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Weekly News from Around the World - 31-May-2019
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2019 Accordion Art Plus 10th International Accordion Festival – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Daily Reports/Video: 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships - New Zealand
2019 National Polka Festival, Ennis, Texas - USA
Daily Reports: 2019 Harmonika World Championships - Austria
Video: Promotional Video for New Album 'Koriana' by Gary Daverne - New Zealand

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

Swiss Accordion Competition - Switzerland
Video: Cody McSherry Performing in the Washington - USA

Future events

Kosmos Ensemble Perform in Manchester – UK
Sharon Shannon at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - UK
Mabon Perform at 2019 Gwyl Criccieth Festival - Wales
“Accordion Meets Classical” Concert - Italy
“Traditional Meets Modern” Concert – Italy
2019 Festival des Nuits de Nacre - France
St Audries Bay Accordion Week – UK

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Video Added to Article About: First PhD for Accordion, Sarajevo

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2019 Accordion Art Plus 10th International Accordion Festival – Bosnia and Herzegovina

10th International Accordion FestivalThe 2019 Accordion Art Plus 10th International Accordion Festival was held in East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 14th to 17th.

The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary, included an accordion competition and a variety of concerts with participation by the Akuduns Accordion Orchestra "Sonja Marinkovic", (pictured below - conducted by Goran Penic), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Mikko Luoma (Finland), Hanzhi Wang (China), Mikko Luoma (Finland), Vladimir Murza (Ukraine), Corrado Rojac (Italy), Irina Krjutjkova, (Sweden), Branko Dzinovic (Serbia), Slavko Magdic (Croatia), Dražen Kosmerl (Croatia), Melita Cicic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Danijela Gazdic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marko Stojanovic (Serbia), Nemanja Potparic (Montenegro), Miodrag Krstic (Serbia), Vladimir Blagojevic (Serbia) and many others.

Program of the event (104 pages - 2.3MB): 2019ArtPlus.pdf

Competition results as follows:

Category III accordion solo 1st: Veljko Jovanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Category IV accordion solo; 1st Husejn Bajraktarevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Category V accordion solo: 1st Nikola Jerilovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Category VI accordion solo: 1st Marko Žujovic (Serbia)
Category VII accordion solo: 1st Petar Dincic (Serbia)
Category VIII accordion solo: 1st Georgina Bognar (Serbia)
Category XI accordion solo: 1st Marija Turšijan (Serbia)

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Daily Reports/Video: 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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Video: NZAA Finale Concert Sunday Promo video.
The 2019 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival are being held this weekend (June 1st and 2nd) at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Auckland, and will celebrate the “10th Anniversary of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale” which the NZAA hosted in Takapuna, New Zealand.

Daily Reports including results, photos and video will be online at: 2019SouthPac

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2019 National Polka Festival, Ennis, Texas - USA

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Band The Fabulous SixThe annual National Polka Festival was held on Memorial Weekend in Ennis, Texas from May 24th to 26th. The festival celebrated 53 wonderful years of Czech heritage and offered an abundance of activities including an opening dance featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes).

The following day there was a parade with colourful costumes and floats, marching bands, celebrities, public officials, motorcycles, horseback riders and clowns.

During the festival performances were given by 15 different bands and soloists including “Squeezebox” (featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B), accordionist Alex Meixner (who plays a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to pop to world music), Jodie Mikula Orchestra (which includes accordionists Mike Marek & Joe Zetka), Fritz Hodde and "The Fabulous Six" (picture left which includes accordionists Fritz Hodde, Scott Hodde, Brandon Hodde, Diane Hodde & Gary Greener). the Czech Harvesters Band (who are in their 40th year of performing "Texas-Style Czech Music"), and the Moravians Polka Band who enjoy playing polka music and includes accordionists Chris Trojacek, Matthew Matous and Tyler Prasifka.

