Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Flo

This is Florence Glorion a player of the chromatic button accordion, who duets often with  diato player Florence Pindivic. They host a site together, Diou Flo, which focuses primarily on Breton music. I love both of the Florences' music, and will feature Pindivic next week.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Unknown Tune in Four

The Theme of the Month at mel,net is "Something in Four." It's for the odds and sods tunes. The march, polka, or whatever that seems somehow different and out of place. This tune is one that I learned from a fiddler about fifteen years ago. I don't know if I ever knew what it was called, but I certainly don't now. I can't honestly even say what type of tune it is or its provenance. It sounds Breton? Maybe and an dro? If YOU know, please say so in the comments.



P.S., I used my phone for this recording and I'm still figuring out the best way to do that. I'll do better next time.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Alain Pennec, Breton Accordion

A bit of Alain Pennec to start off your week. He's known for deploying interesting band arrangements, so capturing him solo is a special treat. Enjoy.

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.