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Weekly News from Around the World - 21-Jun-2024
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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy
“Tangueros Polares” Performs 2024 Reunion Concerts – Finland
34th Stonehaven Folk Festival - Scotland
"Cokiba" Duo Summer Concert - Japan
Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

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

Michael Schwarzenbacher: Versatile Accordion Concert - Austria
3rd Accordion Spring Festival Report – Italy
Video: Alexander Poeluev Performs “Bamboleo” - Russia

Future events

Fernando Ávila Entertains at "Vale 4 Parrilla" - Brazil
Accordionists Entertain at Centro Residente Labarden, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Landesjugend-Akkordeonorchester Bayern (LJAO Bayern) Concert at the Nymphenburg Castle - Germany
“Airboxes” Performs at Latvijas Mazakumtautibu Festival – Latvia
Yakima Corrido Festival - USA
“Accordions at Halsway” Evening of Music – England
Louise Jallu Quartet Performs at “Festival 2024 de Toulouse” - France
Giorgio Dellarole Masterclass at Accademia Dorica - Italy

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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy

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Mayor Roberto Ascani, Ruben CittadiniAntonio SpaccarotellaThe PIF Castelfidardo Competitions and Festival is organised by the City Council of Castelfidardo led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association headed by Ruben Cittadini and 2024 PIF Artistic Director Antonio Spaccarotella.

The 49th PIF (Premio Internationale Fisarmonica) Castelfidardo 2024 will be held from September 11th to 15th in Castelfidardo immediately following the 2024 Coupe Mondiale which is also being held in Castelfidardo, September 6th to 10th, 2024.

These two major international accordion competitions and festivals mean that competitors, enthusiasts and supporters can with one airfare, attend both these exciting events at the home of Italian accordion manufacture.

The excellent 2024 PIF prizes are designed to attract competitors from many different countries.

The PIF Premio Award, the most prestigious PIF category features three finalists in the 3rd round, performing with a full symphony orchestra in the Teatro Astra. Each finalist will perform the world premiere of the commissioned work composed by Veli Kujala (Finland). President of the international jury is Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (Italy).

Further information about the festival, competition categories and entry at: 2024Castelfidardo

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“Tangueros Polares” Performs 2024 Reunion Concerts – Finland

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After a five year break, “Tangueros Polares” will reform for reunion concerts in July as follows:

• July 26th at 6.30pm: Concert at the Chamber Music Hall of Hyvinkää Music College in Hyvinkää
• July 27th at 7pm: Concert at the Virtaa-Galleria in Kruunhaa, Helsinki

“Tangueros Polares” includes Ville Hiltula (bandoneon), Janne Tateno (violin) and Joanna Broman (piano). Their program will include Argentine tango classics, music by Astor Piazzolla and some modern tango.

Guest performers include vocalists Samuel Angelicus (on July 26th) and Emily Cheeger (on July 27th).

For details email: villehiltula@gmail.com

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34th Stonehaven Folk Festival - Scotland

34th Stonehaven Folk Festival
Tim EdeyThe 34th Stonehaven Folk Festival will be held in Stonehaven, Scotland, UK from July 11th to 14th, 2024.

The festival will feature a variety of concerts, sessions and workshops for all abilities, beginners, intermediates and advanced levels.

Accordion performances include:

• July 11th at 7.30pm: Cherish the Ladies (Mirella Murray on accordion)
• July 12th at 7.30pm: Aberdeen Folk Orchestra (picture below)
• July 13th at 7.30pm: Ruach (Euan Reid on accordion)
• July 14th at 7.30pm: Charlie McKerron and Friends (Tim Edey on melodeon - picture right)

For details email: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Aberdeen Folk Orchestra

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"Cokiba" Duo Summer Concert - Japan

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The “Cokiba” duo will perform a Summer Concert in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan on July 6th, 2024 from 3pm.

“Cokiba” features Coba (accordion) and Jin Oki (guitar).

For details phone: 023-646-6677

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo RuggieriVideo: Francesco Scarselli recording Donna Lee.

Renzo Ruggieri has just released for sale to the public his special arrangement of cat. rrenzo529 Donna Lee composed by Charlie Parker.

