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Weekly News from Around the World - 29-May-2020
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Highlights

Gorka Hermosa Wins PIF Composition Competition – Italy
Final World Accordion Day Broadcast 6th June - International
Friedrich Lips at "Bayan and Accordion Stars", Moscow - Russia
2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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

Alexander Poeluev Online Concert & Masterclass - Russia
Review: World Accordion Day Broadcast 23rd May - International
Chaika Band Performs Online Concert at Gasoline Pony - Australia
New Art Deadline for 2021 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar
Uplifting Song “Coronavirus Wails” - Russia

Future events

Stowe Tango Music Festival Online
Alex Meixner Band Online Concert This Weekend
Drive-In Concert at Crooners Supper Club – USA
Mabon’s “The Last Huzzah!” Tour Moved to 2021 - UK

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franck Angelis Hommage A Paco (Duet) Video online - South Korea
News in Russian Updated
Report: 9th May World Accordion Day - Worldwide
Report: 6th May World Accordion Day Broadcast - Worldwide

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Gorka Hermosa Wins PIF Composition Competition – Italy

Gorka HermosaVideo: Demo audio of "Dwarves' Tales".

Gorka Hermosa (picture left - Spain) has won the 2020 PIF Classic & Ensemble Composition for Accordion Competition. The annual theme of the festival was "All the Colors of the World".

Nineteen works arrived this year and the organisers were impressed with the high artistic level of the compositions.

The Jury included Friedrich Lips (Chairman - Russia), Franck Angelis (France), Livio Bollani (Italy), Antonio Cericola (Italy), Bete Ilin (Macedonia), Pascale Martinez (France), Petri Makkonen (Finland), Massimiliano Pitocco (Italy), Volodymyr Runchak (Ukraine), Simona Simonini (Italy) and Peter Soave (USA).

Gorka Hermosa’s composition "Dwarves' Tales" was originally commissioned by the Berliner Philarmoniker for the Spring Festival in Berlin, an event postponed due to Covid-19. Gorka decided to adapt the initial ideas and orchestration for the PIF contest.

2nd place: Zhao Xiaoxiang (China), student of "Central Conservatory of Music" in Beijing.
3rd place: Wojciech Chalupka (Poland).

Gorka’s "Dwarves' Tales" will be the final compulsory test piece of the PIF 2020 Premium category and will be performed in a world premiere on the final evening of the PIF competition on September 20th, 2020.
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Final World Accordion Day Broadcast 6th June - International

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World Accordion Day logoOne final broadcast
6th June 2020 Broadcast WAD2020
Starting: * Rome 7.00 PM * Moscow 8.00 PM - * New York – 1.00 PM - * LA - 10 AM *Auckland – 5.00 AM (June 7th) * China - 9.00 AM broadcast (June 7th).

Earlier broadcasts, 6th May, 9th May, 23 May are online at: WAD2020

Join us for the final episode of the World Accordion Day Project this Saturday.

This episode will include messages & performances from past Coupe Mondiale World Champions Tutto a Dio - Augustinas Rakauskas & Greta Staponkute - Rakau, Liu Zhao, João Campos Palma, Carmine Sangineto, Mariya Kushnikova & Ma Qi.

It will include interveiws and presentations with:

Marko Štumperger- President of the Association of Slovenian Accordionists with guests Zoran Lupinc & Igor Zobin.

Jacques Mornet & Ludovic Beier from CNIMA

Blai Navarro García - International Public Relations Manager of
Associació Catalana d'Acordionistes ACDA

Yuri Shiskin & Alexander Poeluev from International Music Center 'Harmony'

President Joseph Natoli & Executive Secretary Joan C. Sommers from the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International ATG

Dr Helmi Harrington presenting A World of Accordions Museum

& CIA Vice President Jörgen Sundeqvist representing Sveriges Dragspelares Riksförbund with guest Composer Fredrik Högberg.

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Friedrich Lips at "Bayan and Accordion Stars", Moscow - Russia

Friedrich LipsThe 3rd and final concert in the "Bayan and Accordion Stars" series will be held at the Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Hall on March 7th, 2021, at 7 pm.

