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Weekly News from Around the World - 19-Jun-2020
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Editors Note: Great News!
PIF 2020 Covid: a Special Edition, Castelfidardo - Italy
VI International Accordion Days in Prague - Czech Republic
"LiubAnya" Duo Receive Over 2 Million Views of Video Performance in India
Stas Venglevski to Perform at AWAM in July – USA
Composition "Anantango" Italy Video Winner, Belgium Jigsaw Puzzle & Prague Czech Cathedral Performance

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

Accordion Features on Sesame Street & CNN Song on Staying Safe During Covid-19
Nihad Hrustanbegovic Entertains at Resort, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pierre Eriksson: The Accordion Show – Sweden
Video: Phileas Rogue Plays the Theme from “Alien”
Achilleas Panagoulis Entertains at Athens Restaurant - Greece
Jon Hammond from Pandemic Quarantino - USA

Future events

Accordion Concert & Podcast Takes Centre Stage in the Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 – UK
Terry Cavanagh Online Accordion Festival - USA
June Accordion Gala in Tulle, France
Stanislav Angelov Performs Vivaldi in Stellenbosch – South Africa
Sharon Shannon to Perform at Cropredy Convention, Oxfordshire - England
IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” - Belarus

New and Updated Sites

2020 Coupe Mondiale, 5 - 11 October, Castro Marim - Portugal
2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand
Remembering and Honoring Eugene Ettore - USA

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Editors Note: Great News!

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Germany rest home concertGreat News! We are pleased to report this week that some countries around the world are slowly starting to carefully open up again following Covid-19, while still maintaining certain social distancing regulations and hygiene standards for safety.

This week from Germany, the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra Willi Münch e. V. (picture above) will begin rehearsals this week. Georg Hettmann, DHV Vice President also announced that his orchestra was returning to rehearsals with appropriate distancing.

Also this week, 8 year old Maxi Lörcher entertained the residents of the Novita Senior Center in Pfaffenhofen, Baden-Württemberg with his teacher Chrissi Pfeifer, much to the delight of his audience (picture left).

The North Shore Accordion Orchestras in Auckland, New Zealand (picture below) have announced plans they will begin their weekly rehearsals next month (following their July school holiday break).

Some areas of the USA are beginning to open again. In other areas accordionists are offering street performances and drive-in concerts.

We are also starting to get notification of Future Events that will be held this year in various countries including France, South Africa, UK and Belarus, so please check out this section of the Weekly News this week and attend these events if possible.

Please email: cjmusic@outlook.co.nz with details of your upcoming live rehearsals or performances so we can let accordionists and enthusiasts around the world know this positive news about our beloved instrument.

It is exciting to see the accordion world slowly starting to open up again!
AAS

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PIF 2020 Covid: a Special Edition, Castelfidardo - Italy

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Renzo RuggieriA major change of format and a first time mix of technology and tradition is announced for PIF 2020 by Artistic Director Renzo Ruggieri who writes:

Due to the exceptional conditions, it is necessary to restrict the number of applications. We needed many meetings to evaluate a safe and innovative PIF Edition in this difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic, still ongoing worldwide, does not allow to foresee what will happen in the upcoming months.

Each country applies different restrictions that make all decisions approximate. In order to guarantee regularity and equality of conditions among the candidates, there will be a special edition in two phases:
- Selections (with online videos)
and
- Final (in live streaming or through a live performance in Italy at Astra Theatre).

The event will be broadcast by the Astra Theater with professionals in the sector to guarantee the same conditions for all candidates.

Auditions Program 2020
17th September Classical 1
18th September Jazz, Virtuoso
19th September World, Gervasio Marcosignori Award
20th September Astor Piazzolla Award, Classical 2

All rules and video requirements in English and Italian at: 2020Castelfidardo
PIF Know the rules

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VI International Accordion Days in Prague - Czech Republic

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Prague logoThe VI International Accordion Days will take place at the Prague Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic from October 29th to 31st, 2020 organised by the Czech Accordion Association, the Accordion Department of the Prague Conservatory and the CTA Agency.

The main goal of the competition is to keep and develop a strong tradition of accordion playing in the Czech Republic, building on the European festival of accordion orchestras in Prague.

The competition will include classes for accordion soloists, ensembles and orchestras in a variety of age groups. The closing date for entries is September 23rd, 2020.

Download competition rules here: 2020AccordionDays.pdf

For further information email: cta@iol.cz

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"LiubAnya" Duo Receive Over 2 Million Views of Video Performance in India

LiubAnya DuetThe "LiubAnya" accordion duo from Moscow, Russia has received over 2 million views for their Youtube video of Pirates of the Caribbean. The video was recorded at their February, 2020 concert for school students in Kolkata, India.

The duo consists of Lyubov Akhanova and Kristina Krahmal.

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Stas Venglevski to Perform at AWAM in July – USA

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Stas VenglevskiHelmi HarringtonA World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) is gradually and cautiously reverting to functionality with reduced hours of operation so guests wishing to view the museum are requested to make an appointment by phoning 218-393-0245.

