Editors Note

Rob HowardThe first News of December means Christmas is not far away, and if you are looking for ideas for presents for accordionists, why not have a look at what the pages of Accordions Worldwide have to offer, including the reviews section.

There is a very large selection of interesting books, recordings on CD and DVD, music books, sheet music, instruments, accessories, etc, advertised on this website – something for everybody.

Please consider supporting our loyal advertisers, whose quality products should meet the needs of most accordion enthusiasts.

Rob Howard


XXVIII International Moscow Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" – Russia

Friedrich Lips and Alexander Gataullin
XXVIII InternationalArtistic director Friedrich Lips together with organizer Alexander Gataullin are welcoming all to the XXVIII International Festival “Bayan and Bayanists” taking place in the concert hall of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 14 to 18, 2016.

Thanks to the support of the federal agency of culture, Russian Gnesin Academy of Music and the Friedrich Lips Fund, since its very beginning back in 1989, the festival has always been a place where young talents together with already recognized masters were on stage.


Arrasate Hiria XXIV International Accordion Competition, Arrasate - Spain

Hauspoz (Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea)
Arrasate Hiria XXIV International Accordion Competition‘Hauspoz’ Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the County Council of Gipuzkoa, jointly organize the 24th ‘Arrasate Hiria’ International Accordion Competition, which takes place in Arrasate-Mondragón, Basque Country, from December 9th to 11th, 2016.

As well as the international competition, there are many national classes and a festival with about 350 accordionists from a number of countries.

The international competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality. Competition rules can be viewed at: 2016Arrasate

The prizes include:
1st - €3.600 and a concert tour, 2nd - €1.800 3rd - €900 less tax witholdings.

Download the 60 page 2016 program at: 2016AHiria.pdf

There are entries in the top solo category from: China, Croatia, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovania, Spain, Sweden. View contestant details in the program.

The international jury includes: Iñaki Alberdi (Spain), Geir Draugsvoll (Norway), Friedrich Lips (Russia), Matti Rantanen (Finland), Vojin Vasovic (Serbia).


Pigini s.r.l. Chamber of Commerce of Ancona Award - Italy

Massimo Pigini Award Presentation
Andrea NaspiPicture above: Presentation Ceremony, Award presented to Massimo Pigini by Ancona Chamber of Commerce. Picture left: Andrea Naspi performing.

Loyalty to work and economic progress was the basis for the Certificate of Merit being awarded by the Chamber of Commerce of Ancona to the famous accordion manufacturer Pigini s.r.l. team, at a special award ceremony on the 19th November.


Sitting: Francesca and Massimo Pigini, above Federico Pigini and Andrea Naspi.

Serenellini Accordion Factory Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Serenellini Accordion Factory
Valerio Russo (Italy), 1st place 2015 Coupe Mondiale Junior Virtuoso Entertainment category.

"Know the People" Serenellini Accordion Factory Interview 2016Serenellini with:
- Sabrina Serenellini (Manager)
- Luciano Serenellini (father of Sabrina, Founder and former Manager)
- Donatella (Secretary/Translator/Export Manager)

Editor Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" behind the manufacturing of accordions in Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordions. Interview 2016Serenellini


Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books

Benetoux books
Merry Christmas logoAccordion Christmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2016Christmas Ideas

Free Postage until 28th December ONLY make the following books SUPER value for a Christmas Gift.

Free Postage Special: The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English and French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special: Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English and French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).

New eBooks (sent to you by email) that are interesting.
NEW - Catalog: rrenzo401 - 10 Approaches to Jazz Improvisation eBook by Renzo Ruggieri
NEW - Catalog: ek203 - The Shortcut to Playing and the Bellows - Technique for The Accordion by Lars Ek
Play the Accordion Without Pain by John Bonica


Books covers for sale

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

Pauline Oliveros 1932-2016, New York - USA

Pauline OliversoPauline Oliveros, American accordionist, composer, and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, passed away on November 24th.

She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of ‘Deep Listening’ and ‘sonic awareness’.


New and Updated Sites

Gary Dahl Releases Polka eBook and Christmas Carols eBook - USA

Polka eBook by Gary DahlTraditional Christmas Carols eBook by Gary DahlPolka eBook, Collection #10 Catalog: DH10-eB Only US$18.50 or Euro equivalent.

Two newly released great value eBooks, that are emailed to you.

