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Weekly News from Around the World - 26-Nov-2021
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33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia
Renzo Ruggieri Appointed Jazz Accordion Tutor at "Gaetano Braga" Conservatory – Italy
Martynas Levickis Vivaldi Concerts - Lithuania
Julien Labro Performs Two World Premieres with the Takács Quartet - USA
Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Christmas Accordion Workshop at CNIMA - France
Novosadski Tango Quintet Performs at Serbian National Theatre - Serbia
Brandon McPhee Xmas Concerts 2021 - Scotland
Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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

Friedrich Lips Accordion Class Recital - Russia
Midland Accordion Festival, England – UK
Accordionists Perform at “Finnish Week” - Sweden
Rob Howard Performs at Christmas Fair, Stockport – UK
Ghenadie Rotari Performs at Meridian International Festival - Romania
Oktoberfest Entertainment by James and Shirley O'Brien, Dallas – USA

Future events

"Two Duo" Concert in Moscow Features Accordion - Russia
Alexander Poeluev Video, Concerts in Ruzayevka, Masterclass - Russia
Ladislav Horák Performs with Jaroslav Svěcený – Czech Republic
Wilfried Touati Quartet Performs in Paris - France
Sam Reider Performs with Guitarist Jorge Glem, New York - USA
Online: Ian Lowthian Christmas Weekend - UK

Childrens Corner

Video: Diego and Menzo Gatte Entertain - France

New and Updated Sites

Popular "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" eBook Now Available in Chinese Language
History of AAA Music Commissions by Prof. Robert McMahan - USA
Updated Site: Accordion Russia News

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33rd International “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, Moscow – Russia

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LipsArtistic Director Friedrich Lips (picture right) welcomes you all to the 33rd “Bayan and Bayanists” Festival, which will be held in Moscow from December 15th to 19th, 2021.

The opening concert on December 15th will include a performance by Radu Ratoi (Moldova, picture below) the 2018 Coupe Mondiale Champion and the 2020 winner of the VII International Bayan Competition, which was held in conjunction with the 2020 Moscow Festival.

The opening event will also include the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Anatoly Belyayev, People’s Artist of Russia.

Further events as follows:
• December 16th: Ukrainian evening
• December 17th: 75th Anniversary Celebration of Viatcheslav Semionov, People’s Artist of Russia
• December 18th: 70th Anniversary Celebration of Alexander Dmitriev
• December 19th: Astor Piazzolla – 100! Celebrations

Print poster for details: 2021MoscowPoster.pdf

A full report will be online at: 2021Moscow
Radu Ratoi

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Renzo Ruggieri Appointed Jazz Accordion Tutor at "Gaetano Braga" Conservatory – Italy

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Course posterRenzo Ruggieri has been appointed Jazz Accordion tutor (level Master) at the "Gaetano Braga" Conservatory of Teramo in Italy. The course will start immediately: year 2021/22

This is one of the first classes in the world in a conservatory, specifically for jazz accordion.

Renzo Ruggieri has spent many years teaching Jazz accordion including seminars and master classes in international conservatories, published material and prepared winning students of international competitions.

He has also taught in special experimental courses in conservatories such as: Gaetano Braga (Teramo), Stanislao Giacomantonio (Cosenza), Agostino Steffani (Castelfranco Veneto) and P.I. Tchaikovsky (Nocera Terinese).

For course details email: info@renzoruggieri.it

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Martynas Levickis Vivaldi Concerts - Lithuania

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Video: Martynas Levickis and the Mikroorkéstra Chamber Ensemble performing Vivaldi “Summer” from “The Four Seasons”.

Martynas Levickis and the Chamber Ensemble “Mikroorkestra” will perform concerts entitled “Vivaldi – The Four Seasons” at St. Catherine Church, Vilnius, Lithuania on December 27th and 28th, 2021 at 7pm.

Guest performer will be guitarist Chris Ruebens.

“Although this musical opus is well known to many music lovers, hearing it in such an amplitude is a rare opportunity. Combining the forces of an accordion, string orchestra and guitar, the audience is immersed in an incredible musical experience in which performers visually combine centuries-old sounds and contemporary variations.”