This virtuoso arrangement has been successfully used in international competitions by students of Renzo Ruggieri, only €10, the music sent emailed to you.

Other recent releases by Renzo Ruggieri are:
rrenzo525 - Spain (Solo)
rrenzo526 - Birdland (Solo)a new solo arrangement of the famous song from Joe Zawinul (group Wheater Report).
rrenzo527 - Tourn e arrangements & compositions (Solo), for only €20,80 for the 40 page pdf book of:
- La Czardas (Monti, arr. Ruggieri)
- Mazurka Celebre (Migliavacca, arr. Ruggieri)
- Figaro (for soloist, Rossini, arr. Ruggieri)
- Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin, arr. Ruggieri)
- Passione e Fisarmonica (Ruggieri)

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Michael Schwarzenbacher: Versatile Accordion Concert - Austria

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Michael Schwarzenbacher is a young, up-and-coming accordionist from Austria. The accordion does not fit into one category for him, but is rather characterized by its diversity. He combines various musical styles in his work and is always on the lookout for something new.

His artistic work is shaped by master classes with Teodoro Anzellotti, Veli Kujala, Andreas Borregaard, Vincent Lhermet and Klaus Paier, among others. He has won several prizes in national and international competitions.

In addition, he has played as a soloist with various orchestras and performed at the Vienna Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Michael Schwarzenbacher has performed with his solo program at the Vienna Cultural Summer and the Brandenburg Summer Concerts, for example.

In 2023, Michael received the Bruno Gironcoli Prize from the City of Villach, as well as the Carinthia State Cultural Promotion Prize for Music for his artistic activities to date.

On June 14th, At the invitation of the Viennese cultural association Redtenbach, in Vienna, Austria, Michael Schwarzenbacher gave samples of his considerable skills and took his audience into various sound worlds of the accordion. This allowed the audience to experience the instrument in its incredible range and versatility: from the baroque sounds of J.S. Bach to the Viennese classics of a sonata by Haydn, through sentimental melodies by Franz Schubert to fiery rhythms by Richard Galliano and Astor Piazzolla.

The musical understanding of European music to the Japanese music of Toshio Hosokawa could not have been more contrasting. An impressive journey through the variety of sounds of the accordion!

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3rd Accordion Spring Festival Report – Italy

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3rd Accordion Spring Festival3rd Accordion Spring FestivalThe 3rd Accordion Spring Festival was held at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "Gaetano Braga" in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy last month.

The event final concert was dedicated to Piazzolla and saw the participation of the director of the conservatory Federico Paci, the deputy director Tatjana Vratonjic, Maria Egle Spotorno and the artistic director Massimiliano Pitocco.

The event was opened by the other artistic director Renzo Ruggieri, with a tribute to French songs together with Alessia Martegiani and Toni Fidanza, teachers of the conservatory (picture above right).

Vladimir Mandic (Serbia), Davide Vendramin for the classical accordion and Carmine Ioanna for the jazz accordion, held masterclasses, seminars and concerts.

The event offered ample space for young talents such as Gabriele Corsaro, Francesco Scarselli, Hongting Liu (China) and Valerio Russo, all winners of the important international competitions (PIF, CIA, CMA).

Event Director said: "I want to thank Massimiliano Pitocco and Renzo Ruggieri, curators of the Festival, who for three years have transformed Teramo into a small capital of the accordion for their commitment and professionalism."
3rd Accordion Spring

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Video: Alexander Poeluev Performs “Bamboleo” - Russia

Video: Alexander Poeluev performs “Bamboleo” (by the group - Gipsy Kings).

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Future events


Fernando Ávila Entertains at "Vale 4 Parrilla" - Brazil

Fernando Ávila
Accordionist, composer and accordion teacher, Fernando Ávila will entertain at the Uruguayan restaurant “Vale 4 Parrilla” on June 22nd, 2024, in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

For further information phone: +55 55 3317-0599

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Accordionists Entertain at Centro Residente Labarden, Buenos Aires - Argentina

Centro Residente Labarden, Buenos Aires
Accordionists will entertain at the Centro Residente Labarden (Labarden Resident Center) in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 23rd, 2024 from 4pm.

