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Weekly News from Around the World - 28-May-2021
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III All-Russian Music Competition for Bayan and Accordion, Krasnoyarsk - Russia
25th World Diatonic Accordion Championships – Croatia
Wow Folk Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy
Online: 2021 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival – Australia

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

A Beautiful Celebration: Linda Soley Reed’s Virtual Lifetime Achievement Award - USA
Video: Gratitude (For my dear friend Linda Soley Reed) by Joseph Natoli - USA
Online: 12th Italia Award World Accordion Contest Begins June 1st, 2021 - Italy
Milos Milivojevic Performing in Manchester - England
Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland
Video: Tony Kovatch Performs “Shadowplay” - USA

Future events

Coba Performs Live on Yamanashi TV – Japan
Live: Victor Prieto Performs “A Musical Voyage” in New York – USA
Live: “Music at Fulla” Concert – Slovakia
Online: Hamidreza Nematollahi Guest at Brooklyn Accordion Club – USA
“Scythian” Begins “Roots & Stones Tour” - USA
Canterbury Accordion Association “Jam Session” – New Zealand
Michal Karban Performs at Odeon Music Theatre, Odense - Denmark

Childrens Corner

Accordion Quintet Plays “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” - Ukraine

New and Updated Sites

2022 International Video Competition for Conductors
Updated: Accordion Russia News
Updated: 2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand

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III All-Russian Music Competition for Bayan and Accordion, Krasnoyarsk - Russia

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The III All-Russian Music Competition for Bayan and Accordion will be held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from November 3rd to 9th, 2021, organised by FGBUK - "Federal Directorate of Music and Festival Programs Rosconcert".

The competition Jury will be formed from reputable Russian musicians and teachers and approved by the decision of the Organizing Committee of the competition.

The competition will begin with a video selection, followed by three rounds of performing. Cash prizes, diplomas and certificates will be awarded to competition winners and place getters.

The competition rounds will be as follows:
• Video qualifier (no more than 20 minutes)
• Polyphonic work (cycle) with fugue, at least three voices.
• 2. D. Scarlatti. Choose from one of his sonatas
• 3. Virtuoso concert piece (folk melody, variety etc.)

• Round I - Up to 30 minute program
• Cyclical work (sonata, suite, partita, etc.) consisting of no less than two parts
• 2. Piece written before 1970 (inclusive)
• 3. Piece written after 1970
All works in the first round must be original.

• Round II - Free program from 25 to 30 minutes, including a Russian classical work from the nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century.

• Round III - T. Sergeyeva. Concerto for bayan (accordion) and chamber orchestra.

All works must be performed by memory. Replay of works is not permitted.

Entries close on August 1st, 2021. Download competition information and registration form here: 2021Krasnoyarsk.pdf

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25th World Diatonic Accordion Championships – Croatia

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The 25th World Diatonic Accordion Championships will be held in Umag, Istria, Croatia from September 10th to 12th, 2021.

The event is held in collaboration with the City of Umag, the Italian Musical Association Instruments in Ancia, Diatonici (A.M.I.SA.D.) by Maiolati Spontini (AN) Italy, the Musical Association "Amici della Musica" of San Benedetto del Tronto (AP) Italy and the C.D.M.I. of Recoaro Terme (VI), Italy.

The competition features three main sections:
• Junior
• Senior
• Over 50
With classes for players from
Up to 9 Years
Up to 11 years
Up to 13 years
Up to 15 years
Up to 18 years
Up to 49 years
Over 50 years

The event will finish with a results and prizegiving ceremony on September 12th.

Download competition rules and entry form in Italian here: 2021Campionato.pdf

For further details email: giancaronco@gmail.com

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Wow Folk Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy

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Wow programThe Wow Folk Festival will be held in Castelfidardo, Italy from May 28th to May 30th, 2021.

Festival program as follows:

May 28th: Masterclass with Riccardo Tesi in the City Hall, 5pm to 7pm.

Aperitif concert with Ethno Pro duo (Alessandro Gaudio & Salvatore Pace) at the Piazza della Repubblica at 7pm.

May 29th: Masterclass with Riccardo Tesi in the City Hall, 3pm to 5pm.

Live performance of the students of the class of organetto of Roberto Lucanero, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Aperitif concert concert with Alessandro D'alessandro (accordion) and Antonella Costanzo (vocals) at the Piazza della Repubblica at 7pm

May 30th: Masterclass with Riccardo Tesi at the Salone degli Stemmi from 10am to 12.30pm

Impromptu groups performing in Castelfidardo from 10am.

