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Weekly News from Around the World - 13-Jan-2023
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Happy New Year
2023 AAA 85th Anniversary Festival - USA
Rare Accordion Collection Comes Up for Sale - Italy
Registrations Now Open: 2023 National Accordion Convention (NAA), Texas - USA
XXIII International Competition of Young Performers Named after Anatoli Kusiakov – Russia
CNIMA: Olivier Douyez Accordion Workshop - France
Brandon McPhee February Theatre Tour - Scotland

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

Arseniy Strokovskiy Awarded DAAD Prize - Germany
Adolf Götz, 11 December 1938 to 21 December 2022, Hersbruck - Germany
New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Japan
Zoe Tiganouria Presentation on ERT3 Television - Greece
Tango Trio Skopje Interviewed on TV Sun – North Macedonia
Video: Valinor Quartet Performs Tchavolo Swing
Video: Plurinational Women's Accordion Orchestra – Chile

Future events

Tuulikki Bartosik Solo Album Release Concert - Estonia
Hanzhi Wang 2023 Tour to USA
Romano Viazzani & Joanna Strand Entertain at New Year Cabaret - England
HHC Akkordeonorchester Grötzingen e. V. Presents “A Night in Britain” – Germany
Cafe Accordion Orchestra Entertains at Como Conservatory – USA
Ville Hiltura Duo Concert in Kyoto – Japan
Håvard Svendsrud Performs January 2023 Concerts & Album Launch - Norway
Louise Jallu Sextet Performs at Cité de la Musique - France
Alex Almeida Entertains at Brazilian Evening - Germany
Henry Girls 20th Anniversary Concert – Ireland
Roland Romanelli Entertains in Musical Show – France

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XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia
AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition - USA
Updated Site: Karthause-Schmülling accordion publications list - Germany
Updated Site: Accordion Russia News

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Happy New Year

Happy New YearWe wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2023. The team at Accordions Worldwide is looking forward to bringing you news of accordion concerts, festivals, competitions, CD releases and everything accordion.

We encourage you to send in details of your events to: cjmusic@outlook.co.nz

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2023 AAA 85th Anniversary Festival - USA

2023 AAA Festival
The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will hold their 85th Anniversary Festival 2023 at the Marriott Philadelphia West Hotel in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA from July 12th to 16th, 2023.

Planned events include concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibits, special activities and more and Frank Busso Sr. will receive the AAA Lifetime Achievement Award at the AAA Festival 2023.

For more information visit AAA

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Rare Accordion Collection Comes Up for Sale - Italy

Fermo GalbiatiAfter the sad passing of renowned collector, Fermo Galbiati (picture left), the director of the Galbiati Miscellaneous Museum in Brugherio, in 2018, his precious collection of accordions is being sold to interested buyers and collectors.

"The Galbiati Miscellaneous Museum”, opened in 1950 and his passion for collecting included bicycles, accordions, phonographs, records and more.

The bicycle collection traced the entire historical evolution of two-wheelers, through very rare specimens, military and professional bicycles, cycles from different countries and manufacturers. His accordion collection showcased 300 instruments of production, including prototypes, bandoneòn models, keyboard variants, mechanical concertinas and other beautiful accordions spanning more than 100 years of production.

Many of the instruments had belonged to famous masters, who had them built with customized technical applications.

There were also phonographs and gramophones (all working) and a collection of 10,000 vintage records, from 78 rpm onwards. He also had a collection titled "Mysterious Objects" consisting of 600 work tools of past times, which for us today are objects that are difficult to decipher and the public was invited to guess their uses. The "A Little Bit Of Everything" section completed his Museum collection, comprising objects from past eras such as film projectors, magic lanterns, measures for solids and liquids, typewriters, toys, barrel organs and other miscellaneous curiosities.

Upon Mr. Galbiati’s passing, the town’s Mayor Marco Troiano broke the news: "Brugherio loses its famous "Collector of Collections", known everywhere in the world!”

