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Past and Present
The intentions of Accordion Americana are to tell the stories of working accordionists, some well known and others not yet heard of, and to share their contributions to live and recorded music within the last fifty years. Because the diatonic “button box” accordion is a different instrument, with a few special exceptions, the focus is on the piano accordion and the role that it has played in Americana music, from Roots, Folk, Blues, Country and Pop to Jazz.
It is my intention to tell the new story that is evolving about the piano accordion, not the same old story with the same cast of characters. I seek to inspire by presenting the piano accordion as an “American Heritage” musical instrument, and also show that it has a place in 21st Century American music, utilized more and more by emerging musicians, singer/songwriters and bands in their work, today.
I believe that our musical heritage is a critical link between all of us and it should not be taken for granted. We should do all we can to engage with it and to cultivate it. As time progresses, Americana music has become our heritage. The pop songs of today become the folk songs of tomorrow. Just as the piano accordion has always been, it is still an option for the next generation of Americana music makers, for it is through them that this instrument has a chance to survive and participate in the new music that is yet to be composed and performed.
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It’s all about the music!
In his introduction of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein may have been the first to define Americana music. Please listen…