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Weekly News from Around the World - 05-Apr-2019
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Highlights

Report Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany
Two Videos, Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany
European Premieres of Chinese works in Vienna – Austria
Closing Date for 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival – New Zealand
3rd International Accordion Week - Italy
Wazemmes Accordion Festival 2019 – France

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

Friedrich Lips Masterclass in Évora - Portugal
Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends – New Zealand
Eugene De Bellis Passes Away - USA
Closing dates for 2019 Val Tidone Music Competitions – Italy
Polyphonia Orchestra Concerts – Reunion Island
Kosmos Trio Tours Scotland
New CD “Orpheus Ballad” by Claudio Jacomucci

Future events

Guest Matthias Matzke at Harmonika-Club Neckarsulm e.V. Concert - Germany
CNIMA Accordion Accompaniment Workshop - France
Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Concerts – USA
Royal Academy of Music Graduate Concerts – England
Guest Accordionists at Guildford Accordion Club - UK
Music Composition Weekend - UK
Park Slope Community Garden’s Annual Spring Festival – USA

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Report Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany

Musikmesse building
Video 1: Soul Bossa Nova (Quincy Jones) performed by Matthias Matzke (Germany) demonstrating the Bugari-Evo digital accordion. Apologies for the noisy background at the start of the video.

The report of the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 will be online after the weekend. View the extensive report at: Frankfurt2019

Accordion factories exhibiting included:
Beltuna Accordions S.r.l.
Bugari Armando and Bugari Evo
Cagnoni Srl
Dino Baffetti di Baffetti G. & C. snc
Dallape in visit
Excelsior
Fismen
Harmonikas s.r.o.
Italcinte in visit
Mengascini in visit mengascini@tiscalinet.it
MusicTech di Sabbatini Claudio & C. snc
Orla Srl
Pasco Italia Srl E Soprani Moreschi
Pigini Srl
Scandalli Accordions Srl
Zero Sette

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Two Videos, Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany


Two more videos from the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019

Video 1: MusicTech, celebrating their 15th anniversary had Gennaro Ruffolo (Italy) and Paolo Miles (Italy) demonstrating the MusicTech products.

Video 2: Strolling around at the Musikmesse, I happened to meet Aleksandar Nikolic (Serbia), well known teacher, bandoneonist and leader of the famous Beltango Quintet, and so I asked him to perform a piece on the Scandalli Bandoneon which he had an important part in developing.

With the guitarist Bogdan Pejic from the Beltango Quintet, an immediate duo was formed, a guitar was borrowed from a nearby guitar display, and we had "a performance". Enjoy!!

Picture below: Gennaro Ruffolo (Italy) and Paolo Miles (Italy) pictured with their MusicTech Posters.

The report of the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 will be online after the weekend. Please return to here to view the extensive report with photos and video. Frankfurt2019
MusicTech: Gennaro Ruffolo (Italy) and Paolo Miles (Italy)

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European Premieres of Chinese works in Vienna – Austria

Marija Antunovic, Bogdan Laketic, Grzegorz Stopa, Na Song
Two European premieres of Chinese works were held at MUK in Vienna recently as part of the visit by Changjun Xu (Rector of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the Tianjin Juilliard School). The Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK) organized the concert of ancient and contemporary music in his honor.

Full report in German and English at: 2019cn-comp.pdf

The accordion class of Prof. Grzegorz Stopa performed the contemporary music. Highlights of this concert were undoubtedly the two European premieres of Chinese accordion music.

The first premiere was written by prominent Chinese composer Qigang Chen, who composed his first version of "Instants d'un Opéra de Pékin Ouverture Symphonique" (Moments of a Peking Opera) in 2000. In 2014, the premiere of the symphonic version was commissioned by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to open the Shanghai Symphony Hall.

In collaboration with composers, last year the latest version of the work for four accordions (adaptation Na Song) was created in November 2018 at the National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing with Na Song, Grzegorz Stopa and his alumni was premiered as part of a concert project of the Conservatory of Music in Tianjin. Marija Antunovic, Bogdan Laketic, Na Song, Grzegorz Stopa (picture above) were the artists of this 2019 performance.

The sheet music edition of the work in the version for four accordions will be published by the Parisian publisher Gérard Billaudot Editeur in the near future.

The second premiere was a new version of “Phoenix” for accordion, percussion and string orchestra written by Changjun Xu. The composer intended to incorporate the rhythmic motifs of Beijing opera into Western compositional techniques to establish the dialogue between monologue and ensemble, the dialogue between West and East, and the dialogue between traditional Chinese folklore and contemporary compositional techniques.

The MUK ensemble was conducted by Roberto Secilla Quiros (picture below, left), and accordionist Djordje Davidovic (below right) was the outstanding soloist of the evening.
Roberto Secilla Quiros and Djordje Davidovic

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Closing Date for 2019 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival – New Zealand

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Grayson Masefield, Corey PesaturoTian JiananThe closing date for the 2019 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival entries is 14th April 2019. This year’s event, which will be held at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on June 1st and 2nd, will celebrate “10 Years On from the 2009 Coupe Mondiale” which the NZAA hosted in Auckland.

As part of the celebrations, the NZAA has invited three of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale winners as guest artists. They are Grayson Masefield (NZ) winner of 2009 Coupe Mondiale and winner of 2009 Virtuoso Entertainment, Tian Jianan (China) winner of 2009 Junior Virtuoso Entertainment and Cory Pesaturo (USA) winner of 2009 Digital category.

The weekend will also feature a Massed Orchestra and all of those who took part in the "World Accordion Orchestra III" will be invited to perform again. Gary Daverne is conducting Auckland March (a commissioned work for the 2009 Coupe Mondiale New Zealand Orchestra) and Bryan Holden (conductor of the Mandolinata Orchestra) will conduct one work.

The rules for the international categories closely follow the rules of the Coupe Mondiale. The South Pacific international concert music category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Masters category and the South Pacific entertainment category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment category.

Similarly Junior (under 18 years) South Pacific entertainment category. The South Pacific Junior solo concert category has the same rules as the first round of the Coupe Mondiale Junior category.

Past events reports at: South Pacific Daily Reports

The 2019 Prospectus (Rules and Regulations) are available at: 2019 NZ Prospectus

Picture below of high quality New Zealand Raye Freedman Arts Centre venue with excellent lighting and acoustics.
Raye Freedman Arts Centre

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3rd International Accordion Week - Italy

International Accordion Week Poster
The 3rd International Accordion Week will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Teatro Politeama, Catanzaro, Italy.

The event is an initiative promoted by the Higher Institute of Musical Studies Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky of Nocera Terinese (CZ) aimed at the world of the Accordion. The initiative, since its first Edition, has been coordinated by Marco Gemelli, teacher of accordion at the Conservatory of Nocera Terinese, as well as creator of the project.

The festival will include seminars, masterclasses and concerts by well known artists including Friedrich Lips, Peter Soave, Filippo Arlia, Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Igor Zobin and Viatcheslav Semionov.

For further details email: segreteria@tchaikovsky.it

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Wazemmes Accordion Festival 2019 – France

Wazemmes Poster
The Wazemmes Accordion Festival 2019 will be held in Wazemmes, Lille, France from May 18th to June 9th. Over 40 performers and groups will take part in this year’s 21st annual festival organised by Association Culture & Flonflons Flandres.

Three weeks of musical entertainment will include a variety of styles including rock, folk music, Mexican fiesta, a White Horse Ball (sold out), culminating in a unique world music day to close the festival.

Picture below, of many of the groups with accordion featured, that are performing.
Wazemmes Artistes

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


Friedrich Lips Masterclass in Évora - Portugal

Lips poster
Lips MasterclassWorld renowned Friedrich Lips (Russia) gave a popular outstanding masterclass at the Évora University in Évora, Portugal on March 25th and 26th.

The participants came from all parts of Portugal: Porto, Fundão, Santarém, Abrantes, Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve and also from Italy.

Friedrich Lips worked with soloists and also with chamber music groups. Participants enjoyed fantastic ambience, very good weather and beautiful medieval monuments in Évora.

The Évora University began these high level accordion courses in 2013 with Prof. Dr. Gonçalo Pescada and offers the possibility to all students to apply for Licentiate, Master and Doctorate Degrees.
Friedrich Lips Masterclass

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Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends – New Zealand

Kauri duo
AASThe 12th Annual Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends took place on March, 31st with a capacity audience at the Lighthouse Function Center at the Dargaville Museum.

Featuring a variety of artists performing music from the Stage and Screen the event serves as an annual fundraiser for the Dargaville Museum.

The afternoon gave a very unusual opportunity to feature a duo of instruments made from the very precious and rare native New Zealand Kauri wood. The wood, often 40,000 years old was used to make both an accordion and a drum, which were featured in duo during the concert (picture above). The Kauri accordion was part of a joint project between New Zealand and Finland where the instruments were hand made.

The show opened with the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta conducted by Lionel Reekie and included a stunning rendition of the theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams with Maiadean Martin as Violin Soloist (picture right). A young violinist from nearby Whangarei, Maiadean has performed each year at the concert with her talented siblings.

