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Weekly News from Around the World - 02-Feb-2024
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14th Italia Award 2024 - Italy
XXVI Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival 2024 – Finland
2024 Akkordeon Grenzenlos Competition & Festival – Germany
Mirco Patarini Featured At Sell Out Concert in Istanbul - Turkey
Video: Radu Ratoi Performance with the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra - Moldova
I Interregional Festival & Competition of Performers on Folk instruments "Rassypukha", Moscow – Russia
CNIMA Workshops in New Orleans - USA

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

Two New eBooks (pdf and epub) Release by Friedrich Lips - Austria
Northeast Squeeze-In Young Player Award – USA

Future events

An Afternoon Celebrating the Music of Max Houliston - Scotland
C.J.Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band: February Concert Schedule - USA
Royal Danish Conservatory of Music February Solo Concerts – Denmark
“Spaghetti” Band Performs in California – USA
Yves Moulin Performs World Premiere with Geneva Brass - Switzerland
“London Tango Quintet” Debut CD Release Concerts - England
POSTPONED: Accordion Society of Australia "Accordion Workshop" - Australia
Madlyn Dugué Performs at Benefit Concert - France
Cambridge Accordion Club Orchestra Day, England – UK

Links to Previous News Still Current

Past News List of Links

New and Updated Sites

2024 CIA Winter Congress, 23-25 February 2024, Kungsbacka - Sweden
Registrations Open, 2024 ATG Festival Honoring Joan Sommers and International Competition, Kansas City MI - USA
Online: BCA 4th International Accordion Festival – UK
2024 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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14th Italia Award 2024 - Italy

14th Italia Award
Renzo RuggieriThe 14th Italia Award 2024 World Accordion Contest will be held online and live in Giulianova, Italy. The Art Director is Renzo Ruggieri and the President is Claudio Azzaro.

The online video edition will be held on April 28th, 2024. Categories include Classical, Virtuoso, Junior Ensemble, Classical Ensemble, World Ensemble, Jazz, Tango, Diatonic, Renzo Ruggieri Award and Art Accordion. Online registration deadline is April 7th, 2024.

The live edition will be held from June 21st to 23rd, 2024 in Giulianova. Categories include Classical, Virtuoso, groups, Student, Junior and Senior. Live registration deadline is June 15th, 2024.

Download competition rules in English and Italian languages: 2024Italia.pdf
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XXVI Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival 2024 – Finland

XXVI Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival
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Guardia NuevaThe XXVI Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival 2024 will be held at the Campus Hall in Kokkola, Finland from February 10th to 17th, 2024.

The event will feature a variety of concerts by Tango del Norte, Duo Bryats Band, Duo Brunell as well as a Tango Dance Course; Misatango – Tango Mass; a CD Release produced by the Central Ostrobothnia Chamber Orchestra which features accordion concertos by Aulis Sallinen, Minna Leinonen and Veli Kujala; Henna and the Superheroes; Goodbye, Vyborg! -musical drama; Tunes for seniors with Seppo Lankinen; Winter Accordion festival dance; Winter Accordions Seminar – “Can music be an ambassador for equality?” and a Festival Closing Party.

2024KokkolaConcerts.pdf (88MB)

The event will conclude with a "Big Entertainment Concert" on February 17th at 6 pm by Guardia Nueva, conducted by Raimo Vertainen with soloists Jarkko Ahola and Jennie Storbacka.
Guardia Nueva concert

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2024 Akkordeon Grenzenlos Competition & Festival – Germany

2024 Akkordeon Grenzenlos Competition & Festival
The 2024 Akkordeon Grenzenlos Competition & Festival will be held in Trossingen, Germany from April 2nd to 6th, 2024, organised by the Hohner-Konservatorium Trossingen GmbH in cooperation with the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e.V. (DHV).

The event will feature a competition, workshops and concerts. The workshops are aimed at players of all harmonica instruments such as accordion, harmonica, Styrian harmonica, diatonic instrumentation, but players of other instruments are welcome after prior consultation.

Workshops are:
Jazz Workshop - Lecturer: Tian Long Li
Rock and Pop Workshop - Lecturer: Matthias Matzke
Brazilian Accordion Workshop - Lecturer: Alex Almedia
Special Workshop: A new technical approach - Lecturer: Frédéric Deschamps

The Accordion Boundless competition will take place for the first time in 2024 and will include six categories held in two rounds. The final round will take place in public competition concerts. Three participants per category will be admitted to the final round.

Categories include Classical music, Popular, Junior Classic, Junior-Popular, Ensemble and Junior Ensemble.

Registration deadline: March 12th, 2024.

Festival concerts include a Lecturers' Concert, Concert of the Hohner Conservatory, Jam Session, Competition Final and Klaus Paier – Vision for Two concert.

