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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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Richard Galliano Quartet-Gilad Atzmon&Orient House Ensemble@Bath Intl.Music Festival Sun 25 May- 8pm
Aug., 5, 2008
Richard Galliano
Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet-Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble

Sun 25 May - 8.00pm - The Bath Pavilion

Price: £14 adv. £16 on the door or admission with Weekend Pass A, concessions available | Book now!

An evening of music inspired by the beguiling sounds of Latin and Middle Eastern music

Richard Galliano accordion 
Alexis Cardenas violin
Philippe Aerts double bass
Rafael Mejias latin percussion

Lyrical accordionist Richard Galliano has taken the quintessential elements of Tango and French chanson as the basis of his language to create music of ravishing beauty and electricity. This new ensemble continues to offer him new opportunities to explore his lifelong love of tango joined by Venezuelan violinist Alexis Cardenas and his sizzling quartet.

Gilad Atzmon saxophones
Frank Harrison piano
Yaron Stavi double bass
Asaf Sirkis drums

Musician, composer and writer Gilad Atzmon won over a young Bath audience last year with his riveting children’s show. Performing this year with his highly acclaimed ensemble, Atzmon’s music absorbs the influences of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and North African music together with his underlying bebop style.

Click here to download the Concert Programme.
Dartmoor Folk Festival - 31st Festival August 8, 9 and 10, 2008
Aug., 5, 2008
Dartmoor Folk Festival
31st Dartmoor Folk Festival
SOUTH ZEAL, OKEHAMPTON, DEVON
August 8th, 9th and 10th 2008

Folk assured a great time at Dartmoor Festival!

One of the highlights in West Devon each summer is the Dartmoor Folk Festival, which is centred on the village of South Zeal.

It attracts people from far and near, who meet up to hear top artists from the folk world performing alongside some of the best local entertainers.

This year the line-up includes: The Young Coppers, Steamchicken, Mawkin:Causley, Keith Donnelly, Mick Ryan and Paul Downes, Wistman’s Wood and Jim Bainbridge.

Also appearing will be Rob Pudner, Dave Wills, Tony Beard (The Wag from Widecombe) and the Dartmoor Pixie Band.

From Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10, the Dartmoor Folk Festival will include the Dartmoor Step Dance and Broom Dance Championships, a Dartmoor Fayre, craft displays, dances, a music hall, ceilidh, workshops, folk service, pub sessions, children’s entertainment, plus a Sunday ramble.

In addition to Morris and Dance Teams, there will be an increase on the new and exciting Children’s Festival, which includes circus skills, storytelling, arts and crafts, music sessions, and much more.

The Dartmoor Folk Festival was founded by local musician, the late Bob Cann BEM, who had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor and, in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area.

His inspiration is continued by an association of local enthusiasts, including members of his own family and friends, and this will be the 31st annual festival.

Events take place at the village playing field, in South Zeal’s Victory Hall, at St Mary’s Church and other venues.

Local crafts will be exhibited in the craft tent and there will also be sideshows, dance displays, and much more.  There is a caravan and campsite with all the usual facilities.

The Festival begins on the Friday with a Folk Concert and Dance.

On the Saturday morning there are workshops and music and song sessions.

On Saturday afternoon, there is a concert, which is followed by the Grand Dart-i-moor Fayre, from 2.30-5pm, which will feature the Dartmoor Broom Dance Championships and the Dartmoor Step Dance Championships.

The Step Dance competition is one of the main traditions associated with the festival.  It involves dancers trying to out-step one another on a 15-inch square board, to win a place in the competition’s final, which is held on an old hay wagon.

A workshop is run during the morning that teaches the basic steps and those who take part are invited to compete. A junior and senior champion is selected.  Wearing shoes with hard soles is advised.

The Dartmoor Broom Dance Championship is for primary school aged children only.  Another Dartmoor tradition, this competition involves dancing with a broom, or rather over a broom.

