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Weekly News from Around the World - 31-Jul-2020
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VII All-Russian Competition "Pearl of Kuban", Krasnodar - Russia
Félicien Brut August Tour Concert Dates - France
Wiener Melange Autumn Concert 2020 - Austria
Excelsus Perform at Rezeknei 735! City & Balloon Festival 2020 – Latvia

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

Norbert Seidel New Book, "Tango Waltz Jazz" - Germany
Interview with Winners of International Pure Sound Award – Russia
Archival Articles by Joan Grauman Added to the AAA Website - USA
Ladom Ensemble - Toronta Summer Music Online Concerts - Canada
Alexander Poeluev New Video - Russia
New Accordion Gift Website Launched – USA
CNIMA Accordion Workshops – France
Update to Come for 2020 Maclagan Squeezebox Festival - Australia
Pierre Eriksson Waltz Video – Sweden
Video: Moses Concas Harmonica, America's Got Talent - USA

Future events

Marco Lo Russo Concert at Celebration - Italy
Brooklyn Accordion Club Upcoming Zoom Meetings – USA
“Honky Tonk Jump” at Zephyr Breeze Summer Series, Minnesota – USA
Black Pencil Concert in Almere - Netherlands
PIF 2020 Online Seminars, Castelfidardo - Italy
Volker Rausenberger Accordion Workshop at Hohner Conservatory – Germany

CD Reviews

Article: Heinrich Band: Namesake, but Not Inventor of the Bandoneon - Germany

New and Updated Sites

2020 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Online - Portugal
Online 2020 Australian International Championships and Festival - Australia

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VII All-Russian Competition "Pearl of Kuban", Krasnodar - Russia

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PearlThe 7th All-Russian Competition of Performers on Folk Instruments "Pearl of Kuban" will be held in Krasnodar from November 10th to 12th, 2020.

The competition will be held in two stages as follows -

Stage one: Participants must send in a video of their performance along with their application form by October 9th, 2020. Participation in this stage of the Competition is mandatory and free.

The jury will determine the best competitive performances. Participants who have successfully passed the selection will be invited to participate in the face-to-face competitive auditions.

Stage two: The face-to-face stage of the competition will take place from November 10th to November 12th at the Krasnodar State Institute of Culture in Krasnodar.

Registrations for the face-to-face stage will close on November 10th, 2020.

For further details email: zhemchuzhinakubani@mail.ru

Download competition Rules in Russian language: 2020PearlRules.pdf

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Félicien Brut August Tour Concert Dates - France

Félicien BrutAccordionist Félicien Brut August concert dates as follows:

August 2nd: 6pm concert with Julien Martineau (mandolin) at Chapelle Saint-Quenin in Vaison-la-Romaine

August 7th: 5.30pm concert with Édouard Macarez (double bass) at Parc du Mazeau in Saint-Priest-Taurion

August 8th: 4pm concert with Renaud Guy-Rousseau (clarinet) at Parc du Mazeau in Saint-Priest-Taurion

August 14th: concert with Sextet “NEUF, Beethoven meet Accordion”, Hermès Quartet and Édouard Macarez (double bass) in Bourges

August 18th: 8.30pm concert with Thibaut Garcia (guitar) in Chassignolles

Félicien Brut plays a variety of pieces from popular music to "scientific music", from improvisation to written works, and from original pieces to the most unexpected transcriptions.

For further details email: cledoux@lagence-management.com

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Wiener Melange Autumn Concert 2020 - Austria

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The Wiener Melange Autumn Concert 2020 will be held at the Festsaal Bisamberg in Bisamberg, Austria on October 11th, 2020 at 4pm organised by the Accordion Club La Tastiera Magica.

This event was originally planned as a Spring concert in March this year but was postponed until October due to Covid-19. All tickets purchased or reserved for the March concert are valid for this upcoming event.

The accordion orchestra "La Tastiera Magica" (picture below) under the direction of Gabriele Mittermüller-Hofbauer will entertain with a variety of popular melodies from Vienna.

For details email: tickets@latastieramagica.at
Tastiera Magica

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Excelsus Perform at Rezeknei 735! City & Balloon Festival 2020 – Latvia

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“Excelsus” will perform an outdoor concert at the Rezekne Technology Academy, as part of the Rezeknei 735! City & Balloon Festival 2020 in Rezekne, Latvia on August 1st.

