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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

Resurrecion tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Parts

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Cuatro Estaciones Portenas - Parts

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Score

Carlos Gardel - Soledad y Volver - Parts

Angel Villoldo - El Choclo

Mariano Mores - Tanguera

Julian Plaza - Nocturna

Hector Stamponi - Un Momento

Julio Pane - Un vals para Martita

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MP3 Monday: Chango Spasiuk
Apr., 19, 2009
Yesterday’s New York Times had a rave review for a recent performance by Chango Spasiuk, one of our favorite Argentine accordionists. Spasiuk is best known as an innovator of chamam, a folk music from northeast Argentina which blends native Guarani, Creole and European traditions. But Spasiuk’s music goes beyond the traditional, incorporating rock, jazz and even avant-garde references. He’s drawn comparisons to his fellow countryman, the legendary Astor Piazzolla, and indeed, Spasiuk may well be doing for chamam what Piazzolla did for tango.

Chango Spasiuk: Governor Virasoromp3

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano @ Chester Accordion Club - Tuesday March 31st - 7.30pm
Mar., 29, 2009
Pearl Power @ Chester Accordion Club
31st March at 7.30 pm

Chester Accordion Club
Castrol Sports & Social Club
Chester Road (A5032)
Whitby
ELLESMERE PORT
Cheshire

Contact Tel: 0151 339 9850 (Lyn)
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UK - Roland V-Accordion Festival - Entries are now closed!
Mar., 29, 2009
Entries are now closed for this year's UK leg of the V-Accordion Festival:
 
Romano
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24th April 2009 at Blackpool Lancashire.

The sound of an accordion is timeless, romantic and beautiful. Incredibly tactile in nature, the instrument lies close to the heart of the player, and touches the hearts of those who cherish its evocative call. We’re inviting accordion players from every corner of the country to enter the third Roland V-Accordion Championship. Pick up the instrument you love and start playing - you could represent the UK in the international final in Italy as well as winning 5,000 euros and a Roland V-Accordion.

This year’s V-Accordion takes place as part of the NAO Blackpool Festival in April. The national final will feature junior and senior categories, each with a V-Accordion as a prize. The senior winner will also qualify for the international final in Italy, held during November 2009, with a first prize of 5,000 euros.

To enter, read the rules and then download an entry form, fill it in and return to us.

Good luck and happy playing!

Claudio Allodi at The Uxbridge Accordion Club - Monday 6th April 2009 @ 8.00pm
Mar., 29, 2009

Claudio Allodi

 (Doors open at 7.30pm)

West Drayton,Information: 01895-235601

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Name That Accordion: C10?
Mar., 29, 2009
Okay, accordion sleuths: reader Diane has sent us a few photos of an accordion with two notable features: a small V and “C10″ on the front grille and a “Made in Italy” nameplate on the back. Thinking the V might be a clue to the manufacturer’s name, Diane contacted Victoria Accordions in Italy, but they didn’t recognize it. Any ideas? Click here for more photos.

Alan Young at The Black Country Accordion Club
Mar., 1, 2009
Alan Young
B65 9AT
A brand new accordion club, the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, based at the Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, Birmingham B65 9AT

The organiser is professional accordionist Barry Smith, and meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month. The guest artistes booked to date include:

February 23rd – Alan Young
March 23rd – North Staffs Accordion Band
April 27th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

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Black Country Accordion & Music Club and our meetings will normally be held at Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, B65 9AT. on the fourth Monday of the Month.

Monday February 23rd we have Alan Young entertaining from the Isle of Wight.

Monday March 23rd March we have the North Staffs Accordion Band

Monday April 27th Pearl Fawcett - Adriano will be entertaining us.

We are trying to get a cross section of players to please all musical tastes and to try to encourage youngsters to take up the accordion, any help that you can give us to publicise the club would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for your help!

