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Weekly News from Around the World - 29-Mar-2024
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"Shanghai Spring" 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week - China
2024 International Competition Akordeon Art Plus - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duo Vilda Performs at Kultrún World Music Festival - Canada
Festival Django Reinhardt - France
International Accordion Competition “Dobrany 2024” – Czech Republic
What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International
World Accordion Day “Other Light” Workshops and Concerts – Netherlands
World Accordion Day: All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica - Russia

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

Roman Puneiko Concerts of Volodymyr Runchak Works - Ukraine
48th Advanced Training Course for Accordionists - Germany
“National Day of Accordion” Concert, Sotkamo - Finland

Future events

Duo: Elisa Ruiz & Marta Cubas Concert – Spain
TromboKordion Duo Concert & Masterclass – USA
Ulster Accordion Band Cultural and Historical Day – Northern Ireland
Coba Live Concert, Tokyo – Japan
Laurent Geoffroy Diatonic Workshop - France
Romano Viazzani Ensemble Concert at St James’s Church - England
Granny’s Attic 15th Anniversary Tour 2024 - UK
Accordion Viel-Harmonie Salzburg Concert - Austria
Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Hessen Concerts - Germany

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Past News List of Links

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Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Accordion Life”
CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier - France

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"Shanghai Spring" 2024 Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week - China

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See the schedule above and the exceptional 2024 International Festival art work and presentation. Daily Reports at: 2024Shanghai

Thursday 28th March Welcome by Government Officials of National and International Guests.
On Friday 29th March features an exciting fun event with accordionists interacting with Shanghai Citizens for the Gubei Golden Street Flash Mob.

Saturday 30th March Shanghai Teenager Accordion Exchange Concert at the Shanghai Broadcasting Art Center with international perspective from Kimmo Mattila, Kevin Friedrich, Zorica and Anica Karakutovska and Harley Jones.

The Official Opening Ceremony that evening is being held at the Columba Circle Navy Club New Performing Arts Space featuring top accordion artists from Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, as well as eight countries including Italy, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The rich accordion history of Shanghai area accordion culture was reported at the first Shanghai International Accordion Arts Week held in 2006. You can view historic reports from 2006, 2008, 2009 at: 2006 Shanghai
Report of the first Coupe Mondiale held in China in Shanghai City was: 2011 Coupe Mondiale
Major event reports at: 2018Shanghai and 2019Shanghai
Daily Reports for 2024 at: 2024Shanghai

Adviser: Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
Organizers:
Shanghai Musicians Association
Propaganda Department of Shanghai Changning District Committee of the Communist Party of China
Shanghai Changning District Culture and Tourism Bureau
Shanghai Changning District Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Shanghai Changning District Culture and Tourism Management Affairs Center
Accordion Professional Committee of Shanghai Musicians Association
Shanghai Changning Culture and Art Center
Co-organiser: Shangsheng·Xinsuo

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2024 International Competition Akordeon Art Plus - Bosnia and Herzegovina

2024 International Competition Akordeon Art Plus
Accordionists are invited to participate in the 2024 International Competition Akordeon Art Plus for accordion solo, variety, accordion orchestra, piano, piano duo and chamber ensembles.

The event will take place from May 28th to 31st, 2024 in East Sarajevo, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, under the artistic direction of the Academy of Music, The University of East Sarajevo (Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Association for Fostering Academic Music "New Sound".

The deadline to submit an electronic application form is May 5th, 2024.

Akordeon Art plus 2024 offers numerous competition categories for young contestants up to college and university students, as well as adults.

Download competition information and entry form here: 2024AkordeonArt.pdf

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Duo Vilda Performs at Kultrún World Music Festival - Canada

Kultrún World Music Festival
Duo Vilda (Finland) will perform at the Kultrún World Music Festival, held at Waterloo Park in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from July 12th to 14th, 2024.

This festival is a “free, family-friendly event that attracts both visitors and residents alike. The purpose of the festival is to bring together top talent from around the world to help celebrate diversity.”

The Duo “Vilda” which includes accordionist Viivi Maria Saarenkylä and indigenous Samí singer Hildá Länsman (Finland) will perform on July 13th, with a program of original music, composed and written by themselves, influenced by the northern nature, traditional Samí joik and Finnish folk, and pop music!
Duo Vilda at Kultrún World Music Festival

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Festival Django Reinhardt - France

Festival Django Reinhardt
Dominique PaatsThe Festival Django Reinhardt will be held in Samois-sur-Seine, France from June 27th to 30th, 2024.

The event will feature the following accordion performances:

• June 29th at 3.30pm: Dominique Paats (accordion - picture left), Paulus Schäfer (guitar), Fapy Lafertin (guitar) and Daniel Gueli (double bass) at the Château De Fontainebleau Park, Scène Des Luthiers.
• June 30th at 7.15pm: Sissoko Segal Parisien Peirani - Vincent Peirani (accordion), Ballaké Sissoko (kora), Vincent Segal (cello) and Emile Parisien (saxophone) at the Château De Fontainebleau Park, Scène Django

For details email: contact@festivaldjangoreinhardt.com
Sissoko Segal Parisien Peirani

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International Accordion Competition “Dobrany 2024” – Czech Republic

International Accordion Competition “Dobrany 2024”
The International Accordion Competition “Dobrany 2024” will be held at the J. S. Bach Art School in Dobrany, Czech Republic from June 14th to 16th, 2024, organised by the Accordion School Dobrany in cooperation with the J. S. Bach Elementary Art School, Dobrany and the town of Dobrany.

