Magda Giannikou and her Banda Magda

Magda Giannikou Magdalini “Magda” Giannikou is a Greek born, New York City based accordionist, singer, composer and multi instrumentalist.  Always curious, ambitious and talented, Magda initially became an educator. While working as an elementary school teacher in Athens, she studied classical music and jazz at the National Conservatory of Greece and graduated with a Certificate … Continue reading Magda Giannikou and her Banda Magda

Melissa Elledge, “The Bellows Below”

Melissa Elledge rules. As the accordion princess of the underground subway system of New York City, she holds sway over those who come and go and are always in a hurry to get there. As commuters race for their trains, she offers up the gift of a few moments of enjoyment. They appreciate her work … Continue reading Melissa Elledge, “The Bellows Below”

Wendy McNeill, Hardcore “Folk Noir”

Musical artists, with blurred brush strokes, often blend and bleed into other genres, while some don’t cross any lines, at all. Still, other artists defy categorization, altogether. Enigmatic accordionist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Wendy McNeill, defines her own moody compositions as “Folk Noir.” With her accordion and her compelling lyrics, Wendy McNeill acknowledges folk music … Continue reading Wendy McNeill, Hardcore “Folk Noir”

Mosquito Cabaret, “Music Without Borders”

Miles Hoyle’s mission statement is clearly thought out.  As the visionary accordionist and multi-instrumentalist of the group “Mosquito Cabaret” explains, “our goal is the make music that knows no borders.” Their intention is to extract “a grab bag of sounds” from various cultures to create a unique sound for their band. With the use of … Continue reading Mosquito Cabaret, “Music Without Borders”

Jen Gunderman, in Harmony with “Guitar Town”

Jen Gunderman has been a musician nearly all of her life. Hailing from Topeka, Kansas, Jen made her way to the stages and studios of Nashville, Tennessee as a keyboardist and vocalist.  Now, as a touring and session multi instrumentalist and Assistant Professor of Musicology, Jen earns respect among the artists and musicians in Nashville … Continue reading Jen Gunderman, in Harmony with “Guitar Town”

The Atmospheric style of Sam Reider and The Human Hands

  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

Julieta Venegas, Big Talent with Small Accordion Yields International Star

  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 born in Long Beach, California, and 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 … Continue reading Julieta Venegas, Big Talent with Small Accordion Yields International Star

The Electrifying Cathie Travers

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

Jamie Maschler, Seattle’s ‘Sanfoneira’

  Bio courtesy of Jamie Maschler.com Carving her name in the music scene as Sanfoneira, or accordionist, Jamie Maschler is among Seattle’s few female lead instrumentalists. “Jamie Maschler, knows the versatility of the accordion better then most. She has played the instrument since she was four and spent years perfecting and competing with pieces by such … Continue reading Jamie Maschler, Seattle’s ‘Sanfoneira’

Meredith Pangrace of Maura Rogers & The Bellows

It all began with a gift to Meredith Pangrace from her husband. The small accordion, intended as a ‘gag’ gift, incredibly, became enormously important in Meredith's life and would take it down a different path. It was, in fact, the spark that led to Meredith's decision to choose to save a fellow musician's life by giving her the … Continue reading Meredith Pangrace of Maura Rogers & The Bellows