Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dino Baffetti: The Tattoo

Just a few months after getting the tattoo of my beloved Hohner Erica, I've gone and finished the set. Below you can see may latest ink, a rendering by Moonman Sam of the Black Baffetti -- my Dino Baffetti three-row Tex-Mex. I love the R. Crumb style. This will probably be my last ink for a while ... at least until I get another box!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Pignol & Milleret Monday

I have not been attending to my duties. I've been traveling and actually had to move house. I'm in a very nice new place, and life is good. I did play at NEFFA with the quintet, Nouveau Chapeau. We played an hour of mazurkas for a mazurka dancing workshop. Who knew such a thing existed?!? That was a blast. Maybe next year scottishes?

For today I am posting two older vids worthy of study, they are of the duo Stephan Milleret and Norbert Pignol, two monsters in the field. Aside from their playing, they have been enormously influential on modern box playing through their four volume Diatonic Accordion Method. Here are the men themselves. Nearly 20 minutes of goodness.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday in Estonia

Going far afield for this one, Ida Furusæter playing at a 2010 Estonian Lõõtspillifestivalil festival. I've watched this one dozens of times and keep coming back to it. Check out her left hand. Pretty sure her basses are unisonoric. It is to die for. This one is dedicated to friend, Edda Thiele!

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Belgians Are Here

Not to say Didier Laloy, Wim Claeys, Bruno LeTron, and Frédéric Malempré are Belgian -- maybe they are, maybe they aren't -- but this musical movement, with the Handry 18 Castagnaries surrounding you, coming right at you ... (the grillwork! the grillwork!) ... feels Belgian. En Flanders, as Frédéric Paris might say. So, this is Tref! Enjoy!


Monday, March 14, 2016

Didier Laloy Lundi

Didier Laloy is one of the great "Belgian-Handry-18" players -- along with Francois Heim and Bruno LeTron -- playing with a sensitivity that can be striking. He's also a wildly and theatrically physical player, though you won't see that in this piece. Enjoy.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Emmanuel Monday

This week I bring you (or remind you) of this Emmanuel Pariselle performance of "La Nonchalante." A genuine classic, I think. Singing and accompaniment at its best.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Le Bon Truc Trio Rehearsal Audio

The other Le Bon Truc Trio!
Quite the week for music and the squeezy stuff. Three rehearsals in the space of seven days, preparing for three different gigs. The quintet Nouveau Chapeau is preparing for NEFFA, as mentioned in a previous post. The Le Bon Truc Trio (with Steve on clarinet), is preparing for the Downeast Country Dance Festival (called DEFFA, but the acronym doesn't quite seem to work). The other Le Bon Truc Trio (with Joelle Morris singing) is preparing for a performance at a French immersion school here in Maine.

L'Autre Bon Truc Trio: Rehearsal Compilation


Because I take a phenomenological approach to the box -- as should we all -- I enjoy sharing my process warts and all. Barbara Truax (Le Bon Truc plectrist and percussionismo) recorded our rehearsal this Saturday. It's embedded above, and you can hear us -- having not played for a year -- finding our way back into collaboration. It's clunky at moments, but it was really a good time. Enjoy.

Monday, February 29, 2016

J'ai Vu le Loup Lundi!

From 1993, a reminder that these two kids -- Chris Wood and Andy Cutting -- originally came together over a shared fascination for Quebecois music. I don't recall many times seeing Andy on a one row, though I do see a couple in his list of gear.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Marc Perrone Monday

One of the true masters of the resurgent generation of the 1970s, Marc Perrone has influenced every accordionist playing today. Here he is concert with Marie-Odile Chantran.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

You had me at Mazurka ...

Some mazurkas wot we might play!
"So," said Steve Gruverman, "at NEFFA, do you want to do a mazurka --"

"Yes."

"-- workshop with --"

"Yes."

"-- Lynn Baumeister?"

"Yes."

"Yes?"

"You had me at Mazurka."

To summarize: At the New England Folk Festival (a.k.a., NEFFA), the Nouveau Chapeau quintet will be doing a mazurka dance workshop with instructor Lynn Baumeister. The festival runs from April 15 to 17. We are doing this workshop on Saturday evening, the 16th.

We've put together a nice set of mazurkas to work up (see the picture to the right), and begin rehearsing in a week or so.

I've made no secret of my love of the mazurka in all varieties -- from its galumphy mid-tempo version all the way to the current, "sexy" 9/8ish variety. An embarrassment of riches. That's what my life is.