Open stage for performers at 4.30pm

Live performance of the masterclass students together with Riccardo Tesi at 6pm.

Aperitif concert with duo Riccardo Tesi (accordion) & Maurizio Geri (guitar) at the Piazza della Repubblica at 7pm

Download poster right: 2021WowProgram.jpg

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Online: 2021 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival – Australia

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The 2021 Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA) International Accordion Championships & Festival will be held online again this year, organised by Tatjana Marx (picture left).

Following the success of the 2020 online event, the AATA will once again run competition categories for overseas candidates online by video submission.

In addition the event will feature an in-person competition for Australian residents. There are a number of new competition categories available this year to reflect the latest international trends.

All Categories will still be adjudicated by a jury of international experts from Australia and overseas.

Entries close on Friday 13th August 2021. Results will be announced on August 30th, 2021.

For further details see the AATA website or email: tats64@gmail.com

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A Beautiful Celebration: Linda Soley Reed’s Virtual Lifetime Achievement Award - USA

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Linda Soley ReedDownload the 24 page booklet Celebrating Linda Soley Reed - tributes by her friends in honor of her 2021 AAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Celebrating Linda Soley Reed is available here in PDF format for you to download and enjoy.

After months of careful planning, gathering outstanding musical and verbal tributes, endless meetings and phone calls between the committee members, Linda’s heartfelt virtual Lifetime
Achievement Award celebration was presented Sunday, May 23 to a very appreciative Zoom audience. Friends, colleagues and relatives from all over the world attended — what a touching sight — to honor the American Accordionists’ Association’s 2021 award recipient, Linda Soley Reed.

I would like to acknowledge and thank my fellow committee members, AAA President Dr. Joseph Ciccone, Don Gerundo and Marilyn O’Neil for their tireless work in preparation for Linda’s well-deserved award. I would also like to thank our amazing emcee, Manny Bobenrieth, who worked with us for weeks, helping anywhere he was needed. Dominic Karcic came onboard to assist those having problems with Zoom — a very necessary and appreciated job!

At Linda’s personal request, Dr. Robert Young McMahan and Dan Mastroianni wrote pieces in her honor, which were premiered at the event. Due to time constraints, only excerpts from these compositions were featured. Others who played and recorded for Linda were Joe Cerrito, Mario Tacca, Eddie Monteiro, Don Gerundo, Frank Busso, Sr., Dr. Joe Ciccone, Manny Bobenrieth, Guy Klucevsek, Mary Tokarski, Frank Toscano and Alexander Poeluev. Speakers were Dr. Joe Ciccone, Joan Cochran Sommers, Harley Jones and Kevin Friedrich.

I know I speak for everyone of us when I say that this entire production was a total labor of love to honor a remarkable woman and great friend who has given “her all” to the AAA for decades! Sadly, Linda’s health began to decline earlier this year. We are grateful to Linda’s family for their assistance in presenting Sunday’s event to Linda in her hospital room. In Linda’s words, “I absolutely loved it!”

In closing, here are the beautiful words of AAA Board member, and Linda’s close friend, Marilyn O’Neil:

“Throughout the process of working alongside my AAA colleagues, I kept reflecting on the story of my relationship with this extraordinary woman. I know full well many of you have known our Linda since childhood. She walked into my life with that history inside of her; all the contributions that all of you made that make her the person she is today.

What did I see and hear in my mind’s eye? I saw Linda conducting our CAA Orchestra, growing our group from infancy to adulthood, educating us, honing our skills. I heard the laughter, felt the warmth, endured the challenges we faced and enjoyed the great times we had. I saw her leadership, her caring, her unwavering devotion to the CAA. I felt her love. I feel it still.

As our AAA “Mother”, as Joe Ciccone aptly describes her, Linda’s combination of skills as a leader, a creator and as an accordionist continue to influence the direction our organization has taken to keep our beloved instrument alive.

As long as the accordion is in my life, the Lifetime Achievements of Linda Soley Reed will reside in me.”

In closing, I would like to request that everyone keep our beloved Linda Soley Reed in your thoughts and prayers!

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Video: Gratitude (For my dear friend Linda Soley Reed) by Joseph Natoli - USA

Joseph NatoliJoseph Natoli, is a professional accordionist and composer, a past President of ATG and a co-dirrector of the IDEAS. This new work by Joseph Natoli is titled "Gratitude" and is dedicated "for my dear friend Linda Solely Reed."

Music available from JANPress Publications. Thank you Joseph Natoli.

