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Message of Goodwill for the New Year

Accordions Worldwide Happy New Year
Gary DaverneA message to all our readers:

17 has gone, it didn't take long.
18 is here, let's all cheer.
Bring on the love, that we have for each other.
We are still young enough,
There is lots to discover.
Time is incessant,
It slips through our fingers.
Let's just be happy,
And hope that it lingers.

All the very best for the New Year from Gary Daverne, well known New Zealand composer, conductor and arranger.

Music and CD's available online at: Gary Daverne

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19th International Accordion Festival, Vienna – Austria

Friedl PreislWien AkkordeonfestivalThis year’s annual International Accordion Festival, a month long major event, will be held from February 24th to March 25th at various venues in Vienna. The festival includes lots of formal and informal concerts and also some silent movies with accordion accompaniment.

The festival’s founder and organizer is Friedl Preisl (picture left), who says that 2018 will feature over 50 artists from many countries, performing at 14 different venues. Friedl Preisl received the CIA Award “Honored Friend of the Accordion” in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the accordion.

Download the program at: 2018Wien.pdf

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Mika Väyrynen 2018 Celebrity Interview, Helsinki - Finland

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Mika VäyrynenCelebrating his 50th Birthday year, renowned Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen performed a series of World Premieres and works by Finnish Composers in the latter part of 2017.

Read the Mika Väyrynen Celebrity Interview at: VäyrynenInterview

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What Are You Doing For World Accordion Day? - International

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World Accordion Day logoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion day is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

World Accordion Day was started in 2009 by the CIA and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the World Accordion Day website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support this event by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of Accordion Day if that should be more convenient.

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Video: 2018 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert Intermission Film Features Accordionist Christian Bakanic - Austria

“Vienna Is Calling You” CD coverThe 2018 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place on 1 January, 2018, under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Musikverein in Vienna. The concert was broadcast in over 90 countries with some 50 million television viewers around the world.

Chamber ensemble "Plattform K+K Vienna" was featured in the 24 minute intermission video produced by ORF, the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Tourism and RIHA Filmproduktions GmbH.

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Claudio Jacomucci Master Class, Royal Academy of Music, London – UK

On Monday January 29th, from 10am to 1pm, Italian accordionist Claudio Jacomucci presents a master class to students at the Royal Academy of Music (York Gate 150). The event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.

Claudio Jacomucci graduated with honours in classical accordion from Grenoble Conservatory, France, in 1992.

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Just Released: New Friedrich Lips Book - Germany

Cover of The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion"The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion" by famous Prof. Friedrich Lips will soon be available. The high-quality content corresponds to the outward appearance of the book: typographically lavish with finest Italian paper, thread-stitching, laminated softcover with double flap and exclusive design – worthwhile, treasured.

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CD Reviews

Mini Review of Two Frank Marocco CD's

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Review by Gerlando Gatto

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New and Updated Sites

Updated: Banners Page, Books (text) Available on MusicForAccordion.com

BannersA large range of books (text) is advertised on the updated books (text) banners page.

Books about:
Accordion Repairs
Accordion Construction and Sound
Accordion Performance
Improvisation
Play Your Accordion Without Pain
and so many other topics.

View the page at: MFA-Banners

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New: Franco Cambareri New Works for 2018 - Australia

Franco CambareriPopular accordion composer Franco Cambareri releases three new works for 2018.

cfranco235 - Saltarella Calabrese (Shepherd's Dance)
cfranco236 - Tango for Lovers
cfranco237 - Via Treistzza

Further information and sample pages of music online. Purchase with Paypal or credit card.

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Renzo Ruggieri Updated: Accordion Kids (ten pieces) eBook - Italy

Accordion KidsRenzo RuggieriRenowned accordionist, teacher and composer Renzo Ruggieri has updated his eBook (.pdf file able to be sent to you by email) titled Accordion Kids Catalog rrenzo512

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "Accordion Kids features progressive songs for young accordion students. From first notes, to small imitations of animals, to singular genres such as Disco, Baroque and Blues. The use of the left hand loses regularity in the accompaniment (march / waltz / tango) to bring the young player closer to the new rhythms of the present times."

Price is only 10 Euro (or USD$ equivalent) for these exciting young childrens compositions that are a "must have", for every teacher of young children. Available online at Catalog: rrenzo512

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2018 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival Prospectus – New Zealand

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NZAA posterThe Prospectus (Rules and Regulations) for the 2018 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival, to be held in Auckland on Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June 2018, are now available at: 2018 NZ Prospectus

The rules for the international categories closely follow the rules of the Coupe Mondiale. The South Pacific international concert music category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Masters category and the South Pacific entertainment category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment category.

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