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  • Accord'ance is an accordion sextet from Italy. They aim introduce an original repertoire of accordion music to a large public and to supply a different interpretation of music pieces composed for other instruments.
  • Italian concert accordionist and composer Ivano Battiston. His TOTEM for accordion and piano [Youtube video] performed by Patrizia Angeloni and Chiara Montelatici in 2007; the score for TOTEM is available in PDF format.
  • Accordionist, composer and theatre organist Ronald Binge (1910 - 1979) from Derby, England, composed and arranged many works for the Mantovani orchestra. A Wikipedia entry for Ronald Binge
  • Juan Carlos Cárcamo is an accordionist from Spain who has played many concerts, both solo and in chamber groups, but in recent years he has concentrated mostly on composing for the accordion; his works have been published by Bérben Edizioni Musicali, Editorial Boileau and Musical Real. Since 1986 is professor for accordion at the Conservatory of Santurtzi.
  • Spanish classical accordionist Angel Luis Castaño (in Spanish) studied with Mogens Ellegaard and Max Bonnay. He plays amongst others in a duo with Raquel Ruiz (in Spanish) and in duo AN-tifon with pianist Ananda Sukarlan. He also is professor for accordion at the Conservatory of Segovia and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. (in Spanish) Angel Luis Castaño CDs can be bought from musicforaccordions.com.
  • Paul Chamberlain from Bowden, Scotland, has won a number of national competitions in Scotland, and in 1999 he was awarded Second Place in the Under 18 Classical section at the UK National Accordion Championships. He plays both piano accordion and free-bass button accordion (which he studied with Djordje Gajic). Paul Chamberlain performs works ranging from classical bayan works and transcriptions to French & continental music and Scottish traditional music. He also composes a wide range of accordion music; on musicforaccordion.com the sheet music for a few musette tunes are for sale.
  • Ad Cominotto from Hasselt, Belgium, began to play contemporary classical music for accordion while he studied piano at the conservatory of Liege. Afterwards, he mainly switched to keyboard (not neglecting the accordion completely), and he has recorded with amongst others Arno, Elisa Waut and David Byrne. Recently he has taken up the classical side again as well.
  • French contemporary classical accordionist Pascal Contet. Another site for Pascal Contet, (in French) mainly concerned with his collection / exposition of accordions and related materials.
  • Ensemble D'Acht (in Dutch) is a Dutch professional accordion ensemble consisting of 10 accordionists. Most of them have studied accordion at one of the conservatories in the Netherlands, and teach the accordion or direct accordion orchestras themselves. They play music from neo-baroque to avant-garde and minimal music. They have had a number of compositions written for them: Ad Wammes' "Boardwalk" (1996), Wim de Ruiter's "Tetrade" (1996), Rita Knuistingh-Neven's "Hunter" (1999) and Stefan Hippe's "Faux" (2002).
  • The Demian Ensemble (in Dutch) started life in 1990 as an accordion ensemble, consisting mostly of students of Ad en Antje de Jong. Nowadays it is a quintet: Stijn Sips, Niek van Uden, Annemarieke van der Ploeg, Ad de Jong and Antje de Jong-Coppelmans. Their repertoire is mostly classical music, both arrangements of works by composers like Albéniz, Bizet and Bach, as well as compositions for accordion by composers like Bagdonas, Götz and Jelsma, and lately also compositions and arrangements by Ad de Jong, specifically written for the Demian Ensemble. In 2004 they released their first CD, "Winged Panorama".
  • Alexander Dmitriev has been professor of St. Petersburg Conservatoire and "Soloist - St Petersburg Philharmonie Concert" for more than 20 years.
  • Vitaly Dmitriev was born in St. Petersburg in 1977, and graduated from the State St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music in 1999. He has won various international accordion competitions, amongst which Castelfidardo in 1993, Klingental in 1994 and the Coupe Mondiale in Sweden in 1995. He has recorded 3 CDs, with works by amongst others Vlasislav Zolotaryov, Eddy Flecijn, Bach, Scarlatti and Albenis; they are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
  • Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll A page for Geir Draugsvoll at the Pro Arte management agency
  • e-MeX (in German) is an ensemble for new and contemporary music from the Rhein/Ruhr area of Germany, which includes accordionist Christina Taczyk.
  • Ensemble Wiener Collage, (in German) with Ernst Melichar on accordeon, is a chamber ensemble and chamber orchestra for new music, 20th century classical music, and older music that is significant to the development of 20th century music.
  • English virtuoso accordionist Pearl Fawcett Adriano became C.M.A. Trophée Mondiale world champion in Hamburg, Germany in 1961. Her repertoire ranges from the classics to light music, French Musette and continental. She has performed classical concerts and recitals in the UK, the former USSR and Europe, and with her lighter program she has appeared on various BBC radio and TV shows. She has made various recordings, which are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
  • Kevin Friedrich is an accordion performer and teacher, who has participated in the Coupe Mondiale three times, and who has served two terms as president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild. Currently he is Accordions Worldwide representative for North America. He performs both solo and in The International Trio.
  • Classical accordionist Murray Grainger teaches accordion at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, UK, a boarding school for musically gifted pupils aged eight to eighteen.
  • Spanish accordionist, composer and teacher Gorka Hermosa (in Spanish) trained as a classical accordionist, and he plays classical music with the 3+1 Sax Ensemble, with orchestras and solo. But he has also branched out into jazz, folk, techno, pop, amongst others with a flamenco company, with his own (jazz?) trio and with Zuhaitzaren Soinua Kolektiboa, a group of txalaparta, accordion and programmed bass. He has also published a book "El Repertorio para acordeén en el Estado Español" and various other sheet music, formerly via Editorial Hauspoz, but now on his own imprint Ediciones Nubero. (in Spanish) In addition, some sheet music, books, MP3s and videos are available for free download
  • Mort Herold (b. 1925) is a classical accordionist and accordion teacher from Chicago. In the 1960s he was one of the first teachers of classical accordion at college level. 1961 - 1962 he was the president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International, and he was instrumental in the ATG commissioning Ole Schmidt's "Toccata No. 2 for Accordion". The link above is a reprint from the November 1948 issue of "Accordion World".
  • German accordionist Stefan Hussong has performed and recorded a large repertoire, both of original 20th century accordion works, and of transcriptions of baroque music and tangos. He is professor for accordion and chamber music at the Würzburg conservatory and professor at the International Summer academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg.
  • Lian Jones, who was born in the Fujian province of China, now lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She has won many accordion competitions in China, and has also performed in the USA and in New Zealand. She teaches piano and accordion in Auckland, and she is the Liaison Officer for the NZAA for Chinese language teachers and contestants.
  • Margit Kern studied under Hugo Noth in Trossingen, and now teaches at the conservatory in Bremen. She was awarded first place at the "International Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music", and she has toured most European countries as well as the United States and South Korea.
  • Volodymyr Kurylenko is a bayan player from Ukraine, who regularly performs in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium -- both concerts proper and for entertainment at events. His repertoire includes classical music from Bach up to contemporary composers, jazz and entertaining music. He mostly plays works written for the bayan by Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian composers.
  • Ari Lehtonen is a classical accordionist from Finland. He has studied accordion with Matti Rantanen, Mie Miki, Joseph Macerollo and conducting with Dominique Rouits. His repertoire consists of both original contemporary music for the accordion as well as organ, harpsichord and piano transcriptions from earlier centuries.
  • Friedrich Lips is one of the world's foremost classical accordionists. He has premiered many bayan compositions by composers such as Gubaidulina and Solotaryov. All Friedrich Lips CDs are for sale at musicforaccordion.com, as well as his book "The Art of Bayan Playing"
  • Accordionist and composer Marco Lo Russo from Italy has interests ranging from classical to argentine tango with jazz contaminations. He recorded Marco Lo Russo: Tarabuk (for sale on musicforaccordions.com) with Velut Luna on double bass, with compositions by himself and by Tiziano Zanotti.
  • Tania Lukic-Marx is Yugoslavian by birth, studied for 7 years at the Kiev Conservatorium of Music in Ukraine with professor Vladimir Besfamilnov, and is now a naturalized Australian living in Sydney. In 1986 she performed the world premiere of Vladimir Zubitsky's "Slavic" Sonata No. 2, in Klingenthal, and in 1993 she made a concert tour in China. Since 1992 she has been the director of her own Music School in Sydney, and she is also heavily involved with accordion activities as the President of the Australian Accordion Teachers Association Inc, which runs the annual Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival in May each year.
  • Mikko Luoma studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen under Hugo Noth and from 1992 to 1995 at the Sibelius Academy under Matti Rantanen. Since then he has performed contemporary accordion music, both solo and chamber music, in many European countries as well as in the USA. He has appeared as soloist for The New Juilliard Ensemble and the Zagros ensemble, and is a founder member of the Plus Ensemble (with Erkki Lahesmaa on cello and Christoffer Sundqvist on clarinet). He also is a senior lecturer in classical accordion and contemporary chamber music at the Turku Music Academy
  • Oleg Lysenko is an Ukrainian bayan and bandoneon player, now living in the Netherlands. He studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kiev, followed by a masters at the Messiaen Conservatory in the Netherlands. Subsequently he specialized in Argentinian tango at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. He plays classical music, modern accordion compositions, Argentinian tango and French musette. He has performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and solo concerts at the international festival for Russian culture in Paris and in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw for AVRO on Radio 4.
  • Canadian classical accordionist Joseph Macerollo has been a member of Quartetto Gelato since 1998. He wrote a book, the Accordion Resource Manual, published in 1980, which contains amongst others an extensive list of classical compositions for accordion.
  • Ludo Mariën (in Dutch) teaches accordion at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp He has recored two solo CDs, with works by amongst others Lemmens, Wurthner, Vivaldi, Bach and Semionov, and he gives many concerts, both in Belgium and abroad. He also promotes the accordion by organising youth music camps in July and August (not in 2005, though), and accordion weekends for teenagers and adults throughout the year.
  • Then 11 year old Ebilin Maruyama from Germany was the first accordionist to feature on From the Top, a US radio show for/about pre-college aged musicians, distributed by National Public Radio. She played two movements of Takahashi's "Into the Valley" (available on-line as real-audio as well). It seems she also studies composition a the Klara-Schuman-Musikschule (in German) -- that page has a sample of one of her compositions.
  • Accordionist, arranger and composer Łukasz Matuszyk [Flash site] in 2003 graduated with honour from the Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland. He has played as a soloist with "Euro Iuvenis Sinfonica" during concerts in Germany, and participated in various theatre performances, amongst which the children's theatre production "Nie Pieprz Prietrze[...]", for which he wrote the music.
  • Accordionist, choir director and teacher Patrizia Merciari (in Italian) from Casarza Ligure (GE), Italy has won various competitions (both as an accordionist and with choirs), and has performed for radio and television. She was the director of the Trofeo Internazionale "Città di Casarza Ligure" competition. Apart from solo, she also performis in trio Briareo (in Italian) vocalist /narrator Maria Giuliana Anelli and guitarist Pino Bifano. Patrizia Amerciari's (in Italian) myspace page.
  • Harrie Mooten (in Dutch) (1928-1996) was a Dutch accordionist with a long and varied career. He started playing popular music, but he also was one of the first to play classical music (like Bach) on the accordion. For people of my generation, he was probably best known as 'de Grote Grijze Geitenbreier' [the Great Greay Goat knitter], in the children's TV series 'de film van Ome Willem' [the movie of Uncle William]. A Harry Mooten obituary that I translated from the Volkskrant.
  • Alessandro Mugnoz studied choral music and direction ath the "Martini" Conservatoire in Bologna and accordion at the "Rossini" Conservatoire in Pesaro. He currently teaches at the Musical Institute "G.B. Pergolesi" in Ancona, and has written various didactic booklets and works for solo accordion and for ensembles, some of which have been chosen as obligatory pieces in national competitions. Together with pianist Claudia Menghi he has recorded Dal Repertorio ottocentesco per strumenti ad ancia libera alla musica del Novecento
  • The Nederlands Accordeon Ensemble (in Dutch) is an ensemble consisting of students and ex-students of the ArtEZ Conservatory Enschede, and is led by Egbert Spelde. It consists of a core of 10 accordionists, but the ensemble focusses on repertoire involving vocalists, choir, and/or instruments other than accordion. They have performed Christoph Taggatz' Lukas Passion Op.67 (2007), jacques Bank's Requiem voor een Levende, and W.A. Mozart's Requiem KV 626 (in an arrangement for amongst others accordion ensemble and vibraphone)
  • The Nederlands Accordeon Ensemble, (in Dutch) formerly "Nederlands Accordeon Atelier", was founded in 2000 by (ex-) students of Egbert Spelde. It consists of a core of 9 accordionists, but it often cooperates with other instrumentalists or vocalists. They often perform new compositions. For example, for 2008-2009 they have programmed Christoph Taggatz' "Lukas Passion" (2007) for voice, guitar, cello, 2 sopranos, 8 accordions, flute, clarinet, alto and percussion.
  • Duo No Strings from Birmingham, United Kingdom, consists of Michael Adams on accordion and Peter Gosling on clarinet. Their repertoire is drawn from a wide range of popular music for strings and other instruments from baroque and classical pieces to popular jazz numbers.
  • Accordionist and composer Yehuda Oppenheimer is known as the "Prophet of the Accordion" in Israel. After surviving the war in Holland, he immigrated to Israel in 1946, where he graduated the Academy of Music on violin; but he got more and more involved with the accordion, as a performer, composer and teacher. His composition "Chaconne" was chosen as a test piece for the 1966 Trophée Mondiale (won by Richard Gaillano...). Sheet music for some of his compositions and arrangements, as well as the CDs "The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer" and "Accordion Mon Amour" can be ordered from musicforaccordion.com, at the above link. A review of the CD The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer; and another review of The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer.
  • Paris Moscou Duo (in French) consists of Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov from Larodde, France. Both have won various prizes in international competitions, and since 2000 both teach at CNIMA, the Centre National et International de Musique et d'Accordéon (which is led by Professor Jacques Mornet). In 2002 they released their first CD. That CD, as well as Roman Jbanov solo CDs are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
  • Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric has commissioned almost 200 new works from an international roster of composers, amongst them 10 concertos and 26 works for electroacoustic element, computer and video playback. He is the only concert accordionist active on the international scene who devotes himself solely to concertizing, and he gives more than 70 concerts a year in solo recital, new music, chamber music and concerto performances.
  • Organist and bayanist Marko Petričić from Indianapolis, Indiana, performs both solo and in a duo "Gypsy Moods", with violinist Mathieu Névéol. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television, and more recently, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Alexander Poeluev from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, is a student of prof. Semionov. In 2002 he won the Coupe Mondiale in both the "Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships" and "International Competition for Piano Accordion" categories.
  • Quartetto di fisarmoniche Hans Brehme (in Italian) from Stresa, Italy, was founded in 1986. Its members are Anna Uccelli, Mario Milani, Paolo Vignani and Roberto Sgaria. Their repertoire consists of transcriptions of classical composers, as well as original works for accordion quartet, many of them by Italian composers and dedicated to the ensemble.
  • Russian bayan player Nikolai Ryskov studied at the Gnessin Academy in Mosic between 1984 and 1988 and at the Russian Academy of Music from 1988 to 1994. In 1995 he moved to England, where he now lives in London. He has a large repertoire of classical music, international popular music, French musettes and Russian folk music, and he can provide music for weddings, parties etc., either solo or in various ensembles. He also teaches piano and accordion.
  • Viacheslav Semionov is an internationally renowned bayanist and teacher, highly acclaimed especially for his playing in a duo with his wife, domra player Natalya Semionova.
  • Free-bass accordionist Alexander Sevastian from Canada, winner of the 2001 Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion held by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG.) In 2007 he won the Coupe Mondiale in Washington.
  • Bayanist / accordionist Don Severs has a made a design for a modified, more ergonomical bayan. He has studied with Joan Cochran Sommers, and he won 1st place at the AAA festival in Miami in 1979.
  • I Superfisa (in Italian) [uses Flash for navigation] is an Italian accordion quartet, consisting of Rossano Mancini, Giacomo Zanna, Luigi Guerra and Anna Dal Bosco. They play folk and classical accordion music.
  • Duo Røyseng/Aase a.k.a. "Duo Jupiter" from Oslo, Norway,both play on Jupiter bayans. Their repertoire consists of Baroque music, Russian folk music, Norwegian contemporary and folk music, and light music. They were winners in the duo and chamber music category in Castelfidardo, both in 2001 and in 2003. Both Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase also teach in and around Oslo. A Myspace site for Røyseng/Aase, and one for Stian Aase
  • Vladimir Ushenin is Honoured Artist of Russia and professor at the Rostov State S. Rakhmaninov Conservatory. He has made some 100 arrangements for solo bayan, Russian folk ensemble or bayan orchestra. He has also recorded one solo CD and 5 CDs with his "Kalinka" ensemble.
  • Stanislav Venglevski is a bayan player from Moldova (now living in the USA). A page for Stas Venglevski at petosa.com. Various Stas Venglevski CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Since Cao Xiao-Qing (in German) is professor for accordion at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Like himself in the past, many of his students are now succesful in various accordion competitions.
  • Guoping Zhang is a classical accordionist from Beijing, China, from a family of professional accordionists. He has performed in Germany, USA, Canada, Poland, Switzerland and France, and he has recorded a number of CDs, amongst others a CD of Scarlatti keyboard sonatas. The CD Zhang Guoping: Happy Sheng is for sale at musicforaccordions.com.
  • Vladimir Zubitsky from the Ukraine, currently living in Pesaro, Italy began his international carreer in 1975 with winning the Coupe Mondiale in Finland. He has composed various works for accordions, as well as symphonies, operas, ballets, etc. Vladimir Zubitsky's CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Ensemble Zungenreden (in German) from Germany consists of is the accordionist Britta Wodarczak and counter tenor Thomas Bremser. They arrange music from all eras for counter tenor and accordion, as well as other reed instruments such as clarinet, organ and saxophone.