Performers will feature Miguel Figueroa and Conjunto Amanecer Campero, and the Antonio Figueroa Trio.

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Landesjugend-Akkordeonorchester Bayern (LJAO Bayern) Concert at the Nymphenburg Castle - Germany

LJAO Bayern
The Landesjugend-Akkordeonorchester Bayern (LJAO - Bavarian State Youth Accordion Orchestra – picture below) will perform a concert under the direction of Stefan Fußeder, at the Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Castle) in Munich, Bavaria, Germany on June 23rd, 2024 at 11am.

Their program includes works by Mátyás Seiber, Arturo Marquez, G. S. Mathis and Helmut Quakernack, among others.

For further details email: ljao.by.fv@gmail.com
LJAO Bayern

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“Airboxes” Performs at Latvijas Mazakumtautibu Festival – Latvia

Airboxes
“Airboxes” (Belgium) will perform at the Latvijas Mazakumtautibu Festival (Latvian Minorities Festival) on June 29th, 2024, from 6pm at the Rose Square central stage in Liepaja, Latvia.

The festival will begin with a procession of participants from Janis Cakste Square to the central venue of the festival, Rose Square and include almost 1,500 participants, singers, dancers, craftsmen and performers.

Concert programs will be performed on the central stage in the Rose Square and elsewhere, there will be an exhibition of works of art, a show of costumes, tastings of national dishes, lectures, master classes and other activities.

“Airboxes” features accordion duo Bert Leemans and Guus Herremans.

For further information email: linda.ertmane@lnkc.gov.lv

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Yakima Corrido Festival - USA

“Accordion Eulogies” at Yakima Corrido Festival
The 1st Yakima Corrido Festival will be held at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum in Union Gap, Yakima, Washington, USA on June 29th, 2024, from 10.30am, hosted by Fredy Farias-Sanchez and Spirit Runner (Noe Alvarez).

The festival will feature live music, workshops, and the “Accordion Eulogies” book signing. The book is a Memoir of Music, Migration and Mexico by Noe Alvarez, who will teach a writing workshop in the morning and give a book talk in the afternoon.

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“Accordions at Halsway” Evening of Music – England

Accordions at Halsway
Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts in Crowcombe, Somerset, England will present an evening of music entitled “Accordions at Halsway” on July 6th, 2024 from 8pm.

This will be an informal event featuring the tutors from their Piano Accordion Weekend: Paul Hutchinson and Valerie Barr (pictured above), plus some spots from course participants too. An entertaining celebration of all things accordion.

For details email: office@halswaymanor.org.uk

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Louise Jallu Quartet Performs at “Festival 2024 de Toulouse” - France

Festival 2024 de Toulouse
Louise Jallu QuartetThe Louise Jallu Quartet (picture left) will perform at the “Festival 2024 de Toulouse” at the Auditorium St Pierre des Cuisines in St Peter's Square, Toulouse, France on July 8th, 2024.

The quartet includes Louise Jallu (bandoneon), Karsten Hochapfel (guitar), Grégoire Letouvet (piano) and Alexandre Perrot (double bass).

Their program will include music from their album “Piazzolla 2021”.

For details email: louise.jallu@free.fr

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Giorgio Dellarole Masterclass at Accademia Dorica - Italy

Giorgio Dellarole Masterclass
Giorgio DellaroleThe Accademia Dorica will host a variety of masterclasses for various instruments in Maiolati Spontini, Ancona, Italy from August 16th to 23rd, 2024.

Giorgio Dellarole will tutor an accordion masterclass during the event from August 16th to 20th, 2024.

The Accademia Dorica aims to promote the diffusion, practice and knowledge of early music, with particular attention to the repertoire of the Marche region.

For details email: info@accademiadorica.it

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Links to Previous News Still Current


Past News List of Links

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
Articles Articles Index page
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
Voci Armoniche logo Accordion Reed Production  Article Link
Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
News article about Beniamino Bugiolacchi Article Link
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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New and Updated Sites


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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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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