The event is hosted by the Rezekne Cultural and Tourism Centre and runs from July 29th to August 2nd, 2020.

Excelsus band members include Zane Vancane (accordion), Arna Rogalevic (accordion), Evgeny Skritnik (accordion), Sanita Aizupiete (accordion), Kristaps Vish (bass guitar) and Eduard Geikin-Tolstow (percussion). Their repertoire includes music by Vivaldi, Bach, Grieg, Liszt, Piazzolla, Khachaturian, Webber, Bazhilin, Ivanovs, ABBA, Metallica and others.

See poster for details.

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Norbert Seidel New Book, "Tango Waltz Jazz" - Germany

Tango Waltz JazzAccordion Jazz ChordsNorbert Seidel new music book and tutorial "Tango Waltz Jazz" for only Euro 19.50 or US$ equivalent. Catalog: 1066 This is the supplementary book to the author’s bestseller instruction book "Accordion Jazz Chords" Catalog: seidel

Tango Waltz Jazz features new compositions in modern rhythms and with stylish accompanying harmonies.
- 12 imaginative compositions – tangos, waltzes and jazz pieces – for accordion solo
for beginners as well as advanced players, button and piano keyboard players.
- With detailed text descriptions and instructive explanations for playing the compositions musically and realizing them technically.

Catalog: 1066 "Tango Waltz Jazz" 56 Pages · Format: 23 x 30.5 cm · ISBN 978-3-925572-18-0 ·

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Interview with Winners of International Pure Sound Award – Russia

Efrem PodgaitsLipsVideo: Winners of the International Pure Sound Award for the best audio recording of Russian academic music 2019 - Viktor Osadchev (sound engineer), Friedrich Lips (bayan) and Ephraim Podgaits (composer) talk about the creation and recording of the concert "Double Mirror" by Ephraim Podgaits in Russian language.

The Pure Sound International Award is the first ever award for the best audio recording of Russian academic music. The award was established by the Russian Music Union with the aim of promoting the Russian composer's school, supporting the recording industry of academic music and the development of music culture in general.

The work “Double Mirror” was performed at a concert for bayan, cello and symphony orchestra in Moscow’s House of Composers on November 29th, 2019 as part of the Moscow Autumn festival and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the composer, Efrem Podgaits (picture above left).

Performers were the Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra under its conductor Sergey Kondrashev with soloists Friedrich Lips (bayan - picture above right) and Alexander Buzlov (cello).

Picture below: Pure Sound certificate
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Archival Articles by Joan Grauman Added to the AAA Website - USA

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Joan GraumanJoan Grauman has been AAA Historian for many years. You can read her varied articles on well known AAA accordion personalities on the AAA website at: AAA Archival Information

Each month, more of AAA Historian Joan Grauman's articles are carefully placed on the AAA website.  On a wide variety of topics, these articles provide a glimpse into AAA's wondrous past, as well as on the happenings in the accordion community in the US today.

The articles added this past month are:

9. Spotlight on Frank Busso -- Musician, Educator, Conductor and Ambassador of the Accordion (2017)

10. Joe Cerrito:  Consummate Musician and Extraordinary Educator (2016)

14. Guy Klucevsek and Cody McSherry -- A Heartwarming Story of Coincidences (2017)

27. Gabe Hall-Rodrigues and Jamie Maschler:  Catching Up with "Creosote" (2020)

28. JoAnn Pankow and Art Piel:  And All Because of a Bumper Sticker (2019)

These articles now join eleven others that have been uploaded previously.  "By July 2021, I hope to have all 28 of my already published articles on the AAA website along with 4 more on my 'to do' list," says Joan. 

You will greatly increase your accordion knowledge. Stay tuned! AAA Archival Information

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Ladom Ensemble - Toronta Summer Music Online Concerts - Canada

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Ladon EnsembleThe Ladom Ensemble (picture left) played everything from Radiohead to Prokofiev, from Piazzolla to originals at the Toronta Summer Music (TSM) Online Festival this week.

The quartet includes Michael Bridge (accordion), Pouya Hamidi (piano), Beth Silver (cello) and Adam Campbell (percussion). Michael was online chatting in real time and answering questions.

The concerts were free to all thanks to a generous sponsorship.

Their “Main stage concert” was held on July 28th, followed by a “Kids Concert” on July 29th.

Their program included Dance of the Knights (Prokofiev), Noor (Hamidi), Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Radiohead), East Coast Medley and Libertango (Piazzolla) among others.

