Like a brilliant quilt, music is the fabric of a culture’s shared experience. The piano accordion is a part of the fabric. The pop songs of today become the folk songs of tomorrow, and ultimately, a piece of the quilt. Music binds all North Americans together, and adds to an ever-changing, bigger picture of who we are, as a culture. Because our musical heritage is a critical link between all of us, it should not be taken for granted, and we should do all we can to engage with it, cultivate it and support it.
The intentions of Accordion Americana are to tell the stories of working accordionists and to show their contributions to live and recorded music within the last fifty years. Also intended is to tell the “new” story that is evolving about the piano accordion, not the same old story with the same cast of characters and to share that story with young people who may not know about the instrument. It is hoped that this will serve to inspire developing musicians and to promote the instrument to current musicians and bands. Because the diatonic “button box” accordion is a totally different instrument, with a few influential exceptions, the focus is on the piano accordion and the role that it has played in Americana music, from roots, folk, blues, gospel, country and pop to jazz.
I seek to change perceptions that others may have by presenting the piano accordion as a musical instrument that holds a place in the history of Americana music, rather than one that has been implied to have participated on its fringes. It is also important to show that this instrument has a place in the future, in emerging 21st Century American music utilized more and more by musicians, bands, singers and songwriters in their work, today. Just as the piano accordion has always been, it is still an option for the next generation of 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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In his introduction of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein may have been the first to define Americana music. Please listen…