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Weekly News from Around the World - 26-Mar-2021
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Online: 12th Italia Award World Accordion Contest - Italy
XIII International Bayan & Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile”, Drohobych - Ukraine
William Schimmel 2021 AAA Master Class & Concert Series in New York - USA
Veikko Ahvenainen Gifts His Composition “Covid-19” to the World - Finland
2021 Czech Accordion Online Competition – Czech Republic
Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund - USA

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

Marco Lo Russo Plays Soundtrack to New Film “Vado e Vengo” – Italy
Closing Date for Online Accordion Star International Competition 2021
Marie-Andrée Joerger New CD “Bach en Miroir” - France
Coba Concerts Postponed Due to Covid-19 State of Emergency Declaration – Japan
Leonard Brown DVDs Donated to Care Homes, Scotland – UK

Future events

Semion Shmelkov Concert in Syktyvkar - Russia
North Staffs Accordion Club Virtual Concert – UK
Online: Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble Workshop - USA
Alex Meixner Band at Rock’N RiverWalk - USA
Online: Ian Lowthian Advanced Accordion Weekend – UK
Hugo Noth Masterclass at University of Music Franz Liszt – Germany

Client News

Fisitalia Updated Website, Castelfidardo - Italy

Childrens Corner

Video: Children Enjoying Playing the Accordion - Mexico

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: 2021 Accordion Examination Board of NZ (AEBNZ) - New Zealand

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Online: 12th Italia Award World Accordion Contest - Italy

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Renzo RuggieriClaudio AzzaroThe 12th Italia Award competition will be held online this year, organised by the Associazione Promozione Arte (Art Promotion Association) in collaboration with Club Voglia d'Arte.

The event will take place from June 1st to 20th, 2021. Art director Renzo Ruggieri (picture left) and President Claudio Azzaro (picture right) advise that candidates from all over the world and with instruments of any brand will be able to take part.

Categories include: Classic, Virtuoso, Diatonic and with other instrument for these 7 age groups: Student 10, Student 12, Student 14, Student 16, Junior, Senior, Amateur.
Also Student Group 15 and Student Group 18 and Professional Solo Classic, Virtuoso, Diatonic and Ensemble groups.

Download rules in English and Italian: 2021ItaliaRules.pdf

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XIII International Bayan & Accordion Competition “Perpetuum Mobile”, Drohobych - Ukraine

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The XIII International Competition for bayan and accordion “Perpetuum Mobile” will be held from May 7th to 10th, 2021 at Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University in Drohobych, Lviv region, Ukraine.

Entrants are expected from Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldova, Italy, France, Serbia, China and Great Britain.

In addition to the competition, the event will include concerts, master classes, meetings, a conference on “Music Art XXI Century – history, theory, practice”, methodological seminars, an exchange of musical and scientific literature, video and audio recordings

The jury will consist of teachers, performers and composers from different countries of the world.

Entries close on March 31st, 2021. See poster above for details.

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William Schimmel 2021 AAA Master Class & Concert Series in New York - USA

William SchimmelThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will present a 2021 Master Class & Concert Series with Dr William Schimmel, moderator and curator from July 30th to August 1st, 2021. This event will be held online the same as the very successful 2020 event.

Entitled "The Twilight Time" (The magical place from light to darkness), the AAA Master Class and Concert Series will feature daily masterclasses from 3pm to 4pm and concerts from 4pm to 5 pm.

Download the AAA Masterclass flier for a full list of participants and reservation information: 2021AAAMasterClass.pdf Online reservations at: http://www.ameraccord.com/annualmasterclass.php

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Veikko Ahvenainen Gifts His Composition “Covid-19” to the World - Finland

Veikko AhvenainenFamous Finnish concert accordionist, arranger and composer, Veikko Ahvenainen has composed a new waltz entitled “Covid-19”. The composition is for string orchestra with the first performance by the Oulu Sinfonia String Quintet - video above.

The new composition is also composed for accordion and the very generous Veikko Ahvenainen has given this new accordion music to the world. Thank you.

Download the accordion music: 2021CovidValse.pdf
Enjoy!

