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Weekly News from Around the World - 04-Jun-2021
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Highlights

Voci Armoniche New Website, Announcing Voci BlueStar Reeds - Italy
Online: Fleadhfest Sligo 2021 - Ireland
Ethno Pro Duo Opens WOW Folk Festival, Castelfidardo – Italy
Online: National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs Virtual Honours Celebration – UK
2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

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

Video: Mirco Patarini Video for World Accordion Day - Italy
Video: Masterclass by Friedrich Lips in Saratov - Russia
Louise Jallu Featured on Tribute to Piazzolla Radio Show - Argentina
Jorge Alves Performs at Anniversary of São Brás de Alportel - Portugal
“Doppelbock” Release Debut Album – Germany
Results: Online ORFEJ Accordeus Music Competition, Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Non-Typical Bayan" Concert in St. Petersburg - Russia
Limited Edition Alex Meixner Wines - USA

Future events

“Summer with Yves Moulin” Concert Tour – Switzerland
Online: 2021 Virtual Accordion Camp V – USA
“Slavic Soul Party” Live Concerts in New York City - USA
Christchurch Accordion Orchestra Guest Artists at Garden City Orchestra Concert – New Zealand
Live: “Midnight in Paris” Concert with Cafe Accordion Orchestra - USA
Frederic Deschamps International Accordion Seminar – France
John Kirkpatrick MBE at New Forest Folk Festival – UK

Childrens Corner

9 Year Old Plays Accordion and Sings - Russia

New and Updated Sites

Kevin Friedrich CD Release for Europe & North America & Asia
A Beautiful Celebration: Linda Soley Reed’s Virtual Lifetime Achievement Award - USA
Updated Info - Online: 2021 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival – Australia
New Site: Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

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Voci Armoniche New Website, Announcing Voci BlueStar Reeds - Italy

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Lorenzo AntonelliOn June 1st, the new website went online of Voci Armoniche, the producer of high quality reeds for harmonicas and acoustic accordions since 1935.

The new website announces for the first time, BlueStar highest quality reeds, different from the reeds of the past and those of today.

The concept that led to BlueStar is a combination of Voci Armoniche production history as handed down over the years plus years of research and development to create new innovation; to achieve the highest quality possible, surpassing the hand-made voices for acoustic and functional potential.

Lorenzo Antonelli, President and CEO of Voci Armoniche writes: "The exciting BlueStar highest quality reeds will be released in the second half of 2021: the first distribution period when they will be available to our accordion manufacturer partners. At the time of release and distribution, extensive information about these innovative new reeds will be provided with updates to this new Voci Armoniche website."

"For those who work in the world of the accordion, for those who build accordions, to the musicians who play, this new site offers contents that explain, inform, clarify and define essential and concrete aspects of reed manufacture. There is a different and deep attention to each aspect of manufacture, which, developing from a solid tradition, finds new advancements moving into the future."

Related article: http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=23-Oct-2020&lang=en#art16940

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Online: Fleadhfest Sligo 2021 - Ireland

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Video: 2016 Fleadh Finale, Ennis Co Clare, Ireland.

The 2021 Fleadhfest Sligo will take place online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, from August 1st to 9th, 2021 in Sligo, Ireland.

Organisers plan performances by a variety of musicians, singers and bands, who will take part in concerts, sessions, competitions and many of the other elements that you’d typically enjoy at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Closer to the dates they will be able to let you know whether they can welcome audience members to attend any live events. However, they look forward to bringing you the very best in traditional Irish music, song and culture this August.

For details email: info@fleadhcheoil.ie

Picture below: The 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19. This picture is from the 2019 event.
Fleadh 2019

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Ethno Pro Duo Opens WOW Folk Festival, Castelfidardo – Italy

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Wow posterVideo above: Performance by Nicolas Chiaraluce (son of Fisitalia Director Giuseppe Chiaraluce) at the WOW festival on May 29th, 2021, playing "Horizonte" by Paul James.

Picture above: Ethno Pro Duo with Ruben Cittadini (left), Councilor of Culture in Castelfidardo.

The Ethno Pro Duo (sponsored by Dino Baffetti) opened the WOW Folk Festival in Castelfidardo on May 28th, 2021. The festival was a three day event running from May 28th to 30th and included a variety of masterclasses and concerts.

