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Weekly News from Around the World - 29-Jul-2022
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ATG Celebrates their 80th Anniversary Festival in Grand Style - USA
Ksenija Sidorova Performs at Gstaad Menuhin Festival - Switzerland
8th Annual Polish Festival in British Columbia – Canada
Video: Arseniy Strokovskiy Performance at ManiFeste-2022 - France
4th International Competition for Composition “Città di Spoleto” 2022 - Italy
CNIMA August Accordion Courses – France

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

50th Sata-Häme Soi: Festival of Diversity and Happiness – Finland
12th International Music Festival “Harmonika Fest” - Montenegro
Summer Creative School "Art Champion", Vologda - Russia
Duo Two Accordions Entertains at World Athletic Championships - USA
Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra Annual Variety Concert - Ireland
Video: Michael Bridge Concert at A World of Accordions Museum - USA
2022 Nordnorsk Accordion Hits - Norway
Alex Meixner Band Voted 2022 "Best Local Live Band/ Musician" - USA
Video: “Polkaholiki” on Supertalent TV Program – Croatia
2022 Stowe Tango Music Festival – USA

Future events

Grayson Masefield Performs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra – New Zealand
Marco Lo Russo Performs at 58th Pontino Festival – Italy
Cape Town Tango Ensemble “Tango at Truth” Concert – South Africa
Danilo Di Paolonicola Performs at 2022 Pyrenees Accordion Festival - Spain
Aurélien Claranbaux Accordion Course - France
Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Canada
“Lakeland Fiddlers” Entertain at Lake District Folk Weekend – England
2022 Milwaukee Irish Fest – USA
Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Summer Festival Concert – Germany

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ATG Celebrates their 80th Anniversary Festival in Grand Style - USA

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Jane & childrenFounded in 1940 in Chicago by President Emeritus Anthony Galla-Rini, the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG), while 82 years old as an organization, after Covid related delays, was finally able to reunite in person and celebrate their 80th Anniversary Festival in Lisle (Chicago), Illinois from July 20th to 24th, 2022.

Featuring a line-up of artists representing diverse musical genres, guests and activities included: Michael Bridge (Canada), Stas Venglevski (USA), Mirco Patarini (Italy), Nikolay Bine (Canada), Murl Allen Sanders (USA), 80 member ATG Festival Orchestra (picture above), University of Missouri Kansas-City (UMKC) Community Accordion Ensemble, an Accordion Petting Zoo, competitions, educational workshops, social activities, exhibits and much more!

ATG President Mary Ann Covone and the Board of Directors welcomed attendees from as far afield as Austria, Italy and throughout the USA and Canada to the four-day festival which showcased the accordion at its finest.

Paying homage to their founder, the ATG released a new CD showcasing the Concerti of Anthony Galla-Rini. Concerto No. 1 features US Champion soloists Karen Fremar, Robert Sattler and Jeff Lisenby each performing a movement with the UMKC Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan Sommers; Concerto No. 2 features Stas Venglevski with the Racine Symphony Orchestra on the direction of Pasquale Laurino and the CD includes an incredibly rare bonus track of Galla-Rini himself performing the World Premiere of his Concerto No. 1 with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Neilson, recorded in 1941. To celebrate the new CD and the 80th Anniversary, Stas performed the Concerto No. 2 at the Gala Closing Concert with William Morse conducting the Racine Symphony Orchestra.

New this year was the popular “Petting Zoo” where the general public was invited to get some first-hand experience with the accordion. Popular entertainer Jane Christison performed popular children’s pieces while volunteers with 12 bass instruments assisted the public with their introduction to the accordion.

The festival culminated with the magnificent 80 piece accordion orchestra in honor of the 80th anniversary. The orchestra presented a spectacular program of works by Jarre, Galla-Rini, Sibelius, Kabalevsky, Hardiman and Rodgers and Hammerstein in the Armerding Concert Hall at Wheaton College, under the direction of world renowned conductor and past ATG President Joan Cochran Sommers.

Mirco Patarini, President of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) was in attendance to offer his congratulations to the ATG. Galla-Rini himself was a former CIA Vice President and successfully petitioned the ATG’s CIA membership more than 70 years ago at a General Assembly in Paris, in 1951.

