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Weekly News from Around the World - 12-Apr-2019
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Happy Easter from Accordions Worldwide
Report: Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 Online – Germany
Mathias Rugsveen Wins 1st Prize at Nordstrand Music Competition - Norway
Closing dates for 2019 Val Tidone International Music Competitions – Italy
Grayson Masefield, Free Concert Courtesy of Alabama Accordionists Association - USA

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

International Accordion Competition Vilnius Results - Lithuania
First International Competition for Accordionists “Vivakordeon” Results - Bulgaria
Report: 12th Anniversary Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich & Friends Online - New Zealand
South American Festival of Accordion - Argentina
Special Outreach Project at “A World of Accordions Museum” - USA
New CD by The Freemonts “The Failure Cabaret”

Future events

Tango Project “Milonga De Cuatro” Concert – New Zealand
French Night with Café Accordion Orchestra - USA
Stockport Accordion Club Concert – UK
Fairbridge Festival – Australia
Accordion Orchestra Spring Concert – Austria
41st Annual Squeezebox Jamboree – USA
Irish Music Band Concert - UK

New and Updated Sites

New Friedrich Lips CD Titled Quodlibet Released - Austria/Russia
New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia

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Report: Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 Online – Germany

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The extensive report of the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 of pictures and video is now online at: Frankfurt2019 Gallery link

Video above: Matthias Matzke (Germany) demonstrating the Bugari-Evo performing "All is hell that ends well" (Two Steps from Hell).

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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Mathias Rugsveen Wins 1st Prize at Nordstrand Music Competition - Norway

The Nordstrand Music Competition is a soloist contest for young talents, including Norway‘s very promising performers of classical music. Video above of Mathias Rugsveen performing Vladislav Solotaryov’s “Rondo Capriccioso”.

Accordionist Mathias Rugsveen, winner of the 2019 competition is a student at Skullerud Ungdomsskole and has played the accordion since he was 5 years old. He has participated in a number of concerts and competitions in Norway and abroad.

In 2017 he was the laureat in competitions in Chelyabinsk, Rostov on Don and at Norwegian Talents in TV2. In Skien he received the Judges Award for the best presentation, regardless of age. In 2018 he won competitions in Fjordcadenza, Storefjell, Rostov on Don and Castelfidardo.

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Closing dates for 2019 Val Tidone International Music Competitions – Italy

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Livio BollaniThe 22nd Val Tidone International Music Competitions will take place from June 7th to 16th in the Val Tidone. The Artistic Director is Livio Bollani (picture left). This year’s event will include six international music competitions for a variety of instruments including the accordion, solo and group and categories such as classical and contemporary, pop, rock, world and Jazz.

Prizes will be awarded for Classical and Contemporary Music, "Val Tidone" Young Talent Competition, "Egidio Carella" Composition Competition and "Tidone Folk" – Special Prize for Folk Music.

Closing dates are:
Composers – 15th April 2019
Performers - 30th April 2019

Download competition rules: 2019ValTidone.pdf

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Grayson Masefield, Free Concert Courtesy of Alabama Accordionists Association - USA

Grayson MasefieldMulti world champion, Grayson Masefield, will be appearing in concert on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Brookfield Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Show times will be at 1pm and the concert repeated at 7pm.

This concert will be free of charge and is courtesy of the Alabama Accordionists Association.

Grayson Masefield is the first person to win World international competitions in Classical, Virtuoso and Digital accordion categories.

Over the years, Grayson has been invited to perform in many countries including France, Spain, Germany, UK, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, China, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia and Finland.

Grayson has available a varied program of serious concert works as well as entertainment music. His extensive repertoire can be heard on his three albums as well as many over 1.3 million performances on Youtube.

He has worked with several of the world's leading composers such as Franck Angelis (France), Gorka Hermosa (Spain), Petri Makkonen (Finland) and Gary Daverne (New Zealand) to perform and record new original works for the accordion.

For more information, contact Frank Caravella at 256-710-4133 or email: frank_j_c@yahoo.com
Grayson Masefield albums

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International Accordion Competition Vilnius Results - Lithuania

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The Tarptautinis Akordeonistu Konkursas International Accordion Competition Vilnius was held in Vilnius from March 21st to 23rd organised by the Lithuanian Accordionists Association and Raimondas Sviackevicius, Artistic director of the competition, President of the Lithuanian accordionist‘s association and Head of accordion department at the Lithuanian academy of music and theatre.