The accordion collection sale is being handled by Victoria Arts & Crafts in Milan, Italy. Interested buyers can view the instruments for sale in the catalog and prices and purchasing information are available upon request by contacting Gloria at: victoriaac.italy@gmail.com

Download sale catalog here: GalbiatiCatalog.pdf

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Registrations Now Open: 2023 National Accordion Convention (NAA), Texas - USA

NAA LogoRegistrations are now open for the National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention, held from March 15th to 19th, 2023 at the Hilton Hotel, Richardson, Texas, USA.

For convention details see news item in our Updated Sites section below. NAA Convention and Registration information at: 2023NAARegistration

Picture below: 2023 convention tutors.
2023 teachers

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XXIII International Competition of Young Performers Named after Anatoli Kusiakov – Russia

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The XXIII International Competition of Young Performers Named after Anatoli Kusiakov will be held at the Rostov State Conservatory. S.V. Rachmaninov, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, from March 31st to April 5th, 2023.

The competition is open to high school students of children's music schools, children's art schools, colleges with 11 years of education, students of music colleges, art colleges, university students, concert performers, teachers of various educational institutions, educational and cultural institutions of the Russian Federation, as well as representatives of countries near and far abroad.

Registration of participants will take place on March 31st in the lobby of the conservatory from 9:00 to 16:00. The draw of the contestants will be held online.

The competition classes will begin on April 1st, 2023 at 10 am in the Chamber Hall of the Conservatory.

For details email: rgkbayan@yandex.ru

Download competition rules here: 2023Rostov.pdf

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CNIMA: Olivier Douyez Accordion Workshop - France

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Olivier DouyezCNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold an accordion workshop tutored by Olivier Douyez from February 20th to 24th, 2023.

Olivier Douyez is an accordion professor at the Royal Mons Conservatory in Belgium. The workshop is for all levels and ages with a special focus on young talents (14 to 18 year olds) who wish to enter the Bachelor program at the Royal Mons Conservatory.

For further details email: cnima@orange.fr

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Brandon McPhee February Theatre Tour - Scotland

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Brandon McPheeTickets are now on sale for the Brandon McPhee February Theatre Tour in Scotland.

Shows as follows:

• Wednesday 15 February – Howden Park Centre, Livingstone – 01506340700
• Thursday 16 February – Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen - 01224592755
• Friday 17 February – Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
• Saturday 18 February – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh - 01316535245
• Sunday 19 February – Ryan Centre, Stranraer - 01776703535
• Monday 20 February – City Hall, Brechin Marion – 07783464005
• Tuesday 21 February – Tolbooth, Stirling - 01786274000
• Wednesday 22 February – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness - 01463234234

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Arseniy Strokovskiy Awarded DAAD Prize - Germany

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Arseniy StrokovskiyArseniy Strokovskiy, took part in the DAAD prize in November last year, winning the competition after competing against international students at the University of Music Würzburg.

In addition to his performance on the accordion, the evaluation also took into account his extensive social commitment. Candidates were asked to write a statement about their social and intercultural activities. Arseniy wrote about his concerts in German nursing homes, hospitals, schools and prisons and also about his participation in different charity festivals.

Arseniy Strokovskiy began playing the accordion at the age of five and first studied at the Moscow State Schnittke Music Institute before moving to the University of Music Würzburg, where he completed his master's degree in 2019 in the class of Prof. Stefan Hussong. In 2023, he is expected to complete his master class studies, also in the class of Prof. Stefan Hussong.

Arseniy Storkovsky has many international competition successes at the highest level (Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Coupe Mondiale) and has taken part in many unique projects such as SaxAkkord, a duo accordion & saxophone with Ivan Dyma. Album available: SaxAkkord

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a joint institution of German universities. It uses public funds to promote international academic cooperation, especially the exchange of students and scholars. The foreign students at their universities enrich the university community both culturally and academically. To recognize this, the DAAD provides annual funds to universities to award a prize to foreign students with outstanding achievements and remarkable social-intercultural commitment.