Composers

  • George Antheil (1900-1959) wrote Accordion Dance (1951) for accordion and orchestra
  • Violet Balestreri Archer (1913-2000) wrote Four miniatures (1988) for accordion solo.
  • Italian concert accordionist and composer Ivano Battiston. His TOTEM for accordion and piano [Youtube video] performed by Patrizia Angeloni and Chiara Montelatici in 2007; the score for TOTEM is available in PDF format.
  • David Bedford wrote Piece for Mo (1963) for a chamber orchestra including an accordion
  • Peter Bengtson has among others composed 'Schakt' (1983) for 6 accordions, 3 double basses, percussion and a harmonium.
  • Luciano Berio (1925-2003) wrote El Mar la Mar (1952) for soprano, mezzo soprano and ensemble (including accordion), and Sequenza No. 13 for accordion, which premiered at at the Berio festival ConSequenze in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on November 9th, 1995. Also, in opera Outis (1996) there is an accordion part in the orchestral score and in one of the scenes (which was played by Claudio Jacomucci in the Scala).
  • Russian composer Nikolai Yakovlevich Chaikin (1915-2000) wrote many works for bayan, amongst which two Concertos for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra, and two Sonatas for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he was a professor at the Gorky Conservatory and at the Gnessins' Musical Institute in Moscow.
  • Brian Cherney has composed 'Accord' (1985), for cello, oboe and accordion
  • Italian composer Giorgio Colombo Taccani has written a number of works for accordion: "Recitativo" (1997/98) for solo accordion, written for Corrado Rojac; "Diario di viaggio" (1999) for violin and accordion, written for AVA ensemble - Berlin (Acc: Heiner Frauendorf); "Secondo diario di viaggio" (2000) for alto sax and two accordions, written for Corrado Rojac; "Aria di sortita" (2000) for solo accordion, written for Teodoro Anzellotti, and "Auge der Zeit" (2002) for mezzosoprano, recorder, violin, percussion, accordion and piano); written for AVA ensemble - Berlin (performance in Autumn 2002); "Sin Sueño - terzo diario di viaggio" for piano and accordion (2002), written for AN-tifon; and "L'enigma dell'ora" for accordion and electronics (2006), for written Davide Vendramin. Excerpts from the scores are available for all works, and complete MP3 audio files are available for "Recitativo", "Diario di viaggio", "Secondo diario di viaggio" and "L'enigma dell'ora".
  • Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen (in Dutch) has written music for music theatre, musicals, and commercials; his "Accordion Crimes" (inspired by the novel) was premiered on the 2008 "Het Accordeon" festival. He plays in world music ensemble ®chestra, and teaches at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education 'De Lindenberg' in Nijmegen, and as freelance teacher at various academies. A short biography of Gerie Daanen
  • Gary Daverne, from Auckland, New Zealand, is an orchestral conductor, composer, arranger, and record producer. He has composed works for accordion solo and duet, accordion and strings, and accordion group and orchestra, and he has arranged various works for accordion orchestra. Sheet music for some of Gary Daverne's compositions is for sale at musicforaccordion.com: the "Concert Waltz for Accordion and Strings", some works for accordion orchestra and some solo accordion works -- as well as the CD "Accordion Concert Music", with compositions for accordion solo, duet, ensemble and orchestra.
  • Gualtiero Dazzi wrote "All'alba della trasparenza" (1995-96) for violin, cello and accordion.
  • Belgian composer Koen Dejonghe (who teaches practical harmony and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp) has written or arranged a number of tangos, some for ensembles including accordion. They can be heard on the above site, and the sheet music can also be printed with the Sibelius Scorch plug-in.
  • Fraco Donatoni (1927-2000) wrote Feria III (1992-96) for accordion, and Feria IV (1997), dedicated to Claudio Jacomucci.
  • Composer Lukas Foss wrote "Curriculum Vitae" (1977) for accordion, commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association.
  • Ivar Frounberg composed "A Dirge: Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden" (1988) for small orchestra and accordion solo (arranged for solo accordion in 1994). It was recorded by Geir Draugsvoll and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra on Ivar Frounberg: Orchestral Works
  • Danish composer Karsten Fundal wrote Butterfly (1994) for accordion and wind quintet and "The Wings of a Butterfly" (1996-97) for clarinet(/bass clarinet), violin, viola, and accordion .
  • British composer Anthony Gilbert wrote "Rose luisante" (2003) for solo free-bass accordion
  • German composer Adolf Götz wrote many works for accordion orchestra, and for accordion solo or with other instruments.
  • Deirdre Gribbin, born in Belfast, studied with Per Nørgård. Amongst others she wrote Hells Kells (1995) for accordion solo, premiered by Stefan Hussong.
  • Benjamin Grosser composed `Limpid Form' (1992) for violin, alto saxophone and accordion
  • Among Sofia Gubaidulina 's works are `Seven words' for cello, bayan and strings (1982), `De Profundis' for bayan (1978) and `Silenzio', five pieces for bayan, violin and cello (1991). Seven Words / Silenzio / In Croce were recorded on the Naxos Label, with Elsbeth Moser on bayan.
  • Jacob de Haan is a Dutch composer who has written various works for accordion orchestra -- they are not listed on the Compositions page, but can be found on the Recordings page: a CD with his accordion compositions has been published. Alternatively, one could request the accordion catalogue of De Haske, where is works are published.
  • Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (in German) wrote "...." (1994) for accordion, viola and chamber ensemble, and "Natures Mortes" (2003) for orchestra and accordion.
  • Composer Stefan Hakenberg Stefan Hakenberg has written a number of works for ensembles with accordion(s). Among them are two musical picture books, Niemand darf seinen Wohnort verlassen and Handwerk, illustrated by Harald Klemm, which can be seen an heard online, in realaudio (click on the "illustrations: Harald Klemm link").
  • Bengt Hambræus has composed Trio Sonata (1985), for free bass accordion, trombone and piano, and Three Dances (1986), for accordion and percussion
  • Austrian composer Lukas Haselböck (in German) wrote "Zwei Stücke für Violoncello und Klavier", rearranged for saxophone and accordion in 1997, "Schatten" (1999) for bass clarinet, percussion and accordion, and "Sonnentanz" (2000) for flute, viola, bass clarinet and accordion
  • Slovak composer Juraj Hatrik wrote amongst others "Quarrel Over a Plastered Dwarf, antiduo for 2 accordions" (1969), "Choral Fantasia for accordion and chamber orchestra" (1975), and a number of works for accordion solo. A CD of Choral Fantasia has been published by the Music Fund Slovakia, (in Slovak)
  • Christos Hatzis has composed various works for accordion and tape or accordion and chamber orchestra
  • German composer and accordionist Stefan Hippe has written many works for accordion or accordion orchestra, and arranged numerous others.
  • James Hiscott is a Canadian composer with a special interest in world folk music and North American music. Amongst others, he has written for the 2-row button accordion, which he plays, amongst others on "Spirit Reel" (1982) for violin and G/C button accordion, "Lesotho" (1988) for two-row button accordion, "Dancing On Wings Of Fire" (1991) for A/D button accordion and orchestra, and "The Bay Of Naples" (2004) for viola, and G/C button accordion He also wrote "Gilgamesh" (1977) for free-bass accordion and "Ballad No. 1" (1978) for alto flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone, percussion, free-bass accordion, piano. The Canadian Music Centre has a short bio and a discography of James Hiscott.
  • Catalan composer Joaquim Homs wrote "Dos soliloquis" (1992) and Suite no. 4 "Entre two línies" (1992), both for 12' clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and accordion
  • Michael S. Horwood wrote amongst others "Interphase" (1975) for flute, tenor sax, piano, accordion, 2 percussion, "Talos IV" (1977) for solo accordion, "Bipolarity" (1979) for accordion and string trio and "Suite for Accordion and Percussion" (1985). Short sound clips are available for each composition.
  • Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) wrote The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for orchestra, accordion and narration, which was recorded with Dianne Schmidt on accordion.
  • German composer Bertold Hummel (1925 - 2002) wrote Tripartita for accordion and string quartet (1986). It was premiered by Hugo Noth and the "Joachim-Quartet", and has also been performed by Stefan Hussong.
  • Neoclassical German composer Wolfgang Jacobi (1894-1972) (in German) wrote a large number of works for accordion orchestra and solo accordion from 1955 onwards.
  • David A. Jaffe composed "Music For an Imaginary Wedding" for mandolin, concertina, and cello
  • David Johnstone is a Brittish cellist and composer who is based in Spain. His compositions, which are published by Creighton's Collection, include various works for accordion: "Iranzu" for flute, cello and accordion (2000/2008); "Music of the Pirates" (The Pirates) for accordion and narrator (2001-2); "Sonata de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for accordion and string quartet (2003); "Concierto de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for solo accordion and string orchestra (2004); "Mediterranean Suite" for four accordions (2004); "Concert Miniatures for Solo Accordion" volumes 1 and 2 (2007); "The Song Sonata" for accordion and piano duo (2008); and "Concerto for Solo Accordion and Orchestra" (2009).
  • Danish composer, organist and choire director Henrik Colding-Jørgensen wrote "Englens Hånd" ("the Angel Hand") (2001) for contralto, baritone, piano and accordion. It was premiered by Ensemble Couleurs, with accordionist Morten Rosse, and it is published by Samfundet. He also wrote "Screaming Void" (2005) for accordion solo.
  • Norwegian composer and accordionist Jostein Stalheim has studied composition and accordion at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen and at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. He works mainly in the field of classical and contemporary music, but also traditional music. He has written various works for accordion, amongst which "Labyrinth", "Nuuk dag" (2000) and "Nuuk nat" (2000) for solo accordion, "Gaps" (1998) for accordion and percussion and "A - AB - ABS" (1992) for accordion and wind quartet. He teaches accordion at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. As a performer he has appeared on the BBC TV, NRK-TV, the Video Festival in Cannes-85 and with several international orchestras.
  • German-Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel wrote amongst others "Aus Zungen Stimmen" for accordion quintet (1972), "Tango Alemán" for voice, violin, bandoneon (or accordion) and piano (1977/1978), "Variété Konzertstück für sechs" for chamber ensemble (1977), "Episoden, Figuren" for accordion solo (1993), "Pandorasbox (Bandoneonpiece)", and "Orchestrion-Straat" for chamber ensemble (1995/1996). A biography and works list of Mauricio Kagel (in German) at Edition Peters, from which some of his works are available.
  • Danish composer Leif Kayser (1919-) has written works for accordion.
  • Dutch composer Tristan Keuris (1946-1996) wrote 'Chamber Concerto' (1995) for accordion and ensemble
  • Jiří Laburda (b. 1931) is a Czech composer who has written various works for accordion solo, accordion and orchestra or chamber ensemble including accordion. That page was last updated in 2002, it seems -- later compositions include the 3rd and 4th Sonata for Accordion solo (2003 / 2004) and "Terpsichoré" (2004) and "Fiori teneri" (2004) for accordion solo. The first one of these is published by Wolfgang G. Haas, the other three by Edition Rondon-Prague. Laburda's "Prelude for Accordion" was awarded the "Prize SACEM/UPAC", Paris 1974. And apparently the "Concerto for Accordion and String Orchestra" is a favourite with students of Prague Conservatory of Music -- the orchestral parts are not difficult and their are very suitable for the amateurs too.
  • Viennese composer of electroacoustical music Bruno Liberda (in German) wrote Kakanische Soirée (1986) for clarinet, violoncello, accordion and tape.
  • Finnish publisher Love Music has published a few works for accordion (+ other instruments): Jokinen Erkki: "A Yellow Primrose to Alberto Caeiro", for accordion and cello; Koskelin Olli: "Pas de trois" for accordion, clarinet and cello; Nuorvala Juhani: "What's a Nice Chord Like You Doing in a Piece Like This?" for three accordions or accordion and pre-recorded tape [5 accordions in the original]; and Vuori Harri: "Suden hetki (Hour of the Wolf)" for accordion.
  • Slovak composer Peter Machajdik, living in Germany since 1992, wrote "Five Mirrors" for accordion in 1997. It was premiered by Slovak accordionist Boris Lenko; the score is available from Musica Slovaka ( matasova@hf.sk) or from the composer. He also wrote "Portrait of an Aquarium" (2006) for violin, accordion, piano and double-bass, premiered by Ensemble ALEA, "Lines and Waves in Blue Deep" (2007) for 5 accordions, commissioned by the Deutscher Harmonika Verband, and "Concerto for 2 Bayans and concerto" (2008), premiered on 4 June 2009 by AccoDuo and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pomorian Philharmonic under Aleksander Gref. All compositions are available from the composer.
  • Dutch composer Tera de Marez Oyens (1932-1996) wrote 'Linzer Concert' for accordion and orchestra, as well as a few other works for accordion or ensembles including accordion.
  • Prof. Walter Maurer from Vienna, Austria is a composer, publisher and teacher for accordion. He is the editor and owner of Edition Harmonia. He has written numerous articles, and is also active in organisations such as the Harmonikaverband österreich and the Confédeeration Internationale des Accordeonistes.
  • Scottish composer Kevin Mayo wrote rain dance (2002) for free-bass accordion and piano, and Melisma for 11 players, including accordion
  • Elma Miller, a composer of "contemporary classical music", wrote "...to light one candle..." for accordion and strings, and "Schroedinger's Cat", for accordion solo
  • Composer and bayan player Alexandr Morduhovich is a senior lecturer at the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory, and a winner of diplomas at the the All-Russian Contest in Moscow and at the international Contest of bayan players "The Far East Cup" in Vladivostok, both in 2000. Scores for various of his compositions are available for sale at the above site.
  • Noriko Motomatsu, [Flash site] born in Japan in 1977, but now living in England, has written a number of works for accordion: Dawn and Festival (1997) for free-bass accordion, flute and harp, Ibuki (1998) for free-bass accordion and piano, and Winds of Autumn (1999) for solo piano-accordion and orchestra.
  • Marjan Mozetich wrote Dance of the Blind (1980) for violin, viola, violoncello, and free-bass accordion.
  • Israeli composer Lior Navok wrote "Blurred Formations" (2003) for classical guitar and accordion, commissioned by and premiered by Harald Pröckl and Erika Santek-Pircher.
  • Italian composer Dimitri Nicolau has written a number of compositions for accordion: "Jacoland Music" n.1 op. 134 for accordion duo (written for Duo Accoland), "Jacoland Music" n. 2 op. 154 for accordion solo (written for Claudio Jacomucci), "Anaki Music" op. 220 for accordion and piano (written for Duo Anaki), and "Bayan Music" op. 221 for bayan trio (written for the Italian Trio Solotarev). A composition for saxophone and accordion is in preparation.
  • British composer Patrick Nunn wrote "Escape Velocity" (2005) for free bass accordion and string quartet
  • John Palmer wrote "Drang" (1999) for solo accordion.
  • Barbara Pentland (1912-2000) wrote Interplay (1972) for freebass accordion, 2 violins, viola, and violoncello.
  • A database of Compositions for accordion by and short biographies of Polish composers, compiled by Elżbieta Rosińska. You can search the database by name of the composer, type of work or title, or you can view a list of composers and works
  • British composer Alwynne Pritchard wrote amongst others "Critical Mass" (2002) for orchestra (including accordion) and tape.
  • Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje wrote a number of works with accordion, amongst others "gagaku variations" (2001) for accordion and string quartet, "composition for three floors" (2001) for percussion, accordion and voice in three different floors, an Four parts from two of Prokofieff's "Romeo and Juliet" suits arranged for two accordions (2000)
  • Herman Rechberger is a composer, musician and graphic artist from Austria, who moved to Finland in the Seventies. He has written various works for accordions, amongst which "Minirendezvous" (1989-1990) for accordion duo, Tratado (1991) for English horn and organ or accordion, and Assahra ("Sahara", 1996), "Karadeniz" ("Black Sea", 1997) and "Hagia Eikon" ("Holy picture", 2001) for accordion trio. Extracts of Assahra and Minirendevous are available in realaudio(8) format.
  • Avant-garde composer (and also accordionist) Ramon Sender wrote Desert Ambulance (1964) for accordion, voice, 3-track tape and projections, for Pauline Oliveros. That was first performed at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, of which Raman Sender was a co-founder. He also wrote "Great-Grandpa Lemuel's Death-Rattle What-In-Tarnation Reincarnation Blues" (1981) for Dixieland band, accordion, and tape; and "Tropical Fish Opera" (1962) for 4 instruments has also been played with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender on accordion. Program notes of a Ramon Sender concert, with background to some of his compositions
  • José Serebrier (1938 -) wrote "Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile" (1966) for accordion and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the American Accordionists Association.
  • Compositions by Shchedrin include Chamber Suite (1961) for twenty violins, harp, accordion and two double basses
  • Ukrainian composer Alexander Shchetynsky has written various works for solo button accordion, many of them premiered by Joseph Purits, as well as works for ensembles including accordion.
  • Howard Skempton is an English composer, accordionist and music publisher. His works include "Concerto for Oboe, Accordion and Strings" (1997), some works for duos or trios with accordion, and many miniatures for solo accordion. A Wikipedia entry for Howard Skempton, and a List of compositions by Howard Skempton. Also, two article by Michael Parsons The Music of Howard Skempton and Howard Skempton: Chorales, Landscapes and Melodies
  • Japanese composer Yuji Takahashi has written various works for accordion. Like a Water-Buffalo (1985) is probably the best known; it has been recorded by Mie Miki, Geir Draugsvoll and Friedrich Lips. On the above web sites, scores are available for "For Sofia Gubaidulina" (2001) (acc, vn, vc), "Like Swans leaving the Lake" (1995) (va, acc), "Dream Carp" (1992) (vc, acc) and "Ins Tal" (1982)(acc).
  • Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu wrote amongst others "Plus V" (1994) and "Spiriti" (2000-2005) for accordion and string orchestra, "Sinistro" (1977) for accordion and guitar, and ", mutta" [sic] (1985/1987) for 3 accordions.
  • Tre Media (in German) publishes works of various composers, of which Thomas Bruttger, Volker Heyn, Klaus K. Hübler, Mesias Maiguashca, Christoph Neidhöfer, Bojidar Spassov, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler and Caroline Wilkins have written works for accordion. They are also the representatives of Finnish publishers Love Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Czech composer Jan Truhlar has written a number of works for accordion: for accordion solo, duo, ensembles, and in combination with other instruments. Some of them were written for accordion competitions.
  • Italian composer Paolo Ugoletti has written two reels for accordion: "Eleanor Rigby reel" and "Meadbh the brave". Also, he has written two concertos for bandoneon and orchestra: one in three movements for bandoneon, guitar and strings orchestra, and the second one, in a single long movement, for AA bandoneon, piano and string orchestra. The first one was written for Italian bandoneonist Stefano Pietrodarchi; the second one was written for Miran Vaupotic, and premiered in May 2009 in Lithuania. Scores are available on request from the composer. Paolo Ugoletti's biography in English
  • Finnish composer Heikki Valpola has written numerous works for accordion, either solo or in a chamber ensemble. Many of them were written for Matti Rantanen, who has recorded a CD Fire Making, with music of Valpola. Heikki Valpola teaches music theory and composing at the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy.
  • Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis (flash site) wrote various works for accordion, accordion duos or ensembles including accordion. A biography and list of works for Jacob ter Veldhuis at Donemus. An older (non-flash) Jacob ter Veldhuis
  • Lindsay Vickery has composed solo works including "Ancient Streams..." (1989) for solo accordion and chamber music including "A-Synchronous Au Privave" (1989) for alto sax, violin, accordion, bass and drums
  • British Composer John Webb wrote a Concerto for classical accordion, strings and clarinet (1997) and Four Bagatelles (1994) for free bass accordion, two violins, and cello. From the above site the scores can be previewed and ordered. The Concerto got its premiere by Owen Murray in October 1998. An older page for John Webb
  • Finnish composer Harri Wessman wrote various works for accordion, including "Duo for Accordions" (1980), "Trio for Accordion, Flute and Guitar" (1981), "Krogtema och kommentarer" (2001) for accordion, piano and cello, and a collection of pedagogical works, "Album for Marjut Tynkkynen's Accordion Class, and others as well" (1990 - 1996).
  • Adrian Williams has composed Quintet (1997) for accordion and string quartet for Joseph Petric and the Vanbrugh String Quartet
  • Irish composer James Wilson wrote "Quintet for Accordion and Strings" Op. 22 (1967)
  • New York composer Charles Wuorinen wrote "Buttons and Bows (or Superparticular Variations)" (2001) for cello and accordion.
  • Russian composer Vladislav Andreyevich Zolotaryov (1942 - 1975) wrote various works for bayan, amongst others his Children's Suites. Many are dedicated to (and were premiered by) Eduard Mitchenko or Friedrich Lips.
  • Vladimir Zubitsky from the Ukraine, currently living in Pesaro, Italy began his international carreer in 1975 with winning the Coupe Mondiale in Finland. He has composed various works for accordions, as well as symphonies, operas, ballets, etc. Vladimir Zubitsky's CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.

General Classical Links

  • Classical accordionist Henry Doktorski has founded The Classical Free-Reed, Inc, an organisation for furthering free-reed instruments in classical music. The site contains amongst others excerpts from his book The Classical Squeezebox and a quiz. (!)
  • The American Music Center Library has a Score Library that includes over 120 works for accordion and possibly other instruments
  • The British Music Information Centre is a resource centre for British contemporary classical music. Searching the collection for instrument accordion returns information about 97 works. For some of them, the scores are available.
  • For Canadian composers, Canadian Music Centre has a database of compositions. Searching for Instrument => Includes => Other => Accordion finds 14 works; leaving the Instruments section empty, but searching for Keyword "accordion" finds 256 works instead.
  • Works for/including accordion listed at the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland
  • The Czech Music Information Centre has information about a large number of composers, of which at least the following wrote works for the accordion: Milan Bachorek, Jiri Barta, Pavel Blatny, Frantisek Domazlicky, Jindrich Feld, Peter Graham, Jan Kapr, Marek Kopelent, Otomar Kvech, Jiri Laburda, Jiri Matys, Jan Novak, Roman Z. Novak, Peterk Pokorny, Vaclav Riedlbauch, Milan Slavicky, Jan Tausinger, Vaclav Trojan and Evzen Zamecnik. Frantisek Domazlicky played the accordion as well (and the violin and trumpet); Vaclav Riedlbauch studied accordion at the Prague Conservatory with Dr. Josef Smetana. By far the most productive of these, as far as works for the accordion (or accordion orchestra) are concerned is Jindrich Feld. Many of his works for accordion are published by the likes of Hohner and Preissler.
  • Donemus is the national institution in the Netherlands for composed contemporary music. It's publications cataloge contains 30 works for accordion (or accordion ensemble), 1 for accordion and band, 1 for accordion and large ensemble, 10 for accordion and orchestra, 3 for accordion and string orchestra and none for accordion orchestra. (Note: you need to select 'Genre' Chamber music or Orchestra / Larger Ensemble before you can select the instrumentation).
  • The Finnish Music Information Centre has information about both contemporary (classical) music and folk music. The accordion features in both: searching for accordion yielded over 300 results.
  • Some countries seem to have a good catalog of what their composers produce: if you search the catalogue of the Norwegian Music Information Centre for "acc" in the field "Instrumentation" , that returns many hits (186 as of writing). Also, searching for "trekkspill" in the news archive or directory (from e.g. "Nyhetsarkiv") or for accordion on the English page turns up many hits.
  • G. Schirmer publishes classical sheet music. You can do an advanced search on instrumentation. To find all works involving accordion: select the instrument ("Accordion"), select "as specified or more", click on "Add", and click on "Search". As of writing the catalogue contains 130 works involving accordion, 6 with bandoneon, 0 with concertina (and 8 with zheng). The catalogue does contains works for bayan (e.g. Gubaidulina's "in croce"), but the bayan isn't listed under the instruments...
  • The Swiss Music Edition sells sheet music for works by Swiss composers, amongst which compositions for accordion, solo, with ensemble or with orchestra.

Entertainers

  • Italian accordionist Fabio Alderighi [Flash site] plays and composes international ballroom and concert music. The CD Fabio Alderighi: El Primero is for sale at musicforaccordion.com.
  • Hugh Barwell from York, England, plays a range of styles, and has written guide books on various MIDI modules especially for accordionists. He also teaches accordion and MIDI accordion.
  • "One man big band" Chuck Berger from Portland, Oregon, has been a professional performer for 40 years. His repertoire consists of the big band sounds of the 40s, through music of the 70s and 80s. He also repairs accordions.
  • Tom Brown is a MIDI accordionist from Dearborn, Michigan. He plays for parties and weddings: Italian, Polish, German, Irish, English, Swing, Disco, Latin, etc. He has also recorded some 39 CDs.
  • Mario Bruneau (in French) is a professional accordionist and accordion and piano tuner from Montreal, Quebec. He plays musette, French chansons, jazz and Quebecois music. He is also the Canadian representative for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Roland Cedermark (in Swedish) is a popular Swedish accordionist who has sold over 2 million records. A Wikipedia entry for Roland Cedermark (in Swedish)
  • Raymond Chuchuk from Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, started playing the accordion at the age of 10. His repertoire includes light orchestral music, big band, old time and Scottish traditional dancing. He entertains tourists at many of Scotland's hotels, and he plays for Scottish traditional and Old Time and Modern Sequence dance.
  • Accordionist and keyboard player Cliff (in Dutch) from Belgium is a one man orchestra. He plays for old people's homes, parties, festivals, etc., and he has released 4 accordion CDs.
  • Virtuoso accordionist Pasquale Coviello from Italy has a repertoire that includes waltzes, tangos, and polkas, many of his own composition. The sheet music for some of them has been published by Bèrben.
  • Eddy van Damme (in Dutch) from Almere, the Netherlands, plays for weddings and parties. He has studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.
  • Peter Di Bono from San Francisco has played for all kinds of people, including the governor of California and Prince Charles and Lady Camilla. He has also performed as a guest soloist with various symphony orchestras. He'l play classical and jazz, German, Italian, French and many other styles, both solo or in a duo or ensemble. He also teaches, at the CMS Community Music Center and privately.
  • Accordionist and mandolin player David DiGiuseppe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, plays both solo and with an ensemble, including music from Celtic, French, Italian or American traditions. He also presents family and educational shows of songs and stories. He also plays in contra dance bands FootLoose and Contrazz, both of which perform throughout the US for dance festivals and dance weeks.
  • English virtuoso accordionist Pearl Fawcett Adriano became C.M.A. Trophée Mondiale world champion in Hamburg, Germany in 1961. Her repertoire ranges from the classics to light music, French Musette and continental. She has performed classical concerts and recitals in the UK, the former USSR and Europe, and with her lighter program she has appeared on various BBC radio and TV shows. She has made various recordings, which are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
  • The Sussex Accordion Academy of Music of Worthing, Shoreham and Eastbourne is run by Gennaro Fiondella. Individual and class tuition is available. Gennaro Fiondella is also available for performances in restaurants etc., concerts and seminars
  • Brian Freeman is a solo artist who plays keyboards, piano accordion, and organ. He providing a wide range of music for events large or small, including dancing, 'big band', jazz, and classical music.
  • Gigmasters is an online directory/booking service for live music and entertainment -- you can select musicians and bands by instrument (including accordion), genre and (US) location.
  • Midi accordionist Enzo Giribaldi from Edensor Park, New South Wales, Australia, can play just about any style: Pop, rock, ethnic, Old Time, ballroom, easy listening, etc. Enzo Giribaldini's Accordion Course for Beginners is an e-book (downloadable, of course), incorporating sound and video. He has recorded a CD, Enzo Giribaldi: My favourite songs, which is available for sale from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Accordionist, keyboardist etc. Jerry Goodman from Concord, North Carolina performs both solo and in the various bands that he leads: the Jerry Goodman Group (a variety band), The Gootmon Sauerkraut Show Band (German), Mucho Mariachi (Mexican), Caribean Breeze Band (island music), Bon Ton Playboys (Cajun), and The Lil' Dixie Jazz Band (Dixieland). Besides, he teaches accordion, for over 30 years, in his studio in Concord.
  • Joseph P. Grima from Malta plays acoustic and midi accordion for anniversaries, weddings, conventions, tourist activities etc.
  • Dutch professional busker Thijs Hanrath has played in the Netherlands, all over Southern Europe and in Latin America. On his web site he has got amongst others pictures of accordionists/buskers, MP3 files for some 40 tunes, and some accordion poems
  • Rolf Harris is an Aussie entertainer, artist and TV presenter living in England, best known for 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport'. In 2002 he had an accident on stage: his accordion caught fire
  • Accordonist Wim Janzen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands plays for receptions, parties, etc., with a repertoire including musettes, tangos, latins, jazz, tearjerkers, etc.
  • Kristian & Jens Peter is a Danish accordion duo consisting of Kristian Rusbjerg and Jens Peter Nielsen. Kristian started off in a duo with Jesper Moller Christensen, and this duo's "Accordion Hits" CD made it to the fourth place of the Danish Album charts. That duo turned into the trio with the addition of Jens Peter, which recorded "Accordion Hits II". Now as a duo Kristian and Jens Peter have recorded a CD "Swedish Accordion Hits", with music by the likes of Evert Taube and Carl Jularbo. They can be booked with and without a rythm section for events, old peoples homes, church concerts, etc.
  • Accordionist, pianist, composer and conductor Rune Larsen (in Norwegian) has an extensive repertoire: for a charity event he played 24 hours non-stop, without repeating any songs. Apart from playing solo, he also plays in "44Tango", "Djiromansa" and "Rio de Trokones".
  • Domenic Livoli from Upton, Massachusetts, plays (midi) accordion and keyboard music for all occasions, in Massachusetts and surrounding states. His repertoire includes big band, show tunes, easy listening, dance music, holiday music and in particular Italian favourites.
  • Ginny Mac is a a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Country and Western music, Jazz, and Big Band classics, but enjoys playing all kinds of music. She is available as a vocalist and/or musician for concerts, parties etc., as a soloist, in a small group, or in a full band.
  • Singer and accordionist Joe Martino from Bloomingdale, Illinois, performs Italian and American standards for audiences around the globe
  • Charles Nunzio is firmly part of the accordion establishment in the USA. He was a student and friend of Pietro Frosini, and would often fill in for him during his many radio broadcasts. And he was a founding member of the American Accordionists' Association, and he has been President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International. Currently he resides in Basking Ridge, where he owns an accordion shop and accordion repair workshop.
  • Roy P. Olsen from Sarpsborg, near Oslo, in Norway, has been a full time music entertainer for many years, both at sea and on land. He plays Swing, evergreens, folks, and norwegian popular music.
  • Orpheus Gosh is a street performance unit from Tokyo, with Hitoshi Washizu on cello and keyboards and Dan Kumasawa on accordeon and vocals. They play mostly their own music, for school festivals, Christmas street parties, weddings, etc. Also information about accordionist Bankyu Kaneko.
  • Serguei Pachnine from Surrey, England, is available country-wide for French Cafe Music, as well as East European and Russian music, klezmer, etc.
  • Entertainer and musician Tim Padilla from Norco, California plays at the Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, and in the live touring Welk Show. He also plays rock music in his band Rock-a-Bellows. A myspace page for Tim Padilla
  • Accordionist Henk Lippens from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, plays in I Pazzi, which is available as a trio, duo or solo. Their music is well suited for festive occasions and theatre, and can include amongst others Italian music, French Musette, Klezmer, and songs.
  • Peter Piccini from Australia has appeared on radio (since the age of 15) and TV, and worked in the USA, Vietnam and in various countries in Europe. His recording carreer stretches back to 1958. In 2001 he released a CD "Cool Change", with his Jazz trio. Sheet music for some 50 of his compositions are for sale at musicforaccordion.co m, as well as 5 Peter Piccini CDs
  • The Rossano & Anna Band (in Italian) [uses flash for navigation] from Verona, with Rossano Mancini on accordion, play music for dancing and for entertainment: covers of Italian light music and Latin American artists, as well as their own compositions. After filling in a form you can download free songs, sheet music and background tracks for accordion.
  • Russian bayan player Nikolai Ryskov studied at the Gnessin Academy in Mosic between 1984 and 1988 and at the Russian Academy of Music from 1988 to 1994. In 1995 he moved to England, where he now lives in London. He has a large repertoire of classical music, international popular music, French musettes and Russian folk music, and he can provide music for weddings, parties etc., either solo or in various ensembles. He also teaches piano and accordion.
  • Penny Sandborn performs live accordion music for special events and provides private accordion lessons in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She performs both solo and with other musicians on vocals, guitar and bass, and her repertoire includes French Musette, Italian, tango and standards.
  • Alexander Shirunov from Nikolsk, Russia, started studying at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music in 2002. He has won various prizes at international competitions, amongst others first prizes in 2005 at Castelfidardo and at the Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco. His CD Alexander Shirunov: Absolute is for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Joseph Soprani from Philadelphia has been accordion soloist with the USAF Band in Washington, DC, and first accordion soloist with the PA Army National Guard Band "The Adjutant General's Own". He has also played as a solist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, and with Luciano Pavarotti. Besides, he has taught the accordion for 25 years.
  • The SoulTownBand from Toronto, Ontario, led by Keyboard player, accordionist and vocalist Jerry Caringi, has been performing at corporate functions, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs etc. for over 25 years. Jerry Caringi's myspace page.
  • Accordionist, keyboard player and Hammond organist Rene Trok from Amsterdam, the Netherlands [site uses Java for navigation, and Flash for content]
  • Accordion duo Two in Accord, consists of Shirley Harvey and Bill Perkins. They are based near Brighton on the South Coast of England, and mainly play in London and the South/South East corner of the UK. They have sheet music available for a number of arrangements for accordion duets.