The Duo includes accordionists Alessandro Gaudio and Salvatore Pace, young talented musicians from southern Italy, united by the same passion for their country!

They perform original, popular and world music.
Ethno Pro Duo

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Online: National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs Virtual Honours Celebration – UK

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The National Association of Accordion & Fiddle Clubs (NAAFC) will hold their Honours Celebration online this year, following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to Covid-19. The event will take place on June 27th, 2021 at 2pm.

The NAAFC will honour the 2020 recipients, Anda Campbell (accordion), Malcolm Ross (accordion) and Peter Bruce at this event.

In addition to the Virtual Honours Celebration, the event will also feature presentations, interviews, music performances from each of the Honoured Guests plus a few other special guests and updates from the NAAFC.

The event is free to watch.

For details email: mamidesignsuk@gmail.com

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2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

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Renee JeffriesThe 2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival, this year open to only New Zealand residents due to Covid-19 restrictions, will be held on June 5th and 6th, 2021 at the Rose Centre in Belmont, Auckland. Competitions Secretary Renee Jeffries (picture right).

Download the free program with competition times and door price information at: NZAA Put the program on your phone or print, to take to the event. Information about the competition times, Finale Concert, massed orchestra, prize giving and the Farewell Dinner are in the program.

Daily Reports: Videos of competitors, pictures and the results will be placed online at about 8pm New Zealand time, 05 June and 06 June at: 2021SouthPac

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Video: Mirco Patarini Video for World Accordion Day - Italy

Mirco Patarini released a video for World Accordion Day performing the beautiful Agua e Vinho, by Egberto Gismonti. Enjoy.

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Video: Masterclass by Friedrich Lips in Saratov - Russia

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Video Russian Language: - Friedrich Lips hosted a Masterclass in Saratov, Russia as part of the All-Russian Forum of Folk Instrumental Art "In the Homeland of Panitsky". The event was held from May 14th to 19th, 2021.

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Louise Jallu Featured on Tribute to Piazzolla Radio Show - Argentina

Louise JalluCD coverFrench accordionist, Louise Jallu featured on the Radio Nacional AM870 show ''Estaci Piazzolla'' in Buenos Aires, Argentina, devoted to Piazzolla's centenary this week.

Radio host Victor Hugo Morales interviewed Louise and discussed her new album “Piazzolla 2021” which was released in January this year at a concert at the Paris Philharmonic in France with the support of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation.

The album was recorded with Argentine and French musicians, including pianist Gustavo Beytelmann, who was also Piazzolla's pianist.

The program also included a great interview with Astor Piazzolla in which he tells about the history of the Bandoneon, its arrival in Argentina and details of the capabilities of the instrument’s sound quality.

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Jorge Alves Performs at Anniversary of São Brás de Alportel - Portugal

posterJorge AlvesThe 107th Anniversary of the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel in Portugal was celebrated with a concert on June 1st, 2021.

The event included performances by over 30 musicians and 25 dancers, including a performance by accordionist Jorge Alves (picture above).

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“Doppelbock” Release Debut Album – Germany

CD coverVideo: “Doppelbock” performing Schatten (Shadow), a track from their debut album "So Schön".

“Doppelbock”, a rock band from Hessen, Germany, released their debut album "So Schön" (So Beautiful) on May 28th, 2021.

The band includes Marco Czerny (accordion), Bruno (guitar & vocals), Tom (bass) and Klaus (drums).

The accordion features strongly in the band “which Marco Czerny plays very rousingly and gives the band a unique selling point.”

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Results: Online ORFEJ Accordeus Music Competition, Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina

ORFEJThe ORFEJ Accordeus Music Competition was held online this year for all primary and secondary school accordion soloists and chamber ensemble students from any part of the world.

Vanja Albijanic, Artistic Director of the Orfej Festival says “The goal of the competition is to encourage musicians around the world to perform and improve their craft”.


Results as follows:

ACCORDION
I category: Peter Sokol (Slovakia)
II category: Ajdin Okic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
III category: Paula Petríková (Slovakia)
IV category: Viacheslav Moseichuk (Ukraine)

CHAMBER MUSIC
I category: Flute Trio “Moderato” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
II category: “Duo Monti” (Serbia)

Competition winners will perform live at a gala concert as part of the "Orfej" Classical Music Festival which will be held in November 2021 in East Sarajevo and Sarajevo.