The event will also include an Exhibition of sheet music by Jetelina and Amusiko.

Download event information here: 2024Grenzenlos.pdf

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Mirco Patarini Featured At Sell Out Concert in Istanbul - Turkey

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Mirco PatariniMirco Patarini, President of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC), official NGO partner of UNESCO, President of Scandalli Accordions, performed in concert in Beylikdüzü, Istanbul, Turkey on January 29th, 2024.

Mirco performed with the Beylikdüzü Youth Symphony Orchestra (BGSO), a 60 member group conducted by Hakan Tepeli. His performance included repertoire by Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Moricone, Roberto Molinelli and other composers.

This concert orchestra, blended with the richness of the accordion sound, could not only be heard but also seen with the painter Serivan Tutus's brush, who opened the doors of thinking with music and activated emotions. The improvised picture content, which attracted attention while listening to the music, also directed the audience's gaze. The aesthetics of painting's spontaneity emerged as a result of music. With this feature, the concert fascinated the audience with its social art therapy quality.

Prior to this concert, Mirco Patarini was the guest of Ercüment Gürçay on the Açik Radio-"Voices after Babel" program, where he talked about the place of the accordion in his life and the situation of accordion in the world. He also played his accordion during the interview.

Mirco was also interviewed on Beylikdüzü TV, where he delighted his audience with his stories and music.

We thank Mirco Patarini and also Mr. Taner Çetin, Head of Press and Public Relations Department of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and our Founder, and Mr. Serdal Mumcu, Deputy Mayor of Beylikdüzü Municipality, who both came on stage after the concert and expressed their special thanks to our young orchestrator and the important guest artist.

Zekiye Yilmaz (Istanbul).

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Video: Radu Ratoi Performance with the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra - Moldova

Video: Radu Ratoi has just released on youtube his performance of Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052-J. S. Bach with the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra conducted by Cristian Florea. The performance was held at the Organ Hall in Chisinau, Moldova in June 2023.

Video movements time:
I. Allegro - 00:00
II. Adagio - 07:16
III. Allegro - 13:10

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I Interregional Festival & Competition of Performers on Folk instruments "Rassypukha", Moscow – Russia

I Interregional Festival & Competition of Performers on Folk instruments
The 1st Interregional Festival & Competition of Performers on Folk instruments "Rassypukha" will take place at the Moscow State Budgetary Educational Institution “Children’s Music School named after F.I. Shalyapin" in Moscow, Russia on March 3rd, 2024.

The event is aimed at students from children's music schools and children's art schools in Moscow, and other regions of Russia aged from 8 to 17 years.

The festival competition provides an opportunity to identify and support talented young performers, as well as contribute to the development of the level of skill in performing folk instruments.

The competition will be held in several categories, including solo instrumental performance on accordion. The chairman of the jury is Semyon Shmelkov, laureate of International competitions and associate professor of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.

Entries close on February 18th, 2024. Download competition information here: Polozhenie_Rassypukha_2024.pdf

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CNIMA Workshops in New Orleans - USA

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CNIMA directors Natalie and JacquesThe CNIMA (France) will run two workshops for piano accordion and chromatic button accordion at the Salon de la Bonne Fete, Maison St. Charles, in New Orleans, USA this year.

Dates:
May 20th to 25th, 2024
May 27th to June 1st, 2024

The workshops are for all levels, ages and styles from beginner to intermediate to advanced to professional.
Discover the secrets of the accordion and how the proper use of air flow, combined with the appropriate touch of the keys or buttons, frees musicality and transforms one’s playing.
Further information on the poster.

With over 60 years of experience Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix have trained hundreds of professionals, world champions and passionate amateurs of all ages.

For details email: cnimausa@gmail.com

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Two New eBooks (pdf and epub) Release by Friedrich Lips - Austria

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Friedrich LipsHerbert ScheibenreifDr Herbert Scheibenreif, Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions has now released two pdf eBooks (or epub format), author Friedrich Lips, able to be emailed to the client.

It Seems Like Yesterday Cat: 9951-3-7 for €22 emailed to the client.
Als wäre es gestern gewesen (German edition) Cat: 9951-2-0 for €22 emailed to the client.

The two printed books, author Friedrich Lips, were released 24 November 2023.
It Seems Like Yesterday Cat: 9951-1-3 €35 or USD plus postage
Als wäre es gestern gewesen Cat (German edition): 9951-0-6 €35 or USD plus postage

Herbert Scheibenreif is the publisher and translator of the two new Friedrich Lips books 'It Seems Like Yesterday' English edition and 'Als wäre es gestern gewesen' German edition. These two books are the latest Friedrich Lips publications that include an incredible 50 CDs, 6 previous books in 3 languages and numerous educational papers.

