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Weekly News from Around the World - 31-May-2024
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World Accordion Day (WAD) Gala Concert 2024, "Museum of the Macedonian Struggle" in Skopje - North Macedonia
Accordion 200th Anniversary Accordion Lovers Night Vol 1 - Japan
2024 Coupe Mondiale Online Entry System Now Open - Finland / Italy
Results: Akkordeon Musik Preis 2024, Ettlingen - Germany
Video: XVI "Dani Harmonike - Accordion Days" Short documentary film - Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Rantaraitti Soi Festival Features Accordion – Finland
2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships & Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand
CNIMA Summer Accordion Workshops – France

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

Accordionists and Teachers Guild to Receive $10,000 Grant - USA
Gilbert Reyes Inducted into Conjunto Hall of Fame - USA
June 3rd, 2024 Deadline for 28th Okud Istra Accordion Summer Academy - Croatia

Future events

Poor Man's Gambit Free Concert, Pennsylvania - USA
Spiers & Boden Outdoor Concert – England
Accordionists Perform at Tivoli Concert Hall - Denmark
“Intocable” 30th Anniversary Tour – USA & Canada
“Langue de Chat” Entertains at Open Studio - Australia
“A Festival for Winter” Concert – New Zealand
Ian Lowthian: Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend - Scotland
“Almere Speelt” Beach Festival – Netherlands
Roland Romanelli Performs at Festival D'Avignon - France
Sophie Herzog Performs at “Kultur Sommer Wien” (Cultural Summer Vienna) - Austria

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World Accordion Day (WAD) Gala Concert 2024, "Museum of the Macedonian Struggle" in Skopje - North Macedonia

Stage with WAD banners
Zorica KarakutovskaThis year, for the 16th time the Macedonian Association of Accordionists (MAA) “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika”– Skopje supported the CIA international project "May 6th World Accordion Day (WAD)" with various exciting musical events. Read the full photo report of this concert with many pictures at: 2024Macedonia

The association organized a concert celebrating this international event and birthday celebration of the accordion. The WAD concert was held on May 20th in the "Museum of the Macedonian Struggle" in Skopje.

The WAD concert was postponed because of the Easter holidays, which this year coincided with May 6th when we traditionally celebrated the birthday of the accordion. We were then happy to attract our loyal audience to the WAD concert on May 20th.

Picture left: President of the MAA Prof.Zorica Karakutovska. Other concert organisers were Vice President Bete Ilin and PR Manager Anica Karakutovska.

Host of the event was popular Macedonian presenter Ognen Janeski. The WAD Gala Concert in the past years become an important and prestigious cultural and artistic event in the country and also abroad, thanks to the fact that the concert is broadcast worldwide by a National TV station.

The concert featured renowned artists and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Viatcheslav Semionov, Vladimir Zubitsky, Bete Ilin, Piazzolla, Strauss etc.

At the concert, in addition to the solo performances, accordion chamber ensembles performed, as well as chamber ensembles consisting of accordion and other instruments.

The hall was occupied with a very enthusiastic audience which reacted truly emotionally and rewarded the musicians with well-deserved applauses.

Picture below of the magnificent hall. Read the full photo report of this concert with many pictures at: 2024Macedonia
Magnificent Hall

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Accordion 200th Anniversary Accordion Lovers Night Vol 1 - Japan

Accordion 200th Anniversary Accordion Lovers Night Vol 1
In 2029, the accordion will celebrate its 200th anniversary. Accordion Lovers Night is a concert that counts down the final six years. It is a place where young people can pursue the possibilities of this instrument and take on the challenge of learning new music. This festival only happens once every 200 years. Let's have a blast together!

The Accordion Lovers Night Vol 1 concert will take place at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Small Hall in Tokyo, Japan on July 7th, 2024 from 5.30pm, organised by Tokyo Onkyo.

Performers feature Coba, Charan Po Lantern, MeguRee, Oshidori, Tomomi Matsubara and Futa.