Children are invited to learn the series of moves involved at a workshop also held on Saturday morning.  On Saturday evening there is a concert and ceilidh.

A ramble on Dartmoor is the first activity on Sunday, followed by a children’s workshop, dance workshops, song and music sessions and a Folk Service at South Tawton Parish Church.

Sunday afternoon includes music, song and dance at the playing field arena from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will also be a concert and children’s evening, after which the weekend concludes with a grand Music Hall.

Alan Quick, Festival publicity officer, explained: “An action-packed programme has been arranged and we are looking forward to a great festival.

“There will be three days of music, song and dance, plus much more,” he said.

“The festival is one of the highlights of the summer on the moor and it certainly shouldn’t be missed.

“Entertainment is arranged for the whole family and there are events to take part in or simply sit and watch.

“The weather will not be a problem either, because large marquees are erected to transfer into under cover, if needed.

“We look forward to a successful and enjoyable festival.”

For further information send an SAE to the secretary, Mrs Jane White, Sunnyhill, Zeal Head, South Zeal, Okehampton, Devon EX20 2JL.  You can telephone Jane on 01837 840102, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Alternatively, check out the website at www.dartmoorfolkfestival.co.uk .


The Incredible Dr. Busker @ Uxbridge A/C - Mon 12th May @ 8.00 pm
Jun., 27, 2008

Dr Busker

We are pleased to announce that The Incredible Dr Busker will be appearing

 at the Uxbridge Accordion Club  for a very special fun filled club night on:-

Monday 12th May 2008

The venue is the Anglers Retreat (Rear Function Room)

Cricketfield Road - Swan Road - West Drayton - Middx - Close to J4/M4

For "door to door" directions to the Anglers Retreat from your postcode

 please click this link   UB7 7HG or set your Sat-Nav !

 Doors Open @ 7.30pm - Admission is just £4.00

Licensed Bar & Club Raffle

Info: David & Angie Lukins on 01895 - 235601

Information via email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Web: www.ukaccordions.com

http://www.doctorbusker.com/music.php

Uxbridge Accordion Club meets on the 2nd monday of every month - All are welcome !

An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 3
Jun., 27, 2008
A new book, dedicated to the accordion and accordionists, has been published in the UK. Written by accordionist Rob Howard ‘An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 3’ turns this popular series into a trilogy. This is another reference book that aims to celebrate the achievements of accordionists, past and present. There are over 200 articles and biographies, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations, some in colour.

The book includes a great variety of articles, plus autobiographical contributions from accordionists Peter Ayers, Julie Best, Johnny Coleclough, Fred Dunn, Norman English (the man who entered the Guinness Book of Records for endurance playing – 82 hours non-stop!), Jean Hanger, Raymond Jones and Heather Smith.

The articles include: Origins of the Accordion Clubs, The Accordion Collections of Caroline Hunt and Ken Hopkins, Accordion Festivals Revisited, Bal Musette, The Art of Busking, The Art of Conducting, How to Adjust Your Accordion Straps, Irish Ceili Bands, Morris Dancing, Jimmy Shand Recordings, A Selection of Record Reviews, Roland Virtual Accordion, Russian Accordionists in the UK, Scottish Dance Bands, Tales & Trivia, and archive articles such as Accordion Tunings (Graham Romani), American Journey (Adrian Dante), Bellows Shaking (Pietro Frosini), Diary of a Visit to Paris (Gerald Crossman), Medley Mania (John Kirkpatrick), Memorising and Aural Training (Crossman), Practising (Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Toralf Tollefsen, Kenneth Hacking), Vocal Accompaniment (Jack Emblow)…and many more.