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Online: 12th Italia Award World Accordion Contest Begins June 1st, 2021 - Italy

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Bravissimo awardRenzo Ruggieri, Friedrich LipsThe 12th Italia Award competition will be held online this year, organised by the Associazione Promozione Arte (Art Promotion Association) in collaboration with Club Voglia d'Arte.

The event begins on June 1st, 2021 and Art director Renzo Ruggieri advises that as the event will be held online this year due to Covid-19, they will feature the competition classes only as viewers want a “fast and effective show”.

Competition categories include: Classic, Virtuoso, Diatonic for age groups from 10 years to 16 years as well as Junior, Senior, Amateur soloists, groups and professional soloists and groups.

Download a full list of competition categories in English and Italian languages and the jury list: 2021Premi.pdf President of the international Jury is Friedrich Lips.

Special planned online events as follows:
• June 10th: Opening ceremony which will focus on a special and original category entitled “Art Accordion” that will feature original "art" videos such as paint, video-game, theatrical song, cartoons etc.
• June 13th: Award ceremony of Student competition categories
• June 17th: Award ceremony of Professional competition categories
• June 20th: Closing ceremony which will feature the “Winner of the Winners” and the winner of the “Bravissimo” Italia Award (picture above left).

Competition events will be online on Facebook and Youtube and links will be posted on Accordions Worldwide.

For further information email: renzoruggieri65@gmail.com

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Milos Milivojevic Performing in Manchester - England

Milos MilivojevicVideo: Muzika iz serije Otpisani (Music from the series Written Off)

Milos Milivojevic performed at St Peters’s Church in Ancoats, Manchester, England on May 27th, with the contemporary ensemble Psappha.

Their program included:
Athanasia Kontou - Systole/Diastole (in a heartbeat) (World premiere)
Bethan Morgan-Williams - Traces of a Disco
Anthony Gilbert - Rose Luisante
Ryan Latimer - Slink and Stride (World premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen - Three Little Nocturnes
Helmut Lachenmann - Toccatina
David John Roche - New work (World premiere, Psappha commission)

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Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

Julia GordonJulia Gordon, entertainer, teacher and arranger, has a tutor book and a large catalog of Scottish arrangements that have received very complimentary reviews. The music is in pdf format able to be emailed to you. The full catalog will be loaded online in the coming weeks.

Julia Gordon writes: "Have you noticed how professionally prepared, high quality sheet music for Scottish accordion is hard to come by? Sheet music that transcribes the basses as well as the melody? Sheet music that displays the ornamentation and harmonies used by professional musicians?"

New releases this week:
jgordon-eAK - Accordion Keys tutor book
jgordon102 - The Boatman
jgordon132 - Wild Mountain Thyme
jgordon139 - Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
jgordon160 - The Iona Boat Song
jgordon175 - Westering Home
jgordon177 - Dark Lochnagar
jgordon182 - The Skye Boat Song
jgordon211 - The Mist-Covered Mountains Of Home
jgordon244 - Hector The Hero
jgordon325 - Mairi's Wedding

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Video: Tony Kovatch Performs “Shadowplay” - USA

Tony Kovatch released a video this month of his new composition “Shadowplay”. Special thanks to his fabulous cinematographer, Kimberly Sorensen!

The video features the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

Tony is a member of the “Pyrensia” quartet of accordion, violin, guitar, and upright bass that plays gypsy jazz and originals tunes inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt.

They performed their first live show following Covid-19 lockdowns on May 18th, 2021 in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA.

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Coba Performs Live on Yamanashi TV – Japan

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Video: The second edition of a live video program entitled "Coba's Bocca della Verità#2", which includes Coba discussing musical arrangements in Japanese and performing.

Coba performed live on Yamanashi TV on May 27th, 2021 on the program “Rock on to You”, which was the 7th in a special musical series.

Coba will follow this up with a live performance at an event entitled “Showtime” at the Tokyo Electron Nirasaki Cultural Hall Small Hall in Nirasaki City, Yamanashi Prefecture on June 5th, 2021.

For details phone: 0570-550-799

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Live: Victor Prieto Performs “A Musical Voyage” in New York – USA

Victor PrietoVictor Prieto (accordion) and Oleg Osenkov (bass) will perform “A Musical Voyage” concert at Sounds of the City in New York, USA on June 5th, 2021 at 7.30pm.

“As a New York-based accordionist and a native of Galicia, Spain, Victor naturally combines sounds and ideas from different genres.”

