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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Loic Lundi!

Here's one of my all time favorite impromptu videos featuring Etienne Loic. A very Auvergnat jam session taking place at Embraud in 2013. Enjoy this oceanic wave of bourrée. More can be found at an earlier post, here.



Something about his feet ...