This concert will include a performance by the Piazzolla-Studio quartet, which includes Friedrich Lips (picture right), who will be accompanied by Vladislav Igolinsky (violin), Kirill Rodin (cello) and Sviatoslav Lips (piano).

The concert will be presented by Andrey Ustinov.

An updated biography for the 70th birthday by Herbert Scheibenreif is online at: Lips Biography This updated biography details the lifetime of achievements by Lips and the home page of the site at: Friedrich Lips lists his 30 CD's - an incredible musical history.

Below: graphic of 30 CD covers
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2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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Kevin FriedrichDaily Report: Video pictures and results at: 2020SouthPac

The New Zealand Accordion Association is hosting a very shortened version of the South Pacific International Championship Solo Classes on May 30th, 2020 because of Covid-19.

The event will be online with no audience and only a few Championship solo categories with no international guests or international competitors due to lockdown rules preventing international people travelling to New Zealand.

Head of Jury is CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich (picture right).

Daily Report: Videos of the competitors and the results will be placed online at 5pm New Zealand time, 30 May at: 2020SouthPac

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


Alexander Poeluev Online Concert & Masterclass - Russia

Poeleuv concert posterAlexander Poeluev held his first online concert on May 16th with guest performer Andrey Machnev (saxophone). Video above: The pair both play solo pieces and duets.

The following day, Poeluev held an online masterclass in English language.

For details of future online concerts email: adm_a_poeluev@mail.ru

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Review: World Accordion Day Broadcast 23rd May - International

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WAD logoLatest Episode 3, 23rd May 2020 Broadcast - Video now online at: WAD2020

This episode includes messages & performances from past Coupe Mondiale World Champions Jianan Tian, Andrea Di Giacomo, Bozidar Boza Rajic, He Qian, Pawel Janas, Pietro Adragna & Vladimir Stupnikov.

It also includes interviews and presentations with:

HVÖ-Vice-President Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif & HVÖ-secretary Johannes Münzner

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) General Secretary & President of Suomen Harmonikkaliitto - Kimmo Mattila

President of "Music Art" Nemanja Potparic

Founder of "Center of Musical Art" & Chairman of the CIA Music Committee - Alexander Selivanov

President of Accordeon Salon Jef De Haes from Belgium

American Accordionists' Association Board Member Frank Busso

The show hosts are CIA former President and current CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich (USA) and CIA Music Committee Deputy Chairman Grayson Masefield with technical assistance from CIA Public Relations Harley Jones.

One final broadcast
6th June 2020 Broadcast WAD2020
Starting: * Rome 7.00 PM * Moscow 8.00 PM - * New York – 1.00 PM - * LA - 10 AM *Auckland – 5.00 AM (June 7th) * China - 9.00 AM broadcast (June 7th).
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Chaika Band Performs Online Concert at Gasoline Pony - Australia

Emily-Rose ŠárkovaVideo: May 27th online concert.

Chaika Band” (which includes accordionist Emily-Rose Šárkova – picture left) performed a live online concert at Gasoline Pony’s virtual stage in Marrickville, New South Wales on May 27th.

The ARIA nominated jazz/folk/world group perform “crazy harmonies, exquisite musicianship, and more odd time signatures than you can poke a drum stick at!”

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New Art Deadline for 2021 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar

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Accordion fridaysAccordionist Renee de la Prade has announced an art deadline extension for the 2021 edition of the Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar. The new deadline is July 10th, 2020.

The extension gives everyone plenty of time to book plans and back-up plans for the photo shoots in these crazy times of Covid-19. Also, it will still allow her to release this calendar in September, 2020 which is when all the other calendars turn up in stores.

If you would like to do a photo shoot for this edition please email Renee at: editor@accordionpinupcalendar.com

As Covid-19 has also led to the cancellation of summer accordion gigs, Renee is continuing with her weekly Friday online concerts. Accordionists are welcome to book with Renee to perform at these concerts.