Further information including purchasing the new Galla-Rini CD and Concert and event videos will be available at the ATG website soon.

Download the ATG program booklet here: 2022ATGProgram.pdf Additional photo report: 2022ATGreport
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Ksenija Sidorova Performs at Gstaad Menuhin Festival - Switzerland

Avi AvitalKsenija SidorovaKsenija Sidorova (picture right) will perform with Avi Avital (mandolin – picture left) at the Boltigen Church in Gstaad, Switzerland on August 2nd, 2022 at 7.30pm.

This concert, entitled “From Vienna to Rio de Janeiro”, is part of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

Their program will include works by Kreisler, Mozart, Stravinsky, Voitenko, de Falla, Villa-Lobos and Bartok.

For details email: tugce@tezarts.com

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8th Annual Polish Festival in British Columbia – Canada

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The 8th annual Polish Festival will be held at the Shipbuilders’ Square & Pipe Shop in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on September 4th, 2022 at 1pm.

Organised by the Belweder North Shore Polish Association, attendees will join in celebrations of Polish culture, folklore, music, cuisine, and more.

The festival features the group “Parno Drom” which includes accordionist Bob Kozak (pictured below) who will entertain with a variety of Eastern European Romani (Gypsy) music.

For details email: belweder.org@hotmail.com
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Video: Arseniy Strokovskiy Performance at ManiFeste-2022 - France

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Arseniy SVideo: Arseniy Strokovskiy (picture left) performed with the International Ensemble Modern Akademie at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France on July 6th, 2022, as part of ManiFeste-2022.

Concert program:
"In the Presence of Absence" by Elena Rykova - French premiere.

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4th International Competition for Composition “Città di Spoleto” 2022 - Italy

Spoleto posterEntries are now open for the 4th International Competition for Composition “Città di Spoleto” 2022, organised by L’Associazione Culturale Italian Accordion Culture (IAC) in partnership with ACEP, UNEMIA and Edizioni Musicali e Discografiche Ars Spoletium s.r.l.

Competition categories include composition for solo accordion, as well as accordion & piano, maximum 10 minutes.

Registration deadline: September 18th, 2022.

Download competition rules here: 2022SpoletoRules.pdf

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CNIMA August Accordion Courses – France

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Nathalie & JacquesVideo: Promotional video on the Jacques Mornet accordion method at CNIMA.

The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will run two accordion workshops during August as follows:
• August 8th to 13th, 2022
• August 15th to 20th, 2022
Tutors will be Jacques Mornet, Nathalie Boucheix (pictured left) and their team of talented young accordionists Dantong Wang, Anais Bessières and Maxime d'Errico.

The workshops will cover instrumental work following the Jacques Mornet method including management of air flow through the bellows, the balance between the body and the instrument, work on touch and articulation and musicality. Attendees can work on 1 or 2 pieces of their choice.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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50th Sata-Häme Soi: Festival of Diversity and Happiness – Finland

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competition winnersRadu RatoiPicture above: Pirttilahti Tango Experience conducted by Sami Pirttilahti

Picture left: 2022 Golden Harmonica competition winner 16-year-old Ville Vehkalahti and the Children's Silver Accordion winner 10-year-old Samuel Heikola.

Picture right: Radu Ratoi

Music, accordion and bright summer nights immersed in an inimitable forest and lake landscape form a uniquely exotic atmosphere hard to find elsewhere. The Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival was founded by Heikki Eränen in 1972 and has grown from humble beginnings to over 30,000 attendees.

Ikaalinen is located on the border of the two provinces of Satakunta and Häme (hence the name) and over the years has been enchanted by the sounds (Soi!) of famous musicians: the Malando Septet, Alfred Hause and his Orchestra, Mantovani, Osvaldo Pugliese, Astor Piazzolla, Juan Mosalini, the Mantua String Quartet, the St. Petersburg Accordion Orchestra, etc. Even the Johann Strauss Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Wildner accompanied by nothing but an accordion at his concert in 1989! In addition to the accordion, there are always other performances such as dance events, church concerts or summer theater in the program.

