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XII Concurso Internacional del Gran Premio "Golden Talents", Kursk - Rusia

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The International Grand Prix competition "Golden Talents" for accordion and bayan will be held from December 10th to 13th, 2020 in Kursk, Russia.

The competition will be held in three stages:

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Vince Abbracciante en el Palazzo Pesce, Bari - Italia

Bari posterVince Abbracciante (accordion) and Andrea Sabatino (trumpet) will give a concert entitled “Melodico” at the Outdoor court of Palazzo Pesce (picture below) in Mola di Bari (BA) on August 29th at 9pm.

These two musicians will provide an original program from Kramer to Tenco, from Trovajoli to Bruno Martino as well as creative & modern jazz of Andrea Sabatino.

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23rd Accordion Days Rheinsberg 2021 – Germany

23rd Accordion daysHans-Günther KölzThe 23rd Accordion Days Rheinsberg 2021 seminar will take place in the Music Academy of the Kavalierhaus Schlossanlage in Rheinsberg, Germany from February 12th to 14th, 2021, organised by the DHV (Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e.V.).

For the 23rd time, the DHV invites young and adult accordionists (students, teachers, orchestra players and conductors) to play music together and learn from each other over three days.

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Video: Accordion and Lawnmower Duo!, Siege of Ennis - Northern Ireland

Nigel Black"The worlds sharpest rhythmn section!!!"

Irish television channel TG4 featured accordionist Nigel Black playing his accordion along with his Suffolk Punch lawnmower on the Hector Anseo program this week.

The program included an interview with Nigel (who comes from Ballymena, County Antrim in Northern Ireland) as well as video clips of him playing a couple of tunes with his lawnmower!

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

GorkaComing Sunday: 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).

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Article: This Old Accordion - A tribute to Ilmar Kuljus on his 90th Birthday - USA

Ilmar KuljusVideo: “Northwest Profiles: Accordion Icon” is used by permission of KSPS PBS, Spokane, Washington USA. Published on March 31, 2016.

Founder: My friend Dan Grauman wrote: "I received an email from Susan Graham, wife of Ilmar Kuljus. I don’t know whether you’re familiar with Ilmar. He was the teacher of Patricia Bartell, as well as AAA champions Sam Thomas (2007) and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues (2010). The attachment is a real 'feel good' story, which I thought might be worthy of publication."

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Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand Site updated

AEBThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2020 examination dates and 2020 entry fees and entry forms.

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