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Adolf Götz, 11 December 1938 to 21 December 2022, Hersbruck - Germany

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Adolf GötzAccordion composer, teacher and conductor Adolf Götz (Germany) passed away on December 21st, 2022. Resident of Hersbruck, Adolf Götz was well known for his compositions for solo accordion as well as compositions and arrangements for accordion orchestras, choirs and accordion orchestras, and pieces for accordion and other instruments.

A list of his achievements, compositions and arrangements is online at: Adolf Götz

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Japan

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CobaJapanVideo: The finale of the New Year’s Celebration concert.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Japan included the Bellows Lovers Night vol.20 at the Shibuya Red Brick Warehouse Hall in Yokohama, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of the accordion.

Performers included Coba (picture above left), Tanomisaki, Keiichiro, Charan Po Lantern, Oshidori Okayama MeguRee, Accordion duo Matzo & Komazo Kumaru Tsubechiko, the Isolation Orchestra Amita Fujii, Shintaro Tamura (Square La France) Miyoshi Fujita, Futa Mito, May Mae Mitsuko Ikeuchi, Luann Kanazawa-san, Warita Erico, Pocaskajan Yasuji Mano Teruku Mano, Okinawa Accordion Lovers Association. Oriko Fujimoto E Saji Hiromi & Ponka-chan.

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Zoe Tiganouria Presentation on ERT3 Television - Greece

Zoe TiganouriaZoe Tiganouria took part in a “Music Families” TV program EPT3 on the ERT3 entertainment television channel in Greece on January 13th, 2023.

The show, presented by George Melikis featured Zoe’s family of musicians and the traditional songs she has composed for her island.

Performing were Zoe on accordion, her father Dimitris (violin), her uncle George (accordion), uncle Stratis (lute), cousin Giota (santouri – hammered dulcimer) and cousin Pantelis (violin).

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Tango Trio Skopje Interviewed on TV Sun – North Macedonia

Video: Television interview and performance on TV Sun North Macedonia.

The Tango Trio Skopje was interviewed by Vikrotija Petrovska on TV Sun, Skopje, North Macedonia last week.

The trio is a chamber ensemble performing tango music and consists of Ayhan Kurtov (piano), Filip Petreski (accordion) and Plameka Trajkovska (violin).
Tango Trio Skopje

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Video: Valinor Quartet Performs Tchavolo Swing

Video: The Valinor Quartet performing Tchavolo Swing.

The quartet plays a unique hybrid of jazz and classical music and features Sergei Teleshev (accordion), Ben Powell (violin), Slava Tolstoy (guitar) and Greg Feingold (bass).

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Video: Plurinational Women's Accordion Orchestra – Chile

OPMA logoVideo: The Orquesta Plurinacional de Mujeres Acordeonistas (Plurinational Women's Accordion Orchestra - OPMA, pictured below) in Chile have released their second video which commemorates two years since the start of their orchestra.

“Cumbia del Desierto” is a composition by Catalina Bolton, current member of OPMA.
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Future events


Tuulikki Bartosik Solo Album Release Concert - Estonia

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Tuulikki Bartosik will hold a concert to celebrate the release of her third solo album “Playscapes” at the Fotografiska Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia on January 14th, 2023 at 7pm.

The album will be released exclusively on vinyl in Estonia and Sweden on January 14th and digitally worldwide on January 21st, 2023.

“Playscapes” is produced by Tuulikki Bartosik and Sander Mölder, mix and mastered by Siim Mäesalu, with cover art by Kristi Kongi.

The concert will include Tuulikki Bartosik (free bass accordion, zithers, vocals & electronics), Sander Mölder (electronics & cello) with special guests Khai (vocalist), Kristel Kolkanen (vocals & keyboards), Uku Kübar (drums) and Claus Heinrich Riismaa (bass).

