12th International Competition for Diatonic Accordion – Slovenia

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The 12th International Competition for Diatonic Accordion (Styrian type) world championships will be held at Terme Olimia, Slovenia from May 13th to 16th, 2021 organised by the HVO - Harmonica Verband Osterreichs (Accordion & Harmonica Association of Austria).

The HVO have organised this event since 1999 as a biyearly competition which is an important event for the origin of the Austrian and Slovenian instrument.

Large numbers of entries are received in the two age group categories (14-18 years and 19-32 years) from different countries.


IX International Competition of Young Performers on Folk Instruments named after V.V. Andreev in St. Petersburg - Russia

V.V. AndreevSt. Petersburg, Russia will host the IX International Competition of Young Performers on Folk Instruments named after V.V. Andreev (picture left) from October 27th to November 4th, 2020.

The competition aims to contribute to the development of the performing arts of young musicians, popularization of Russian folk instruments, promotion of folk, classical & modern music, creation of a new original repertoire for folk instruments, identification of the most gifted and professionally promising performers, and the preservation of domestic traditions of musical education and musical performing schools.


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Rik Cornelissen Improvisation Workshop in Arnhem - Netherlands

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Rik CornelissenAccordionist Rik Cornelissen will hold an Improvisation Workshop at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem, Netherlands on September 26th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm organised by NOVAM (Nederloadse Organisatie Voor Accordeon en Mondharmonica).

Rik Cornelissen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jazz & Pop at the ArtEZ Conservatory and gives regular workshops on improvisation and guiding. He uses the technique of using hearing and feeling as a starting point instead of note writing.

See poster for further details.


Stas Venglevski’s Twelve Hot Tango Compositions Released - USA

StasTwelve Hot Tango CompositionsStas Venglevski has just released:
Catalog vstas063 "Twelve Hot Tango Compositions For Solo Accordion" as a pdf book able to be emailed to you:
01. Busy Fingers Tango
02. Elephants Tango
03. Meg Tanguera
04. Invite Tango
05. Tango for Two
06. Lonely Dancer
07. Tango Pasadena
08. Tango Mobile
09. Ecstasy Tango
10. One Tulip
11. Yellow Roses
12. Meg Tango.

View music sample pages online for each tango at Catalog vstas063
Price US$25 or Euro equivalent


New and Updated Sites

AAA Archivist Joan Grauman Articles All Listed On AAA Site - USA

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Joan GraumanJoan Grauman became the archivist for the AAA in 2008. She has been writing articles on the association’s history and on its members ever since.

Many of Joan’s articles were featured in festival journals and online in the Accordion USA News. All these articles are now listed on one page on the AAA site at:
AAA Archival Information

The articles with titles in red are accessible now, and the others will be linked shortly. Many can also be downloaded and printed as PDFs.

These 26 articles with more coming, are an invaluable part of the history of accordion in the USA. Appointing an Archivist to maintain their accordion history is an idea that associations around the world could consider valuable.


New Historical Article by Gorka Hermosa in English and Spanish - Spain

Gorka HermosaNew Article: Accordionist Gorka Hermosa (picture left) has written an article in Spanish language on one of the first accordionists on record and perhaps the oldest non European accordion player, José Gonsalvez. In 1836 (with his accordion) he made an expedition up the Indus River to reach Kabul (Afghanistan).

Read this most interesting historical article in English and Spanish at: José Gonsalvez


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