$8,000 Cash Prizes, Carmen Carrozza Memorial Competition, 2017 - USA

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Carmen CarrozzaThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) announces USD$8,000 in cash prizes for the 2017 Carmen Carrozza Memorial Award Competition to be held July 12-16 at the 2017 AAA Annual Festival.

The competition venue will be: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in New Jersey, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Le Grand Soufflet 2016, Rennes – France

Le Grand Soufflet 2016 posterLe Grand Soufflet 2016 is an accordion festival that takes place at Village Thabor and other venues in Rennes, Brittany, from October 6th to 15th. This colourful annual festival celebrates the accordion, both for its traditional music connections and for its versatility in a modern musical context.

Accordionists from other countries participate, and the music played can include arty rock, jazz, electronic or cabaret artists.


Andreas & Naoko Nebl On Tour in October - Japan

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Shigeko Ishii, Andreas Nebl, Naoko NeblThe famous German accordionist Andreas Nebl was on a concert tour in Japan with his wife, the former harmonica world champion Naoko Nebl (born Takeuchi).

With a new program of works by Bach, Handel and Japanese music, they were able to inspire their Japanese audience. There were more than 800 audience at the Klassikkonzert in Kanagawa alone. The pianist Shigeko Ishii was also a chamber music partner of the two.


20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships, Carrickfergus – UK

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Clyde JohnstonNAO logoThe 20th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships are being held in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, on Saturday February 25th 2017 running from 9am until 5pm, with the Prize Presentation taking place that night in the hotel at a Gala Dance.

Pictures: Above Clyde Johnston & orchestra, left Clyde Johnston. The hotel has special rates for this weekend and anyone wishing to stay over should book early as it was fully booked last year.


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

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2017 Finalists Announced - UK

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BBC logoThe BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2017 Finalists have been announced. These are Charlie Stewart - fiddle (Perthshire), Dougie McCance - bagpipes (Glasgow), Ella Munro - Scots song (Skye), Grant McFarlane - accordion (Paisley), Iona Fyfe - Scots song, (Huntly), and Kim Carnie - Gaelic song (Oban).

Thirteen musicians arrived in Coulter, South Lanarkshire, on October 8th to compete to get to the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award. They all performed for 10 minutes each with accompanists Mhairi Hall (piano) and Michael Bryan (guitar).


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Douglas Ward, Descriptions of Works - UK

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Douglas WardUpdated Site: The homepage of Douglas Ward, composer, arranger, performer and teacher has been updated to include descriptions of all his compositions.

The Douglas Ward page is now listing over 80 compositions and arrangements of eSheet and printed music available from Charnwood Publishing. Purchase with credit card online.


Site Updated: Klaus Paier Music Books - Austria

Klaus Paier Music BookThe website for Klaus Paier Music Books has been updated.

MCV1620 Vibrations vol. 1 for 2 accordions by Klaus Paier
MCV1621 Vibrations vol. 2 for 3 accordions by Klaus Paier
MCV1622 Vibrations vol. 3 for 4 accordions by Klaus Paier
MCV1623 Vibrations vol. 4 for 4 accordions/bandoneon by Klaus Paier

MCV1624 Solo Pieces vol. 1 for accordion by Klaus Paier
MCV1625 Solo Pieces vol. 2 for accordion by Klaus Paier
MCV1626 Solo Pieces vol. 3 for bandoneon by Klaus Paier

MCV1640 22 Original Solos for accordion & bandoneon by Klaus Paier
MCV1641 The Accordion Book, Volume 1 with CD by Klaus Paier
MCV1642 The Accordion Book, Volume 2 with CD by Klaus Paier
MCV1643 The Accordion Book, Volume 3 with CD by Klaus Paier


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