Editors Note

Rob HowardWorld Accordion Day logoMay 6th is World Accordion Day and Accordions Worldwide is keen to promote events that celebrate the official advent of our favourite instrument. It was on May 6th 1829 that Cyrillius Demien (Cyril Damian) patented his first accordion design in Vienna, Austria, sparking off what became a global craze for this wonderful and incredibly versatile instrument.

This week’s news includes some of the many events we know are happening.

If you are organising an accordion event, large or small, on or near May 6th please let us know on robaccord5@hotmail.com.

Rob Howard


12th World Music Festival, Innsbruck, 5th to 8th May 2016 – Austria

12th World Music Festival, 2016, Innsbruck - Austria
CoverThousands of accordionists converge on Innsbruck for the 12th World Music Festival, 5th to 8th May, for the world's largest competition for accordion orchestras and ensembles.

Since 1983 the German DHV have been organizing the World Music Festival every three years in Innsbruck.

The event schedule and other information including the 28 page Invitation Booklet and Regulations, the jury list, is online at: 2016InsbrReport


NAO UK Championships 2016, 22nd – 24th April, Liverpool - UK

Opening Concert
Roseanna BodellThe National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) UK Championships was a great weekend, atmospheric, friendly, and full of wonderful music for the 71st year of the National Competitions! All results on the NAO website.


Corktown Music School

2016 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival - Australia

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2016 AATA Gala Concert posterEntry closing date is 1st May for the 2016 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival, taking place on June11th and 12th at the Club Marconi, Sydney, New South Wales.


New and Updated Sites

1st May USA News Now Online

USA News
1st May USA News is now online at: USA News
Many articles, pictures and videos of accordion news in North America, Editor Rita Davidson Barnea


1st May Diatonic News Now Online

1st May Diatonic News is now online at: Diatonic News
Over 40 articles, pictures and videos of diatonic, cajun, steirische, bandoneon etc, from around the world.


Updated Site: Franck Angelis Solo and Duets Information - France

Franck AngelisUpdated information about Franck Angelis (picture left) and about his solo and duet compositions:

ang556 Impasse (Solo)
ang557 Hommage A Paco (Duet)
ang558 Impasse II (Duet)
ang559 Toccata (Duet)
ang560 Haiti (Duet)
ang561 Haiti (Solo)
ang562 Comastor (Duet)
ang563 Moscou-Paris (Duet)
ang566 Hommage A Paco (Solo)
ang567 Beijing 2011 (Solo)


Updated Arrangement: Indifference Arranged by Gary Dahl - USA

Indifference arranged by Gary DahlUpdated Arrangement: Indifference arranged by well known teacher, performer and arranger Gary Dahl. Catalog: DH0076 View sample page.

Any clients who have already purchased this music may email for the updated arrangement which will be provided by email to you without charge.

Over 200 popular Dahl arrangements at: Gary Dahl


Updated Site: Grayson Masefield New and Updated Videos - Switzerland

Grayson MasefieldGrayson Masefield, multi Coupe Mondiale champion, has had the video page of his website updated with new videos in mp4 format. www.accordions.com/gmasefield/

Videos for viewing include original works for accordion, transcriptions (solo and chamber music) and entertainment works.

New publicity pictures online. www.accordions.com/gmasefield/


Updated Site, New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) - New Zealand

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Accordion GemsUpdated Site. The New Zealand Accordion Association site has added a page
about the Accordion Gems 'Master Collection of Accordions through Time' display at the Dargaville Museum.

The Accordion Gems display is strongly recommended as a "must see" attraction for all accordion interested visitors to New Zealand and Northland.

At the instigation of NZAA Life Member Kevin Friedrich, The Dargaville Museum agreed to host a major collection of accordions and memorbilia that he had collected over many years for the purpose of starting an accordion museum.

The new page has information about the display and how to get there.


Updated Site, Milwaukee Accordion Club, May to August Events - USA

Milwaukee Accordion Club
Updated Site: Milwaukee Accordion Club with meetings for the next few months:

Monday - May 23, 2016, Mac Members Perform.
Monday - June 27, 2016 Ryan Kautzer and his Yankovic Tribute Band are visiting from Wisconsin.
Monday - July 25, 2016 Yard Dog Charlie from the swamp of South West Florida with his belnd of Canjun, Zydeco, blue grass and country.
Sunday - August 21, 2016 is the Mac Annual Picnic and Jam.


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