The book costs £15 (plus £4 postage and packing in the UK; p/p £8.50 overseas). Equivalent rates apply in Euros or dollars.

http://www.robhoward.org.uk/




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Chocolate Accordion Cake (Yum!)
Jun., 27, 2008
When Debbie Budd’s father turned 80 years old, she didn’t bake him an ordinary cake. No sir, she made this delicious masterpiece — a chocolate accordion cake complete with white chocolate buttons and chocolate icing bellows. The cake is a full-size replica of a two-row button accordion that Debbie bought her father as a birthday gift. Read Debbie’s instructions to learn how to make your own, or check out this YouTube video where Debbie points out some of the cake’s finer details. (Anyone else need a glass of milk after seeing that cake?)

[Found via TDA's Wall of Wheeze]

Grupo Maldad @ The Tejano Academy Fan Fair
Jun., 27, 2008

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miller outdoor theater jam
Jun., 27, 2008
Hello Everyone!Two fantastic and fun events will be the Polka Party (Friday) and Accordion Kings andQueens (Saturday) at Houston Herman Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre.Friday, June 6th, is the Polka Party.  Starting at 7:30 pm, there will be pre-show polka dance lessons by Po.L.K.of A.  Starting at 8:00 pm, Harry Czarnek & The Texas Dutchmen will perform.  There will also be contemporary dance by CORE Performance Company, Jhon Stronks and Leslie Scate.  In addition there will be traditional polka performed by Polka Lovers Klub of America.  A polka dance party for everyone will be after the show!  Free admission!Saturday, June 7th, at 7:00 pm, is Texas Folklife's 19th Annual Accordion Kings and Queens. Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws, La Tropa F, and the Knights of Dixie Orchestra will perform.  The Big Squeeze finalists will compete.  Free admission!I hope to see you there!Arlyn VisentinPresidentHouston Accordion Association281 488-8343
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Jun., 27, 2008
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Los Monarcas- Houston June 7
Jun., 27, 2008
Saturday June 7 8PM

Mak's Ice House
McKinney @ Cullen
Houston

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Pearl Fawcett-Adriano @ Club Accord - Monday 9th June @ 7.30pm
Jun., 11, 2008
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano @ Club Accord
Club Accord
Catshill Workmen's Club
13 Meadow Road
Bromsgrove
Nr Birmingham
Worcestershire
B61 0JJ
June Club Night Guest is Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
Monday 9th June 2008 - 7.30pm

