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2018 IX International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus", Rostov-on-Don - Russia

Accordion Plus CoverYuri Shishkin, Alexander PoeluevThe 2018 IX International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus" takes place from 23rd to 27th March 2018 in Rostov-on-Don organised by International Music Center “Harmony", President Yuri Shishkin and Artistic Director Alexander Poeluev.

The event is held with the support of: Rostov City Administration, State Budget Professional Educational Institution of the Rostov Region "Rostov College of Art", Beijing Jiang Jie piano and Piano City School of Music and Dance, Accordion, Keyboard Association of China.

Jiang Jie are fully sponsoring the five best piano accordionists to perform a concert in Beijing in Autumn 2018. The Chinese Accordion Association will also support Accordion Plus and "Harmony" has joined the Russian Association of Competitions.

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Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy

Music coverRenzo RuggieriLa Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things) for accordion and symphonic orchestra is "not classic, not jazz and not world... it's crossover music" according to Renzo Ruggieri. Video above.

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "The composition has been dedicated to Marco Gemelli who was soloist in world premiere of International Accordion Week, Conservatory Nocera Terinese, 24 April 2017 with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra."

"La Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things): Things do not have life. But things tell of life by their existence and through this they acquire it. Five moments built with solutions that combine the composer's jazz, world and classical experiences and which need the sonority of the solo accordion also called upon to improvise.

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Alan Kelly Gang ‘Guinness Irish Christmas Tour’ – Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy

Alan Kelly Gang
The Alan Kelly Gang, led by accordionist Alan Kelly, will be taking their Irish traditional music on tour to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy from November 23rd to December 16th.

The dates are on the poster. Alan Kelly writes: “Woohoo - here we go!!! Can't believe it’s been 10 years since our last Austrian adventures!! So looking forward to the 22nd Guinness Irish Christmas Tour plus a few shows in Switzerland, Italy and Germany so check out dates, don your sanity hats and come along for some pre-Christmas Irish cheer!”

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Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

Gerlando GattoWe are very happy to have the doyen of Italian music reporters Gerlando Gatto, a professional journalist and music critic in Rome since 1974, making available some articles for Accordions Worldwide.

Gerlando Gatto has collaborated with several daily newspapers and magazines (Blu Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, Blues & around) and has written and conducted many jazz programs broadcast by RadioUno and Rai International TV.

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

Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverAccordion repair author Thierry Benetoux is offering a Free Postage Christmas Special for all his books until 20 December. Take advantage of this special offer for:

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
- How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
- How to Tune Your Accordion

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00

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CD Reviews

CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New Klezmer Tales CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli (accordion), Massimo Mazzoni (sax soprano and contralto).

Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.

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New and Updated Sites

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Unveils New Website

New CIA site
Freddy Balta, 1938The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a proud member of the International Music Council (IMC) an Official NGO partner of UNESCO has just unveiled its brand new website, offering a new look for the 82 year old organization.

The newly released site features all the latest technology making it adaptive for various viewing mediums, while adding updated and new content.

One highlight is the addition of pictures of all of the World Champions. The first International competition was held in 1938 when it was won by the French accordionist Freddy Balta (picture left). The competition was suspended around the war years, and when it resumed in 1948, the competition was officially named the Coupe Mondiale and won by Yvette Horner.

Through the extensive CIA Archive collection being held in at the CIA headquarters in Finland, and help from CIA member nations, over the course of many years, it was possible to find pictures of all the Champions, which have now been added to the site. In addition, pictures have also been added of the 12 CIA Presidents found during the CIA's 82 year history as well as other historical information.

The site contains a full list of the CIA members and Award Winners, with additional information on the IMC and the various CIA projects including the World Accordion Orchestra, The World Accordion Museum Alliance, Archives and World Accordion Day.

We invite you to explore the new site by visiting www.accordions.com/cia/

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Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia

Accordion Russia
Arseniy StrokovskiyThe Accordion Russia News is changing from a monthly publication to having articles released regularly as they happen and updating. News will be from Russia and Eastern Europe and featuring Russian performers in all parts of the world.

The editors will be international competition laureate Arseniy Strokovskiy (picture right) and journalist Oksana Strokovskaya.

The new format Accordion Russia News is now online.

For those not able to read Russian, there is an online translation link.

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