Jazz and Avant Garde

  • Accordion Tribe reads like a who is who of contemporary accordionists: Guy Klucevsek (USA), Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Otto Lechner (Austria). They toured Europe in May '96, and the CD is great! There was a second tour with Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Berne, and Amy Denio. In 2004 Stefan Schwietert filmed an Accordion Tribe documentary, (in German) which won the 2005 Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary.
  • Pianist and compose Alain Roche founded his Alain Roche Trio [uses flash for navigation] in 1999 after meeting "the Groovemaker" Michel Besson. Unfortunately though Michel Besson got ill, and died September 3, 2002. Now Thierry Roques is the accordionist in the trio.
  • Jazz accordionist Mike Alongi from Rockford, Illinois, has appeared with the likes of Frank Marocco, Mort Herold and Stas Venglevski. As classical accordionist Mike has performed with various orchestras, both as a soloist and in an ensemble role. He has also taught keyboard instruments, jazz improvisation and music theory for over 40 years.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Jazz accordionist Joe Sonny Barbato from Boston has toured Europe as well as the United States, and he continues to work as a freelance musician and teacher in New York City as well as Boston. He has played on over 30 recordings ranging from country to jazz, and in 2006 he recorded a CD with his own group/project, "Crackerjack". A myspace page for Sonny Barbato
  • After 15 years of playing classical guitar, Laure Chailloux started playing the diatonic accordion in 1986. In 2004 she became a full time musician. Her music has influences of baroque, repetitive and minimalist music, musette, rock'n'roll, and traditional music. Many of her programmes are theatrical; for instance in "Petites Histoires en Accordéon" she plays in a hut in parks, and the project "Itinéraires sonores" is adapted to the surroundings each time -- museums, industrial waste lands, gardens, etc. She also performs with various theatre groups. Besides, she plays in a duo with diatonic accordionist Didier Demarq.
  • Johnny Coleclough is the president of Stockport Accordion Club. For many years he was the resident organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, and he has played accordion with the "Mantovani Orchestra". His site contains (links to) videos of various of his concerts at the Stockport accordion club.
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Russian jazz piano accordionist Vladimir Danilin. Another page for Vladimir Danilin (in Russian) with some tracks from his trio's CD, "Once I loved".
  • Diatonic accordion (organetto) player Danilo Di Paolonicola (in Italian) from Teramo, Italy has won numerous prizes, amongst which the 2007 "Premio Città di Castelfidardo" for jazz accordion with his group "Ethnic Project". He also teaches in Teramo.
  • Drömorkestern with Lars Holm on accordion has been active for some 15 years; it has been the permanent feature of the Malmö Poetry Days from the start.
  • Keyboardist and accordionist Danny Federici (1950 - 2008) was a member of Bruce Springsteen's the E Street Band. Apparently, in 1996 Bruce Springsteen did a special benefit concert in Asbury Park, NJ that was essentially just him on accoustic guitar along with Federici on accordion (which is available as a bootleg). In 2001 he released another solo CD, with smooth jazz. Danny Federici at mp3.com. A Wikipedia article for Danny Federici.
  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.
  • Bob Goldberg from New York is available for live performance and studio work. He has played with Washboard Jungle, the Brooklyn Academy of Noise Radio Orchestra, and in Le Nozze di Carlo. He also teaches piano and accordion.
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.
  • Irish jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle wrote "Phantom City" (1997) for soprano sax, accordion, bass guitar and drums.
  • Dutch diatonic accordionist Servais Haanen, now based in Germany, plays "imaginary folk music" -- a mixture of minimal music, jazz and musette. he enjoys playing in ensembles, often with unusual line-ups. He plays or has played in Appellation Contrôlée (Avantgarde), Quatro Ventos (Fado and Portuguese music) and at the KlangWeltenFestival (world music), and also composes for music theatre and documentaries.
  • Luzian Jenny (in German) from Bern, Switzerland "sweet and sour dance music for dreaming" in a duo with saxophonist Monica Staehelin, and "Chamber-Folk-Jazz" in trio Walther-Gubler-Jenny. He has also been involved in various street music and music theatre groups.
  • Sven--Åke Johansson [flash site] is a free jazz musician from Sweden, now living in Berlin. A page for Sven-Åke Johansson as part of the European free improvisation pages
  • Jazz accordionist Jeff Lisenby from Nashville, Tennessee holds a master's degree from The Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (presumably he studied with Joan Cochran Sommers). He tours extensively, and has toured amongst others with Luciano Pavarotti, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. Most recently he was music director for the Broadway show "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash". Apart for performing, he teaches composition at Belmont University's School of Music and he is active in the Nashville recording scene. Jeff Lisenby's myspace page.
  • Accordion legend Charles Magnante (1905 - 1986) helped raise the profile of the accordion as a serious instrument. In 1939 he was the first accordionist to play Carnegie Hall, and in the 1940s he played up to 31 radio broadcasts a week. A Charles Magnante biography by Tom Colins. Charles Magnante: Background For Success, is a series of essays, which originally appeared in Accordion World (New York) in 1938.
  • Frank Mucedola from the Central New York Area has for many years played in various dance bands and with symphony orchestras. With his sextet he has recorded a CD with standards, arranged for easy listening. Frank Mucedola also has an accordion school in Auburn, New York.
  • Alicia J. Rose started her career as Miss Murgatroid in late 1989. On her 1930's Dallape accordion she plays distorted melodic soundscapes, soundtracks to nightmares, and noisy lullabies for devout insomniacs. She also plays in a duo with violinist Petra Haden.
  • Jean-Luc Nest sells scores of his scores for accordion solo or duo. A few "little study pieces" are available on-line, in PDF format. Recently he has recorded some jazz music with a quartet consisting of Mathias Hecklen Obernesser, Jean-Luc Nest, Sorin Ghera and Pierre Boutelant on violin, accordion, cimbalom and percussion respectively. Pages with recordings for Jean-Luc Nest solo and instantMusic (live improvisations with Mathias Hecklen Obernesser or the quartet).
  • Franz A. Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from New York. He plays accordion in two groups: cabaret-punk circus The World/Inferno Friendship Society and in Gypsy-klezmer band Guignol. He is also the founder of composer/performer collective Anti-Social Music. A Wikipedia entry for Franz Nicolay
  • Jazz/swing accordionist Ken Olendorf from Seattle, WA -- accordionist, pianist, keyboard player, singer, arranger, composer, musical director, and recording artist. He has recorded an album with with Paul Anastasio, "Hot Violin and Cool Accordion". There also is a CD on Horseshoe Records featuring Ken Olendorf playing accordion and piano: "Brian the Lion". That one can be purchased from Swing Cat as well, and it is also available from Rus Davis, 4325 156th St S.E., Bothell, Wa. 98012, for $18.
  • Sylvia Pagni from Scerne di Pineto, Italy, is a demonstrator for Excelsior. She has recorded works by amongst others Art van Damme, Pietro Deiro and Wolter Bertrami, and own compositions.
  • For three years, multi-instrumentalist Zeena Parkins from New York was a member of an accordion duo with Billy Swindler. She also played accordion in quintet No Safety; nowadays she mostly plays electro-harp, it seems.
  • French accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin used to play mostly classical and traditonal Russian music in the Baïkal Duo, with accordionist and bandoneon player Jean-Luc Brunetti, but since 2004 he mostly plays world jazz music; first with a quartet, and now solo or with his (acoustic) Jacques Pellarin Trio. A review of Jacques Pellarin Trio: Sound of Philadelphia. Apart from CDs, he also sells sheet music for his own compositions.
  • Pere Ubu founder David Thomas plays the accordion. Ubu Projex, "the arts and affairs directory for Pere Ubu and releted projex". David Thomas also played in "The Accordion Club", with at various times John Kirkpatrick, Alan Dunn, and Lynne Thomas.
  • Peter Piccini from Australia has appeared on radio (since the age of 15) and TV, and worked in the USA, Vietnam and in various countries in Europe. His recording carreer stretches back to 1958. In 2001 he released a CD "Cool Change", with his Jazz trio. Sheet music for some 50 of his compositions are for sale at musicforaccordion.co m, as well as 5 Peter Piccini CDs
  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.
  • Victor Prieto from Spain has merged classical music with Jazz and Gallician music while developing the taste for a unique style, which led to the invention of a new technique: a chordal approach on both hands.
  • Renzo Ruggieri is an Italian jazz accordionist, who plays amongst others solo and in "Renzo Ruggieri Group", and who has written a jazz accordion method. His website includes a forum (in Italian) about the accordion and its didactics. Renzo Ruggieri at www.accordions.com. Renzo Ruggieri CDs are for sale at musicforaccordion.com. Renzo Ruggieri's Youtube channel
  • Richard Sanderson from London, UK, took up the squeezebox after meeting the American experimental accordianist Pauline Oliveros and becoming interested in Morris Dancing. He performs free improvisation, solo, in a trio with Steve Beresford and Anna Homler, and various ad hoc groups. In 2005 he published his first solo record, "Pinhole", which features squeezebox and electronics. A myspace page for Homler Beresford Sanderson
  • Italian accordionist Antonio Spaccarotella studied with Lucio Cortese, Enrico Volpe, Renzo Ruggieri and Luciano Biondini. He plays jazz, French, tango, experimental music, etc., and works as a demonstrator for Logic System and for SOUNDS srl. He also teaches at his own school in Cetraro (Cosenza), and is artistic director for the Accordion Revolution music competition.
  • Karen Street from the UK is a professional accordionist, saxophonist and composer. She participates in broad range of projects encompassing classical, contemporary and jazz, amongst others as a regular member of Mike Westbrook's groups. As a composer she specialises in writing music for saxophone, but she also writes for accordion; one of compositions on her debut CD, won the Composition Competition at the 2001 London Accordion Festival,
  • jazz/new music pianist, composer and accordionist Lee Tomboulian from Appleton, Wisconsin is the leader of Latin jazz band band Circo. He has also played piano accordion with Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider at Lawrence University, and he plays with the L[awrence] U[niversity] Trio with Mark Urness on bass and Dane Richeson on percussion. A Myspace page for Lee Tomboulian.
  • Accordionist, keyboard player and composer Cathie Travers from Australia has made a living out of crossing musical boundaries. She plays with and has composed for tango, jazz and fusion groups, dance and theatre companies, a rock band, and various chamber groups and symphony orchestras. Cathie Traver's myspace page; and Cathie Traver a.k.a. AccordionJo's Youtube channel.
  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • Accordionist, arranger and composer Romano Viazzani (1966-) from London studied accordion under Frank Lilley and Prof. Owen Murray. In 1981 he co-founded an Italian flavour function band L'Orchestra Rara, which later expanded both in size and repertoire to become The High Society Dance Orchestra; that band finally disbanded in 2002. In December 2001, together with his wife he organised the London Accordion Festival, which was attended by nearly 1000 people. Since 2002 he plays with Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble. Also, he plays solo concerts all over the UK, France and Italy, and he is the UK demonstrator for the Roland-V accordion.
  • Composer, arranger, accordion and qanoun player Kostas Vomvolos from Greece has composed music for over 80 theater plays for groups in Greece, the UK and Ireland. In 1994 he founded group "Primavera en Salonico" with singer Savina Yannatou. He was a member of ethnic jazz trio "Wutu wupatou", and in 2005 formed new music oriented trio Tabako.
  • Simone Zanchini [uses flash for navigation] from Novafeltria, Italy, is an eclectic performer with a partiality for jazz, "etno music" and Argentine Tango. His performance with the saxophone ensemble "Hallo Mr. Sax" was one of the highlights of the 2001 London Accordion Festival.

Pop and Rock

  • Benny Andersson got an accordion from his father when he was six. He played it with Abba sometimes, for instance on the 1977 and 1979 ABBA World Tours (as evidenced by photos on the ABBA Annual Homepage ). Also, after ABBA, he has recorded two albums with Swedish folk-like music, with the Orsa Spelman. (in Swedish) Accordionist Larsåke Leksell is also a member of the Orsa Spelmann
  • The Aqua Velvets from San Francisco, with Michael Lindner on bass, keyboards and accordion, play instrumental surf music. A page for The Aqua Velvets at mp3.com
  • The Bad Things is a band from Seattle, led by "Jimmy the Pickpocket" on accordion. It is the successor of "A Midnite Choir". They mix gypsy and other traditional music, vaudeville theatre and punk rock. A CD Baby page for The Bad Things
  • Gérard Blanchard (in French) [Wikipedia entry] is a French singer/songwriter and accordionist, who was one of the first to play accordion in rock music. His first band, in the mid seventies, was Roxy Musette; after a few more bands he started playing solo in 1980. A myspace page for Gérard Blanchard (in French)
  • Yasuhiro Kobayashi (COBA) (in Japanese) is probably the most famous accordionist from Japan. A blog for COBA. (in Japanese)
  • Ad Cominotto from Hasselt, Belgium, began to play contemporary classical music for accordion while he studied piano at the conservatory of Liege. Afterwards, he mainly switched to keyboard (not neglecting the accordion completely), and he has recorded with amongst others Arno, Elisa Waut and David Byrne. Recently he has taken up the classical side again as well.
  • DAAU [flash site] (Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung) is a band from Antwerp, Belgium with Roel van Camp on accordion. Apart from the accordion, the lineup constists of a violin, a cello and a clarinet - not your average rock band! They play a kind of mixture of rock, jazz, blues and classical music. Another DAAU page. To quote: "we are classically derailed and play with a rock intention". A Wikipedia article for DAAU. An unofficial DAAU web site.
  • The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century is the blog of Joey deVilla from Toronto. He plays "Mostly pop and rock -- Nine Inch Nails, Fatboy Slim, AC/DC and a pretty mean Britney." His day job is programming; apparently he does use his accordion for presentations (but mainly for attracting women :-)
  • Os Diplomáticos de Monte-Alto (in Spanish) was a Spanish rock&roots band, with Manolo Maseda on vocals, accordion and saxophone, and Rómulo Sanjurjo on accordion and guitars. They disbanded in 2005. A page for Os Diplomaticos at RootsWorld/cdRoots.
  • Aaron Seeman is a versatile accordionist from Oakland, California. Amongst others he plays classical music and klezmer; Balkan gypsy music, jazz and Japanese music in duo Shamalamacord, with Mike Penny on Tsugaru Shamisen (both previously members of Romanian folk band Fishtank Ensemble); and rock and punk as Duckmandu. Under that moniker he recorded a note for note rendition of the Dead Kennedys' album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" -- but also ditties like Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". A myspace page for Duckmandu.
  • Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, with Yuri Lemeshev (previously Sasha Kazatchkoff) on accordion, was described by Phill Jupitus as "a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe". A Wikipedia page for Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello's myspace page.
  • Johnny Grande (1930 - 2006) played accordion and piano with Bill Haley and the Saddlemen, later known as Bill Haley & His Comets -- pretty much the first rock'n'roll band. A Wikipedia entry for Johnny Grande
  • The Great Lakes Myth Society is a folk rock band from Michigan (and who sing songs about Michigan), with Timothy Monger on accordion, guitar and vocals. A myspace page for The Great Lakes Myth Society
  • Bruce Hornsby plays accordion, among others with the Grateful Dead for close to a year immediately following the death of keyboardist Brent Midland in July of 1990).
  • Les Hurlements D'Léo is an alternative rock band from Bordeaux, France, with Jojo Gallardo on accordion, guitar and trombone. They are influenced by the likes of "Les Négresses Vertes". A Wikipedia page for Les Hurlements D'Léo, and a myspace page for Les Hurlements D'Léo (in French)
  • Aaron Professor "Louie" Hurwitz from Woodstock, New York, has his own band, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix in which he plays keyboards and accordion (and sings). Their music is a blend of Rock'n'Roll, Soul, Country and Folk, and they have released 4 CDs so far. He is also active as a record producer (amonst others for The Band), and he has played accordion on CDs by amongst others Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, The Band, Four Men and Dog and Graham Parker. A myspace page for Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.
  • Iva Nova is an all-female band from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Elnara Shafigullina on accordion. Their music is a mixture of modern rock and punk and Russian folk music. Their agents for the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, More Zvukov
  • Joe Jackson played accordion on the Big World Tour and on the video of "The Big World Sessions". He also played accordion on the song "A Bud And A Slice" on the Heaven & Hell Tour With this instrument - specifically bought for the tour - he tried to recreate the complex arrangement found on the album.
  • Jean Michel Jarre [flash site] plays/played accordion on Chronogie (6), on the 1993 Europe in Concert tour, and in the 1995 Concert For Tolerance
  • Milkmachine from Washington D.C. features Russ Henry on accordion and vocals. There music is a mix of rock and cabaret -- the other instruments are drums, trumpet and sousaphone. A myspace page for milkmachine, and a facebook page for milkmachine. An article about milkmachine
  • Nirvana unplugged in New York saw Krist Novoselic playing Kurt Cobain's accordion on "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam". Apparently, it was the first instrument Kris learned.
  • Entertainer and musician Tim Padilla from Norco, California plays at the Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, and in the live touring Welk Show. He also plays rock music in his band Rock-a-Bellows. A myspace page for Tim Padilla
  • Turlu Tursu (in French) from Belgium, play "Accordion 'n Drum 'n Bass", with Fabian Beghin providing the accordion part of that. They are an eclectic lot, that mix music from Turkey, India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, etc. with rock and jazz. A page for Turlu Tursu at their record label, Home Records.
  • Tom Waits plays the accordion occasionally (or pretends to?) amongst others in the Tempation music video. He co-wrote and starred in Frank's Wild Years (1986), "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", "a story of one accordion player's redemption and baptism". A Wikipedia page for Frank's Wild Years. On the album Bill Schimmel and Dave Hidalgo play accordion.
  • Jason Webley is one of the more famous Seattle accordionist/singers at the moment. He plays guitar and maybe piano, but he is best known for performing outside with just his accordion and a homemade rattle made from a plastic bottle filled with coins. His performance and singing style is sort of a cross between Tom Waits with an accordion and Kurt Cobain singing sea chanteys, with perhaps a dose of Baby Gramps thrown in for good measure. RealAudio for most of his songs.
  • The portfolio of jt yost includes hand-painted accordion block prints (image on the bottom row). He played with a band called Drunk for about seven years, "doing kind of depressing, introspective, beautiful kinda stuff along the lines of maybe Leonard Cohen or Will Oldham".

Punk

World Music in General

  • Accordions Go Crazy was a band formed in 1984 after Mike Adcock [flash site] organised an event for accordion owners at the London Musician's Collective (normally a home for free improvisers). After a while the band settled as a six-piece, with Mike Adcock, Clive Bell [flash site] (who suggested the name), Sylvia Hallet, Nicola Hadley, Dean Brodrick and Stuart Jones. All played accordion (but not exclusively), with the music a mix of everything: reggea, Irish, waltzes, polka, cajun and zydeco... They recorded three albums on the Trikont label: "Overboard" in 1988, "Zombie Dancer" in 1989 (with Nicola Hadley replaced by drummer Ann Day), and "The art of paper folding" in 1991, with Stuart Jones replaced by Ruth Bitelli on bass guitar. Gradually people got more involved in other projects, and Accordions Go Crazy last played on a short tour of Italy in 1991, with Dan Brown replacing Ruth on bass.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Rahman Asadolli, is Azerbaijan's foremost accordion (garmon) player, now living in Germany. Another page for Raham Asadolli. A review of The best of Rahman
  • Sophie Cavez (in French) from Belgium started playing the diatonic accordion in 2002 or so, but already plays and has played in many groups -- replacing Didier Laloy in some of them, like Urban Trad. Currently her main band seems to be KV Express. In Dazibao, (in French) in which she also plays percussion, Arabic folk is mixed with flamenco music. She also plays in diatonic accordion quartet Knopf Quartet, in duo Du Montanaro / Cavez (in French) (with fiddler Baltazar Montanaro) and Galician music in Camaxe. Besides she plays in various projects for children. She also teaches, both privately and in workshops. An interview with Sophie Cavez (in Dutch)
  • Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen (in Dutch) has written music for music theatre, musicals, and commercials; his "Accordion Crimes" (inspired by the novel) was premiered on the 2008 "Het Accordeon" festival. He plays in world music ensemble ®chestra, and teaches at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education 'De Lindenberg' in Nijmegen, and as freelance teacher at various academies. A short biography of Gerie Daanen
  • Dobrek Bistro is a group from Vienna around Polish accordionist Krzystof Dobrek, who also signs for all the compositions. They mix Musette, Salsa, jazz, Gypsy Swing, classical influences, balkam music, klezmer, slavic music etc.
  • Gaia from Beersel, Belgium, with Jean-Pierre Vandenbosch on accordion and vocals, plays folk music from all over Europe, as well as North and South America and Israel. He also plays in Les P'tits Campagnols, (in French) who play dance music for children.
  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • German piano accordionist and former JAMS member Cathrin Pfeifer plays in a wide range of styles: world music, rock, avant garde, music for theater and films, etc. With her band she plays own compositions, influenced by Argentinian musicians, Brasilian rhythms and melodies and French playing, as well as Balkan rhythms and Oriental influences. She recorded a CD Pänico Na Panificadora with two percussionists. In 2002 she published her 3rd (or 4th?) solo CD, "lonely tramp", and 2005 another CD (with band), "Waiting for Valentin" Her latest CD is "Tough & Tender", another solo CD.
  • 3 Mustaphas 3 live in a fridge in Szegerely. They were true world music fusion pioneers, playing any kind of world music they could lay their hands on. They sing amongst others in Swahili, Greek, Hindi, English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Albanian, Serbian, Rom, and Indonesian, and that's only on two albums! A rather informative 3 Mustaphas 3 entry at allmusic.com. Another 3 Mustaphas 3 page. An interview with Hijaz Mustapha The latest 3M3 CD, "Play Musty for Me", is available from Kartini Music. There is a Three Mustaphas Three 3 M3 Yahoo group for world-music Szegerely stylee.
  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • Turlu Tursu (in French) from Belgium, play "Accordion 'n Drum 'n Bass", with Fabian Beghin providing the accordion part of that. They are an eclectic lot, that mix music from Turkey, India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, etc. with rock and jazz. A page for Turlu Tursu at their record label, Home Records.
  • Ellen van Vliet (in Dutch) is a Dutch world music accordionists. She plays in trio Wereldact (in Dutch) and in accordion duo Black Celluloid, (in Dutch) together with Theo van Tol. She teaches at Muziekschool Amsterdam, (in Dutch) at Muziekschool Waterland, (in Dutch) and privately. And she also teaches world music workshops for music schools, brass bands, accordion orchestras and mixed ensembles.
  • webmusici.nl from the Netherlands is the agent for amongst others En Route, Chats Cadiens, Fiddler on the Roof, Odessa Express and Witte Nachten.

Folk Music in General

  • Blowzabella from England plays music from all over Europe. In 2003 they've reformed for a 25th anniversary tour, with Andy Cutting on melodeon.
  • John Colville is an accordionist, guitarist and vocalist from Laidley, Australia. He plays C system chromatic button accordion and 2-row diatonic accordions; His repertoire includes mainly Scottisch, English, Irish and Australian songs and tunes, both for concerts and for dancing. He also hosts the Laidley Folk Club.
  • www.folkmusic.org is "the comprehensive source for folk and acoustic music resources on the World Wide Web"
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.
  • Mark Iannace a.k.a. Dr. Bellows was 2007 Detroit Music Awards Nominee for "Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist". He used to play with Tangerine Trousers; nowadays he plays solo and in duo/trio Luke Sayers and the Last to Know
  • Leadbelly (Huddy Ledbetter) is best known for his guitar playing, but he played accordion as well. And another Leadbelly page.
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).
  • Ivo van der Putten (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation] has arranged a collection of Dutch children's songs (in Dutch) for C/F diatonic accordions. He plays accordion for shanty choir Op Koers (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation]. On its site there is a collection of sheet music for its repertoire of some 80 shanties (in Dutch)
  • Sam Pirt plays accordion in various bands, amongst others in 422 -- winner of the 1999 BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award. The 422 website described him as "accordion wonder from Hull, Humberside" - he is very good, indeed! 422 play traditional folk music from all over the planet, including Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and their native Northumbria and Yorkshire. The same personel also makes up "The 422 Dance Band", which plays for dances as well. 422 at Rootsworld's Free Reed festival. Besides, he plays in duo "The Hut People" with percussionist Gary Hammond, Forro band "FoRRo PoRRo", with his father Graham Pirt, and in ceilidh band "The Foolish Virgins". Besides, he gives various workshops, amongst others at the Burwell Bash. Sam Pirt's myspace page.
  • Pressgang is a folk rock band from the UK, with George Whitfield on vocals, accordions and keyboards. An older site for Pressgang.
  • Street Squeeze is a diatonic accordion busking duo from Austin, Texas, consisting of Kay Hickman and Pete Nalda. They play original and traditional European folk tunes. A myspace page for Street Squeeze.

