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Weekly News from Around the World - 23-Feb-2024
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2024 Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy
27th International Accordion Week “Alcobaça 2024 – Portugal
ATG Presents: TeachTalk Online Lesson - USA
Argentina Group “Tango Bardo” Tour – New Zealand
2024 Pulsar Festival – Denmark
2024 Che Bandoneon International Competition - USA
What Are You Doing For May 6th World Accordion Day? - International
World Accordion Day Event - UK

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

Veli Kujala Masterclass at Accordion Summer Academy 2024 - Croatia
Special Price Complete Collection of Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) eBooks (10 Books) - USA
“Aotango” Duo Receives Standing Ovations – New Zealand

Future events

Cherish the Ladies March Concert Tour - USA and Canada
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) 21st Anniversary Celebrations – USA
Moldo Duo "Evenings in Harmony" Project Concert - Moldova
Con Zelo Accordion Association: Masterplay Concert – Netherlands
Orchestras Celebrate 90th Anniversary – Germany
Cambridge Accordion Club Accordion Orchestra Day - England
Foster & Allen Irish Tour - Ireland
Zoe Tiganouria Performs at International Women's Day Celebrations – Greece
"Djoliba Rattler" New CD Launch - Australia

Links to Previous News Still Current

Past News List of Links

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Charnwood Music Publishing Francis Wright Information and Music - UK
New Site: Paris Moscou Duo Album Now Available in mp3 format - France
Site Updates: AEB of NZ 2024 Examination Information - New Zealand
CNIMA Workshops in New Orleans - USA

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2024 Jazz Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo - Italy

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Jazz Accordion FestivalThe 2024 Jazz Accordion Festival will be held in Castelfidardo and Osimo, Italy from March 15th to 17th, 2024. Free admission.

The opening event will take place on March 15th at 10pm at the On Stage Club in Castelfidardo with a concert based on improvisation starring Jovan Pavlovic.

“A musician who is difficult to classify but adheres to our language: of Serbian origin, Jovan now lives in Oslo and is merging the tradition of his already very dense, polyrhythmic and complex land with the more modern and refined research typical of the Nordic countries. A synthesis between Balkan culture and Scandinavian experience translated in an original way with the free bass technique", explains the artistic director Simone Zanchini. Pavlovic draws on a unique and pioneering artistic expression of the accordion through an unusual combination of elements of jazz, folk, classical and traditional music. Jovan will take the viewer on an evocative journey through world music with his creative approach felt in the rhythm, harmonies and improvisational lyricism. Free admission.

Followed by a jam session open to all jazz lovers

On March 16th at 10pm, Marius Preda (Romania) will perform at the On Stage Club in Castelfidardo accompanied by the JAF rhythm section composed of Daniele Marconi (double bass), Zeno le Moglie (drums) and Thomas Lasca (guitar).

One of the most skilled and well-known cimbalonist and multi-instrumentalist in the world, Marius Preda is an interpreter of the most traditional jazz in the American main stream sense: “an extraordinary talent, among the most crystalline encountered in my career”, explains the artistic director Simone Zanchini. “He plays divinely accordion, piano, vibraphone and violin and the fact that he does not have an exclusive accordion background makes his language even more jazzy. An exceptional opportunity to get to know and appreciate him."

Marius Preda is considered one of the most original, prolific and influential musicians in the history of recent music. Born in Bucharest in 1977 to a family of musicians, as well as having a recognized talent on the cimbalon, Preda dedicated himself to the study of the jazz accordion and vibraphone at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, earning the nickname "The Tiger of the Conservatory" in homage to his virtuosic and energetic musical abilities.

Thanks to his unique and charismatic way of playing, Preda became the first cimbalom player in history to have performed in the most important and prestigious festivals and jazz clubs in the world.

Free entry: jam session open to all to follow

The JAF closing concert with Stafano & Iorio will be held at the La Fenice Theater in Osimo on March 17th at 6pm, thanks to the collaboration with the Municipality of Osimo.

The stylish and proven duo Gianni Iorio & Pasquale Stafano offers a concert suitable for a large audience in which the bandoneon is the protagonist, a bellows instrument close to the accordion.