On June 6th, the WAD final episode hosted by Kevin Friedrich and Grayson Masefield featured AWAM and an interview with Curator Helmi Harrington (picture right).

Upcoming concert:

Stas Venglevski (picture left) is scheduled to perform on July 19th from 3pm to 4.15pm at the AWAM concert hall. His program will include his new composition “Petting Zoo Suite” as well as the world premiere of Josh Schmidt’s “Eleven for Accordion.”

The concert hall allows for social distancing between audience members, and they encourage the use of masks as authorities recommend.

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Composition "Anantango" Italy Video Winner, Belgium Jigsaw Puzzle & Prague Czech Cathedral Performance

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CathedralVideo above: This week the video clip of "Anantango" composed by Gorka Hermosa and performed by Armando Rizzo won "The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival", held in Naples, Italy.

Belgian accordionist Lieke Opt`Roodt has made a jigsaw puzzle of Gorka Hermosa’s piece entitled "Anantango".

"Anantango" was written in 2003 and is a sad piece about a lost love called Ana. The work was premiered at the Casa Encendida in Madrid in December 2003 and was recorded by Christine Rossi on her CD "Gorka Hermosa: Works for Accordion". Lieke chose to make a jigsaw from the piece because she loves it.

In addition the piece was performed at the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic on June 12th, 2020. This is believed to be the first time the accordion has been played in this Cathedral.

Gorka says it is an honour that his “Anantango" was chosen to be performed at the Cathedral by Ladislav Horák in a duo with well known violinist Jaroslav Svecený.

Picture below, left to right: Jaroslav Svecený, Gorka Hermosa & Ladislav Horák
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

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Accordion Features on Sesame Street & CNN Song on Staying Safe During Covid-19

Dr Sanjay Gupta (a practicing neurosurgeon and multiple Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN) brought his accordion along to accompany vocalist Erica Hill singing a Covid-19 song with Sesame Street characters.

The video clip shows Elmo, Big Bird and Abby Cadabby of Sesame Street performing the song to help children remember how to protect themselves and others from coronavirus.

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Nihad Hrustanbegovic Entertains at Resort, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nihad HrustanbegovicAccordionist Nihad Hrustanbegovic (picture right) entertained at the MGallery Hotel Forest Resort & Spa Tarcin in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 19th.

The concert was entitled “World Music Accordion Solo Concert” and was held to celebrate the beginning of their summer season.

His program included a variety of classical, jazz, pop and sevdah music (traditional folk music from Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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Pierre Eriksson: The Accordion Show – Sweden

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Video starts: 7:57 Swedish accordionist Pierre Eriksson performs regularly on “The Accordion Show” which is live streamed via social media in Swedish and English.

The video above includes performances from his June 11th, 2020 show.

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Video: Phileas Rogue Plays the Theme from “Alien”

Phileas RogueVideo: Accordionist Phileas Rogue playing the theme from “Alien”, a 1979 science-fiction horror film that “follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extra-terrestrial set loose on the ship”.

“The film was met with critical acclaim and box-office success, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards (Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright), and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other nominations. It has been consistently praised in the years since its release, and is considered one of the greatest films of all time”.

Enjoy this accordion version of the theme!

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Achilleas Panagoulis Entertains at Athens Restaurant - Greece

Achilleas PanagoulisAccordionist Achilleas Panagoulis entertains regularly each Saturday evening with vocalist Pepi Theochari for diners at Christiana's Restaurant at the Athens Tennis Club in Athens, Greece. The restaurant boasts breath-taking views of the Pillars of Olympian Zeus.

For details phone: 2109223240

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Jon Hammond from Pandemic Quarantino - USA

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Hammond Report June 18 2020 from Pandemic Quarantino @Jon Hammond - Original Music and Stories from organist accordionist Jon Hammond.

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Future events


Accordion Concert & Podcast Takes Centre Stage in the Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 – UK

Leeds PosterThe Leeds International Organ Festival welcomes the classical accordion to its 2020 Festival with a special podcast and concert. The Podcast with Professor Owen Murray of the Royal Academy of Music was held on June 19th.

This will be followed up with a concert by his student Qianyu Zhang on Youtube on Monday June 22nd from 1.15pm onward. Both podcasts will be available online for up to one year.

The Leeds International Organ Festival is part of Diocese of Leeds Music, the largest choral and keyboard teaching programme in England for children and young people.

Each week 4,500 children from across the region meet together in around 100 choral groups, and since the pandemic, these groups continue to meet online.

Diocese of Leeds Music began an organ teaching programme in 2016 under the direction of David Pipe, previously the organist of York Minster. This now has 60 children from deprived backgrounds, with a large number of boys and girls from a rich diversity of ethnic heritages learning the instrument.

In the near future it is planned to offer the Classical Accordion, with a three year target of 60 students from economically deprived backgrounds enjoying free lessons in schools.

For details email: bensaunders@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk

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Terry Cavanagh Online Accordion Festival - USA

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Accordionist Terry Cavanagh will host his online accordion festival on June 22nd, 2020.