The aim of the annual competition is to encourage the young generation of accordionists and to honour teacher’s meaningful contribution to developing young talents.

Results as follows:

Category A Solo 1st: Zenaida Ottich (Russia)
Category B Solo 1st: Eliza Mariotti (Russia)
Category C Solo 1st: Jonas Vozbutas (Lithuania)
Category D Solo 1st: Krzysztof Polnik (Poland)
Category E Soloist – no age limit 1st: Ratoi Radu (Moldova)
Category F1 Duet 1st: Vasilisa & Zenaida Ottich (Russia)
Category F2 Chamber Music up to 15 years 1st: Jonas Vozbutas & Orinta Lukauskaite (Lithuania)
Category H Chamber Music 1st: Agata Krystek (violin) & Dawid Rydz (accordion) Duo from Poland

Members of the international Jury were: Stefan Hussong (Germany), Geir Draugsvoll (Denmark), Matti Rantanen (Finland), Klaudiusz Baran (Poland), Alfred Melichar (Austria), Djordje Gajic (Scotland), Luu Quang Minh (Vietnam), Giuseppe Scigliano (Italy), Raimondas Sviackevicius (Lithania), Artem Nyzhnyk (Russia), Zoran Rakic (Serbia), Daniel Lis (Poland), Angel Marinov (Bulgaria), Elzbieta Rosinska (Poland), Jiang Bolong (China), Ewa Grabowska (Poland), Ricardas Sviackevicius (Lithuania), Maciej Frackiewicz (Poland/Germany), Eduardas Gabnys (Lithuania), Jurijs Ryzovs (Latvia), Wei Bijun (China), Dariusz Baszak (Poland), Zhu Chunling (China) and Raymond Keith (France).

A gala winners concert was held at the Vilnius Town Hall on March 23rd.

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First International Competition for Accordionists “Vivakordeon” Results - Bulgaria

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Milan LazicThe First International Competition for accordionists “Vivakordeon” was held in the halls of the Bulgaria Concert Complex in Sofia from April 5th to 7th.

The event, which is founded by Daniela Dikova with Bulgarian accordionist Krassimir Sterev (both from the Ardenza Foundation) was for amateur accordionists and accordionists with professional orientation up to the age of 19, to encourage all those whose dedication to the accordion is an expression of their love for music making.

Competition results:
1st age group: Dimitar Peshev (1st), Yoan Tashkov (2nd), Toma Dermendzhiev (3rd)
2nd age group: Valentin Todorov (1st), Ivan Tolstoguzov (2nd)
3rd age group: Milan Lazic (1st), Aleksandar Popovic (2nd), Drago Garic (3rd)

Jury members Krasimir Sterev, Konstantinos Raptis amd Branco Dzinovic awarded the Grand Prize of the “Vivakordeon” to: Milan Lazic (pictured)

A “Vivapiano” gala concert was held at the Concert Hall Bulgaria in Sofia at the conclusion of the competition with a performance by special guest artist Milan Lazic.

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Report: 12th Anniversary Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich & Friends Online - New Zealand

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The 12th Anniversary Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich & Friends report and photos are now online. The report includes information on the March 31st, 2019 variety Show featuring accordionists and entertainers from New Zealand and Australia. The show was called 'Music from the Stage and Screen'.

View the report at: 2019Dargaville

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South American Festival of Accordion - Argentina

Fernando Avila
The Festival Sul-Americano de Acordeon (South American Festival of the Accordion) was held in São Jorge, Province of Santa Fe, Argentina on March 22nd and 23rd.

Accordionists from Argentina, Chile and Brazil performed at the event including Fernando Ávila (pictured). Fernando played two of his own compositions - Tango Bolero and Aragana as well as Analu a Child's Smile (Albino Manique) and Take Ten (Frank Marocco).

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Special Outreach Project at “A World of Accordions Museum” - USA

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Tracey GibbensTracey Gibbens, an intrepid volunteer (pictured), has undertaken to preserve the availability of AWAM’s shellac/vinyl 78 rpm recordings by first outfitting their “Listening Lab” area with appropriate turntable equipment. Recognizing that recordings of early accordionists and their repertories are rarities and that most risk remaining unheard by larger audiences, his next step was to spend countless hours cataloging and re-recording 50+ records in CD format.

He hopes that scholars and aficionados will be inspired into further investigations through the ease of internet transmissions (as allowed by copyright regulations).