Author of 'It Seems Like Yesterday' Friedrich Lips tells about wonderful musicians - teachers, composers, conductors, performers, with whom fate brought him together. Possessing a bright literary gift, the author in detailed analytical articles, memoirs, small sketches creates living creative portraits of his contemporaries, who are now living, as well as those who have passed away in the last decade, talks about the events that made the artist's life so rich.

The book will be of great help to everyone who studies and performs contemporary music for accordion. Of undoubted interest for class work will be the annotations to the numerous CDs of the author.

Other Friedrich Lips productions available online are:
31 Lips CDs: Friedrich Lips, CD3Packs, CD6Packs, CDPack
Books:
The Art of Accordion Playing Cat: kslips00
The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion Cat: kslips03
Die Kunst des Bajanspiels Cat: kslips01
Die Kunst der Bearbeitung klassischer Musik für Akkordeon Cat: kslips02

Picture below: 31 Lips CD covers
Lips CD covers

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Northeast Squeeze-In Young Player Award – USA

Northeast Squeeze-In Young Player Award
Applications are now open for the Northeast Squeeze-In Young Player Award, held in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA in September 2024.

“The Young Player Award is intended to find and encourage a young player who demonstrates a growing interest and engagement in music with a free-reed instrument. Commitment to becoming a better player is the primary criterion for selection. Advanced proficiency on the applicant’s instrument is not required.”

Applications must be submitted by June 30th, 2024. For details email: lynnh1947@gmail.com

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An Afternoon Celebrating the Music of Max Houliston - Scotland

Max Houliston concert posterAn Afternoon celebrating the music of accordionist Max Houliston will be held at the Hole in the Wa in Dumfries, Scotland on February 3rd, 2024 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Max Houliston passed away on August 19th, 2022, and musicians are invited to “come along and join the tributes, have a tune, give us a song and be part of what will be a great afternoon”.

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C.J.Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band: February Concert Schedule - USA

C.J.Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Video: Zydeco Boogaloo - CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Recorded live at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, New York, USA.

C.J.Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band have a busy February 2024 concert schedule, beginning at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera, Texas on February 3rd through to a performance at Antones in Austin, Texas on February 17th, 2024.

The group play traditional Zydeco music.

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Royal Danish Conservatory of Music February Solo Concerts – Denmark

DKDM logoLoris DouyezThrough a series of solo recitals, students from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) solo class will challenge themselves and each other as well as the audience with performances at the conservatory New Hall on February 5th, 2024 at 5pm.

The concerts “will focus on communicating the artistic expression of music and experimenting with repertoire composition and concert formats”.

The concert program will include a performance by accordionist Loris Douyez of Aufschwung (Jukka Tiensuu), La scuola dell’ ascolto 1 (Georg Katzer) and Sequenza XIII "Chanson" (Luciano Berio).

Entrance is free of charge. For details email: dkdm@dkdm.dk

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“Spaghetti” Band Performs in California – USA

Spaghetti
The new electric four piece band “Spaghetti” will perform concerts in California, USA this month. The band includes Sam Reider (accordion), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Scott Amendola (drums) and Mat Muntz (bass).

Concert schedule:

February 8th: The Ivy Room in Albany
February 9th: Lakehouse Jazz in San Francisco
February 10th: Mellow Sessions in San Francisco

For details email: sam@samreidermusic.com

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Yves Moulin Performs World Premiere with Geneva Brass - Switzerland

Yves Moulin
Yves Moulin will join the Geneva Brass for a world premiere of "Signature" composed by Ludovic Neurohr in the main hall of the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Switzerland on February 9th, 2024.

“The Geneva brass quintet is a fervent defender of Swiss music. It seemed like an obvious choice for Yves Moulin to join forces with them… together, they will interpret all the works of the project.”

Yves Moulin decided to join forces with Ludovic Neurohr, a young composer from Valais (well known in the world of brass bands), to compose for accordion. He will compose 9 concert pieces which can be played with several types of groups (solo, duo, quintet, and orchestra). In addition, a concerto for orchestra and accordion will also be composed.

For details email: regine.lehmann@accordeon.ch

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“London Tango Quintet” Debut CD Release Concerts - England

“London Tango Quintet” Debut CD Release Concerts
Video: London Tango Quintet performing “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla.

The “London Tango Quintet” will perform two debut CD release concerts this month prior to the official CD release of “Dancing with Piazzolla” on February 12th, 2024.

The quintet, which includes accordionist Milos Milivojevic, David Juritz (violin), Craig Ogden (guitar), David Gordon (piano) and Richard Pryce (bass) will perform on “bbcintune” on February 9th and at the 1901 Arts Club in London on February 10th.

The concerts will feature tracks from the album by Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla, together with music by Horacio Salgan, other tango classics and two tracks composed by David Gordon.