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"Non-Typical Bayan" Concert in St. Petersburg - Russia

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A special "Non-Typical Bayan" concert program was held in the auditorium of the library "In the Lakes" in St. Petersburg, Russia this week on June 3rd.

Performances were given by students of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, winners of international competitions:

Natalia Vinokurova, Maxim Gorokhov and Vera Malikova.

Their program included works from different eras and genres: from classics to modern music with pieces by Joseph Haydn, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla and others.

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Limited Edition Alex Meixner Wines - USA

Alex MeixnerCopper Star Cellars owners Jeff and Denise Mund are excited to announce a new special edition of wines in collaboration with accordionist Alex Meixner (picture left).

“We are excited to be able to showcase our great zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon with such a great partner in the music world” The new wines will be labeled “Rosémunde” (Zinfandel) and “Alex Meixner” (Cabernet Savignon).

Both of these wines are now available for purchase.

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Future events


“Summer with Yves Moulin” Concert Tour – Switzerland

Tour scheduleYves Moulin began a summer concert tour of Switzerland on May 28th, 2021 in Collombey, Valais.

The tour will include 35 concerts throughout June, July, August and September finishing in Morges, Vaud on September 25th, 2021

Yves enjoys performing a variety of works of different styles, ranging from classical to jazz as well as music from all over the world.

For details email: artismusicprod@gmail.com

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Online: 2021 Virtual Accordion Camp V – USA

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The first anniversary special of the Virtual Accordion Camp V, will be held online on June 5th, 2021.

The event will include workshops, jam sessions, social time during the day and a special celebration evening concert.

The accordion camp theme is composition, and workshops will cover some popular contemporary compositions with lots of accordion technique and accordion-specific ideas built into the sessions as well as information on how to create your own tunes and harmonies!

In addition the event will feature a tune party by tutors as they share their favorite pieces of music for all to play along with. Sheet music will be available in advance.

Workshops will include:
Rachel Bell: How to Write a Tune
Jeremiah McLane: Swing Gavotte
Rachel Bell: Tunebook Sampler
Alex Cumming: Bringing your Music to Life

The event will finish with a free concert filmed in a beautiful old quarry in Vermont, USA at 6pm EST.

Performers include Rachel Bell, Jeremiah McLane and Alex Cumming.

For details email: info@virtualaccordioncamp.com
VAC concert

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“Slavic Soul Party” Live Concerts in New York City - USA

SSP“Slavic Soul Party” is back with live performances beginning June 1st, 2021. The group are an American Balkan brass/jazz band that enjoy performing a mix of dixieland, funk, klezmer, and Roma music.

Their members include Peter Stan (accordion), John Carlson trumpet), Darren Johnston (trumpet), Peter Hess (saxophone), Adan Dotson (trombone), Tim Vaughn (trombone), Kenny Bentley(tuba), Chris Stromquist (percussion) and Matt Moran (tapan).

Their next concert will be on June 11th at Wild Birds bar and live music venue in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

This will be followed by a free concert at the DUMBO archway as part of their Carnegie Hall Citywide series on June 26th, 2021 at 7pm.

For details email: info@slavicsoulparty.com

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Christchurch Accordion Orchestra Guest Artists at Garden City Orchestra Concert – New Zealand

Garden posterThe Christchurch Accordion Orchestra (conducted by David Thorne) will perform as guest artist in the Garden City Orchestra Concert at the McCombs Performing Arts Centre in Christchurch on 20th June, 2021 at 3pm.

Their program will includeA la James Last (arr. Renato Bui), Melody of Love (Engelmann arr. Sergei Rodionoff), Pie in the Face Polka/Moon River (Henry Mancini arr. Renato Bui) and The Dam Busters March (Eric Coates arr. Gary Stratton).

The Christchurch Accordion Orchestra will also perform a massed orchestra item with the Garden City Orchestra - L’Arlesienne (selected movements by Bizet).

See poster for details.

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Live: “Midnight in Paris” Concert with Cafe Accordion Orchestra - USA

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The Cafe Accordion Orchestra (which includes accordionist Dan Newton) will perform a “Midnight in Paris” concert on June 24th, 2021 at 7pm CDT.

The concert will be held at the outdoor stage of The Belvedere at Crooners in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and features special guests Diane Jarvi (vocals) and Tony Balluff (oboe).

