PIF2018 has the new AD: Renzo Ruggieri

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Change of the guard At PIF . The artistic direction goes to a polyhedric music master from Abruzzo.

Renzo Ruggieri, class of ’65, from Roseto degli Abruzzi, is the new artistic director of PIF2018, 43rd edition of the International Accordion Award “Città di Castelfidardo”, (from 10 to 16 September). The news arrives while preparations are underway for next Christmas, which this year will be to the rhythm of jazz.

JAF 2017 – No compromises accordioning Jazz

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Second edition of JAF – Jazz Accordion Festival organized by the Castelfidardo Cultural Department in collaboration with Zerosette, Pigini, Bugari, Ottavianelli, Vittoria, Tiranti, Guerrini, Lomar and Scandalli.

From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December four concerts with free admission in as many locations in the historic center of the City of Music. A young festival, but with clear ideas, born just a year ago from a rib of the PIF – International Accordion Award of Castelfidardo. JAF maintains his quality marks, but with the right potential to grow and carve out its own significant space. ” This is the progress of the work of promotion and enhancement of the accordion – explains the councilor for culture Ruben Cittadini – a growing instrument that opens up uncompromising jazz sounds.The case of the accordionist’s name accompanied by the type of training: I would like to focus the spotlight on these young artists the name of…

PIFoff/ Coba honorary citizen of Castelfidardo

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Yasuhiro Kobayashi aka Coba will be ambassador of the accordion and honorary citizen of Castelfidardo from October 7th: ceremony at 11.00 at the Salone degli Stemmi (Hall of the Coat of Arms) of the Municipal Palace. The PIF brand appointment is enriched by the concert at the Astra Theater (21.15, free admission) promoted by the Japan Foundation. “Castelfidardo has the honor of


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It’s incredible for me “: Artur Adrshin enrolls in PIF’s prestigious gold medal with merit and amazement (VIDEO). His intense and passionate interpretation of Diatessaron, a melodic compilation piece composed by master Angelo Biancamano performed with the string orchestra of the Conservatory of Fermo directed by M° Piccone Stella, was the first place with an infinitesimal rejection in the live finale that brought on the stage of the Teatro Astra a terna with excellent technical qualities.

PIF2017, jazz unites generations

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A joint among top players, an alchemy ready to release emotions on the stage of the Astra Theater where they get (Marcus Berthoumieux and Giovanni Mirabassi on Friday at 15.15 pm, free entry) on an evening to leave the mark. If the artistic combination between the two French musicians represents an excellence in the current jazz scene, the award of the “Accordion Ambassador” to a precursor  like Peppino Principe is a tribute to the myth that has just been 90 years…

The colors of World Music open the PIF 2017

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It is over the heterogeneous and polychromic notes of world music that the International Accordion Award of Castelfidardo honors its official launch.

Introduced by the concerts-preview of the #PIFunderground and #PIFaround events, baptized by the charism of Dario Vergassola and ideally linked to the World Cup just ended in Osimo last Sunday, gathered by the witness, enters the heart of its 42nd edition. This day – Thursday 14 – is the first day of auditions (from 9.00 am in Piazza della Repubblica and Auditorium San Francesco), dedicated to the category that has risen in exponential years in recent years. “It continues to grow both in terms of concert proposals and in numbers,” says artistic director Christian Riganelli. “In this sense, the choice to renew the formula by including the soloist…

PIF soundtrack of Marcelli di Numana

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In the context of the inauguration of the new Primary School in Bologna via Marcelli di Numana, the International Accordion Prize will be present tomorrow (Tuesday 12th, 17.00), as the soundtrack of the event, a group of six members. These are five young elementary students of Ancona’s musical high school (Michele Matteo Morici on guitar, Giulio Santini on keyboards, Matteo Marabini on vibraphone, Daniele Marconi on bass and Zeno’s wife on drums) directed and accompanied by their accordion teacher, the master Giacomo Rotatori.

Giacomo Rotatori – was born in San Lorenzo in Campo (PU) in 1973. After graduating from the Pesaro Conservatory G. Rossini, he decides to dedicate himself to the accordion studio, instrument that plays as a child under the guidance of Master Sergio Scappini at the Verdi Conservatory of Milan where he graduated in 2008 with the highest marks. She also studied jazz with Simone Zanchini, from whom will inherit the accordion class at the Forlimpopoli Folk Music School. He has played in numerous festivals and events, and has participated in the production of the film The Night of Concert by director Marco Perrotta, which was presented in many film festivals in Italy and abroad. Other engravings, with the Amischa album in 2009 collaborating with Roberto Bartoli, receiveing the nomination at the 2010 Orfeus award in jazz music category. He has several projects at his disposal, with an intense artistic activity in Italy and abroad in various formations. The repertoire ranges different musical genres – classic, ethnic, jazz, tango – from original compositions for accordion (Lundquist, Bettinelli, Schamo, Semionov, Ferrari-Trecate, Lattuada, Scappini, Pozzoli) to the languages ​​of the African American jazz tradition: Charlie Parker to a more melodic jazz typical of South American music, with contaminations and personal arrangements of various kinds.
He teaches at the musical institute Bettino Padovano di Senigallia, the school “Conoscendo” of Calcinelli (PU), the Sonart school in Pesaro, the Academy of Music in Ancona and from 2011 also at the musical high school Carlo Rinaldini (AN).
In parallel with the teaching and artistic activities he collaborates with Euphonia industry of Castelfidardo as a demonstrator.

PIF Around, Raffaele Damen at Camerano’s Mancinforte Gardens

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PIF Around touches the ropes of feelings reemerging the echoes of a glorious past: how to forget the role played in the accordion story by F.lli Scandalli, a brilliant example of craftsmanship and entrepreneurial intuition from which an industry was born that over the years ’40, employing more than 700 employees and subsequently gave life to the colossus Farfisa – Manufactures of Accordions – together with…