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Weekly News from Around the World - 14-Jun-2024
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14th World Music Festival 2025, Innsbruck Registration Information - Austria
London Accordion Orchestra 25th Anniversary Gala Concert - England
3rd Accordion Summer School - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iron Rig Expansion Trailer for Video Game “Dredge” Released – Internet
Scythian 2025 String Break Cruise – North America

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

"Foundation of International Accordion Exchange (FIAE) Concerts in Merano - Italy
Video: Denys Snihirov Premiere Performance of Sonata No 4 by Volodymyr Runchak - Ukraine
Registrations Closing for 14th Italia Award 2024 Live Edition – Italy

Future events

Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar Annual Concert – Switzerland
Joaquin Munoz Donoso Concerts & Masterclasses in Chile and Costa Rica
Maugein Accordéons Celebrates 105th Anniversary - France
“Bellows & Beverages” Social Event – Australia
Martina Jembrišak Solo Recital – Germany
“Skipinnish” 25th Anniversary Concert at Edinburgh Castle - Scotland
1st Chromatic Accordion Competition - France
Bruno Maurice Masterclass at 51st Académie-Festival des Arcs – France
Western Swing Jamboree, Texas - USA

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Helmi Harrington Honoured with "Citizen of the Year" Award – USA
2024 Coupe Mondiale Online Entry System Now Open - Finland / Italy
2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships & Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand
Dr. William Schimmel 30th Anniversary 2024 Accordion Seminars - USA

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14th World Music Festival 2025, Innsbruck Registration Information - Austria

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The World Music Festival in Innsbruck, Austria is an important date in the international concert calendars of the accordion and harmonica scene, organised by the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband (DHV). Cooperation partner in 2025 is Harmonikaverband Österreichs (HVÖ), who will hold their annual "Harmonika Day" together with the World Music Festival.

Registrations are now open for the 2025 event, which will be held from Thursday May 29th to Sunday June 1st, 2025.

Competitions will be held in several categories for accordion, harmonica and Styrian harmonica. In addition, a variety of concerts and a grandiose evening of nations in the Congress Innsbruck characterise this unique and very large popular festival.

Registration deadline is: August 11th, 2024.

Download event invitation and information: 2024WMF-Invitation.pdf
2024WMF-Vorschriften.pdf and 2024WMF-Regulations.pdf

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London Accordion Orchestra 25th Anniversary Gala Concert - England

London Accordion Orchestra 25th Anniversary
Tickets are now on sale for the London Accordion Orchestra 25th Anniversary Gala Concert, which will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Pimlico, London, England on September 14th, 2024 at 5pm.

The LAO will be joined by the 40 piece choir, City Academy Singers and organist, David King for the premiere performance of “Silver Linings”, conducted by the composer and LAO Music Director, Ian Watson.

The new work was commissioned by Viv Aylmer to celebrate the orchestra's Silver Jubilee. The concert will also feature film music from John Williams, works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mascagni, plus pieces by Elton John and a tribute to ELO (Electric Light Orchestra).

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3rd Accordion Summer School - Bosnia and Herzegovina

3rd Accordion Summer School
"The 3rd Accordion Summer School will be held at the Cultural Center “Semberija” in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from July 5th to July 10th, 2024.

Organized by Slavisa Peric, this event will have the highly esteemed Yuri Shishkin leading the masterclasses, offering participants a special opportunity to learn from this renowned accordion artist.

Application deadline: June 24th, 2024

For registration and further information, please contact the organization team via email at: artistfest1@gmail.com

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Iron Rig Expansion Trailer for Video Game “Dredge” Released – Internet


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Video 1: Dredge: The Iron Rig - Official Release Date Trailer- Future Games Show 2024
Video 2: Dredge: The Iron Rig – Release Date Trailer – Nintendo Switch

“Dredge” is a 2023 fishing video game developed by independent New Zealand studio Black Salt Games and published by Team17. The game follows a fisherman who encounters increasingly “Lovecraftian” creatures as he ventures out further into an open world archipelago.

The Iron Rig expansion is the games second expansion and will be released on August 15th, 2024. The trailer and gameplay will feature new works by New Zealand composer David Mason performed by Aotango members Grayson Masefield (accordion) and Auckland Philharmonia Concertmaster Andrew Beer (violin).

The trailer was released as part of the Future Games Show: Summer Showcase 2024 and is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox.

The trailer has been released on a number of different Youtube channels and has gotten hundreds of thousands of views.
Aotango Duo

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Scythian 2025 String Break Cruise – North America

Scythian 2025 String Break Cruise
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Popular group “Scythian” have organised a “String Break Cruise” to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The event will take place from February 2nd to 9th, 2025 on the “Sky Princess”.