Singer Songwriter

  • Željko Joksimović [flash site] from Serbia won "First Accordion of Europe" in Paris when he was 12. Nowadays he's mostly famous as a singer/songwriter -- he represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, and he presented the 2008 one. He still plays the accordion on stage, occasionally. A Wikipedia entry for Željko Joksimović.
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).
  • Ginny Mac is a a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Country and Western music, Jazz, and Big Band classics, but enjoys playing all kinds of music. She is available as a vocalist and/or musician for concerts, parties etc., as a soloist, in a small group, or in a full band.
  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)

Vallenato and Cumbia

  • Celso Piña (in Spanish) from Monterrey, Mexico, a.k.a. El Rebelde del Acordeón, started playing Cumbia in the early 80s. In 2001 he recorded "Barrio Bravo" with local rock bands, for which he received Latin Grammy nominations for "Contemporary Tropical Album" and "Best New Artist From the North" (sic!). An informative Austin Chronicle article about Celso Piña
  • Antonio Rivas [Flash site; Try Antonio Rivas English main page if the above fails] from Istimina, Colombia, lives in France since 1984, where he has founded various vallenato groups. (He's also got a PhD in high energy physics). A myspace page for Antonio Rivas
  • www.vallesounds.com with articles and information about Vallenato, festivals, with video clips, and with CDs for sale.
  • Los Viajes del Viento (the Wind Journeys) is a movie from Colombia about an accordionist who travels a long distance to return his instrument to his elderly teacher. It's got a lot of vallenato music in! The trailer for Los Viajes del Viento. The IMDB page for Los Viajes del Viento, and a Wikipedia article for The Wind Journeys.

Forró

  • Rob Curto's Forró For All from New York is a band dedicated to the sound of Northeastern Brazil's "forró pé de serra"
  • Ocho Bajos from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a booking agency that represents artists that perform traditional accordion music from South America, including Rob Curto's Forró For All, Dudu Maia from Brazil, Rubén Rodriguez y su Conjunto from Argentina, Los Gauchos de Roldán from Urugay, and José Curbelo and Friends and Los Jefes, both from Minnesota.

Tango

  • Bailante from the Netherlands, with Henny Langeveld on accordion, is specialised in tango, Fado, South American music and Gypsy music. Henny Langeveld won the Coupe Mondiale in 1966, and for 25 years he was the first accordionist and arranger in the Malando Tango Orchestra.
  • Bandoneon player and composer Daniel Binelli is specialized in all styles of tango, but in particular Astor Piazolla's music. From 1968 until 1982 he was member of and arranger for Osvaldo Pugliese's Orchestra, and from 1989 he played in Piazolla's New Tango Sextet.
  • Composer, accordionist and guitarist Yayo Cáceres (in Spanish) from Curuzú Cuatiá, Argentina. A page for Yayo Cáceres at CDRoots.
  • Martin de Ruiter (in Dutch) is a Dutch bandoneon player and composer. He studied accordion at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, but in 1992 he started to play the bandoneon, both solo and in various ensembles, amongst others his own quintet Conjunto Nuevo. He has written scores for various silent movies, and the score for tango opera "Carlitos Sur".
  • Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is a music collective from Minneapolis, Minnesota, which can range in size from a duo to a 9-piece orchestra. It is led led by accordionist Bob Barnes. He has put online a book of sheet music for all of their repertoire, with leadsheets for about 100 tangos in one big PDF file.
  • Olivier Manoury is a bandoneonist from Paris, France. A myspace page for Olivier Manoury solo and for the Olivier Manoury Quartet
  • Quinteto Ángel (formerly Nuevo Quinteto Ángel) from Berlin, with Christian Gerber on bandoneon, play new arrangements of classical and Piazzolla tangos, but also their own compositions. A myspace page for Quinteto Ángel
  • Bandoneon player and composer Hèctor Ulises Passarella was born in Florida, Urugay, but now lives in Italy. He has played with amongst others René Marino Rivero, and as a soloist with the symphonic and chamber orchestras of Montevideo. As composer, he has written numerous pieces inspired by the traditional Rio de La Plata music both for solo bandoneon and for bandoneon and chamber orchestra. (In 2000, he gave two courses, one for tango groups, and one for bandoneon players; no idea whether that was a one-off).
  • Massimiliano Pitocco is a chromatic button accordion and bandoneon player from Pescara, Italy. He is an active concert performer, both solo and in ensembles such as "Quartetto Novitango", Four for Tango (in Italian) and "Ensemble 900", and he teaches or has taugth at the Conservatory of Bari and at the Musical Academy of Pescara.
  • Quartetto Magritte is an ensemble from Italy who play tango, baroque and jazz inspirated by the paintings of René Magritte. The accordion part seems to be shared by Simone Zanchini, Massimo Tagliata and Daniele Donadelli. for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Tiempo Tango Chicago is a quartet from Chicago, with Joe Vito on accordion. They play tangos, milongas and valses, but also jazz standards, Brazilian music, and even classical and holiday music. (since Joe Vito is often booked with other gigs, the band is looking for a bandoneon player)
  • pianist, bandoneonist, composer and arranger Norberto Vogel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, can provide custom arrangements for Tango music projects -- any group, any title, any style -- Guardia vieja, Di Sarli, Pugliese, Piazzolla, etc, with the arrangements written according to the technical level of the musicians. As a performer, he has accompanied a number of singers, and he plays or played bandoneon in amongst others the instrumental trio Hombres de Tango and quartet Milongueros Viejos

Conjunto

  • Alexander Gonzalez Fonseca (in Spanish) is a conjunto accordionist from Bogotá, Colombia. He currently plays in Don Bob. (in Spanish) A myspace page for Don Bob (in Spanish)
  • Esteban Jordan is also known as "El Parch", "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion", or "the accordion wizard". Another page about Steve Jordan. A page for Esteban "Steve" Jordan at Hacienda Records.
  • Thierry Carpentier is the band leader and accordionist of Los Gallos, a conjunto band from Paris, France. He also plays musette in Les Canotiers du Dimanche. A myspace page for Los Gallos
  • Tejano accordionist Sunny Sauceda, [Flash site] former accordionst of Grupo Vida, won the 2004 Grammy for best Tejano album for "Polkas, Gritos, y Acordeones", together with Joel Guzman, David Lee Garza. In 2005 he recorded his first solo album. He also repairs accordions.

Canadian Music

  • Bottleneck is a folk-country-blues group from Vancouver, Canada, with Robyn Carrigan on vocals, guitar, accordion and banjo. She plays a 32 bass Silvestrini on stage, and a 120 bass Hohner for recording.
  • Daniel Thonon from St-Marc-sur-Richelieu in Québec, Canada (born in Brussels, Belgium) plays diatonic accordion (a Castagnari, with a layout designed himself), , hurdy-gurdy, Flemish bagpipes, amongst others. He formed "Ad Vielle que Pourra", which disbanded in 1999. After that, he founded "Montcorbier", and he also plays in trio "Trafic d'Influences" and in a duo/trio with Chris Parkinson and John Whellan. He plays mostly his own compositions (and has published "The music written for Advielle Que Pourra"), but also Baroque, Tango, jazz, musette, French songs and Klezmer.
  • Le Vent du Nord is a group from Quebec, with musician/dancer Benoit Bourqe on amongst others diatonic accordions. A page for Le Vent du Nord at their record label, Borealis.

Cajun and Zydeco

  • Greg Benusa from San Diego, California, teaches Zydeco dance, but also organises local (1-row) accordion workshops. His site includes a page with accordion info, mostly on how get one and how to learn to play it, with references to workshops, books and videos, and tablature for a few tunes.
  • The Cajun Squeezebox Blog with information, news, ideas, and tablatures for Cajun songs
  • Les Chats Cadiens (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Henk de Kat (formerly of amongst others La Blusa) on piano accordion with a seperately amplified bass-side. A page for Les Chats Cadiens (in Dutch) at their agent, webmusici.nl, with a few sound clips.
  • Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco. A Wikipedia page for Clifton Chenier.
  • Contemporary Louisiana Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Musicians, (!) a section of Louisiana State University at Eunice's website, compiled by its director of pulbic relations, David Simpson. It contains of biographies with photos for scores of Cajun and Zydeco artists and bands.
  • Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band from New Orleans, with Bruce Daigrepoint on one-row accordion. They play most weeks for the Sunday evening fais do do at Tipitina's in New Orleans.
  • LouisianaCajun.com is a directory and search engine for Lousiana and Cajun websites.
  • The River Zydeco Band from Brabant, the Netherlands, with Jo van Strien on Accordion, play only one kind of music: Zydeco! They are also responsible for the yearly Zydeco Zity in Raamsdonkveer, the Netherlands, a.k.a. Zydeco Zity. It will next be held June 12 - 14, 2009.
  • Cajun accordionist Jo-El Sonnier; A Wikipedia entry for Jo-El Sonnier
  • Whozyamama is a traditional Cajun band from Bainbridge Island, Washington, with Claudette Boudreaux (ex Les Femmes d'Enfer) on one-row accordion. Another page for Whozyamama

Country

  • Bottleneck is a folk-country-blues group from Vancouver, Canada, with Robyn Carrigan on vocals, guitar, accordion and banjo. She plays a 32 bass Silvestrini on stage, and a 120 bass Hohner for recording.
  • Rusty Hudelson plays and teaches in many styles: rock, New Orleans' jazz, contemporary Christian and gospel, and both traditional and new country. Amongst many instructional videos for piano, he has published a video on how to "Play the Accordion"

Contradance

  • The Dance Gypsy is a site for traditional, contra and folk dance (in the USA), with amongst others a directory with over a thousand of musicians, bands, callers and instructors (including the odd accordionist, and some Cajun bands).
  • Accordionist and mandolin player David DiGiuseppe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, plays both solo and with an ensemble, including music from Celtic, French, Italian or American traditions. He also presents family and educational shows of songs and stories. He also plays in contra dance bands FootLoose and Contrazz, both of which perform throughout the US for dance festivals and dance weeks.
  • Tom Norulak has been an accordion player since the age of 8 or nine. He used to be a a member of the contradance band Magic Forest, which stopped playing in 2003 or so, and is planning to start playing again in October 2009 with a band named "Quickstep", for waltz and couple dances in Cleveland. Tom Norulak's myspace page.
  • Quasimodal, the house band for the Sebastopol English Country Dance (that's in the Bay Area) includes Mark Carroll on accordion

Japan

African Music

Austrian Music

Polkas

  • The Alpine Trio with Al Wehrle on piano accordion and Erika Wehrele on Steyrische, who as a duo have been performing German and Slovenian music for over 20 years. The Alpine Trio play at restaurants and private parties all over the United States.
  • Atomik Harmonik (in Slovenian) is a Turbo Folk band from Slovenia, with Frai Toni (Dejan Celik) on Steyrische acordion. A review by Eric Iverson of their "Brizgaaj!" CD (for Rootsworld) gives an apt characterisation: "In my ongoing quest to build a library of music to inflict on unruly neighbors, this one's a real keeper." A Wikipedia entry on Atomik Harmonik.
  • E.F.O. is a Western Massachusetts polka band with Eddie Forman on accordion and keyboards. They have been performing for 28 years.
  • Len Gadica from Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, has played in dance bands since he was 14. In the early nineties, he began writing children's and he regularly performs at elementary schools and children's festivals. Apart from two albums for children, he has recorded two old-time albums.
  • Dan Gruetzmacher from Wausau, Wisconsin, has been playing the concertina for over 60 years, and was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall Of Fame in 1979. He sells concertina and accordion sheet music, as well as concertinas.
  • Lynn Marie Hrovat-Rink from Nashville, Tennessee. A page for Lynn Marie at www.polkas.com
  • Barry Mitchell from New York used to give regular accordion-based commentary on World News Now, ABC's overnightnews program. Since 2005 he works for CUNY TV. The Wikipedia entry for Barry Mitchell
  • Eric Noltkamper is a polka accordionist, now living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been playing professionally since the age of 15, amongst others with Frank Yankovic and Eddie Blazonczyk. In 1998 he married Nancy Hlad, and together they run Nancys Place for Polkas, www.polkas.com.
  • Veronique Chevalier's Polka Haunt Us is a compilation recording, containing 13 spooky songs, to be released in time for Halloween 2007, with a part of the proceeds going to charity. The aim is to include many styles of polka: Slovenian, Norteño, klezmer, funk, etc.
  • polkaconnection.com sells polka CDs and DVDs via the internet -- both European and American. 30 seconds samples are available for many of the tracks.
  • 247polkaheaven broadcasts Polka music 24/7 from Cleveland, Ohio, including a show called "Right on the button" for button box fans.
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.

German Music

  • The Alpine Mountain Men from Nashville, Tennessee, led by accordionist Walt Schissler. For over 6 years they have been one of the regular house bands at Nashville's German restaurant, "The Gerst Haus", and they play around the Nashville area for different festivals and events.
  • Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German) was a musical cabaret trio, from Bavaria, with Otto Görtler on amongst others Steyrisch accordion. A Wikipedia entry for Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German)
  • Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia from Sidney, Australia, with Leo Karnauchow on accordion. Another page for Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia
  • The Beerbarrels are a 3 piece Oompa-pa dance band from Richmond, B.C., Cananda, with Ken Oszinski on MIDI accordion. They have been performing professionally for some 25 years.
  • The Harmonika-Sextett Karlsruhe (in German) (five diatonic accordionists and an organist) play German folk music, Schlagers, and dance music and the like, for old people's homes, parties etc.
  • Hundsbuam Miserablige, (in German) with Streitbichi Michi on guitar, Steyrische accordion and vocals, is a Bavarian folk-rock group following in the tradition of Attwenger, Haindling and Hubert von Goisern Und Die Alpinkatzen. An English article about Hundsbuam Miserablige. A myspace page for Hundsbuam Miserablige
  • German piano accordionist and former JAMS member Cathrin Pfeifer plays in a wide range of styles: world music, rock, avant garde, music for theater and films, etc. With her band she plays own compositions, influenced by Argentinian musicians, Brasilian rhythms and melodies and French playing, as well as Balkan rhythms and Oriental influences. She recorded a CD Pänico Na Panificadora with two percussionists. In 2002 she published her 3rd (or 4th?) solo CD, "lonely tramp", and 2005 another CD (with band), "Waiting for Valentin" Her latest CD is "Tough & Tender", another solo CD.
  • Steffi Zachmeier (in German) plays (and sings) traditional music from the Franken area in Germany in a number of groups. She also sells (and publishes?) music books (with German folk music), some of them in normal notation, some of them in Griffschrift (tablature) for Steyrische accordion.

Dutch and Belgian Music

  • Belgian folk band Ambrozijn from Ghent, with Wim Claeys on diatonic accordion and bagpipes. The web site had got some tunes in real audio [not working currently], and sheet music (and midi) for a few tunes -- under the Dutch translation only, though (i.e. if you want to see/hear them, select language "Nederlands", and select menu item "de muziek"). Wim Clays also plays in Tref which also includes Bruno Le Tron and Didier Laloy.
  • Boombal, (in Dutch) is a monthly folk ball in Ghent, Belgium, organised by accordionist Wim Clayes. (in Dutch) It has since become a proper noun, as the formula has been copied widely, both in Belgium and now also in the Netherlands: traditional dances with live music, preceded by dance instruction. The Boombal website also contains sheet music for mostly traditional French music, (in Dutch) mostly with chords and tablature for C/F melodeons.
  • Sophie Cavez (in French) from Belgium started playing the diatonic accordion in 2002 or so, but already plays and has played in many groups -- replacing Didier Laloy in some of them, like Urban Trad. Currently her main band seems to be KV Express. In Dazibao, (in French) in which she also plays percussion, Arabic folk is mixed with flamenco music. She also plays in diatonic accordion quartet Knopf Quartet, in duo Du Montanaro / Cavez (in French) (with fiddler Baltazar Montanaro) and Galician music in Camaxe. Besides she plays in various projects for children. She also teaches, both privately and in workshops. An interview with Sophie Cavez (in Dutch)
  • www.diatonisch-accordeon.tk (in Dutch) is a site by Kris Blomme for users and fans of diatonic accordeons, in particular in Flanders, with news, info, links to accordionists, makers, etc.
  • ferry's musicbase (in Dutch) contains discographies for many Dutch artists, amongst others accordionists such as the Accordeola's, Johnny Meijer and John Woodhouse on the Instrumentals page and cajun bands on the Nederlandse Volksmuziek page.
  • Accordonist Wim Janzen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands plays for receptions, parties, etc., with a repertoire including musettes, tangos, latins, jazz, tearjerkers, etc.
  • Popular Dutch accordion duo De Kermisklanten, (in Dutch) Henny van Voskuylen and Coby van Voskuylen-Mol, had a long career: they first performed together in 1962, and since 1969 as "De Kermisklanten", until they had to stop in 2000 because of Henny van Voskuylen's health; he died January 12, 2010. They released some 70 records, in the Netherlands and Germany, and in 1999 they were knighted. A Wikipedia article for Die Kirrmesmusikanten, (in German) as they are called in Germany. A biography and (Dutch) discography of De Kermisklanten (in Dutch)
  • Mart Heijmans and Mark Söhngen (the latter on accordion) have been giving school concerts for over 25 years. Currently they do so under the moniker Kruis en Mol (in Dutch)
  • Diatonic accordionist Wouter Kuyper (in Dutch) is active in the bal folk scene, amongst others with Liro. His Bal Folk Deunenboek (in Dutch) contains "40 new melodies for the modern bal folk" -- illustrated with cartoons by Auke Eringa. He also teaches, with the Trekharmonica-vereniging Amsterdam (THA) and at the Trekzakacademie in Nieuwegein.
  • Naragonia (in Dutch) / (in French) is a duo consisting of Pascale Rubens and Toon van Mierlo sometimes extended to a quartet. Both play (and teach) diatonic accordion and other instruments. They play mainly their own compositions, both for concerts and dances. Both teach as well. Pascale Rubens also plays in Musaraigne, Griff, Noodplan B, and in a duo with chromatic accordionist Bert Leemans.
  • Folk music group Papaver from Belgium, with Leo Rutten on (amongst others) diatonic accordion (2 and 3 row Castagnaris), plays traditional and new folk music for dances and concerts.
  • Twalseree (in Dutch) is a quartet from Antwerp, Belgium, with Ingrid Van Delden on diatonic accordion, recorder and vocals. They play Flemish folk music for concerts and dances.
  • Zusjes van Wanrooy, (Sisters Van Wanrooy), Anny and Paula, from Klaaswaal, the Netherlands, had their first TV performance at an early age. In 1981 they won an international competition for accordion duos in Saint-Etienne. They play all kinds of styles, and perform all around the world -- they speak English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese... And the next generation also plays, two daughters each: Annapaola, Juanita, Teresa and Rosita.
  • John Woodhouse (in Dutch) (1923 - 2001), real name Johnny Holshuysen, was one of the best known Dutch accordionists. He was known for his "Magic Accordeon" (Cavagnolo's first accordionorgan).

English Music

  • English concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes player and composer Alistair Anderson has played in The High Level Ranters, and collaborated with string quartet The Lindsays, for which he wrote On Cheviot Hills, and with trombonist Annie Whitehead, with whom he recorded Airplay. He is also the artistic director of Folkworks and he is also one of the main lecturers of the BMus (and Diploma) in Folk and Traditional Music course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (see a page for Alistair Anderson at Newcastle University)
  • Ivan Armbsy has a blog about all kinds of free reed and keyboard instruments. He plays accordion semi-professionally for Catherine Feeny and less professionally with Ipswich, Suffolk based folk/country/etc. band Mike Summers and The Doons
  • Simon Care is a button box player who learned his trade with the Moulton Morris Men. Amongst others he plays or played with e2k, the band that rose from the ashes of Edward II, after its Jamaican members left for Africa for spiritual reasons. In 2002 or 2003 he released Simon Care: The "Box" Set, an anthology of 30 years of melodeon playing.
  • Bill Jones is a singer from Stafford, UK, now living in the North-East, who accompanies herself (Bill is short for Belinda!) on piano or accordion. Besides, she plays and teaches flute and whistle.
  • John Spiers and Jon Boden are a young and vibrant English duo who play melodeon and fiddle respectively. They sing and play traditional English songs and tunes. The site contains written music for their tune sets (and the lyrics of the songs). In 2003 they won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon award for best newcomers to the folk scene, followed by the Best Duo Award in 2004. Summer 2004 they formed Bellowhead, [Flash site] an 11-piece big band, which rightly won the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Live Act 2005: they are magnificent!
  • Webfeet dance data (!) is devoted to many types of dance, most of which are made for the accordion or the concertina, such as cajun, English Ceilidh or Morris.

English Ceilidh and Barn Dance Bands

  • The Bursledon Village Band based neare Southampton, England, with Dave Ingledew on melodeon and Graham Pretty on Anglo concertina is first and foremost a band for dancing to.
  • The Committee Band, with Ian Dedic on two and three row melodeons, and Martin Nail on Anglo concertina, started as a band for the Knees Up Cecil Sharp ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House in London. They play music for English ceilidhs.
  • the glowworms is a London-based trio, with John Brenner on accordion, who play traditional English music for dancing.
  • Herbal Remedy are a lively accordion bass and drums band for barn dances and English country dance from the Worcestershire / Warwickshire area, with Fiona Hawkins on piano accordion and melodeon.
  • Simon Ritchie is a traditional English melodeon player from Thaxted, Essex. Apart from playing and recording solo, he also plays or played in "Old Hat", and in the Posh band. He also plays for Thaxted Morris Men and for local country dances.
  • Liam Robinson is an Lincolnshire based melodeon and English concertina player. He currently plays with his own dance band (The Liam Robinson Dance Band) and with English Compass. He is also the director of the Mini Morris Company who provide workshops, performances, etcetera for schools, festivals and the like.
  • Stradivarious from Lichfield / Derby, England, with amongst others Rod Stradling on accordion and piano and Howard Mitchell on double bass and melodeon plays for folk dances, country dances, workshops, etc. [This is a different Rod Stradling from the Tiger Moth / Musical Tradition one]. The website contains some concertina articles: Neil Wayne's "History of the Wheatstone Concertina", John Kirkpatrick's "Anglo Concertina Chords" and Jim Cottingham's "Free Reed Acoustics" articles.

Morris

  • The Albemarle Morris Men is a Morris side from Charlottesville, Virginia. One of their members, Marc Lamb, plays a Serenellini D/G Melodeon and a Lachenal 'Edeophone' McCann Duet Concertina. The fingering chart for the McCann and the Crane concertinas that he used to have on his own web site have found their way to Noel Cragg's (see the link in the Keyboard and Button Layouts section)
  • Advice on playing for dancing, a paper originally produced by an English Folk Dance and Song Society working party.

Scandinavian

  • The web site of Ing-Britt Alvesparr (in Swedish) has information about her CD, photos of accordionists, and sheet music for her own songs/tunes (hambos, schottisches, waltzes etc.)
  • The Finnish Music Information Centre has information about both contemporary (classical) music and folk music. The accordion features in both: searching for accordion yielded over 300 results.
  • Flyskrekk (in Norwegian) from Norway, with Per Hammerø Jr and Arne Johnson on accordion plays dance music for all ages.
  • Hedningarna with Hållbus Totte Mattson on (amongst others) accordion, is a Swedish/Finnish group that plays music with roots in the old Swedish/Finnish history. A page for Hedningarna at Northside Records.
  • The Carl Jularbo Museum in Avesta, Sweden, dedictated to Swedish accordionist king Carl Jularbo (1893 - 1966) A listing for the Carl Jularbo (in Swedish) at the Swedish music centre.
  • Kvarts (in Norwegian) is a folk group from Norway with Jo-Asgeir Lie on accordion. Apart from performing, he teaches folk music at the Viken and Voss folk high schools, and works as a music teacher for the district of Aal in Hallingdal.
  • Markku Lepistö from Finland plays in Värttinä and in Doina Klezmer. In 1984 he started studying at the then newly founded Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, and for many years he has been responsible for teaching of one and two-row accordion there. In 2006 he recorded his second solo CD, Polku
  • Danish diatonic accordionist Carl Erik Lundgaard plays in the trio Lang Linken, which has been going for over 30 years.
  • Benny Andersson got an accordion from his father when he was six. He played it with Abba sometimes, for instance on the 1977 and 1979 ABBA World Tours (as evidenced by photos on the ABBA Annual Homepage ). Also, after ABBA, he has recorded two albums with Swedish folk-like music, with the Orsa Spelman. (in Swedish) Accordionist Larsåke Leksell is also a member of the Orsa Spelmann
  • Orust [Rootsworld CD review] is a Swedish acoustic trio with Johan Kullberg on diatonic accordion. Myspace pages for Orust (in Swedish) and Johan Kullberg.
  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.
  • The Swedish Riksförbundet för Folkmusik och Dans (National Society for Folk music and dance)
  • The Svenskt Visarkiv, the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, collect, preserve and publish material concerning instrumental folk music, folk songs and traditional music in general, from the end of the 16th century up to now, as well as material on the history of jazz in Sweden. Amongst others, they have made field recordings of Swedish folk musicians and singers since 1968, and they have a collection of manuscripts, mostly from around 1900.
  • Duo Røyseng/Aase a.k.a. "Duo Jupiter" from Oslo, Norway,both play on Jupiter bayans. Their repertoire consists of Baroque music, Russian folk music, Norwegian contemporary and folk music, and light music. They were winners in the duo and chamber music category in Castelfidardo, both in 2001 and in 2003. Both Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase also teach in and around Oslo. A Myspace site for Røyseng/Aase, and one for Stian Aase
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.