The Artists’ Charity is the Salvation Army.

For details email: info@victorprieto.net

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Live: “Music at Fulla” Concert – Slovakia

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Ana Krsmanovic (accordion) and Zuzana Zamborska (piano) will perform in duo at a “Music at Fulla” concert held at the Galeria L’udovita Fullu in Ružomberok, Northern Slovakia on June 5th, 2021 at 6pm.

Their program will include works by Ján Meisl, Martin Lohse, Uroš Rojko, Bashkim Shehu, Peter Machajdík and Tatjana Sergeeva.

For details phone: 044 245 21 11

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Online: Hamidreza Nematollahi Guest at Brooklyn Accordion Club – USA

BSC logoHamidreza Nematollahi (from Tehran, Iran) and his son Sepehr (translator) will be guest presenters at the Brooklyn Accordion Club’s June 6th, 2021 online meeting. The meeting will begin at 12.30pm NYC time.

Mr. Hamidreza is a composer and singer with more than 20 years of experience in teaching accordion and singing in Iranian and international styles. In his presentation, he will introduce some Iranian traditional tunes.

For details email: brooklynaccordionclub@gmail.com

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“Scythian” Begins “Roots & Stones Tour” - USA

Dan“Scythian” will begin their “Roots & Stones Tour” with a performance at the Blue Ridge Music Centre Outdoor Amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Galax, Virginia, USA on June 5th, 2021 at 7pm.

The band, which includes accordionist Dan Fedoryka (picture left) have announced the show will also be recorded for future presentation.

Safety Guidelines for concert attendees as follows:
Organisers of this socially distanced concert will be taking several precautions to make the experience as safe as possible for visitors. Those who have a fever, cough, aches and pains, loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, or are sneezing and coughing, are asked to please stay at home.

Concert attendees must maintain six feet of distance between groups throughout the evening, including when standing in line and selecting seating locations in the amphitheater; and when in high traffic areas, concertgoers must wear a mask to protect others.

Added precautions may slow entry to the amphitheater, so arriving early is encouraged.

For details email: scythianmail@gmail.com

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Canterbury Accordion Association “Jam Session” – New Zealand

CAA flyerCAAThe Canterbury Accordion Association will hold their mid-year “Jam Session” on June 13th, 2021 at 3pm. The event will be held at St Stephen’s Church in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and/or singing voices!

For details email: jkperry@xtra.co.nz

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Michal Karban Performs at Odeon Music Theatre, Odense - Denmark

Michal KarbanMichal Karban will perform a “Master Concert” on June 22nd, 2021, where he will finish his master studies at the Danish National Academy of Music. The event will be held at the Odeon Music Theatre in Odense, Denmark.

Entry is free of charge.

Michal’s varied program includes works by Mozart, Lundquist, Nørgård, Nordheim, Angelis and Piazzolla.

Guest performers include accordionists Markéta Laštovicková and Marie Cejnová as well as Emilia Blaszczyk (violin), Benjamin Helweg Brask (piano), Vera Agnete Larsen (double bass) and Mathias Kofoed Mortensen (guitar).

For details phone: +420 778 796 885

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Accordion Quintet Plays “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” - Ukraine

Video: A group of students from the Uzhgorod Music School 2021 in Ukraine are having great fun performing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda, with their teacher Katerina Selelio.

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2022 International Video Competition for Conductors

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Gary Daverne2022 International Video Competition for Conductors performing music compositions by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne.

This is a Video Competition for conductors of:
Accordion Orchestras, all types of Orchestras, Choirs, Bands (brass, wind, accordion, etc.), Ensembles.

1st prize is a round trip air ticket to New Zealand to conduct at a suitable concert in 2023, in Auckland, New Zealand. Accommodation for 5 nights included. This is a great opportunity for the winning conductor to visit New Zealand.

This competition is open to conductors of any age, gender and nationality.

Download rules and regulations at:
http://www.garydaverne.gen.nz/VideoDaverneCompetition.htm

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Updated: Accordion Russia News

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The Accordion Russia News has been updated

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Updated: 2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand

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Now online: Schedule of events for the 2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival (NZAA) held June 5th and 6th, at The Rose Centre, 4 School Rd, Belmont, Auckland.

The 2021 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships and Festival, due to Covid travel restrictions, will be open to only New Zealand residents or NZ passport holders.

A variety of age group classes for soloists, duos, trios, ensembles and orchestras will be available. Covid restrictions meant that non NZ residents and non NZ passport holders were not allowed to come to New Zealand.

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