Jazz Accordion Festival, 7-10 December, Castelfidardo - Italy

Jazz Festival poster
Simone ZanchiniThe Jazz Accordion Festival (JAF2017) is organised by the Castelfidardo City led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the councilor for culture Ruben Cittadini and event Artistic Director Simone Zanchini.


2nd International Open Accordion Contest 2018, Trossingen - Germany

IOAC coverAfter the success of this competition last April together with the seminar and concert week of “Akkordeon Grenzenlos”, the organizers wish to continue this combined concept for 2018.

The organisers, Hohner Konservatorium and Deutscher Harmonika Verband (DHV) are holding the 2nd International Open Accordion Contest and “Akkordeon Grenzenlos” from April 3rd to 6th, 2018 in Trossingen.


Accordion Russia News Change of Format - Russia

Accordion Russia
Arseniy StrokovskiyThe Accordion Russia News is changing from a monthly publication to having articles released regularly as they happen and updating. News will be from Russia and Eastern Europe and featuring Russian performers in all parts of the world.

The editors will be international competition laureate Arseniy Strokovskiy (picture right) and journalist Oksana Strokovskaya.

The new format Accordion Russia News is now online.

For those not able to read Russian, there is an online translation link.


Tekla Klebetnica of Poland On Tour to Australia and New Zealand

Tekla Klebetnica
Polish group Tekla Klebetnica are a folk band performing native folk music mostly from the Carpathian mountain range with an addition of a few Balkan melodies. That fusion of traditional folklore with elements of gypsy, classical and jazz music is called "folk-crossover.

Well known in Poland for 2nd place in TV show Poland Has Got Talent in 2013. Full information about the group and the players at: 2017TeklaKlebetnica.pdf


Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Passing of Horace Lazzari (1924 - 2017), Walla Walla - USA

Horace Lazzari
Horace LazzariPictures above: 1. Horace Lazzari Performs Manhattan Concerto with the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra, April 1961. 2. Horace Lazzari with students.

Accordionist Horace Lazzari 93, passed away on Nov. 11, 2017, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Born on October 17, 1924 in Fort William (Now Thunder Bay) Ontario, Canada, Horace was known as Canada's "Boy Wonder of the Accordion" by the age of nine.


Horace Lazzari & Jeanette Lazzari

CD Reviews

CD Review: New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli & Massimo Mazzoni

New Klezmer Tales CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of New Klezmer Tales CD by Christian Riganelli (accordion), Massimo Mazzoni (sax soprano and contralto).

Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.


New and Updated Sites

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Unveils New Website

New CIA site
Freddy Balta, 1938The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a proud member of the International Music Council (IMC) an Official NGO partner of UNESCO has just unveiled its brand new website, offering a new look for the 82 year old organization.

The newly released site features all the latest technology making it adaptive for various viewing mediums, while adding updated and new content.

One highlight is the addition of pictures of all of the World Champions. The first International competition was held in 1938 when it was won by the French accordionist Freddy Balta (picture left). The competition was suspended around the war years, and when it resumed in 1948, the competition was officially named the Coupe Mondiale and won by Yvette Horner.

Through the extensive CIA Archive collection being held in at the CIA headquarters in Finland, and help from CIA member nations, over the course of many years, it was possible to find pictures of all the Champions, which have now been added to the site. In addition, pictures have also been added of the 12 CIA Presidents found during the CIA's 82 year history as well as other historical information.

The site contains a full list of the CIA members and Award Winners, with additional information on the IMC and the various CIA projects including the World Accordion Orchestra, The World Accordion Museum Alliance, Archives and World Accordion Day.

We invite you to explore the new site by visiting www.accordions.com/cia/


Franco Cambareri New Compositions - Australia

Franco CambareriFranco Cambareri has released two new compositions
cfranco232 - Pour Aline (For Aline)
cfranco233 - Romantic End

Franco Cambareri has composed a large number of accordion pieces in different styles that have proven popular with players around the world. All available for purchase using credit card and sent to you by email.

View the list of compositions and see samples at: Franco Cambareri


Updated Arrangements by Gary Dahl - USA

Gary DahlUpdated Arrangements just released:
Silver Bells composed arranged by Gary Dahl Catalog: DH0044
Tarantella Napolentana arranged by Gary Dahl Catalog: DH0261

View samples of the music online, purchase with credit card. Music sent to you by email.


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