Cruise stops include Princess Cays Bahamas, San Juan Puerto Rico, Amber Cover Dominican Republic, and Grand Turks and Caicos Islands.

The cruise will feature concerts by Scythian and a number of other groups.

Scythian’s accordionist is Dan Fedoryka. Dan and his brother, Alex, are the founding members of the band.

For further cruise details email: scythianmail@gmail.com

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"Foundation of International Accordion Exchange (FIAE) Concerts in Merano - Italy

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FIAEThe "Foundation of International Accordion Exchange" (FIAE), based in Trossingen, Germany, which aims to promote young, talented accordion players and to promote accordion music in the classical field, organized two concerts in Merano, Italy, in the Castel Fontana and the Palais Mamming.

Both locations are characterized by a special ambience and convey a special concert atmosphere to the audience. The association was originally founded in the summer of 2017 to enable a student from a non-EU country to study in Germany.

This year, the concerts were performed by the quartet of the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen "Musica in Fiore" and the duo Anna Bodnar (accordion) and Andrea Sernesi (violencello). The quartet consists of Michael Ziegler, Juliana Kraus, Nils Aebersold and Karla Gvozden (all class Andreas Nebl) and creates a unique sound experience and new interpretations of the highest topicality by combining old music (works by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Dvorak, Boellmann and an original composition by Aebersold) with the modern "accordion sound": true to the original in the score - new in the instrumentation.

Anna Bodnar (class of Ivano Battiston) and Andrea Sernesi both studied at the Conservatory l. Cherubini in Florence, completed numerous study visits with famous masters of their instruments and successfully participated in international competitions. In their program with works by Bach, Frescobaldi, Vaughan Williams and Piazzolla, they thrilled the audience with their musical maturity and harmonious playing.
The "Foundation of International Accordion Exchange" aims to build and maintain an international network of students, lecturers and supporters in the future so that the classical accordion will gain more and more appropriate public recognition in the long term.

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Video: Denys Snihirov Premiere Performance of Sonata No 4 by Volodymyr Runchak - Ukraine

Video: Accordionist Denys Snihirov (Class of Professor Kostiantyn Zhukov) premiere performance of Sonata No 4 by Volodymyr Runchak,

The video was filmed on May 6th, 2024 at the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Small Hall in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Registrations Closing for 14th Italia Award 2024 Live Edition – Italy

14th Italia Award 2024 Live Edition
Registrations for the 14th Italia Award 2024 Live Edition will close on June 15th, 2024.The live edition will be held in Giulianova, Teramo, Italy as follows:
• June 21st: Organetto/Diatonic Accordion
• June 22nd: Other Instruments
• June 23rd: Classical/Virtuoso accordion

Competition Categories are:
• Classical Accordion (categories by age)
• Virtuoso Accordion (categories by age)
• Organet & Diatonic Accordion (categories by age)
• Other Instruments piano, guitar, strings, singing, drums, wind instruments, etc. (age categories).
• Groups student, junior, senior

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Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar Annual Concert – Switzerland

Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar Annual Concert
The Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar (Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar) will hold their annual concert entitled "Noten-Tanz", at the Gemeindesaal Baar (Community Hall Baar) in Baar, Switzerland on June 15th, 2024 at 8pm.

The orchestra (pictured below), directed by Sergej Simbirev, will play works by Albéniz, Borodin, Kölz, Piazzolla, Prada, Tchaikovsky and Verdi.

Invited guests are the Moos Band (an ensemble from the Hünenberg Music School) and the Ost-Express, (an ensemble from the Zug and Cham Music Schools).

See poster for details.
Akkordeon-Orchester Zug-Baar

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Joaquin Munoz Donoso Concerts & Masterclasses in Chile and Costa Rica

Joaquin Munoz Donoso
Joaquin Munoz Donoso will perform a concert with his Chilean Bohemia group at the Biblioteca de Santiago Library Auditorium in Santiago, Chile on June 15th, 2024 from 3pm.

This concert marks the beginning of the 2024 official accordion concert season. Entry is free of charge.

Following this event, Joaquin Munoz Donoso will give a series of masterclasses and concerts in Costa Rica from June 19th to 22nd, 2024.

See poster below for details.
Joaquin Munoz Donoso

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Maugein Accordéons Celebrates 105th Anniversary - France

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Maugein Accordéons will celebrate its 105h anniversary with a “Festival of Accordéons and Harmonicas” in Tulle, France on June 28th and 29th, 2024.