Although the festival has become more and more international over the years, it has a very important national significance: it is responsible for the fact that the Finnish accordion tradition has remained so intact and is currently gaining recognition from a wide audience.

It was Heikki Eränen's dream to bring together the great Finnish tradition of folk dance music and the accordion in one annual festival. At the end of the 1960s, on his initiative, there was already an accordion ensemble, a string group and other ensembles in Ikaalinen, which held concerts and other cultural events. A visit by Lasse Pihlajamaa, Finland's great accordion pioneer, provided the final impetus for a folk music festival in Ikaalinen, which attracted 15,000 guests as early as 1972. In 1985, 1,500 people came to the then new Ikaalinen Hall for a Taito Vainio concert. The first three-day festival was extended to a full week, later even ten days, and also included nearby places like Tampere, Jämijärvi, Ylöjärvi, Nokia and Parkano.

To kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations, the festival was opened by Eeva Viitanen, Mayor of Ikaalinen, Mikko Alatalo and 2021 Golden Accordion winners Vilma Wiren and Sonja Lampinen provided musical accompaniment to the ceremony.

The Golden and Silver Harmonica competitions were organized in cooperation between Sata-Häme Soi and the Finnish Harmonica Association. 2022 is an anniversary year for both of them, as Sata-Häme Soi celebrates its 50th anniversary and the association its 70th anniversary.

The 2022 Harmonica Gold and Silver finalists were announced at the Harmonica Cruise in May, with the finale now being broadcast live on Ikaalinen TV. The 2022 Golden Harmonica competition was won by 16-year-old Ville Vehkalahti from Lavia, the Children's Silver Accordion by 10-year-old Samuel Heikola from Pori (picture above left). Ville Vehkalahti played Black Eyes (trad.) in the first round and Minka Variations in the second. The jury described Ville Vehkalahti's playing as very musically and technically skillful and also admired his wonderful natural stage presence. Samuel Heikola won over the jury with Thibaut Trosset's adaptation of Pirates of the Caribbean. During the intermission, Netta Skog entertained the audience with I want my tears back on her digital accordion.

The jury consisted of musical professionals such as Siina Hirvonen, Henna-Maija Vannemaa, Sami Pirttilahti, Reijo Ahonen and Sirpa Kainulainen. Festival organizer Kimmo Mattila and Salla Paajanen moderated the TV finale in their usual skilful manner.

The international festival Sata-Häme Soi, which once grew out of the local Pelimanni tradition, honored its traditions with two concerts: in the Oma-Tupa concert hall, musicians from the famous Huhtasalo pelimanni family performed, and in the Röyhiö Municipal Hall, the evening turned to rhythm of accordionists and violinists from Ikaalinen. The Pelimann Competition is Finland's oldest continuously organized accordion competition. A total of more than 60 musical performances by players of different ages could be heard on the park stage. In a lecture in the Accordion Museum, Jouko Kulmala from Jämijärvis Pelimanni introduced the original world of Ikaali and Jämijärve folk music.

One of the highlights of the Jubilee Festival was the Jubilee Concert recorded by Alfa TV, featuring numerous soloists accompanied by the famous Dallapé Orchestra (picture below). Tango lovers were treated to the Pirttilahti Tango Experience conducted by Sami Pirttilahti, an internationally unique tango orchestra made up of professional musicians. Authentic Argentinian sound and original arrangements guaranteed the listener an unforgettable experience.

Later in the evening Janne Valkeajoki gave an atmospheric classical concert with works by Bach, Rameau and Shostakovich in the church of Ikaalinen. The Finnish Accordion Association has named Valkeajoki, who is at the beginning of a promising career, as Accordion Artist of the Year 2021.

