Mexican Norteno is accordion centered music. Although the diatonic button accordion is favored, the genre often features the piano accordion. But, with either instrument, Latino accordionists usually do not go near the bass section and their focus is conspicuously on the treble keyboard. Jose Pavel, accordionist with the Norteno group, Los Alegres del Barranco ("The Merry … Continue reading Bravo to Jose Pavel of Los Alegres Del Barranco!
Sam Reider walks a fine line. The child of a Klezmer musician and a musical theater composer, Sam is West Coast born, raised in San Francisco but has since settled in Brooklyn, NY. A pianist, he originally studied jazz, but explored other methods of expressing his musical vision. By using the piano accordion, Sam … Continue reading The Atmospheric style of Sam Reider and The Human Hands
Child prodigies can become 'stuck' between a world where they were always a delight, and the adult world, more critical and less forgiving, where success is hard-won and failure is far more probable. While Joey Miskulin could still be that cute kid at heart, in the real world, he never lost his vision as a … Continue reading The Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Joey Miskulin
She who plays the piano accordion is never ignored. California-born Julieta Venegas y Percevault, known professionally as Julieta Venegas (pronounced BAY-nay-yahs), was raised in Tijuana, Mexico where she became fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. At age ten, Julieta began to formally study music and to learn the guitar, piano and the accordion. But … Continue reading Julieta Venegas, Big Talent with Small Accordion Yields International Star
Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Phoebe Legere. The New York City based musician, first signed by Epic/Sony at age 17, emerged in the early 1990's as a young singer of promise with extraordinary vocal range and quality. In the years since, she opened for David Bowie (1991), and has recorded, written, produced … Continue reading Phoebe Leger, Artist of the Avant Garde
Pauline Oliveros always thought outside of 'the box.' During her sixty-year career as a composer, musician, performer, researcher, writer and educator in the field of sound, she utilized a "conventional instrument," the piano accordion, as an unconventional tool in her work. Not only did she focus on music as a sequence of sound, but she … Continue reading The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’
Music changes along with new discoveries, major social or political events or technological developments. Art and music reflect our reaction, because human beings are impacted by change, and have a deep need to express it through the arts. As part of the continuum of adjusting and adapting, some artists naturally look back to tradition, as … Continue reading The Electrifying Cathie Travers