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Weekly News from Around the World - 03-May-2024
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Results: Austrian President Presents 24th Amadeus Austrian Music Awards - Austria
American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Festival July 12-14, 2024 PA - USA
National Accordion Orchestra of Chile (ONACH) Tour - Serbia, Switzerland, Italy
What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International
Harmonica World Championships and Austrian National Championships 2024 - Austria
2024 World Accordion Day and Willard Palmer Festival - USA
Kevin Friedrich Celebrates Launch of his Album “The Journey” Online Download
World Accordion Day Celebrations in Georgia – USA

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

Tickets Now on Sale for Scythian at Appaloosa Music Festival - USA
Ingunn Bjørgo Releases Two New Singles - Norway
Ben De Souza Adjudicator at Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival – UK

Future events

Coba Performs on Yomiuri TV "Wake Up" Program - Japan
Les Artisans Mélodieux Orchestra Concert – Switzerland
“Naragonia” Spring Tour Performance at Dranouter Music Centre - Belgium
Classic Meets Modern Concert – Germany
Romano Viazzani Ensemble at 45th Newbury Spring Festival – England
“Plijadur” Entertain at Fest Noz – France
Accordion Music Workshop Day – England

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Results: Austrian President Presents 24th Amadeus Austrian Music Awards - Austria

Melissa Naschenweng
Hubert von GoisernResults for the 24th Amadeus Austrian Music Awards were announced at the live finals held at the Vienna Volkstheater in Vienna, Austria on April 26th, 2024.

The awards were presented by the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen.

Melissa Naschenweng won the Folk Music category.

Hubert von Goisern (picture right) was honored with the Amadeus Award for Lifetime Achievement for his multifaceted work as well as his engagement with and effect on the music world - and far beyond. "The variety in his work, the diverse influences from other cultures and the messages he conveys through his music make Hubert von Goisern a unique artist, who has had a lasting impact on the Austrian music industry," explained Dietmar Lienbacher, President of the Association of the Austrian Music Industry, on the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Amadeus.

See news item for details of accordionists nominated for these awards:
https://accordions.com/news.aspx?d=15-Mar-2024&lang=en#art21040
Hubert von Goisern

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American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Festival July 12-14, 2024 PA - USA

2024 AAA Festival
Hanzhi WangNikolay BineThe AAA has announced its 86th anniversary festival in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area. The event will kick off midday on July 12 and conclude midday on July 14.

Download the 2024 AAA Festival Registration Form 2024AAARegistration.pdf to pay by check.

You may register online and pay with credit card: AAA-Store

Link for reserving hotel rooms: ameraccord.com/hotel

Competition rules and entry forms are now online at AAAFestival.

The schedule will be filled with events, performers, workshops, and food functions, beginning with a welcome luncheon on Friday, July 12.

This year, our guest artists will include Hanzhi Wang, Joseph Natoli, Dallas Vietty, Nikolay Bine, and the Festival Orchestra directed by Frank Busso Sr. We invite you to save the date and join us for this special event!
Joseph Natoli, Dallas Vietty,

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National Accordion Orchestra of Chile (ONACH) Tour - Serbia, Switzerland, Italy

Anach Concert Tour poster
Joaquin Munoz DonosoScheduleThe orchestra is on tour to Europe!

That's right, the National Accordion Orchestra of Chile (Orquesta Nacional de Acordeones de Chile) ONACH, has been invited to represent Chile in Serbia, Switzerland and Italy. Director of ONACH is Joaquin Munoz Donoso, picture left.

A group of 16 members will travel with a repertoire of Chilean, folk, popular and contemporary music. We will travel from 09 May to 24 May to Serbia, Switzerland and Italy where we will perform concerts, talks, urban interventions, workshops and demonstrate Chilean Accordion culture.

In Serbia, Novi Sad, they will participate in the Eufonija Festival organized by Dragana Kuzmanovic.

In Switzerland, Sempach, they will participate in the Accordion Orchestra Meeting organised by Yvonne Glur.

In Italy, Castelfidardo, a visit the accordion city is planned just as well as 3 different concerts.

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What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International

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CIA side bannerWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day (WAD) to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion Day (WAD) is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

WAD was started in 2009 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the WAD website.

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

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

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating WAD 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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Harmonica World Championships and Austrian National Championships 2024 - Austria

HVO Competition
Werner WeibertWorld Accordion Day logoThe Harmonikaverband Österreichs (HVÖ) will hold the 13th Harmonica World Championships and the Austrian National Championships 2024 in Außervillgraten, East Tyrol, Austria from May 9th to 12th, 2024.

Download the event program here: 2024HVO.pdf
The HVÖ President is Werner Weibert.

This year’s event is dedicated to World Accordion Day and also celebrates the 25th anniversary of this event and the 70th anniversary of the HVÖ Austria.
Harmonikaverband Österreichs (HVÖ) logo

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2024 World Accordion Day and Willard Palmer Festival - USA

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World Accordion Day logoA World of Accordions will be celebrating World Accordion Day 2024 and the Dr. Willard Palmer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2024, at A World of Accordions Museum, in Superior, Wisconsin. We will be honoring George Curletto, an accordion innovator, Willard A. Palmer III, son of Dr. Willard Palmer, and Professor Emerita Joan Cochran Sommers.

The weekend will include a free concert on Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:PM by Kansas City children’s musician, Janie Next Door® - also known as accordionist Jane Christison. The concert is A World of Accordions Museum way to celebrate the local Home Grown Festival.

Friday night, May 3, 2024, 7:30 p.m., the Accordion & Concertina Music Band and Friends (anyone who wants to bring an accordion and play), will rehearse some world accordion music. Please email info@worldofaccordions.org if you’re coming and would like music to be emailed to you.

Saturday, May 4, 2024, starts at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome, presentations, and a chance to ask Helmi Harrington Ph.D., any and all accordion-related questions as well as find out how she started the A World of Accordions Museum. The afternoon includes a world premiere of the ATG (Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International) sponsored documentary, “A World of Accordions . . . a Harrington Legacy.”

There will be a workshop by Joan C. Sommers, a performance by the Chicagoland Accordion Academy, directed by Mary Ann Covone, and a performance by the ACM Band and Friends before breaking for dinner. The dinner will be capped off with a performance by Mike Middleton & the Middletones, which is sure to be a fun evening.

Sunday, May 5, 2024, is a non-denominational polka service with Mike Middleton & the Middletones. If you’ve never been to one of these, familiar hymns are played as polkas or waltzes. Dance in the aisle, sing along, or bring your accordion and join in on the performance. Willard A. Palmer III will talk about his Dad, Dr. Willard A. Palmer of Palmer-Hughes fame. After lunch, George Curletto will talk about innovative accordion concepts.

Jane Christison – Music With A Smile® - will play music from around the world along with Kevin Friedrich. Dee Langley will lead a rehearsal of Beatles music, so bring your accordion and join us. After the rehearsal, there will be a short performance to perform the pieces just learned. The event will be topped off with a celebration toast.

Link to purchase tickets:
https://worldofaccordions.app.neoncrm.com/nx/portal/neonevents/events#/events/3964

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Kevin Friedrich Celebrates Launch of his Album “The Journey” Online Download

Journey CD
To co-ordinate with World Accordion Day on May 6th, Kevin Friedrich has just released his album "The Journey" as an online download.

Download online: https://music.drm.co.nz/thejourney where Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube are linked.

MusicForAccordion.com download album link is: JourneyAlbum Only US$10

Marking a 30 year collaboration between Kevin and renowned New Zealand composer Gary Daverne, the album is performed both live and as pre-recorded items by Kevin solo and Kevin with symphony orchestra and various supporting artists.

View further information, track list and sound samples at: JourneyAlbum

Picture below: Kevin Friedrich (left), Sound Engineer Mal Smith and Gary Daverne (right).
Kevin Friedrich (left), Sound Engineer Mal Smith and Gary Daverne (right).

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World Accordion Day Celebrations in Georgia – USA

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Waller's Coffee ShopWorld Accordion Day (WAD) celebrations will be held for the 3rd time at Waller's Coffee Shop in Decatur, Georgia, USA on May 4th, 2024 from 12 midday to 4pm.

Performers include Mark Lamback, Jake Herzog, Charles Voorhees, Kyle Turner, Larry Burke, Timmer Family and the Matt Kaminski Trio.

The event will also include an Open Jam and a Rummage Sale with proceeds going to “HungryForMusic.org”.

For details email: info@accordionology.com

See World Accordion Day reports at: 2024WADreport

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Tickets Now on Sale for Scythian at Appaloosa Music Festival - USA

Appaloosa Music Festival
ScythianTickets are now on sale for the Appaloosa Music Festival, held at the Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia, USA on Labor Day Weekend, August 31st to September 1st, 2024.

This Roots music festival is hosted by “Scythian” which includes accordionist Dan Fedoryka. Dan and his brother, Alex, are the founding members of the band, which hosts the annual festival.

See poster for details.

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Ingunn Bjørgo Releases Two New Singles - Norway

Ingunn Bjørgo SingleIngunn Bjørgo will release her newest single “Cadansa Mazurka – Live in Oslo”, on May 10th, 2024. Her single “AskerLadd Goes Astray – Live in Oslo” was released on April 12th, 2024.

The singles also serve as teasers from Ingunn's new album set to be released in 2025.

Ingunn Bjørgo is a well-known composer and an award-winning musician on diatonic and chromatic accordions. The new singles are based on live recordings where Ingunn and the diatonic accordion are featured, accompanied by Sindre Tronrud (Hardanger fiddle), Jostein Hillestad (bass), and Åsmund Reistad (guitar/mandolin).

For details email: ingunnbjorgo@gmail.com
Ingunn Bjørgo

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Ben De Souza Adjudicator at Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival – UK

Ben de SouzaBen De Souza (BMus (Hons) RAM, MMus Cantab - picture left) is the accordion and concertina adjudicator at the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival competition held at the Walthamstow Hall Senior School in Sevenoaks, Kent, England on June 9th, 2024.

The competition will include a variety of age group classes for soloists, duos, groups and orchestras, plus categories for entertainment, own composition and non-competitive classes.

Special awards:

• The Accordion World Magazine Challenge Trophy: for the most outstanding solo/duet performance in the Accordion Section
• The David Keen Memorial Trophy: for the highest mark gained in a performance by three or more accordion players

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Future events


Coba Performs on Yomiuri TV "Wake Up" Program - Japan

Coba
CobaVideo: Coba Performing his own composition "Sara" with Ryotaro Imai (keyboards) at the 10th anniversary live concert of Ryotaro Imazaki Major Debut, held at the Hall of Music Cotton Club in Japan.

Coba is currently in the process of recording a new album and in the next few days, an advance single will be released.

In the meantime, Coba will perform the single live on the Yomiuri TV "Wake Up" program on May 4th. The program begins at 8 am.

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Les Artisans Mélodieux Orchestra Concert – Switzerland

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Les Artisans Mélodieux Accordion Orchestra, under the direction of Nicole Sallin, will present a concert at the Perraires Hall in Collombey-Muraz, Switzerland on May 4th, 2024 at 8pm.

Ptits Boutons à Bretelles and Minis Music-hall will also perform at this event.

See poster right for program details.

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“Naragonia” Spring Tour Performance at Dranouter Music Centre - Belgium

Naragonia
“Naragonia”, which features Gudrun Walther and Andy Cutting will perform at the Muziekcentrum Dranouter (Dranouter Music Centre) in Heuvelland, Belgium on May 10th. 2024 at 8.30pm.

Their program will include a variety of folk music. This performance is part of the duo's Spring Tour. See poster for details.
Spring Tour

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Classic Meets Modern Concert – Germany

Classic Meets Modern Concert
The Project Orchestra DHV Rhein-Neckar-Odenwald and the Ack Wiesloch Concert Orchestra (conducted by Nadine Boesing) will perform a Mother’s Day concert “Classic Meets Modern” on May 12th, 2024 at 5pm.

The concert will be held at the Johannes-Brahms-Saal at the Heidelberg Music School in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble at 45th Newbury Spring Festival – England

45th Newbury Spring Festival
The Romano Viazzani Ensemble will perform “A Night of Argentinian Tango” concert at the 45th Newbury Spring Festival, at The Corn Exchange in Newbury, West Berkshire. England on May 18th, 2024, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

“Based on the line up of Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet, the ensemble recreates music that ranges from Piazzolla’s own works to classic Argentine and European tango. They also arrange music in the style of tango and write their own original tango-inspired music with a twist of swinging London.”

Their performance will include professional tango dancers Mina and Giraldo.

For details email: enquiries@newburyspringfestival.org.uk
Romano Viazzani Ensemble

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“Plijadur” Entertain at Fest Noz – France

Plijadur
Fest Noz poster“Plijadur” (picture above) will entertain at Fest Noz, held at the Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Centre) in Lanester, Brittany, France on May 19th, 2024 at 8.30pm.

For details email: fest-noz-des-trente@rugbyclublanester.fr

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Accordion Music Workshop Day – England

Music Workshop Day
The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT) will hold a music workshop day “More than Just Melodeons” at Wingfield Barns in Suffolk, England on May 25th, 2024.

The event will also include a concert by the tutors. See poster above for details.

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