For details email: info@tuulikkibartosik.com

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Hanzhi Wang 2023 Tour to USA

Hanzhi WangHanzhi Wang (China) will tour the USA giving concerts over the next two months.

Hanzhi earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.

2023 Performances include:
• January 14th & 15th: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu. Astor Piazzolla concerto: Aconcagua
• January 28th: Erie Philharmonic, Warner Theatre, PA, Astor Piazzolla concerto: Aconcagua
• February 1st to 10th: Recital and educational programs in Florida
• February 9th: Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL, Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota, accordion recital
• February 19th & 20th: Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno, NV. Astor Piazzolla concerto: Aconcagua
• February 22nd: Morgan Library, New York, NY. Hanzhi Wang, Accordion, and Steven Banks, Saxophone, Chamber Concert
• February 25th: Horowitz Center HCC, Smith Theatre, Columbia, Maryland. Hanzhi Wang, Accordion, and Steven Banks saxophone with Xak Bjerken piano, Chamber Concert
• February 28th: Ackerman Auditorium Collegedale, TN, February 28, 2023, Accordion Recital at Southern Adventist University
• March 4th: BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Church of the Covenant Cleveland, OH. Astor Piazzolla concerto: Aconcagua
• March 12th: Stissing Center, Pine Plains, NY, Hanzhi Wang, Accordion, and Steven Banks, Saxophone, Chamber Concert

For further information email: hanzhi@hanzhiwang.dk

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Romano Viazzani & Joanna Strand Entertain at New Year Cabaret - England

Romano Viazzani & Joanna StrandAccordionist Romano Viazzani will entertain with Joanna Strand (vocals) at a New Year Cabaret held at the “The Crazy Coqs” in London, England on January 14th, 2023 at 7pm.

The event, which will also include musicians John Bailey (piano), Nick Pini (double bass) and Jason Reeve (drums) will feature “some exquisite renditions of well-loved jazz ballads and songs to warm up this winter night, with original arrangements of Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Joni Mitchell and more.”

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HHC Akkordeonorchester Grötzingen e. V. Presents “A Night in Britain” – Germany

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The HHC Akkordeonorchester Grötzingen e. V. aims to take their audience on a trip to the UK with their concert entitled “A Night in Britain”. The event will be held at the Mehrzweckhalle in Aichtal-Grötzingen, Grötzingen, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on January 14th, 2023 at 7pm.

The orchestra will perform music by British artists such as Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran and the Beatles as well as tunes from popular musicals and films such as Cats, the latest hit musical Hamilton and James Bond. In addition to popular music, there will also be guest musician, traditional Scottish bagpipe player Jürgen Schmidt and Irish tap dance group Rince Cara, who will present Irish folk dance in traditional and modern dance.

See poster for details.

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Cafe Accordion Orchestra Entertains at Como Conservatory – USA

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Como ConservatoryThe Cafe Accordion Orchestra, which features accordionist Dan Newton (pictured above), will entertain at the Music Under Glass concert series held at the Como Conservatory in St Paul, Minnesota, USA on January 15th, 2023 from 4.30pm.

The band play an “eclectic mix full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.” “The heart of their repertoire is the romantic Parisian valse musette.”

Entry is free of charge. For details email: daddysqueeze@yahoo.com

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Ville Hiltura Duo Concert in Kyoto – Japan

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Ville Hiltura (bandoneon) will perform a duo concert entitled “Classic Cinema Tango” with Janne Tateno (violin) at the Aigat Salon in Kyoto, Japan on January 16th, 2023.

Their program will include works by Bach, Piazzolla, Kreisler, Mosalini, Morricone and Williams.

