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Weekly News from Around the World - 24-Nov-2017
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2018 IX International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus", Rostov-on-Don - Russia
Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy
Alan Kelly Gang ‘Guinness Irish Christmas Tour’ – Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy
Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

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

Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux
Videos: Semion Shmelkov Concert in Vienna - Austria
This Bunch Of Stranded Canadians Having A Singalong Is Just The Cutest
Marco Lo Russo recording ‘Ave Maria’, Sermoneta - Italy

Future events

St Andrews Concert, Perth - UK
Erika’s Dinner Dance Date, Haut-Fays – Belgium
Mazaika ‘Russian, Gypsy and Retro Pop Music’ Concert, London - UK
Natalija Japerte performs in an Autumn Concert, Cumbria – UK
Accordion Gala tribute to Eugénia Lima, Serta – Portugal
Alan Young @ Black Country Accordion Club, West Midlands – UK
Cherish the Ladies ‘Celtic Christmas Tour 2017’ – USA, Irish Republic
Carmela de Feo Tour Dates – Germany
Zoe Tiganouria Concert Dates, Athens – Greece

CD Reviews

CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New and Updated Sites

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Unveils New Website
Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia

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2018 IX International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus", Rostov-on-Don - Russia

Accordion Plus CoverYuri Shishkin, Alexander PoeluevThe 2018 IX International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus" takes place from 23rd to 27th March 2018 in Rostov-on-Don organised by International Music Center “Harmony", President Yuri Shishkin and Artistic Director Alexander Poeluev.

The event is held with the support of: Rostov City Administration, State Budget Professional Educational Institution of the Rostov Region "Rostov College of Art", Beijing Jiang Jie piano and Piano City School of Music and Dance, Accordion, Keyboard Association of China.

Jiang Jie are fully sponsoring the five best piano accordionists to perform a concert in Beijing in Autumn 2018. The Chinese Accordion Association will also support Accordion Plus and "Harmony" has joined the Russian Association of Competitions.

Download the "Accordion Plus" competition rules, regulations and entry form in English and Russian at: 2018AccPlus.pdf
Closing date for entries is: 20th February 2018

The festival concerts will be held in the biggest concert halls of Rostov-on-Don. A number of famous accordionists such as Yuri Shishkin, Vladimir Murza, Alexander Poeluev, Mikhail Zatsepin and others will be performing supported by symphony and folk orchestras and jazz bands.

Festival concert information will be published nearer the festival.

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Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy

Music coverRenzo RuggieriLa Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things) for accordion and symphonic orchestra is "not classic, not jazz and not world... it's crossover music" according to Renzo Ruggieri. Video above.

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "The composition has been dedicated to Marco Gemelli who was soloist in world premiere of International Accordion Week, Conservatory Nocera Terinese, 24 April 2017 with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra."

"La Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things): Things do not have life. But things tell of life by their existence and through this they acquire it. Five moments built with solutions that combine the composer's jazz, world and classical experiences and which need the sonority of the solo accordion also called upon to improvise.

The flow of life is symbolised by a march increasingly rich in melodic-rhythmic events (things), up to the final climax."

Catalog rrenzo514 - La Vita Delle Cose sheet music is available in eSheet pdf format, 82 pages, able to be emailed to you. Full score and single parts for: accordion solo (for free bass but adaptable for standard bass), 2 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 french horn, 2 Cornet, 2 trumpet, 1 trombone, 2 percussion, Ist Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.

Available online, Catalog rrenzo514, purchase with credit card, only Euro 50 or USD$ equivalent.

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Alan Kelly Gang ‘Guinness Irish Christmas Tour’ – Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy

Alan Kelly Gang
The Alan Kelly Gang, led by accordionist Alan Kelly, will be taking their Irish traditional music on tour to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy from November 23rd to December 16th.

The dates are on the poster. Alan Kelly writes: “Woohoo - here we go!!! Can't believe it’s been 10 years since our last Austrian adventures!! So looking forward to the 22nd Guinness Irish Christmas Tour plus a few shows in Switzerland, Italy and Germany so check out dates, don your sanity hats and come along for some pre-Christmas Irish cheer!”

