- Classical accordionist Lidia Kaminska has taken a soujourn from her Philadelphia base to join the Circus. THE circus. Cirque du Soleil’s show Allegria. Nice little Q&A interview with her on the philly.com blog.
- Angelo Debarre’s tour is cut short by tendonitis, what a real shame, wish him a quick recovery. But, the show goes on: AMAZING French swing and Gypsy accordionist Ludovic Beier will be with Samson Schmitt (filling in for Angelo) on guitar, Doudou Cuillerier on guitar and Antonio Licusati on bass at Windsor Hall in Cumberland, MD. On FRI Oct. 1st, 2010. 8p. Call The Book Center for tix (301) 722-2284.
Giant accordion festival in Hamburg Germany. Starting next week. I think the accordionists have more fun in Europe, and I’m here stuck in the snow. Well this is definitely an event I would like to go to!
Where else than in the port city of Hamburg should be the “Schiffer Piano” and his music just devote a whole festival? Venue of the Reeperbahn is no accident, however: For the international accordion scene, cheeky and very lively – hardly a musical genre in which they had not successfully taken root. Thus, the neighborhood festival “accordion,” the performance show that approximately 200 years old invention that has conquered the whole of the folklore of Europe and large parts of South America: Of course the “classics” are the instrument family to experience – that of the Argentine tango bandoneon, the accordion alpine folk music, the musette, the French dance music of the Viennese Quetschn Heurigenklänge. But there is no lack of the “young savages,” which is unprecedented advance into sound ground – in short, as everything turn, has to give away what joy of playing the accordion and Tanzwut.
- February 13th, 8pm – Carel Kraayenhof & Sexteto Canyengue, St. Pauli Theater
- 14th, 8pm – Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic, with the Jurek Lamorski Quartett, Imperial Theater
- 15th, 8pm – Kimmo Pohjonen Kluster, Grünspan
- 16th, 8pm – Teodoro Anzelotti, St. Pauli Kirche
- 17th, 8pm – Attwenger, Safari Cabaret
- 18th, 8pm – Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet, St. Pauli Theater
- 19th, 8pm – Accordion Tribe, Imperial Theater
- 20th, 8pm – The Motion Trio; Akkordeon-Orchester Hamburg-Eimsbüttel (MD Hans-Georg Beyer), Fliegende Bauten
Master of diatonic button accordion. Called the Piazzolla of the instrument. His waltzes he is known for.
Many in the accordion community and fans are broken hearted. Please listen to his work.
News of Delicq’s passing broke on Feb. 3rd, 2010.
I thought everyone should know about this one. Richard Galliano (genious jazz accordionist from France) will be performing with Kurt Elling (genious jazz vocalist from America) along with Elling’s longtime pianist Lawrence Hobgood. Galliano seems to be creating a trilogy of collaborations with American jazz artists. His disc Love Day, with icons Charlie Haden, bass, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano, was released in 2008 on the Milan label. (A stunning disc.) He just put out a disc with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf Live in Marcaic. Knowing Marsalis’ relationship as director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a now sanctified cultural celebratory organization, I expect there was some of the trumpeter’s influence in this concert. And if that is true I say thank you!!! And I would be surprised if there was not a disc forthcoming from this concert.
Elling says the concerts are called Passion World. And that the two will perform songs from around the world.
I can’t wait to hear this! Galliano rarely performs in the United States. I’ve got my tickets for Saturday night already. This is one of those few not to be missed concerts.
One of the most heartfelt voices in contemporary jazz, Kurt Elling gets together with the great French master of jazz accordion Richard Galliano to explore the language of love in a journey around the world. Join Kurt and Richard as they sing and play internationally famous ballads of love and loss in their original tongues – whether you’re a native speaker or not, the meaning is clear.
She has in her voice that truth and honesty, an unrelenting torrent of emotions. She lived with her Grandmother in a whore house. She sang on the street with her street-acrobat father. She stood 4’8″.
L’Accordioniste tells the story of a prostitute who is in love with an accordionist, because of the way his music makes her feel.
I came across these two lovely articles covering master accordionist Daniel Colin on his tour in Japan.
Musette Delivers Taste of France, from Friday November 20th, 2009, in The Japan Times Online. Written by Yung-Hsiang Kao. The piece covers French Accordionist Daniel Colin’s current tour there, and includes a little backup history on the mordinary (a better word for extraordinary) music that is Musette! Interestingly, the article also connects the Musette interest with Japan’s larger Francophilism: Louis Vuitton bags, french baking, and frog legs (just kidding about that one.)