Gianni Iorio is an accordionist who has specialized in the bandoneon in recent years, becoming one of its most authoritative interpreters, carries out a very personal research through his compositions using a very articulated language that goes well beyond 'just' tango, accompanied from the creativity of a leading arranger and pianist like Pasquale Stafano.

Pianist, composer and arranger Pasquale Stafano has recorded five albums as a leader for important record labels such as Philology, Jazzhaus Records, Enja Records, Sony Classical.

He is the creator and artistic director of the "Stornarella International Music Festival" which is held in summer in Stornarella, in the province of Foggia and his composition Milonguita was arranged and included in the album Hora cero of the famous ensemble Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philarmoniker.

Gianni Iorio, born in 1972, is the protagonist of a brilliant concert activity as a pianist and bandoneonist. He has recorded for the Real Sound, Philology, Dodici Lune, Jazzhaus, Universal, Rai Trade, Enja Records and Act labels and has played in the most prestigious theaters in the world with the “Oscar-winning” musician Luis Bacalov, who says of the duo: “Gianni he plays with a professionalism and rigor that make him one of the best bandoneon performers I've ever heard. I really appreciate Pasquale for his authority and for the captivating sound that he is capable of creating. The artistic result of this duo deserves the attention of all music lovers."

Free admission.

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27th International Accordion Week “Alcobaça 2024 – Portugal

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The 27th International Accordion Week “Alcobaça 2024 will be held in Alcobaça, Portugal from May 18th to 26th, 2024, organised by Aníbal Freire, President of the Portuguese Accordion Association.

The event will include six concerts, three masterclasses and the 27th National Trophy and the 8th International Accordion Competition, which will take place on May 25th and 26th, 2024.

The competitions will include categories for soloists, duos, trios, quartets, chamber music and orchestras.

Entries close on May 13th 2023

Download competition rules and entry forms here: 2024AlcobacaCompetition.pdf

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ATG Presents: TeachTalk Online Lesson - USA

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The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) will present TeachTalk "The Online Lesson: Burden or Blessing?" on March 17th, 2024. The aim of TeachTalk is to enrich our online accordion teaching skills by discussing with our accordion peers our successes and frustrations at teaching online accordion lessons.

Potential discussion topics:
Technology: Zoom-Skype-Facetime, audio problems, tech proficiency
Materials: sheet music, video, audio, notes, sharing with your students
Emotional: connecting energetically, understanding the student, teaching into the void
Pedagogy: when students and teachers cannot play together, ensembles

TeachTalk is an ATG-sponsored online community event designed to help accordion educators (and as a result their students) by fostering conversation and connection with other accordion educators.

There is no fee for this program, but registrations are required. For details visit: ATG

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Argentina Group “Tango Bardo” Tour – New Zealand

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“Tango Bardo” (Argentina) will perform their concert tour of New Zealand in April 2024, which will include an appearance at the Oceania Tango Congress & Championship in Auckland.

Band members are Santiago Polimeni (bandoneon), Lucas Furno (violin), Juan Miguens (double bass), Lorena Donvito (piano) and Roberto Minondi (vocals).

Their concerts “will take you through the ‘Evolution of Argentine Tango’ from the Golden Era to modern times, featuring different styles of orchestras and composers such as D’Arienzo, Canaro, Fresedo, Biagi, Di Sarli, Tanturi, D’Agustino, Pugliese and Piazzolla.”

Tour details are:
• April 10th, 2024 at 7pm: Performance at the Concert Chamber of the Auckland Town Hall in Auckland.
• April 11th, 2024: Oceania Tango Congress & Championship 2024 at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland.
• April 12th, 2024 at 7pm: Tango Rojo Show and Championship Finals at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland. This event will be held in two parts. Part 1 – Championship Finals, judging the finalists of the tango championship for categories of Salon/ Tango de Pista and Stage/ Escenario Tango. Part 2 - Tango Rojo Show Argentinian performance.