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Uplifting Song “Coronavirus Wails” - Russia

Vladimir Z"Coronavirus Wails" by Russian group "Ayushka" is a song about the trials and tribulations of the Covid-19 quarantine in Russian language with English subtitles.

With the lockdown still in place in many parts of the world, Sverdlovsk Philharmonic's Ayushka Russian folk group which includes accordionist Vladimir Zykin (picture left), came up with this song, quite uplifting despite the gloomy name.

Performers: Artistic Director, Honored Artist of Russia Vladimir Zykin (accordion), Mikhail Bedarev (vocals), Evgenia Drokina (domra) and Artem Kirillov (balalaika). Music by A. Vladimirtsev (arranged by V. Zykin), lyrics by K. Ryzhov (arr.V. Zykin).

The group wish positive thoughts to everyone around the world!

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Future events


Stowe Tango Music Festival Online

Stowe posterGlowkaFollowing the cancellation of the August Stowe Tango Music Festival and Bandoneon International Competition because of Covid-19, organisers have announced the festival has moved online this year.

Festival performances will begin this weekend with music workshops, conversations & interviews with guests and more!

Upcoming events include:

May 30th at 2:30pm (ET): Cuarteto Rotterdam (picture below) which includes Michael Dolak (bandoneon), Susanne Cordula Welsch (violin), Judy Ruks (piano) and Anna-Maria Huhn (double bass).

May 31st at 10am (ET): Dutch International Tangoweek 2020 with performances by Trio Martin de Ruiter, Bandonegro (which includes bandoneonist Michal Glówka - picture right), Cuarteto Rotterdam, Ensemble Hyperion (which includes bandoneonist Nicolas Maceratesi) and more.

June 4th at 1pm (ET): Bigband feat with Michael Dolak (bandoneon) – tribute to Astor Piazzolla

June 19th at 2:30pm (ET): Cuarteto Rotterdam

For further details email: stowetangofestival@gmail.com
Cuarteto Rotterdam

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Alex Meixner Band Online Concert This Weekend

Alex M concertThe Alex Meixner Band will give an online concert this weekend on Sunday May 31st at 7pm Eastern Time.

Alex wants this concert to keep people happy during the difficult time of Covid-19 and is asking for your requests. Do you want to hear him play more traditional pieces, rock covers, button box, trumpet, stories, bad jokes?

Send your requests to: info@alexmeixner.com

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Drive-In Concert at Crooners Supper Club – USA

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Crooners Supper Club in Minneapolis (MN), will begin their drive-in concerts next week entitled “Live at Crooners” along with other in-house dining and concert experiences as permitted by the state’s guidelines. This is a safe, socially-distanced series that will continue indefinitely due to Covid-19.

On June 3rd, Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra will perform with special guest Brian Barnes, beginning at 7pm. They will play a mix of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude along with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show.

For details phone: (763) 571-9020

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Mabon’s “The Last Huzzah!” Tour Moved to 2021 - UK

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Popular Welsh Band “Mabon” had planned their “Last Huzzah!” Tour for 2020, however Covid-19 foiled their farewell tour. So, instead of retiring gracefully this summer as planned, they have rescheduled as many as possible of their cancelled gigs into one noisy burst next spring – March to May 2021.

They will still play one last, vibrant blast of MABON music, which is planned for the Easter holidays of 2021. At this stage, no tickets will be for sale as many venues are closed. Further confirmation details will be released as soon as possible.

The band includes Jamie Smith (accordion & vocals), Oliver Wilson-Dickson (fiddle & vocals), Ron Juppy (guitar & vocals), Matt Downer (electric & upright basses & vocals) and Iolo Whelan (drums, percussion & vocals).

2021 Tour dates are:

30th March: CARDIFF - Saint David's Hall
31st March: DEVON - Pavilions Teignmouth
1st April: LONDON - Cecil Sharp House
3rd April: LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall
6th April: DORSET - Bridport Arts Centre
7th April: NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts
9th April: BUILTH WELLS - Wyeside Arts
10th April: CARDIGAN - Theatr Mwldan

Further dates will be released shortly.