“For 15 years now, there has been a comeback of the accordion and musette — trash musette, hip-hop musette — but with this group (with Colin) it is a more traditional French musette and chanson.”
Musette is an accordion-centered traditional French music created in Paris in the 1920s from a mix of sounds by Italian immigrants and Auvergne folk from the Massif Central region.
It is to France what jazz is to the United States, according to Cravic, a producer and guitarist.
“Musette was very successful until the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll,” Cravic says in English on a recent visit to Japan with Colin, an accordion player. “Accordion players were overwhelmed, so most of these guys tried to be more showy.
And the other article, Paris, Love Song for You, in Metropolis, written by Dan Grunebaum, from November 12th, 2009.
The accordion revival took hold in Japan in the ’90s, rooted in the continued popularity here of musette and its more sedate cousin, chanson. Among its exemplars are virtuoso Coba and young chanteuse Uri Nakayama.
“It’s an instrument that can be impressive even for young people. They are used to electric guitars, keyboards, and usually this music is not complex. But when we have the experience of playing in front of different musicians in France who are involved in rap or whatever, when they see and hear and feel Daniel, it’s very impressive for them. From the mid ’80s, accordion came back in all sorts of different fields. Now you can hear accordion players in rap or even punk.”
I remember reading a huge biography of Thomas Alva Edison. The motion picture camera was amongst the many things he was credited for inventing. Then in college I mentioned that fact which was rebutted by some film student who claimed it was a French guy. Who knows? I don’t really care.
Here’s the First Accordionist on Film Ever:
Here’s Dallas on Film:
Finally there is something written about this concert! I had been seeing people twitter about it, and I saw some things on Coba’s blog. But I was unable to get the drift of exactly what went on. And now Elke Ahrenholz has posted a write up on accordions.com. On Octover 23rd, 2009:
To mark the 90th Anniversary of Victoria Accordions, a truly superlative concert was organised. A mega-event of three very famous accordionists together on stage in the Megura Permission Hall, a 1200 seat Theater with excellent acoustics in Tokyo.
I wish I was there to see that.
Some small thoughts from Coba on his blog:
Successfully completed the world premiere of the concert accordion contest the world’s three largest Keru Meguro Persimmon.
Richard and Frank is really amazing.
Was consistently full of great love from the stage to rehearse.
But feel the responsibility as the fate of those who bear the same instrument, we are very innocently, “accordion-like” the atmosphere. Became deeply ingrained in the minds of each one through one ear of each phrase ….
It is nice to finally get the scoop on this concert. I really hope they release it as a recording or DVD.
Saxophone quartets can blend like a choral group, swing like a gypsy band, and possess a range of tone from angelic breath to screeching slaughterhouse animal. They have a weight-challenging property, like the gravity on the moon or a balloon filled with a mix of helium and air.
Everyone knows the Washington Saxophone Quartet, the ubiquitous National Public Radio theme played so beautifully by these wooden reeded phones. I recently found their recording Daydream. A gorgeous amalgam of our modern classical favorites: Barber, Piazzolla, Copland, as well as traditional pieces from around Europe.
My favorite is the new-choral style arrangement of “What Fragrance is This”. This ensemble’s blend is unworldly.
I also happened upon the record Miroirs by French accordionist Marcel Azzola and the Quatuor de Saxophones Inédits, or Unpublished Saxaphone Quartet. The recording features the four saxes acting as accompaniment to Azzola’s accordion on some standard musette tunes: Swing Valse, Indifférence. But the Quartet also records Indifférence without Azzola in a reharmonized and more modern saxaphone quartet way. Developing the theme as in a series of variations. This recording is beautiful and the arrangements and playing are beautiful. A wonderful chamber-jazz vision of musette.
“The accordion is a traveling instrument, and that is why it is found all over the world.” opens the interview. An organ, Galliano calls it, and then plays an excerpt of a Bach toccatta.
With his accordion in hand, Galliano describes and performs the influence of music of North Brazil, the Carpathian, and Piazzolla’s Tango (which he says possess a link to our collective emotional memory.)
But most of the interview is spent by Galliano explaining the musical origins/history of musette (Italian, French, Gyspy) and then his own way history of adding and creating the ‘New Musette’. How he created the sound and has kept it evolving into something today much more than ‘New Musette’.
The interview cannot be longer than 30 minutes, but it is enormously fascinating. The live concert is brilliant and wonderful as well. But this interview is very intimate and rare.