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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

La Guinguette Mazurka

Norbert Pignol’s  9/8 mazurka, La Guinguette, played by Tommaso Massarelli,

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 …

New Accordion Tattoo!

Got this done today. A bit of fatalistic faldarall thrust in the face of a cold, unfeeling universe. I like it. So there. This was done by Moonman Sam (Hill) in Hallowell, Maine.

You may recall Sam’s previous work on me.

Yann Dour, Breton Dance

This Monday, I would like to point your attention to this Yann Dour video from 2007. Aside from the precision in the playing and coolness of the tune (Scottish à André, according to one of the commenters), I always marvel at the power of a musician who can drive a room full of dancers like this. I know it’s not unheard of, but as someone who plays for dancers, I still find it impressive.

Le Lundi Accordéonaire: Duo Expire

This Monday I bring you a video from Duo Expire, featuring Cédric Martin and Flavien Di-Cinto. I met Cédric about twelve years ago, when I was in Alsace. I don’t expect him to remember me, but I’ve always remembered the fluidity and personality he brought to his playing that night.

If you would like to draw my attention to something out there that should be posted, or want to submit one of yourself playing some French tune (including Breton) on accordion, email me here.