This free event will include performances and interviews with popular accordionists who will share their favorite tips and strategies for taking your music to the next level.

Artists are:

Alex Meixner: “Living and Breathing Passion”
Danny Jerabek: “For the Love Of It:
Carl Finch: “The Master’s View”
Michael Bridge: “The Accordion Wizard”
Ted Lange: “The Consummate Musician”

For details email: terrycavanaghae@gmail.com

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June Accordion Gala in Tulle, France

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Tulle accordionistsAn Accordion Gala will be in Tulle, France from June 26th to 28th, organised by the Maugein Accordion Factory. The event will include an online concert on June 26th beginning at 3 pm, which will include previously unseen recordings by accordionists and a live orchestra from the factory's premises.

The following day (June 27th) there will be a “Walking in Tulle” event, where accordionists will walk the streets of Tulle from 10am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm.

For further details email: maugein.direction@orange.fr

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Stanislav Angelov Performs Vivaldi in Stellenbosch – South Africa

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Stanislav AngelovAccordionist Stanislav Angelov (picture left) will perform with Schalk Joubert and Petrus de Beer at Drostdy Teater in Stellenbosch, South Africa on July 3rd at 7pm.

Their program will include Vivaldi's Four Seasons, one of the best-loved classical masterpieces and enjoyed by old and young across the spectrum of music lovers. It is one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works.

The Afrikaans translation from Italian was completed by Dr Dawid de Villiers.

For further details email: info@drostdyteater.co.za

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Sharon Shannon to Perform at Cropredy Convention, Oxfordshire - England

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Sharon ShannonPopular accordionist Sharon Shannon (picture left) and her band will perform at the annual Fairport Cropredy Convention in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England on August 14th, 2020. The event is a festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band "Fairport Convention" and attracts up to 20,000 people each year.

This year's festival will run from August 13th to 15th and include performances by a variety of artists.

See poster for details.

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IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” - Belarus

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Acco posterAcco posterThe IV International Bayan and Accordion Competition “AccoPremium-2020” will be held from October 30th to November 2nd, 2020 in Belarus. The competition is for a variety of bellows instruments such as bayan, accordion, bandoneon, harmonium (or any kind of harmonica), digital bayan accordion, as well as ensembles from duos to ensembles.

The competition will also include a variety of concerts with a planned program as follows:

October 30th – Competition Opening with a performance by the Simetrio Trio (Poland)

October 31st – Belarussian Bayan evening with a performance by Andrey Fedy (Belarus) and Vladislav Pligovka (Belarus)

November 1st - Concert by members of the jury including Trophim Antipov (Belarus), Vladimir Murza (Ukraine), Vladislav Pligovka (Belarus), Anatoly Taran (Belarus), Sergey Osokin ( Russia) and Artur Zajkovski (Poland).

The aim of the competition is to promote the performance skills of musicians of various levels (music schools, secondary and higher special educational institutions of culture), the popularization and promotion of folk, classical and modern music, and to preserve and increase the traditions of the music-educational and performing school.

The competition will be held in two rounds with a variety of categories for age groups of soloists, duos, trios, quartets & quintets and sextets & octets.

Download competition information and rules in Russian language: 2020AccoPremiumRules.pdf

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2020 Coupe Mondiale, 5 - 11 October, Castro Marim - Portugal

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Coupe Mondiale posterIt is less than 4 months before the 73rd Coupe Mondiale in Portugal will be held from 5 to 11 October in the city of Castro Marim, a splendid center of the Algarve.

There is a required review of national and international health issues, including confirmation of the date.

Almost daily contacts take place with the political side and national health requirements, that see Portugal, like the majority of European nations, emerge in this period from the first phase of the pandemic crisis.

However, it is logical that, since it is a world event, it will be necessary to fulfill all Government controls and understand the evolution of COVID 19 in other parts of the globe.

"Within the next few weeks - CIA President Mirco Patarini tells us - we will be able to outline the guidelines in detail. There is a willingness on everyone's part to create a great World Coupe Mondiale competition and festival on this occasion - by ensuring everyone is safe."

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2020 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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Daily Report: Video pictures and results at: 2020SouthPac

The New Zealand Accordion Association shortened version (because of Covid-19) of the South Pacific International Championship Solo Classes were held on May 30th, 2020.

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Remembering and Honoring Eugene Ettore - USA


Eugene EttoreVideo 1: “Rhapsodie Espagnol” composed by Eugene Ettore, performed by Rita Barnea at the 80th Anniversary AAA Festival in Washington DC.
Video 2: "Prelude & Scherzo” composed by Eugene Ettore, performed by Rita Barnea.

June 2, 2020 would have been Eugene Ettore’s 99th Birthday. In honor of his birthday, I am posting the link to the website I created to educate all about a unique, versatile and talented individual who made great contributions to the accordion world and musical world in general. I encourage you to visit this page at: Eugene Ettore

In honor of Eugene Ettore’s birthday, I am offering a free download of the recording of his original compositions:
http://www.musicforaccordion.com/eTracks/inform/davidson/index.htm

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