Alan Kelly is regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished musicians in any genre. He is a piano accordionist, composer and arranger, and comes from Roscommon. He has had three critically acclaimed solo CDs, ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Mosaic’, and ‘After the Morning’. His most recent Alan Kelly Gang album is ‘Small Towns and Famous Nights’.

He has toured and recorded with artists such as De Dannan, Eddi Reader, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, Cathy Ryan, Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey, Michael McGoldrick, Karen Casey, Cathal Hayden, Alison Brown, and has worked with Galway’s Druid Theatre Company, The Lyric in Belfast and Mabou Mines in New York.

For further information email: croghant@indigo.ie

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Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

Gerlando GattoWe are very happy to have the doyen of Italian music reporters Gerlando Gatto, a professional journalist and music critic in Rome since 1974, making available some articles for Accordions Worldwide.

Gerlando Gatto has collaborated with several daily newspapers and magazines (Blu Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, Blues & around) and has written and conducted many jazz programs broadcast by RadioUno and Rai International TV.

Gerlando Gatto is also an "accordion fan" and has made many articles and interviews of accordionists, he is the Artistic Director for the Orpheus Award and in 2017 was the President of the Jury for the new jazz section of the international Castelfidardo PIF.

He had a lecture about Accordion Jazz at the Conservatorio dell'Aquila with Renzo Ruggieri. During his lecture - concerts at Casa del Jazz, he dedicated one episode to Accordion Jazz and talking about Tango and he dedicated several episodes to accordion and bandoneon.

We thank the highly respected Gerlando Gatto for his much appreciated professional support of the accordion.

Article about the International PIF Competition
Italian: Quando la fisarmonica, la fa da padrona
English: When the accordion becomes its host...

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverAccordion repair author Thierry Benetoux is offering a Free Postage Christmas Special for all his books until 20 December. Take advantage of this special offer for:

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
- How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
- How to Tune Your Accordion

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00

Catalog benetouxfr00 Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (Book text) € 45,00

Catalog: bthierryfr L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (Book text) € 49,00

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Videos: Semion Shmelkov Concert in Vienna - Austria

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Semion ShmelkovSemion Shmelkov (Russia) recently completed a succcessful concert tour of Austria to Vienna, Neunkirchen, St. Paul, Castle Albeck in Graz organised by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif.

Above are videos from the concert in Vienna on 9th November made by Hermi Kaletta who recently received the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion award for her valuable lifelong contribution to the accordion.

Video 1: Sonatina in C for piano, KV 439b by W A Mozart

Video 2: "Fantasiestücke" for piano, Op. 12 by R Schumann

Video 3: Variations by Olga Tchistokhina (1983*)

Further videos from the Semion Shmelkov concert are on the you tube site of Hermi Kaleta.

Shmelkov CDs available online at: Semion Shmelkov

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This Bunch Of Stranded Canadians Having A Singalong Is Just The Cutest

Excerpts from www.pedestrian.tv report:
written by Sam George-Allen

This bunch of cheery Canucks who found themselves stranded at an airport thanks to a delayed flight. Did they moan and passive-aggressively include the airline’s Twitter handle in their disgruntled tweets? Of course not; they’re Canadian.

Instead, when the charmingly-named Sheldon Thornhill found himself stuck in Toronto after his WestJet flight to St John’s was delayed for ages, he brought out his accordion. His mate Sean Sullivan whipped out a guitar. And just like that, the two middle-aged musos had the whole gate singing and dancing.

And not to your standard ‘Wonderwall‘ either – the two blokes are well-versed in Canadian traditional folk songs, and that’s what they played.

Sullivan revealed to CBC News that this wasn’t the first time the pair had entertained people stymied in transit. He also said that even the captain of the delayed flight joined in the singalong.