The Cafe Accordion Orchestra also includes Eric Mohring (mandolin, violin & vocals), Erik Lillestol (bass & vocals) and Joe Steinger (percussion).

The group will entertain with a mix of “musette, swing, ballads, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show.”

For details phone: 763-760-0062

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Frederic Deschamps International Accordion Seminar – France

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Fred DeschampsFrederic Deschamps (picture left) will hold an International Accordion Seminar in La Selle-Sur-Le-Bied, Centre, France during summer.

Seminar dates are:
July 6th to 11th, 2021
July 19th to 24th, 2021
July 26th to 31st, 2021
August 9th to 14th, 2021
August 16th to 21st, 2021
August 23rd to 28th, 2021

For details email: ratinachampeix@gmail.com

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John Kirkpatrick MBE at New Forest Folk Festival – UK

John KirkpatrickThe New Forest Folk Festival will take place from July 7th to 11th, 2021 at Powells farm in Plaitford, Romsey, Hants, UK.

The festival will include a variety of concerts, sessions, workshops, singarounds, dancing and ceilidhs.

John Kirkpatrick MBE (picture left) will perform as a headline act at the Saturday evening concert on July 10th.

The event will be a Covid safe festival as per Government and local guidelines that are in place at the time in July. This will continue with all of us working together so please check nearer the time for news on the latest rules and regulations.

For details email: squeezer@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk

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9 Year Old Plays Accordion and Sings - Russia

9 year old Misha, enjoys playing and singing "Fishing on Ob".

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New and Updated Sites


Kevin Friedrich CD Release for Europe & North America & Asia

Kevin Friedrich CD The Journey
Gary DaverneUpon his return from New Zealand to the USA, Kevin Friedrich has released his new CD in the North America and Europe and dedicated the release to World Accordion Day. You can hear sound samples and read about the CD at: Catalog: friedrich01 The Journey CD.

The CD titled The Journey, features music by renowned New Zealand composer Gary Daverne (picture right) who has written pieces specifically for Northland, New Zealand, such as “Song of the Far North”, “Gem of the Kaipara”, “Day of Aranga” as well as “The Anzac Trilogy”, all which have been featured at Kevin's annual Fundraising concerts at the Dargaville Museum, New Zealand, often with the composer present.

CDs are available online at Catalog: friedrich01 The Journey CD for only US$20 including postage.

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A Beautiful Celebration: Linda Soley Reed’s Virtual Lifetime Achievement Award - USA

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Linda Soley ReedDownload the 24 page booklet Celebrating Linda Soley Reed - tributes by her friends in honor of her 2021 AAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Celebrating Linda Soley Reed is available here in PDF format for you to download and enjoy.

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Updated Info - Online: 2021 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival – Australia

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The 2021 Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) International Accordion Championships & Festival will be held online again this year, organised by Tatjana Marx (picture left).

Following the success of the 2020 online event, the AATA will once again run competition categories for overseas candidates online by video submission.

In addition the event will feature an in-person competition for Australian residents. There are a number of new competition categories available this year to reflect the latest international trends.

All Categories will still be adjudicated by a jury of international experts from Australia and overseas.

Entries close on Friday 13th August 2021. Results will be announced on August 30th, 2021.

For further details see the AATA website or email: tats64@gmail.com

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New Site: Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

Julia GordonJulia Gordon, entertainer, teacher and arranger, has a tutor book and a large catalog of Scottish arrangements that have received very complimentary reviews. The music is in pdf format able to be emailed to you. The full catalog will be loaded online in the coming weeks.

Julia Gordon writes: "Have you noticed how professionally prepared, high quality sheet music for Scottish accordion is hard to come by? Sheet music that transcribes the basses as well as the melody? Sheet music that displays the ornamentation and harmonies used by professional musicians?"

New releases this week:
jgordon-eAK - Accordion Keys tutor book
jgordon102 - The Boatman
jgordon132 - Wild Mountain Thyme
jgordon139 - Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
jgordon160 - The Iona Boat Song
jgordon175 - Westering Home
jgordon177 - Dark Lochnagar
jgordon182 - The Skye Boat Song
jgordon211 - The Mist-Covered Mountains Of Home
jgordon244 - Hector The Hero
jgordon325 - Mairi's Wedding

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