CIA Congress Online A First - Finland

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo MattilaGeorg HettmanThe Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) was formed in 1935 and 85 years later in 2020 has 43 members, many being national accordion organisations.

For the first time ever, because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the CIA is holding a Congress using internet on Saturday evening central Europe time.

The Congress led by President Mirco Patarini and Secretary General Kimmo Mattila will discuss the exciting concerts and other plans for the 2021 Coupe Mondiale in Munich, 13-17 October 2021. The host organiser Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e. V., (DHV), delegate Georg Hettmann (picture right), will report their plans to the Congress. The 2021 Coupe Mondiale rules, travel and accommodation details are going to be published before Christmas.

Also to be discussed at Congress is the plans for another innovative World Accordion Day (May 6th) with various events around the world plus a major international online program being planned by CIA members in a number countries.

A full report of the Congress and future plans for 2021 will be in published here next Friday.


"Libertango" Aidar Salakhov Perform at International Tango Day, Yaroslavl - Russia

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"Libertango" will perform at the International Tango Day concert on December 4th, 2020. This year’s jubilee concert will be held at the Kino Concert Hall in Yaroslavl, Russia.

"Libertango" includes Aidar Salakhov (accordion), Angelica Markova (vocals), Artyoom Fedotov (drums), Rinat Safargaliev (bass), Ilya Ershov (violin) and Oleg Anokhin (keyboards, arrangements and the group director).

Their program will include music by Astor Piazzolla, the premiere of new works, a new arrangement of the well known composition Libertango with soloist Aidar Salahov and dancers.

Aidar Salakhov is a former student of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow and studied with Prof. Friedrich Lips. He won the 2017 Klingenthal Entertainment Category VI, 1st place in the 2015 Moscow VI International Competition of Bayan and Accordion Players and his brother Lidar won 2nd place in the 2006 Coupe Mondiale.

For concert details phone: 8 (4852) 66-25-11


AAA Cancels Festival 2021, Conshohocken - USA

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Joseph CicconeIt is with great disappointment that due to the current situation concerning the world pandemic (Covid 19) the AAA Executive Board and Board of Directors have made the necessary decision to cancel the AAA Festival July 14-18, 2021 in West Philadelphia.

We are committed to public safety, including that of our many loyal attendees, guests and performing artists and to help support our nation’s strong efforts to help control the spread of COVID-19, we join a long list of events that have already been cancelled. Although the pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways, we always find a silver lining.


Report: Kevin Friedrich “Sounds of the Season” Concert, Dargaville – New Zealand

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Program coverNew York based Dargaville born accordionist Kevin Friedrich, attracted a capacity audience at the Lighthouse Function Centre at the Dargaville Museum for the second time in four months, this time presenting a concert 'The Sounds of the Season' featuing a variety of festive Holiday Music.

Full report and pictures: 2020DargavilleSounds


Kevin Friedrich, Lionel Reekie, Alanah Jones, Maurice Jones

Lomond Ceilidh Band Countdown to 2021 Live Online - Scotland

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Lomond bandDue to popular demand, the Lomond Ceilidh Band will present their “Countdown to 2021 Live” online show on New Year's Eve December 31st, 2020.

Ticket holders will have the option of watching live or if more convenient the show will be available for up to one week after the event.

They encourage you to send in your special requests and dedications as early as possible (or by December 28th at the latest) to guarantee they're included as they will be trying to fit as many in on the night as possible! They also plan to do some live requests as well.


New and Updated Sites

Site Updated: Harley Jones Site Updated with New Pictures

Harley JonesHarley Jones Site Updated with New Pictures and album information in English and Chinese


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