The concert featured the donation of an accordion from the Christchurch Accordion Orchestra, made available by member Merle Kershaw (picture with Kevin below). The instrument was formally accepted by Museum President Ross Newlove and used as part of the concert. Another instrument, the magnificent ANZAC Accordion was also unveiled, with a special feature on that instrument being published near ANZAC Day.

Local Multi Media specialist Ken Cashin prepared a fascinating 'Women of Note' presentation, showcasing many women from the area who have inspired the community through their love and gift of music.

Other artists included: Martin Rhodes (Vocalist), Rivertown Singers and Take 6 (Vocalists), Adrian Humm and Brenda Polwart (Vocalists), Pippa Howes (Flute), Roslyn Gilmour (Vocalist), Nolene Osbaldiston (Pianist), Dargaville Little Theatre, Kevin Jobbitt, Joe Staltare (Accordion) and Chris Davidson, Alanah Jones (Vocalist), Starlight Duo - Lionel Reekie and Maurice Jones, Linda Emmett Litt (Drums), Barbara Adams (Narrator),and Elena Reekie.

A link to a full review of the concert will be available in next week’s publication. Meanwhile, the next Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends will be held as a Christmas Spectacular on 8th December 2019 and the 13th Annual Concert will take place on 29th March 2020.
Kevin

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Eugene De Bellis Passes Away - USA

Eugene De BellisAccordionist, teacher and conductor Eugene De Bellis passed away on March 16th, 2019. He attended St Lucy's Elementary School, Seton Hall Prep H.S., N.Y.U., and graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Music Education. Gene was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and was the Conductor for the U.S. Infantry Band in 1950.

He was the Director, owner and respected educator at De Bellis School of Performing Arts, 1952-2014, conductor of D.M.S. Alumni Band, President of Accordion Teacher's Association of New Jersey, member of Mid Atlantic Music Teacher's Guild and honoured by a variety of societies and music schools for his continued work.

His family, friends, and students will always remember his warm personality and dedication to and love of family and music.

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Closing dates for 2019 Val Tidone Music Competitions – Italy

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Livio BolliniThe closing dates for the 2019 Val Tidone Music Competitions are:
Composers - April 15th, 2019
Performers - April 30th, 2019

The competitions will be held from June 7th to 16th in Val Tidone. The Artistic Director is Livio Bollani (pictured right). This year’s event will include six international music competitions for a variety of instruments including the accordion, solo and group with categories such as classical and contemporary, pop, rock, world and Jazz.

Special prize categories include "Contessa Tina Orsi Anguissola Scotti" Chamber Music Prize, "Val Tidone" Young Talent Competition, "Egidio Carella" Composition Competition, and "Tidone Folk" - Special Prize for Folk Music (soloists and groups).

Download competition rules: 2019ValTidone.pdf

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Polyphonia Orchestra Concerts – Reunion Island

Reunion poster
The Polyphonia Orchestra conducted by Pierre Varo (Director at Association Ensembles Pour La Musique, Professor of the accordion at Ecole de Musique de Saint Andre and Art Director at Orchestre Polyphonia) performed well received concerts at the l'Auditorium de l'Ecole de Musique in St Joseph and at the Domaine de la Vanille in Saint-André last week.

Their program included a variety of light classical music, international music, film music, Latin music, jazz and traditional music.
Reunion orchestra

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Kosmos Trio Tours Scotland

The Kosmos Trio is touring Scotland until April 6th. So far they have performed at Edinburgh House, Edinburgh on April 1st, Newtonmore Music Society, Newtonmore on April 2nd, at the Crafts and Things Concert Series in Glencoe, Argyll on April 3rd, and at the Isle of Eigg Chamber Music Society, Isle of Eigg on April 4th.

From April 6th to 8th, the trio will give outreach concerts on the Isle of Skye and an evening recital for Skye Chamber Music.

The trio includes classical accordionist Miloš Milivojevic who was awarded a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and is the winner of many international competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark.

For further concert information email: kosmos@kosmosensemble.com
Kosmos Trio

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New CD “Orpheus Ballad” by Claudio Jacomucci

CD cover
The newest classical accordion CD entitled “Orpheus Ballad” by Claudio Jacomucci has just been released by Da Vinci Publishing.

The CD which is a counterpoint of ancient and contemporary music includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Martin Lohse, Domenico Scarlatti, Edward Elgar, Jacob Van Eyck, Stefano Scodanibbio, John Dowland, Gyorgy Ligeti, Johann Sebastian Bach and Claudio Jacomucci. A full track list is pictured below.

