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Weekly News from Around the World - 01-Nov-2019
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Daily Reports: 20th Anniversary Accordion Gala Las Vegas International Accordion Convention - USA
"EURASIA III" Results: III International Competition of Performers on Russian Folk Instruments, Yekaterinburg – Russia
Marko Kassl Five Premiere Performances at New Counterpoints "RaumKlang" Festival - Germany
Vladimir Ushakov Takes Part in TV Series - Russia

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

NAO Area Festivals Begin this Month - UK
Video: Stas Venglevski Performs Ice Meadow, Las Vegas - USA
Tourist Destination Celebrates Oktoberfest Spirit, Rotorua - New Zealand
Results: VI International Student Competition, Moscow – Russia

Future events

Kosmos Ensemble November Concerts - UK
Michael Bridge Demo Workshop at AWAM – USA
Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Entertains - Germany
Accordionist Gorka Hermosa November Concerts – Spain and France
12th Annual Noir Fest, Vancouver – Canada
Accordion Chamber Music at The Royal Academy of Music, London - England
December 31st Closing Date for Composing Competition for Accordion & Flute – Germany

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: SaxAkkord Duo Video Added Plus Extra Information - Russia
Updated Site: New Zealand Accordion Association, Auckland - New Zealand

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Daily Reports: 20th Anniversary Accordion Gala Las Vegas International Accordion Convention - USA

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Video 1: Grayson Masefield performs Impasse 2nd mvt by Franck Angelis

Video 2: Antonio Spaccarotella Urban Contemporary Accordion

Video 3: Czardus Duet by Stas Venglevski and Tatijana Semichastnaya
Gina Branelli, Paul Pasquali, Antonio Spaccarotella, Gordon KohlThe 20th Anniversary Accordion Gala Las Vegas International Accordion Convention was held October 14 to 17, 2019. The theme was a roaring 20’s celebration of all the wonderful years, the great artists and many memories associated with this event. Daily Reports, pictures and video at: 2019LasVegas

This year accordionists performing (alphabetical order) were, Gina Brannelli (top right), Elena Fainshtein, Liz Finch, Gordon Kohl, Ginny Mac, Grayson Masefield, Paul Pasquali ((top right), Cory Pesaturo, Tatijana Semichastnaya, Joan Sommers, Antonio Spaccarotella (lower right), Mary Tokarski, Steve and Michael Trucco, Stas Venglevski and Mike Zampiceni.

Organiser Paul Pasquali transports all accordions, music and materials for his convention shop along with sound and lighting from Salt Lake City. This year Paul proudly launched the new model "Concerto 2019".

This wonderful event featured Prof. Joan Sommers conducting the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra (video in Daily Reports 17th). I encourage all to attend next year Monday October 26 to Thursday October 29, 2020.

Picture below: Conductor Joan Sommers thanks her orchestra players at the end of the concert.

Daily Reports, pictures and video at: 2019LasVegas
Prof. Joan Sommers applauds orchestra

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"EURASIA III" Results: III International Competition of Performers on Russian Folk Instruments, Yekaterinburg – Russia

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Winners of the "Bayan" and "Accordion” sections of the International Competition of Performers on Russian folk instruments "EURASIA III" held in Yekaterinburg from October 24th to 30th are:

"Accordion"
1st: Danil Sharavyev
2nd: Arslan Aliyev
3rd: Nikita Syrchin

"Bayan"
1st: Olzhas Nurlanov
2nd: Vladimir Stupnikov
3rd: Arthur Adrshin

The founders of the competition are the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region, the Ural State Conservatory named after M.P. Mussorgsky, Ural College of Music, Sverdlovsk College of Music (College) named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, with the support of the Mikhail Ulyashkin Charitable Foundation.

The event is designed to develop the creativity of young performers on folk instruments, to improve their professional skills, performing culture, identifying new talented musicians, as well as popularizing music for folk instruments.

Pictured below is the jury of the international competition from left to right:

Top row - Vladimir Mityakov (Russia), Mikhail Horobtsov (Russia), Zoran Rakich (Serbia)

Middle row - Yevgeny Yeelinsky (Russia), Igor Gerber (Russia), Viktor Romanko (Russia), Kozlov Viktorovich (Russia), Alexey Buryakov (Russia), Andrei Kugaevsky (Russia)

Bottom Row - Amirov Shaukat Sabirovich (Russia), Rajap Shaykhutdinov (Russia), Damir Sultanov (Kazakhstan), Tatiana Marx (Australia), Nikolai Sevryukov (Belarus), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Mirco Patarini (Italy), Oleg Sharov (Russia), Natalia Shkrebko (Russia), Mikhail Ovchinnikov (Russia).
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Marko Kassl Five Premiere Performances at New Counterpoints "RaumKlang" Festival - Germany

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Marko KasslArt Ensemble NRWVideo 1: Duo Marcotello performs Ernest Bloch composition Prayer, Marko Kassl (accordion) and Othello Liesmann (cello).
Video 2: Toshio Hosokawa composition: Bird Fragments III played by Marko Kassl (accordion) and Gudula Rosa (blockflute).

