Breaking News: 2020 Coupe Mondiale Competition - Portugal

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The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) has received an official letter from the Portuguese authorities informing us that they have been forced to cancel all public events by order of the Central Government.

Therefore, our Portugal member Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve led by President João Pereirais is taking steps to organize within a few weeks, a series of concerts as planned in Faro and Castro Marim, even without audience, to showcase the diversity of the accordion in Portugal.

The CIA Executive Committee has assured the maximum support and availability to organize an online event lasting a few days, in the style of World Accordion Day, with interviews, videos, and the streaming of concerts of artists from Portugal.

Full letters at: http://www.coupemondiale.org/2020/pt_coupemain.html


Veikko Ahvenainen Ceremony to Present CIA Merit Award - Finland

Veikko Ahvenainen and his wife and Carina Nordlund
Picture above: Kimmo Mattila, Seppo Lankinen, Veikko Ahvenainen with his wife Carina Nordlund.

In a special ceremony Veikko Ahvenainen was presented the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Merit Award recognising oustanding contribution to the international accordion movement.

The ceremony last week-end was in the City Hall of Jyväskylä. This short ceremony was organised by the Finnish Accordion Association SHL with speeches by President Kimmo Mattila and Mrs. Eila Tiainen, who is vice chairperson of the Executive Board of the Jyväskylä City Council. Vilma Wiren (16 years) from Jyväskylä was playing.

Veikko Ahvenainen (b. 1929) is a Finnish accordionist, who began his public career over 75 years ago. He has recorded more than 1000 tracks, published huge amount of music books and accordion methods since more that 60 years. Veikko Ahvenainen plays continuously concerts.


Daily Reports: 2020 PIF Castelfidardo International - Italy

Daily Reports by Accordions Worldwide including results, pictures and video is online at: 2020Castelfidardo

See the rules, list of Finalists, program and results etc. at 2020Castelfidardo

Video Opening concert at: http://www.accordions.com/pifcastelfidardo/2020/16.htm

Video Premio Round 1 at: http://www.accordions.com/pifcastelfidardo/2020/17.htm

Video Jazz and Virtuoso at: http://www.accordions.com/pifcastelfidardo/2020/18.htm


Louis Corchia (1935-2020), Coronavirus Victim, Paris – France

Louis Corchia
LC bandoneonLouis Corchia, one of France’s very popular musette accordionists and also a bandoneon player. He came from a family of musicians, and his father was the accordionist Primo Corchia (1913-97).

In 1951 Louis Corchia won the first CMA Trophee Mondial, held in London. In the same year he came second to Maurice Vittenet in the CIA Coupe Mondiale, held in Paris.

Corchia went on to a long and very successful professional career that saw him found his own dance orchestra, and perform in the USA, USSR, Japan, and other countries. He made many recordings and appeared in several videos, and composed and arranged a lot of music.


5th Krakow Accordion Festival – Poland

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The 5th Krakow Accordion Festival will be held in Karkow, Poland from October 4th to 11th, 2020 organised by the Art Forum Foundation and coordinated by Maciej Zimka, Joanna Czuk and Rafal Czuk.

The event will include concerts, workshops, lectures, a Film Competition for accordion music, an exhibition of visual communication design for the Association of Polish Accordionists, created in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Forms of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and a reading of the poetry of St. John Paul II.


SaxAkkord Duo Concert at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Moscow - Russia

The SaxAkkord Duo, which includes Arseniy Strokovskiy (accordion) and Ivan Dyma (saxophone) will perform a concert at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Moscow on September 20th at 7pm.

Their program entitled "Through the Eras: Bach, Vivaldi & Piazzolla" will include special guest Igor Goldenberg (organ) and students of Ivan Dyma - The Large Ensemble of Saxophonists of the Institute of Music by A.G. Schnittke. Attendees will be treated to works by J.S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, J. Gershwin, R. Galliano and A. Piazzolla.


Annual Wedding Feast Features Accordion Entertainers, Pennsylvania – USA

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KermitThe Reading Liederkranz German Singing & Sports Society will hold their annual celebration this year from October 1st to 3rd, 2020 in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.

This year’s event will celebrate the first Oktoberfest – the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.

Dr Squeezebox - Kermit Ohlinger will be playing each night as the opening act of the entertainment! (picture right). See poster above for details of evening performers.


Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Prince Ludwig of Bavaria

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New Article: Kevin Friedrich Features in Northland Newspaper – New Zealand

Kevin Friedrich
Weekend Lifestyler newspaper reporter Andy Bryenton featured accordionist Kevin Friedrich in a 2 page article last weekend. Kevin travels twice yearly from his home in New York to Dargaville New Zealand where he lived the early years of his life, to organise concerts for the local community in support of the Dargaville Museum.

This year, however, Covid-19 meant that the concert had to be cancelled. Since then, Kevin has stayed in New Zealand and was even able to put on a smaller free mini-concert to thank the local community and essential workers for their help and support during the virus lockdown.


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New and Updated Sites

Tracey Collins Accordion Entertainer Updated Site - New Zealand

Tracey CollinsVery popular accordion entertainer Tracey Collins has updated her website at:
Tracey Collins

Video above Tracey performing at an outdoor French themed occasion.


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