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Category: accordion

Monday, January 14th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Tarkovsky Quartet (François Couturier, piano; Anja Lechner, cello; Jean-Marc Larché, soprano saxophone; Jean-Louis Matinier, accordion), “Nuit blanche,” 2017




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I prefer winter . . . when you feel the bone structure of the landscape . . . . Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

—painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Times Literary Supplement, 11/23/18

Tuesday, September 4th


This I bumped into the other night.

Ivan Petrovich Larionov (1830-1889), “Kalinka”; Tanya Kalmanovitch (violin) and Ted Reichman (accordion), live, Boston (Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory), 2010




random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, March 28th

“The Past” (composition for film, accordion, soprano saxophone/electronics), Molly Jones (composition, soprano saxophone, electronics), Borey Shinn (accordion), Irvine, Calif., 2016



musical thoughts

In the future multimedia performances will be so common that the term “multimedia” will fall out of use.


random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, July 18th

sounds of Ireland

Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals) & Tim Edey (guitar), “Maidin Luan Cinches,”  “Tomáisín a’ Rí,” live, Ireland (Donegal), 2010




random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




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summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)

Saturday, April 15th

sounds of Russia

One-word review: mesmerizing.

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Fachwerk for bayan, percussion, and string orchestra (2009); Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, live, 2013

Thursday, January 5th

Making good on my resolution.

Stanescu Florin, live, Istanbul, 2014


Wednesday, January 4th

New Year’s resolution

More accordion.

Live, Paris, 2012


Tuesday, October 4th

career plans for the next life

If none of those other things work out (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae bandguitar player in a Malian bandcellist in a string quartetbird), maybe I’ll be an accordionist.

Dre Hocevar Collective Effervescence,* live, New York, 2016


*DH, drums; Elias Stemeseder, accordion; Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone; Lester St. Louis, cello; Philip White, electronics.

Wednesday, August 31st


Michel Portal (clarinets, accordion), Hamid Drake (drums), live, France (Le Mans), 2012



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sings all day,
and day not long enough.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

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