Veikko Ahvenainen was presented the CIA Merit Award in a very nice ceremony in Finland last year to honor his amazing musical career of so many achievements. Read more at: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=18-Sep-2020&lang=en&s=16839

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2021 Czech Accordion Online Competition – Czech Republic

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Dr. Marcela KysováCompetition Director, Dr. Marcela Kysová–Halmová (picture left) invites all accordionists to take part in the 2021 Czech Accordion Online Competition organised under the auspices of the Creative Center, Ostrava.

Competition categories are:
1. Baby 6-8 years
2. Children I. 9-11 years
3. Children II. 12-14 years
4. Junior 15-17 years
5. Senior 18 years
6. Virtuoso Entertainment Music (no age limit)

Entry applications must be received by March 31st, 2021. Contestant videos must be received by April 25th, 2021.

The international jury includes Gorka Hermosa (Spain), Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif (Austria), Iosif Purits (Russia), Jiri Lukes (Czech Republic), Ladislav Horak (Czech Republic), Raimondas Sviackevicius (Lithuania), Marcela Kysová, Zoran Rakic (Serbia), Borat Zagoranski (Slovenia), Fernando Avila (Brazil), Jan Meisl, Daniel Lis (Poland), Dariusz Kownacki (Poland), Wojciech Golec, (Poland) and Milan Osadsky.

Results will be announced by 10th May, 2021.

Download competition rules here: 2021CzechAccordionOnlineRules.pdf

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Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund - USA

Logo Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund
Est. 2018 by Mary Tokarski.

In 2018, Mary Tokarski established the Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund managed by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven so that young people can “experience the enrichment and the joy that comes from making music.”

The Fund bears her husband’s name to honor the endless support he had for the music career of Mary Tokarski.

Beginning in July of 2021, the Fund will begin presenting one or more Scholarships and Grants to young musicians (up to the age of 26) seeking educational advancement and/or to improve their musical skills on the accordion through extra-curricular programs and events, and require financial help to do so.

North Haven High School students, American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) festival participants and students of AAA members can apply.

The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2021, and one (or more) awards of varying amounts will be announced at the July AAA Festival event – whether in person or virtual.

The Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund will award scholarships based on financial need and academic achievement to young musicians who are currently enrolled or have applied for admission to a degree program of an accredited college or university, with the required curriculum leading to a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in music, preferably with the accordion as a major instrument.

Special consideration will be given to those who plan to use the accordion as an integral part of their career plans.

Application forms and all required paperwork should be posted or emailed to:
mary.tokarski@comcast.net
The Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund
835 Mix Avenue
Apartment T1
Hamden, CT 06514

Applications and Information: Mary & Frank Tokarski Musical Arts Fund
Questions, clarifications and requests for applications should be sent to Mary Tokarski at: mary.tokarski@comcast.net.

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Marco Lo Russo Plays Soundtrack to New Film “Vado e Vengo” – Italy

Marco Lo RussoVideo: “Vado e Vengo” Official Italian Film Trailer directed by Fabrizio Nardocci, music by Marco Lo Russo.

Marco Lo Russo returns to the cinema, performing the soundtrack of the debut film “Vado e Vengo” by director Fabrizio Nardocci. The film is based on a subject by Maurizio Ponzi and will be broadcast on Sky Primafila Premiere TV from March 26th, 2021.

The leading character of the film is Marco Valerio Montesano flanked by well-known Italian cinema and TV actors, Antonello Fassaro, Massimiliano Pazzaglia, Anna Ferruzzo, Alice Ferri and Sara Ricci.

The film produced by Dalex Film, in collaboration with Rai Cinema, is set in Rome, Italy and tells the story of Mario a 21-year-old boy in search of his father and his roots.

Composer, arranger and accordionist Marco Lo Russo, (who has produced numerous soundtracks), plays music ranging from pop to world music, through to jazz.

Also in the soundtrack is the song performed by actress Alice Ferri, in which Marco Lo Russo highlights the sensuality and freshness of the French chanson.

The soundtrack of the film published by the label Rouge Sound Production for Marco Lo Russo Music Center APS will soon be available on CD.

