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Weekly News from Around the World - 22-Mar-2019
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Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany
Video: All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2019
Successful Tour by Sergey Osokin - Austria
What Are You Doing For World Accordion Day? - International
V. International Accordion Days of Prague - Czech Republic

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

Orquestra Basarab Entertains in Barcelona – Spain
New CD “Mirror Suite”

Future events

Wanting to Meet Accordionists in Nairobi - Kenya
Masterclasses at 23rd International Week of Accordion – Portugal
"Women Composing in the Balkans" Festival are Finalists in 2019 Innovation Award
Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Workshop Concert - Germany
CNIMA Accordion Courses - France
“Polka with Peppermint” – USA
Concert "Beyond the Sound" in St Petersburg - Russia
Santa Maria Accordion Band Performance & Celebrations – Malta
Victor Prieto Duo "Estrella Galicia Music Series Tour" - Spain
2019 Harmonika Fest - Montenegro

New and Updated Sites

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

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Frankfurt Musikmesse 2019 – Germany

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The Musikmesse in Frankfurt is the international trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing. This year’s event will be held from April 2nd to 5th and will be open daily for Trade and Private visitors.

Accordion factories exhibiting include:

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

Special features of this year’s event include:

In addition, the Musikmesse is combining with Prolight & Sound to bring you two trade fairs concurrently. Events include an Ultimate Jam, Sample Music Festival Area with top brands, workshops and showcases, more concerts, a new competition entitled “New Therapy Instruments Competition” (with a 6 person jury), a Networking Area, “Vintage Concert Audio Show”, pop up markets and much more.

A full report of the 2019 Frankfurt Musikmesse with photos will be available after the opening at: Frankfurt2019

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Video: All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2019

Video of 2 hour high level concert. Information about the performers in Russian at: 2019All-Russian.pdf

The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2019 was celebrated at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow on March 16th. The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips.

The event is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) which clashes with a Russian National Holiday so this event is held March annually.
Bayan Festival Poster

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Successful Tour by Sergey Osokin - Austria

Sergey OsokinRussian accordionist Sergey Osokin, international competitions winner, teacher at the Schnittke's Moscow State Institute of Music, composer, was touring in Austria from March 5th to 12th, performing in regions of Vienna, Lower and Upper Austria, Styria and Carinthia.

His popular program included works by S. Gainsbourg, C. Thomain, H. Betti, J. Gart, V. Young, M. Ferrero, Whiteman, Mecano, R. Galliano, A.V. Damme, J.F. Baez, J. Richard, K. Weill, A. Astier and his own compositions.

Walter Schildberger was honoured to host Sergey Osokin at a concert for International Women's Day in the Cultural Hall of the Market Community of Lavamünd on March 8th.

Picture below – A school concert with Sergey Osokin in Lavamünd (Carinthia, Austria).

4 CD's available online including original compositions at: Sergey Osokin
Sergey Osokin

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What Are You Doing For World Accordion Day? - International

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World Accordion Day LogoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion day is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

World Accordion Day was started in 2009 by the CIA and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the World Accordion Day website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support this event by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of Accordion Day if that should be more convenient.

Everyone can register their World Accordion Day activity on the website and send a report of their event after, for that website.

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating World Accordion Day are welcome. This is a CIA promotion for the accordion in which every accordion enthusiast can participate and help bring our accordion world together as well as strongly promote the accordion.

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V. International Accordion Days of Prague - Czech Republic

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Ladislav HorákThe 5th International Accordion Days of Prague festival runs from 31 October to 3rd November 2019 and the Artistic Director is Ladislav Horák (picture right), Prague Conservatory, Accordion Department.

International Jury: Mirco Patarini, Jörgen Sundeqvist, Stefan Hippe, László Ernyei, Jirí Teml, Ladislav Horák, Josef Hrebík, Marcela Kysová-Halmová and others. Venue is the Prague Conservatory, Concert hall Dvorákovo.

