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Weekly News from Around the World - 03-Nov-2017
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67th CMA Trophée Mondial de l'Accordéon 2017, Onet le Chateau - France
18th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention Report - USA
20th Akkordeono Festival 2017, Vilnius – Lithuania

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

30th & 80th Anniversaries October Club Night, Cheshire – UK
Video: 10 Years of Zoe Tiganouria Musical Career - Greece
Updated Arrangements by Gary Dahl - USA
Natasha Enquist New Single ‘Unbroken Girl (White Rose Remix)’, Berlin - Germany
Jon Hammond Stolen Giulietti Classic model 127, Serial No. 14258 - USA

Future events

Weekend de l’Accordeon, Normandy - France
Murray Grainger Concert, Manchester – UK
Jac & Co Concerts, England – UK
Ezequiel Tatich Dancing Show, Buenos Aires – Argentina
Carismático with Martin Alvarado Concert, Somerset – UK
Natalya Chesnova @ Gourmet Cuisine Evening, San Pellegrino Terme – Italy
Rob Curto’s Dance Party, Maryland - USA

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New Album by Arseniy Strokovskiy & Ivan Dyma - Russia

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67th CMA Trophée Mondial de l'Accordéon 2017, Onet le Chateau - France

Trophée Mondial de l'Accordéon 2017
Nikita Vlasov (Russia)The Trophée Mondial 2017 organised by the CMA was held from 23 to 29 October in Onet-le-Château, France.

Full results of the Trophée Mondial at: 2017ResultsCMA.pdf

The winners of the top categories were:
Senior Classique:
1st Nikita Vlasov (Russia - picture right)
2nd Artur Adrshin (Russia)
3rd Ma Qi (China)

Senior Varietée:
1st Andrea Di Giacomo (Italy - picture lower left)
2nd Jean-Baptiste Baudin (France)
3rd Nikolay Ovchinnikov (Russia)

Masters:
1st Evgeniia Chirkova (Russia - picture lower)
2nd Maksym Hafych (Ukraine)
3rd Artem Tretiakov (Russia)

The Trophée Mondial was broadcast live on a Web TV, and after the event, all the videos are uploaded onto the CMA Youtube Channel.

As well as the competitions, there are 5 concerts and 2 soirees dansantes (dancing nights).
Andrea Di Giacomo and Evgeniia Chirkova

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18th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention Report - USA

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Paul PasqualiThe 18th Las Vegas International Accordion Convention ran from 23rd to 26th October 2017 at the Gold Coast Hotel. Full report with pictures at 2017LasVegas

Attendees were from many parts of the USA, Canada, Brazil, Austria, France, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland.

This event used the ballroom for meals and concerts, has a store where music, accordions, clothing and CDs are sold and has 2 large rooms for masterclasses along with a smaller concert venue.

All lighting, sound and technical equipment is trucked from Utah in a Uhaul truck.

Before the convention began, a group of Concerto players had a dinner and a class on Sunday 22nd October.

Providing masterclasses and concerts were (alphabetical order): Gina Brannelli, Kim and Dan Christian, Liz Finch, Gordon Kohl, Grayson Masefield, Cory Pesaturo, Joan Sommers, Mary Tokarski, Stas Venglevski and Michael Zampieni.

2017 Honorees were: Gordon Kohl, Prof. Joan Sommers, and picture left, Accordion Leadership Award to Paul Pasquali.

Tributes to Dick Contino were made by his son Pete and wife Judy and throughout the event by many players.

Orchestra rehearsals under the baton of Joan Sommers were held daily and their performance closed the event with Lady of Spain.

Thank you to Paul Pasquali. I look forward to next year - 15th to 18th October 2018.
Picture below: Cory Pesaturo, Grayson Masefield and Stas Venglevski
Full report with pictures at 2017LasVegas
Cory Pesaturo, Grayson Masefield and Stas Venglevski

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20th Akkordeono Festival 2017, Vilnius – Lithuania

Lars Karlsson Band, Johanna Juhola
Akkordeono Festival 2017 PosterThe 20th Akkordeono Festival 2017 takes place at venues in Vilnius, Lithuania, from November 10th to 24th, featuring many international class concert accordionists and a trade show.