The competition is intended exclusively for accordionists from the Czech Republic, but every fourth year it is held with international participation.

Competition categories include classes for soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. Entries close on May 5th, 2024.

The international jury includes Frederic Deschamps (France), Petr Vacek (CZ), Igor Krizman (Croatia), Josef Hrebík (CZ), Paolo Picchio (Italy), Daniel Ivša (Slovenia), Miroslav Morys (CZ), Markéta Brízová (CZ), Jan Kotrc (CZ), Ivana Laštovicková (CZ), Václav Mlejnek (CZ), Luboš Marek (CZ) and Pavel Samiec (CZ).

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What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International

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World Accordion Day logoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day (WAD) to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion Day (WAD) is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

WAD was started in 2009 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the WAD website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support WAD by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of WAD if that should be more convenient.

Everyone can register their WAD activity on the WAD website and send a report of their event after, for that website.

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating WAD are welcome. This is a CIA promotion for the accordion in which every accordion enthusiast can participate and help bring our accordion world together as well as strongly promote the accordion.

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World Accordion Day “Other Light” Workshops and Concerts – Netherlands

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In 2022, accordionists Lieke op 't Roodt and Ilse Kok organized a concert to celebrate World Accordion Day (WAD). They liked it so much that they are going to do it again this year, 2024. Not once, but twice!

The first concert will be held on April 13th, 2024, from 7.30pm in the Main Hall of the Irene Building in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and the second will take place on April 20th, 2024, from 7.30pm in the Hasselt Chapel in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Their program will include accordion solo and duo pieces, Renaissance music arranged for accordion to a brand new composition for accordion duo written by accordionist Ilse Kok, which will premiere during these concerts.

Lieke and Ilse have also entered into a collaboration with accordionist Ellen Zijm, who will lead two workshops on April 13th as follows:

• Ensemble through the centuries (3pm)
• Accordion for beginners (6pm)

See World Accordion Day reports at: 2024WADreport

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World Accordion Day: All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica - Russia

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LipsThe All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (WAD) held on May 6th, because that date clashes with a Russian National Holiday. So for that reason, the All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is held in March annually.

The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips (picture left). Held at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, the aim of the event is to become part of a national cultural project.

The initiative began in 2010 and demonstrated great enthusiasm in all regions of Russia, both from amateurs and professional musicians, and resulted in a truly national celebration.

For event details, see World Accordion Day reports at: 2024WADreport

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Roman Puneiko Concerts of Volodymyr Runchak Works - Ukraine

Roman Puneiko Concerts

Video 1: "Passione" Sonata # 1


Video 2: “Imitation to D. Shostakovich” from "Portraits of composers"


Video 3: Messa da Requiem


Video 4: Chinese diptych # 2
Video: Concert held in Kyiv, Ukraine on March 24th, 2024 by accordionist Roman Puneiko.

Accordionist Roman Puneiko performed a series of concerts featuring works by composer and conductor, Volodymyr Runchak in Ukraine from March 20th to 27th, 2024.

Concerts were held in Lutsk, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia and Ternopil.

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48th Advanced Training Course for Accordionists - Germany

DHVThe German Harmonica Association (Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V. - DHV) will hold the 48th Advanced Training Course for Accordionists in Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany from May 21st to 25th, 2024.

“The event is aimed at orchestral and solo players as well as music teachers and conductors who want to deepen or expand their previous knowledge in courses with different content and learn interesting facts about the "inner life" of the accordion.”

Workshops as follows:
• "Rhythms of joy" with Ralf Schwarzien
• "Coaching Zone II" with Hans-Günther Kölz (a combined playing and conducting course)
• “Upscale Orchestral Playing" with Jörg Mehren
• "Ensemble-PUR" with Helmut Quakernack
• "The Inner Life of the Accordion" with Tristan Kindel

Registration deadline is April 14th, 2024. Download information and registration form here: 2024DHVTraining.pdf

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“National Day of Accordion” Concert, Sotkamo - Finland

“National Day of Accordion” Concert
Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, well-known Finnish accordionist and teacher at the Kuhmo Music Institute, (previous student of Friedrich Lips) organized a celebration concert in two parts in conjunction with the National Accordion Day at the Sotkamo Parish Hall,on March 26th, 2024.

The concert featured Jukka-Pekka Kuusela’s students from Kuhmo and senior accordion groups from Sotkamo. Their program consisted of solo and different accordion ensemble performances, including music by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, J. Brahms, M. Murto, A. Groethe, S. Berinsky, V. Vesterinen, folk tunes and traditional Finnish accordion music.

The day celebrates the birthday of Viljo Vesterinen, well known Finnish accordionist from the first half of the 20th century, and its purpose is to popularize accordion music for audiences.

