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Weekly News from Around the World - 29-Nov-2019
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Christmas Concerts Worldwide
5th International Graz Accordion Festival – Austria
Sharon Shannon “Celtic Christmas 2019” Tour - Japan
Renzo Ruggieri Releases Il Tuo Sguardo Sheet Music - Italy

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

Successful Auckland Accordion Symphonietta Concert - New Zealand
Sofia Ros to Second Round of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 - UK
Danny Mesél Proposes Accordion-Shoes - Hungary

Future events

The Klezmer Brothers @ Schauspielhaus Graz - Austria
Duo “Leinen Los” Pre-Christmas Concert – Germany
Kosmos Ensemble December Concerts - UK
Young Accordion Players Competition - Siberia
Vilda Duo Concert Tour - Finland
Accordionist Patricia Crolbois Entertains at Firefighters Ball – France
“World Café Trio” Perform Vivaldi in Capetown – South Arica
Ksenija Sidorova Performs in Norway and Latvia
“Lemon-Aid” Festival in Toronto - Canada
Scottish Folk Rock Band “Manran” Concerts - Scotland

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William Schimmel at 2020 AAA Master Class & Concert Series in New York - USA
New Music by Gary Daverne - New Zealand

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Christmas Concerts Worldwide

Christmas santaChristmas is just around the corner and we only have three more news editions before Christmas. If you have a Christmas concert coming up in December please email the details to:

cjmusic@outlook.co.nz

and I will include an item in the Accordions Worldwide Weekly News.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Christine Johnstone
Accordions Worldwide Weekly News Editor

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5th International Graz Accordion Festival – Austria

Kiara Janko, Jana Palac (Croatia),  winner of chamber music C
Piet Daniels (Sweden), winner of virtuoso entertainment music IIIMihajlo Petric (Bosnia and Herzegovina), winner of classical accordion VPicture top: Kiara Janko & Jana Palac (Croatia), winners of chamber music Class C
Picture above left: Piet Daniels (Sweden), winner of virtuoso entertainment music Class III
Picture above right: Mihajlo Petric (Bosnia and Herzegovina), winner of classical accordion Class V

The 5th International Accordion Festival was held in Graz from November 23rd to 24th, organised by Slaviša Peric. It is the goal of the festival director to bring together artists, educators and candidates from different countries for a peaceful competition and extensive exchange of views every year. The positive development in recent years gives him justice in his work. This will encourage young players and make the accordion better known to a wider audience

Participants at this year’s event were from a total of ten countries - Austria, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They showed their considerable skills in 13 categories (classical accordion, chamber music ensemble and virtuoso entertainment music).

The jury comprised Mirco Patarini (Italy), Irina Krutkjova (Sweden), Maria Budzakova (Slovakia), Ana Štepin Zagoranski (Croatia), Mikela Uršic (Slovenia), Evgenja Khazova (Russia) and Slaviša Peric (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

This year, Mirco Patarini, President of the International Accordion Association CIA (Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes), active concert accordionist and managing director of the acclaimed accordion company Scandalli in Castelfidardo, was the star guest.

He was invited to show his skills during the award-winning concert. (see picture below) and visitors were also able to view Scandalli instruments at the exhibition.
Mirco Patarini

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Sharon Shannon “Celtic Christmas 2019” Tour - Japan

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Video: Sharon Shannon from the Irish Post Awards TG4 broadcast, 2019

Sharon Shannon will perform her “Celtic Christmas 2019” concerts in Japan from November 30th to December 7th, beginning in Fukui and finishing in Tokyo. She will play a mix of traditional Irish music with a Celtic Christmas theme.

Tour schedule:

November 30th: Harmony Hall Fukui in Fukui, phone: +353(0)776-38-8280

December 1st: Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, phone: +353(0)46-828-1600

December 2nd: Aoyama CAY, Tokyo, Minato City, phone: +353(0)3-3498-5790

December 3rd: The Phoenix Hall, Osaka, phone: +353(0)6-6363-0311

December 5th: Bunshokan, Yamagata, phone: +353(0)23-635-5500

December 7th: Nagano City Museum of Art, Nagano, phone: +353(0)26-219-3100

December 8th: Sumida Triphony Hall, Sumida City, Tokyo, phone: +353(0)3-5608-12 12

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases Il Tuo Sguardo Sheet Music - Italy

Renzo Ruggieri
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Renzo RuggieriValentino è Tango album coverThe Renzo Ruggieri composition ll Tuo Sguardo, Catalog: rrenzo521, is a transcription for standard bass accordion from the "Valentino è Tango" album Catalog: rruggieri11 for jazz tango/virtuoso accordion.

The Renzo Ruggieri composition ll Tuo Sguardo in now released, Catalog: rrenzo521 The (solo) sheet music, .pdf format has improvisations at the level of the album arrangement. The music is difficult to perform but, thanks to a very effective melody, lends itself to both concert situations and international competitions.

Catalog: rrenzo518 Valentango (solo) sheet music .pdf format. "Valentango" is a composition taken from the show 'Valentino è Tango!' dedicated to the myth of Rudolph Valentino and the history of tango.

