Hip AND Square: Accordions! From polka to zydeco to klezmer music, they’re an important (and incredibly fun) part of American culture and it’s time to appreciate them! June is National Accordion Awareness Month – so channel your inner Lawrence Welk and get those toes a tappin’.
One of my favorite performers is Yann Tiersen who composed and performed the amazing soundtrack for the French film Amelie. There is a piece on Youtube where he plays the piano with one hand and the accordion with the other, because THAT’S how awesome he is. Take a look (the double performance kicks in about 2:50 with a closeup at about 3:33 into the piece):
Let’s see Uncle Myron or that kid from the Brady Bunch talent show episode do THAT! And just from a whimsical accordion standpoint – Yann Tiersen – Le Jour d’Avant:
So what are you waiting for? We’ve got oodles of stuff to celebrate this wonderful, wacky instrument.
Streaming Music (hoopla)
Books and DVD
Featured Image Credit:
Paris Accordion Player 0960 by Jorge Royan
Source: Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons license)