General Celtic

  • Harriet Bartlett from Minsterley, England, has been performing playing Celtic music on the piano accordion, at festivals, folk clubs and theatres for the past 5 years. Her debut CD "Eyes Wide Open" was produced by Phil Cunningham, with whom she has regularly performed as well.
  • Calennig from Wales consists of Mick Tems on voice and diatonic accordeons and Patricia Carron-Smith on voice, concertina, and spoons, (and occasionally others). Their material, both for concerts and dances, is based firmly in the traditions and creative spirit of South Wales.
  • Frank Edgley from Michigan has played Anglo concertinas for almost 18 years, and repaired them for 15 years; and he now builds them as well. He has played with several Celtic groups in Michigan and Ontario, and teaches as well.
  • The Poozies, is a Scottish/English band, since November 2007 with young accordionist and piper Mairearad Green -- she took over from Karen Tweed. Mairearad also plays with The Anna Massie Band and in Box Club, and she has performed with Karen Polwart and Celtic big band "The Unusual Suspects". Since 2005 there is a mailing list for the Poozies and related bands: chantoozies, and now also a chantoozies myspace page. (there also is an announcement list: poozmusic).
  • The Rumours of Whiskey Ceilidh Band from South Yorkshire, England, with Ann McCarthy on button accordion and whistle, plays Celtic/ English/ Scandinavian/ American jigs, polkas, hornpipes, klezmer etc. They even include the sheet music for some of the tunes on their album.
  • Karen Tweed has played with The Poozies for 17 years, and with SWÅP for 12, but she has now left both. With Timo Alakotila (et al) she recorded the brilliant "May Monday" CD in 2003, and its successor, "Midnight May Monday" (not bad either!) in 2008, and she has played in "Circa Compania" and in the Uiscedwr big band and quartet, and in various duos. Karen Tweed has also published a book, 'Traditional Irish Music' with the transcription of 93 tunes (with a preface by Phil Cunningham), published by Dave Mallinson Publications. There are 2 CDs to go with that, 'Drop of Springwater' and 'the Silver Spire'. Karen also teaches, privately in the UK and Ireland, and at the Sage Gateshead, Linmerick University and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Karen Tweed's myspace page

Irish Music

  • According to a Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic)-English dictionary, the Gaelic for 'melodeon' is `bosca ceoil [buska kyole]': music box.
  • Mick Bramich has published an Irish Concertina style tutor (for the Anglo)
  • Cut the Mustard are a three to six piece ceilidh band, based in the West Midlands, England, with Roger Champkin on guitar and piano accordion. Apart from playing for dancing they'll also entertain with Irish, Scottish or even 60's songs. A page for Cut the Mustard at agency Hop Till You Drop.
  • Jackie Daly was an Irish diatonic button accordionist from Kanturk, Co. Cork. He played with many famous bands, including De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara. A Wikipedia entry for Jackie Daly.
  • Luke Daniels plays everything from Irish reels to Brazilian waltzes, Paganini and Bach on a two and a half row button accordion. In 1992 he won BBC Radio 2's Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has worked with jazz/world fusion group 'Scarp' and as a commissioned composer and soloist for the English National Opera, and he has played for Riverdance, and in UK based quartet Broderick. 2009 he released a studio album, Art of Trio, together with fiddler Kate Kavanagh and guitarist Mike Galvin. A review of Luke Daniels and Jonathan Preiss: Above The Bellow. A review of Luke Daniels: Tarantella.
  • Dusty Feet Ceili Band from Paris, with Jean-Paul Moreau on melodeon, plays Irish music for set dancing and step dancing.
  • The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
  • Christian Genieux (in French) from the Chalon sur Saône region of France plays Irish button accordion, C#/D. He plays in a band called "Pure Malt", they play traditional music from Ireland and Quebec. On his site has a page about the Irish button accordion, as well as sheet music / tablature for a few tunes (in Word 97/ gif / midi and mp3 format).
  • Guide to accompaniment for Irish traditional music
  • Lia Luachra is (was?) a young band from Dublin, with Shane Bracken on concertina, and bodhran. They started in 1997, at/for the Inter Celtic Festival in Lorient.
  • Not a book but a CD-ROM: madfortrad have produced CD-ROM tutorials for traditional Irish music, for various instruments. That includes one for button accordion with Derek Hickey (of De Dannan) as tutor, one for piano accordion with Karen Tweed, and in May 2002 one will come out for concertina, with Niall Vallely. The CD-ROMs combine video (MPEG), text (HTML), photographs and music notation, and will work on most computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux -- i.e. it works for me). You can download a sample video clip to check whether it works for you. Other than the tutorials, they also sell CDs.
  • John Nolan was the first American-born musician ever to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship on the button accordion--for both the two-row and three-row button boxes (B/C and B/C/C#). He has been performing professionally in the New York area and recording for the past 25 years. He also teaches and tunes accordions. A video of John Nolan
  • Patrick Street with Jackie Daly on accordion is the band who turned Simon Jeffe's "Music for a Found Harmonium" into a traditional Irish tune. A Wikipedia article for Patrick Street
  • Sharon Shannon. A Ceolas page for Sharon Shannon. An interview with Sharon Shannon. A Sharon Shannon biography at RamblingHouse.
  • Tears for Beers from Germany, with Bert Ritscher on accordion, mixes Irish music with rock.

Scottish Music

  • Box Club [Flash site] is a band from Glasgow, fronted by four young accordionists: Mairearad Green, Gary Innes, Angus Lyon and John Somerville. A myspace page for Box Club
  • Paul Chamberlain from Bowden, Scotland, has won a number of national competitions in Scotland, and in 1999 he was awarded Second Place in the Under 18 Classical section at the UK National Accordion Championships. He plays both piano accordion and free-bass button accordion (which he studied with Djordje Gajic). Paul Chamberlain performs works ranging from classical bayan works and transcriptions to French & continental music and Scottish traditional music. He also composes a wide range of accordion music; on musicforaccordion.com the sheet music for a few musette tunes are for sale.
  • Phil Cunningham proves one can play Celtic music on a piano accordion. He has played in Silly Wizard, and often plays with fiddler Aly Bain. A website for Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, and a page for Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain at Green Linnet.
  • Ian Lowthian is a great accordionist from the Scottish borders. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but still palys traditional Scottish music - as well as his own compositions. He used to play in duo with Catriona MacDonald. He has edited/arranged a book of (traditional and modern) Scottish Folk Tunes
  • Alan and Jan Roy from Inverness, Scotland, with Alan on accordion, have performed together for some 20 years. They have played in Britain, Canada and the USA, as well as on the cruise ships "Canberra", "Oriana" and the "QE2".
  • Emily Smith [flash] is a singer/accordionist who won BBC Radio Scotland's 2002 Young Traditional Musician Award. With her own band she has recorded her first CD; She is also member of (and the vocalist of) KODA, Keith Dickson's Accordion Orchestra. A page for Emily Smith at the Footstompin record label. A review of Emily Smith's A Day Like Today
  • Rob Thorn is a a young professional accordion player in West Yorkshire, UK, who has recorded a CD with up-beat Scottish, Irish and Continental music. "The Rob Thorn Band" are available for private functions including weddings, special occasions, ceilidhs, etc.
  • Simon Thoumire is a Scottish concertina player who plays (and composes) contemporary traditional music. The Simon Thoumire Three record was called "March, Strathspey & Surreal" -- that sort of sums it up. He plays in Seannachie, The Simon Thoumire Three, in a duo with Fergus MacKenzie, and with his Simon Thoumire Orchestra. He has produced records for the Scottish tourist market under the pseudonym Hamish McGregor ("30 great traditional tunes with the unique feature of Scottish place-names in the titles" -- if that is what sells in tourist shops...). Furthermore, he plays concertina and lowland pipes in Scottish traditional band Keep it UP. Most of his CDs are published on his own Footstompin' Records label (formerly Tartan Tapes)
  • Frances Wilkins plays English concertina. She played professionally for a few years in the Shetland-based band Sølan, but in 2001 she started a degree in ethnomusicology, and she is currently doing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen.

Ceilidh Bands

  • Beggars Belief is an accordion-led ceilidh band based in South Yorkshire. Funky folk-rock style available for festivals and private events all over the UK.
  • The Carlyle Family from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, with father Matt on accordion, play Scottish Dance Music as a family band. They play for accordion & fiddle clubs, weddings, ceilidhs etc.
  • Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band, based in Central Scotland, was (re)formed in 2000. The band includes band leader Allan Smith on accordion and Alex Graham on 2nd accordion. They are available for parties, weddings and all functions including St Andrews and Burns Associations near and far.
  • The Colin Dewar Scottish Dance Band, with Alasdair MacLeod on 2nd accordion, have been playing together for twenty years.
  • The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
  • The Glenhoulachan Midgie Club Ceilidh Band from in and around Dumbarton in the West of Scotland, with Billy MacPhee on accordion, plays for ceilidhs all over Scotland, the British Isles and further afield.
  • Gypsy's Kiss is an Irish Ceilidh band from Bristol, UK, with Dave Rowlands on accordion. A page for Gypsy's Kiss at agency Hop Till You Drop.
  • Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band from Glasgow, with Alasdair MacCuish and Scott Gordon on accordions. A page for Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band at Footstompin' Records.
  • Jimmy Shand was the grand old man of Scottish Country Dance Music. A FAQ for Richard Thompson (ex-Fairport Convention) has an item on Jimmy Shand. He died December 2000. Rel Records has published many Jimmy Shand CDs and videos. A Jimmy Shand tribute.
  • The 3dB Ceilidh Band from Devon, UK is led by accordionist Leslie Thompson and includes Chris Jewell on Melodeon and Mike Cosgrave, guitar. The band evolved out of the Seven Stars Ceilidh Band and has played for hundreds of weddings, parties and barn dances spanning over twenty years. They play English, Scottish and Irish traditional folk music, with a dash of Ukrainian thrown in.

East European

  • Ars Harmonica (in Polish) / (in German) [flash site] is a Polish accordion trio, consisting of Piotr Blazik, Piotr Chołołowicz and Jakub Mietła. Their style has elements of folk, "ethno" and "trans music", with irregular rhythms, East European harmony, and Slavic melancholy. [flash site -- it offers options for Polish, English and German, but the latter two don't work... However, if you choose "Polski", and select e.g. 'musycy' (musicians), you can then go to a German translation of that page] Unfortunately, they've had to suspend their activities: Piotr Biazik is rehabilitating after a brain tumour operation
  • Hans Baken has published a 115 page Fake Book Folk Music from Bulgaria which can be downloaded for free (PDF, 6.7 MB) -- or you can order a hardcopy from lulu.com (for EUR 7.50 + shipping).
  • Balkan Cabaret is a Balkan group from Townsend (near Seattle), Washington, with Michael Lawson on accordion and vocals. They play Sevdalinka ballads from Bosnia and Hercogovina, old town Starogradski tunes from Bulgaria, and songs and tunes from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia -- songs for listening as well as energetic dance tunes.
  • www.balkanmusic.com aims to provide "Your guide to ethnic folk music & dance on the web". Milan Kontich is accordionist for both Izvor and Sloboda, both based in Milwaukee.
  • Russian folk music band Moscow Nights, with band leader Vitaliy Bezrodnov on bayan, was initially formed in Kaluga, Russia, but regrouped in the USA in 1996. Since 1998 they operate from Cleveland, Ohio. A myspace page for the Moscow Nights Trio.
  • Bibs Ekkel's Russian Music Services, located in Middlesex, UK, can provide Russian Folk musicians, dancers, singers, advisors, translators, Soloists or Groups for all occasions. He is mainly a balalaika player himself, but he does play a two-row button accordion, and his band includes a bayan player.
  • Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, with Yuri Lemeshev (previously Sasha Kazatchkoff) on accordion, was described by Phill Jupitus as "a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe". A Wikipedia page for Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello's myspace page.
  • Iva Nova is an all-female band from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Elnara Shafigullina on accordion. Their music is a mixture of modern rock and punk and Russian folk music. Their agents for the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, More Zvukov
  • Russian Bayan player Yury Kazakov (1924-) is a pioneer of the bayan, and one of the first to play the free bass bayan as a classical concert instrument. He started his career in the Soviet Navy during the Second World War, and after the war he studied with Nikolai Chaikin at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. In 1953 he premiered Chaikin's concert for bayan and symphony orchestra. In 2002 he received the award "For merites of native land Russia" from president Putin. A review of Yuri Kazakov: Stars of Russian Bayan
  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • Orhcestra Mihalache is a Gypsy orchestra from Bucharest, Romania, with Andrei Mihalache on accordion. A myspace page for Orchestra Mihalache.
  • The Mostar Sevdah Reunion from Mostar, Bosnia, was for a long time led by singer Ilijaz Delic and accordionist and clarinet player Mustafa Santic; currently the accordionists is Elmedin Balalic Titi. They play traditional Bosnian music, "Sevdah". A myspace page for Mostar Sevdah Reunion.
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.
  • Organist and bayanist Marko Petričić from Indianapolis, Indiana, performs both solo and in a duo "Gypsy Moods", with violinist Mathieu Névéol. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television, and more recently, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Victor Pryblov (in Dutch) is a bayan player from Novosibirsk, Siberia, who has settled in the Netherlands with his his wife, folk dancer Natalja Priblova. Together they organise cultural events, shows, concerts, workshops, and lessons for bayan and dance. The link above is for an installment of the VPRO radio show "De Wandelende Tak" featuring Victor Pryblov (real-audio)
  • Petar Ralchev is a Bulgarian accordionist who is is equally at home with folk, jazz and classical music. He plays or has played in various groups, amongst which the Zig Zag Trio. A short biography for Petar Ralchev, and a review of his eponymous Petar Ralchev CD.
  • Romashka from New York, with Patrick Farrell on accordion (formerly Stevhen Iancu), play Russian and Romanian Gypsy Muzica for Dancing and Dreaming. A review of Rmashka's debut CD.
  • Milen Slavov is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, vocalist, and conductor from Bulgary, who plays and composes in Bulgarian traditional, contemporary, improvisational, Eastern European, gypsy, and classical styles. He has been a guest teacher at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, and currently he lives in Ocean Springs, Missisipi. He has published a number of books (+CD) with sheet music for his own compositions, most recently "Bright Stage", and he will shortly publish a book with popular Bulgarian folk songs, amongst others arranged for accordion. He also provides one to one on-line Bulgarian accordion lessons
  • "Squeezer" Dee Langley from Minnesotat plays "artsy-fartsy classically folk": Spanish classics, Klezmer, Russian concert works and Polish dances in SKWEEZERGRABBIT. She also teaches accordion in the Minneapolis Metro area. A page for Dee Langley at accordions.com. She plays in an accordion duo with Greg Dagoumas, "Just Du-et".
  • Taraful Din Naipu from Naipu, Romania, with Alexandru Bârcă on accordions and vocals (two songs are available in MP3 format; a whole CD is available for sale)
  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)
  • The Ukrainians from the UK play a mixture of traditional Ukrainian music and modern popular music; mostly original material, with a few interpretations of traditional songs. On their first album, The Ukrainians, Pete Solowka played accordion. Stepan Pasicznyk took over for the tour, and he also plays accordion on Vorony, Kultura, and on the Smiths EP. When Stepan Pasicznyk left, Stefan Tymruk joined the band.
  • Vladimir Ushenin is Honoured Artist of Russia and professor at the Rostov State S. Rakhmaninov Conservatory. He has made some 100 arrangements for solo bayan, Russian folk ensemble or bayan orchestra. He has also recorded one solo CD and 5 CDs with his "Kalinka" ensemble.
  • The Washington Balalaika Society includes an orchestra, various folk ensembles, and "The Spirit of St. Petersburg", a duo consisting of Svetlana Nikonova on domra and Vladimir Zakharevich on bayan. The orchestra and the ensembles also include bayans, of course. They also have teaching programs, for balalaika, domra, bayan, guitar and piano.
  • Gennady Dmitrievich Zavolokin (in Russian) (1948 - 2001) was a well known Russian accordion player, and founder of the TV programme "Igray, Garmon!", ("Play, Accordion"). That is probably the same program as Igray, garmon' lyubimaya (in Russian) ("Play, beloved accordion"). According to a list of Russian Musical Highlights of the 20th Century the program was launched in 1986. Another biography for Gennady Zavolokin, (in Russian) and an obituary for Gennadiy Zavolokin. (in Russian)

Klezmer

  • The Austin Klezmorim, with Mike Maddux on accordion. Sheet music for a few tunes is provided, and they've also got a Klezmer music fake book containing some 50 tunes in for sale.
  • Beyond the Pale is a klezmer band from Toronto, Canada, with Milos Popovic on accordion. Although firmly routed in klezmer music, they also include elements of other eastern-European folk styles, as well as bluegrass, reggae, and funk. A page for Beyond the Pale at their record company, Borealis.
  • Freylekh Jamboree (in Japanese) is a Klezmer group from Japan with Sachie Fujisawa on accordion. They also play Balkan music, popular music and originals. A myspace page for Freylekh Jamboree
  • Michael Greenspan from South Florida specialises in Jewish and international folk music. He used to be a full time musician with the American Balalaika Company, but now works in education -- while still playing the accordion. He is also the Cantorial Soloist for Congregation Etz Chaim.
  • Franka Lampe (in German) is a Klezmer accordionist from Berlin. She plays in various bands: Café Central, Klezmers Techter, Ljuti Hora, Modern Klezmer Quartett, Nu, Oloyé and Schikker Wi Lot. Previously she played in La'om (from 1994 - 2002) and in Caval and neo-Bulgarian band Jerewan. She has also played for various theatre productions, and she teaches, with Musica Viva (in German) and with Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend. (in German) Franka Lampe's (in German) myspace page.
  • Ot Azoj Klezmerband from the Netherlands, with Hans Minnaert on accordion (but they are looking for a new accordion player)
  • Aaron Seeman is a versatile accordionist from Oakland, California. Amongst others he plays classical music and klezmer; Balkan gypsy music, jazz and Japanese music in duo Shamalamacord, with Mike Penny on Tsugaru Shamisen (both previously members of Romanian folk band Fishtank Ensemble); and rock and punk as Duckmandu. Under that moniker he recorded a note for note rendition of the Dead Kennedys' album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" -- but also ditties like Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". A myspace page for Duckmandu.
  • The Ruth Yaakov Ensemble from Tel Aviv, with Shkëlzen Doli on violin and accordion, brings Sephardic songs of the Balkans. A page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at klezmershack.com, and a page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at cdRoots.

French Music

  • An Tour Tan (in French) is a site for "Breton expats". Under "Cyber Fest Noz" (and then "le best of", or previous years) there are various video clips (real audio) of concerts and the like.
  • Lydie Auvray (in German) is of French origin but lives in Germany. She has published a number of solo CDs, mostly with her own compositions. She has also written music for film and television.
  • French Marcel Azzola (in French) has accompanied many French singers, including Édith Piaf, Yves Montand, and in particular Jacques Brel. Also, he provides music for films by Claude Lelouche, Jacques Tati, and many others. He was instrumental in introducing the accordion at the Paris Conservatory. Currently he plays in a duo with pianist Lina Bossatti. A page for Marcel Azzola (in French) at his agent, Musique et Mouvement. A Wikipedia article about Marcel Azzola. (in French)
  • BivOAc (in French) is a Breton trio with Ronan Robert on diatonic accordion. They play their own compositions in the traditional breton styles for concerts and fest noz balls.
  • Gérard Blanchard (in French) [Wikipedia entry] is a French singer/songwriter and accordionist, who was one of the first to play accordion in rock music. His first band, in the mid seventies, was Roxy Musette; after a few more bands he started playing solo in 1980. A myspace page for Gérard Blanchard (in French)
  • Breizh Storming (in French) is a 7 piece fest noz band from Brest with Yannig Coiron on accordion. A myspace page for Breizh Storming, (in French) and Breizh Storming videos on Youtube (in French)
  • Mario Bruneau (in French) is a professional accordionist and accordion and piano tuner from Montreal, Quebec. He plays musette, French chansons, jazz and Quebecois music. He is also the Canadian representative for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Musette accordionist and band leader Jean-Robert Chappelet (in French) from Grignon, Franche, has performed on all five continents, and appeared in various TV programs. Amongst others he has a weekly accordion show together with Carole Montmayeur on TV8 Mont Blanc, (in French) which is broadcast at 7AM and 3PM on Saturday and 8:30AM on Sunday -- and can be viewed on-line as well. Another site for Jean-Robert Chappelet
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Erika (in French) from Belgium has been playing the accordion professionally for almost 20 years. She plays musette, swing, and pop music styles.
  • Contact details for a few accordion players in France
  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.
  • Claude Kaeser (in French) is an accordionist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist and accordion repairer. His website contains sheet music for various of his compositions: waltzes, javas, boleros, paso dobles etc.
  • Max Lhopital (in French) plays musette in a duo with Nicole. His site has sheet music for some of his compositions.
  • André Loppe (in French) and his orchestra from Aiseau, Belgium, "king of the popular balls", regularly perform on TV in various countries, and has performed all over the world. André Loppe is also the importer for Belgium of Maugein and Piermaria accordions.
  • Thierry Carpentier is the band leader and accordionist of Los Gallos, a conjunto band from Paris, France. He also plays musette in Les Canotiers du Dimanche. A myspace page for Los Gallos
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.
  • Serguei Pachnine from Surrey, England, is available country-wide for French Cafe Music, as well as East European and Russian music, klezmer, etc.
  • Alain Pennec is one of the foremost Breton diatonic accordionists. He also publishes sheet music, amongst which a series of books with tablature for the diatonic accordion (with accompanying CDs).
  • Sylvain Peron's tradfrance with sheet music for 630 traditional French tunes, mostly in abc format. For some of them, audio samples in MIDI or RealAudio are available. Sylvain Perron plays in trio Les abandonnés.
  • Yann-Fañch Perroches is a Breton diatonic accordion player, and a member the Breton traditional music group "Skolvan". Also, he formed a shortlived group called "Cocktail Diatonique", with Jacques Beauchamp, Patrick Lancien, Yann-Fañch Perroches and Ronan Robert, all on diatonic accordion. Cocktail Diatonique did manage to record one album, on which Richard Galliano appeared as a guest. Currently (2005) he plays amongst others in the group Jolie Vilaine, which showcases ballads from Eastern Brittany. The site includes a few audio clips, as well as tablature for a few tunes.
  • French diatonic accordion player Marc Perrone (in French) Another page for Mac Perrone (in French)
  • Roger Poitevin is a Breton diatonic accordion player who has been playing for 25 years.
  • Diou Flo, formerly Potes Flor', is an accordion consisting of two Florences: Florence Glorion on chromatic accordion and Florence Pinvidic on diatonic accordion. They play Breton music and original compositions. Their site contains tablature for some traditional tunes and for some of their own compositions.
  • Les Primitifs du Futur was formed in 1986 when Robert Crumb lived in Paris for a few months. Initially Florence Dionneau played the accordion, later Daniel Colin and Fabienne Dondard did.
  • DiscAmbiance is the company of musette accordionist Michel Pruvot, selling CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music of himself and others. Michel Pruvot has a weekly show on French TV, Sur un air d'accordéon, and he holds or held the world endurance record for accordion playing: 117 and a half hours!

Spain and Portugal

  • Brigada Victor Jara from Coimbra, Portugal, with Rui Curto on accordion (and "concertina", i.e. diatonic accordion). An older page for Brigada Victór Jara (in Portuguese) at attambur.com, and a blog of Brigada Victor Jara (in Portuguese)
  • Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) from Portugal is a "concertina" quartet (-- but concertina is Portuguese for diatonic accordion!), consisting of Artur Fernandes, Filipe Cal, Filipe Ricardo and Francisco Miguel. All are conservatory educated (but not in diatonic accordion). They play self-composed non-traditional music -- they play folk festivals because of their instruments, classical concerts because of their repertoire, and pop concerts because of their approach. The Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) Weblog. A live recording of Danças Ocultas in Real Audio/MP3 format, part of Rootsworld's virtual Free Reed Festival. A review of their self-titled Danças Ocultas CD. Another Danças Ocultas page, at their Dutch agent's site. A myspace page for Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese)
  • Euskal Herriko Trikitixa Elkartea, (in Basque) which stands for Basque Trikitixa Organisation, I think. Amongst others, the site mentions an Trikitixa Day in Getxo, April 22, 2001.
  • www.euskalmusika.com (in Basque) / (in Spanish) aims to be a meeting point for the Basque music, with links, concert listings, etc.
  • Basque chromatic button accordion (and bandoneon and keyboards) player Joxan Goikoetxea plays traditional Basque music in Alboka, and some less traditional but still very much Basque music on for instance Quartet or Beti Ttun-Ttun. A myspace page for Joxan Goikoetxea (in Spanish)
  • Roldana Folk is a Portuguese group around accordionist Helena Soares (formerly? of Vai de Roda), founded in 2000. Their music mixes Celtic, Portuguese, Latin-American music, jazz and folk. They provide some of the music for a TV soap...
  • Tejedor (in Spanish) is family trio from Avilés, Asturias, Spain, with Javier Tejedor on (amongst others) accordion. They play traditional Asturian styles of music. A Wikipedia page for Tejedor

Italian Music

  • Angelo Aquilini is an accordionist and teacher from Italy. He has performed in Canada, France, Germany, Austria and Greece, and every year since 2001 he has toured Japan, for concerts and Workshops.
  • Quintet for Ethnic Music Calamus from Italy, with Emilio Parente on organetto, is part of an association of the same name that aims to promote the zampogna, (a type of bagpipes). Their repertoire consists of local songs and music and particular plays.
  • Gabriele Di Pietro (in Italian) is an Italian organetto player and composer. Sheet music for various of his compositions, such as La Polka del trillo, are available in PDF format.
  • Lucio Raggiunti is an organetto player from Ontario, Canada. He has played for Canadian radio and TV.
  • I Superfisa (in Italian) [uses Flash for navigation] is an Italian accordion quartet, consisting of Rossano Mancini, Giacomo Zanna, Luigi Guerra and Anna Dal Bosco. They play folk and classical accordion music.