Radu Ratoi from Moldova and the Austrian-Colombian duo Das Kollektiv conveyed international flair to the festival audience. Radu Ratoi has won various international accordion competitions in recent years such as Coupe Mondiale, Trophée Mondial, Klingenthal, Moscow, Arrasate and Castelfidardo. He enchanted his listeners with works by Bach and Liszt. The duo Kollektiv (Raphael Brunner, accordion; Juan Carlos Diaz, flute) is currently taking world music by storm. In their concerts, the Kollektiv moves between classical, folklore and world music. When the Kollektiv makes music, music becomes the universal language: "We never play a work as it is written, but always bring our own ideas and our soul into the music." (Das Kollektiv)

The melodies of the festival also reached the waves of Lake Kyrösjärvi. Jarkko Helin & Cajun Comets, digital accordion world champion Netta Skog and tango queen Pirita Niemenmaa performed for the audience on three artist cruises. Dance enthusiasts were spoiled in the park and in the tent. Dance music came from Tanssiorkesteri PNP, Jarkko Helin & Grawfish Kings, Jämijärvi Pelimannit, Vesa Formunen Dance Group, Pirita Niemenmaa Yhtyeinene and folk music group Nope. Parties should be aimed especially at young people. On the first night Patsas, Netta Skog, Jobo and Pasi and Anssi performed in the festival park, on the second Hamilton Jones, Telsonig, Werstailijat and the Oktoberfest Orchestra Oivaset performed at the ship's beach party.

In 2023, the direction of Sata-Häme Soi will be in the hands of new artistic director Sami Pirttilahti. He studied at the Art Academy in Turku and received a classical music education. He is best known as a specialist in tango and has an extensive musical network. Pirttilahti is Accordion Artist of the Year 2020 and a fixture in the international tango world. He names the band Tango del Norte and the orchestra Pirttilahti Tango Experience as his most important projects. Under his leadership, the Sata-Häme Soi Festival will also feature upbeat Finnish accordion music in the years to come.

Picture below: One of the highlights of the Jubilee Festival was the Jubilee Concert recorded by Alfa TV, featuring numerous soloists accompanied by the famous Dallapé Orchestra.
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12th International Music Festival “Harmonika Fest” - Montenegro

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12th12th concertThe International Music Festival “Harmonika Fest” is the first International Music Festival for Accordion in Montenegro, founded in 2010 in Cetinje, where it was held until 2014.

Since then the festival hosts all participants and audience in the beautiful Adriatc town of Tivat and is aimed at accordionists of all ages and abilities.

Founder and director of the festival is Prof. Predrag Jankovic. The festival is organized by the NGO "Harmonika Montenegrina" with the support of Cultural Centre Tivat, Municipality Tivat and Ministry of Culture and Media.

The festival has featured the most eminent artists in the field of classical accordion: Yuri Shishkin, Sergey Osokin, Renzo Ruggieri, Pavel Fenjuk, Vladimir Murza, Petar Maric, Nikola Pekovic, Semion Shmelkov, Roman Jbanov, Domi Emorine (Duo Paris Moscou) and many others.

The festival consists of three main events: competition, masterclasses and evening concerts. Also, in addition, every year, the festival organizes scientific lectures, round tables, promotions of books, textbooks, leading accordion factories, etc.

The International Competition includes categories for accordion solo, chamber music, orchestras and variety.

An important part of the festival are the Master classes which are held for students of lower and middle music schools, as well as students from the Music academy, accordion department. Lecturers at the workshops are eminent professors who work at the most prestigious Music Academies in Europe and the world.

The exchange of knowledge, practice and experience, promotion of the classical accordion as well as meeting local and global tendencies in contemporary concert and pedagogical practice for accordion are the primary goals of this project.

This year's 12th edition of the International Music festival Harmonika Fest was held from June 24th to 26th at the Cultural Centre Tivat.

At the opening ceremony, Predrag Jankovic addressed the audience and the media. He said: “With the continuous development of the festival, recognizable artistic and educational qualities, as well as the participation of an increasing number of participants and competitors from year to year, the festival became recognizable on the map of the most important European festivals for classical accordion. For the past 11 years, we have tried to make quality imperative, that is the basis our festival. When I say quality, I mean not only good organization, but what is most important the expertise and competences that adorn the renowned members of international jury, professors and lecturers. World-renowned artists also made a great contribution to the festival, they strengthened and enriched this project with their performances”.