Organised by the Lithuanian Accordion Association, Artistic Director Raimondas Sviackevicius and Festival Co-ordinators Dangira Goštaltaviciute, Asta Žeromskiene and Kristina Žebrauskaite.

Akkordeono Festival 2017 features a variety of performances, covering genres from classical, academic, electronic, experimental music to jazz, tango and pop projects.

Schedule:
November 10 Friday 19:00, Johanna Juhola (Finland) & Imaginary Friends
November 11 Saturday 19:00 Bartosz Kolsut (Poland),
November 14 Tuesday 19:30 Daniele di Banventura (Italy),
November 16 Thursday 17:30 Virtual live online concert (Vilnius, Copenhagen, Helsinki), Together with LMTA Music Innovation Studies Center, Danish Royal Music and Helsinki J.Sibelius Music Academy.
November 19th Sunday 16:00 Tadas Moticius,
November 20 Monday 19:00 Jean Louis Matinier
November 21 Tuesday 19:00 Luciano Biondini (Italy)
November 22 Wednesday 18:00 Performances by LMTA ensemble led by R. Sviackevicius of new compositions.
November 22 Wednesday 20:30 Music club "Tamsta", Button Hacker
November 23 Thursday 19:00 Stefan Hussong (Germany)
November 24 Friday 19:00 Lars Karlsson Band (Sweden)

Purchase concert tickets: 2017Akordeono
For other information email: info@akordeonofestivalis.lt
Stefan Hussong, Daniele di Bonaventura

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30th & 80th Anniversaries October Club Night, Cheshire – UK

Rob Howard, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Bob Jones MBE
Stockport Accordion Club book coverStockport Accordion Club’s Club Night concert on October 18th featured the talents of our playing membership and was a great success. The concert celebrated 30 years since Stockport AC was revived in 1987, and 80 years since the original club was formed in 1937.

Thanks to all who played their hearts out and also to those who did the behind the scenes stuff (Joan Campbell i/c door admissions, Sue Wynroe i/c raffle tickets, Adrienne i/c playing order organisation and raffle prizes, Betty Molloy i/c the kitchen). We had a full and varied programme that went down very well with our audience.

It was great to see our former Musical Director Brian Jenkins, plus Anita Basic, Anna Leskela and Pete Jebb from the Bradford Accordion Band visiting us, and I hope they enjoyed the evening. It was also great see Martina Hall, who played in the club’s band in the 1980s/90s, in the audience.

The programme featured:
- Rob Howard – Oliver Selection: Consider yourself/Food/Got to pick a pocket or two/I’d do anything/Be back soon/Oompah-pah/As long as he needs me/Who will buy?/Reviewing the situation; SAC Band – Liberty Bell, Amapola, My Way;
- Dorothy Brincat – Scottish Waltzes; Accordion Spice – Harmonica, Amazing Grace, Katyusha;
- Adrienne Sharpe/John Curvis – Scottish Reels;
- Chris Green/Helen Rich – Frances MacDonald, Ashokan Farewell;
- Helen Rich - Trieste Overture, Bourrasque, All Hands For'ard;
Interval – entertainment by John Jones MBE;
- Pearl Fawcett-Adriano – Comedian’s Gallop, Mariana, Quick Silver, Happy Birthday - a hilarious spot of fun played as a cha-cha/waltz/funeral march/Argentine tango/tarantella; -
- Dennis Pepler – Gourmand Polka;
- Chris Green/Betty Molloy – Unity March, Granada;
- Scottish Quartet - Set 1: (Reels) Mairi's Wedding/Wish We Were Married/Happy We've Been Together, Set2: (Strathspeys) Orange and Blue/Loudon’s Bonnie Woods, Set 3: (Polka) I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue, Set 4 (Gay Gordons Marches) Scotland the Brave /100,000 Welcomes/Thistle of Scotland;
- SAC Band – Wien bleibt Wien, Simple Gifts, Las Chiapanecas.

‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’, a fully illustrated book telling the club’s history going back to the 1930s, had its launch at the concert. Available from author Rob Howard For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
Accordion Spice, Scottish Quartet

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Video: 10 Years of Zoe Tiganouria Musical Career - Greece

Popular Greek accordionist and composer Zoe Tiganouria has released a video to celebrate the last 10 years of her musical career, showing the many different performers she has been on stage with and her international performances. You are asked - Watch till the end.!!

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Updated Arrangements by Gary Dahl - USA

Gary DahlUpdated Arrangements just released:
Silver Bells composed arranged by Gary Dahl Catalog: DH0044
Tarantella Napolentana arranged by Gary Dahl Catalog: DH0261

View samples of the music online.

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Natasha Enquist New Single ‘Unbroken Girl (White Rose Remix)’, Berlin - Germany

Natasha EnquistMixing dark female vocals with haunting melody lines from the accordion, ‘Unbroken Girl (White Rose Remix)’ is about the 1920s Berlin-based German silent film actress and Otto Dix muse, Anita Berber, whose life was cut short at the age of 29.

Among her many vices, one of Berber's favourite habits was to mix chloroform and ether in a bowl, to then stir with a white rose and consume the petals.

The original mix is the 5th track from Natasha Enquist’s debut album, ‘MNE’, and has been featured on the soundtrack for the Berlin-made short film ‘The Birthday’ (2015), along with three other of her original compositions, which was nominated for Best Sound & Music at the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival.

‘Unbroken Girl (White Rose Remix)’ will also be available at all major online music shops, or wherever you like to stream music, in the coming days (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc).

For further information email: info@natashaenquist.com

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Jon Hammond Stolen Giulietti Classic model 127, Serial No. 14258 - USA

Jon HammondWell known musician Jon Hammond has now found the serial number of his stolen accordion, a Giulietti Classic model 127 Serial No. 14258.

This accordion was stolen from his mother's house in Boston, MA in 1976. Picture right of Jon Hammond circa 1976, playing the stolen accordion.

At the time, John was attending Berklee College of Music and this accordion has a history, being an accordion of the great pioneer USA accordionist John Molinari.

If you have any information about the accordion, please email Jon Hammond at:
jonhammond@jonhammondband.com

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Weekend de l’Accordeon, Normandy - France

PosterOn Saturday November 4th, 8.30pm, and Sunday, November 5th, 2pm, a ‘Weekend de l’Accordeon’ takes place at the Forum de Falaise, Boulevard de Liberation, 14700 Falaise, Normandy. These are dance events, with both featuring Jerome Richard and members of the Falaise Accordion Club.

Falaise is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

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Murray Grainger Concert, Manchester – UK

Murray GraingerMurray Grainger performs a solo concert on Tuesday November 7th, 11am-12noon, at St James & Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR. Tickets cost £10, and include refreshments.

Murray Grainger studied the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music in London, and has performed internationally, and taught classical, folk and traditional techniques at Chetham’s School of Music, Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway.

He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Promenade Series, The South Bank Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh International Festival, Lorient Interceltic Festival in France, Folk Est in Italy, The Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Sidmouth International Folk Festival.

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Jac & Co Concerts, England – UK

Jac & CoFrench accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin and his vocalist wife Corinne, as the duo ‘Jac & Co’, have taken the music of France to many countries. Having returned from a tour of the USA, the duo will be performing in England during November.

Tour dates:
November 7th, 8th, 9th - Frederic Bistro, Maidstone, Kent
November 10th - Alliance Française de Bristol, 15 Belvoir Rd, Bristol
November 11th - Alliance Française de Bath, 3 Woodside Cottage, Kilkenny Lane, Bath  
November 15th, 16th - Restaurant La Popote, Manchester Rd, Marton, Macclesfield, Cheshire
November 17th, 18th - Carpenters Arms, Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire
November 19th, 20th - Restaurant A la Russe, Windsor, Berkshire

According to the French magazine Le Progrès, they “bring back almost a century of the traditional French 'chanson' songs in the likes of Édith Piaf and Yves Montand, Francis Lemarque. With just voice and accordion, Jac & Co captivate audiences and transport them to the dance halls and street side cafés of France's yesteryear!