Other Musicicans

  • Holda Paoletti-Kampl does not play the accordion, but she is European Manager for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Rosin Coven with Carri Abrahms alias Elya Zeker on vocals and accordion is "San Francisco's Premiere Pagan Lounge Ensemble" --- I suspect they don't have much competition for that title. Their music is a blend of classical strings, big-band swing, trabal dance, theatrical cabaret and more. Amongst others, they've played at the Burning Man festival.

Music Theatre

  • Caravan is an experimental Canadian professional theatre group that tours and performs on a 30 meter Tall Ship. For their fifth European Water Tour, which runs from June 10 to September 14, they have got an accordionist on board. The tour will visit western Greece, Albania, Montenegro and southern Croatia.

Music Theatre: Canada

  • The Cirque du Soleil is a modern circus / theatre. For at least one of their shows the music is described as "accordion-heavy"; hardly surprising, given that founding president Guy Laliberté is an accordion player (and stiltwalker and fire-eater...). A Forbes article about Guy Laliberté -- he is rich :-). A Wikipedia entry for Guy Laliberté

Music Theatre: France

  • After 15 years of playing classical guitar, Laure Chailloux started playing the diatonic accordion in 1986. In 2004 she became a full time musician. Her music has influences of baroque, repetitive and minimalist music, musette, rock'n'roll, and traditional music. Many of her programmes are theatrical; for instance in "Petites Histoires en Accordéon" she plays in a hut in parks, and the project "Itinéraires sonores" is adapted to the surroundings each time -- museums, industrial waste lands, gardens, etc. She also performs with various theatre groups. Besides, she plays in a duo with diatonic accordionist Didier Demarq.

Music Theatre: Greece

  • Composer, arranger, accordion and qanoun player Kostas Vomvolos from Greece has composed music for over 80 theater plays for groups in Greece, the UK and Ireland. In 1994 he founded group "Primavera en Salonico" with singer Savina Yannatou. He was a member of ethnic jazz trio "Wutu wupatou", and in 2005 formed new music oriented trio Tabako.

Music Theatre: The Netherlands

  • Mart Heijmans and Mark Söhngen (the latter on accordion) have been giving school concerts for over 25 years. Currently they do so under the moniker Kruis en Mol (in Dutch)

Music Theatre: Switzerland

  • Luzian Jenny (in German) from Bern, Switzerland "sweet and sour dance music for dreaming" in a duo with saxophonist Monica Staehelin, and "Chamber-Folk-Jazz" in trio Walther-Gubler-Jenny. He has also been involved in various street music and music theatre groups.

General

  • The Squeezebox mailing list started life as a mirror for the rec.music.makers.squeezebox newsgroup (with the mirroring courtesy of DoN Nichols), but it is now a separate (and fairly quiet) mailing list. Still about accordions and concertinas, of course.
  • Accordions Worldwide, www.accordions.com, is the largest accordion internet site, with over 3, 000 pages. (!) The complete site is also available in German, www.akkordeon.com a.k.a. "Akkordeons Weltweit",, (in German) and in French: www.accordeon.com. (in French) Features of the site include:
    • The Accordion Yellow Pages database, the most comprehensive source of internet information about the accordion. This includes a section on "Future Events" where accordion events from all over the world are listed. Free listings are available for everyone.
    • Weekly News is published Friday in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian
    • National news for the USA, Germany, France, Italy, China and Eastern Europe
    • CD reviews
    • "Celebrity Interviews"
    • Many other informational pages on history, types of accordions, etc.
    • Service of designing and hosting web sites for accordionists and accordion organisations.
    • memorials and obituaries
    • A Stolen accordion list
  • accordion-space4u is kind of a myspace etc. for accordionists -- you can load videos, sound tracks, music, pictures, and have all your friends contact you easily too.
  • accordionist.org, set up by Jordan Wagner, aims to be an on-line community for accordionists, accordion teachers, and publishers of accordion music.
  • The Accordion entry from the CHICO (Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach) Instrument Encyclopedia
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the accordion, with answers, by James P. O'Brien, emiritus professor of music at the University of Arizona. James P. O'Brien has composed or arranged over 200 works for accordion, for which sheet music is for sale at musicforaccordion.com.
  • Vapaalehdykkä a.k.a. The Free Reed is a website by Viljo Mannerjoki, about the accordion and related free reed instruments, mostly in Finnish. It contains a history, material about accordion care, posture etc., a travel guide for accordion related cities (Sysmä, Ikaalinen, Klingenthal, Castelfidard, Stradella), an extensive list of sources, and a forum.

Educational essays

Keyboard and Button Board Layouts

  • Accordion Trainer is a shareware program, written by Philippe Beckers, for training the Stradella button layout: it shows the bass buttons, and you either have to press the chord / fundamental bass button that is named (with the mouse), or name the chord/bass that is highlighted. A trial version can be downloaded for free, the full version can be downloaded for €11.
  • Chromatic button accordion layout and chord patterns at www.thecipher.com, for both B and C systems. Also: layout of the wholetone = Janko = Reuther keyboard
  • Noel Cragg has collected keyboard layouts from various places on the net; amongst others, he has copies of Marc Lamb's (disappeared) layouts for the Crane, Hayden and McCann concertinas. He also has a page about the Uniform Keyboard.
  • chords for duet concertina players (or anyone who needs to build them from single notes, really)
  • On his website Pether Ganther (in German) has information about the Steyrische accordion, the tablature system used for them (Rosenzopf's "Griffschrift"), and keyboard layouts for Steyrische accordions and the club accordion (Club IIb). He's also got the dots for a few of his own compositions, in tablature.
  • A melodeon FAQ by Hobgoblin, with fingering charts for various two to three-row instruments.
  • How to play chords on any MacCann Duet Concertina by Robert Gaskins, which contains a 51 page PDF file that explains how to play chords to accompany folk songs on MacCann Duet concertinas of any size and from any period. It shows the chord shapes, as well as the layout for a large number of `standard' as well as actual MacCann models.
  • The button layout for the Childley modification of the McCann Duet
  • melodeon.net is a site about melodeons (diatonic accordions), founded by John Spiers, and now maintained by Theo Gibb. It has a large collection of layouts for different melodeon types, a section where players can review their instrument for the site, as well as links to melodeon makers, (UK) shops, players, and general links.
  • On Hans Palm's pages, the uniform keyboard, a comparison between the treble keyboard layouts for the piano accordion, the five-row chromatic button accordion (C and B system) and the uniform keyboard, and a Stradella bass diagram
  • Soinu Ttiki (in French) is an association for traditional Basque music, based in Espelette, France. Amongst others they organise workshops and exchanges. Their website contains a comparison between the trikitixa and the standard 2-row diatonic accordion, (in French) with keyboard layouts. The main differences are that the trikitixa has unisonorous basses (same note on push and pull), and more buttons.

Books

  • Andy's Front Hall from Voorheesville, NY, (re)publishes "The Anglo Concertina Demystified" by Bertram Levy and "Concertina Workshop Tutor For The English Concertina" by Alistair Anderson.
  • Mick Bramich has published an Irish Concertina style tutor (for the Anglo)
  • David DiGiuseppe wrote THE MIGHTY ACCORDION - The Complete Guide to Mastering Left Hand Bass/Chord Patterns, for beginners through to advanced players.
  • Bill Funkhouser developed a set of Stradella bass accordion flash cards, with the motto "read it, say it, play it". Versions are available for 12 bass accordions and for full size Stradella bass, either bass or treble clef. He developed them after finding that for a pianist, getting the hang of the basses wasn't quite as easy as he thought...
  • Midi accordionist Enzo Giribaldi from Edensor Park, New South Wales, Australia, can play just about any style: Pop, rock, ethnic, Old Time, ballroom, easy listening, etc. Enzo Giribaldini's Accordion Course for Beginners is an e-book (downloadable, of course), incorporating sound and video. He has recorded a CD, Enzo Giribaldi: My favourite songs, which is available for sale from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Gorka Hermosa has written a few accordion books, (in Spanish) available for download in PDF format: "El Repertorio para acordeón en el Estado Español", with a list of compositions and a biographical dictionary of composers, and a 2 part "Oposiciones para acordeonistas", aimed at musicians who want to become a teacher at a Spanish conservatory.
  • "An A to Z of the Accordion" is a 256 page reference book dedicated to the accordion in Great Britain and beyond, written/edited by Stockport accordionist Rob Howard. It includes short biographies of accordionists like Jack Emblow, Jimmy and Gary Blair, Pietro and Guido Deiro, and general articles about for instance "Accordion Champions of Great Britain/UK", accordion clubs, tuning, and various styles. The book is available from Rob Howard ( robaccord5@hotmail.com) for £15 + p&p (£4 UK / £8.50 overseas). In November 2005 he published Volume 2, with 200+ new and archive articles plus 250 photographs and pictures.
  • Elias Howe: The Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon, published in New York City in 1843. Henry Doktorski found this book in the Music and Art Department of the Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh PA, and scanned it. The book contains diagrams of scale for a two diatonic single-action accordion (early types, without basses!), and 86 songs written in traditional staff notation for single-line melody in treble clef, with tablature.
  • Mikhail I. Imhanitsky (in Russian) is professor of history of the bayan at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow. He is the author of more than 200 books and articles, amongst which История исполнительства на русских народных инструментах (History of the performance on Russian folk instruments, 2002), Музыка зарубежных композиторов для баяна и аккордеона. (Music by foreign composers for bayan and accordion, 2004) and История баянного и аккордеонного искусства (History of the art of the bayan and the accordion, 2006), all published by the Gnessin Academy.
  • Canadian classical accordionist Joseph Macerollo has been a member of Quartetto Gelato since 1998. He wrote a book, the Accordion Resource Manual, published in 1980, which contains amongst others an extensive list of classical compositions for accordion.
  • Not a book but a CD-ROM: madfortrad have produced CD-ROM tutorials for traditional Irish music, for various instruments. That includes one for button accordion with Derek Hickey (of De Dannan) as tutor, one for piano accordion with Karen Tweed, and in May 2002 one will come out for concertina, with Niall Vallely. The CD-ROMs combine video (MPEG), text (HTML), photographs and music notation, and will work on most computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux -- i.e. it works for me). You can download a sample video clip to check whether it works for you. Other than the tutorials, they also sell CDs.
  • Pedagogical works by Tito Marcos Crehuet (in Spanish) (online, in PDF format) includes a 4 part Método de Accordeón which seems to be aimed at accordion teachers: part 1 methodology (about amongst others anatomy and the Spanish educational system), part 2 excercises (articulation, fingering, rhythm, etc.), part 3 etudes for free bass accordions, part 4 etudes for accordions with standard basses.
  • Accordion Jazz Chords / Akkordeon Jazz Akkorde by Norbert Seidel is a dual language German/English instruction book for beginning and advanced players that describes in an easily understandable and yet extensive manner a method for playing free harmonics on the standard bass accordion.
  • Pauline de Snoo from the Netherlands teaches the English concertina in various workshops. She has also published a tutor for the English concertina (volume 1). See concertina-academy.com, for more info, amongst others about a DVD "Playing the concertina" by Bernd Out, an 80 minute documentary about the history of the concertina.
  • "The Accordion Project" was an ethnomusicological research project conducted by Maria Sonevytsky, a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. For the project she interviewed various contemporary New York accordionists, like Alan Bern, Rachelle Garniez, Bill Schimmel, etc. She plays accordion and piano herself, in pop/indie/religous band "The Baby Pool", composer/performer collective "Anti-Social Music" and country duo "Grits and Harmony", and "Dvi Zhinki". She has studied accordion with Bill Schimmel.
  • Ralph Stricker's Jazz Theory and Improvisation Studies for the Accordion is endorsed by Frank Marocco. Ralph Stricker has also written a Study of the Accordion: Beginner and Intermediate
  • The PHD's of The Button Accordion by "Uncle Billy" is an instruction book (plus CD) designed for those who do not read music but want to learn to play or increase their skill in playing the button accordion. There is also a series of tune books to go with them.
  • Draagbaar, Meerstemmig, Expressief - Het accordeon en zijn verwanten (in Dutch) is a book by Johan de With; it is a collection of articles that he wrote for "Klank" Magazine. A review of Draagbaar, Meerstemmig, Expressief (in Dutch)

How to Play

  • Get a teacher

    If at all possible, get a teacher. A teacher can motivate you, and can nip bad habits in the bud. Look at the Accordion Yellow Pages under 'teachers' or 'schools'; there might be one near you. If not, hopefully the crash course below is enough to get you started. It is meant for the piano accordion; that is the instrument I play.
  • Whatever sounds good to you...

    All advice given below is just that: advice. If something else sounds better to you, or works better for you, don't let me stop you. But especially when the fingering is concerned, be careful not to develop bad habits.

    If you can't read music at all Gary Ewer's "Easy Music Theory might help. You don't have to know a lot about sheet music, quite a few people play by ear only. But on paper or on the screen the "dots" are a very efficient way of communicating music. And if you know how to read sheet music even a little, that opens up a wealth of material!

  • The basses

    Layout

    [72 bass stradella]
    The accordion has an awful lot of bass buttons, but don't worry, you need only four or six of them to start with. A `normal' accordion can have up to 120 basses, arranged in up to 20 columns and up to 6 rows. Above you can see the layout for a 72 bass Stradella (that's what it's called) layout. There are two bass rows and four chord rows.
    • The first row (closest to the bellows) is the counterbass row, denoted by underlined capitals,
    • and the second row is the fundamental row, denoted by capitals. In each column, the counter bass is a third higher than the fundamental bass; but apart from that these two rows are the same, the C in the counter bass row will sound exactly the same as the C in the fundamental bass row.
    The chord rows are all denoted by a lower case letter plus a suffix. They are:
    • the major chords, next to the fundamental basses: these are denoted by just the chord name, or with a suffix `maj' or `M': e.g. `c', or `cM', or `cmaj'
    • the minor chords, with a suffix `m' or `min'
    • the seventh chords, with a suffix `7': `c7'
    • the diminished chords, with a suffix of `d', `dim', `v' (in German and Dutch: verminder(t/d)) or a degrees sign
    The columns are arranged along the circle of fifths: each column is the fifth of the column just below it, and conversely each column is the fourth of the column just above it. That is a very clever arrangement, because this way the basses that you need most often in a given key end up close together. For instance, for a tune in the key of C major, you often need the C major, G major, and F major chords, and they are next to eachother.

    If your accordion has more bass buttons, 80, 96 or 120, then see Hans Palm's Stradella basses layout page; the extra columns are simply copies of columns that are there already: e.g. the next column on the right would be the C sharp column. But that is simply D flat under a different name. (an 80 bass accordion does not have the diminished row)

    If your accordion has less buttons, 32, 40, or 60, then the layout will be the center piece of the 120 bass layout: As for the rows, first the diminished bass row disappears, then the counterbass row; and as for the columns, the C column will almost always be just below the middle.

  • Playing

    As you will find out soon enough, you can't see what you are doing! For that reason, some buttons are marked. The C fundamental bass is always marked, usually indented. If there are more than 8 columns, then usually the E fundamental bass and the A flat fundamental bass are marked as well, often cross-hatched. But Your Mileage May Vary: I've got one accordion where the E flat bass is marked instead of the A flat bass. When in doubt, start from the C fundamental bass and count from there.

    Now, how do you use these basses? Play the fundamental basses with your fourth finger (the ring finger), the major chords with your third finger (middle finger), and the minor, 7th chords and diminished chords with use the second finger (index finger) for the chords. (Some older American courses that you might encounter say to use the 3rd finger for the fundamental bass and the 2nd finger for major chords as well, but using your 4th finger for the fundamental basses is better).

    The basic way of playing is in a hoom pa pa fashion: play a fundamental bass on the stressed beat, and a chord on the off-beat. For 4/4 time, that is fundamental bass-chord-fundamental bass-chord or fundamental bass-chord-chord-chord (for tangos, often), for waltzes, that is fundamental bass-chord-chord. For 6/8 time, the pattern is fundamental bass on the first beat, nothing on the second, chord on the third, etc.; e.g. C . c C . c | C . c C . c.

    Play the basses staccato: press them and release them immediately, as if the buttons were burning hot. If you don't play them like that, you will probably find that the basses are `too loud'. If the basses are written out, like I've done below, they have the staccato implied: if there is a quarter note for a bass, that doesn't mean that you hear that bass for a quarter note (a crotchet), it means a short bass, and wait a quarter before you start the next one. On the other hand, if a bass note takes up more than a beat, like a half note (minim) or a dotted half note, often at the end, that usually means that the bass should sound for the whole note.

  • Examples

    [`merrily we roll along']

    A very simple one to start with: only two chords, and a melody that spans only a fifth, so you can leave your fingers on the keyboard (thumb on the C, pinky on the G): start with the 3rd finger on the E. Try to keep your fingers in contact with the keys as much as possible: that is the easiest way not to get lost.

    For notating the basses, I've used a common convention: on the bass staff, notes in the lower half denote fundamental basses, notes in the upper half denote (the root note of) chords; I've written out the names of the basses and chords as well. Sometimes you will find all three notes of the chord written out; sometimes the bass and chord names are not written out, and then often you will see just a single `M' above a chord: `this is a major chord'. Sometimes the chord names are omitted if they are the same as before, e.g. in the second bar I could have left them out.

    Fingering for the basses is 4-3-4-3 all along; in the 3rd and the 7th measure you have to shift your hand up one column, for the 4th and 8th measure you have to come down again.

    [`Oh when the Saints']

    Not much more complicated, only this one uses the F chords as well, and I've replaced the G major chord with a G seventh chord. For the first three notes, there are no chords; at the end, play the C fundamental bass and the C major chord at the same time.

  • The right hand

    I hope you can find your way around the right hand keyboard, sort of; If not, a page Das Akkordeon (in German) at the site of Handharmonika-Club 1932 Ditzingen shows the right hand keyboard, and how it corresponds to the staff. It also shows the the layout of the full Stradella keyboard, by the way. It's no problem if you can't read German, the note names are easy to translate: if X is a note name, then Xes is X flat, e.g. Des is D flat (Es is E flat, and As is A flat), Xis is X sharp, e.g. Ais is A sharp; the exception is that (German) B is (English) B flat, and (German) H is (English) B.

    But what do you do if the melody does not fit on five fingers? Do not crawl around using just your thumb and index finger. For playing scales, the proper fingering is: 123-1234-123-1234 going up and 4321-321-4321-321 going down. Going up, cross with your thumb under your third or fourth finger; going down, cross with your third and fourth finger over your thumb.

    [scales of C]

    With black keys, you have to avoid playing the black keys with your thumb (except when playing chords): your thumb is to short to reach them conveniently, and crossing over your thumb is next to impossible if the thumb is on a black key. For instance, you would play the scales of B flat as follows:

    [scales of B flat]

    Often you need to stretch your hand, for example for arpeggios:

    [arpeggios]

  • Spicing up the basses

    The simplest way of spicing up the basses is the alternating bass: If the chord does not change, replace every other fundamental bass with its fifth. For instance, instead of `C c C c | C c C c', play `C c G c | C c G c', and instead of `C c c| C c c' play `C c c | G c c'. If the chord is a major chord, use the second finger for the alternating bass (you have to turn your hand a bit to in this case), and with minor and 7th chords, use your 3rd finger for the alternating bass. For 7th chords, replace the first of the two basses by the fifth: e.g. `D g7 G g7' (to avoid repetition of the same bass: e.g. for C G7, C c G c D g7 G g7 is nicer than C c G c G g7 D g7. Thanks to Michal John Kozak for pointing that out to me). Example:

    [`Oh when the Saints' with alternating basses]

    See also Hans Palm's page on chord combining

    But you haven't told us anything about what the counterbasses are for!

    They are for playing counter melodies, of course. More about that later, perhaps...


  • How I typeset the examples

    For typesetting the examples, I used abc2mtex and MusixTeX; the source is examples.abc (it won't work with anything other than abc2mtex). To typeset the bass staff, I used the double staff feature of abc2mtex; to typeset the note and chord names, I hacked up a few user functions (guitar chords didn't work). To turn the abc input into gif, I cobbled up a small bash script abc2gif.sh.

What's it Worth?

  • FAQ #1: I have recently come into posession of/ inherited/ found in my grandfather's attic an accordion, of brand XXX. Can you tell me what it's worth? And do you know where I could sell it?

    The short answer is: not really. I can make a wild guess, but don't hold me to it...

    The value of an accordion depends on a number of things:

    Once you know those, you can estimate some ballpark figures. Then you've got two options, of course: sell or learn to play. Hopefully you decide for the second option!
  • The condition of the accordion

    For second hand accordions, playability is valued higher than antiquity. Antiquity value would only start to kick in if it is _very old_, i.e. from the first half of the previous century; an accordion from 1829 by Cyrill Demian (that's the year it was invented, or patented at least) would be worth quite a bit even if it was completely unplayable, but even for an instrument from around 1900 you couldn't count on that (unless it is a really nice mantle piece, of course). If the accordion is not in a good condition, one should probably deduct the cost of the necessary repairs from the value of the accordion. If the bellows seem to be mouldy, that might be costly: In that case the reeds might be rusty and need replacement! To estimate how bad or how good it still is, have a look at an article about How to check out the condition of an accordion or Advice on Buying Used Squeezeboxes.

    By itself the age doesn't matter, but for one thing: accordions have become better over the years. But apart from maintenance and retuning, accordions can easily last 20 years.

  • The brand

    Of course, apart from the condition, the value also depends on the brand. There must be hundreds. Roughly speaking, Chinese and East-European accordions (Hero, Parrot, Delicia, Weltmeister/Bandmaster) are of lower quality and cheaper than German, Austrian or Italian instruments (Hohner, Zupan, Scandalli, Paolo Soprani, Fratelli Crosio, Pigini, Victoria..). (Zupan is Slovenian, though; and Weltmeister is 'West-European now. and it seems that their quality has improved). For some brands, the year in which the accordion was made is very important: for some, old accordions are ok, but newer ones have been 'cost-optimised', resulting in a lesser quality. Then again, for others brands the quality has increased over the years.

    Hohner is huge, and spans the whole price range. Its top instrument is the Hohner Gola. After that comes the Morino. At the other end of the spectrum, Hohner has imported cheap Chinese instruments, and relabeled them; they might have used a separate B-brand name for that (different from Hohner), though.

    US American accordions usually are Italian accordions, either imported directly or imported in parts and assembled in the US. An example is Titano; Titano is a good brand by the way (and so is Pancordion). And Italian accordions are (were) almost without exception made in the town of Castelfidardo.

    For diatonic accordions (with usually two rows of buttons both left and right), 'good brands' are Castagnari and Saltarelle.

    For concertinas, Wheatstone and Lachenal are 'good' brands. Bastari/Stagi/Hohner/Gremlin/Titano etc. concertinas are factory-made Italian concertinas - closer in internal construction to accordions than real concertinas - and have little resale value compared to a vintage handmade concertina of English manufacture. Collin Dipper's instruments are quite ok again: he's got a waiting list of about two years!

    As for bandoneons, I am not really familar with those; _the_ brand seems to be Alfredo Arnold, and then specifically the ones that were made around 1925. The first name is important: his sons/nephews/etc. also made bandoneons. Oh, and it should be a full size instruments, of course.

  • Size and possibilities

    Finally, the value depends on the size and the possibilities of the accordion. A diatonic accordion is usually worth less than a piano accordion, and small piano accordions are worth less than large piano accordions. That does not seem to be true for diatonic accordions, though: there, as long as the number of buttons and registers is the same, the smaller the box, the more expensive it is. Also, concertinas might be small, but that doesn't mean they are cheap. Don Nichols once said that his Wheatstone concertina was more expensive than his pickup truck!

    For piano accordions, the thing you need to know is the number of bass buttons, and the number of registers in the treble and in the bass, and the number of voices on each side, i.e. how many reeds are maximally coupled to one button/key.

    A full size accordion has 120 bass buttons, 6 rows of 20. If it has more buttons, it is probably a free bass instrument (a.k.a. Manual III, a.k.a. bariton basses), and that is more expensive. But usually owners of free bass instruments know what they have, so you won't find that one in the back of your attic; also, apart from a few early models they were invented/ developed only around 1960 (a later innovation is the converter, in which you can switch between the standard 'Stradella' basses and free basses; that saves on buttons and weight). If it has less than 32 bass buttons, it is a toy, basically; if it has got 32 or 48 bass buttons, it is probably a (cheapish) student model. 'Professional' models start at 60 bass buttons, although some professional 'high octane' players play 48 bass instruments on stage: they are easier to run around with...