For details email: info@martynasmusic.com

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Julien Labro Performs Two World Premieres with the Takács Quartet - USA

Julien LabroJulien Labro (accordion & bandoneon) will perform a concert with the Takács Quartet for the University Musical Society (UMS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA on December 3rd, 2021.

The concert program will include two world premieres and UMS co-commissioned works by composers Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner as follows:

- “Clash” for bandoneon and string quartet (Clarice Assad)
- “Circles” for bandoneon and string quartet (Bryce Dessner)
- Meditation #1 for bandoneon and string quartet (Julien Labro)
- String Quartet in F Major (Ravel)
- Selected solo works for bandoneon and accordina

For further information, phone: +1 734-764-2538

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Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

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Christmas giftsChristmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas.

These ideas have been compiled to hopefully attract your Xmas gift money to be spent with accordion artists, composers, arrangers and publishers.

Please support accordion artistry and choose from over 2,400 eSheet pieces, 310 CD/DVD’s, 2,000 eTracks, 1,000 plus printed works and numerous books (text) to choose from. 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas Accordion Workshop at CNIMA - France

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Mornet book coverThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold a Christmas Accordion Workshop from December 19th to 23rd, 2021.

Jacques Mornet a (non) method book (picture right) jmornet01

The Christmas workshop is suitable for all ages, levels and styles:
• For young players who love the friendly but studious atmosphere and are supervised, in total safety.
• For passionate people who benefit from reciprocal emulation, fraternal atmosphere and plan to become professional.
• For adults beginning with their instruments and willing to progress quickly on a good basis, with the benevolence of the team.
• For confirmed accordionists or pros who will perfect themselves by relying on the educational system that has trained many great names of the current accordion, artists and teachers.
• For accordionists preparing entrance exams to higher degrees or major international competitions

Participants can work 1 or 2 pieces of their choice and style (variety, classical, musette, jazz, Balkan etc.) under the teaching of Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix, (professors of the CNIMA) or external teachers.

The workshop will also cover holding the instrument, balance of the bellows, spinning of the sound, musical touches and musicality.

See poster for details.

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Novosadski Tango Quintet Performs at Serbian National Theatre - Serbia

Novosadski Tango QuintetVideo: Novosadski Tango Quintet performing Michelangelo 70 by Piazzolla. This concert was held on May 13th, 2021 as part of the 6th International Festival of Accordion and Chamber Music Eufonija.

The Novosadski Tango Quintet will perform a concert at the Serbian National Theatre, Pera Dobrinovic in Novi Sad, Serbia on December 17th, 2021 at 8pm.

The quintet “was formed on the model of Piazzolla's quintet in the desire to present the spirit of his music as faithfully as possible”.

Members of the ensemble are Dragana Kuzmanovic (accordion), Vladimir Cukovic, Vladimir Jakovljevic, Fedor Ruškuc and David Klem.

For details email: nstango5tet@gmail.com

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Brandon McPhee Xmas Concerts 2021 - Scotland

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Popular entertainer and composer Brandon McPhee will perform a series of Christmas Concerts in Scotland from December 7th to 12th, 2021.

Beginning at the British Legion in Thurso, concerts will be held in Wick, Dingwall, Portree, Aboyne and Oldmeldrum.

See poster for details.

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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Merry Christmas logoFree Postage Special:
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English

In French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special:
Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English.

In French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).
Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon, L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore

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Friedrich Lips Accordion Class Recital - Russia

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Video: Performers at the Friedrich Lips accordion class recital.

The Friedrich Lips Accordion Class Recital was held at the Gnessin Acdemy Small Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 15th, 2021.

The program as follows:

• Lin Chenghan: J.S. Bach - Prelude and fugue, B major N°23, BWV 892, WTC II
• Sergey Berdnikov: S. Rachmaninoff - Musical moment in B minor and A. Vivaldi - Concert "Winter", final
• Anton Dovbnya: F. Liszt - Rakoczy-March
• Rafael Sapukov: I. Panitsky – Polosynka and A. Nayunkin - Fantasy on two Russian folk themes
• Gleb Sablev: V. Gridin - Meadow duck
• Olzhas Nurlanov: M. Mussorgsky – Promenade; The Old Castle, M. Mussorgsky - Varlaam's Song from the opera "Boris Godunov" and R. Schumann - Smuggler
• Robert Alevetdinov, button accordion and author - Tatyana Sergeeva, piano: T. Sergeeva - Concerto for button accordion and strings.
• Ilona Savina and Nikita Ukrainsky: J.S. Bach - Concerto for two harpsichords and strings in C minor, J. Kolodub - Round dance (Kola) and J. Voytarovich – Heart

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Midland Accordion Festival, England – UK

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Harry HusseyPicture above: 2021 Festival entertainers.

