NAO Area Festivals and 70th Anniversary NAO UK Championships – UK

Raymond BodellThe National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) Area Festival dates for 2018/19 have been published – see the list above. Each Area Festival is a qualifying stage for the important 70th Anniversary Celebration NAO UK Championships 2019, which will again take place at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, April 26th to 28th 2019.


NAO Founders

AAA Festival 2019, July 17-21, King of Prussia, PA - USA

AAA 2019 Festival posterThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) announces the AAA Festival 2019, will be held at the Valley Forge Casino Resort (Radisson Hotel), July 17-21, King of Prussia, PA. Details are on the AAA poster above.

This follows the outstanding 80th Anniversary 2018 AAA Festival which featured a multitude of concerts, workshops, activities, and a trade show. AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos at: 2018AAA80th


Friedrich Lips 70th Birthday November 18th, Moscow - Russia

Friedrich LipsFriedrich Lips was born 18 November 1948, in the city of Yemanzhelinsk, Eastern Urals, Russia. Lips celebrates his 70th birthday this 18th November and the accordion world honors a professional life of over 50 years filled with so many accordion achievements.

"Jubilee concerts" are planned Magnitogorsk, Smolensk and Moscow soon and much of the December "Bayan and Bayanists" festival will be in honor of Friedrich Lips.

An updated biography for the 70th birthday by Herbert Scheibenreif is online at: Lips Biography

This updated biography details the lifetime of achievements by Lips and the home page of the site at: Friedrich Lips
lists his 29 CD's - an incredible musical history.

To celebrate, all the Lips CD's until the 70th birthday are available post free:
- Individual CD's €16 each, including postage.
- Your Choice of Any 3 Lips CD's (value €48 plus post) for only €41 including postage.
- Your Choice of Any 6 Lips CD's (value €96 plus post) for only €80 including postage.
- All 29 CD's, (value €464) for only €312 including postage.

To order, email: musicforaccordion@yahoo.com with a list of the CD's you want and you will be sent an invoice which you can pay by credit card or with Paypal, after which the CDs will be posted to you.

Below: 29 CD covers


Friedrich Lips 29 CD covers

Nick Ariondo @ Hollywood Bowl, California – USA

On October 26th, 27th and 28th American accordionist Nick Ariondo performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, for Danny Elfman’s 25th celebration of Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' with original cast members, orchestra, film and chorus. The featured artists included Sandy Cameron (solo violin), Nick Ariondo (accordion), Rusty Higgins (alto sax), Mike Valerio (string bass), and John Mauceri (conductor).


New and Updated Sites

New Site: Nova Wan Site and First Composition Released, Shanghai - China

Nova Wan is a former international competitor who achieved 3rd place in the Virtuoso Entertainment category at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. His tutor was Crystal Wang of Shanghai Normal University (SHNU).

After graduation, Nova Wan has continued composing and arranging, and is now a well known composer and arranger as well as accordion teacher and Conductor of the Shanghai Accordion Alliance Orchestra.

Nova Wan is going to release his compositions over the coming months.

Just released is:
Catalog: nova101 Umbrella Waltz composed by Nova Wan for quartet, ensemble or orchestra. Sample of music available online, music in pdf format sent to clients by email.


Gary Daverne Accordion Orchestra Arrangements Released - New Zealand

Gary DaverneTwo accordion orchestra arrangements released by composer, arranged and conductor Gary Daverne ONZM.

Catalog: gd101 Invercargill March composed by Alex Lithgow arranged for Accordion Orchestra.
Parts: Score, bass, glock, guitar, 8 accordion parts.
Invercargill Marrch is one of the worlds greatest marches and especially popular in the United States.

Catalog: gd102 New Zealand in Song. Arrangements of a medley of popular New Zealand historic melodies
Parts: Score, bass, kit drums, percussion, timpani, 8 accordion parts.


Stas Venglevski Announces Two New Compositions - USA

Stas VenglevskiTwo new Stas  Venglevski compositions are now available.

Catalog: vstas055 Octobler Rondo (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas056 Summer Sunshine (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.

Recent Stas  Venglevski compositions released.

Catalog: vstas051 Meg Tango (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas052 Maurisa (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas053 A Song (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.
Catalog: vstas054 Stas' Tune (solo) with music page sample and sound sample.


American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Store - Now open for business!

AAA header
You don't have to wait for Black Friday, visit the AAA Store TODAY. You can become a member, pay your dues or support the youth programs by buying an 80th anniversary T-shirt. It's Easy!! Give it a try and let us know how we can improve!

View at: AAA-Store


80th Anniversary t-Shirts

K Trio New Site Address - USA

K Trio New Site Address. The K Trio of Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk have performed extensively nationally and internationally.

The K Trio has also released three CD's which are available online:
The K-Trio - Classically
The K-Trio - Images
The K-Trio - Take 2


Updated Site of Mike Middleton, Texas - USA

Mike MiddletonThe Mike Middleton website has been updated.

The site is promoting the CD albums, biography and musical activities of well known Texan Mike Middleton.


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