On November 2nd and 3rd, Marko Kassl (picture left) will perform five premiere performances of new compositions for solo accordion with ensemble at Bergerkirche Düsseldorf as part of Düsseldorf's New Music association Musik 21's festival "New Counterpoints".

Accompanied by ART Ensemble NRW (picture above right) under the baton of its leader Miro Dobrowolny he will premiere the following compositions:

Johannes K. Hildebrandt: Wandeln (2019)
Erik Janson: Stille - fliegend durch Räume (2019)
Miro Dobrowolny: Dixtuor (2019)
Margareta Ferek-Petric: Seven Lovely Sins (2019)
Martin Wistinghausen: Sine Verbis Loqui (2019)

All compositions have been commissioned by Kunststiftung NRW.

For details email: info@marko-kassl.de

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Vladimir Ushakov Takes Part in TV Series - Russia

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Accordionist Vladimir Ushakov recently received an offer to take part in the filming of an episode in the television series “Bayopik”, filmed by the First Channel of Russian Television film company.

The proposal included creating music for an episode where the main characters meet, and shooting the performance of a musical ensemble on the stage of a Berlin restaurant in the 1930’s.

The music had to meet the standards of that era. In a short time, several compositions were composed and arranged for the ensemble. After rehearsals the filming of this episode took place in a huge pavilion (with specially built scenery) in St. Petersburg on October 24th.

Members of the musical group pictured above are Shafayat Gadzhiev (accordion), Vladimir Ushakov (accordion), Lina Kolesnik (violin), Vladimir Bogomolov (guitar) and Dmitry Golovchenko (double bass).

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NAO Area Festivals Begin this Month - UK

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The National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) will hold their 2020 Annual Championships and Festival at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool from April 25th to 27th, 2020.

Area Festivals will be held from November 6th, 2019 in North Central until March 8th, 2020 in North West where competitors may qualify to compete in the 2020 Championships. Full list of these Area Festivals is below with contact details.

Further information including music lists at: NAO
competition info

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Video: Stas Venglevski Performs Ice Meadow, Las Vegas - USA

Stas VenglevskiVideo: Ice Meadow now available in pdf format, composed and performed by Stas Venglevski.

Stas Venglevski performs Ice Meadow at the recent Las Vegas International Accordion Convention. The work is available in pdf format able to be emailed to you.

Catalog: vstas062 Ice Meadow View a sample page of the music, US$6 or Euro equivalent sent to your email. Daily Reports, pictures and video at: 2019LasVegas

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Tourist Destination Celebrates Oktoberfest Spirit, Rotorua - New Zealand

Lionel ReekieOne of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions in Rotorua channelled Northern Hemisphere spirit with an Oktoberfest themed afternoon, featuring entertainment from international accordionist Lionel Reekie (picture left).

The “Hidden Forest “ Restaurant was decorated to capture the atmosphere of the Bavarian Alps, with this very unique venue situated amongst towering Redwood trees halfway down a scenic luge track. Part of the Skyline Skyrides complex overlooking Lake Rotorua, the luge track was a world first when it opened in 1986.

Offering an open plan kitchen, chefs could be seen creating their amazing dishes of traditional European fare, including various sausages, sauerkraut, and meat dishes in front of guests. Rustic shared platters were served to tables for guests to share along with fine New Zealand craft beer, and of course a fine selection of sweet treats was on offer to finish off the meal.

Lionel’s entertainment featured the obligatory Oktoberfest waltzes, polkas, folk music and even the famous “Birdie Dance”, but he was also able to mix up some of the other genres, taking requests whilst strolling amongst diners, including singing a few well known German and Italian favourites.

Rotorua is around 3 hours drive south of Auckland (where Lionel is based).

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Results: VI International Student Competition, Moscow – Russia

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The VI International Student Competition of Performers on folk instruments of CIS Universities was held from October 19th to 25th in Moscow at the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesin. The competition was for accordion, folk vocals, domra and balalaika.

The event began with an opening concert at the RAM Great Hall Gnesin. Accordion competitions were held on October 21st and 22nd with 2 rounds.

The event finished with a grand results ceremony as follows:

1st Prize:
Lun Jinhan
Nurlanov Olzhas

2nd Prize:
Volchkov Mikhail
Ugorcin Denis

3rd Prize:
Mykitenko Alexey
Ermolaev Egor
Aliev Arslan

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Kosmos Ensemble November Concerts - UK

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Milos MilivojevicThe Kosmos Ensemble which includes accordionist Milos Milivojevic (picture left) will perform at the Balliol Musical Society concert held at the Balliol Hall, Balliol College (picture above) in Oxford on November 3rd at 8.30pm.

On November 16th, the ensemble will perform for the Weston Music Society, Holy Trinity Church, Weston in Hertfordshire at 7.30pm.

The ensemble of accordion, violin and viola play a programme inspired by Gypsy, Greek, Jewish, Japanese and tango music.