This year’s Midland Accordion Festival took place from November 12th to 14th, at a new venue – The Mercure West Hotel, West Bromwich, in the West Midlands. The organiser was local accordionist Barry Smith, aided and abetted by an efficient back room team who took care of the administrative side of things.

On arriving at the Mercure Hotel it was great to meet up with lots of friends I had not seen since before the pandemic began last year. The festival opened in familiar style with the amazing Harry Hussey (picture right), now a sprightly 92 years old, taking requests and entertaining as only he can.

Then Helen Rich performed an impressive set of mainly accordion classics including pieces by Pietro Frosini.

The evening concert featured the varied talents of Jovan Rnjak, Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Anne-Marie Devine & Sean O’Neill (Northern Ireland), local duet Anne & Stewart Towe, the humorous and very talented David Vernon (Scotland), and festival stalwart Rosemary Wright. The all-important job of sound and lighting throughout the festival was quietly and efficiently handled by Edward Young of Eternion Productions.

On Saturday and Sunday there were workshops: Elementary Orchestra – Jean Hanger, Scottish – Angie Lukins, Vintage – Jean Hanger, and Intermediate Orchestra – Nigel Pasby. These were all very well attended, and on Sunday afternoon all were featured in short concert that showcased the four workshops’ impressive progress to date.

On Saturday afternoon there was a ‘Play Your Party Piece’ concert, which had lots of players taking turns to play short spots before a large audience. I played a selection from the John Wayne film ‘The Quiet Man’ followed by the ‘Sakkijarven Polka’. Others doing spots included Carlo Pesticcio, Julie Best & Jean Corrighan, John Jones, Susanna Brooking & Alan Shute, and Colette & Gennaro Fiondella, to name but a few. The evening concert featured Helen Rich, Angie & Andrew Lukins, David Vernon, Anne-Marie Devine & Sean O’Neill, Rosemary Wright, concluding with a late night spot from the irrepressible jazz accordionist Harry Hussey.

There was a short service on Sunday morning for Remembrance Day, led by old soldier Stan Shakespeare and ex-RAF serviceman Harry Hussey, both wearing their medals. David Vernon in his kilt played ‘Flower of the Forest’ on the bagpipes, Stan read the address, and a 2 minute silence followed at 11am. It was a very moving occasion. (See picture below).

An interesting workshop on Sunday afternoon was led by Steve Hughes and Tony Britton, from the North Staffs Accordion Club, explaining how the MuseScore programme works.

The festival Trade Show included impressive displays of accordions by Squeeze Box UK and the Birmingham Accordion Centre, accordion books by Robaccord Publications (that was me!), Roy Hendrie and Limex Midi, and Reg Rawlings’ Theatre Organ Sampler.

The Sunday evening concert was introduced by the Black Country Accordion Band (MD Barry Smith), who performed some rousing music for half an hour. The band was followed by Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Anne-Marie Devine & Sean O’Neill, Jovan Rnjak, David Vernon, Sue Bennett, and the festival concluded with all the guests led by Barry Smith playing ‘Now is the Hour’ to create a lasting final memory.

Barry Smith wrote: “I would also like to thank everyone that donated prizes for our raffle and all the very generous donations that people gave towards our charity fund raising. This year our charity was The Birmingham Children’s Hospital and thanks to you all we raised £1170”.

Barry Smith informed all present that he intends to run the festival again over the same weekend in November next year.
Harry David Stan Carlo

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Accordionists Perform at “Finnish Week” - Sweden

Jörgen Sundeqvist and Päivi Mettälä
The Kramfors Municipality organized a "Finnish Week" this month with many different cultural activities and events.

This week, accordionists Jörgen Sundeqvist and Päivi Mettälä (pictured above) performed at a concert entitled "In the footsteps of the Finnish accordion masters", which was held in Gudmundrå Hembygdsgård, Kramfors, Sweden.