Predrag Jankovic then gave a plaque for contribution to the development of the festival to Prof. Radomir Tomic, who is one of the world's most respected professors and the founder of the modern accordion school at the Balkan.

We had the honour and pleasure to host Mirco Patarini, President of the CIA, who thanked all the students and their parents for being a part of this project. He emphasized the importance of education and guidance of the individual and providing support to young people in order to develop the entire society.

The festival was officially opened by the mayor of Tivat, Mr. Zeljko Komnenovic. At the Opening ceremony Radu Ratoi, winner of world competitions (Coupe Mondiale, Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, World Trophy, etc.) held a memorable concert.

During the two festival days the eminent international jury evaluated the competitors. Members of the jury were: Mirco Patarini (ITA), Radomir Tomic (SRB), Radu Ratoi (MOL), Marjan Krajna (CRO), Slavisa Peric (BIH), Aleksej Molcanov (MNE), Ivana Cvetkovski (CRO), Vujadin Krivokapic (MNE), Vesna Sarac (MNE) and Tijana Ilic (MNE).

A great contribution to the development of techniques and skills of students was made by Mirco Patarini, who imparted his artistic and pedagogical knowledge to young artists at the master class.

Mag.art.Dr.phil. Ivana Cvetkovski presented her primer Hocus Pocus Harmonicus and held a lecture on the method of pedagogical work with pupils who encounter the accordion for the first time.

An important goal of the festival is the education of young artists whose work and progress at the festival follows year after year. The best students of primary and secondary music schools and students of the Music Academy in Montenegro performed on June 25th at a concert called Young scene of Montenegrin accordionists.

Also, on the same evening, the Winners Concert was held with winners of all categories of the competition performing.

Predrag Jankovic and Mirco Patarini presented prizes, cups and diplomas to the contestants, ending the 12th International Music Festival Harmonika Fest.
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Summer Creative School "Art Champion", Vologda - Russia

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Applications are now invited for the Summer Creative School "Art Champion", which will be held in Vologda, Russia from August 15th to 22nd, 2022.

Classes will be held for bayan, accordion and harmony and include daily individual lessons, ensemble rehearsals as well as an orchestra of participants.

As part of the program, participants will also attend solo concerts and creative meetings with famous performers and musicians.

The week-long training course will end with a final concert of participants and a round table, where those present will be able to discuss the results of their work and share their impressions and emotions.

The course is aimed at students of children's music schools, children's art schools, students of secondary and higher educational institutions, as well as teachers and concert performers who can participate.

In order to get acquainted with the city, organisers are planning a sightseeing tour of the city of Vologda.

Download regulations and questionnaire in Russian language here: 2022ArtChampion.pdf

For further details email: art_champion@bk.ru

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Duo Two Accordions Entertains at World Athletic Championships - USA

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Duo picDuo Two Accordions (Maria and Sergei Teleshev) were in the official entertainment group at the 18th World Athletics Championships giving concerts on July 18th, 20th and 21st, 2022.

The event was held at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA from July 15th to 24th and included over 2,000 athletes representing more than 200 nations.

In addition the championships were televised in many countries around the world.

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Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra Annual Variety Concert - Ireland

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RMAO posterThe Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra (pictured above) held their Annual Charity Variety Concert 2022 at St. Peter’s Church of Ireland in Drogheda, Ireland on July 15th, 2022.

The event featured an evening of music and song with performances by the Orchestra Musik Akkordia (pictured below), who travelled from Berlin, Germany as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, and the Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra (directed by Gerry Kelly).

All proceeds from the concert were donated to the Drogheda Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
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Video: Michael Bridge Concert at A World of Accordions Museum - USA

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AWAMVideo: Michael Bridge performance at A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, USA on Monday, July 25th, 2022.

A World of Accordions Museum was proud to present Canadian accordionist Michael Bridge in concert in the beautiful Hanni Strahl Concert Hall, located in the historic A World of Accordions Museum.

Michael Bridge is a virtuoso performer on both the acoustic accordion and the digital accordion. His concerts capture the energy and panache of stadium rock with the elegance and discipline of chamber music. He was named one of CBC’s 30 under 30 classical musicians.