Jacques Pellarin’s two most recent CDs are ‘My French Cinema’ and ‘Paris Ma Jeunesse’, available via his website.

For further information email: jacques.pellarin@wanadoo.fr

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Ezequiel Tatich Dancing Show, Buenos Aires – Argentina

PosterThe popular accordion entertainer Ezequiel Tatich, known as ‘El Gringo del Acordeon’, performs for dancing in a variety show on Friday November 10th, 9pm, at the Salon Imperio Roma, Chile St, Talar, Buenos Aires.

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Carismático with Martin Alvarado Concert, Somerset – UK

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On Friday November 10th, 7pm until 10pm, the ensemble Carismático, featuring accordionist Karen Street and saxophonist Andy Tweed, perform in concert with the Argentinean tango vocalist Martin Alvarado. This concert takes place at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. The programme includes the compositions of Saúl Cosentino, Astor Piazzolla, and Karen Street, all arranged by Street.

The concert includes dancing demonstrations by Miriam Orcutt & Dante Culcuy, finalists in the 2015 World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires and guest artists in milongas and festivals across the world.

For further information email: karen@karenstreet.com

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Natalya Chesnova @ Gourmet Cuisine Evening, San Pellegrino Terme – Italy

PosterNatalya Chesnova performs a classical repertoire at an evening of music and gourmet cuisine with traditional Russian cooking recipes at the Istituto Alberghiero, Viale della Vittoria 9, San Pellegrino Terme, Bergamo (BG), on Friday November 10th. The buffet opens at 7pm, and the concert begins at 8.30pm.  

Natalya Chesnova, from Minsk, Belorus, is based in Milan. She graduated from the Minsk Conservatory in 2004, then moved to Italy where she teaches and performs.

For further information email: nataliabajan@libero.it

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Rob Curto’s Dance Party, Maryland - USA

Rob CurtoRob Curto’s ‘Forro for all Dance Party’ will be held on Friday November 10th, 7pm, at the Milky Arthouse in College Park, MD. The Milky Arthouse is located on 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD.

Rob Curto’s Forró for All is led by accordionist Rob Curto, originally from New York City, and widely lauded as forró’s main ambassador in the United States. Rob is one of the foremost musicians responsible for introducing North American audiences to northeastern Brazilian Music.

He was an original member of the band Forro in the Dark along with Mauro Refesco (David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Smokey Hormel (Beck). He is a member of the band Matuto, which he founded with guitarist Clay Ross to explore the cultural intersections between Brazilian music and folk traditions of Appalachia and the American South. Rob also composes his own music and collaborates with musicians from all over the world.

Rob Curto's Forró For All band includes drummer Chad Brown and Baltimore-based singer Rose Moraes.

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New Album by Arseniy Strokovskiy & Ivan Dyma - Russia

Arseniy Strokovskiy
SaxAkkord album coverArseniy Strokovskiy, is the winner of 2016 Klingenthal and Laureate of Coupe Mondiale, Castelfidardo, Rostov-on-Don, Vivat Bayan in Samara and many other international competitions.

Arseniy Strokovskiy has teamed up with Ivan Dyma (saxophones) to form the Duo SaxAkkord with a very distinctive sound.

They have now released their first mp3 download album. The tracks are:
1. Prelude No. 1 G. Gershwin
2. Prelude No. 2 G. Gershwin
3. Prelude No. 3 G. Gershwin
4. Metamorphoses Lundquist
5. Sempre Majore S. Berensky
6. Sonata No. 2 A. Shcnittke
7. Sonatina I. Tamarin
8. Sabre Dance A. Kachaturyan

The album is available as an online download for only € 9.00 - Catalog: SaxAkkord You can also purchase individual tracks and listen to sound samples of each track at: SaxAkkord.

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