The duo played "live" music as well as legendary recordings from Sven Bergvall's fantastic album collection that is at Dragspelsarchivet, Gudmundrå Hembygdsgård.

They also told the history of famous Finnish and Swedish accordion players. “Some old songs brought back memories and feelings of childhood when my parents danced to those tunes.”

There was also music by and with Viljo Vesterinen, Lasse Pihlajamaa, Onni Laihanen, Toivo Manninen, Paul Norrback, Taito Vainio, Veikko Ahvenainen, Matti Viljanen, Andrew Walter, Karl & Erling Grönstedt and Hans-Erik Nääs.

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Rob Howard Performs at Christmas Fair, Stockport – UK

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Picture above: Rob Howard with his Santa Hat.

I recently volunteered to play my accordion at the Woodley Methodist Church (picture above right) Christmas Fair, held on Saturday November 20th, 9.30am until 1pm. The church is where Stockport Accordion Club has been based since 2006, so I am well acquainted with the venue and was happy to help our landlord.

What nobody involved in organising the event bargained for were the hundreds who turned up as soon as the doors opened at 9.30am. It seems that after a series of lockdowns and curbs on entertainment venues, the local public were just keen to go out somewhere!

I shared the stage with a local dancing school, and we alternated spots throughout the morning. The dancing girls went on first, and the church was so crowded, space was very much at a premium, and I waited while the girls did their stuff in a lively and raucous scenario.

As I watched from the side, guarding my accordion from surrounding youngsters, the famous words of WC Fields came to me, “Never perform with children or animals”! When my turn came I took centre stage, took a deep breath, and began with Joy to the World, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Adeste Fidelis, Ding Dong Merrily On High, In Dulci Jubilo, Mary’s Boy Child, White Christmas, and other seasonal favourites.

To my relief some of the huge crowd that had gathered to watch the dancing stayed where they were, and seemed to enjoy my music. It was a noisy environment and I needed to play most of the time at double forte. I wasn’t amplified, but fortunately my four-voice Cooperativa served me well in this situation as I hammered out the Christmas themed music.

The dancing girls and I alternated a further four spots each, and I finished the proceedings with a 50 minute final spot. As the morning progressed, for the sake of variety, I introduced a lot of non-seasonal music into my sets, such as the music from Oliver!, My Fair Lady, the John Wayne- Maureen O’Hara movie The Quiet Man, O Sole Mio, polkas Swedish Rhapsody/Jenny Lind/Astley’s Ride, a Fred Astaire quicksteps medley, 1920s medley, Tulips From Amsterdam waltzes medley, 1960s medley, Beatles medley, tangos medley, war films medley, Scottish waltzes, an Andrew Lloyd Webber selection, and by way of contrast, the Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke). Fortuitously, as the time went on the church became less crowded and much quieter, which made playing somewhat more pleasurable.

The Christmas Fair organisers have already invited me back next year, so I must have been doing something right!

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Ghenadie Rotari Performs at Meridian International Festival - Romania

Ghenadie RotariVideo: Ghenadie Rotari performing his program entitled “Terra Incognita”.

The 16th edition of Meridian International Festival organized by the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR) and the ISCM Romanian Section took place this month in a format adapted to the present pandemic situation in Romania.

For 2021, the proposed theme was Planetarium – exploring the infinite sonic cosmos of human imagination, as well as paying homage to the great musicians that contributed to the affirmation of Romanian avantgarde music scene.

Each concert was organized after the model of an imaginary celestial body. Ghenadie Rotari featured in his online concert called “Terra Incognita” accordion solo works by Krzysztof Olczak, Diana Rotaru, Rebecca Saunders, Gabriel Malancioiu, Erkki Jokinen and Natalia Prokopenko.

Krzysztof Olczak‘s “Phantasmagorien” (1984) was the winner of the 1984 composition competition “Città di Castelfidardo”. Written by the Polish accordionist and composer Krzysztof Olczak, the work explores the sound capabilities of the accordion through the use of a pervading impulse of the bellows, ample chords, clusters and percussive noises.

Rebecca Saunders‘ “Flesh” (2018) is dedicated to Krassimir Sterev with whom Ghenadie worked closely investigating this very particular palette of sounds for the accordion combined with the voice. The text explores a particularly explicit fragment of Molly Bloom ´s interior monologue, the final chapter of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.