What’s purer than a gaggle of good-natured folk from the land of the maple leaf singing ‘Sweet Forget Me Not‘ to the sound of an accordion and a guitar in an airport terminal? Turns out: nothing. Happy holidays, you bunch of angels.

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Marco Lo Russo recording ‘Ave Maria’, Sermoneta - Italy

Marco Lo Russo CD coverItalian accordionist Marco Lo Russo has composed and recorded ‘Ave Maria’, released as a single on November 18th as a digital download and as an MP3, containing two versions: vocal (Martina Mannozzi - soprano)/accordion/piano and instrumental – accordion and piano. This composition is dedicated to Pope Francis.

Born in 1977, Marco Lo Russo graduated in classical accordion from the Conservatory of Music G. Rossini, Pesaro, Italy. He is an innovative musician, an international concert accordionist, composer, arranger, producer (Rouge Sound Production), and a Professor at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

For further information email: press@marcolorusso.com

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Future events


St Andrews Concert, Perth - UK

The Perth Strathspey & Reel Society (MD Willie Ewan) performs in concert on Saturday November 25th, 7.30pm, at the Souter Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth, Scotland. The concert also features accordionist Shane Brogan and others.

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Erika’s Dinner Dance Date, Haut-Fays – Belgium

On Saturday November 25th, 6.30pm, the popular musette accordionist Erika, known as ‘The Princess of the Accordion’ and her keyboard accompanist Jean-Marie, play for a dinner-dance at Salle le cercle Saint Remacle, Haut-Fays, Belgium.

Erika Honorez, from Tilly, a village near to Villers La Ville, Belgium, comes from a musical family, and received her first accordion at the age of 5 years. Erika's teacher was Mr Franz Lebrun from the Brussels Conservatory, and she studied the theory of music and classical music, and then specialized in the musette genre. Since 1981 Erika has been performing, composing, and recording. She has appeared on radio and TV in Belgium and France. Erika has recorded many CDs and DVDs, which are available through her website.

For further information email: erika@erika.be

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Mazaika ‘Russian, Gypsy and Retro Pop Music’ Concert, London - UK

The duo Mazaika – Igor Outkine (digital accordion and vocals) and Elizabeth Harrison (violin) – perform authentic Russian folk, gypsy, romance, tango, songs from famous Russian films, 60,70,80s pop songs and some of Igor’s original music on Saturday November 25th, 8pm, at the Russian restaurant Stolle, 45-47 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN - 5 minutes walk from Camden tube station. Tickets: £15 in advance, £20 on the door.

For further information email: igor.outkine@yahoo.com

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Natalija Japerte performs in an Autumn Concert, Cumbria – UK

An ‘Autumn Concert’ takes place on Sunday November 26th, 7pm, at Brigsteer Village Hall, Cumbria, northern England. The concert features accordionists Natalija Japerte (Latvia) and Alan Platts, and other musicians.

Natalija Japerte was born in 1982 in Daugavpils, Latvia, and graduated from Daugavpils Music College where she had studied with the leading teacher of accordion, Valery Khodukin. She competed successfully in several international competitions, and then studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, under the tutelage of Eduardas Gabnis.

Natalija now lives and works in Kendal (Cumbria). She is engaged in many activities promoting and sharing her passion for the accordion. She is currently working on the production of an accredited music syllabus for the accordion which will aid future teachers and students of this wonderful instrument.

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Accordion Gala tribute to Eugénia Lima, Serta – Portugal

An Accordion Gala concert in tribute to Eugénia Lima (1926-2014) takes place on Sunday November 26th, 5pm, at the Casa da Cultura, Serta, Castelo Branco, Portugal.

Performing are Joao Filipe Guerreiro, Jose Claudio, Fabio Guerreiro, Catarina Brilha, David Antunes, Patricia Farinha, Vasco Miguel, Miguel Ribeiro, the ‘Guitarra Portuguesa e o Fado’, and the group ‘Taconeando’.

The highly accomplished and popular Portuguese accordionist and composer Eugénia Lima graduated from the Conservatoire in Paris. She toured Europe and Africa extensively, and was a prolific recording artist.