The AWAM’s lateral-cut 78s of 1912-1950s performances were purchased in the 1980s from Scandinavian-enthusiast Oscar Lindberg (Minneapolis). These offer Northern European folk music performed in authentic styles by émigrés whose sometimes-familiar names are found in music editions in their library files. These include Duchow, Erickson, Franzen, Olson, Patek, Schrammel, two Sundquists, Tollefsen, Turpeinen, Wilfahrt, and many more. Other discs offer early recordings of celebrity artists like Biviano, Carozza, the Deiros, Desiderio, Galla Rini, Magnante, Molinari, Pecon, Van Damme, Yankovic, and more.

This project is nearing completion. Listings are available upon request. The original 78s are stored in protective boxes and remain in the AWAM library.

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New CD by The Freemonts “The Failure Cabaret”

The Freemonts
A new CD by The Freemonts entitled “The Failure Cabaret” will be released on April 26th along with a live cabaret that will be performed in Longmont, CO, USA on April 25th and 27th.

The duo includes Stephanie Dodd (accordion and vocals) and Justin Badger (guitar and vocals). The CD is recorded with only guitar, accordion, vocals and a tiny bit of kick drum. Every song tells a poignant story through intelligent texts that are soulful and relate to real human emotions.

The Fremonts performed at the Harrington ARTS Center for 2018 World Accordion Day. Their unique style, amenable to traditionalists as well as young moderns, received high praises from audience members as well as experts.

The album will be available on Spotify, iTunes & all other streaming services.

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Tango Project “Milonga De Cuatro” Concert – New Zealand

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The Tango Project “Milonga De Cuatro” will perform a concert at Lewis Eady Limited, 75 Great South Road, Remuera in Auckland on April 14th at 2pm. Group members include accordionist Lian Jones with Natalia Meyta (piano and vocals), Irina Lgotkina (violin) and Marija Durdevic (contrabass).

Argentinian Tango Nuevo is the main focus of Tango Project “Milonga De Cuatro”. The group believe this type of modern tango music will pull at the emotions and no one could stay insensitive or distant.

Their program, which was chosen so the audience can hear each musical instrument as a soloist and enjoy the beauty of its sound and colour, includes “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”, “Libertango” , “Kicho”, “Soledad”, “Escualo”, “Triunfal”, “Yo soy Maria” (by Piazzolla) and “Por una cabeza” (Gardel). Many of the pieces were arranged especially for the group by Natalia Meyta.

For further concert information email: natmeyta@gmail.com

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French Night with Café Accordion Orchestra - USA

CAODan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra presents “French Night” at Vieux Carre, 408 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, Minnesota on April 16th at 7pm.

The group is led by Dan Newton (accordion and vocals) with Eric Mohring (mandolin, violin and vocals), Erik Lillestol (bass and vocals), Robert Bell (guitar and vocals) and Joe Steinger (percussion). They play an eclectic mix of valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, cumbia and more, delivered with French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.

For further details email: daddysqueeze@daddysqueeze.com

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Stockport Accordion Club Concert – UK

Jean & ThereseJean Dauvin (France) and Steve Roxton (UK) are currently on a tour of England. On Wednesday April 17th, 7.30pm, they will perform in concert at the Stockport Accordion Club, Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF. Admission is £5, pay at the door.

Jean Dauvin is a former World and European Accordion Champion, and also happens to be both the Deputy Mayor of Avranches in Normandy and the holder of a black belt in judo. Steve Roxton spent many summer seasons entertaining holiday makers in Jersey with his music and songs. Jean Dauvin's wife Therese (pictured right) sings in the style of Edith Piaf, and usually adds some Piaf songs into the show.

Performances will also be given by The Stockport Accordion Band, the all-female quartet Accordion Spice, and soloist Helen Rich.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Fairbridge Festival – Australia

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The Fairbridge Festival will be held in Fairbridge Village, South West Highway, Pinjarra, Western Australia from April 26th to 28th.

The event is an annual family-friendly celebration of folk, world and roots music in a traffic-free, self-contained, heritage-listed village and includes almost 100 acts.

Performers include quartet I Viaggiatori (The Voyagers – pictured below) is a bit of an Aussie world/folk supergroup which features accordionist David De Santi. They play a charming combination of Italian standards, original songs by Mazzella and a touching version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

Accordionist David De Santi will also run a “Good Tunes Session”. He has been accumulating ‘good’ tunes for over 30 years and wants to share them! Be ready for a musical tour around Australia, Italy, Quebec, Scotland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Ireland, England and beyond! Sheet music available or use your ear to join in.