Gabriel Malancioiu’s “Paramita” (2011) is a buddhist term meaning “that which goes beyond”, pointing toward the transcendental realm. The main idea of the work is attaining a state of dynamic equilibrium between the relentless character of the first movement and the static character of the second one.

Erkki Jokinen‘s “Alone” (1978), dedicated to Matti Rantanen, is the only work that Jokinen wrote for accordion solo. It is a very impressionistic piece that uses modern techniques like clusters, glissandi non-temperati, stereophony, etc. The title probably refers to the creative process of an artist, in this case a composer, sitting in front of a blank sheet of paper on which he is supposed to create, alone.

Natalia Prokopenko’s “El mar donde desaparecian los tiempos” (2014) (the sea where times disappeared) was written in 2014 under the impression of the prose of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and is dedicated to the memory of the great writer.

Diana Rotaru “Some reeds and some air moving them” (2019) was written for the accordionist Klemen Leben and commissioned by DocMus, Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki. The frenetic, Balkan rhythms of the beginning gradually transform into a bizarre lamento that grows more and more dramatic.

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Oktoberfest Entertainment by James and Shirley O'Brien, Dallas – USA

O'BriensAccordionists Shirley and James P. O'Brien provided music for the Oktoberfest at the Dallas Retirement Village, in Dallas, Oregon recently.

James P. O'Brien has many arrangements available for purchase online including popular Christmas selections and Christmas collections.

The O’Brien’s, who are summer residents on the Oregon Coast, played many polkas for the guests as well as popular songs from the 1940s and 50s.

Over 100 residents joined the celebration, which included the traditional Oktoberfest meal with brats, sauerkraut, apple strudel and beer.

In the midst of a continuing pandemic, it was great fun to celebrate harvest with spirited accordion music, good food and an appreciative audience.

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"Two Duo" Concert in Moscow Features Accordion - Russia

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Nikita Nedelko, Ivan Dyma, Arseniy StrokovskiyTwo duos: SaxAkkord Duo (Ivan Dyma – saxophones and Arseniy Strokovskiy - accordion) and Jongo Duo (Ivan Dyma – saxophones and Nikita Nedelko - guitar) will give a festive concert in honor of the anniversary of Radio Orpheus on November 26th, 2021 at 8pm at the Concert Hall "Orchestrion" in Moscow, Russia.

The "Metamorphoses" program is an excursion-concert about the changes in academic music over the past one hundred years. A fusion of jazz and academic music, from George Gershwin's Third Movement to Javier Contreras's modernist style, the musicians will perform iconic compositions by 20th and 21st century composers.

This is the music of renewal, which, since its inception, looks into eternity along with classical music. With this program, the musicians tour a lot in cities in Russia and abroad: the USA, Germany, Finland, Spain, Italy, France, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. They played with famous musicians: Boris Berezovsky, Arkady Shilkloper, Fabio Mastrangelo, Alexander Zagorinsky.

Their program as follows:
1. Farrell - Suite Shannon, 3 movements
2. Contreras - Samba
3. Belinatti - Jongo
4. Stravinsky - Black Concert
5. Tamarin - Sonatina
6. Gershwin - 3 Preludes
7. Khachaturyan - Saber Dance
8. Smoke - Hiao (Dedication to Hiao Miyazaki)
9. Smoke - Zambia

The concert will be held "live" with spectators and also broadcast online. A ticket to the Concert Hall can be obtained free of charge at: https://video.orpheus.ru/live/47

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Alexander Poeluev Video, Concerts in Ruzayevka, Masterclass - Russia

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Video: New Romantic Video by Alexander Poeluev & Elizaveta Poelueva (Russia). Filming took place in Rome, Castelfidardo, Osimo (Italy) and Taganrog (Russia). This video was filmed as part of the project "Get to know the world and Russia. Start with twin cities 2021".

Producer Elizaveta Poelueva
Director Roman Kirimeev

Alexander Poeluev will perform concerts in Ruzaevka, Mordovia, Russia on November 27th, 2021. See poster for details.

On November 26th, Alexander met students of the Saransk Music School in Saransk where he ran a masterclass to share with them the skills and practical nuances of performing successfully.