    Apart from the number of basses, what is the number of registers? i.e. what is the number of switches on the right hand side? Often switches are duplicated (for easier access), so look for the number of switches with different names/dot patterns. Some cheaper instruments have two voices (two reeds per key) and no registers; for (fairly modern) instruments you can easily figure out the number of voices from the register switches: they will show a number of dots, each representing voices that will be turned on for that particular switch, so the number of voices is the maximum number of dots on one switch. That switch is the master switch. Does the instruments have chin registers (buttons on the top of the keyboard) and/or thumb/wrist registers as well (behind the keyboard)? In that case, the instrument will be nearer to the top of the range

    On the bass side, the number of voices is harder to guess. If the right hand side has to or three voices, the bass side will probably have four voices; if the right hand has four, the bass might have four or five.

  • So now some figures, please

    120 bass piano accordions in good condition start at about USD 300, but you might find old, 2-voice instruments for about USD 100; on the other hand, full size, 3/4, 3/5 or 4/5 reeds, 120 bass instruments of a good brand are a bit more expensive. Also, refurbished, guaranteed instruments will be more expensive than 'as is' instruments, of course.

    I paid about USD 150 (after conversion) for my 32 bass Hohner Student, and USD 400 for my 80 bass Parrot. That is in the Netherlands, though; prices might differ per country.

    The high end of the range is pretty high: I've seen second hand Hohner Gola 404-s advertised for around DEM 20 000 (ca. USD 10 000). And _the_ top of the line instrument is the Pigini/Yupiter Super Bayan, Friedrich Lips plays one of those. I believe that (new) that one retails for around USD 50 000! Unfortunately, these are never the ones you find in the attic :-)

    To get a better idea, have a look at my list of shops, some of them sell second hand accordions, and have a second hand catalog on-line. In particular, The House of Musical Traditions, Elderly and The Button Box, and Ernest Deffner, Inc. do. All pages but the last list prices.

    Of course, you could try to find a local shop; The Accordion Yellow Pages, lists addresses of (amongst others) manufacturers and retailers, and repairers.

    If that fails, you could ask your question on the newsgroup rec.music.makers.squeezebox, giving as detailed information as possible. It is easier to make an estimate if one knows the number of bass buttons etc; especially if you want to know more about your obscure brand, that could help. It doesn't always, though: some brands are so obscure that noone knows them anymore; also, to estimate the value of the condition, it is vital to know its condition, and for that you would really have to see the instrument.

    If you need an exact answer, some companies will do an official appraisal, based on physical inspection of the instruments; for instance Ernest Deffner, Inc. (for USD 30.- or thereabout).

Links

Discussion Groups and Mailing Lists

  • The Squeezebox mailing list started life as a mirror for the rec.music.makers.squeezebox newsgroup (with the mirroring courtesy of DoN Nichols), but it is now a separate (and fairly quiet) mailing list. Still about accordions and concertinas, of course.
  • Accordionplayers is a Yahoo group for people who play an accordion and would like to exchange music sheets and books.
  • AkkoChat.de (in German) is apparently a chat site for accordions
  • buttonbox is a Yahoo group for the Steyrische button accordion, Heligonka, harmonika, ziach, etc.
  • Yahoo group pianoaccordionplayersoftheworld, set up by Frank Jenkins, for the promotion, preservation and sharing of music, information for accordion players all over the world.
  • Publi-Note (in German) is a forum for accordion orchestra sheet music, with a catalogue of compositions, and the opportunity to discuss each one them, and in particular, to register that your orchestra is playing them. The catalogue (currently) contains compositions from publishers Musicverlag Rundel, De Haske and Musik-Großversand Jetelina.
  • tabledit_en_harmonica (in Dutch) is a mailing list devoted to tablature and music notation program TablEdit, as used for diatonic accordions.

Blogs

  • Ivan Armbsy has a blog about all kinds of free reed and keyboard instruments. He plays accordion semi-professionally for Catherine Feeny and less professionally with Ipswich, Suffolk based folk/country/etc. band Mike Summers and The Doons
  • The Cajun Squeezebox Blog with information, news, ideas, and tablatures for Cajun songs
  • Yasuhiro Kobayashi (COBA) (in Japanese) is probably the most famous accordionist from Japan. A blog for COBA. (in Japanese)
  • Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) from Portugal is a "concertina" quartet (-- but concertina is Portuguese for diatonic accordion!), consisting of Artur Fernandes, Filipe Cal, Filipe Ricardo and Francisco Miguel. All are conservatory educated (but not in diatonic accordion). They play self-composed non-traditional music -- they play folk festivals because of their instruments, classical concerts because of their repertoire, and pop concerts because of their approach. The Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) Weblog. A live recording of Danças Ocultas in Real Audio/MP3 format, part of Rootsworld's virtual Free Reed Festival. A review of their self-titled Danças Ocultas CD. Another Danças Ocultas page, at their Dutch agent's site. A myspace page for Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese)
  • The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century is the blog of Joey deVilla from Toronto. He plays "Mostly pop and rock -- Nine Inch Nails, Fatboy Slim, AC/DC and a pretty mean Britney." His day job is programming; apparently he does use his accordion for presentations (but mainly for attracting women :-)
  • Kris Hughes has taugh piano accordion in Edinburgh for over 20 years. On her blog you can ask questions about accordion technique etc. Kris is also happy to offer distance learning for those without a teacher = (for example video coaching).
  • Pancordia, the two-fisted accordion weblog, is a place for sharing accordion resources, information, ideas and enthusiasm.

Orchestras and Clubs

Orchestras and Clubs: Australia

  • Ars Harmoniae is an ensemble of the Gleisdorf Music School, which combines accordions with other instruments. Their repertoire includes the music of Astor Piazzolla, jazz, and compositions/arrangements for accordion orchestra.

Orchestras and Clubs: Canada

  • The Canadian Accordion Association (Ontario) is a newly constituted accordion organization, formed from the former Canadian Accordion Club. They are planning to hold meetings to accommodate members both in the Toronto and other Ontario regions, issue regular newsletters regarding any and all aspects of accordions, and bring in top players to entertain and teach. Their office is located in the Service Centre of Accordions Exclusively in Burlington Ontario Canada. For more information, or for registering interest, there is a Information form for the Canadian Accordion Association (Ontario) [or for Accordions Exclusively]

Orchestras and Clubs: Germany

Orchestras and Clubs: Italy

  • Fisarmonicisti "Citta' di Varese" is an accordion orchestra with some 20 members. It was re-founded in 1984 by a group of ex-students of Prof. Laura Benizzi, and in particular by Luigi Luoni. He is also responsible for the orchestra's arrangements.

Orchestras and Clubs: The Netherlands

  • Streekaccordeonorkest RAC Bennekom, (in Dutch) where RAC stands for Rosebooms Accordeon Club, was founded in 1956 by Wouter Roseboom.
  • Ensemble D'Acht (in Dutch) is a Dutch professional accordion ensemble consisting of 10 accordionists. Most of them have studied accordion at one of the conservatories in the Netherlands, and teach the accordion or direct accordion orchestras themselves. They play music from neo-baroque to avant-garde and minimal music. They have had a number of compositions written for them: Ad Wammes' "Boardwalk" (1996), Wim de Ruiter's "Tetrade" (1996), Rita Knuistingh-Neven's "Hunter" (1999) and Stefan Hippe's "Faux" (2002).
  • The Fries Jeugd Akkordeon Orkest (in Dutch) was founded in 1995, but apparently it was disbanded in 2007. A hyves page for (ex-) members of the Fries Jeugd Akkordeon Orkest (in Dutch)
  • Accordion orchestra Animato (in Dutch) from Hengelo has three orchestras, for beginners to advanced players
  • Het Leeuwarder Accordeon Ensemble (in Dutch) (from Leeuwarden) [uses fphover.class/java for navigation]
  • Accordion Society Crescendo from Nieuwstadt [uses Flash for navigation]
  • Accordeonvereniging D.S.V.P. ("Achieving much by studying") from Sassenheim has been performing in old peoples' homes and the like in de "Bollenstreek" and beyond for over 50 years.

Orchestras and Clubs: Spain

  • In a music directory on opencultura.com, (in Spanish) some cultural directory for Navarra, a few accordion orchestras are listed: "Orquesta de Acordeones Amaiur de Lakuntza" and "Orquesta de Acordeones Ave María" from Pamplona, "Bayan" from Barañain, and "Grupo de acordeones 'Hauspo-Alai' Akordeoi Taldea" from Irurtzun . The list also inclues music school "Hilarion Eslava" from Burlada - Vill and accordionist and teacher Julio Arpón Martínez from Peralta.

Orchestras and Clubs: Switzerland

  • AkkordeonPlus (in German) is a part of Akkordeon-Orchester Hinwil/Wald. As its name implies it isn't just accordions: they also have a brass section, electroniums, electrical guitar, keyboard and percussion. Plus an alphorn for special effects. There's another site for their programme, AKKORDEONbewegt (in German) There is also a student orchestra, "AKKORDEONlight"..
  • Akkordeon Musik Edition Lyss (in German) publishes sheet music for piano or chromatic button accordions, diatonic accordions and Schwyzerörgeli, and for accordion orchestras. There is are associated accordion schools in Lyss and Bern, and accordion clubs in Lyss, Bern and Diessbach.
  • Akkordeon Orchester Schwamendingen. (in German) with another site for the youth orchestra, Akkordeon Orchester Schwamendingen, Aktive II. (in German)

Orchestras and Clubs: United Kingdom

  • Barnsley Accordion Club, "for beginners, experts or listeners", meets each first Wednesday of the month.
  • Accordions at Morley is the website for 2 accordion clubs, both of which meet at Morley College, near Westminster Bridge, in London: "Accordions at Morley", is an accordion ensemble of some 25 members, led by Ian Watson, and rehearses the first 2 Fridays of each month; and Morley Intermediate Accordion Club (IAC), led by Julie North, which meets one Sunday each month during term time for half day sessions.
  • The Brian Laurie Accordion Showband from Paisley, Scotland, is connected to the Brian Laurie Paisley Academy of Music. Apart from the showband there are three more accordion orchestras, tye Preparatory, Elementary and Intermediate Orchestras. Another website for the Brian Laurie Accordion Showband
  • Stockport Accordion Club meets (almost) every Tuesday at 7pm. A myspace page for Stockport Accordion Club
  • West Country Concertina Players is a club that aims to promote interest in all types of concertina playing and music, to provide tuition for beginners and facilities for players to meet regularly in the West Country (that's the South West part of the UK). Amongst others they organise a yearly(?) concertina weekend in Kilve, last held October 15 - 17, 2004.

Orchestras and Clubs: USA

  • The Michigan Accordion Society is an association for promoting and sharing the music of the accordion, with currently over 150 members.
  • The Czech Area Concertina Club claims to be the world's largest Chemnitzer concertina club. They meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Their web site contains sheet music for their repertoire in PDF format, with both the normal dots and tablature; some 100 tunes, mostly waltzes and polkas.
  • Rosita Lee Music Center sells new and used accordions, and repairs them. It also provides accordion lessons, and it is the base of accordion orchestra The Showstoppers. A page for Rosita Lee Music Center at www.accordions.com.
  • The Gene Van Accordion Accordion Orchestra & Entertainment Showcase from South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana, was formed (or re-formed?) in 2008 for a reunion concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Gene Van's teaching career.
  • The Washington Balalaika Society includes an orchestra, various folk ensembles, and "The Spirit of St. Petersburg", a duo consisting of Svetlana Nikonova on domra and Vladimir Zakharevich on bayan. The orchestra and the ensembles also include bayans, of course. They also have teaching programs, for balalaika, domra, bayan, guitar and piano.

Competitions: France

  • The Roland V-Accordion Festival 2008 (in French) / (in Dutch) is open to any accordionist -- entry by sending a tape, before July 15th, 2008. The semifinals for France and the Benelux will be held in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, on September 27, 2008; the finals for the Senior category will be held in Rome in November.

Competitions: Germany

Competitions: Ireland

  • To celebrate the 40th All-Ireland AccordionFestival the Irish Accordion Association will host the first Irish Open Accordion Festival with accordion players from different countries. The festival is a competition for all age groups and standards, with traditional, classical and popular music incorporated in this event. It will be held in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co.Meath on April 15 - 17, 2011.

Competitions: Italy

Competitions: The Netherlands

Competitions: Spain

  • Hauspoz, the Basque Accordion Association, aims to promote the accordion music, and artists and future artists. They organise '3rd International Composition Competition "FRANCISCO ESCUDERO"' (for accordion solo and chamber music works). The prize ceremony will be held on Saturday September 18, 2010 in Zarautz. Also, they organize the annual "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition, the 18th of which will be held in Mondragón on December 4 - 8, 2010, together with the 31st Guipuzcoano Accordion Competition and the 23rd Guipuzcoano Accordion Festival.

Competitions: USA

  • The Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild organises a yearly Spring Festival and Competition (with categories for accordion). It will next be held March 26 - 28, 2010 in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Concerts: Australia

  • The Queensland Accordion Orchestra organises a Variety Concert at the Kendron Wavell Services Club in Chermside, Brisbane, on Sunday November 18, 2006, starting 2 pm. Also performing is vocalist Mary Martin. For further info contact Mary, (07) 3359 4896.

Concerts: Germany

Concerts: The Netherlands

  • Every 3rd Saturday of the month De Oude Remise (in Dutch) from Bad Nieuweschans organises an open stage for accordions (and there is a folk session every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Festivals: International

Festivals: Austria

  • promonica-west is a bi-annual festival in Graz, which will next be held June 5 - 8, 2008. It is a festival for free-reed instruments, in particular accordion, Steyrische and harmonica (mouth organ), with an emphasis is on active music making, with concerts, workshops, taster sessions, etc.
  • Tag der Harmonika 2008 (in German) will be held May 23 - 25, in Salzburg, with concerts and competitions for (piano) accordion, Steyrische accordion and mouth organ.

Festivals: Belgium

  • The Airbag Festival (in Dutch) [Currently an empty page] will be held May 8 to 30, 2010 in Brugge, Belgium. Performing artists include Titi Robin, Regis Gizavo and Chango Spaciuk. A myspace page for the Airbag Festival (in Dutch)

Festivals: Finland

Festivals: Italy

  • The 7th Accordion Art Festival will be held in Pineto on June 15 - 16, 2013. The festival consists of 2 concerts and 3 competitions: the "Orpheus" award for the best (Italian) accordion CDs, the "Italy" award for young accordionists, and a national selection for the C.M.A. Trophée Mondiale competition.

Festivals: The Netherlands

  • The River Zydeco Band from Brabant, the Netherlands, with Jo van Strien on Accordion, play only one kind of music: Zydeco! They are also responsible for the yearly Zydeco Zity in Raamsdonkveer, the Netherlands, a.k.a. Zydeco Zity. It will next be held June 12 - 14, 2009.

Festivals: USA

  • Texas Folklife Resources will organise the 19th annual "Accordion Kings and Queens" in Houston, Texas, on June 7, 2008. Featured Step Rideau & his Zydeco Outlaws, La Tropa F and the Knights of Dixie -- as well as the finalists of the "Big Squeeze" competition, which is open to young Texas and Lousiana accordionists. The deadline for that competition is March 31.
  • The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (formerly the Accordion Teachers Guild, International) is dedicated to the advancement of the accordion, through raising of teaching standards and promotion of all aspects of the accordion. They will organise the 2010 ATG "70th Anniversary Celebration" and "Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion" on July 21-25, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.
  • Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration is held each June in the Bavarian style village of Leavenworth, Washington. The next one will be June 16 - 19, 2011. Nightly concerts and dancing, daytime playing at the Gazebo and competitions plus workshops. For up-to-date information please go to www.nwasnews.com
  • The National Accordion Awareness Month -- June -- was established in 1989 by Tom Torriglia, and he seems to be fairly good at generating publicity for the instrument with it.

Workshops: Belgium

  • Muziekmozaïek organises a yearly Stage voor traditionele muziek (workshop for traditional music) in Gooik, Belgium, with amongst others diatonic accordion workshops for beginners and advanced players. It will next be held on August 21 - 25, 2008.

Workshops: France

  • Rencontres Musicales des Monts Dore (in French) organises various workshops in the French village La Bourboule (region Auvergne), amongst others an accordion week from August 9 - 14, 2008, with Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov. Open for every styles, every levels, and all age.

Workshops: Germany

  • Bordun e.V. (in German) is a society for hurdy gurdy and bagpipes, but their workshops often include the diatonic accordion. The site also has some articles about the diatonic accordion
  • Burg Fürstenecker (in German) in Eiterfeld, Germany, organises many (folk) music workhops throughout the year -- in particular for diatonic accordion, but also for for chromatic accordion and harp, and there are also various ensemble workshops: Diatonic and Chromatic Accordion Weekend, December 3 - 5, 2010 (with Servais Haanen, Johannes Mayr, Jan Budweis); Bordunale, January 1 - 5, 2011 with amongst others an advanced workshop for Scandinavian music on diatonic accordion by Sigmar Gothe; Folk and Dance Days, February 4 - 6, 2011 (Jan Budweis, Karsten Evers, Andreas Bothe, Oliver Stoffregen); Folkwerkstatt, June 23 - 26, 2011 (Jan Budweis, Oliver Stoffregen); Klezmer and Balkan, November 11 - 13, 2011 (Sanne Möricke); and the Fürstenecker Akkordeonale-Workshops (in German) on December 2 - 4, 2011 (with Servais Haanen, Cathrin Pfeifer, Donatello Pisanello, Jan Budweis).

Workshops: The Netherlands

  • Akkordeonkamp (in Dutch) is a workshop week for young people and a workshop weekend for adults in Friesland, which has been held yearly since 2007. In 2009 it will be held in Terwispel, July 27 - 31 for young people and July 31 - August 3 for adults. Teachers are Jorind Jonsemans and Erica Roozendaal.
  • The NOVAM activities diary (in Dutch) of workshops, competitions etc. organised by the NOVAM, Dutch Organisation for Accordion and Harmonica Societies.
  • On October 18, 2008 the NOVAM organises a master class "De Muziek Meester" in "De Bron" in Alphen aan de Rijn. Two compositions will be treated: "Vertrek" by Jense Meek, in which percussion has an important role, and "Avondlied" by Alexander Comitas. The master class is meant for accordion orchestra conductors, amateur conductor course students and graduates, conservatory students, advanced accordionists and students of composition, as well as young acordionists and percussionists. The master class will be given by conductor Sergé Latychev and percussionist Lex Bak, with cooperation of accordion orchestra Alphen Opus 2. In the evening there will be an concert at which the new works will be presented. Registration and reservations for master class and/or concert via Hanny van Holland, email: aholland@cistron.nl)
  • Courses organised by Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland (in Dutch) include workshops on Irish, Dutch/Belgian and Eastern European music, a free-reed weekend ("Doorslaande Tongen"), November 12 - 14, 2010, and courses for diatonic accordions.
  • Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland organises a workshop SVN Internationaal (in Dutch) in the Glind on June 6 - 8, 2008, for intermediate to advanced singers and instrumentalists.

Workshops: Switzerland

  • Kulturkreis Arosa (in German) organises some 50 music workshops a year (in Arosa), amongst which some accordion workshops, in 2006: July 18 - 24: chamber music for accordion, led by Jörg Wiget and Petra Föllmi; July 25 - 31: folk music week, with Fredy Reichmuth on accordion and Thomas Aeschbacher and Simon Dettwiler on Schwyzerörgeli; August 1 - 7: instrumental folk music course, with Willi Valotti on accordion and Thomas Aeschbacher on Schwyzerörgeli; and August 8 - 14: Schwyzerörgeli, Josias-Jenny style, led by René Degoumois

Workshops: United Kingdom

  • Folkworks organises a yearly summerschool in Durham, an Adult summer school and Junior and Youth summer schools. Workshops include others English concertina, piano accordion and diatonic accordion. The next one is August 8 - 13, 2011 (Agust 10 - 13 for the Junior summer school). For the adult summer school tutors include Ian Lowthian for piano accordion, and Andy Cutting for melodeon, and Alistair Anderson for concertina; for the junior summer school (co-directed by Sam Pirt): Andy Cutting and Julian Sutton for melodeon, Alistair Anderson for concertina; and Amy Thatcher for accordion Folkworks also organise a 'workout weekend' in Darlington in October. site,
  • Melodeons and More is an annual melodeon workshop day in Suffolk, organised by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust. In 2010 it will be held in Mendlesham, on March 27. Tutors are Reess Wesson Mark Söhngen, Alex Goldsmith, Andy Cutting, Dave Townsend, Pete Coe, Katie Howson, Steve Dumpleton, Jean Harris and Ron Ross. The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust also runs melodeon maker courses, run by Emmanuel Pariselle, with the aid of Theo Gibb and Rees Wesson - the next one, for April 2010, is fully subscribed already.

Manufacturers and Brands

  • Allegra is the brand name for economy models from Teknofisa
  • Bengts (or Bengt's) was the brand of AB Dragspelstjänst in Stockholm, which was founded in 1940 by Algot Bengtsson. Previously he had worked for Gunnar Orre and for the Hagström repair shop. Bengts accordions have a good reputation. The brand still exists, but the accordions are now made by Bugari. [MM]
  • Olav Bergflodt from Moss, Norway, has been making diatonic accordions for almost 20 years.
  • by Marco accordions (piano or chromatic button accordions) are made by Marco Cagiada from Stradella, Italy. Before he started for himself in 2000, he worked for Fratelli Crosio, Dallapè and Lucchini. [IT]
  • Camillo accordions were "hand crafted exclusively for Canadian Accordion Institute LTD, 1784 East Hastings St. Vancouver G.B.C by Guerrini & Sons". Model: Superlini. [WM]
  • Chromaster, possibly made by (or for) Crown Accordion Company from Chicago. [Q]
  • Continental was (also) a brand name used by Mike Carino (Enterprises / Music), from San Francisco. They were made by Galanti. Model: Harlequin (which has the colours on piano keys inverted, black for the scale of C and white for the accidentals). [Q]
  • Viktor Dise from Gothenburg, Sweden ran the Skandia factory, which made accordions for Hagström's Skandia line. Later he made accordions under his own name. The brand still exists. [MM]
  • Frank Edgley from Michigan has played Anglo concertinas for almost 18 years, and repaired them for 15 years; and he now builds them as well. He has played with several Celtic groups in Michigan and Ontario, and teaches as well.
  • Farfisa from Castelfidardo/Camerano, Italy, was founded in 1946 by Silvio Scandalli, Settimio Soprani, and Frontalini. Farfisa stands for "FAbbriche Riunite De FISArmoniche", United Accordion Factory, although the Farfisa brand name is best known for electronic organs, of course. Paolo Soprani merged with Scandalli in 1984 (or 1987?). From 1987 Farfisa became part of Gruppo Bontempi, and the accordion producing part of the company went under the name of La Fisarmonica di Paolo Bontempi. In 1995 the Paolo Soprani and Scandalli brands were spun off into Menghini, later Suoni s.r.l. [WM] [GA] [AM] [IT]
  • Elio Gabbanelli (September 11, 1903 - 1972) from Castelfidardo was the first member of the Gabbanelli family to manufacture accordions. He learned his trade with Paolo Soprani, and worked for Crucianelli and Silvestrini, before starting his own company in 1929. His sons, Marcello, Ubaldo, Gianfranco (John) and Anacleto, joined him around the 1950s, and Elio opened a second operation which produced accordions under the Aquilla brand. Gabbanelli accordions were also sold in the United states under the Noble and Reno brands. In 1960, John Gabbanelli emigrated to Houston and set up the US Gabbanelli brand. In 1966 Ubaldo Gabbanelli took over his father's company; and in 1973 the Gabbanellis co-founded SEM. (This information comes from a chapter in "The Golden Age of the Accordion" by Julius V. Tupa.) [GA] [IT]
  • Giulietti accordions was founded in New York in 1923 by Luigi (Louis) Giuletti. Previously he had learned his trade with Soprani in Italy, emigrated to the USA in 1914 and co-founded Italo-American; in 1919 he traveled to New York, worked for Galizi for a while. His son Julio joined the company, and took over after his father's death in 1950. He was very interested in improving the accordion, and in particular in 1960 he introduced the Giulietti Free-Bassetti System. Giulieti Accordion Corporation was active until at least 1984, by which time it was located in Westfield, Massachusetts. In 2010 the brand was revived again by Petosa; the instruments are made by Zero Sette factories in Scandinavia and Brazil. [WM] [GA] [MR] [DC]
  • Pedro Gomes from Trossingen, Germany produces accordions for children, hobbyists and professionals, both piano accordions and chromatic button accordions. He also sells second hand accordions, and does repairs.
  • Klaus Gutjahr (in German) is a bandoneon maker from Berlin, Germany. He also performs: as a soloist (mainly baroque music), in two tango groups (Tango Ensemble and Tango Futur), and in a duo with singer/guitarist Michael Z. Together with Melanie Ziesche he has written a self study course for learning to play the bandoneon.
  • Hagström (Sweden). Models: Ambassador, Constellation, Super Chromatic. Musik för miljoner (in Swedish) by Mikael Jansson is a history of Hagström; a 59 page English summary is available from the above page. In Älvdalen there is also a Porphyry and Hagström Museum, [ page in Swedish, but there's a link to an English leaflet] and there is a society Bälgdraget (in Swedish) for former Hagström employees and other accordion enthousiasts. A Wikipedia article about Hagström [WM] [MM]
  • Uwe Hartenhauer (in German) from Klingenthal, Germany, produces bandoneons for professionals and beginners. He also tunes, repairs and restores accordions, bandoneons and concertinas.
  • Matth. Hohner AG is one of the world's biggest accordion manufacturers. There are separate sites for Hohner USA and Hohner, France. (in French) Models: Verdi, Carmen, Tango, Atlantic, Morino, Ariette (Chinese), and many more: an incomplete list of Hohner accordion models runs to 8 pages. And Matt Kerwin's Hohner Accordion Buying Guide gives an overview of various types of diatonic button accordions (and also piano accordions in the PDF linked to from that page) [WM] [GA] [MR]
  • Peter (Stormy) Hyde Accordions from Aldgate, South Australia, makes button accordions. Another site for Hyde Accordions [MR]
  • Kantulia (in Spanish) is an alternative spelling for Cantulia, also occurring on instruments.
  • Stephen McKelvey has started an Accordion Makers Resource Site to gather together useful information for amateur accordion makers --- contributions are welcome.
  • Melodija from Mengeš, Slovenia, [uses flash for navigation] makes piano accordion and diatonic (Steyrische) accordions. [WM]
  • Cesare Morini (1886-1957) from Camerano started a small workshop for diatonic accordions in the early 1900s. In the 1920s he produced accordions under the "l' Universelle" brand name. [IT] [Q]
  • Music Marche [flash site] is a consortium for the protection, the promotion and the development of hand-crafted, quality musical instruments produced in Marche. Marche is the region of Castelfidardo, Italy, so it has got many accordion (and accordion parts) manufacturers as its members.
  • Piatanesi Accordions from Castelfidardo, Italy, was founded in 1920 by Francesco Piatanesi. They company was later run by his son Giovanni, and is today run by his grandsons Ovidio and Guiseppe. Another (older?) site for Piatanesi Accordions (in Italian) [WM] [CC] [MR] [AM] [IT]
  • Piermaria [flash site] produce chromatic button accordions and piano accordions. Cooperativa Piermaria was founded in 1905 in Castelfidardo, Italy (and active until 1910?); in 1922 Nazzareno Piermaria opened a workshop in Paris. Since 2001 the brand is owned by International Music Company. In the past they were made by SEM. A website for Piermaria France. (in French) [WM] [MR] [IT]
  • Pietro from Castelfidardo specialises in piano accordions for the US market: it seems to be the own brand of Music Magic from Clifton, New Jersey. [WM]
  • The Roland V-Accordion is a digital accordion ("V" stands for "virtual", I think), based on physical behavior modeling (as opposed to sampled sounds). A review of the Roland V-Accordion by David Keen. There is a rolandv-accordions Yahoo group, started by Mike O'Regan. [WM] The worldwide Roland site. [IT]
  • Rutar Harmonikas from Črniče, Slovenia, owned by Jožko and Aleks Rutar, makes diatonic (Steyrische) accordions and piano accordions. [uses Flash for navigation]
  • Scandalli [flash site] from Castelfidardo is a brand of piano accordions and chromatic button accordions. Silvio Scandalli from Camerano started working for Paolo Soprani around 1900; Between 1916 and 1920 he made accordions under his own name, and later together with his brother Enrico as "Fratelli Scandalli". The company grew to employ 400 to 700 people in Camerano. in 1946 Silvio Scandalli co-founded Farfisa. In 1995 Farfisa's accordion manufacturing was spun off to become Menghini, which in 2003 merged with SEM to become Suoni. Models: Silvietto, Delfino, Butterfly. A history of Scandalli and Farfisa in Camerano. [HA] [WM] [GA] [IT]
  • SEM [flash site] from Castelfidardo, Italy, was founded in 1973 in Recanati. In 2003 its merged with Menghini to form Suoni s.r.l. -- the SEM factory is now for sale. Under the SEM brand name they make amongst others MIDI and reedless accordions. [AM] [IT]
  • Silvertone was the brand name for accordions and concertinas (and other musical instruments) of the US department store Sears Roebuck. They sold accordions under that name in the 1940-60s.
  • Teknofisa from Vercelli makes (or customizes?) accordions under the Teknofisa brand name, and for economy models under the Allegra label. The also sell second hand accordions and do repairs. It is run by Gian Luca Bronzini, Giovanni Castagno, Alessio Galazzo and Fabio Sette Radice.
  • Zero Sette is an accordion manufacturer from Castelfidardo, Italy. They make accordions under its own name and under the Giulietti name, but they also seem to be a favourite supplier for the own brand of many dealers. Zero Sette was founded in 1945; January 1st 2007 it was taken over by/ merged with Bugari Armando [CC] [WM] [MR] [AM] [IT]