Info: Poppy Middleston
Tel: 0121-743-6637
We meet on the second monday of each month - all are Welcome!
Directions are below:-
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Alexander Korbakov @ The Guildford Accordion Club - Friday 20th June 2008
Jun., 11, 2008
Guildford Accordion Club FRIDAY 20TH JUNE, 2008.
ALEXANDER KORBAKOV
"Beecham Boys" London to Paris Charity Bike Ride - Update!
Jun., 11, 2008
Ron Beecham
Ron Beecham - 1936 - 2006Craig and Lloyd Beecham are riding their bikes from London to Paris in the Summer of 2008.10th - 14th June 2008The plan is to raise at least £5,000 for the "Everyman Cancer Research Campaign" , in memory of their father Ron Beecham, who sadly passed away in 2006 from cancer. They both miss their dad a great deal, and feel that this is a good way to remember a lovely man, and also to raise money for a worthy cause.  Fundraising target: £ 5,000.00Donations to date: £ 5,424.60   
New Accordion Club Formed - "The East Riding Accordion Club"
Jun., 11, 2008
Hi UKAO, Re the new accordion club in Market Weighton,  The first meeting went very well, with 10 accordionist in total,.We spent an hour talking about how we should run the club ,and making a few rules  It was a very freindly meeting ,with some people I had not seen before , we all played a few tunes together and every thing seemed to go very well  .We decided to call the club  THE EAST RIDING ACCORDION CLUB  and we will meet on the second wednesday in the month, the next meeting will be  14th May 08 at 7.30 pm at Bradleys Coffee Shop & Wine Bar .  
We could do with a few more members, so if you live  in this area ,please get in touch Harry Kipling 01430 860300 or Colin Milner 01430 872307....... Please dont forget the Charity concert at Howden on tuesday 15th April '08 - All are very welcome and it's for a great cause!Thank you .....Harry Kipling     
Karen Tweed - April Gigs
Jun., 11, 2008
Karen Tweed
KAREN and SHONAJust to let you know that I am doing 4 dates with Shona Kipling in April. Shona and I will be playing on: Wed 9th April at 7.30pm Elvet Methodist Church 8 Old Elvet Durham DH1 3HLTues 15th April at 8pm (concert and set dancing) The Northwick Arms High Street, Ketton near Stamford PE9 3TAFri 18th April at 7.30pm Denholm Meet West Side Denholm Borders TD9 8LXSat 19th April at 7.30pm Carlops Village Hall Carlops Nr. Peebleshire EH26 9NFI have now left the Poozies and SWAP whom I was honoured to collaborate with for 17 and 12 years respectively - may they continue to shine out... however, I will be guesting with the Poozies at Sidmouth Folk Week on Friday 8th August. Following a great night at Celtic Connections, I am now part of the Uiscedwr Big Band and Uiscedwr quartet. Check out www.uiscedwr.com  for details.
Five Questions: Bradley Jaye Williams
Jun., 11, 2008
Hang on tight — it’s another edition of “Five Questions”, our interview series with noteworthy accordion personalities from around the globe.Few accordionists can cross genres as comfortably as Bradley Jaye Williams. Born in Michigan, Williams moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and then to Austin, where his music career really took off, playing with the likes of Flaco Jimenez and Mingo Saldivar. He currently plays in three bands: an authentic Texas-style conjunto called Conjunto Los Pinkys, a Cajun/Zydeco dance band known as The Gulf Coast Playboys, and The Fabulous Polkasonics, a combo that plays Polish-American “honky style” polkas, waltzes, and obereks.When and why did you first start playing the accordion?In 1986, I started playing the 2-row button accordion while living in a tiny studio apartment in Berkeley, California. My neighbors listened to me struggle with “La Cucaracha” and “La Nopalera” for a few months! Why did I start playing? I love accordion music! It was the natural thing to do. It felt right. To me, the accordion was always cool and it’s at the heart of many styles of dance music I love. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan around all kinds of music… Motown, country, Dixieland, jazz, rock n’ roll and polka music… mainly the Polish-American and German music of Marv Herzog and Lawrence Welk (of course).Living in the Bay Area in my 20’s, I experienced the music of Flaco Jimenez and it really struck a chord with me. Here was good old polka music being chopped and customized in a new and different way. I loved it. Ultimately, I think I was drawn to the international and cross-cultural appeal of accordion music and polka… the songs, customs, dance, food and pure FUN we all share. Of course, there is also something very compelling about the accordion itself: a magnificent machine…beautifully designed…and a challenge to play.When did you move to Texas? What inspired you to move?I moved to Austin, Texas in 1993. My decision to move to Texas was inspired by conjunto music, good friends and cheap