Castelfidardo and the newly opened and renovated Accordion Museum Castelfidardo which was featured on AWW News:
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=28-Aug-2020&lang=en#art16785

Many companies and partners of Music Marche participated in the meeting, which has a goal to maintain specialist handicraft traditions, develop new ideas and let the entire world listen, see and enjoy the music featured by excellent instruments made in Castelfidardo, performed by outstanding Italian and international accordion artists.

Music Marche has worked closely with officials in the renovation of the Museum Castelfidardo, as well as sponsoring Euro 10.940 to the "Art-Bonus" which is a project by MIBACT/Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali – Government department for maintaining cultural assets and activities.

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New Date for 2021 Musikmesse Frankfurt - Germany

Musikmesse
The 2021 Musikmesse, Europe’s largest trade fair for the music industry, musical instruments and musical education, will be held from October 22nd to 24th, 2021 in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a change from the normal March or early April annual dates for many years.

The music fair will be held in conjunction with the Frankfurt Book Fair and collaborate with the creative hub THE ARTS +. Both shows will remain independent events.

The Musikmesse gathers about 56,000 visitors and close to 1,000 exhibitors annually.

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CNIMA Pays Homage to Louis Corchia - France

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Louis CorchiaVideo: Menzo Gatte, 14 year old, plays "Roulotte" by Louis Corchia, at Castelfidardo in 2019

Last week, we reported the sad death of Louis Corchia from Covid-19 and showed two videos. The CNIMA international accordion school based in the heart of France, pays homage to Louis Corchia.

Nathalie Boucheix, co-founder and school manager, fondly remembers all the concerts she played with her friend Louis Corchia. "I am deeply saddened by the loss of Loulou. He was an extraordinary musician, respected and appreciated by all.

Loyal, humble, easy-going. He was truly an exceptional man! A role model for all. I am truly moved by his death due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He trusted me for so many years inviting me regularly to play at his many galas and concerts among the best. I owe him a lot and will remember him forever, deep in my heart. He will be greatly missed. The accordion world is mourning as they lost a 'grand monsieur"!

Farewell Loulou and THANK YOU. You will always be at our side."

Jacques Mornet, founder of the CNIMA school adds:
"A great man just left us. He was an all round artist, a great musician (2nd in the Coupe Mondiale 1951 and winner of the first Trophée Mondial in 1951 in London) who won the pride of his father Primo, also an accordion talent which was almost transmitted genetically to his son.

His kindness and his musical honesty were famous. He loved life and knew how to share his joy and good mood. All the students at the CNIMA and the school manager Nathalie Boucheix, join me to give our most sincere condolences to his wife Jeanine and all the members of his family.

We have chosen Menzo Gatte, one of our youngest students to pay a well deserved homage through the playing of his "hit" (as he would say) "la Roulotte". Farewell our friend. In the angels paradise, up there.... be happy to have inspired this young generation that made you so proud."

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Results & Daily Reports: 2020 PIF Castelfidardo International - Italy

PIF reports
Daily Reports by Accordions Worldwide including detailed results, pictures and lots of video is online at: 2020Castelfidardo

See also the rules, list of Finalists, seminars at 2020Castelfidardo

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A Touch of Italy in Dargaville - New Zealand

Dargaville School
concertsPicture above: Christine Johnstone (left), Kevin Friedrich (centre) and Linda Litt (right).

CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich is making the most of his lengthy stay in New Zealand while away from his home in New York, this time returning to the school where he attended and first began accordion lessons, the Dargaville Primary School. With the students having recently studied Italy, it was a perfect opportunity to present an educational program about the accordion and its strong Italian connection.

Combining music, movement and song, the program showcased the accordion history, construction and music while allowing the enthusiastic young students aged 9-10 years old to participate.

During the five concerts, approximately 150 young students were treated to music from Disney, Star Wars and The Muppet Movies, Folk music, novelty pieces and traditional New Zealand Maori music.

Assisting Kevin were accordionist Christine Johnstone, AWW News Editor and Director of the North Shore Music Makers Accordion Orchestra (Auckland, New Zealand) and Linda Emmett Litt, (percussion and timpani) the daughter of Doreen Emmett who first taught Kevin the accordion at the Dargaville Primary School in the 1970s.

The concerts will resume in October when the new School term begins with the upcoming concerts being presented to the middle and junior syndicates at the Dargaville Primary School.