At this concert the hall was full and the audience met the artists with great enthusiasm.

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Future events


Duo: Elisa Ruiz & Marta Cubas Concert – Spain

Duo: Elisa Ruiz & Marta Cubas Concert
The accordion duo of Elisa Ruiz & Marta Cubas will perform a concert at the Casa del Pueblo Cultural Centre in Barruelo de Santullán, Palencia, Castilla and Leon, Spain on March 30th, 2024 from 7.30pm.

See poster for details.

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TromboKordion Duo Concert & Masterclass – USA

TromboKordion Duo Concert & Masterclass
The TromboKordion Duo will give a concert and masterclass at the LSC Kingwood Music Department, Lone Star College Kingwood in Texas, USA on April 5th, 2024 from 2pm to 4pm.

The masterclass and open discussion take place from 2pm to 2.45pm, then a performance from 3pm to 4pm.

The duo consists of Elena Fainshtein (accordion) and Lucas Kaspar (trombone).

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Ulster Accordion Band Cultural and Historical Day – Northern Ireland

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The Ulster Accordion Band will hold a Cultural and Historical Day at the St Columba’s Parish Church Hall in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland on April 6th, 2024.

The event will feature performances from a variety of accordion groups, displays, exhibits, stalls and an evening session night.

See below for program of events. For details email: ulsteraccordionbands@gmail.com

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Coba Live Concert, Tokyo – Japan

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Coba will perform a live “Renaissance” concert at the Space Do (Daku Underground) in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan on April 12th, 2024 from 7pm.

Coba will be joined by Shoji Togame (clarinet), Kaori Takahashi (violin), Yota Minagami (bassoon), Sachi Koto (flute), Bakabon Suzuki (bass) and Kiyohiko Semba (percussion).

See poster for details.

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Laurent Geoffroy Diatonic Workshop - France

Laurent Geoffroy Diatonic Workshop
Laurent Geoffroy will hold a G/C Diatonic Workshop in Chalap, Sénéchas, Gard, France from April 14th to 20th, 2024.

The workshop will cover traditional melodies, embellishments, as well as Laurent’s approach to music, compositions, interpretation, rhythm, left hand playing, right hand chords and ornamentation etc.

For details email: compagniebalagan@gmail.com

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble Concert at St James’s Church - England

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Romano Viazzani EnsembleThe Romano Viazzani Ensemble will open their spring concert season with a performance Concert at St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, London, England on April 20th, 2024 at 7.30pm.

“The Ensemble will play a selection of music from their London Tango album, some traditional Argentine tango and one or two stunning new arrangements. For this concert they will be joined by soprano Luciana Di Bella.”

The ensemble includes Romano Viazzani (accordion & bandoneon), Nick Pini (double bass), John Bailey (piano), Jonathan Preiss (guitar), Barabara Dziewiecka Data (violin) and Jacqui Tate (mezzo soprano) & Luciana Di Bella (soprano).

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Granny’s Attic 15th Anniversary Tour 2024 - UK

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Granny’s Attic will begin their 15th Anniversary Tour 2024 with a performances at The Forum Music Studios in Darlington, County Durham, England on April 25th, 2024.

The group includes Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals.

Fifteen concerts will be held in May with a final concert at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall, England on June 22nd, 2024.

For tour details email: band@grannysattic.org.uk

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Accordion Viel-Harmonie Salzburg Concert - Austria

The Accordion Viel-Harmonie Salzburg ensemble will perform a concert at the Bachschmiede Wals Arts Centre in Wals-Siezenheim, Salzburg, Austria on April 28th, 2024 from 5pm.

The event will be held as part of the HVO - Harmonika Association of Austria 70th anniversary celebrations.

The ensemble was created on the initiative of the HVÖ and its President and is made up of talented and dedicated members of the association. The orchestra is led by experienced conductors Johannes Münzner and Christian Höller.

See poster for details.

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Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Hessen Concerts - Germany

Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Hessen
The Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Hessen conducted by Thomas Bauer, will perform two concerts entitled "Across the Stars" in May 2024 as follows:

May 4th: concert in Kronberg
May 5th: concert is Monsheim

The concerts will feature works by Mozart, Williams, Goldsmith, Courage and Zdralek.

See poster for details.
Symphonic Accordion Orchestra Hessen

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Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Accordion Life”

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Christmas is the time of year, once again, when my mind goes to holiday music, magical light displays, celebrations with loved ones, and to my all-time favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life". I have watched this heartwarming movie every Christmas season for the last 50 years.

Read the article and historic pictures of the amazing Jimmy Stewart, accordion lover, movie star of 80 movies, Brigadier General in the Army in WWII. https://www.ameraccord.com/articles/Stewart.htm

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CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier - France

CNIMA World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier
The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix, will hold a World Music Masterclass with Ludovic Beier from May 28th to 30th, 2024.

The masterclass will cover Brazilian, gypsy, zydeco and celtic music and is suitable for players of all levels.

The aim is to broaden your playing by approaching a world music repertoire in a fun way. You will work on various themes playing them uptempo, improvising or playing transcribed versions.

For further details email: contact@cnima.com

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