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Alexander Poeluev New Video - Russia

Alexander PoeluevA new video by Alexander Poeluev entitled “The Road Home” by A. Arhipovsky and recorded while travelling on a train throughout Russia

For more details email: adm_a_poeluev@mail.ru

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New Accordion Gift Website Launched – USA

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Dan GraumanDan Grauman (picture left) proudly announces the new website, AccordionGifts at www.accordiongifts.com has been launched.

Accordion-themed items, including clothing, jewelry, stationery, and novelties have traditionally been much more difficult to find than similar items with images of other instruments, such as violins, clarinets, drums, etc. AccordionGifts hopes to change that.  Some gift items on this website include original art by accordionist and artist, Joan Geller Grauman. Many thanks go to accordionist and artist Cody McSherry for creating our beautiful logo.

A new item in limited stock is the beautiful accordion-shaped purse with zippered compartment inside as well as on the backside. The purse includes a shoulder strap.
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CNIMA Accordion Workshops – France

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Frank AngelisClaude ThomainThe CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix is an international accordion school that organizes accordion workshops and different types of courses throughout the year.

The video above shows a young trainee, Alienor, playing a piece at the beginning (for 28 seconds) and the rest of the video is from the end of the workshop. The video demonstrates the improvements of a 5 day workshop.

Correctly holding of the accordion, a good handling of the air column and bellows, good hand position, and the study of various playing touches are among the factors too often forgotten, that enable students to maximise potential and reach a confident musical grace.

Workshops are open to all, adults and children, experienced players and beginners. Students can take part on location, in the quiet and friendly Auvergne countryside or via skype.

Next accordion workshops are:

Acccordion technique with Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix
August 3rd - 8th, 2020

Accordion repertoire:
August 3rd – 7th, 2020 - Music of Franck Angélis, with Franck Angelis (picture above left)
August 3rd – 7th, 2020 - Music of Claude Thomain, with Claude Thomain (picture above right)

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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Update to Come for 2020 Maclagan Squeezebox Festival - Australia

2020 MaglanThe Maclagan Squeezebox Festival will be celebrating its 18th birthday this year if it goes ahead on October 10th, 2020. Each year in October, the small Queensland country town of Maclagan puts on the only accordion festival in Australia.

Unfortunately this year, with the uncertainty of Covid-19, the final decision as to whether the 2020 festival will go ahead, will be made within the next few weeks.

Festival organisers are hopeful they can still hold their event, which is for those who play free-reed instruments such as accordions, concertinas, harmonicas, harmoniums and bandoneons as well as players of the violin, banjo, mandolin or lagerphone to provide variety and artistic colour to the compositions being played by the free-reed enthusiasts.

For details email: maclagansqueezeboxfest@gmail.com

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Pierre Eriksson Waltz Video – Sweden

Video: Pierre Eriksson (Sweden) performing his own composition “The Little Castle Bird” waltz.

Pierre has been entertaining live on his social media page “Pierre Eriksson Accordion Show”.
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Video: Moses Concas Harmonica, America's Got Talent - USA

Moses Concas surprises the America's Got Talent judges With Harmonica Beat-Boxing!

Moses Concas was the winner of the 7th season of Italys Got Talent in 2016 and has since made concerts all over the world.

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Marco Lo Russo Concert at Celebration - Italy

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Marco lo RussoAccordionist Marco Lo Russo will perform at the 19th festival dedicated to San Giovanni Paolo II (Pope John Paul II) organised by the San Pietro della Ienca Cultural Association on August 2nd at San Pietro della Ienca in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.

The event will include a variety of performances by other artists.

See poster for details.

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Brooklyn Accordion Club Upcoming Zoom Meetings – USA

BAC logoRob CurtoThe Brooklyn Accordion Club has two exciting meetings coming up in August. Both meetings will be held online via Zoom.

The first will be held on August 16th at 2pm (NYC time) and will feature a Brazilian Music Workshop with Rob Curto (picture above right).

The second will be held on August 30th at 2pm (NYC time) and feature Improvisation with Vitor Goncalves.

Admission to both is free.

For details email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

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“Honky Tonk Jump” at Zephyr Breeze Summer Series, Minnesota – USA

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The Zephyr Breeze Summer Series features a variety of musicians and musical styles throughout the summer in Minnesota. On August 9th, Honky Tonk Jump (which includes accordionist Dan Newton) will entertain on The Zephyr Theatre Outdoor Stage, 601 Main Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota at 6pm.