For details email: online@aucklandlive.co.nz
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2024 Pulsar Festival – Denmark

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The 2024 Pulsar Festival will be held in Denmark from March 6th to 14th, 2024 organised by the Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (DKDM). The festival is the conservatory’s students' own festival and features the theme of new music composed by the students and performed by instrumental and vocal students.

This year, the festival collaborates with the DR Vocal Ensemble, premiering works by four students, and partnering with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as well as the venues H15, Klub PRiMi and Bodega 48.

They will also celebrate the Danish electroacoustic pioneer Else Marie Pade's 100th birthday and Charles Ives' 150th birthday with premieres and performances of their works.

On March 11th, 2024 from 7.30pm, the “Accordion and Almqvist Songs” concert will take place at the Frederiksberg Church in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.

As part of his research project, the DKDM-trained Portuguese accordionist Jose Valente has commissioned four works by current and former students at DKDM, all of which will have their first performance on this evening.

The evening will feature music by Haining Dou, Gustav Bjerre, Loïc Destremau, Matias Vestergaard, Anders Skibsted and Håkon Guttormsen (vocals).

Admission is free.

Download the festival program here: 2024Pulsar.pdf

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2024 Che Bandoneon International Competition - USA

2024 Che Bandoneon International Competition
The 2024 Che Bandoneon International Competition is open to bandoneon players of all nationalities and at least 18 years of age by August 1st, 2024.

The preliminary round is held online. The Finals of the Competition will be held in Stowe, Vermont, USA from August 6th to 19th, 2024 as a part of the 2024 Stowe Tango Music Festival.

Timeline:
• March 31st: Application Deadline
• April 30th: Video Submission Deadline
• May 7th: Announcement of the Finalists

All finalists will receive a full Scholarship to the 2024 Tango Academy and Bandoneon Workshop.

Download competition information and rules here: 2024CheBandoneon.pdf

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

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World Accordion Day logoWhat 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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World Accordion Day Event - UK

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Big SqueezeSouth West AccordionOn May 6th, 2024, South West Accordion will hold their event “The Big Squeeze for World Accordion Day” at St Leonards and St Ives Village Hall in St Leonards, Ringwood, England, United Kingdom.

The event will feature a fun filled day of accordion orchestra workshops for all ages and abilities.

See World Accordion Day reports at: 2024WADreport

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Veli Kujala Masterclass at Accordion Summer Academy 2024 - Croatia

Veli KujalaVeli Kujala (Finland) will hold a Masterclass at the 28th Okud Istra Accordion Summer Academy 2024 held in Pula, Croatia from July 8th to 13th, 2024.

“Veli Kujala has gained a solid reputation as an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music on the accordion. In 2010 he completed his Doctor of Music -degree with distinction from the Sibelius Academy. He is a prizewinner of many international competitions for soloists and for composition in the field of classical music.”

“From the beginning of his career, Kujala has been very active in the field of jazz and improvised music and performs regularly with leading contemporary improvisers such as Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Harri Sjöström, Evan Parker etc. Currently the most active bands he is involved in include Gourmet and Sestetto Internazionale.”

From 2020, Kujala is the head of the classical accordion department at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland.

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Special Price Complete Collection of Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) eBooks (10 Books) - USA

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Gary DahlSpecial price for the complete Gary Dahl eBooks Collection of 10 eBook's (value US$335), for only US$200 or the € equivalent. This special price lasts for two weeks only until 8th March. Catalog: DH01-10eB

The home page of Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017) has been updated for the complete collection of Gary Dahl eBooks #1 to #10. The 10 eBooks worth USD $335 with 156 music titles of very popular arrangements by Gary Dahl is emailed to you.

DH01-eB Latin Spectacular! US$35.50
DH02-eB Favorite French Standards US$35.50
DH03-eB The American Songbook US$35.50
DH04-eB Favorite Waltzes & Polkas US$46.50
DH05-eB Easy Listening Variety US$35.50
DH06-eB Easy Listening Variety US$57.50
DH07-eB Traditional Polish Carols US$16.50
DH08-eB Italian Collection US$35.50
DH09-eB Traditional Christmas Carols US$18.50
DH10-eB Polka! US$18.50
Total USD$355

For those only looking for one work, there are 215 excellent individual Gary Dahl arrangements of different grades available online that can be emailed to you. All-Dahl-€ or All-Dahl-US$

Click DH01-10eB to purchase the 10 Gary Dahl eBooks for only US$200 (ends 8th March).

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“Aotango” Duo Receives Standing Ovations – New Zealand

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Grayson MasefieldThe “Aotango” Duo received two standing ovations during their recent sold-out concert at the Waiheke Musical Museum in Auckland, New Zealand this month.

“What do you get when you put together a master violinist, Andrew Beer, and a multiple world champion accordionist, Grayson Masefield? A breathtaking whirlwind experience of wonderful music and virtuosity.”

A special treat was provided by Grayson who played one of his pieces on Lloyd Whitaker’s Titano Cosmopolitan accordion (picture right).

Museum creator, Lloyd Whittaker (1932 – 2021) established Whittakers Musical Museum 25 years ago. “There is a longstanding family connection between Grayson’s family and the museum. Grayson’s grandfather sold this accordion to Lloyd, Grayson’s mother and her accordion group played at the museum at a fundraiser in 1996, and recently Grayson himself helped with the curation of our accordion and concertina collection.”

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Cherish the Ladies March Concert Tour - USA and Canada

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“Cherish the Ladies” began their tour of the USA and Canada this week and will give Irish music, song and dance performances through to March 22nd, 2024.

The tour will feature two special St Patricks Day concerts at the Irish Arts Center in New York City, USA on March 17th, 2024.

The group includes Mirella Murray (accordion), Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar), Nollaig Casey (fiddle), Kate Purcell (lead vocals, guitar), Gabriel Donohue (piano) and dancers David Geaney (five-time World Champion), Tyler Schwartz (World Champion) and Noel Spillane (All-Britain Champion and Riverdance alumnus).
Cherish the Ladies

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Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) 21st Anniversary Celebrations – USA

WMAS logoThe Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) will celebrate their 21st Anniversary with a concert and workshop at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church, Virginia, USA on February 25th, 2024 from 2pm.

Special guest “Papa Joe” De Clemente (picture below) will perform at the event.

The WMAS was the 2003 brainchild of Karen Malan-Uribe, who learned to play the accordion as a child in Michigan where her father ran a music school. Twenty one years on, Karen remains active but stepped down as president in 2010.

AWW congratulates WMAS and wishes them many more years of encouraging love for the accordion!
“Papa Joe” De Clemente

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Moldo Duo "Evenings in Harmony" Project Concert - Moldova

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The Moldo Duo of Radu Ratoi (multi world champion accordionist) and Stefan Diaconu (flute) will perform at the project launch of "Evenings in Harmony" at Icam Home 3rd floor in Chisinau, Moldova on February 29th, 2024 from 6pm.

The "Evenings in Harmony" project provides “a space dedicated to cultural events that will delight the community periodically.”

The Moldo Duo program entitled “Our Story” will provide the audience with “a musical experience that harmoniously combines flute and accordion”. The audience will also get the opportunity to sample sparkling wines from Apriori Wine.

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Con Zelo Accordion Association: Masterplay Concert – Netherlands

Con Zelo Accordion Association: Masterplay Concert
The Con Zelo Accordion Association will hold their final Masterplay Concert at the Dutch Reformed Church in Hoogwoud, Netherlands on March 2nd, 2024, at 8.15pm.

The event features an orchestra conducted by Christa Groeneveld, of advanced players from all over the Netherlands focused on playing together musically.

Masterplay is organized by the quintet Vijfkwarts from the Con Zelo Accordion Association.

Guest accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam will perform a number of solo works, and also perform with the orchestra.

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Orchestras Celebrate 90th Anniversary – Germany

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The Ravensburg Harmonica Orchestra (RHO – conducted by Dieter Scholz) will hold their 90th anniversary concert at the Eschachhalle in Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on March 2nd, 2024 at 7pm.

Guest performers will be the Orchester Hohnerklang Trossingen (conducted by Hans-Gunther Kolz).