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Successful Auckland Accordion Symphonietta Concert - New Zealand

Auckland Accordion Symphonietta

Tango group Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Lionel ReekieOn Sunday November 24th, the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta, conducted by Lionel Reekie (picture right) held a concert at St Georges Church, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.

This hour long concert was made up of pieces that the players had chosen: Themes from Phantom of the Opera, Howls Moving Castle, I'll Make a Man out of You. Thanks to Joan Sommers (USA) for her arrangement of Shallow performed by vocalists Alanah Jones and Angela Chen.

Thanks also to dancers Jazz Lopez and Elena Reekie for a superb "Santa Maria Tango" Dance - video above.

Gary Daverne was in the audience to hear his arrangement of "Pirates of the Caribbean" performed to conclude the concert.

Special Guests were a new Tango group formed by Grayson Masefield from Auckland University tutors, picture below: Barkin Sertkaya on guitar, Grayson Masefield, Sarah Watkins on piano, Gordon Hill on bass and Andrew Beer on violin. They performed works by Piazzolla.
Special Guests were a new Tango group formed by Grayson Masefield from Auckland University tutors: Sarah Watkins on piano, Andrew Beer on violin, Barkin Sertkaya on guitar and Gordon Hill on bass.  They performed works by Piazzolla.

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Sofia Ros to Second Round of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 - UK

Video: D. Scarlatti - Sonata in F minor K 386 performed by Sofía Ros at the Arrasate Accordion Competition 2018.

A young accordionist from St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh has completed a performance in the second round of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 in Cardiff. The event is a televised national music competition, broadcast biennially on BBC Television and BBC Radio 3.

The competition is open to British percussion, keyboard, string, brass and woodwind players, who are eighteen years of age or under.

Accordionist Sofia Ros studies the accordion with Professor Djordje Gajic and played Córdoba, by Isaac Albéniz and Ivanov's Paraphrase.

Entries for this award are now closed and auditions will take place throughout the UK over the next few months.

Accordions Worldwide wishes Sofia every success in the competition.

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Danny Mesél Proposes Accordion-Shoes - Hungary

Why wear normal shoes when you can wear accordion shoes? This Danny Mesél is asking as he is preparing for a new show with the Kaboca Puppet Theatre, in which he will be playing all kinds of homemade instruments.

Danny is very hopeful, that he will be able to learn how to walk in time for the premiere on December 1st.

We hope so too and that he might want to sell these new shoes to the diatonic accordion community after the show?

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Future events


The Klezmer Brothers @ Schauspielhaus Graz - Austria

The Klezmer Brothers
The Klezmer Brothers @ Schauspielhaus Graz - Austria

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Duo “Leinen Los” Pre-Christmas Concert – Germany

Duo Leinen Los
Duo “Leinen Los” will perform a Pre-Christmas concert at the Akkordeon-Café Dortmund in the Fritz Henßler Haus in Dortmund on December 2nd at 7pm.

The duo, which comprises of Erwin Dahlmann (accordion) and Axel Ermisch (vocals) will entertain with a variety of traditional Christmas songs and popular melodies as well as poems and stories.

For details email: akkordeoncafedortmund@gmail.com

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Kosmos Ensemble December Concerts - UK

Kosmos EnsembleThe Kosmos Ensemble, which includes Milos Milivojevic (accordion), Harriet MacKenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola) will perform at the Bideford Music Society, Methodist Church Hall, High Street Bideford in England on December 4th at 7.30pm.

On December 7th, the trio will perform at the Ayr Music Club, Octagonal Hall Alloway Church in Ayr, Scotland. The Ayr Music club organises a series of classical music performances each year in Ayr where professional musicians give recitals, mainly of classical chamber music.

The Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. United by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe as well as the rigours of classical training, each member brings an individual flavour to the group.

Their program includes wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music that glides seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements for and by the ensemble and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.

For further information email: kosmos@kosmosensemble.com

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Young Accordion Players Competition - Siberia

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OsokinThe Young Accordion Players Competition will be held at the State Budgetary Professional Educational Institution of the Sverdlovsk region "College of Arts" in Nizhny Tagil from December 5th to 8th, 2019.

The competition will include jury members from Perm, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Moscow and Togliatti: R. Kozlovsky (accordion), E. Pirogov (accordion), E. Bykov (balalaika), R. Zorkin (guitar) and E. Scriabina (domra).

Accordionist Sergey Osokin will perform a concert at the competition on December 6th. His program will include Fou Rire (R. Galliano), Whispering (P.Whiteman), Hijo De La Luna (Meccano), Requiem (S. Osokin), Pulse (S. Osokin), C'est si bon (H.Betti) plus others.

For details email: sergei_osokin@mail.ru

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Vilda Duo Concert Tour - Finland

Vilda duoDuo “Vilda” which includes accordionist Viivi Saarenkylä and indigenous Samí singer Hildá Länsman (Finland) will perform at the Sundsvalls Museum in Sundsvall, Sweden on December 6th at 5.30pm before embarking on their concert tour of Finland.

