Squeezebox Stories http://kalw.org en Squeezebox Stories: the tale of one of the first global instruments http://kalw.org/post/squeezebox-stories-tale-one-first-global-instruments <p><a href="http://squeezeboxstories.com/"><em>Squeezebox Stories</em></a>, hosted by Marco Werman of PRI’s <a href="http://www.theworld.org/">The World</a>, is a sound-rich, narrative-driven documentary exploring the social history, multicultural adaptation and musical variations of the accordion.</p><p>The accordion is about much more than the Polka; it’s one of the first global instruments. Played all over the world – everywhere from Italy to China to Zanzibar – the squeezebox is a great vehicle for telling immigration stories.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:47:51 +0000 Julie Caine 6035 at http://kalw.org Squeezebox Stories: the tale of one of the first global instruments Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman http://kalw.org/post/squeezebox-stories-vince-cirelli-accordion-repairman <p></p><p>The accordion has been recognized as the San Francisco’s official instrument. Back in the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco’s North Beach was a Mecca of accordion building (and playing) in the United States.</p><p>Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, was his apprentice. Tattooed, pierced, and part of the “steam punk,” DIY, Burning Man scenes, Fell now owns her own accordion repair shop in San Francisco, where she says an “Accordion Revolution” is happening among people of all ages.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:46:58 +0000 Julie Caine 17507 at http://kalw.org Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman