On Wednesday we finished recording the percussion for “Dune”, and yesterday we had our first accordion recording session. It went really well. We recorded from ten in the morning to one in the afternoon, and then I kept working by myself until half past six in the evening.
What an amazingly expressive instrument the accordion is! As a kid and young adult I had a very very low opinion of the accordion. The instrument was only used in folk music and was the brunt of many jokes – like banjos, trombones and violas. I did come to love the bandoneon, once I discovered Astor Piazzola, but in the last couple of years I discovered the use of accordion in Arabic music and music from the Balkans.
And luckily there is an accordion player right here in Santa Fe who can play like that! :-)
The new album has a really really interesting sound, a bridge between so many styles and traditions. Its roots dive deep into the ground in many locations, but the trunk also rises high above the traditions and lifts the crown into original air.
“…a bridge between so many styles and traditions. Its roots dive deep into the ground in many locations, but the trunk also rises high above the traditions and lifts the crown into original air.”
Nicely expressed. I couldn’t have done better with brush to paper.
I am so excited to hear it! I love the accordion and can’t imagine how interesting it will sound!
An apt description of yourself, Sir, and you feed us the molecules of that aire. Danke Sehr!
Didn’t realize the album was so far along. Accordion, hmm… should be *very* interesting to hear. Can’t wait!
The accordion reminds me a little of the harmonium, which I love and mostly hear in South Asian music/Quawwali’s. Looking forward to your new album and really enjoyed your perfomance in San Francisco a few weeks ago!
Speaking of the accordion, I was just listening to my treasured Marita: Shadows and Storms album, and it sounds like an accordion is featured in the first few seconds of track 15 – Sudden Shadows? Nice!