Pictures below and above left: getting the children involved and moving to music
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2021 AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition for Aspiring Composers

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The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) 2021 Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition for Aspiring Composers has published Information, Awards, Regulations and Entry Form at: 2021Bennett.pdf

Entry closing date: January 10, 2021
International entrants can use the AAA Shopping basket to pay the entry fee and send the entry form information by email.

Winners will be notified about January 30, 2021. Winners are invited and encouraged to perform their compositions at the 2021 AAA Festival in West Philadelphia, PA. Details at: AAA

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Alexander Poeluev Video Features Rostov-on-Don - Russia

Alexander Poeluev has released this video to celebrate the birthday of Rostov-on-Don, the city in Russia where he was born and raised, the city where he met his wife and where his son was born.

The premiere of the video took place in the large hall of the Rostov State Music Theater as part of the First International Congress of Culture and Media Volunteers. The Congress was held from 1st to 5th October 2019 in the Rostov Region with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Public Chamber, the Association of Volunteer Centers of Russia, the Government, Zak. Assembly and Public Chamber of the Rostov Region. The head of the organizing committee is a member of the OPRF Leonid Shafirov.

Accordion - Alexander Poeluev
Piano - Aram Rustamyants
Soprano saxophone - Andrey Machnev
Guitar - Elizaveta Poelueva
Bass - Vitaly Perov
Drums - Grigory Deratsuev

Producer and author of the idea - Elizaveta Poelueva
Director - Roman Kirimeev

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Kevin Friedrich CD Release Launch, Dargaville - New Zealand

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Picture above: Kevin Friedrich (left), Sound Engineer Mal Smith and Gary Daverne (right).

New York based accordionist Kevin Friedrich will celebrate the launch of his CD ‘The Journey’ at an official reception to be held at the Dargaville Methodist Church Hall in Dargaville, New Zealand on October 4th at 2pm.

Marking a 30 year collaboration between Kevin and renowned New Zealand composer Gary Daverne, the launch of the CD entirely of Gary’s works, will include a talk by both the artist and composer as well as some sample excerpts from the CD performed both live and as pre-recorded items by Kevin and some of the supporting artists.

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Video: Alessandro Mugnoz Quintet Recording of Felice Fugazza's "Scherzo" - Italy

Alessandro Mugnoz now has a youtube channel. The idea is to tell musical "stories", through various experiences of about forty years. Enjoy this historical recording/video.

Felice Fugazza's "Scherzo" (1922-2007), published in 1953 by Farfisa (later Bérben) editions, is one of the first significant Italian compositions dedicated to an accordion ensemble.
The author, a truly multifaceted musician (multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, publicist, designer), was one of the fundamental figures for the affirmation and enhancement of the accordion instrument.

The present was most likely not our best interpretation, but it is certainly the only one left to testify the ensemble's activity in the early 1980s.

The recording, now historical, was made in Potenza Picena (MC) in the summer of 1983; when the group recorded an entire concert / record program in a single session, practically live. Later it was included in the CD "Accordiones in concert", distributed by Prendinota editions.

Performers:
Alessandro Mugnoz, 1st accordion
Miriam Mugnoz, 2nd accordion
Andrea Carnevalini, 3rd accordion
Fabrizio Sbacco, 4th accordion
Edgardo Mugnoz, bass accordion

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Accordion Decoration Challenge by Maugein - France

new decorationnew decorationDuring the Covid-19 lockdown, Maugein Accordions challenged accordionists to create an accordion decoration on their models! Many of you participated by having fun creating original designs and colours, and Maugein thanks everyone for their efforts.

After a few hours of discussions, the Maugein team made their choice and have now produced the instrument!

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Bridge & Wolak Film “Bach to Benny Goodman” - Canada

Michael BridgeMichael Bridge (accordion – picture left) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet) have released the trailer for their full-length film “Bach to Benny Goodman”.

The full film (1h 10mins) is being aired in local theatres and on laptop screens across the Canadian Maritimes this month, and then it will continue to be presented nationally and internationally!

Upcoming online Debut Atlantic shows will be held at:

Musique Royale, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on September 26th.
Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador on October 18th.
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6 Year Old Boy Plays Reginella Campagnola - Italy

Six year old Manuel Graziosi from Ancarano di Norcia, Perugia, Italy enjoys playing the accordion. Check out this video of him playing the popular folk tune "Reginella Campagnola".

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La P’tite Remorque Band at Tour de France

Video: La P’tite Remorque Band entertaining at Tour de France in Sarran, Central France last week.