Entries close 23 September 2019.
Categories for soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras.
Competition categories at: 2019Prague.pdf

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Orquestra Basarab Entertains in Barcelona – Spain

Orquestra Basarab
On March 15th, the Orquestra Basarab entertained at the Sinestesia Bar Musical in Barcelona, Spain. The group was founded by accordionist Anatol Eremciuc who was born in Moldavia and studied accordion in the Alcue Russo University in Balti.

He now lives in Barcelona, where he has grown musically, sharing his knowledge with other musicians from different cultures and backgrounds, such as Forro, tango, habenaras, klezmer and the traditions of the Balkans.

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New CD “Mirror Suite”

CD coverA new CD by the Penny Sanborn Trio entitled "Mirror Suite" has just been released. The trio features Penny Sanborn (accordion), Jamie Philp (guitar) and Rubim de Toledo (bass).

The 11-track album is a collection of French, Italian and Tango music, including familiar and original pieces such as “Passion”, El Choclo, Oblivion, O Sole Mio to name a few.

Canadian accordionist Penny Sanborn has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

The CD is available on iTunes and Spotify and also as a physical CD.

For further details email: penny@pennysanborn.com

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Wanting to Meet Accordionists in Nairobi - Kenya

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Harley JonesHarley Jones, Public Relations Officer for the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is travelling to Nairobi, Kenya for a few days arriving 25th April and would like to meet with accordion teachers or professional accordionists.

Please contact by email: harleyjones.nz@yahoo.com to arrange meeting.

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Masterclasses at 23rd International Week of Accordion – Portugal

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Portugal masterclassesFour Masterclasses will be held at the 23rd International Week of the Accordion "Alcobaça 2019", in the large and small auditoriums of Cine Teatro de Alcobaça on May 23rd and 24th organised by Diana Freire (Competition Manager) and Aníbal Freire, President of the Portugal Accordion Association.

The Portugal Accordion Association has invited 4 well known teachers - Franck Angelis, Christine Rossi and Renzo Ruggieri - and for the third time in the International Week of the Accordion, they will have two 90 minute sessions of Yoga for Musicians, directed by Diana Freire.

The masterclasses are available to students and teachers of accordion, regardless of the (classical or ligeira) style that he/she studies or teaches. Each active participant will be entitled to a 50-minute work session (individualized lesson) with Franck Angelis, Christine Rossi and Renzo Ruggieri in different auditoriums.

The 23rd International Week of Accordion will include a variety of concerts (18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th May) and the 24th National Trophy & 5th International Accordion Competition (25th and 26th May).

In order to attend the Masterclass it is necessary to fill out the application form, which must be sent by May 11th, 2019. Please click here for Masterclass application form: 2019AlcobacaMasterclass.pdf

Competition registrations close on May 10th, 2019. Download competition regulations and entry forms in Portuguese and English at: 2019Alcobaca.pdf

For any further details email: info.asacord@gmail.com

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"Women Composing in the Balkans" Festival are Finalists in 2019 Innovation Award

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Artemis VavatsikaDuring 2018 the “Women Composing in the Balkans Festival” was held for the first time from September 27th to 29th for women composers from Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, with the aim to include more Balkan countries in the future. The aim of the project is to encourage young female composers to introduce their work abroad, rehearse with new musicians and develop a network among the young generation of composers in the Balkan area.

The idea was developed by the Cultural Management Academy 2017 Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki and funded by the Goethe Institut. The selection of pieces has been in collaboration with La.Re.Co.M-DMSA of the University of Macedonia and the non-profit organization "Beartive".

Classical participants “Mehexis Ensemble” (which features accordionist Artemis Vavatsika - picture right) are candidates for the Innovation Award 2019. The ensemble is one of only 10 finalists from 37 participants from 26 countries around Europe, Asia and America.

The results will be announced at the Classical NEXT award ceremony in Rotterdam, Holland from May 15th to 18th. The vote will be open to the public of Classical NEXT from March 5th to 29th.

For further details email: balkancomposers@gmail.com

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Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling Workshop Concert - Germany

The Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling invites participants to its 19th and final concert workshop series "Gemeinsam musizieren mit der Quetsch" (Playing together with the Squeeze) on April 4th at Mühlenweg 43, Aula Gartenstraße in Wesseling.