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Alan Young @ Black Country Accordion Club, West Midlands – UK

Accordionist Alan Young is the guest at the Black Country Accordion Club, Rowley Regis Disability Centre, West Midlands B65 9AT, on Monday November 27th, 7.30pm. Entry is £5, but with fish and chips supper the entry is £8, payable at the door from 7pm.

Alan Young, from the Isle of Wight, is known as a jazz accordionist, pianist, and keyboards with vocals entertainer. He is also a full-time accordion technician and tuner.

For further information email: accordions2010@hotmail.co.uk

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Cherish the Ladies ‘Celtic Christmas Tour 2017’ – USA, Irish Republic

The all-female band Cherish the Ladies, who specialize in Irish traditional songs and dance music, begin their ‘Celtic Christmas Tour 2017’ on November 28th with dates in different parts of the USA, followed by two dates in Ireland on December 30th and January 6th. Details are on the poster.

"It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do", says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group, formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. They have since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 16 outstanding albums including ‘An Irish Homecoming’, a live recording of their Emmy winning TV special that aired across America and Ireland.

For further information email: contact@cherishtheladies.com

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Carmela de Feo Tour Dates – Germany

Accordionist, actress, singer and comedienne Carmela de Feo, known as ‘La Signora’, takes her one-woman show on tour in Germany from November 30th until December 21st. The dates are on the poster.

Carmela de Feo, born in Germany of Italian parents, studied the accordion at Folkwang Hochschule, Essen, with Professor Mie Mikie, then with Ivan Koval and in 1997 she completed a tango master class with Hugo Diaz. She was a member of the Tango ensemble ‘Primavera del Tango’, and also has done much work performing in theatres and at music and comedy festivals.

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Zoe Tiganouria Concert Dates, Athens – Greece

Greek accordionist and composer Zoe Tiganouria performs her own compositions in concert next month, on four Saturdays - December 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th at S??? 1909, Athens.

These four shows will also involve singers and Tango, ballroom, and belly dancers. Musicians involved include Stephanos Chatzianagnostos – flute, Yiannis Tailas – guitar, George Politis – bass, and Stelios Generalis – drums.

For further information email: info@zoe-music.net

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CD Reviews


CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New Klezmer Tales CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli (accordion), Massimo Mazzoni (sax soprano and contralto).

Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.

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New and Updated Sites


Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Unveils New Website

New CIA site
Freddy Balta, 1938The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a proud member of the International Music Council (IMC) an Official NGO partner of UNESCO has just unveiled its brand new website, offering a new look for the 82 year old organization.

The newly released site features all the latest technology making it adaptive for various viewing mediums, while adding updated and new content.

One highlight is the addition of pictures of all of the World Champions. The first International competition was held in 1938 when it was won by the French accordionist Freddy Balta (picture left). The competition was suspended around the war years, and when it resumed in 1948, the competition was officially named the Coupe Mondiale and won by Yvette Horner.

Through the extensive CIA Archive collection being held in at the CIA headquarters in Finland, and help from CIA member nations, over the course of many years, it was possible to find pictures of all the Champions, which have now been added to the site. In addition, pictures have also been added of the 12 CIA Presidents found during the CIA's 82 year history as well as other historical information.

The site contains a full list of the CIA members and Award Winners, with additional information on the IMC and the various CIA projects including the World Accordion Orchestra, The World Accordion Museum Alliance, Archives and World Accordion Day.

We invite you to explore the new site by visiting www.accordions.com/cia/

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Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia

Accordion Russia
Arseniy StrokovskiyThe Accordion Russia News is changing from a monthly publication to having articles released regularly as they happen and updating. News will be from Russia and Eastern Europe and featuring Russian performers in all parts of the world.

The editors will be international competition laureate Arseniy Strokovskiy (picture right) and journalist Oksana Strokovskaya.

The new format Accordion Russia News is now online.

For those not able to read Russian, there is an online translation link.

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