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

Bravo to Jose Pavel of Los Alegres Del Barranco!

  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!

Native American Accordionist, Gertie Lopez and the T.O. Boyz

Gertie Lopez In the great Sonoran Desert, in the Southwest region of the North American continent, the indigenous people once known as the Papagos lived for thousands of years. Their land, known as the Papagueria, extended south to Monterrey, Mexico, north into Central Arizona, west to the Gulf of California and east to the San … Continue reading Native American Accordionist, Gertie Lopez and the T.O. Boyz