The event enables accordion students, parents, siblings and friends to interact with others in the Orchestra! A concert will be designed, with additional solo and ensemble contributions from participants.

For details email: a.brandtstaeter@netcologne.de
Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling

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CNIMA Accordion Courses - France

Further information at: CNIMA
CNIMA courses

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“Polka with Peppermint” – USA

The Polka with Peppermint event will be held at the Rolling Mills Bar & Grille, S State Girard, OH on April 6th featuring Mollie B, who sings and plays 17 different instruments, accompanied by accordionist, keyboardist and vocalist Ted Lange and the Squeezebox Band.

Tickets are available at Peppermint Records email: info@peppermintrecords.com
Peppermint Polka poster

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Concert "Beyond the Sound" in St Petersburg - Russia

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The Elena Obrazova Cultural Center, Nevsky Prospekt, D. 65, 3rd Floor, art. Metro "Mayakovskaya" in St Petersburg will host an accordion concert entitled "Beyond the Sound" on April 7th at 7pm.

The concert will open with a performance by Alexi Mirkovich, a young, talented Bayan songwriter & composer from Serbia and the winner of more than 30 international contests. He will perform his own compositions and a variety of music from differing composers.

In 2017, Alex won 1st place at the prestigious international competition “World trophy” held in France. Alex took out the “Composition” class for his composition and performance of “White Book”.

This will be followed by the premiere of a new composition of Petri Makkonen entitled “Memory of Love” written for the trio “Charm”.

Works by Mozart, Mussorgsky, Shalaev and others will also be performed.

Tickets are available in St. Petersburg theatre ticket offices. Please see poster above for further concert information.

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Santa Maria Accordion Band Performance & Celebrations – Malta

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The Santa Maria Accordion Band will perform a concert at Guardamangia, Tal-Pieta on April 23rd organised by Philip Aguis in collaboration with the Santa Maria Band. This concert is to celebrate World Accordion Day and also to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary. The band was formed by band director and conductor Mrs. Marthese Busuttil Cassar and they play a variety of Classical, Folk, Spanish, Maltese, English, Italian and Polka music.

At this event they will entertain with Italian Suite, O sole Mio, Come back to Sorrento, Santa Lucia, Funiculi funicular, Tarantella Napoletana, The Sound of Silence, Libertango, William Tell Overture and many others.

Guest soloists will also perform at this event. Entrance to the concert is free of charge.

For further concert details email: ntia68@go.net.mt
Santa Maria Accordion Band

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Victor Prieto Duo "Estrella Galicia Music Series Tour" - Spain

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Jazz accordionist Victor Prieto will team up with pianist Abe Rabade to perform heir "Estrella Galicia Music Series Tour" in April 2019. This is the first time the duo will perform together and they are both looking forward to this tour.

Tour dates are:

April 24th: Filloa (Coruña)
April 25th: Cafe Latino (Ourense)
April 26th: Clavicenvalo (Lugo)
April 27th: Riquela Club (Santiago)
April 28th: Salon Regio, Celta Vigo (Vigo)

For further details see poster or email: info@victorprieto.net

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2019 Harmonika Fest - Montenegro

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Trio LThe 2019 Harmonika Fest International Music Festival for Accordion will be held in Tivat, Montenegro from May 29th to 31st. The event was founded in 2010 in Cetinje, where it was held until 2014 and is organised by the NGO "Harmonika Montenegrina" from Podgorica, with project manager, Professor Predrag Jankovic.

The primary goal of this project is the exchange of knowledge, practice and experience as well as acquaintance with domestic and international trends in contemporary concert and pedagogical practice for the accordion.

This year’s event will include a new International Competition for accordion soloists, chamber music and orchestras. This is also the first international competition for classical accordion held in Montenegro.

Concerts will be given by tango group Trio Logija (picture above left), soloist Damir Sultanov (Kazachstan), and the Kragujevacki Academy Accordion Orchestra (picture below).

There will also be a variety of workshops for pupils of lower and middle music schools held by leading lecturers.

For festival information email: harmonikafest.mne@gmail.com
Damir & Orchestra

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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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