Mànran, which features accordionist Gary Innes will play at the festival opening and again throughout the event, entertaining with a combination of folk-rock, trad-rock and Celtic-rock.

“Bluegrass Slowjam” will organise and run an acoustic bluegrass slow jam, playing standard bluegrass at a friendly pace in a relaxed, inclusive environment.

For further festival information email: event@fairbridgefestival.com.au
I Viaggiatori

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Accordion Orchestra Spring Concert – Austria

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The Akkordeon Orchester Viel-Harmonie Salzburg will hold their Spring Concert on April 28th at Bachschmiede 5071 Wals, Jakob Lechner Weg 2-4 organised by Horst-Christian Tanzer.

The concert entitled “From A to Z” will include works based on the alphabet such as A - Aria (J. S. Bach) and Z - Zorba's Dance (M. Theodorakis). In addition they will play classics such as Carmen (G. Bizet) and The Thieving Magpie (G. Rossini).

For further concert information email: h.tanzer@sturmberger.at

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41st Annual Squeezebox Jamboree – USA

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The 41st Annual Squeezebox Jamboree will be held at Rex's Innkeeper Restaurant, 301 N Century Avenue, in Waunakee, Wisconsin on April 28th from noon to 4.30pm.

The restaurant runs regular music events and this is one polka party you don't want to miss!
Entry is free of charge and refreshments are available throughout the day.

For further details email: Master@itis.com

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Irish Music Band Concert - UK

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The Fureys accordionistIrish music band “The Fureys” will entertain at the Muni Edwardian Theatre, Albert Road, Colne in Lancashire on May 18th.

Well known for their hit songs 'I Will Love You', 'When You Were Sweet 16', 'The Green Fields of France', 'The Old Man', 'Red Rose Café' and many others, The Fureys will keep lovers of Irish music entertained all night long. Two of the band's singles have been number one hits in Ireland, and two of their albums charted in the United Kingdom.

For concert details phone: 01 282 661 234

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New Friedrich Lips CD Titled Quodlibet Released - Austria/Russia

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Quodlibet CD cover, Friedrich LipsA new CD entitled “Quodlibet” by Friedrich Lips has just been released. This CD contains the music of major Russian composers from the second half of the 20th century to early 21st century.

Catalog: CD029 Quodlibet CD

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Tracks list:
1. Mikhail Bronner (*1952) "Katuv“ for bayan, piano and symphony orchestra 37:18 with Symphony Orchestra of the Gnesin Academy RAM conducted by Andrey Lebedev.

2. Suite (1951) Alexander Kholminov (1925-2015) Song 3:44
3. Scherzo 2:49
4. Nocturne 3:37
5. Final

6. Efrem Podgaits (*1949) Odessa-Quodlibet (dedicated to Friedrich Lips) 6:40

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Tracks include “Katuv” for bayan, piano and symphony orchestra by Michael Bronner and dedicated to Friedrich Lips and Svyatoslav Lips. The track includes Friedrich Lips (bayan), Svyatoslav Lips (piano) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Gnesin Academy RAM.

The Suite in 4 parts (Song, Scherzo, Nocturne and Finale) by Alexander Kholminov (1925 - 2015) was written in 1951 and immediately became a classic in the repertoire of accordionists. Subsequently, the composer gained great fame as the author of a number of operas, symphonies, choral works, but returned to the bayan only after almost half a century.

“Odessa Quodlibet” is a quartet written by Efrem Podgaits (born in 1949) in 2014 (revised 2018) performed by Friedrich Lips (bayan), Svyatoslav Lips (piano) Kirill Rodin (violoncello) and Vladislav Igolinsky (violin).

Quodlibet is a piece of humorous character, built on a combination of popular melodies. In the annotation to the play, the author writes: “The idea of writing on the themes of Odessa songs belongs to Friedrich Lips. This is a gift from the composer to a friend and favorite performer.”

The city of Odessa is famous for its absolutely distinctive humor and in this work the composer skillfully intertwines popular melodies, to some extent connected with this city, with the mentality of Odessans.

Order online: Catalog: CD029 Quodlibet CD
Friedrich Lips

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New Compositions by Franco Cambareri - Australia

Music sampleFranco CambareriThree new compositions by Franco Cambareri of Australia have been released.

cfranco241 - Fantasia Lunatica
cfranco242 - Nostalgic Moments
cfranco243 - Triste Autunno

View sample page online, pdf format music sent to purchaser by email.

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