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POSTPONED: Accordion Society of Australia "Accordion Workshop" - Australia

Accordion Society of Australia Accordion Workshop
Postponed due to Covid.
New date: February 24th, 2024.

The Accordion Society of Australia will hold an “Accordion Workshop” at the Open Studio in Northcote, Victoria, Australia on February 10th, 2024 from 10.45am.

The workshop presenter will be George Butrumlis who will cover “Interpreting a Lead Sheet”.

For details email: AccordionSociety@gmail.com

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Madlyn Dugué Performs at Benefit Concert - France

Madlyn Dugué Benefit Concert
Friends of Eure and Loir and surrounding areas, welcome Madlyn Dugué who will perform at a concert to benefit the Children's Association in France on February 11th, 2024 at 3pm.

The France 3 Television Centre Val de Loire will be present at the event and Madlyn will be invited to the FR3 show “Vous Êtes Formidable" (You Are Formidable), in Orléans.

RCF Radio have also been invited to attend.

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Cambridge Accordion Club Orchestra Day, England – UK

Cambridge Accordion Club Orchestra Day
The Cambridge Accordion Club will hold an Accordion Orchestra Day, at the Wilbraham Memorial Hall, Angle End, Great Wilbraham, England on March 3rd, 2024, from 10am.

The orchestra conductor is Nigel Pasby, with assistance from Helen Newton and percussionist Matthew Barnard.

Music will be arranged for all abilities.

Closing date for entries is February 28th, 2024. For details email: susanna@brooking.co.uk

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2024 CIA Winter Congress, 23-25 February 2024, Kungsbacka - Sweden

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Jörgen SundeqvistThe 2024 Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Winter Congress and 151st General Assembly of Delegates is being held in Kungsbacka, Sweden, 23-25 February 2024.

The Winter Congress is being hosted by our CIA Voting Member Sveriges Dragspelares Riksförbund (SDR) / Swedish Accordion Association, President: Per Romin and CIA Vice President: Jörgen Sundeqvist. Over 24 delegates registered to date. Delegates please register promptly.

View Schedule: 2024WinterCongress.pdf

Further information: http://www.accordions.com/cia/cia_winter_congress.php

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Registrations Open, 2024 ATG Festival Honoring Joan Sommers and International Competition, Kansas City MI - USA

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ATG logoRegistrations are now open for the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) 2024 Festival in Kansas City, MO, USA.

There are packages as well as individual event options. Please be sure to read through all of the options before starting your registration process.

If you plan to play in the festival orchestra, please register for the orchestra first before registering for the festival.

The line-up of featured artists is truly an extravaganza of talent. These include: Joan Cochran Sommers conducting our Festival Orchestra, other artists coming from all over the world including Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) who will join with some Kansas City players to present his new tango project, Gorka Hermosa (Spain), Bridge and Wolak (Canada), Das Duo Kollektiv, flute and accordion duo (Austria), our own United States star, Stas Venglevski, the UMKC Ensemble and Mirco Patarini, CIA President (Italy).

For registration and other information, visit: Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)

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Online: BCA 4th International Accordion Festival – UK

BCA 4th International Accordion Festival
Raymond BodellThe British College of Accordionists (BCA) will hold their 4th International Online Accordion Festival in March 2024. BCA Principal is Raymond Bodell, Vice Principal Graham Laurie and Administrator Anna Bodell.

The competitions will be adjudicated by a jury of national & international repute.

Age group categories for ages 9 years and under to Senior include:
Classical
Traditional / Variety
Adults
Ensemble

International entries close on February 15th with video link required by 1st March 2024.
For the National graded competition open to UK accordionists, entries close on 1st March with video link required by 15th March 2024.

Full information and online entry at: British College of Accordionists (BCA)

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2024 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships - New Zealand

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Sonja PalinichRenee JeffriesThe 2024 NZAA South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival will be held at the superb Raye Freedman Arts Centre (picture below), Silver Rd, Epsom, Auckland. The excellent acoustics and lighting present every performer at their best.

NZAA President Sonja Palinich welcomes everyone to the event which is open to competitors and festival performers worldwide and has a variety of age group classes for soloists, duos, trios, ensembles and orchestras.

The rules for the international solo categories closely follow the rules of the Coupe Mondiale. The South Pacific international concert music category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe
Mondiale Masters category and the South Pacific entertainment category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment category.

Similarly (under 18 years) Junior South Pacific entertainment category. The South Pacific Junior solo concert category has the same rules as the first round of the Coupe Mondiale Junior category.

Entries close on April 19th, 2024.
Download the rules and competition prospectus at: 2024nz_prospectus.pdf

For further details email NZAA Competitions Secretary Renee Jeffries at: nzaacompsec@gmail.com
Raye Freedman Arts Centre

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