Yours faithfully ,

Barry Smith - Chairman
 
How Many Hippies? 17 Hippies
Mar., 1, 2009
They aren’t really hippies. In fact, there aren’t even 17 of them (13 at last count). But that hasn’t stopped Berlin’s 17 Hippies from rolling dozens of genres — Eastern European folk, French chanson, Cajun/zydeco, and more — into a unique pop style all their own. Lyrics sung in German, French, and English somehow all feel at home when layered over accordion, ukulele, banjo, clarinet, bouzouki, and trombone. When the band first started, members intentionally chose instruments they had never touched; twelve years and 1200 concerts later, they’re still playing traditional tunes and instruments in an entirely untraditional way.Last year, 17 Hippies played at Mountain Stage in West Virginia; you can listen that entire, high-energy appearance online at the NPR website. And if I haven’t sold you enough, here’s a track off their excellent 2007 album, Heimlich:17 Hippies: Rustemulmp3
MP3 Monday: La Strada
Mar., 1, 2009
Without releasing a record, Brooklyn’s La Strada has already built a loyal New York City following; so their fanbase should balloon after the release of their self-titled debut EP next Tuesday, February 24th. With swelling strings, soaring harmonies, and (of course) plenty of accordion, this passionate seven-piece is well on their way to removing the word “next” from their “next big thing” promise. To me, their sound is somewhere between Beirut and DeVotchKa — marrying old-world folk/Balkan stylings with modern American rock and then running away with it to join the circus.La Strada: The Sun Songmp3Buy La Strada by La Strada
Blair Kilpatrick Answers Your Questions
Mar., 1, 2009
Recently, we asked readers to send in their questions for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Thanks to everyone who responded — and congratulations to Mister Anchovy, who won our drawing for a free copy of the book. Today, in her first set of responses, Blair describes how she was drawn to the accordion and the musical life that she and her husband share.What inspired you to choose the accordion, as opposed to another Cajun instrument?Good question. But I never did choose the accordion. It chose me.It came to me in a dream. Literally. A series of recurring dreams, strange and vivid. I was at one with the instrument, almost dancing with it. It felt like the accordion was playing me. I’d wake up in the morning with the sensation still lingering in my hands. This was peculiar, since I wasn’t a musician and had no memory of ever laying my hands on an accordion.My unlikely passion for Cajun music had begun on a birthday trip to New Orleans, when I heard some recorded music — it was a Beausoleil tape — on a swamp tour. After that, I became consumed with the sound: buying up cassette tapes, listening constantly, going to monthly dances put on by Chicago’s one and only homegrown Cajun band. After nine months of listening, dancing, and dreaming music, I finally gave in: I had to find an accordion.So it didn’t feel like a choice or decision — it was more like succumbing to a consuming passion. A sensible person would have stuck to Cajun dancing, or maybe picked up the guitar or triangle as a first instrument. (Later on, I did learn to play them both, along with some very basic fiddle.) After the fact, I’ve tried to analyze what it is about the particular sound of the Cajun accordion that appeals so strongly to me. My first teacher at music camp, a very young Steve Riley, described it this way: loud and crude. It is, in some ways. Cajun accordion also has a very percussive quality, because of the inherent nature of a single row diatonic instrument. It’s like the wild skirl of the bagpipes or the wail of a blues harmonica — it moves you. Or it doesn’t.More recently, I’ve begun to suspect the accordion resonated so strongly for me because of my Slovenian roots, which were mostly discounted when I was growing up. But that’s another story.If your husband was not already in the music / performance field, would you have had the same passion and devotion to accordion music?I read this question to my husband. Here’s his short answer, after he got done laughing:“And what music/performance field was that?”Here’s my longer answer: It was the other way around. My passion and devotion to Cajun music pulled Steve back into an active music life. But I do know this: I would not have been able to pursue my music — or my writing — without his love and support. That’s why Accordion Dreams is dedicated to him. He opened the door — by taking me on that fateful birthday trip to New Orleans. (Our older son later wisecracked: “Lucky thing Dad didn’t take you to Milwaukee on your birthday. You might be playing polkas.”)A little more about Steve: Like me, he wasn’t musically inclined in his early years. But when he was in his twenties, he fell into playing mandolin with a ragtag bluegrass band called The Foggy Headed Boys. (We had moved to North Carolina, where I pursued a Ph.D. at Duke.) The band played mostly for college parties and the occasional coffeehouse gig. Steve enjoyed it, but when we returned to Chicago he left it all behind. His mandolin playing became a casual solo affair—around the house for our own kids, or for the students at the school where he worked.Thirteen years later, when I fell in love with Cajun music, Steve had only recently started to get back to bluegrass. I was the one, in fact, who pushed him into taking a bluegrass ensemble class. At first, he was slow to warm up to Cajun music, although he completely supported my interest in it, and he was happy to accompany me to music events. (He wasn’t too crazy about the dance lessons, though!)Then, about a year after I got my first accordion, I bought Steve a fiddle. Little by little, he got more involved. Today, he is as committed to Cajun and Creole music as I am. Along with fiddle and mandolin, he plays a fine rhythm guitar. He draws the line at the accordion — he considers it an “impossible” instrument! I think every couple should play music together. We’ve shared some wonderful adventures. We’re never bored. I never have to worry about where to find a fiddler or a dance partner. And we keep each other out of trouble.Blair will answer more reader questions in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, check out her new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music.
The Big Squeeze Accordion Throwdown
Mar., 1, 2009
Are you ready to put your squeezebox skills to the test? Texas Folklife is looking for the most amazing young accordion players in Texas and Louisiana for its annual Big Squeeze accordion contest. You could win cash, a trip for two to play in Germany (courtesy of Hohner), and a day of recording at SugarHill Studios in Houston. Finalists will battle it out before a huge crowd on June 6th at the 20th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens festival. Contestants must be age 25 or younger and the entry deadline is March 1st; check the Texas Folklife site for details.
Start ‘Em Young: Pint Size Polkas
Mar., 1, 2009
We’re just starting to explore the vast world of children’s music, but Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band already sounds like a must-have for our collection.Creator and Wisconsin polka musician Mike Schneider first heard polka music when he was five years old and, even then, the bouncy rhythms made a lasting impression. He recorded Pint Size Polkas “to help children and their families discover the good, clean fun that you will experience with polka music.” With songs like “Alphabet Polka,” “Numbers Schottische,” and “Tiny Bubbles in the Tub,” children will learn about the alphabet, numbers, and even hygiene while dancing to a polka beat.If you’re in the Midwest, keep an eye on your local news — Mike’s been doing a number of local TV appearances over the past few weeks. If you miss those appearances, you can catch the video for “Jolly Lumberjack Polka” on YouTube.Uncle Mike and his Polka Band: Jolly Lumberjack Polkamp3Buy Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band
Rene Sopa - New CD
Mar., 1, 2009
New CD - Click Here!www.myspace.com/soparene         This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.renesopa.com          Tel : +33(0)6 16 53 26 35
Accordions at Morley College - News Update
Feb., 9, 2009
Accordions at Morley resumes on Friday (6 February)