The Finland Tour, from December 9th to 15th, is part of the Finnish Folk Music Association’s annual concert tour program.

The duo play original music, composed and written by themselves, influenced by the northern nature, traditional Samí joik and Finnish folk, and pop music! Their program will include original music from their latest album Vildaluodda - Wildprint.

Tour schedule:

December 9th: Kulttuurikellari, Savonlinna at 7pm
December 10th: Mäntyharjun kulttuurisali, Kompantie 22, Mäntyharju at 6pm
December 11th: Kulttuuritila Nuijamies, Valtakatu 39, Lappeenranta at 7pm
December 12th: Rahvaanmusiikin kerho, Kulttuuritalo Telakka, Tullikamarin aukio 3, Tampere at 9pm
December 15th: Lavka, Mannerheiminkatu 14, Loviisa (acoustic concert) at 6pm

For further details email: viivi@saarenkyla.fi

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Accordionist Patricia Crolbois Entertains at Firefighters Ball – France

Firefighters posterPatricia CrolboisAccordionist Patricia Crolbois will entertain at the Firefighters Ball in Lorraine, France on December 7th, beginning at 7.30pm.

Patricia is a regular entertainer at many functions around France including playing at retirement homes, balls, dancing events etc.

For details email: contact@ponette.fr

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“World Café Trio” Perform Vivaldi in Capetown – South Arica

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The World Café Trio will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Welgemeend Function Centre in Cape Town on December 11th at 7pm.

The trio, which includes Stanislav Angelov (accordion), Petrus de Beer (violin) and Schalk Joubert (bass guitar) aim to give their audience a unique experience, telling the story behind the compositions and the sonnets to make you understand and experience Vivaldi on a whole new level.

For details email: music@goodmusic.co.za

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Ksenija Sidorova Performs in Norway and Latvia

Ksenija Sidorova and group perform the V. Monti Czárdás (ZDF Klassik live in Club, April 2017)

Ksenija Sidorova (picture below) is looking forward to performing two December concerts leading up to Christmas with Avi Avitals (mandolin).

The first will be a Christmas concert at the Furnes Church in Furnes, Norway on December 13th. For details phone: +47 62 33 07 70

The following evening (December 14th) they will perform at the Vidzemes Koncertzale Cesis in Cesis, Latvia at 7pm.

For details email: alice.o'reilly@harrisonparrott.co.uk
Ksenija Sidorova

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“Lemon-Aid” Festival in Toronto - Canada

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Lemon-aid posterThe Lemon Bucket Orkestra (picture above) will perform at the “Lemon-Aid” festival held at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from December 27th to 29th, 2019.

This event is held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Opera House and will include performances by Toronto bands that will each donate half of their fees to a charity of their choice.

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, which includes accordionist and vocalist Marichka Marczyk will perform a mix of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy and “Party-Punk” music.

For further information email: ian@meta4world.com

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Scottish Folk Rock Band “Manran” Concerts - Scotland

Manran poster
Well known Scottish folk rock band “Manran” (which features accordionist Gary Innes) will return to the Strathpeffer Pavilion, The Square, Ross and Cromarty, Highland, for a concert on December 28th at 7.30pm. Their special guests will be the multi award-wining band RURA, who are also one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk-based bands.

The following evening (December 29th) Skerryvore (which includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion) and Manran will entertain at The Albert Halls in Stirling at 7.30pm.

Skerryvore are a multi-award winning Scottish band creating a ‘trad-rock’ fusion that has seen them perform in over 25 countries worldwide.

For concert information phone: +44 1786 473544 or email: alberthalls@stirling.gov.uk
Skerryvore

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William Schimmel at 2020 AAA Master Class & Concert Series in New York - USA

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The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will present a 2020 Master Class & Concert Series with Dr William Schimmel, moderator and curator from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020. This event will be held at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York.

Entitled "Time Travel" the festival will feature daily masterclasses from 3 pm and evening concerts from 7 pm.

Download the AAA Masterclass flier for a full list of participants and reservation information: 2020AAAMasterClass.pdf Online reservations at: http://www.ameraccord.com/annualmasterclass.php

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New Music by Gary Daverne - New Zealand

Gary DaverneGary Daverne ONZM has composed a new version of his popular Margarita duet, this time for accordion and piano. Catalog ED0050 - Margarita - accordion and piano

Gary Daverne after several requests, has also composed the accordion solo with piano accompaniment for his 2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra. Catalog ED0082d

The 2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra is composed for accordion solo with accordion orchestra or accordion solo with symphony orchestra. Full details at: Gary Daverne

These new works can also be used for the "Teachers - Win a trip to New Zealand" competition. Full information at:
http://www.accordion.co.nz/2020/VideoDaverneCompetition.htm

Other Margarita duets are:
ED0051 - Margarita - accordion duet
ED0052 - Margarita - accordion & flute
ED0053 - Margarita Revisited - accordion solo & piano accompaniment
ED0054 - Margarita - accordion & soprano saxophone Bb
ED0055 - Margarita - accordion & viola
ED0056 - Margarita - accordion & violin

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