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Future events


Ivan Dyma, Arseniy Strokovskiy & Nikolai Kurdyumov in Concert, Moscow - Russia

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A concert entitled “Otoño Porteño” will be held in the Grand Palace, Bazhenov Hall of the Tsaritsino Reserve Museum on Sunday, September 27th at 4 p.m.

The concert is named after the composition "The Seasons in Buenos Aires" by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla and his music will be part of the concert program. The program will be performed by the winners of international competitions Ivan Dyma (saxophones), Arseniy Strokovskiy (accordion) and Nikolai Kurdyumov (piano).

Arseniy Strokovskiy extensive achievements are listed on his website.
Ivan Dyma also has extensive achievements also on his website.
Nikolai Kurdyumov is winner of international competitions in Russia and abroad.

Their program will include:
M. Balakirev - "Islamei"
J. Gershwin - "Sabre Dance" from the ballet "Gayane"
N. Kapustin - Concerto for saxophone
A. Piazzolla - 20 Years Ago, Close Your Eyes and Listen, Years of Solitude, Deus Xango, 20 Years After, Reminiscence, Summit.

For details email: ars@stroks.su

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Luigi Carniglia Online Concert, Buenos Aires - Argentina

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Luigi Carniglia pictureAccordionist Luigi Carniglia will perform an online concert on 2nd October, 2020 at 8pm in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Cafe Accordion Orchestra Outdoor Concert, Minneapolis - USA

CAOThe Café Accordion Orchestra (CAO) will perform in the Main Stage Tent at Crooners Supper Club in Minneapolis, MN, USA on October 8th from 7.30pm.

The band includes Dan Newton (accordion & vocals), Eric Mohring ( mandolin, violin and vocals), Erik Lillestol (bass and vocals) and Joe Steinger (percussion). Special guest Brian Barnes (guitar and vocals) will join them for this performance.

The band enjoy playing an eclectic mix full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude with swing, ballads, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show.

For details phone: 763-760-0062

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Piano Accordion Course at Halsway Manor, Sommerset - UK

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Paul Hutchinson & Murray GraingerVideo 1: Some quick tips from Paul Hutchinson
Video 2: Murray Grainger and Adam Summerhayes (violin)

Following the cancellation of their annual Piano Accordion Weekend earlier this year due to Covid-19, Halsway Manor are welcoming Paul Hutchinson (picture left) & Murray Grainger (right) back to the Manor for a weekend of squeezing together from October 9th to 11th, 2020.

The event will be held at the Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts in Sommerset, UK and cover new tunes and various techniques for intermediate and advanced-level players. Attendees will need to be able to read music for this course.

For details email: office@halswaymanor.org.uk

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Trossingen Workshops - Germany

Hohner ConservatoryThe Hohner Conservatory Trossingen will hold a series of “Thinking Workshops” over the next three months. These are a public series of events with lectures, workshops, readings, discussion rounds and, of course, music.

The workshops will be held on Fridays at 7.30pm in the lecture hall.

Dates are:

16th October 2020
13th November 2020
11th December 2020

All lectures will include music by students of the Hohner Conservatory. Admission is free - donations to cover costs are requested.

For details email: info@hohner-konservatorium.de

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Twin Lakes Trio at Milwaukee Accordion Club – USA

Twin Lakes Trio
The Twin Lakes Trio will be the guest performers at the Milwaukee Accordion Club in Franklin, Wisconsin on October 26th, 2020. The trio includes concertina player John Dietz.

The Twin Lakes Trio is “guaranteed to keep your event hopping!!”

For details phone: 414 861-3240

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Site Update: 2020 Coupe Mondiale Competition - Portugal

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2020 Coupe Mondiale posterThe Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) has received an official letter from the Portuguese authorities informing us that they have been forced to cancel all public events by order of the Central Government.

Therefore, our Portugal member Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve led by President João Pereirais is taking steps to organize within a few weeks, a series of concerts as planned in Faro and Castro Marim, even without audience, to showcase the diversity of the accordion in Portugal.

The CIA Executive Committee has assured the maximum support and availability to organize an online event lasting a few days, in the style of World Accordion Day, with interviews, videos, and the streaming of concerts of artists from Portugal.

Full letters at Coupe Mondiale.

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Tracey Collins Accordion Entertainer Updated Site - New Zealand

Tracey CollinsVery popular accordion entertainer Tracey Collins has updated her website at:
Tracey Collins
www.accordions.com/tracey

Video above Tracey performing at an outdoor French themed occasion.

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Russia News Updated

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Accordion Russia News has been updated with new items.

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