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Closing Date for Online Accordion Star International Competition 2021

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The closing date for the online 2021 Accordion Star International Competition is April 7th, 2021. The competition will be held online from April 16th to 25th 2021.

The competition features 10 age and genre categories. The competition program will include new categories, such as "Music of Bach" and "Accordion star 37 plus without age limit"

Contestants who won 1st place in any category will be awarded the title of "Champion Accordion Star International 2021", cash rewards and diploma.. The 2nd and 3rd places will receive the title of winners and a diploma for that place.

In addition to the competition program, concert performances, master classes, interviews
and presentation of the members of the jury and guests of the festival will be presented at
the festival.

Download competition rules here: 2021AccordionStarRules.pdf

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Marie-Andrée Joerger New CD “Bach en Miroir” - France

Marie-Andrée JoergerMarie-Andrée Joerger CD coverThe new album by Marie-Andrée Joerger entitled “Bach en Miroir” will be released on April 16th, 2021.

Marie-Andrée Joerger pays homage to a musical form, the Prelude and Fugue, so popular throughout the ages.

The mirror effect is created by alternating preludes and fugues by Johann-Sebastian Bach and other great composers, each of whom marked their own era: Balbastre, Mozart, Schumann, Reger and Escaich.

The particularly poetic and varied sounds of the accordion bring a unique dimension to these works, as if they had been written for this popular instrument.

For details email: marieandree84@live.fr

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Coba Concerts Postponed Due to Covid-19 State of Emergency Declaration – Japan

CobaCoba concerts as part of his “Coba Solo Tour 2020 The Accordion” have had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 prefecture state of emergency declaration.

Coba apologises for the postponement of his performances “as a result of considering the safety of customers and prevention of infection and spread”.

The affected concerts are:
• Yamagata Performance which was due to be held on March 30th, 2021. New Date: October 21st 2021
• Miyagi Performance which was due to be held on March 31st, 2021. New Date: July 16th, 2021

All ticket holders can use their current tickets for these future performances, or refunds are available if requested. The refund period is from March 26th to April 30th, 2021.

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Leonard Brown DVDs Donated to Care Homes, Scotland – UK

Leonard BrownDVD coverAccordionist Leonard Brown has very generously donated copies of his DVD entitled "The Very Best of Leonard Brown and his Band" to over one hundred care homes, most of which are situated in Scotland. In this time of pandemic they are especially sure to be watched and appreciated. What a magnificent gesture!

Leonard Brown, an accordion champion and pianist, has become well-known for promoting concerts in Scotland, including lifetime achievement tribute concerts for Tom Alexander and Davie Stewart. He is a prolific recording artist with many CDs and DVDs to his credit, including ‘A Toast to Scotland’, a double DVD celebrating the music of some of Scotland’s accordion legends such as Jimmy Shand and Will Starr. All are available via his website.

Leonard Brown, from Newcastle, became only the second Englishman to become All Scotland Accordion Champion in 2012 (Robert Whitehead was the first in 1968). He has emerged as one the best young accordionists on the accordion scene in the UK.

For further information email: leonardbrownaccordion@gmail.com

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Future events


Semion Shmelkov Concert in Syktyvkar - Russia

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As part of the 16th Interregional Competition of Young Artists "Young Gifts by Y.S. Perepilica" there will be a concert by Semion Shmelkov, assistant professor of bayan and accordion at the Russian Academy of Music by Gnesin.

The concert will take place on March 26th in the Dome Hall of the National Gallery of the Republic of Komi, in Syktyvkar beginning at 5pm.

Attendees will be able to get acquainted with the works of Bach, Mozart, Soler, Villa-Lobos, Schumann and Saint-Saens. There will also be works by contemporary authors A. Jurbin and O. Chistokhina.

Shmelkov Semion began his studies at the Bayan in DMS No.4 in Kemerovo with V.V. Shmelkov.

He has performed in the USA, China, Germany, Austria, Spain, Serbia, Montenegro, Denmark, Poland and Russia.