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2024 Coupe Mondiale Online Entry System Now Open - Finland / Italy

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo Mattila, Federica CelestiCoupe Mondiale posterCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2024 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 77th Coupe Mondiale from the 2024 General Competition Rules page: 2024CM-Rules

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites the nearly 50 CIA members to register delegates to the 152nd International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Castelfidardo.

President Patarini also invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries well before the closing date to assist the organizers for what will certainly be a great Coupe Mondiale.

The 77th Coupe Mondiale will be held from 6-10 September 2024 in Castelfidardo, Italy hosted by the CIA member Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), from 6-10 September 2024. The 2024 CIA Honorary Vice President Federica Celesti welcomes everyone to Italy for a wonderful competitions and festival of music.

The festival will feature competitions as follows:
• 77th Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

Entry closing date is 01 August 2024 and all entry information is online at: Coupe Mondiale

Online entries at: 2024CM-Rules Direct Link: https://entry.coupemondiale.org/

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Results: Akkordeon Musik Preis 2024, Ettlingen - Germany

Akkordeon Musik Preis 2024
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The 16th Akkordeon Musik Preis (Accordion Music Prize - AMP), the youth competition for accordionists up to 27 years of age, organised by the German Harmonica Association (Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e.V. - DHV), took place in Ettlingen, Germany from May 10th to 12th, 2024.

Ettlingen Castle offered excellent conditions for a total of 160 participants. The competition was held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. For three days, the teenagers and young adults in different line-ups and categories faced the 13 judges from all over Germany and Switzerland and performed music at the highest level.

Download results here: 2024MusikPreis.pdf

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Video: XVI "Dani Harmonike - Accordion Days" Short documentary film - Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dani Harmonike
Slavisa PericVideo: The XVI "Accordion Days" and "Accordion Euro Coupe", held from April 18th to 22nd in Bijeljina, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by Slavisa Peric, is featured in a short film documentary produced by the organizing team.

The film showcases the captivating performances, cultural exchanges, and enthusiastic participation of musicians from various countries. It also includes interviews with performers and highlights from the masterclasses conducted during the festival.

Daily reports about these festivals at: https://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=26-Apr-2024&lang=en&s=21184
View the photo gallery: XVIDaniHarmonike

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Rantaraitti Soi Festival Features Accordion – Finland

Rantaraitti Soi Festival
Accordionists will perform at the Rantaraitti Soi Festival, held in Espoo, Finland from June 6th to 9th, 2024.

The chamber music concerts will be spread along the shores of Espoo and focus on open-air and surprise concerts. All concerts will feature music from different eras and are also a celebration of guitar and accordion music.

Accordion performers include Ella Koura and Sini Ström.

Surprise concerts will be held along the Rantaraitti hiking route, a lunch concert in Tarvaspää in the yard of the Gallen-Kallela Museum and outdoor concerts in the Suur-Espoonlahti area.

A traditional closing concert will be held on June 9th at the Espoonlahden Kirkko (Espoonlahti church). Admission to the concerts is free.

For further information email: rantaraittisoi@gmail.com

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2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships & Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

NZAA Daily Reports
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The New Zealand Accordion Association will hold their annual South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival on Saturday 1st June at the superb Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom, Auckland.

Free Entry - The NZAA has achieved a grant that allows us to offer free entry to our competitions. Free Program download: 2024NZAAProgram.pdf

The Aotango Duo concert will be on Saturday 1st at 2.30pm. The Duo will present a diverse program of Classical, World Music, and Tango. See poster above for details. Ticket Link: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2024/jun/aotango-duo

The Finale concert will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday 2nd June with the performers listed on the poster above.

Daily Reports: Videos and pictures of competitors, concerts and the results will be placed online over the weekend at: 2024SouthPac

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CNIMA Summer Accordion Workshops – France

CNIMA
The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold summer workshops for all ages, levels and styles in St-Sauves d'Auvergne, France as follows:

• July 8th to 13th, 2024
• July 15th to 20th, 2024
• August 5th to 10th, 2024
• August 12th to 17th. 2024.

