Paolo Soprani – “his life” by Beniamino Bugiolacchi and Eugenio Paolini – Castelfidardo/Italy

Beniamino Bugiolacchi
On 18th July, Eugenio Paolini and Castelfidardo’s Historian, Beniamino Bugiolacchi (Chronology of Italian Accordions and many other publications) in collaboration with the Circolo Culturale Filatelico Numismatico “F. Matassoli” and the Proloco and the Castelfidardo City Hall, gave a very interesting view of the history and life of Paolo Soprani.


Accordionists & Teachers Guild Festival, Illinois – USA

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2018 ATG posterThe 78th annual Accordionists & Teachers Guild Festival takes place from Wednesday July 25th to Saturday 28th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Lisle, near Chicago, Illinois. The festival will involve over 100 accordionists, and features a range of concerts, competitions, workshops, exhibits, etc, and all open to the public.


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Dr.William Schimmel’s 2018 Accordion Seminars: ‘Thinking Inside the Box’, New York - USA

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Bill SchimmelThe annual American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Master Class and Concert Series (The Seminars) will take place on July 27th, 28th and 29th at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, in New York City. Master classes are at 3pm, and concerts at 7pm. Dr. William Schimmel (picture right) will again be the moderator and curator.


Convence of CIA Executives at A World of Accordions Museum, WI – USA

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Helmi Harrington, Kevin FriedrichOn July 30th three Executive members of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) will meet with board members of A World of Accordions Museum at the Harrington ARTS Center, Wisconsin, for conversations concerning joint interests and supportive actions.

The international group will include Kevin Friedrich (USA), Harley Jones and sister Heather Masefield (New Zealand), Herbert Scheibenreif (Austria), as well as Kenneth Baert, David Beer, Curator Helmi Harrington (picture top right) and AWAM Board of Directors.


DAILY REPORTS: AAA 80th Anniversary Festival, Washington - USA

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The outstanding line-up of festival guest artists are included in the Daily Reports with the 80th Anniversary Festival featuring a multitude of concerts, workshops, activities, and a trade show.

Link to the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos: 2018AAA80th


CD Reviews

Book Review: The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion by Friedrich Lips

The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion by Friedrich LipsCD Reviews Index for the review of the Book titled "The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion" written by Friedrich Lips, reviewed by Prof. Joan Sommers. Read the review at CD Reviews Index.

Books available online by Friedrich Lips:
Catalog: kslips00 The Art of Bayan Playing and Playing the Accordion Artistically
Catalog: kslips01 Die Kunst des Bajanspiels, Methodik und Didaktik des künstlerischen Akkordeonspiels
Catalog: kslips02 Die Kunst der Bearbeitung klassischer Musik für Akkordeon
Catalog: kslips03 The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: SqueezinArt – USA

SqueezinArt logoSqueezinArt, home of unique gifts for accordionists and accordion enthusiasts, now has a downloadable price list and colorful catalogues in PDF format: http://squeezinart.com/catalogues.html

SqueezinArt will be exhibiting at the American Accordionists’ Association’s 80th anniversary Festival in Alexandria, Virginia, July 11-15. New items, such as the accordion trivet (picture below) made of Corian®, as well as a variety of t-shirts, pins, and many other gift items will be available for purchase.


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