We start again after the Christmas break next Friday, 6.30 for 7.00 as usual.  We'll be starting work on Rhapsody in Blue.

This term's meeting dates will be:

6th & 13th February, 6th & 13th March, 3rd April

Fees unchanged at £7 (£4 concessions) per session, or (preferably) join for the term at £28 (£16 concessions).

Look forward to seeing lots of you then!

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Eastbourne Accordion Festival is just a fortnight away!
Feb., 9, 2009
Eastbourne Accordion weekend at The Queens Hotel
Your Last Chance to book for this fabulous packed weekend of "Accordion Talent" (10 Artistes) and "Accordionistic Camaraderie"For information/bookings - please call: 01323-733700 (John or Jackie)Friday 20th February - Monday 23rd February 2009
Give John or Jackie a bell on 01323-733700
ArtistesSteve Roxton     Stefan Andrusyschyn    
Ian Watson      Julie North  Angie Lukins        Richard Adey     Harry Hussey     Antonio Spacccarotella   Gennaro Fiondella    John Romero
Teachers
Sue Bennett     Gennaro Fiondella     Harry Hussey     Angie Lukins     Julie North     Trevani     Ian WatsonOrganisations and Traders
The Accordion Shop     Carillon Studios      Stan Mayhew     Trevani Music & Gifts     UKAO
The PARIS - MOSCOW DUO announces the release of their new DVD
Feb., 9, 2009
http://www.accordions.com/duo/
 