He recently received a doctorate in performance from the University of Toronto and became a Rebanks Fellow at the Glenn Gould School. He gives over 100 concerts a year as a soloist and as a member of both the “Bridge & Wolak” duo and “Ladom Ensemble”.

He’s in huge demand for masterclasses around the world. Bridge embraces a musical aesthetic that is alternatively irreverent, deadly serious, meticulously prepared and completely in-the-moment. He’s at home with jazz, folk and classical music and has premiered 53 new works. Ultimately, he aims to make your world more bearable, beautiful and human – even if only for the length of a concert.

Please help support A World of Accordions Museum at their GoFundMe link.
https://gofund.me/12eb1ebd

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2022 Nordnorsk Accordion Hits - Norway

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The 2022 Nordnorsk Accordion Hits festival began on July 27th and will run through to July 31st in Polleidet, Lyngen, Troms Fylke, Norway.

The event is organised by the Norske Trekkspilleres Landsforbund (NTL) - Norwegian Accordionists Association in cooperation with the Lyngen/Karnes Sports Club.

See poster for details.

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Alex Meixner Band Voted 2022 "Best Local Live Band/ Musician" - USA

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The Alex Meixner Band has been voted "Best Local Live Band/ Musician" by readers of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Newspaper in Texas.

Alex says “It's an awesome feeling to be a new resident in town and feel all the love!!!”

The band’s next performance will be on July 30th and 31st at the German Fest Milwaukee held at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Wisconsin, USA.

For details phone: 414-464-9444

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Video: “Polkaholiki” on Supertalent TV Program – Croatia

Video: “Polkaholiki” from Slovenia performing Misha Kovac's “Another untangles her hair, and I love her” on the 2021 Supertalent competition in Croatia on Nova TV.

The group got through to the finals of the competition with this performance.
Polkaholiki

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2022 Stowe Tango Music Festival – USA

Fest logoHector Del CurtoVideo: 2022 festival artist information.

Tickets are almost completely sold out for the 2022 Stowe Tango Music Festival which will be held at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont, USA from August 19th to 21st, 2022. The Artistic Director is bandoneonist, Hector Del Curto (picture right).

The festival is open for bandoneon students of all levels and includes the final round of the 2022 Che Bandoneon International Competition where finalists will perform solo and orchestral works.

Hector Del Curto will hold a Bandoneon Intensive Workshop for all levels of bandoneon students, which will feature daily technique classes, workshops, bandoneon orchestra, private lessons and performance opportunities.

For details email: stowetangomusicfestival@gmail.com

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Grayson Masefield Performs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra – New Zealand

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Benjamin NortheyMatthew BarleyGrayson Masefield will perform in concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at the Christchurch Town Hall on July 30th, 2022.

This concert is one in a series by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s Lamb & Hayward Masterworks 'Pastoral' concerts.

The program features the work 'Azul' composed by Osvaldo Golijov. Osvaldo Noé Golijov is an Argentine composer of classical music and music professor, known for his vocal and orchestral compositions.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey will direct soloists Matthew Barley (cello) and Grayson Masefield (accordion) for the premiere performance of this work in New Zealand.

During a pre-concert interview Grayson Masefield said: “I’ve been able to play with orchestras in France, Switzerland, Chile, America, Canada, China; the opportunity comes up but, mostly, my job is as a soloist. I’ve been really lucky to travel around the world, playing at all sorts of levels and venues.”
Grayson Masefield

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Marco Lo Russo Performs at 58th Pontino Festival – Italy

Marco Lo RussoMarco Lo Russo will perform concerts at the 58th Pontino Festival held in Italy as follows:

• July 30th at 9pm: solo concert in the Gardens of the Municipality in Latina. His program will feature “Made in Italy”, with pieces “ranging from classical music by composers such as Rossini, to songwriting, such as Bruno Martino, from Neapolitan arias, passing through Morricone's film music, Rota and original pieces by Lo Russo himself”.
• August 1st at 9pm: solo concert in the San Pietro a Sonnino Church in Latina. This concert will feature a program of mainly classical music.