The event will include workshops and concerts as follows:

• June 28th at 2pm: Opening concert by Tom Alone.
• June 28th at 3.30pm: Dive into the universe of bandoneon with Jean Marc Lajudie.
• June 29th at 11am: Digital concert by Christophe Sirgues.
• June 29th at 12.30pm: The Gulapia band (Lolo, Pierrot and Rémi) concert

For details email: manufacture@accordeons-maugein.fr

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“Bellows & Beverages” Social Event – Australia

Bellows & Beverages
The Accordion Society of Australia (ASA) will hold their next “Bellows & Beverages” social event at Open Studio in Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 29th, 2024 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Accordionists are invited to bring their accordion and join in to play with the BnB accordion group - music provided.

All are welcome. See poster above for details.

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Martina Jembrišak Solo Recital – Germany

Martina JembrišakCroatian accordionist Martina Jembrišak, will give a solo recital in Kettwig, Essen, Germany on June 30th, 2024.

Her one hour, 30 minute program will feature works by Croatian composers and Mussorgsky.

For further details emails: info@martinajembrisak.com

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“Skipinnish” 25th Anniversary Concert at Edinburgh Castle - Scotland

Skipinnish
“Skipinnish” which includes accordionist Angus MacPhail, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 12th, 2024.

The group says, “This is a gig of dreams and it may come only once in our lifetimes. A gathering of fans from far and wide to celebrate and sing together, sharing memories of 25 years of Skipinnish and making more to remember 25 years in the future. The thought of our songs resonating from Edinburgh Castle and out across the city with a Skipinnish crowd in full voice along with us, is truly magical.”

For details email: info@skipinnish.com

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1st Chromatic Accordion Competition - France

1st Chromatic Accordion Competition
The 1st Chromatic Accordion Competition will be held at the Cité de l'Accordéon et des Patrimoines in Tulle, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France on June 30th, 2024 from 8am to 5pm, organised by the Lions Club Tulle Tutella.

The aim of the competition is to encourage, enhance and reward the learning of the accordion instrument. It is open to students of conservatories and music schools, at all levels of learning. President of the jury of five professionals is Vincent Lhermet.

An awards ceremony will be held at the Théâtre L'Empreinte in Tulle at 5:30 pm.

For further information email: lhermet.vincent@gmail.com

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Bruno Maurice Masterclass at 51st Académie-Festival des Arcs – France

Bruno masterclass
Bruno Maurice will hold an accordion masterclass at the 51st Académie-Festival des Arcs, held in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France from July 16th to 26th, 2024.

Bruno Maurice is an accordionist, composer, improviser and music interpreter.

For details email: contact@brunomaurice.com

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Western Swing Jamboree, Texas - USA

Western Swing Jamboree
The Western Swing Jamboree will be held at the Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels, Texas, USA on July 27th, 2024 from 7.30pm, presented by Innovative Accordion Music Productions.

The event will feature a “night of Music, Comedy, and Family Fun for all!”

Performers include award winning accordionist, yodeler, and singer Lori Beth Brooke, who will entertain with “The Derrieres” (brothers Roger and Leo Eilts) Cowboy band.

Their program will include Western Swing and Western standards.

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2023 Coupe Mondiale 2024 Coupe Mondiale Information
2024 Online Entry now open
2023 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, Video
World Accordion Day Information 2024 World Accordion Day Report, 6th May each year
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2024 Shanghai 2024 Shanghai Festival Daily Reports, Video
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2024 Malaysia Festivals 2024 Malaysia Festival Daily Reports
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
Interviews Interviews Index page
2024 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
Bayan and Accordion Festival, Moscow 2023 XXXV International Festival, Moscow  News and Daily Reports and videos
Ship Cruise Finland 2023 Accordion Cruise, Finland Information, News article
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Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
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Serenellini Know the People Interview Serenellini Know the People Interview News Link
Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Accordion Study Produces Community Benefits Article Link
Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain Playing the Accordion Benefits Your Brain News Link

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Helmi Harrington Honoured with "Citizen of the Year" Award – USA

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HelmiJane and HelmiVideo: Presentation to Dr. Helmi Harrington, Superior, Wisconsin - Citizen of the Year.

Picture left: Helmi Harrington with instruments from the museum collection.
Picture right: Jane Christison, Secretary of the AWAM and Helmi Harrington, museum Founder, Curator, and President of the Board of AWAM.

On May 30th, 2024, Helmi Harrington, PhD, founder and curator of A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) was named the Citizen of the Year by the City of Superior, Wisconsin, USA.

Helmi was given a key to the city by Mayor Jim Paine. This award has only been given out a few times, and all of us at A World of Accordions are so proud of her and all her hard work over the years building the incredible accordion family of instruments collections housed at A World of Accordions Museum.

