William Schimmel at 2020 AAA Master Class & Concert Series in New York - USA

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The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will present a 2020 Master Class & Concert Series with Dr William Schimmel, moderator and curator from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020. This event will be held at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York.

Entitled "Time Travel" the festival will feature daily masterclasses from 3 pm and evening concerts from 7 pm.

Download the AAA Masterclass flier for a full list of participants and reservation information: 2020AAAMasterClass.pdf Online reservations at: http://www.ameraccord.com/annualmasterclass.php


International Meeting for Women Accordionists - Colombia

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Colombia for womenThe 4th International EVAFE Women’s Vallenato meeting will be held in Valledupar, Colombia from November 22nd to 24th organised by Mr. Hernando Riaño Baute.

As part of this event, the First International Meeting of Accordion Women will be held. Accordionists from Japan, USA, Mexico, Chile and Argentina will participate.

An ensemble of 10 accordionists will perform two Colombian folklore pieces directed by Maestro Lácides Romero Meza.

This concert will take place on Friday, November 22 at 7pm at the Alfonso Lopez square in Valledupar.


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Brandon McPhee Christmas Concerts – Scotland

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Popular accordion entertainer Brandon McPhee will give Christmas concerts at the British Legion Club, Thurso on December 9th at 7.30pm, the Nova Suite in Brechin on December 11th at 8pm and at the National Hotel Dingwall on December 12th at 7.30pm. Brandon will perform traditional Scottish and country music with guest musicians Manson Grant, Geordie Jack and Willie Gamble.

Brandon has just completed a tour of the UK during October entitled “The Jimmy Shand Story” with live narrator, actor Dave Anderson. The show concluded in Scotland on November 3rd.


Video: Alex Meixner Band Performs Train Medley in a Model Train Display - USA

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Alex Meixner Band: When an opportunity popped up to play the Alex Meixner Band's well-known train medley inside an actual model train display, you know we were definitely going to go "off the rails!!"


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Franck Angelis New Composition "valse du clown" - France

Franck AngelisThe video above is the world premiere of "valse du clown" at the PIF 2019Castelfidardo. The concert was titled "Christina Rossi (France) Plays Angelis".

This concert was quite unique and historical with composer Franck Angelis (picture left) attending and also speaking at the concert, including introducing two new compositions world premieres. View video of all the concert at: http://www.accordions.com/pifcastelfidardo/2019/21.htm

The pdf music of "valse du clown" which is dedicated: "For my friend Jacques Mornet", catalog ang570 is now available online, also page sample online, only €9.00

Franck Angelis and Jacques Mornet of the famous music school CNIMA J.Mornet have a long history of musical collaboration and many students successfully performing Angelis compositions in international competition.

Catalog ang571 Romance No. 2 by Franck Angelis is also now available, only €8.00


Updated AAA Site: Historical Articles about the AAA by Joan Grauman, AAA Historian

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Joan GraumanUpdated AAA Site: AAA History - A Series of Articles by AAA Historian Joan Grauman at:

1. What Events Led to the Formation of the American Accordionists’ Association?

2. Documenting the Fascinating History of the AAA

3. 80 Years of AAA Logos and Promotional Materials

4. Joseph Biviano and Charles Magnante – A Lifetime Commitment to the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA)

5. Growing up in the accordion schools: The 1950s through the 1970s

6. Women in the AAA Through the Decades, Beverly Roberts Curnow – Accordion Queen and World Accordion Champion still bringing joy with her beloved instrument!


New Music by Gary Daverne - New Zealand

Gary DaverneGary Daverne ONZM has composed a new version of his popular Margarita duet, this time for accordion and piano. Catalog ED0050 - Margarita - accordion and piano

Gary Daverne after several requests, has also composed the accordion solo with piano accompaniment for his 2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra. Catalog ED0082d

The 2nd Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra is composed for accordion solo with accordion orchestra or accordion solo with symphony orchestra. Full details at: Gary Daverne


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