For further information email: accademia@claudiojacomucci.com
Track list

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Future events


Guest Matthias Matzke at Harmonika-Club Neckarsulm e.V. Concert - Germany

Harmonika Poster
Accordionist Matthias Matzke (winner of national and international competitions) is the guest performer at the Harmonika-Club Neckarsulm e.V. concert on April 6th in Neckarsulm.

In addition to playing solo pieces, Matthias will also perform “Concerto in A minor” with the 1st Orchestra.

The Harmonica Club Neckarsulm e.V. celebrates its 60th Anniversary this Year and the concert will also feature a variety of music performances from the 1st Orchestra, the Ensemble as well as the Hobby Orchestra. Conductors are Bernd Rieger and Mariya Leminskaya.

For further details email: vorstand@harmonikaclub-neckarsulm.de

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CNIMA Accordion Accompaniment Workshop - France

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Aurélien NoëlVideo above: Recorded at Maxim's, Paris Ioan Streba's Duo Parisien Aurélien Noël: accordion and clarinet.

CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix have organised an Accordion Accompaniment workshop in Saint-Sauves from April 9th to 11th with tutor Aurélien Noël (picture left). The workshop is being held because they have had an increasing number of requests for accompaniment to the accordion.

Aurélien Noël will give technical tips and tricks and also work on adapted arrangements. The objective during these workshops is to identify the different possibilities that the accordion offers us by the art of listening and transcription in various styles.

For further details email: cnima@wanadoo.fr

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Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Concerts – USA

Hudson Valley Poster
The Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble which includes accordionist Mario Tacca (Music Director) and vocalist Mary Mancini Tacca (Artistic Director & Manager) will perform their next concert at the Taormina Restaurant in Peekskill, New York on April 10th. This will be followed with further concerts at the same venue on May 16th and June 13th. These events include a 4 course dinner, so bookings are essential.

Their mission statement is to have fun and gather with friends, to make great music together, to bring the melodic and unique sounds of the accordion to people of all ages and to bring joy to others!

For further information email: manciniandtacca@gmail.com

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Royal Academy of Music Graduate Concerts – England

Ben de SouzaRoyal Academy of Music graduate Ben de Souza is studying choral conducting at Cambridge this year. He is managing to continue playing concerts and study his conducting simultaneously which is very welcome to all those who want to see the accordion played across many musical genres.

His upcoming solo concerts include:

April 16th: Cambridge Accordion Club, Horningsea Village Hall, at 7:30pm.
Phone: 01 223 881 084

May 8th: Raleigh Society Recital Series, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge at 1.20pm. Phone: 01 223 335 700

June 9th: The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey at 1pm as part of their Sunday Lunchtime recital series. Phone: 020 3166 6515

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Guest Accordionists at Guildford Accordion Club - UK

Jean & Steve Roxton
On April 19th, the Guildford Accordion Club, Ripley Village Hall, High Street Ripley will host two accordion guests.

The first is musette accordionist, music teacher, conductor and composer, Jean Dauvin (France - pictured above right). In 1963, he won the world championship in Dinant (Belgium) in the semi-professional category (Trophy and Ribbon of the European Union of accordion teachers, and also world champion in duet with Liliane Leroy).

The second guest is UK accordionist and vocalist, Steve Roxton (pictured above left). Steve plays music from around the world, with vocals in eight languages. He has performed in numerous countries world-wide including Australia, Sweden, Bermuda, America, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria and throughout the United Kingdom.

For further details email: anita.boothby@guildford-accordion-club.org.uk

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Music Composition Weekend - UK

Ian LowthianIan Lowthian (pictured) will run a Music Composition Weekend on April 20th and 21st in Ettrickbridge in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders. If you have ever fancied writing a wee waltz or slow air or something a bit faster (a jig or a reel), then this weekend could be for you. All instruments welcome!

Ian is hoping for a good variety of instruments so he can discuss what works and what doesn't work on each other's instruments. He will give some instruction on how to put together a tune in different ways and participants will compose a few tunes together.

The weekend is for mixed ability and will include a small performance or even the opportunity to play for a ceilidh.

For further details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Park Slope Community Garden’s Annual Spring Festival – USA

Brooklyn Accordion Club logoThe Brooklyn Accordion Club will provide entertainment at the Park Slope Community Garden’s Annual Spring Festival on May 11th. The park is on the corner of 6th Ave and 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

The festival will be filled with music all day and is an open community event. Admission is free of charge.

For further details email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

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