music clip of the day


Category: accordion

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




reading table

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



reading table

sings all day,
and day not long enough.

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

Tuesday, August 11th

sounds of Argentina

Chango Spasiuk, live, 2009



musical thoughts

What would it be like to live in a world with just one kind of music?

Thursday, June 11th

In response to Monday’s post on Dylan covers, a reader commented:

Fairport Convention’s “Si tu dois partir” (a French-language version of “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”) comes to mind.

Fairport Convention, “Si tu dois partir” (B. Dylan), recording, 1969



random sights

Tuesday morning
Louisville, Kentucky

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Saturday, April 25th

Sometimes nothing is more enlivening than to hear something that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Rebecca Saunders (1967-), Fury II (2009); Remix Ensemble (Emilio Pomarico, cond.; Antonio Augusto Aguiar, bass), live, Portugal (Porto), 2011




reading table

after the dance
right away, cutting
the morning grass

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

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