tacos. I already knew Flaco, Santiago and Little Joe and I was getting airplay on KEDA Radio Jalapeno 1540 AM in San Antonio with a bilingual song called “El Cool Dude”. On New Years Day in 1992, a friend called me from a San Antonio phone booth, holding the phone next the the car door speaker for me to hear my song blasting over the radio airwaves. Wow! It felt like Texas was where I was supposed to be… I was already playing there! This may sound funny, but in the back of my mind, I also knew I would never go hungry playing music in Texas. I could always buy two tacos for a dollar at The Tamale House, no matter how bad it would get!I was having difficulties keeping a regular bunch of guys together in the Bay Area. One of the struggles of being a band leader is juggling 4-5 players’ personal/professional schedules to book a gig. I was having a lot of problems finding conjunto people. Good musicians seem to stay busy and double booked! Somewhat frustrated, Texas seemed like a good option for me, with more conjunto musicians and more opportunities for playing and learning the music with seasoned veterans from Austin’s East 6th Street and San Antonio’s West Side scene. I was ready to make a move.“Texas seemed to be the center of the universe for accordion music… it felt like home.”Keith Ferguson (original bassist and founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds) summed up my situation perfectly. He came up with two brilliant solutions to my musical problem. “Get yourself a monkey and a tin cup OR move to Texas.” He assured me I would not have a problem finding capable, available musicians in the Lone Star State. (I also did not want the responsibility of owning a monkey. Isn’t that illegal?) So, I packed up ALL of my belongings — which consisted of a backpack full of clothes, 2 Gabbanelli accordions and a bajo sexto — and I took the Amtrak train to Austin. I “hit the ground running” and I sat in with Norteo and Conjunto bands after only two days in town. Soon after that, I landed a gig at La Zona Rosa opening for Flaco Jimenez. Texas seemed to be the center of the universe for accordion music, with plenty of Czech, German, Polish, Cajun, Zydeco and Tex-Mex bands and dances everywhere. I was in accordion heaven. It felt like home.You’ve been fortunate enough to share a bill with some accordion legends — guys like Flaco Jimenez, Mingo Saldivar, as well as your own bandmates Isidro Samilpa and Chencho Flores in Conjunto Los Pinkys. Who have been the biggest influences on your music and, specifically, your accordion playing?Yes, I have been lucky enough to play along side some of my idols, like Flaco, who occasionally hires me to play bajo sexto with his group which is one of the coolest experiences for me. Playing and singing with Flaco has been a highlight! Great shows with Mingo Saldivar, Los Dos Gilbertos, The Hometown Boys, Angel Flores, and Nick Villareal, too.Musically, my earliest influences came from Louis Armstrong. I started playing trumpet at 10; I loved Dixieland music as a kid! When it comes to the accordion, there are a few people I really respect and marvel at the way they play the squeezebox. I’m influenced by some of these incredible players. Eddie “Lalo” Torres (Los Pavos Reales), Sandy Sanchez, Oscar Garcia, Joe Martinez, Tony De La Rosa, Ruben Vela, Joel Guzman. Flaco Jimenez, Steve Jordan, Marc Savoy, Aldus Roger, Joe Bonsall, Danny Poullard, Los Tremendos Gavilanes…For the past 5 years or so, I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to learning and playing the Chemnitzer concertina. I am really influenced by the players from the 50’s and 60’s — Chicago-style Polish-American music like Eddie Zima, Ed Lash, Li’l Wally and Scrubby from the old Dynatones group out of Buffalo.Of course, over the years I’ve learned an incredible amount from Isidro Samilpa (Conjunto Los Pinkys). I’ve been standing with him onstage for about 15 years now. He’s a solid singer and accordion player and I’m heavily influenced by his playing and style. He has a super laid back style and is one of the best singers around!Speaking of the Chemnitzer concertina, what inspired you — after already playing in conjunto and Cajun bands — to start a more traditional Polish-style polka band?Oddly, I was hearing elements of “Polish” music in Tejano and Cajun music already… another spice in the gumbo! For me, stylistically and culturally, it was not a big stretch to start playing Polish music. I had it inside of me already. The “huapango” sounded like an “oberek”. The “tacquachito” beat was similar to the slower “Li’l Wally sound” from Chicago. I heard Cajun “two-steps” with a “push polka” undercurrent.