accordion

Fog City Blues: Rob Reich Quintet

2 hours ago

Mixing improvisational romps with refined and melodic ensemble arrangements, Rob Reich’s idiosyncratic accordion style mixes doses of wry humor and elements of spontaneous revelation that help propel the instrument’s modern renaissance.

Accordion Master Guy Klucevsek This Saturday!

Apr 29, 2016

GUY KLUCEVSEK,  master of the accordion,  made a rare appearance in the Bay Area this weekend.  He performed live in  the KALW studios on "Folk Music & Beyond".

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. And the accordion is San Francisco’s official city instrument.

Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, worked as 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.

Paddy O'Brien will be our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond."  Paddy will demonstrate his mastery of the accordion and talk about his remarkable musical memory for traditional tunes.  He has collected more than 4,000 compositions—jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes.   Paddy will open the Crossroads Irish-American Festival in San Francisco this weekend.

A taste of Texas in Sacramento

Aug 27, 2013

This weekend, hundreds of people from across the state, and from as far away as Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State will be coming to Northern California to get a little taste of Texas. That’s because this weekend is the seventh annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in Sacramento, a celebration of Latino music from Texas that made its way across the West. Julie Caine and Lisa Morehouse visited a band playing the festival and bring us this preview. 

Image courtesy of http://squeezeboxstories.com

Squeezebox Stories, hosted by Marco Werman of PRI’s The World, is a sound-rich, narrative-driven documentary exploring the social history, multicultural adaptation and musical variations of the accordion.

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.