See poster for details.

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Cambridge Accordion Club Accordion Orchestra Day - England

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The Cambridge Accordion Club will hold their “Accordion Orchestra Day” at Wilbraham’s Memorial Hall, Angle End, Great Wilbraham, Cambridge, England on March 3rd, 2024 from 10am to 4pm.

The orchestra will be conducted by Nigel Pasby, assisted by Helen Newton and Matthew Barnard.

The last day for entries is 28th February, 2024. For details email: sussana2024@cambridgeaccordionclub.co.uk

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Foster & Allen Irish Tour - Ireland

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Popular duo, Foster & Allen will begin their Irish Tour with a concert at the Cappoquin Community Centre, Co. Waterford, Ireland on March 6th, 2024.

The tour will visit Cork, Killarney, Bantry and Galway, finishing at the T.F. Royal Hotel & Theatre Castlebar on March 15th, 2024.

See concert schedule below for details.
Foster & Allen dates

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Zoe Tiganouria Performs at International Women's Day Celebrations – Greece

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Zoe Tiganouria will perform at International Women's Day Celebrations held at the Philological Association "Parnassos" in Athens, Greece on March 8th, 2024 at 8.30pm, organised by the Parnassos Philological Association.

The concert, entitled "The Woman of Yesterday and Today", will feature Zoe who will “enchant with her orchestral compositions and songs, in the company of artists close to her such as the female string quartet Enchord and the Anima Libre children's choir directed by George Smanis.”

Their program will include pieces exclusively for women such as "Sweet Daughter", "The night is leaning towards me" with lyrics by Constantinos Romanidis, "Por una Cabeza" (the well-known "Scent of a Woman") by Carlos Gardel, to favorite Greek Traditional songs for the Thracian woman that will give their own "feminine air" to the show.

For details phone: 2107234567

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"Djoliba Rattler" New CD Launch - Australia

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Malibourne CDVideo: Information on the new CD "Malibourne" launch concert by “Djoliba Rattler”.

“Djoliba Rattler” will hold a CD Launch concert at Kindred Studios Bandroom in Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on March 9th, 2024 from 7pm.

The group say their CD "Malibourne" has been a “long time in the making due to the Covid interruption but we've finally made it.”

“This is a great project bringing together master Malian musician, Aboubacar Djelike Kouyate with accordionist George Butrumlis, percussionist Ray Pereira OAM, and bassist Mark Ferrie.

The concert will bring “a night of soul-stirring music that transcends borders and connects spirits.”

For details email: djolibarattler@gmail.com

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PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
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2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
Bayan and Accordion Festival, Moscow 2023 XXXV International Festival, Moscow  News and Daily Reports and videos
Ship Cruise Finland 2023 Accordion Cruise, Finland Information, News article
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Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
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Serenellini Know the People Interview Serenellini Know the People Interview News Link
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New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Charnwood Music Publishing Francis Wright Information and Music - UK

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Francis WrightThe Charnwood Publishing site has had the Francis Wright (1918 - 1997) information page and music lists updated.

Francis Wright held a number of important positions, both national and international.
- Chairman, Board of Administration of British College of Accordionists (BCA) 1969 - 1997
- Chairperson, National Accordion Organisation of the UK (NAO) 1966 - 1969
- Vice-President, Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) 1968 - 1970

In 1958 Francis Wright founded Charnwood Music and had over 104 arrangements and compositions published by Charnwood. The complete Charnwood catalog of his music (with music samples) is available at: Francis Wright

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New Site: Paris Moscou Duo Album Now Available in mp3 format - France

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Paris Moscou Duo AlbumMusicForAccordion.com is now making the Paris Moscou Duo CD available as an eTracks mp3 album only. The mp3 album of 52 mins music is sent to the client as a download (so no postage cost) for only € 9. Catalog: jroman103eT

Tracks list is below. The album is great value with a lot of very fine music for only € 9.
Paris Moscou Duo album tracks

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Site Updates: AEB of NZ 2024 Examination Information - New Zealand

AEB logoThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2024 examination dates, music lists, 2024 entry fees and entry forms.

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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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