Celso Piña, The Rebel of the Accordion

Famous in Mexico as “El Rebelde del acordeón” (the rebel of the accordion), Celso Piña earned an international reputation on the diatonic accordion as an exponent of the genre, cumbia rebajada (Coom-bee-a Ray-buh-HA-da). Early in the 1980’s, Celso was performing as a norteño accordionist with his three brothers, Eduardo, Rubén and Enrique. But, even at … Continue reading Celso Piña, The Rebel of the Accordion

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”

Gee Rabe, “Dr Diva” of the Accordion

If you thought that a girl in the band who happens to be an accordion player, could not be “a force to be reckoned with,” and if you are among those that believe that there is little work for accordionists out there, Gee Rabe will make you think differently. Gee Rabe fronts her own retro … Continue reading Gee Rabe, “Dr Diva” of the Accordion

Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

“The blues is all right with” Johnny Sansone.  For nearly 30 years, New Orleans has been home to this electric blues singer, songwriter and musician. Born in West Orange, New Jersey in 1957, Johnny left his home state in 1975 to attend college and then moved around the east, west, Midwest and then the southern … Continue reading Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

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”

Country Music Salutes Joey Miskulin

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 Country Music Salutes Joey Miskulin

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

Phoebe Leger, Artist of the Avant Garde

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 and … Continue reading Phoebe Leger, Artist of the Avant Garde

The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’

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’

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