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Daily Reports: 2019 Harmonika World Championships - Austria

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Gottfried HubmannDaily Reports: The 2019 Harmonika World Championships will be held at St. Peter-Freienstein, Steiermark (Styria), Austria from May 30th to June 2nd organised by Gottfried Hubmann (picture right).

Holda Paoletti-Kampl will be attending and making a full report of the event at: 2019Harmonika

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Video: Promotional Video for New Album 'Koriana' by Gary Daverne - New Zealand

Gary DaverneVideo above: 'Tango 130' from the new album 'Koriana' by famous New Zealand conductor, composer, arranger Gary Daverne, performed by Grayson Masefield.

Gary Daverne releases a new album titled 'Koriana' this weekend at the 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships this weekend. Full details will be added to this article after the release on Sunday. Catalog: nzom005 Koriana CD/Album

In the above video, Grayson performs “Tango 130 (For Stephanie)”. This was a special composition for long time friend Stephanie Poole who was a New Zealand accordion champion performing and recording many of Gary’s accordion compositions. The 130 represents the tempo which Grayson wanted to record it at. Gary wanted 128 or 132.”

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Swiss Accordion Competition - Switzerland

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Laura MehmetiThe 2019 Swiss Accordion Competition took place in Prilly on May 4th and 5th. The event included age categories for soloists and duos from under 10 year olds to special adult classes and chamber music classes.

Members of the jury were Sylvain Tissot (President), Sylvie Amadio, Cristina Bellu, Thierry Bouclier, Stéphane Chapuis, Véronique Chapuis-Fernandez, Anne-Maria Hoelscher, Florine Juvet, Rade Mijatovic, Tiffanie Mueller, Julien Tudisco and Aline Roy.

Over 180 accordion players took part in the competition. Winner of the top class was Laura Mehmeti (picture left), a student of Sylvain Tissot at the Conservatoire de Musique de la Broye.

The next Swiss Accordion Competition will take place in 2021.

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Video: Cody McSherry Performing in the Washington - USA

At his performance for the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society on May 19, Cody McSherry performed the 'Ballad of Faithe' composed by Guy Klucevsek in honor of the famous Faithe Deffner (USA) who was very prominent in USA accordion activities and also internationally for many years until her death in 2014.

Cody McSherry is fifteen years old and is a sophomore at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, PA. He has been playing accordion since the age of six. Cody is studying accordion with Mary Tokarski (in Connecticut) and voice with Joanne Abrom.

n 2016, Cody won the Lancaster’s Got Talent competition held by Lancaster Newspapers and is a two-time winner of the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship, Junior Division, held by the American Accordionists’ Association. In November 2018 Cody performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington, DC.

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Kosmos Ensemble Perform in Manchester – UK

The Kosmos Ensemble which includes classical accordionist Miloš Milivojevic, Harriet MacKenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola) will perform a concert on June 5th at 1.30pm at the Bridgewater Hall (Barbirolli Room), Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS.

The trio will play a mix of classical, world music, Jazz, Gypsy, emotive Jewish music, hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisations. In their own arrangements and compositions, Kosmos plays and improvises with spontaneity and passion.

For further concert information email: kosmos@kosmosensemble.com

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Sharon Shannon at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - UK

Sharon Shannon will perform with her band at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP on June 14th.

The group which includes Jim Murray (acoustic guitar), Jack Maher (electric guitar, vocals) and Sean Regan (fiddle, percussion and beatbox), will perform music from Sharon’s many albums throughout the years, including “Sacred Earth”. This album features many tracks with African influences and includes African musicians as collaborators and guests.

This concert is part of their Sacred Earth UK Tour 2019 and includes guest musician Senegalese Kora player, Seckou Keita (pictured).

For ticket information on this concert phone: 0151 709 3789

Further concert tour details:

June 15th performance at the Otley Courthouse Arts Centre, Otley, Leeds LS21 3AN. Phone: 01943 467466
June 16th performance at The Greystones in Sheffield. Phone: 0114 266 5599
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Mabon Perform at 2019 Gwyl Criccieth Festival - Wales

Popular band “Mabon”, which 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) will make their first ever appearance at the opening day of the Gwyl Criccieth Festival on June 15th in Gwynedd, Wales.