“I was hearing elements of ‘Polish’ music in Tejano and Cajun music already… another spice in the gumbo!”Is there a polka gene? If DNA has anything to do with it, my father’s people came down from Nova Scotia and my mom’s parents came from the villages in Poland in the very early 1900’s. They were one of the waves of Polish immigrants who brought the polka music to the United States. Growing up “half-Polish” and in my forties, I actually felt a desire to connect to my Polish heritage by learning the melodies and singing the songs… and struggling to learn the language. My 87 year old mother still speaks Polish and was great help in grammar, pronunciation, etc. I think I was inspired by her and her family, too. She is overjoyed I am taking the effort to embrace my old Polish ancestry… although she’s not really a polka music fan. Ha!I started playing the concertina just for the fun of it, but I got serious fast and fell under the spell of the Chemnitzer concertina, learning the “Honky-style” music of Eddie Zima, Ampol Aires, Casey Siewierski and Li’l Wally. I was especially inspired by the sound of Zima, and the Li’l Wally “One Man Band” record which became the original blueprint for the band’s sound with only a concertina, drums and singing. Happy music. Li’l Wally sent me all kinds of songbooks, concertina music and LPs, plus stacks of energetic letters and old photos. He was very supportive and I felt like one of the lucky ones out of all the people he corresponded with.I was lucky to come across some excellent polka musicians here in Central Texas to get a small polka combo off the ground. I happened to find the perfect drummer through the classified ads, first call. At our very first rehearsal, Steve Tounsand showed up at my house with a 50’s Leedy (Chicago) drum kit and left it in my front room for about 6 months. He’s been my drummer ever since. A really big inspiration for me was hooking up with a GREAT clarinet player, Tim Walsh. I happened to meet him through fiddler Ralph White (GCP, Bad Livers). Tim was the original, founding member of Brave Combo. He plays clarinet, soprano and tenor sax with precision and soul. I’ve heard someone say that he has polka in his DNA! Ha! He is an awesome player!What advice do you have for someone just starting to play the accordion?After playing accordion for nearly 22 years, I’ve probably made every mistake in the book. Here are some important things I’ve learned along the way.Choose the right accordion for the music you want to play: diatonic vs. piano accordion. If you want to play traditional Cajun music, you should really be learning on a 10 button, four reed diatonic accordion. Tejano-Norteo players typically use a three-row, two reed, Hohner Corona or a Gabbanelli. Modern Zydeco bands use a 10 button Cajun box, but often it’s played on a piano accordion, too.There is more “power” in a diatonic accordion. Most of the traditional dance music bands use a button accordion (Cajun, Tejano, Vallenato, Irish, Slovenian, etc.). In my opinion, you can get a stronger attack with a button accordion, more articulation. I think playing a diatonic creates a different kind of sound wave with all the in-and-out push-pull action. It’s built to get people on the dance floor. It does have its limitations; it can be difficult at first to play “chromatically” on a diatonic accordion, but not impossible. You can play all the styles on a piano accordion, but you won’t get the subtle flavor of diatonic accordions.“In my opinion, you can get a stronger attack with a button accordion, more articulation.”Also, keep in mind, there are different styles of tuning for the different traditional dance musics. This usually work is done by a technician after you purchase the accordion. For Tejano and Cajun music, the reeds are flattened by a few cents to give it a sweeter, dry sound. This effect can be achieved on a piano accordion via the switches (bandoneon, clarinet, musette, etc.). Tuning is very important and gives you the stylistic voice for the music you are playing.Playing by ear or reading music? In my experience, most dance music is learned by ear. Some of the best advice I’ve had comes from a couple of Cajun players, Danny Poullard and Marc Savoy. It’s so simple. You need to “know” the tune before you even attempt to play it! You should be able to sing, hum or whistle the tune in your head before you start pushing any buttons. Simple. Play what’s on your mind! I’ve found that slowing down tunes really helps in learning the difficult passages. Use your MP3 player to slow ‘em down!Accordion players: beware of the evil eye! In a lot of this dance music, the accordion is the center of attention. The accordionist is drawing energy from the crowd and giving it back; you are a magnet for good and bad energy. People are watching you, judging you, they may be jealous or they may have an outpouring of affection for you. Either way, it can mess with you.I’ve heard a few stories in Texas about accordion players struck with “el ojo”. I actually played a dance with a famous accordion player who