The event is organised by the Kyoto Music Arts Advisory. For details phone: 090 7359 4585

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Håvard Svendsrud Performs January 2023 Concerts & Album Launch - Norway

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Olav LøndalThis month, Håvard Svendsrud will perform three concerts in Norway with Knut Buen (violin) as follows:

January 18th, 2023: Festsalen, Modum Bad
January 21st, 2023: Hoyfjellshotell in Tuddal
January 28th, 2023: Gamle Raadhus Scene in Oslo

The concerts will include the launch of a record project he has been working on for a number of years with violinist Olav Løndal (from Tuddal – picture left) which will include recordings from the 1950s.

For details email: haavard@hsvendsrud.com

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Louise Jallu Sextet Performs at Cité de la Musique - France

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The Louise Jallu Sextet will perform a concert at the Cité de la Musique Auditorium in Marseille, France on January 20th, 2023 at 8:30 pm.

The sextet features Louise Jallu (bandoneon, compositions & arrangements), Mathias Levy (violin), Karsten Hochapfel (electric guitar), Grégoire Letouvet (piano), Alexandre Perrot (double bass), Bernard Cavanna (arrangements) and guest Ariel Tessier (drums).

For details email: louise.jallu@free.fr

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Alex Almeida Entertains at Brazilian Evening - Germany

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Accordionist Alex Almeida will entertain with the Trío Auraucária at a Brazilian Evening held at the Veggiezz Restaurant in Karlsruhe, Germany on January 21st, 2023.

Their performance will begin at 7.30pm. See poster for details.

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Henry Girls 20th Anniversary Concert – Ireland

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2003 CDColgan HallIt has been 20 year since the Henry Girls released their debut album 'Between Us' (picture left), which they launched in McGrorys, Co.Donegal on January 24th, 2003.

The group have announced: “To celebrate its release, and everything that came after, we are doing a special one-off concert featuring songs from the debut album, personal favourites from our 20 year span and also previewing songs from our soon to be released new album.”

The concert will be held at the Colgan Hall (picture above right) in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland on January 24th, 2023 at 8pm.

For details email: thehenrygirls@gmail.com

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Roland Romanelli Entertains in Musical Show – France

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Roland RomanelliAccordionist Roland Romanelli (picture left) will entertain in the “Barbara” musical show held at the Théâtre de Passy in Paris, France on February 7th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 28th, 2023 at 9pm.

The show features “Two Destinies for one love: Music” and will include Rebecca Mai (dance), Jacques Rouveyrollis and Jean-Philippe Audin (cello).

See poster for details.

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XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia

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Friedrich LipsThe 2022 XXXIV International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" was held at the Concert Hall of the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music (RAM) in Moscow, Russia, from December 14th to 18th, 2022.

See a full report of the event at: 2022Moscow with video and pictures from the 5 major concerts.

Download color booklet: 2022MoscowBooklet.pdf

Prof. Friedrich Lips is the Artistic Director of the festival and Alexander Gataullin is the Festival Director.

A full report of the XXXIV International Festival is published at: 2022Moscow

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AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition - USA

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Elsie M. BennettTo all composers, whether accordionists or non-accordionists:

The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) cordially invites your participation in the 2023 Elsie M. Bennett Accordion Composition Competition and contribute to the growth of contemporary concert works for solo accordion or for the accordion being featured with other instruments.

Full information including the entry form at: 2023Bennett.pdf

Elsie Bennett established the AAA Composers’ Commissioning Committee in 1954. As its permanent chair, she succeeded over the remainder of the century up to a short time before her death in 2005, in commissioning 55 works from 33 composers, many of whom were world famous.

For further information, see the memorial tribute of Elsie M. Bennett by Faithe Deffner and the AAA list of commissioned works at: http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions.php

Entries are welcome from all countries. Entry closing date is June 01, 2023. Winners will be notified by email after July 01, 2023.

For non-accordionist contestants unfamiliar with the accordion, see
http://www.ameraccord.com/commissions/ComposersGuide.pdf
for assistance.

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Updated Site: Karthause-Schmülling accordion publications list - Germany

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The Accordion Russia News has been updated with new additional articles.

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