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Ladislav Horák Performs with Jaroslav Svěcený – Czech Republic

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Ladislav Horák will perform a concert with Jaroslav Svecený (violin) at the John the Baptist Church in Morkovice, Zlin, Czech Republic on December 4th, 2021 at 3pm.

Their program will include works by Piazzolla, Galliano and Hermosa.

See poster for details.

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Wilfried Touati Quartet Performs in Paris - France

Wilfried TouatiVoyage CDVideo: Wilfried Touati Quartet performing “Voyage” composed by Wilfried Touati. This piece is his first composition and also the name of the quartet’s first album released on November 5th, 2021 on the “Jazz Family” label (picture right)

The Wilfried Touati Quartet will perform a jazz concert at the 360 Paris Music Factory in Paris, France on December 10th, 2021 at 8.30pm.

The quartet includes Wilfried Touati (accordion - picture above left), Xavier Trombini (saxophone), Volodia Lambert (double bass) and Adrien Leconte (drums).

They enjoy playing their own compositions with Latin influences and world music, with a little touch of free jazz.

For details email: contact@le360paris.com

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Sam Reider Performs with Guitarist Jorge Glem, New York - USA

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Video: Sam Reider and Jorge Glem playing "Crucigrama".

Accordionist Sam Reider will perform two shows with guitarist Jorge Glem at the Chelsea Table + Stage, New York on December 10th at 7pm and 9.30pm.

The duo will perform music from their new album “Brooklyn Cumaná”, which is due for release in 2022.

For details email: sam@samreidermusic.com

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Online: Ian Lowthian Christmas Weekend - UK

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Ian Lowthian will hold an online “Christmas Weekend” on December 11th and 12th, 2021.

The weekend will include a variety of Christmas themed tunes amongst the usual festive lights and decorations.

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Video: Diego and Menzo Gatte Entertain - France

Diego posterDiego and Menzo Gatte perform “Pistonette” on the Michel Pruvot show this month.

Older brother Diego, will perform with the Orchestra Math & Co at Salle Aurore in St Amand Montrond, France on November 28th, 2021.

Their program will include a variety of musette and dance music.

See poster for details.

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Popular "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" eBook Now Available in Chinese Language

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John BonicaPlay Your Accordion Without PainDue to its popularity, the John Bonica eBook titled "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" has been translated into Chinese.

A book exclusively for accordionists, written by an accordionist, about accordion related problems and injuries, based on 50 years of professional clinical experience. The definitive reference for players of all ages, teachers and professionals.

This is an ebook so it will be sent to you by email as as Acrobat pdf and you will have it promptly, no waiting for post or courier.

English catalog: bonica00 Chinese catalog: bonica-cn

Information in Chinese:
http://www.accordion-news.cn/mfa/eBooks/bonica/bonica3-cn.htm

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History of AAA Music Commissions by Prof. Robert McMahan - USA

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Prof. Robert McMahanDr. Robert Young McMahan, Chair of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Composers’ Commission Committee (picture left) has written a number of very interesting articles on the contemporary concert works for accordion that have been commissioned by the AAA over the years.

Robert McMahan is the recently retired Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey and was also the Area Coordinator of Musicianship and Composition, as well as artist-teacher of classical accordion.

A full list of AAA Music Commissions is online at:
http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions.php

A brief history of the AAA Composers’ Commissioning Committee has been revised and is online at:
http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions1.php

Articles about individual AAA Music Commissions is going to be published over the coming months with the list of articles to be published at:
http://ameraccord.com/aaacommissions2.php

The first article titled: “The First [AAA] Commission: Prelude and Dance, by Paul Creston” is online at: http://ameraccord.com/commissions/creston.htm

The AAA Composers’ Commissioning Committee welcomes donations from all those who love the classical accordion and wish to see its modern original concert repertoire continue to grow. The American Accordionists’ Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. They can easily be made by visiting the AAA-Store at http://www.ameraccord.com/cart.aspx which allows you to both make your donation and receive your tax deductible receipt on the spot.

For additional information, please contact Dr. McMahan at grillmyr@gmail.com

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Updated Site: Accordion Russia News

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The Accordion Russia News has been updated with new additional articles.

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