The band plays “swingin’ Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends”.

For details email: daddysqueeze@daddysqueeze.com

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Black Pencil Concert in Almere - Netherlands

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“Black Pencil” will perform two concerts in Almere, Netherlands on September 25th at 4pm and 8pm organised by Goede Rede Concerts.

The group consists of Marko Kassl (accordion), Jorge Isaac (blockflute), Matthijs Koene (panflute), Esra Pehlivanli (viola) and Enric Monfort (percussion). They play a mix of old and contemporary music by Dowland, Vivaldi, Bach and Kate Moore, among others.

For details email: info@goederedeconcerten.nl

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PIF 2020 Online Seminars, Castelfidardo - Italy

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The PIF 2020 "Citta di Castelfidardo" International Competition, taking place from September 16th to 20th, 2020 in Castelfidardo, Ancona, Italy has organised three online seminars (classical, jazz and world) this year.

September 18th: Gil Goldstein (USA) Jazz seminar entitled “The World Accordion to Gil”
Gil will do a seminar on his experience as an accordionist from a different perspective (than pianist), starting from his beginnings, addressing issues such as solo development, accompaniment, transcriptions and other tips on using the accordion in Jazz.

September 19th: Fabio Turchetti (Italy) World seminar entitled “Un’Ancia a Santiago de Compostela” (“The Way of Santiago de Compostela”). Fabio traces the last km of "The Way of Santiago de Compostela", a special and unique path in history, filming the places where millions of pilgrims have passed through the centuries to tell the path through the his music.

September 20th: Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia) Classical seminar entitled “La Vita Attraverso le Composizioni” (Life Through the Compositions). This seminar will focus on the master's best-known compositions with tales, anecdotes and plays that will make us discover something even more about the life of the great Russian master.

For details email: info@pifcastelfidardo.it

Picture below: Left - Fabio Turchetti, Centre - Viatcheslav Semionov, Right - Gil Goldstein
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Volker Rausenberger Accordion Workshop at Hohner Conservatory – Germany

Volker RausenbergerVolker Rausenberger, musical director and conductor of the Freiburg Accordion Orchestra, will hold a workshop entitled “Music from Head to Toe with Hand & Heart” on November 7th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm at the Hohner Conservatory Trossingen GmbH in Trossingen, Germany.

The workshop will cover:
"Roots and Wings"
A teaching concept that appeals to the whole person in his individual artistic and artistic individuality, creates & provides spaces in which it is possible for learners to find their own music, to discover their own musical personality, where instrumental skills and abilities as well as cognitive and auditory skills are created and developed, and in which musical worlds are opened with curiosity and creativity, through improvisation and recorded music, listening and playing.

The focus is on the acting, listening and reading understanding of one's own actions, which enables independent and free play. Chording, melodic leadership, coordinatively demanding solo playing and improvisational searching and finding.

"Roots and Wings" stands for a music education that gives space to artistic development and individual development from the very beginning, be it in the early instrumental field, in classical initial lessons, in lessons with adults or with newcomers.

If possible, please bring your instrument with you. The deadline for workshop registrations is October 1st, 2020.

For details email: info@hohner-konservatorium.de

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Article: Heinrich Band: Namesake, but Not Inventor of the Bandoneon - Germany

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Ulrich SchmüllingWilloughby Ann WalsheThe cradle (beginnings) of the bandoneon or those German Concertinas that were later called bandonions is situated in the town of Carlsfeld (Saxony) in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge).

After Carl Friedrich Uhlig (1790–1874) developed the first German Concertina in Chemnitz in 1834, it was Carl Friedrich Zimmermann (1817–1898) who started producing German Concertinas in the attic of his parents’ house in Carlsfeld around 1840, further developed them and some few years later invented an instrument that later became known and sold worldwide under the name “Bandonion.”

This is a fact about which there is no doubt in the general public as well as among experts and which has been historically proven. Until recently!

A specialist book, which has been available on the German market since May 15, 2020, states with remarkable explicitness that Krefeld merchant Heinrich Band (1821–1860) invented the bandonion and subsequently makes the city of Krefeld the instrument’s birthplace.

