Love and Friendship from SMAAC China to Castelfidardo Accordion Factories, Italy

SMAAC Forza Italia
Crystal Wang, Prof. Li CongRead 24 March 2020 Letter.pdf by Shanghai Music Association Accordion Committee (SMAAC) to CIA.

Read: 25 March 2020 Letter.pdf by CIA to Mayor of Castelfidardo Roberto Ascani

The SMAAC initiated this donation of 10,000 masks to the famous accordion City of Castlefidardo and we are doing this through the China Accordion Association (CAA) and your international CIA organization.

A number of important Shanghai accordion teachers are in the video supporting this very practical gift from the musicians of Shanghai to the accordion people of Castelfidardo.


Nova Wan, Prof. Li Cong

From Bellows to Masks: Galassi Company Adapts to the Market - Italy

Galassi masks
logoThe Galassi Group of Castelfidardo, was founded many years ago thanks to accordions. The Galassi Group produces bellows, made of folded and compressed cardboard and coupled with fabrics and colors to make it aesthetically flashy. Know The People Interview at Galassi Bellows: 2017Galassi

Today, with a pandemic that is bringing the Italian economy to its knees (as well as many other countries around the world), this company, with its reputation for technology and innovation, is responding at the height of the epidemic.


AAA Festival 2021 Already Well Advanced - USA

AAA 2021
AAA Festival flierAmerican Accordionists' Association (AAA) has moved on quickly from the 19 March announcement by President Dr. Joseph A. Ciccone "to cancel the AAA Festival 2020 in Alexandria, Virginia."

Within the week, the AAA is already advertising the AAA Festival 2021 that will be held July 14-18, 2021 at the Marriott Philadelphia West, PA 19428.

2021 will feature the Festival Orchestra conducted by Mary Tokarski, Competitions, Workshops, Vendors, Youth Involvement, Jazz Ensemble Junior & Senior, Fun Band and "The Divas" ......


The Divas

Kevin Friedrich St Patrick’s Day Entertainment in Dargaville – New Zealand

The Lifestyler newspaper in Dargaville, New Zealand reported this week that although accordionist Kevin Friedrich’s concert entitled “An American Journey” an Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends in Dargaville was cancelled due to Coronavirus regulations, that didn’t mean that the entertainer had to hang up his accordion altogether.

Kevin took his instrument to the Dargaville Primary School for St Patrick’s Day, much to the delight of staff and pupils. Kevin played a medley of songs both from Ireland and elsewhere around the world.

The event included a feast of green sweets and treats for all who attended.

Following this performance Kevin then went on to play at the Dargaville RSA for their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.



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

Just Released! “Vignettes, Short Pieces for Accordion” Delightful original compositions by Guy Klucevsek

“Vignettes, Short Pieces for Accordion” by Guy Klucevsek is now available online. Read in detail the review by Joan Grauman about this "delightful and mesmerizing book" containing 24 of Guy Klucevsek’s compositions for accordionists of all skill levels.

Full information by Joan Grauman including links to sound samples and purchase online at: VignettesArticle


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Video Added to Stas Venglevski Music Page - USA

Video added Summer Sunshine composed by Stas Venglevski. A video of Stas performing Summer Sunshine has been added to the page about the sheet music, available online, catalog: vstas056


Updated: AAA Cancels Events and Updates Site - USA

AAA header
AAA FlierAmerican Accordionists' Association (AAA) Cancels its annual Festival and updates to the site have been made about future events.


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