For further information email: admin@milosmilivojevic.com

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Michael Bridge Demo Workshop at AWAM – USA

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Michael BridgeVideo: Michael Bridge performs Gigue from French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816, by J S Bach.

Accordionist Michael Bridge will give a Demo Workshop at A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) in Superior, Wisconsin on November 5th from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Michael describes his repertoire as ‘concert music’ – encompassing baroque, classical, and contemporary works, along with a vast array of his own concert arrangements of folk and jazz music. At this workshop he will demonstrate his Bugari Evo electronic accordion.

For details email: aworldofaccordions@gmail.com

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Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Entertains - Germany

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For over ten years, the Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling has been giving an afternoon concert for residents, employees and guests of the CBT Ein Unternehmen der Caritas Homes St. Lucia. This year’s concert will be held on November 10th.

Conducted by Anita Brandtstäter, the orchestra will play a diverse program of pieces from classical to rock/pop/jazz - from Bach to Bernstein, from Mozart to Mancini.

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Accordionist Gorka Hermosa November Concerts – Spain and France

Gorka Hermosa will give a variety of concerts in Spain and France during November.
As well as solo performances Gorka will join with the María Blanchard String Ensemble in Santander and Raquel Martín who presents 'Paso dos', a poetry recital with musical accompaniment (by Gorka) at the Centro Cultural Puerto Chico in Santander.

Concert schedule:

November 8th: “Hezurbeltzak” (picture below) – Igorre, Bizkaia, Spain
November 9th: “Hezurbeltzak” – Usurbil, Gipuzkoa, Spain
November 12th: Gorka Hermosa & María Blanchard String Ensemble - Palacio de Festivales, Santander, Cantabria
November 21st: Raquel Martín & Gorka Hermosa - Centro Cultural Puerto Chico, Santander at 7.30pm
November 24th: Edurne Zabalo & Gorka Hermosa - Txillida Lantokia, Legazpi, Gipuzkoa
November 30th: Solo concert in Hazparne, France

For details email: gorka@gorkahermosa.com
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12th Annual Noir Fest, Vancouver – Canada

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Nuvo ZydecoThe 12 Annual Accordion Noir Fest will be held at the Wise Hall mainstage (1882 Adanac at Victoria) in East Vancouver on November 15th and 16th.

November 15th performers include “Wolfbrood” with Daniel Citynski on accordion and vocals, Zydeco dance band “Nuvo Zydeco” with Dan Kahila on accordion and backing vocals (picture left), Duo Vilda (Finland) and Sudanda.

On November 16th, performances will be given by the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra and Accordion Noir theme song composer Andy Fielding at Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street) as well as a reading by squeezebox historian Bruce Triggs from his new history book "Accordion Revolution", a screening of assorted Saturday Morning Accordi-toons, accordion open mic spots for anyone who wants to play, and an accordion parade (weather permitting) around Trout Lake.

For details email: accnoir@gmail.com

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Accordion Chamber Music at The Royal Academy of Music, London - England

RAM logoThe Royal Academy of Music accordion department will hold their first chamber music concert of the new academic year on November 21st at 1pm.

The concert will feature an afternoon performance of the accordion department’s students, including the new intake of students performing works within several instrumental configurations.

Held at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Marylebone Road, London, the concert is free of charge.

For general enquiries, phone: +44 (0)20 7873 7373

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December 31st Closing Date for Composing Competition for Accordion & Flute – Germany

Composing logoDuo ArtinaDuo Artina which includes Martina Jembrišak (accordion) and Andrea Jelavic (flute) announce an opportunity for composers of any age to have their works premiered in June 2020 in Gustav Adolf Church in Berlin, Germany. The winning compositions will be also recorded on CD.

The objective of the contest is to promote the creation of pieces for accordion in chamber music.

Guidelines for submissions:
1. The competition is open to composers of any age and nationality.
2. Composers may submit multiple works. The works must be written for flute/piccolo and accordion.
3. The submitted works should not have been premiered in any public performance or through any digital or mechanical means. Works that have been previously premiered will not be admitted.
4. Works of any aesthetic and stylistic direction, not longer than 6 minutes may be submitted.
5. Scores must be submitted in PDF format, together with the bio of the composer.
6. Performers will have the right to record, produce and distribute the performance of works which are going to be chosen.
7. Composers will receive a CD recording and will be invited to premiere in Berlin.

The deadline for entries is December 31st, 2019. For further information about instrument requirements and the competition, please email: duoartina@gmail.com

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New and Updated Sites


Updated Site: SaxAkkord Duo Video Added Plus Extra Information - Russia

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SaxAkkord Performs Sabre Dance
Updated Site: SaxAkkord Duo of Arseniy Strokovskiy (accordion) and Ivan Dyma (saxophones) have added video from their recent performance in Castelfidardo Festival and added extra information.

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Updated Site: New Zealand Accordion Association, Auckland - New Zealand

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The New Zealand Accordion Association has changed the registered office address and phone number.

The Prospectus (rules and entry information) will be published by 1st December for the 2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Championships and Festival being held Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May 2020.

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