Under the title “Heinrich Band. Bandoneon” (subtitle: “Die Reise eines Instruments aus dem niederrheinischen Krefeld in die Welt” [The journey of an instrument from Krefeld, Lower Rhine, into the world]), it is both the “Förderverein für das Kulturbüro der Stadt Krefeld e.V.” [Sponsoring Society for the Cultural Office of the Krefeld] as editor and Janine Krüger as author who propagate this in a colorful and lavishly produced book.

The book was published by Klartext Verlag, Essen, and financially opulently supported by “Sparkassen Kulturstiftung Krefeld,” [the savings bank cultural foundation] “Stadt Krefeld,” [City of Krefeld] the “Kunst Stiftung NRW” [Art Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia] and the “Kulturbüro Krefeld” [Cultural Office of Krefeld] as well as the “Förderverein für das Kulturbüro der Stadt Krefeld e.V.” (the association is at the same time the editor and financial supporter itself); further backed by Klaus Kokol (Krefeld city council member, deputy Social Democratic Party of Germany parliamentary group leader, director of the legal department) and Jürgen Sauerland-Freer (former head of Krefeld’s culture department and predecessor of Dr. Gabriele König).

According to the masthead (title information), besides the editor and author is an editorial staff, which includes Prof. Gerhard Hahn (an engineer, sculptor and designer based in Krefeld), Dr. Gabriele König (head of Krefeld’s Culture Department as well as head of the city’s Culture Office) and Burkhard Ostrowski (Krefeld culture office employee).

Thus, there is a concentrated municipal energy in the background.

The fact that local patriotism and cultural enthusiasm for the city go so far that music history is “bent” in order to attract even more public attention and publicity, is not only outlandish but also reprehensible. But above all, it is completely unnecessary.

To be sure, the name “bandonion” actually derives from the Krefeld family name of Heinrich Band. But apart from the fact that this instrument name did not originate from Band himself, but from a third party, Band has demonstrably never been an instrument manufacturer, but no more and no less was one of several music dealers who bought various instruments from different manufacturers and sold them to their customers.

The relevant professional music circles stood on their heads by this snubbing presumption, especially inasmuch as the editors and local politicians not only leave it misrepresented in their book, but use all available types of media exploitation (advertising videos, launched newspaper releases, internet articles, radio reports, etc.) to pursue their historical fact suppression bluntly and widely.

It is to be hoped that this does not result in what is widespread in today’s society, namely that untruth becomes truth if it is repeated only loudly and often enough.

Heinrich Band. Bandoneon (“Förderverein für das Kulturbüro der Stadt Krefeld e.V.” as editor and Janine Krüger as author), in German language only. ISBN 978-3-8375-1970-9 - format 23 x 23 cm - 368 pages - four-color throughout with numerous photos and illustrations - hardcover, thread stitching - price 29.95 euros - circulation: 700 copies.

Ulrich Schmülling, July 15th 2020 (picture above)
Translation: Willoughby Ann Walshe (picture above)

Excerpt from Research by Norbert Seidel about Invention of Bandoneon in German

Article about: Willoughby Ann Walshe 80th Birthday, Kamen - Germany
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=21-Apr-2017&lang=en#art12985

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2020 Coupe Mondiale Entry System Online - Portugal

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo MattilaJ PerieraCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2020 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 73rd Coupe Mondiale from the 2020 General Competition Rules page: 2020CM-Rules

Secretary General Kimmo Mattila invites all (44) CIA members to register delegates to the 144th International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Castro Marim.

The 73rd Coupe Mondiale will be hosted by the CIA member Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve led by President João Pereira from 6-10 October, 2020.

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries and highly praised the officials of Castro Marim and President João Pereira of Mito Algarvio for all their assistance.

The festival will feature competitions as follows:
• 73rd Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music

Due to Covid-19 safety regulations, no ensemble categories or World Accordion Orchestra will be held. Pictured below is the Biblioteca Castro Marim, a small venue with excellent accoustics, where the competition categories will be held.

Entry closing date is 5th September 2020 and all entry and hotel information is online at: Coupe Mondiale
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Online 2020 Australian International Championships and Festival - Australia

AATA logoTania LukicDespite Covid-19 the music continues! Because of the continued impact of Covid-19 around the world, the Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) will be running this year’s competition categories online by video submission. The competition organiser is AATA President, Tatjana Marx pictured above right.

The competitions will be adjudicated by an international jury and the rules and categories are on the AATA website.

Entry closing date is Friday 13th August 2020.

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