For details phone: 32 975 40544

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Cape Town Tango Ensemble “Tango at Truth” Concert – South Africa

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Stanislav AngelovThe Cape Town Tango Ensemble will perform a “Tango at Truth” concert at Truth Coffee Roasting Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa on July 31st, 2022 from 5pm to 8pm.

The “Tango at Truth” series features live tango music by the ensemble, led by accordionist Stanislav Angelov (picture left).

For details email: music@goodmusic.co.za

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Danilo Di Paolonicola Performs at 2022 Pyrenees Accordion Festival - Spain

Danilo Di PaolonicolaDanilo Di Paolonicola will perform at the annual Meeting of Accordionists of the Pyrenees in La Seu d'Urgell, Lleida, Spain this week.

This six-day festival is one of the oldest traditional music festivals in Catalonia and is currently considered the most important diatonic accordion festival in Europe.

Danilo will perform solo concerts on July 30th & 31st as well as August 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

For details email: danilodip1977@gmail.com

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Aurélien Claranbaux Accordion Course - France

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Aurélien ClaranbauxAurélien Claranbaux (picture right) will hold an Accordion Course at Studio "La Claranbox" in Lignareix, France from August 2nd to 6th, 2022.

The course is aimed at intermediate or advanced level (knowing your keyboard is highly recommended) and will focus on touch, phrasing and expression.

Based on some pieces received in advance and others learned on the spot, attendees will reflect together on how to convey to the public a better understanding and feeling of melody, harmony and rhythm.

For details email: duodiato@gmail.com

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival - Canada

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Video: Short video on the festival.

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival will be held in Gallagher Park, Edmonton, Canada from August 4th to 7th, 2022.

The festival will include a variety of musical entertainment by soloists, groups and dancers.

For details email: admin2@edmontonfolkfest.org

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“Lakeland Fiddlers” Entertain at Lake District Folk Weekend – England

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The “Lakeland Fiddlers” (which includes guest accordionist Leo) will entertain at the Lake District Folk Weekend held in Staveley, Lake District, England from August 5th to 7th, 2022.

The event includes a mixture of free and paid for events including a variety of concerts, a ceilidh, workshops, dance displays and music sessions.

For details email: lakedistrictfolk@gmail.com

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2022 Milwaukee Irish Fest – USA

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An DúthrachtThe 2022 Milwaukee Irish Fest will be held at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA from August 18th to 21st, 2022.

Performers include An Dúthracht (with Jacaí Mhic Shéafraidh – concertina – picture left), Boxing Banjo (Ireland – picture below), Ceol Cairde (Sue van Dyke on concertina), Dervish (Shane Mitchell -accordion), Leahys Luck (Stas Venglevski – accordion), Lilies of the Midwest, Paddy Homan and the Noble Call with guest accordionist Jimmy Keane, Scythian, Skerryvore and Socks in the Frying Pan.
Boxing Band

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Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Summer Festival Concert – Germany

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The Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling (conducted by Anita Brandtstäter) will entertain at the Summer Festival of the Club Sport for Seniors in Schwingeler Hof, Germany on August 25th, 2022.

Their popular program will include “The Syncopated Clock” (Leroy Anderson), “The Lonely Sheppard” (James Last), Bella Ciao (Traditional) and many others.

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Updated Site: National Accordion Association - USA

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As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic problems, individuals and groups are looking at ways to get back to full swing. The accordion community is one of these groups. During the downtime, the National Accordion Association (NAA) leaders spent some time upgrading the NAA website which needed to reflect 2022-2023 technology.

In addition you will see information on the March 2023 National Accordion Convention held at the Hilton Hotel in Richardson, Texas.

Plus: A new Accordion Association is being planned for young adult accordionists, aged from 18 to 29.

The National Accordion Association (NAA) is looking for young adult accordionists who are “Leaping into their Future” while continuing to play the accordion. Regardless of their current position in this exciting new life, the NAA wants to support members of this group as long they continue to play the accordion along life’s journey. All of us know that this age group can use the accordion as a social instrument, a hobby, part-time income, and/or to develop a musical-related career.

See: NAA website.

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