Tutors are Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix who will cover holding the instrument, bellows and sound control, different touches, musicality etc.

For further details email: contact@cnima.com

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Accordionists and Teachers Guild to Receive $10,000 Grant - USA

ATG
The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $10,000. This grant will support the 2024 Festival and will help bring world class performers to play in concerts, open to the public, during the July 23rd to 27th Festival in Kansas City.

Spanning five days of festivities, the ATG Festival will showcase the incredible versatility and artistry of the accordion, drawing participants and performers from not only the United States and Canada but from around the world.

Audiences can expect to be treated to a breathtaking array of performances that will redefine their perceptions of the accordion. “The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International is an 80 plus year old organization founded on the basic principle of promoting excellence in accordion education and performance,” says Mary Ann Covone, president of ATG. “During the last several years, ATG has had a wider reach due to a steadily growing membership and online presence.

We are very grateful to the NEA for this assistance. We will continue our efforts to promote excellence in playing and teaching all genres of music striving to make our programs accessible to all accordionists and students through online workshops and presentations in addition to our live performances and workshops at our annual Festival."

One of the highlights of the festival will be a monumental accordion orchestra featuring 90 players, demonstrating the power and grandeur of this beloved instrument. Additionally, attendees can immerse themselves in an enchanting evening of tango music where the accordion takes center stage in bringing this passionate dance form to life in unexpected ways.

Orchestra director, Joan Sommers notes, “The ATG deserves this award. The organization has been working diligently to help accordionists of all levels improve their skills as educators or performers and to share important musical experiences with others. This NEA award will assist the ATG in continuing these efforts."

“Projects like ATG’s exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

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Gilbert Reyes Inducted into Conjunto Hall of Fame - USA

Hall of Fame posterGilbert Reyes Jr., has been selected for induction into the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame as part of the 2024 class.

This prestigious honor recognizes Gilbert’s long dedication to the regional conjunto music genre, and the substantial impact he has made within this vibrant musical tradition. Gilbert Reyes is the Hohner Accordion U.S. Brand Manager.

The induction ceremony will take place on July 27th, 2024, at the ABC Event Center in San Benito, Texas, USA. Attendees will enjoy a live performance by conjunto pioneer Ruben Garza y Su Conjunto, presented by Betancourt Ventures LLC Productions-Wrecking Crew Jams Dance Hall Series.

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June 3rd, 2024 Deadline for 28th Okud Istra Accordion Summer Academy - Croatia

Okud IstraThe deadline for applications to the 28th Okud Istra Accordion Summer Academy, held in Pula, Croatia is: June 3rd, 2024.

The event will be held from July 8th to 13th, 2024 and “offers a unique opportunity for accordionists of all levels to enhance their skills and broaden their musical horizons”.

For details email: accordionacademy@outlook.com

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Future events


Poor Man's Gambit Free Concert, Pennsylvania - USA

Poor Man's Gambit Free Concert
Poor Man's Gambit will give a free concert at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on June 2nd, 2024 at 3pm.

The group, which is a trio of traditional Irish musicians, features accordionist Corey Purcell.

For further information email: poormansgambit@gmail.com

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Spiers & Boden Outdoor Concert – England

Spiers & Boden
Spiers & Boden (accordion/violin folk duo of John Spiers & Jon Boden) will perform an outdoor concert at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, England on June 6th, 2024 at 7.30pm.

This show is rescheduled from March 3rd, 2024. For concert information email: terry@playpenmusic.co.uk

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Accordionists Perform at Tivoli Concert Hall - Denmark

Tivoli Concert Hall
Gemini DuoThe Royal Danish Academy of Music’s accordionists “Gemini Duo” (picture left) and “Tango for Two” which includes Dina Draugsvoll (piano) and Arcangelo Pignatelli (accordion – picture below) will perform a concert entitled “Schoenberg and Piazzolla in Tivoli”.