claims he was struck down by the evil eye. Passed out on stage; we had to finish the gig for him with his band. He went to the hospital and was later visited by a woman who broke the spell. I’ve heard a similar story about a very young Tejano player who experienced the same kind of thing growing up as a child prodigy, always passing out on stage. When he did, the old ladies would come and lay a hand on his head. It’s a custom I found here in Texas among Chicano and Mexican people, especially when you see a beautiful child with pretty eyes or nice hair you touch their head so you won’t give them the evil eye.The Italian accordion builders know about it, too. Not to worry, they are looking out for you! One way of protecting yourself is built into your accordion. Those little jewels are there for a reason; not only do they look nice, but they reflect the evil eye back to the person giving it, canceling it out! Some Italian accordions even have a little window built into the accordion where you put a picture of a saint, your mother or a mirror for protection. Believe it or not, it’s interesting accordion folklore.You can catch two of Bradley’s bands — Conjunto Los Pinkys and the Fabulous Polkasonics — at the on June 21st at the Broken Spoke in Austin. See our calendar for details.
Another Clever Accordion Shirt
Jun., 11, 2008
In honor of Accordion Awareness Month, shirt.woot.com is featuring an accordion t-shirt which reads “Everything’s going accordion to plan!” for $15. From the site: “Wear this shirt: every day during National Accordion Awareness Month, this June and every June. Don’t wear this shirt: while you’re playing accordion. Then nobody’ll see that hilarious pun.”Hilarious indeed. Get yours before they’re sold out!(Thanks for the heads up, Robyn!)
Weird Al and the Roland V-Accordions
Jun., 11, 2008
It’s probably no surprise that Weird Al Yankovic is on the cutting edge of accordion technology and, indeed, Roland has a fun little interview with him about their V-Accordion line of digital accordions. Apparently Al has been an FR-7 user for quite some time and just picked up the smaller, lighter FR-2. In the interview, Al talks about the appeal of a digital accordion versus an acoustic one:“I really like the idea that it is a direct connection. The accordion is a hard instrument to mic, because if you put an acoustic microphone next to an accordion — especially the left hand — the bellows are always moving. So it’s kind of hard to get an even sound, because the mic is always going to be closer and then further away from the sound source. Internal microphones are also always a problem, because you still get the sound of the bellows. So just the simple fact that there’s a digital solution out there where you get a clean accordion sound is very appealing to me.”Weird Al will be on tour this summer supporting his latest album, Straight Outta Lynwood; keep an eye on our calendar for dates. (Interview found via Wired).
Running Off With Babylon Circus
Jun., 11, 2008
I always loved the circus growing up, but I’ll tell you — Ringling Brothers had nothing on the high-energy, French ten-piece Babylon Circus. What started as a ska band in 1995 in Lyon has evolved to include reggae, rock, jazz, and numerous other eclectic influences. But with lyrics in French and English — sometimes both in the same song — addressing social and political issues (like the Iraq war), Babylon Circus isn’t pure diversion. It’s music with a message: get out of your seat and take action, whether it’s marching in the streets or jumping on the dance floor.Their latest record, Dances of Resistance — released in France in 2004, but just making its way here now — continues to mix the political with the carnival, interspersing full-length songs with brief, circus organ-ridden ditties. Described by some as a French Gogol Bordello, the band has a reputation for electric live shows, as shown in this performance of “J’aurais Bien Voulu”:
Los Angeles Accordion Festival
Jun., 11, 2008
Northern California has had its fair share of accordion festivals over the years, so it was only a matter of time before Southern California got into the act. The first Los Angeles Accordion Festival is a three-day event running from May 30th to June 1st at Eagles Hall in Los Angeles.Designed to showcase some of L.A.’s finest new accordion talent, there’ll be four or five bands performing each night with diverse styles ranging from Irish to Tex-Mex, Cajun to Rockabilly, and nearly everything in-between. On Saturday, May 31st, there’ll also be an accordion workshop on the three-row button accordion led by Otono Lujan of Conjunto Los Pochos, accordion instructor at the Eagle Rock Music Studio. For more information — including a full list of artists performing — check the festival website or the listing on our calendar.
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