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Prof. Walter Maurer (1931-2017) Passed Away - Austria

Prof. Walter MaurerWe sadly report the passing of Prof. Walter Maurer, the long time Secretary General of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) from 1975 - 2006.

Prof. Walter Maurer had a long life of musical achievements and these can be seen on the web page: Walter Maurer.

Also, the Celebrity Interview in 1999 at: MaurerInterview

Prof. Walter Maurer passed away on December 1st, 2017 and is survived by his wife Silvia and his children Christine and Walter. Condolences to the family from all the accordion community.

Picture below from the 2007 Innsbruck World Musik Festival, Austria where he held the position of President of the International Accordion Orchestra Assoc.

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Kevin Friedrich, Walter Maurer

Dr. William Schimmel AAA Master Class and Concert Series: ‘Thinking Inside the Box’ - USA

AAA 2017 Accordion Seminars
Dr William SchimmelDr. William Schimmel will again be the moderator and curator for the 23rd annual American Accordionists' Association (AAA) Master Class and Concert Series (The Seminars) which take place, July 27 - 29, 2018 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City. Master classes are daily, 3-5 pm, concerts daily, 7-9 pm.

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Akkordeon grenzenlos Festival & 2nd International Open Accordion Contest - Germany

Akkordeon grenzenlos2nd International Open Accordion ContestThe Akkordeon grenzenlos Festival has become a fixture after only a few years and takes place every year in the week after Easter, 3-7 April 2018 in Trossingen, Germany.

The Akkordeon grenzenlos Festival offers a wide range of concerts, workshops and forums. Full details at: 2018grenzenlos.pdf
 
The organisers, Hohner Konservatorium and Deutscher Harmonika Verband (DHV) are also holding the 2nd International Open Accordion Contest (IOAC) from April 3rd to 6th, 2018 in Trossingen.

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Lukas Gogol Poland’s Got Talent Success, Warsaw – Poland

Lukas GogolFifteen years old accordionist Lukas Gogol has recently won through to the Poland’s Got Talent competition Finals on live television in Poland, playing ‘Ekigrama’, composed by Gorka Hermosa.

His semi final performance impressed the judges and also received a tremendous audience reaction in the studio, and also later on social media.

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Gary Dahl Passes Away (1937 - 2017), Puyallup - WA

Gary DahlOne of America's best known accordion arrangers with more than a dozen books currently in publication by Mel Bay plus 10 popular eBooks and over 200 solo arrangements selling online, has passed away on the 2nd December.

Gary Dahl was a well known teacher, virtuoso accordionist as well as a composer, arranger and recording artist.

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Marconi Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Marconi Bellows
"Know the People" Interview at: 2017Marconi
with: Giorgio Marconi (Owner) and Lorella Marconi(Owner).
Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" of Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordion products. Interview at: 2017Marconi

Picture below: Know the People" with: Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi.

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Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi

Rob Howard Books: Accordion Anthology Still Available - UK

Accordion Anthology book cover by Rob HowardRob HowardThe book titled Accordion Anthology by popular accordion author and our Weekly News Editor Rob Howard is still available and is an ideal Christmas gift.

Only €17,00 plus postage. Read about Accordion Anthology at: robaccord07

Two other Rob Howard books, "Vintage Accordions" and "Accordion: A Pictorial History" are now sold out and therefore unavailable for this Christmas.

The Rob Howard historical series "An A to Z of the Accordion" Volumes 1 to 4 are also available but numbers for some Volumes are getting low. Order online at: Rob Howard

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Video: New Renzo Ruggieri Composition La Vita Delle Cose Released - Italy

Music coverRenzo RuggieriLa Vita Delle Cose (The Life of Things) for accordion and symphonic orchestra is "not classic, not jazz and not world... it's crossover music" according to Renzo Ruggieri. Video above.

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "The composition has been dedicated to Marco Gemelli who was soloist in world premiere of International Accordion Week, Conservatory Nocera Terinese, 24 April 2017 with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra."

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverAccordion repair author Thierry Benetoux is offering a Free Postage Christmas Special for all his books until 20 December. Take advantage of this special offer for:

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
- How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
- How to Tune Your Accordion

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00

Catalog benetouxfr00 Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (Book text) € 45,00
French language

Catalog: bthierryfr L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (Book text) € 49,00
French language

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SqueezinArt New Website Now Online - USA

SqueezinArt
Dan & Joan GraumanSqueezinArt is back on the internet after an absence of several years. SqueezinArt began in 1994 supplying accordion related holiday gifts and clothing.

SqueezinArt principals are both accordionists (Joan - professional, Dan - amateur, picture right) who love the accordion and the friends they meet. Joan, a noted artist is also an AAA Board member and the AAA Historian.

From a first catalog in 1994 of one page and five items, there is now a large catalog of accordion related "SqueezinArt" on the new site, complete with excellent pictures of each item.

View the popular SqueezinArt t-shirts and so many other accordion related gift ideas, on their new website at: www.squeezinart.com

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Article By Famous Music Journalist Gerlando Gatto - Italy

Gerlando GattoWe are very happy to have the doyen of Italian music reporters Gerlando Gatto, a professional journalist and music critic in Rome since 1974, making available some articles for Accordions Worldwide.

Gerlando Gatto has collaborated with several daily newspapers and magazines (Blu Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, Blues & around) and has written and conducted many jazz programs broadcast by RadioUno and Rai International TV.

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Know the People Interviews Index Page Updated

Know the People Celebrity Interviews header
A list of Know the People Interviews published in the last 12 months are:

Marconi Bellows interview at: 2017Marconi
Giemme Bellows interview at: 2017Giemme
Baffetti Accordions interview at: 2017Baffetti
Fismen Accordions interview at: 2017Fismen
Italcinte musical instrument straps interview at: 2017Italcinte
MusicTech Factory interview at: 2017MusicTech
Mengascini Nello Accordion Factory interview at: 2017MN-Interview
Giustozzi Accordions & Diatonics Factory interview at: 2017GiustozziAcc
Alessandrini Accordion Factory interview at: 2017Alessandrini
Fisitalia Accordion Factory interview at: 2016Fisitalia
Serenellini Accordion Factory interview at: 2016Serenellini

See over 100 other interviews at: Celebrity Interviews

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