Gary Dahl writes: The goal for the Polka eBook is to provide favorite popular polkas in varying degrees of difficulty. Clarinet, Achtung Los and Beer Barrel polkas represent professional stylings and are designed for spectacular sounding performances.

All of the arrangements are entertaining and playable for the intermediate player while providing valuable material for the professional accordionist. The selections use both 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures for traditional presentation and all of the polkas are to be played with similar tempo and interpretation.

The Polka and the Accordion are inseparable. Every accordionist must by popular demand, have a reasonably extensive polka repertoire. This eBook will provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment for the accordion student, recreational player and professional accordionist."

Traditional Christmas Carols eBook, Collection #9 Catalog: DH09-eB Only US$18.50 or Euro equivalent.

Gary Dahl writes: "21 Famous Traditional Christmas Carols - great value. Every year more than 400 million people celebrate Christmas around the world. The great tradition of singing and playing Christmas hymns and carols is celebrated in almost every country, no matter which language is spoken in the home. It is a common musical bond, and one that creates our most cherished memories.

Within this edition you will find original arrangements of the best-loved Christmas songs, spanning four centuries of musical development. Enjoy performing and sharing these impressive-sounding new arrangements with your family and friends, and create your own Christmas traditions with the accordion."


Renzo Ruggieri Release Two New Jazz eBooks - Italy

10 Approaches to Jazz Improvisation, eBook coverDieci Approcci All’Improvvisazione (Jazz) eBookRenowned Jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri has released two eBooks (.pdf format) able to be sent to you by email.

English: 10 Approaches to Jazz Improvisation eBook - Catalog: rrenzo401
Italian: Dieci Approcci All’Improvvisazione (Jazz) eBook - Catalog: rrenzo421

Renzo Ruggieri wrote: "Originating from the need of outlining a practical method for improvisation (not only intended for jazz performers), this book is designed for those who can already master the basics.

Jazz classes most of the times primarily focus on theory as well as on its application, often neglecting or putting aside practice. But the theoretical framework can sometimes be perceived as overwhelming by students to such an extent that they may find it hard to get the major element of improvisation, that is the creation of a personal language which must include an appropriate assimilation.

Knowing what to do (or not to do) is not enough.

In order to perform a true improvisation one must first of all know a large number of pieces, but also be good enough as to forget them - in a sort of brainstorming – so as to avoid any remains of seduction left behind and create an empty space to be filled with their own creativity.

In this book I am going to explain in detail the procedures allowing a student to be introduced to the pragmatic ways of creativity."

Purchase online.
English: 10 Approaches to Jazz Improvisation eBook - Catalog: rrenzo401
Italian: Dieci Approcci All’Improvvisazione (Jazz) eBook - Catalog: rrenzo421


Renzo Ruggieri Releases Grande Jo Composition, Solo Format - Italy

Renzo RuggieriVideo above: Danilo Di Paolonicola winning the Castelfidardo 2007 Jazz Section with Grande Jo.

Grande Jo composed by Renzo Ruggieri, music now available in solo accordion format, Catalog: rrenzo510 only €10

Notes from Renzo: Grande Jo is a song which I have tried to put together the "Saltarello" (center italian dance) with jazz. The arrangement is for virtuoso accordion, written with the improvisations (customizable) transcribed from my CDs. The song is widely used in international competitions and is very suitable for concerts of world music and jazz.

Other recent releases by Renzo Ruggieri are:
rrenzo507 - Variations on Säkkijärven Polka (Solo) €10
rrenzo508 - Medley Disco (Solo) €10
rrenzo509 - Acquarelli Italiani (Solo) €10


New Website for José Valente, 2016 Castelfidardo Premio Winner - Denmark

José ValenteNew website for José Valente who was the winner of the 2016 Castelfidardo Premio category.


Video: Renzo Ruggieri Composition Cinema - Italy

Renzo Ruggieri has made a promotional video of his composition Cinema.

Cinema has been composed for 4 parts and drums for a group or ensemble.
Catalog: rrenzo506

Only 10 Euro or US$ equivalent, and its in eSheet format, able to be emailed to you, delivery within 24 hours and without any postage costs.


Updated Site: Zhang Jiahe eTracks Album - China

Zhang Jiahe eTracks Album coverThe website has been updated with more information for the this album in eTracks (MP3) format download by Zhang Jiahe.

The album is titled 'Winter Bilder', catalog: jiahe01
with sound samples. Only €9.00 for album sent to you by download.


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