The annual festival will run from June 15th to 22nd and include a variety of music, art, painting, ceramics and sculpture.

Mabon play a mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic/Folk/World music.

For further festival information email: info@cricciethfestival.org.uk
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“Accordion Meets Classical” Concert - Italy

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On June 14th a concert entitled “Accordion Meets Classical” will be held at the Castel Fontana in Tyrol, Italy. Solo and group performers include students from the Hohner Konservatorium in Trossingen, Germany who will play compositions by Bach, Haydn, Ligeti and Mussgorsky.

Their program includes Partita B Major (Bach), Sonata in D Major (Haydn) and Tango-Toccata by Petri Makkonen.

For further details see poster above.

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“Traditional Meets Modern” Concert – Italy

Traditional Meets Modern
On June 15th a concert entitled “Traditional Meets Modern” will be held in Palais Mamming, Merano, Italy. Accordionist Vanja Cirkovic will perform with the "Chamber Orchestra Innstrumenti Tirol". This concert ensures the combination of the important chamber music genre of string quartet with the modern accordion promises concert goers an exciting listening experience.

Their program includes works by Mozart (Adagio and Rondo KV 617 for accordion & String Quartet), Dvorak (1st movement "Allegro ma non Troppo" from the "American Quartet" Op. 96), Haydn (Sonata in D Major for accordion solo), and Soler (Quintet in F major for accordion & string quartet).

For further information see poster above.

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2019 Festival des Nuits de Nacre - France

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Vincent TsaiJean Louis NotonThe 2019 Festival des Nuits de Nacre will be held in Tulle, France from June 27th to 30th. The event will include four days of accordion celebrations with over 50 concerts throughout the city, most of which will be free!

The festival will begin with 2 x concerts on June 27th, followed by a free gala concert in the city centre the next day. This will include a performance by over 100 accordionists which will be broadcast live on the internet.

Festival guests include Jean Louis Noton (picture right) and Vincent Tsai (Taiwan – picture left) who will play in duo with Sylvia Hsu at St. John's Church. Their program will include traditional music of Taiwan. This event will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Maugein Accordions.

For further details email: maugein.accueil@orange.fr

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St Audries Bay Accordion Week – UK

Jean HangerAngie LukinsThe St Audries Bay Accordion Week will be held from July 13th to 20th at St Audries Bay Holiday Club, West Quantoxhead, Nr Minehead, Somerset TA4 4DY.

The festival was started several years ago and is supported by accordionists from all around the UK who meet up and join in with several different Musical Directors of orchestras. Attendees are guided through a week of ensemble playing with the option to join whichever graded orchestra or group they feel comfortable with.

Orchestra workshops include Higher Intermediate section by Rene Mairis, Vintage Accordion Orchestra by Jean Hanger (picture left), Intermediate Orchestra by Sammie Peckover, Elementary Orchestra by Brenda Webster , the Scottish Workshop by Angie Lukins (picture right) and a small advanced group will be tutored by Lisa Lee Fisher.

Nigel Pasby compères the evening accordion entertainment where participants can play their party pieces. These evenings finish with a performance by the orchestra directors or special guest.

A French Circle evening will be held on Monday July 15th and a Ceilidh on Wednesday July 17th, with a final grand concert on Friday 19th July.

For further information email: info@staudriesbay.co.uk

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Video Added to Article About: First PhD for Accordion, Sarajevo

Belma Šarančić NahodovićThis article about
"Belma Šarancic Nahodovic, First PhD for Accordion, Sarajevo"
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=03-Jul-2015&lang=en&s=10542
was published in 2015.

Just recently while researching another article, I saw that a video of her performance had been made available so that has been added to the article. Enjoy the music.

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The only markings is a large ARGUS on the front and a made in Germany on the back.
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