He is the winner of international competitions: Citta di Castelfidardo (Italy), Arrasate Hiria (Spain), Fogtland Days of Harmonica (Germany), III Tian Jin International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists (China), Accoholiday (Ukraine), Friedrich Lips Cup (Germany). Chelyabinsk), V International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists in Moscow, I International Music Competition "Petro-Pavlovsk Assemblies" (St. Petersburg), winner of the Grand Prix "Cup of the North VI" (Cherepovets).

For details email: semen53@yandex.ru

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North Staffs Accordion Club Virtual Concert – UK

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The North Staffs Accordion Club will present an online concert on April 6th, 2021 at 7pm.

Guest accordionists performing are the internationally well-known Gina Brannelli (England), 5 times All Britain Virtuoso Champion Mario Conway (Wales), Bruno Continenza (Rome, Italy), and Anne-Marie Devine, one of Northern Ireland’s leading up-and-coming players and teachers.

Attendance is free, though donations to charity are welcomed.

For further information email: northstaffsaccordionclub@gmail.com

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Online: Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble Workshop - USA

BAC logoThe Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble will hold an online workshop on April 11th, 2021 at 2pm (NYC time) organised by the Brooklyn Accordion Club entitled “Musical Collaborations During the Pandemic”.

The ensemble includes accordionists Robert Duncan, Peter Flint, Denise Koncelik, Mayumi Miyaoka and Jeanne Velonis.

The music director of Bachtopus, Robert Duncan will talk about recognizing the unique affordances of presenting art online, applying for a grant, working with composers, collaborating together, recording, mixing, and learning to make videos during the pandemic.

Everyone is welcome. For details email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com
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Alex Meixner Band at Rock’N RiverWalk - USA

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The Alex Meixner Band will entertain at the Rock’N Riverwalk Sunday concert series on April April 11th, 2021.

The event will be held in Downtown Stuart, Florida, USA from 1pm to 4pm.

For details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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Online: Ian Lowthian Advanced Accordion Weekend – UK

Ian LowthianIan Lowthian (picture left) will hold an online “Advanced Accordion Weekend” on April 17th and 18th, 2021.

This weekend will give more advanced accordionists the opportunity to play a bit faster, perhaps look at some advanced left hand patterns, discuss bellows techniques, the use of chords to enhance tunes etc.

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Hugo Noth Masterclass at University of Music Franz Liszt – Germany

Hugo NothThe University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany will hold a masterclass by Hugo Noth (composer and accordionist born in Switzerland – picture left) from July 17th to 22nd as part of their 2021 Weimar Masterclass series.

“Hugo Noth's work has decisively influenced the development of the accordion. His desire for experimentation and a spirit of research characterize his search for an artistic truthfulness with which he repeatedly critically questions existing forms.”

Course languages: German, French, Italian. The course will include work on a solo repertoire of your own choice as well as a joint work on “Les Folies fran'oises” or “Les Dominos” by Francois Couperin. In the daily class lesson, possible ways of interpretation are worked out together.

A concert will be held at the Festsaal Fürstenhaus on July 21st.

For details phone +49 (0)3643 555150 or email: masterclasses@hfm-weimar.de

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Fisitalia Updated Website, Castelfidardo - Italy

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Fisitalia logoFisitalia by Ci. & Emme. srl is a young company in the world accordion scene being launched on the market in 1995 by Giuseppe Chiaraluce, tuner, and Piero Montecchiani, mechanical and keyboard specialist.

Since those beginnings, the reputation of Fisitalia accordions has been exported all over the world.

Fisitalia have just updated their website which focusses on the excellence of their craftsmanship and how proud they are to be high quality 100% Italian made accordions.

Downloadable catalog (PDF) of the complete Fisitalia range from childrens models, piano and chromatic to professional concert piano and chromatic models with free bass. https://www.fisitalia.com/cataloghi/
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Video: Children Enjoying Playing the Accordion - Mexico

Children from Mexico.

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Updated Site: 2021 Accordion Examination Board of NZ (AEBNZ) - New Zealand

Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) logoThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2021 examination dates and 2021 entry fees and entry forms. There is also a change to the grade 7 and grade 8 music lists.

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