At the upcoming ATG Festival, July 23-27, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri, there will be a viewing of the documentary, “A World of Accordions . . . a Harrington Legacy,” featuring Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph.D., Curator, A World of Accordions Museum. The documentary was sponsored by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG).

In the State of the City Address given by Mayor Jim Paine, he recognized Dr. Helmi Harrington, the founder and curator of the Harrington Arts Center: “She is a teacher, a musician, a historian, an artist, and a storyteller. She attracts visitors and admirers from around the world. She already has a building named for her,” said Paine. “Thanks to her, Superior, Wisconsin is nationally and globally recognized as a center of art, music, learning, and timeless beauty. She is, quite possibly, our greatest storyteller and now counts among her lifetime honors the title: Citizen of the Year.”

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2024 Coupe Mondiale Online Entry System Now Open - Finland / Italy

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo Mattila, Federica CelestiCoupe Mondiale posterCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2024 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 77th Coupe Mondiale from the 2024 General Competition Rules page: 2024CM-Rules

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites the nearly 50 CIA members to register delegates to the 152nd International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Castelfidardo.

President Patarini also invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries well before the closing date to assist the organizers for what will certainly be a great Coupe Mondiale.

The 77th Coupe Mondiale will be held from 6-10 September 2024 in Castelfidardo, Italy hosted by the CIA member Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), from 6-10 September 2024. The 2024 CIA Honorary Vice President Federica Celesti welcomes everyone to Italy for a wonderful competitions and festival of music.

The festival will feature competitions as follows:
• 77th Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

Entry closing date is 01 August 2024 and all entry information is online at: Coupe Mondiale

Online entries at: 2024CM-Rules Direct Link: https://entry.coupemondiale.org/

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2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships & Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

NZAA Daily Reports
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Video 1: Aotango Duo of Andrew Beer and Grayson Masefield, excerpt from Balkan Dance.
Video 2: NZAA Massed Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne ONZM.
The New Zealand Accordion Association held their annual South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival on Saturday 1st June at the superb Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom, Auckland.

Daily Reports: Videos and pictures of competitors, concerts and the results are online at: 2024SouthPac

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Dr. William Schimmel 30th Anniversary 2024 Accordion Seminars - USA

Dr William SchimmelDr. William Schimmel will hold 30th Anniversary 2024 Accordion Seminars, sponsored by the Accordion Global Association as follows:

July 26, 27, 28, 2024 – virtually
Master classes are from 3pm to 4pm
Concerts from 4pm to 5pm

Topics will include: The Art of Audience Participation/The Sing - a - Long; Embracing the Maximallst Dimension (The Art of Clutter); Faking/Improvising - are they the same?; Working In the Video Dimension; The Varieties of The Mexican Hat Dance and The Hokey Pokey; Classical or Classic; Cassettes are back - giving “Ye Olde Accordion Sound” a return; The Artificial Intelligence of the Accordion before Artificial Intelligence; the Pot of Gold at the end of The Rainbow; Practicing by Real Time Continuity; The Five Minute Ear Training Course; Klezmer from a Non - Jewish perspective and more.

The team will include Micki Goodman, Paul Stein, Will Holshouser, Dr. Denise Koncelik, Dr. Robert Young McMahan, Corn Mo, The Main Squeeze Orchestra, Bachtopus, Carl Riehl, Mary Spencer Knapp, Godfrey Nelson, Lorraine Nelson Wolf, Melissa Elledge, Doug Makofka, Rita Davidson Barnea, Erica Marie Mancini, Benjamin Ickes, Dan Cooper, Dr. Thomas Massucci, Gene Pritsker, Peter Flint, Mayumi Miyaoka, Robert Duncan, Jeanne Velonis, Bob Goldberg, David Stoler, David First, William Komaiko, Sari Kalin, Jack Di Bennidetto, John Foti, Dr. Hugo Goldenzweig,Brian Dewan, Lee Mc Clure, Peter Jarvis, Elliott Sharp, Hanzhi Wang, Milica Paranosic and others to follow.

Dr. William Schimmel’s upcoming performances:
• June 15th, 2024 at 7pm - Church of St Luke in the Field, New York. St. George Choral society, Rossini - “Petite Messe Solennelle” - originally for Vocal Quartet, Piano and Harmonium.
This version will be for full chorus, Piano and Dr. William Schimmel will play the Harmonium
part on the Accordion. The piece lasts two hours in duration.
• June 27th, 2024 t 6pm - Greenwich House, New York. Composers’ Concordance Imitations. Dr. Schimmel will perform his own work, "Putting the FU back in Fugue”

For further information email: accordionbill@gmail.com

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