Programme du DVD:
 
1) W. Mozart "Adagio" du concerto en La majeur                               
 
2) N. Risol "Kazachok" (variations sur un thème Ukrainien)                          
 
3) Arrgt. M. Larcange "Coucou"                                                    
 
4) G. Dittel "Fantaisie Russe"                                                           
 
5) J. Baselli / J. Rossi    "Boutade"                                                     
 
6) A. Shalayev  L'hiver                                                                        
 
7) A. Piazzolla "Ave Maria" 
                                                                
 8) J. S. Bach "Scherzo" (Badinerie) 
                                               
 
MP3 Monday: LynnMarie and the Boxhounds
Feb., 9, 2009
Today we’re featuring another Grammy-nominated track, this time from the polka side of the aisle. Although she’s been nominated five times for Best Polka Album — and was the first female nominee in that category — LynnMarie’s music stretches far beyond the boundaries of polka. Working with longtime collaborator, guitarist Charlie Kelley, Speechless is an instrumental record incorporating rock, country, Tex-Mex, and Cajun flavors. No matter what the style, though, LynnMarie’s bouncy button accordion is always at the center of the action.Like so many other great artists in the polka category, she’s been continually thwarted in her Grammy quest by 17-time winner Jimmy Sturr. Will this be the year she breaks through?LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds: Pinch the Tailsmp3Buy Speechless by LynnMarie and Charlie Kelley as the Boxhounds
Franz Nicolay’s Accordions
Feb., 9, 2009
I’m always curious to hear what gear “professional” accordion players are carrying around — and it’s even better to hear the stories behind their choices. Franz Nicolay, keyboard/accordion player for The Hold Steady, recently posted on the band’s message board in response to a question asking what kind of accordion he plays. Turns out he currently has three: a red 72-bass Hohner Concerto II, a full-size 120-bass Galanti, and a ladies-size 120-bass Iorio Candido. I liked the bittersweet story behind the Galanti:“The really good one is a full-size 120-bass Galanti, an Italian beast I bought off a Bulgarian fellow named Sergio in Forest Hills about five years ago. I found him on Yahoo Classifieds; it’s kind of a sad story: he’d emigrated with his brother fifty years earlier, and they’d always lived together, worked together, never married, and after work they’d play accordion duets in the basement. When his brother died, he couldn’t bring himself to play alone. So he gave me an incredible deal, because, he said, ‘I can tell you’re a musician and I want it to go to someone who’ll play it.’”In addition to The Hold Steady, Franz plays with a number of other groups, including the World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anti-Social Music, and Guignol, and he just released his solo debut, Major General.
MP3 Monday: Cedric Watson
Feb., 9, 2009
We’re two weeks away from the Grammys and, while you probably won’t see Cedric Watson on TV, he could walk away with the Best Cajun/Zydeco Album award. A skilled multi-instrumentalist — he plays both accordion and fiddle — Watson is part of the recent Cajun/Zydeco youth movement that includes his old band the Pine Leaf Boys, Feufollet, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and many others. On his self-titled solo debut, Cedric creates music with strong Creole roots, playing a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material and Creole traditionals.Cedric Watson: Cedric Zydecomp3Buy Cedric Watson by Cedric Watson
Ask Blair Kilpatrick Contest
Feb., 9, 2009
Do you have a question for Blair Kilpatrick, author of Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music? Would you like to win a free, signed copy of her book? Read on!Blair has kindly offered to answer a handful of questions from our readers about her story, her music, or whatever else sparks your curiosity. Just submit your question here before next Monday (January 26th) and we’ll forward your questions to Blair for her to answer in a future post. Then we’ll choose one lucky, random question-asker and they’ll receive a free, signed copy of her excellent new book.In the meantime, Bay Area accordion aficionados can catch Blair at one of these upcoming author events:January 23: The Booksmith (San Francisco)February 8: Clayton Books (Clayton)February 10: Book signing/dance party at Ashkenaz (Berkeley)February 19: University Press Books (Berkeley)February 24: Stacey’s (San Francisco)In addition to a reading, book signing, and Q&A, these events will also include live Cajun-Creole music.
Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
Jan., 20, 2009
  - Charles Camilleri (1931-2009)
In the 1950s and 60s, Charles Camilleri was one of the world's best-known and most admired international accordionists, and he performed in many countries worldwide. Camilleri was a familiar figure in Britain during these years, and was the chief guest artiste at the 1958 and 1966 'Accordion Day' All-Britain Championships concerts.
Born in Malta in 1931, Charles was immersed in the accordion and the piano from a young age. He formed a band whose members were all aged under sixteen, playing at local functions, and was also performing as a solo accordionist in concerts. At the age of twelve, Charles became the first accordionist to appear in concert at the Opera House in Malta, playing selections from La Traviata, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra.
As a teenager, Charles played with every orchestra in Malta, on accordion and piano, and also played in small combos specialising in Continental style dance music. He was very versatile, equally at home in a range of genres, including classical music. After one such performance on the classical platform, Camilleri was encouraged to pursue a career in music by the tenor Tito Gobbi, of the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1949, Camilleri's father took the family to Sydney, Australia, where he had secured a job as a tuner/repairer for Hohner. Charles formed a combo that played in nightclubs and jazz venues, and did many radio broadcasts. He also taught the accordion, founded his own Accordion Academy, and published his Studies for the Piano Accordion. In 1955, Camilleri attended the CIA Coupe Mondiale World Championships, held in Brighton, England, not as a competitor, but as the Australian representative.
In 1950s and 60s Camilleri lived variously in Toronto, New York and London. In Britain, Camilleri became a familiar and welcome figure at NAO and BCA accordion events – adjudicating, performing, teaching and holding master classes. He wrote The Camilleri Complete Accordion Method, published in 1958 by Francis, Day & Hunter Ltd. In 1960 he recorded an LP titled Spectacular Accordions. When Malcolm Gee organised his very first Autumn Accordion Festival, held at Pontins Sands Bay Holiday Camp in Somerset in November 1982, Camilleri was present.
Charles Camilleri, long acknowledged as Malta's national composer, composed hundreds of works for accordion, piano, organ, clarinet, violin, oboe, groups, orchestras and choirs. His compositions included the Malta Suite, Maltese Dances, A Maltese Overture - Din l-Art Helwa, operas in Maltese, a ballet based on the Knights of Malta and the oratorio Pawlu ta' Malta. As far back as 1949, a concert consisting entirely of Camilleri's works took place in Malta. Camilleri's compositions for accordion include Magic Fingers, Accordiana, Evening in Paris, Accordion Samba, June, Australiana, Corinne and Concerto for Accordion and Strings.
Camilleri also worked in films. In 1957 he played the accordion in Seven Thunders, a war film starring Stephen Boyd, James Robertson Justice and Kathleen Harrison, and in 1987 he had an acting role as a musician in the film High Tide, starring Judy Davis. He also composed music for films.
In 1965, Camilleri organised the CIA Coupe Mondiale, held in the Maltese capital Valetta. 1972 Camilleri's contribution to the worldwide accordion movement was recognised with the CIA Merit Award.
Camilleri was widely recognized as one of the major composers and orchestral conductors of his generation. He moved on from the accordion world to establish himself in classical music, and is one of a very few accordionists to make an even greater name for himself in a wider musical context.
Charles Camilleri suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, and died on January 3rd 2009 at the age of 77. His funeral took place on January 5th at Naxxar, his town of residence for a long time. The number of people who attended the service, as well as the fact that flags across Malta were flown at half-mast on the date of his death, is evidence of the great impact he had on the people of Malta
 Rob Howard
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