The band also hopes to perform later this year at the Lowender Peran in Newquay on October 30th, 2020.

For further information email: info@jamiesmithsmabon.com

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New and Updated Sites


Updated Site: Franck Angelis Hommage A Paco (Duet) Video online - South Korea

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Video added to Catalog: ang557 - Hommage A Paco (Duet) site.

The video is duo Haein Yujeong Jeon (South Korea) and Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) video clip of the accordion duet version of Hommage a Paco composed by Franck Angelis.

This was filmed in South Korea just before the lockdown.

Music available online, Catalog: ang557 - Hommage A Paco (Duet)

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News in Russian Updated

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The Accordion Russia News has been updated with new items and is now available online.

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Report: 9th May World Accordion Day - Worldwide

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WAD headerAccordionists have taken part in the 9th May broadcast, WAD2020 presenting a variety of interviews and videos from around the world.

WAD2020 9th May includes:

An introduction by Xu Xiaonan (China) speaking about his experience at the CIA Coupe Mondiale where he was the first Chinese Coupe Mondiale winner in 2012 in Spoleto, Italy. He then performs his own composition “Breeze in Summer” with pianist Xu Gehui.

A performance by Matthias Matzke (Germany) who won the Coupe Mondiale Junior Virtuoso Entertainment class in 2011 and the Digital Accordion class in 2014. Matthias performs Ghost Love Score – Nightwish.

An interview with DHV Vice President Georg Hettman who gives information about the DHV such as what the organisation offers, where they operate and members of the organisation. He then presents a performance by the HUMI Accordion band (Poland), 1st place winners of the Mixed Instrumentation Orchestra Youth division at the Innsbruck Festival.

Georg Hettman is then joined by CIA Music Committee member Andreas Nebl and the CEO of the Hohner Konservatorium, Bernhard van Almsick who give interesting interviews regarding musical styles and how the school assists students to find their own musical style. This is followed with a video performance by Felix Fritschi.

A performance by past Coupe Mondiale winner Valerio Russo, who performs a composition by Renzo Ruggieri.

An interesting interview and performance with Vincent van Amsterdam from NOVAM (Netherlands) and performances from their 90th anniversary celebration concert. This is followed by information on the accordion in The Netherlands.

Interview and performance with the Royal Danish Academy of Music Professor, Geir Draugsvoll who talks about the Academy, teachers, programs etc. along with various performance videos.

Interview and performance with Mikk Langeproon from Eesti Akordioniliit (Estonian Accordion Society) who talks about their society, members and events organised by them.

The broadcast finished with the winners of the Coupe Mondiale International Ensemble World Music 2018 - The Pillers (Austria).

Plus much more for your enjoyment at: WAD2020
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Report: 6th May World Accordion Day Broadcast - Worldwide

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WAD logoAccordionists around the world have taken part in a 6th May broadcast, WAD2020 presenting a variety of interviews and videos around the world.

WAD2020 includes:
An introduction and performance by 2019 CIA Coupe Mondiale winner Kirill Rusinov

A welcome by Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) and Kevin Friedrich (USA)

Information and plans for the 2020 73rd CIA Coupe Mondiale hosted by the Accordion Association of Algarve, Portugal from October 5th to 11th, 2020

Information and performances from the Czech Accordion Association – accordionist Milan Rehak likes to entertain by playing something different, performing a fascinating arrangement of “Bach Meets ACDC”

Interview with Motion Trio and world premiere of a new work by Motion Trio and the Ratingen Kammerchoir entitled “Helicopter” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motion Trio playing together. The CD will be released soon.

Performances at 2019 CIA Coupe Mondiale (Shenzhen, China) by winners and concert performers, plus 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival and a new composition by Nova Wan were all featured in the China Accordion Association segment. Article below with further information.

The final performance is Radu Ratoi playing Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens. Radu is the winner of the 2019 CIA Coupe Mondiale Masters Category

6th May broadcast: WAD2020

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