The concert will take place at the Tivoli Concert Hall (picture top) in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark on June 8th, 2024 from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, organised by Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (The Royal Danish Academy of Music -RDAM).

For concert details email: dkdm@dkdm.dk
Dina Draugsvoll (piano) and Arcangelo Pignatelli (accordion)

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“Intocable” 30th Anniversary Tour – USA & Canada

“Intocable” 30th Anniversary Tour
June concert posterRicardo Javier “Ricky” Muñoz“Intocable” will begin their 30th Anniversary Tour summer concerts with a performance at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 12th, 2024.

Further concerts will be held in the USA from June 13th to 30th, 2024.

The Tejano/Norteño group members are Ricardo Javier “Ricky” Muñoz (vocals & accordion – picture above right), René Orlando Martínez (drums), Sergio Serna (percussion), Johnny Lee Rosas (vocals & bajo sexto), Alejandro Gulmar (bajo sexto) and Felix Salinas (bass).

For further information email: info@grupointocable.com

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“Langue de Chat” Entertains at Open Studio - Australia

Langue de Chat“Langue de Chat” will entertain with a program of musette and chansons at Open Studio in Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 14th, 2024 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The group includes Anthony Schulz (accordion), Kaira Hachefa (vocals), Jack Pantazis (guitar) and Anton Schulz (double bass).

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“A Festival for Winter” Concert – New Zealand

“A Festival for Winter” Concert
Heather Gladstone QSMSt Albans Community Choir, directed by accordionist Heather Gladstone QSM (picture left) in association with The New Brighton Silver Band will be presenting their concert “A Festival for Winter” at St Paul's Parish Church in Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand on June 16th, 2024 at 5pm.

The concert “will warm you up with a little audience participation.”

Admission is by donation at the door and a light supper will be served following the performance.

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Ian Lowthian: Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend - Scotland

Ian Lowthian music weekends
Ian Lowthian will hold a “Gypsy Jazz and Blues Weekend” in Ettrickbridge, Scottish Borders, Scotland on June 22nd and 23rd, 2024.

The event, for accordion and mixed instruments will be held live and online.

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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“Almere Speelt” Beach Festival – Netherlands

Beach Festival
Marko KasslA new Beach Festival “Almere Speelt” will be held in Almeerderstrand in Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands on June 29th, 2024 from 11am to 11pm.

The festival will feature jazz and classical music performances, a children’s theatre, art, dance and lots of fun.

“Black Pencil” which includes accordionist Marko Kassl (picture right) will entertain at the festival.

Entrance is free of charge.

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Roland Romanelli Performs at Festival D'Avignon - France

Festival D'avignon
Roland RomanelliAccordionist Roland Romanelli will perform at the Festival D'Avignon accompanying vocalist Arnaud Askoy at the Théâtre Notre Dame, Salle Bleue (Blue Room) in Avignon, France from July 3rd to 21st, 2024, at 9.35pm.

See poster for details.

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Sophie Herzog Performs at “Kultur Sommer Wien” (Cultural Summer Vienna) - Austria

Kultur Sommer Wien
Sophie HerzogSophie Herzog will perform at the “Kultur Sommer Wien” (Cultural Summer Vienna), at Wilhelmsdorfer Park in Vienna, Austria on July 26th, 2024 at 6.30pm.

Her solo recital entitled “Unheard of” will feature pieces “that have literally never been heard before on the accordion”.

In addition to works by Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich, Sophie will premiere her own arrangements by the established French composer Alexis Paul, which were created in close collaboration with him”.

“Sophie's colorful playing and remarkable artistic personality promises to be a rich and memorable experience that will resonate for a long time”.

For details email: info@kultursommer.vienna

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World Accordion Day Information 2024 World Accordion Day Report, 6th May each year
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2024 Shanghai 2024 Shanghai Festival Daily Reports, Video
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