Manufacturers of Parts and Accessories

  • Accordion Magic from Cheshire is owned by Roy Whiteley. They repair all free reed instruments, and design and install MIDI components for any keyboard instrument including concertinas and bandoneons/chemnitzers and hurdy gurdys.
  • Applied Microphone Technology from Livingston, New Jersey, has developed an (internal) condenser microphone system for accordions, with 3 microphone system for bigger instruments or one for smaller instruments.
  • Asimov Electronics from Lockerbie, Scotland, build and install MIDI interfaces for accordions
  • Bono Electronic from Karlskoga, Sweden, makes MIDI units for accordions.
  • Colorado Case makes custom fit soft cases for accordions, as well as hard cases for airline travel.
  • Dimbath from Germany produces gig bags, amongst others for accordions.
  • ha-vent from Backnang, Germany, owned by Julius Hader, produces vinyl and artificial leather (Viledon) reed valves for accordions and chromaticas.
  • The Harmonikas from Louny, the Czech Republic, makes reeds for accordions, harmonicas and bandoneons, in various qualities. Reed production was started in the Josef Hlaváček Louny factory (previously a manufacturer of diatonic accordions), but in 1984 a completely new factory was built.
  • Logic Systems from Castelfidardo produces and installs MIDI systems for chromatic and diatonic accordions.
  • Microvox makes microphone systems especially for accordions or for concertinas
  • Dirk Wolters has developed a professional accordion tuner program for PCs or laptops with a soundcard and microphone, with which it is possible to measure the frequency of two or three voices at the same time.

Retailers and Repairers

  • I used to have separate sections for shops and repairers -- but almost all shops also do repairs (or know someone who does) and conversely, many repairers also sell at least second hand instruments. So I've combined the two sections, from the descriptions it should be clear whether the entries are shops, repairers or both.

    I have subdivided the entries by country instead. Many shops will gladly sell abroad (per mail order), and depending in where you live, your nearest accordion dealer might live accross a border. Still, for accordion repairs you would probably like to find someone close by.

Retailers and Repairers: International

  • Electronic auction site ebay regularly includes squeezeboxes. (I've linked to the UK site for a change -- select another country under 'Global sites' if required)

Retailers and Repairers: Australia

  • Ron Pearce Music from St Peters (near Adelaide) carries a comprehensive range of new and secondhand accordions, repairs and tunes accordions, and provides music education for piano accordion, chromatic accordion and button accordion.

Retailers and Repairers: Belgium

  • André Loppe (in French) and his orchestra from Aiseau, Belgium, "king of the popular balls", regularly perform on TV in various countries, and has performed all over the world. André Loppe is also the importer for Belgium of Maugein and Piermaria accordions.
  • music electronics (in Dutch) from Lokeren is the Belgian importer for Bugari, Ballone Burini and Pigini. They also sell second hand accordions, and they do repairs and tuning.
  • Partitura from Turnhout sells sheet music for (amongst others) accordion and accordion ensemble, as well as accordion videos. They sell by mail order.

Retailers and Repairers: Canada

  • John's Musical Instruments, owned by John Kiezun from Windsor, Ontario, speciales in complete accordion restoration, repairs, tuning, and installation of MIDI systems; they are the distributor for Canada of Limex MIDI systems. They also sell new and used accordion, as well as microphones and MIDI systems.
  • Ron's Accordion Collection from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, owned by Ron Rudoski, sells accordions, in particular polka boxes, used (various brands) and new (Piantanesi, and Roland V dealer for Western Canada).

Retailers and Repairers: Finland

  • Jupiter-Accord, located in Jyväskulä, is the official distributor in Finland and Europe for the Russian brand Jupiter Accordions (or bayans, rather).

Retailers and Repairers: France

  • Les Editions Paul Beuschers (in French) publishes various books for accordion, amongst which what is probably the definite series of musette sheet music: 110 Succes Musette no 1--6 Accordéon. The affiliated music shop (on-line, and at boulevard Beaumarchais in Paris) also sells Hohner accordions and concertinas. According to an article about Les Editions Paul Beuschers, (in French) the publisher and music store were bought by Pierre Lemoine.
  • La maison de l'accordéon (in French) from Rennes is the French importer for Castagnari; they also sell Cavagnolo, Piermaria, Victoria and Fisart accordions

Retailers and Repairers: Germany

  • Accordis (in German) from Cleeborn, run by Hans Dieter Stierl, is the Bugari importer for Germany.
  • www.akkordeonreparatur.de (in German) has pages for a number of German accordion repairers.
  • Waldemar Gudi (in German) is the German dealer for Jupiter (in German) bayans. He also sells Weltmeister accordions
  • harmoniemusik.net from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, sells sheet music for amongst others accordion (solo, ensemble or orchestra)
  • musicado.de, (in German) run by Rico Reinwarth, sells Weltmeister accordions. The site features freely downloadable sheet music for accordion orchestra.
  • Erich Pauli, (in German) a.k.a. Harmonika Pauli, from Grainet, Bavaria, sells Steyrische accordions (Müller, Öllerer and Strasser). He also publishes sheet music in Griffschrift (in German) (tablature for Steyrische accordions), mostly Bavarian folk music.
  • Pigini Deutschland, (in German) owned by Heinz Aumüller, is the Pigini distributor for Germany. They sell not only accordions, but also accordion repair tools, parts and equipment, as well as some books about accordion repair
  • Sikoba (in German) (S. Koppold, Backnang) are Beltuna agents for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Stanko Zagar Musikvertrieb (in German) / (in Slovenian) from Loh, Germany, publishes Slovenian music in Griffschrift for Steyrische. They also sell Melodija accordions.

Retailers and Repairers: Italy

  • Accordion Assistance Agenzia Italia from Castelfidardo, owned by Nello Gabrielloni, sell new and second hand accordions, either standard models or custom built instruments, as well as parts; they also do repairs, and customization (decoration, etc). For that they collaborate with various Castelfidardo accordion manufacturers, repairers etc.
  • MusicaStampata.com is an online shopw for classical sheet music and books. Their catalogue includes over 1000 items for accordion.
  • Teknofisa from Vercelli makes (or customizes?) accordions under the Teknofisa brand name, and for economy models under the Allegra label. The also sell second hand accordions and do repairs. It is run by Gian Luca Bronzini, Giovanni Castagno, Alessio Galazzo and Fabio Sette Radice.

Retailers and Repairers: The Netherlands

  • Acccent (in Dutch) (short for ACCordeonCENTrum) from Druten imports Borsini, Brandoni, Serenellini, Alessandrini and Beltrami Stradella accordions and Öllerer and Ekart Steyrisches.
  • Accordeons Bonné (in Dutch) from Elsloo is exclusive Dutch importer for Excelsior and Bugari Armando; they also import Fisar, Dallapé and Brandoni. They also haven an own brand "Sonus", made by Bugari Armando; and they sell Hohner accordions.
  • The main objective of The Concertina Connection is the reintroduction of the concertina in classical music. Amongst others it sells concertinas, and it publishes classical music for concertina. A recent addition are the Jackie and Jack models English Student Concertina, a cheap 30 key English concertina (with accordion reeds).
  • Harte Meijer Accordions from Gasselternijveenschemond sells new and second had accordions, and do repairs and tuning. They are importers for Victoria.
  • JIC Music (in Dutch) is importer for the Benelux for Weltmeister and Delicia (and Hohner as well?)
  • Oleg Lysenko is the official representative for Russian accordion manufacturer AKKO in the Netherlands, Belgiun and Luxemburg.
  • accordions for sale or wanted at marktplaats.nl (in Dutch)
  • 2nd hand accordion for sale on auction site marktplaza.nl (in Dutch)
  • Muziekhuis Gert Nijkamp from Apeldoorn specialise in accordions. They are importers for the Netherlands for a number of brands, such as Paolo Soprani and Guerinni, and sell most major brands -- piano accordions, chromatic button accordions and diatonic accordions. They also do repairs.
  • Zweverink Muziek (in Dutch) from Lochem sells piano accordions and diatonic accordions, amongst others Ballone Burini, Hohner, Piermaria and Weltmeister. They can provide initial lessons for diatonic accordion.

Retailers and Repairers: Norway

  • Excelsior Norge, owned by Birger Olsen (?) is the Excelsior importer for Norway. They also do repairs, and build children's accordions.
  • Ringebu Musikkservice sells and installs MIDI systems for accordions.

Retailers and Repairers: Spain

  • Eurofisa (in Spanish) from Hernani are the exclusive distributors for Spain for Cavagnolo accordions and for Spain and Portugal for Victoria accordions. They sell piano accordions, chromatic button accordions and trikitixas, as well as scores, accesories, MIDI, etc..

Retailers and Repairers: Switzerland

  • Boulard (in French) in Morges is the Cavagnolo distributor for Switzerland. They also sell sheet music, amongst which about a hundred titles for accordion.
  • Heer Music (in German) is the Swiss distributor for Bugari (in German)
  • Adrian Leuenberger (in German) from Huttwil studied accordion repair with Hohner from 1999 to 2002, and for accordion teacher at the Trossingen Conservatory from 2002 to 2006; in 2006 he opened his repair workshop. He repairs and tunes accordions, and also sells second hand instruments and parts. Besides, he teaches at various music schools and privately.
  • Akkordeonfachwerkstatt Urs Meier (in German) from Einsiedeln. Urs Meier worked as a tuner for Hohner for two years, and then started his own repair workshop in 2002. He repairs and tunes accordions, and sells second hand instruments. He also teaches.
  • Pigini Schweiz, (in German) located in Küttingen/Aarau is the distributor for Pigini in Switzerland, Southern Germany and Liechtenstein. It is owned by accordionist Martin Frey.
  • Cyril Schori Accordéons from Bussigny/Lausanne has existed for over 20 years, and buys, sells, repairs and rents out accordions. They aell Lemania accordions, Borsini, Piermaria, Hohner, etc.

Retailers and Repairers: United Kingdom

  • Accordion Magic from Cheshire is owned by Roy Whiteley. They repair all free reed instruments, and design and install MIDI components for any keyboard instrument including concertinas and bandoneons/chemnitzers and hurdy gurdys.
  • Allodi Accordions from London has been selling accordions and accessories for almost 50 years.
  • The Box Place from Gateshead, owned by Theo Gibb, repairs, restores, tunes accordions, melodeons and concertinas. Specialises in restoration of pre-WW2 Hohner Club models. He usually has a few restored melodeons and concertinas for sale.

Retailers and Repairers: USA

  • Accordion Concertina Music, owned by Helmi Strahl Harrington, with locations at Superior, Wisconsin and Burnsville, Michigan, sells new and restored accordion-family instruments of all brands and eras of production. They also provide teaching, for beginners to professionals. Helmi Harrington also runs the Harrington ARTS Center, the Accordion-concertina Repair & Technician's School.
  • Accordion Sales Plus Service from Oakton, VA, run by Todd and Dale Wise, sells Guerrini (among which the Super NOVA model, designed by Todd Wise), Hohner and Yingjie accordions, as well as tools for repairing accordions. They also sell (original) sheet music and and educational material, including two videos on accordion maintenance and repair.
  • Accordion Connection from Gilmanton, New Hampshire, has "everything for the accordion": new and used instruments, accessories, repairs, etc. They are also exclusive distributors of Acctone accordions and LIMEX MIDI and microphone systems; dealer inquiries welcome.
  • Accordionicity from Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, owned by John Leeman, repairs accordions and is the official US distributor for Limex MIDI.
  • AccordionLab with 2 locations in the Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area sells Excelsior, Fisitalia, Guerrini, Parrot and SEM accordions, as well as their own brand, "Cotati". Their website contains some information about accordion tuning, how to care for your accordion and the like.
  • Accordions n' More offer commission and classified type sales for accordions and accordion related items. They also feature accordionists and accordion related events.
  • "One man big band" Chuck Berger from Portland, Oregon, has been a professional performer for 40 years. His repertoire consists of the big band sounds of the 40s, through music of the 70s and 80s. He also repairs accordions.
  • Dan Gruetzmacher from Wausau, Wisconsin, has been playing the concertina for over 60 years, and was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall Of Fame in 1979. He sells concertina and accordion sheet music, as well as concertinas.
  • Liberty Bellows from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by Mike Bulboff, sell used accordions - piano accordions, chromatic button accordions, free bass, diatonic etc. They have video demos of all instruments for sale. They also do repairs, and offer lessons for all levels of accordion, including a practice band.
  • Online instrument advertising site Net instruments has categories for bandoneons for sale and wanted, (0 at the moment, though), accordions for sale and wanted, and concertinas for sale and wanted.
  • Peterson makes strobe tuners, which are very useful for tuning accordions (because they can show fine detunings).
  • promusicfind.com is 'a Worldwide Marketplace for musical items', some of which are related to squeezeboxes - instruments, books, sheet music, CDs, etc.
  • Ron Reimer from Ettrick, WI repairs and maintains accordions, including spot tuning and minor reed work. He also sells used accordions, concertinas, button boxes and new and used sheet music for accordion and concertina. Besides, he gives private piano accordion lessons for beginners and intermediate players. Phone: 608-525-7104; email reimerron@gmail.com
  • Rosita Lee Music Center sells new and used accordions, and repairs them. It also provides accordion lessons, and it is the base of accordion orchestra The Showstoppers. A page for Rosita Lee Music Center at www.accordions.com.
  • Tejano accordionist Sunny Sauceda, [Flash site] former accordionst of Grupo Vida, won the 2004 Grammy for best Tejano album for "Polkas, Gritos, y Acordeones", together with Joel Guzman, David Lee Garza. In 2005 he recorded his first solo album. He also repairs accordions.
  • YOUR Accordion Services in Petoskey, Michigan, owned by Dennis Hosh]ield, repairs, refurbishes and sells accordions, button boxes and concertinas, in particular Steyrisches. With an online shop for button box related paraphernalia.

Novelties and Gifts

  • Creative-Shop from Waldshut, Germany, sells T-shirts, pins, etcetera. (in German) Its owner, Uli Ebner is president of The Schlüchttal Akkordeon-Orchesters Gurtweil, and an Accordions Worldwide representative for Germany.
  • The R. Crumb Specials at comics shop Lambiek include ``les As du Musette'', 36 trading cards with musette players on them, and a poster for the CD Trop de routes, trop de trains et autre histoires d'amour by Les Primitifs du Futur, with Florence Dionneau on vocals/accordion. Robert Crumb plays oldfashioned jazz in The Cheap Suit Serenaders
  • SqueezinArt sells accordion (or concertina) T-shirts, accordion mugs, accordion address labels, and bumper stickers (like one that says I'd rather be squeezin'! for instance), etc.

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations

  • Euskal Herriko Trikitixa Elkartea, (in Basque) which stands for Basque Trikitixa Organisation, I think. Amongst others, the site mentions an Trikitixa Day in Getxo, April 22, 2001.

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: International

  • The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (formerly the Accordion Teachers Guild, International) is dedicated to the advancement of the accordion, through raising of teaching standards and promotion of all aspects of the accordion. They will organise the 2010 ATG "70th Anniversary Celebration" and "Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion" on July 21-25, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.
  • The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments at the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (director: Allan W. Atlas) is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly research on all aspects--organology, sociology, repertory, performance practice, etc.--of all free-reed instruments. Between 1999 and 20002 it published the Free-Reed Journal

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: France

  • Le Collectif Accordéon diatonique de Bretagne with their online magazine "Paroles d'Anches". The site includes tablature for a number of tunes by amongst others Bernard Loffet, Yann Fañch Perroches and Roger Poitevin.

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: Germany

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: The Netherlands

  • Diatonisch Nieuwsblad, (in Dutch) "Diatonic newsletter", a publication of Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland. (society for folk music in the Netherlands). The news letter is issued 4 times per year, and deals with diatonic instruments, as its name suggests, and with diatonic accordions in particular. It contains interviews, reviews of events, CDs and music books, a diary, and other article series, as well as a sheet music. Subscription: € 15.00 per year, abroad € 18.00 per year. Editor: Karin van der Veur.

    address:
    Laan van de Bork 380
    7823 RJ Emmen
    E-mail: redactie@diatonischnieuwsblad.nl

    Len Killick makes a German translation of DN with occasional additional "local" articles (on an irregular basis).

  • The NOVAM (in Dutch) is the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon en Mondharmonika. (Dutch Organisation for Accordion and (mouth) harmonica). Its two-monthly magazine, Samenspel, contains tests, opinionating articles, reviews of music and CDs, etc., in the area of accordion en mouth harmonica.

    NOVAM is the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon en Mondharmonika. The aim of this organisation is to gain respect for the making of music in general and for the making of accordion and harmonica music in particualar. It stimulates the developement thereof and and promotes the growth of the associated societies, and society and individual members.

    A page for NOVAM, Noord Brabant, (in Dutch) and one for NOVAM Gelderland (in Dutch)

  • Stichting Prof'Acc (society Prof'Acc), founded september 1993, aims at professional accordionists. Its aim is to encourage contact between professional accordionists, by means of publications and orientation days; support for teachers and conductors; (co-)organising serious concerts; a help desk for accordionists, literature, education and instruments; a job list for performing and teaching musicians, conductors and jury members. Board: Ruud Smit (business affairs) en Hans van der Maas (artistic affairs and editor).

    The two-monthly newsletter is, or rather was, called Prof'Acc Nieuwsbrief -- it isn't published at the moment.

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: Spain

  • Hauspoz, the Basque Accordion Association, aims to promote the accordion music, and artists and future artists. They organise '3rd International Composition Competition "FRANCISCO ESCUDERO"' (for accordion solo and chamber music works). The prize ceremony will be held on Saturday September 18, 2010 in Zarautz. Also, they organize the annual "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition, the 18th of which will be held in Mondragón on December 4 - 8, 2010, together with the 31st Guipuzcoano Accordion Competition and the 23rd Guipuzcoano Accordion Festival.

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: Switzerland

Magazines, Newspapers and Organisations: United Kingdom

  • Accordion World Magazine [there's a form there for a free trial copy] is published 6 times a year at a price of £ 13.75, and features events, accordions for sale, CD and music reviews, international news, clubs, photos, education and more. It has 36 pages and is produced in colour. After the death of founder editor David Keen in February 2007 it is now edited by (and available from) Neil Fodden, 64 Church Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9NP, England. Email: accordionworld@aol.com. A review of Accordion World Magazine

Museums and Collections

Sheet music (or MIDI) on the Net

  • Locally, for non-US accordion players who want to know what is so terrible about it: the sheet music of Lady of Spain.
  • The web site of Ing-Britt Alvesparr (in Swedish) has information about her CD, photos of accordionists, and sheet music for her own songs/tunes (hambos, schottisches, waltzes etc.)
  • Fernanod Ariza's site on El acordeén diatónico, (in Spanish) with a short history, explanation of the instrument, information on some players, courses, organisations, methods, etc. Also: sheet music with tablature for G/C accordions, (in Spanish) in PDF/midi format
  • Hans Baken has published a 115 page Fake Book Folk Music from Bulgaria which can be downloaded for free (PDF, 6.7 MB) -- or you can order a hardcopy from lulu.com (for EUR 7.50 + shipping).
  • A Russian site with sheet music for bayan with arrangements of compositions by amongst others Borodin, Glinka, Prokoviev, Grieg, Strauss, and Russian folk songs, in zipped PDF format. A few biographies as well.
  • Dominique Bellot (in French) has a site with free sheet music for dance music, mostly for compositions written or arranged by him: Javas, paso dobles, tangos, etc.
  • Boombal, (in Dutch) is a monthly folk ball in Ghent, Belgium, organised by accordionist Wim Clayes. (in Dutch) It has since become a proper noun, as the formula has been copied widely, both in Belgium and now also in the Netherlands: traditional dances with live music, preceded by dance instruction. The Boombal website also contains sheet music for mostly traditional French music, (in Dutch) mostly with chords and tablature for C/F melodeons.
  • Étienne André's Breizh Partitions has free scores of Breton and Celtic music in various formats, but always including either gif or jpg. (not strictly for accordion, but useful none the less)
  • The W95 music notation package Caesura has support for tablature for (French) diatonic accordions
  • Ceolas carries notation for several hundred traditional tunes (mostly Celtic), in various formats, along with music software and an index of most published tune sources and links to other sites with tunes and songs.
  • John Chamber's abc music collection, with traditional tunes (with chords) from all over the world: English, Irish, Scandinavian, Balkan, Mexican, Quebecois, you name it. Amongst others, it contains O'Neill's Music of Ireland (the "1850" and the "1001"). He has a robot searching the Web for abc files; the resulting list of music on the net contains over ten thousand titles. Better still, with his ABC Tune Finder you can search for a title, and it can translate the tune into Postscript, a gif file (does not work yet, it seems), or MIDI. (!)
  • Le Collectif Accordéon diatonique de Bretagne with their online magazine "Paroles d'Anches". The site includes tablature for a number of tunes by amongst others Bernard Loffet, Yann Fañch Perroches and Roger Poitevin.
  • The Czech Area Concertina Club claims to be the world's largest Chemnitzer concertina club. They meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Their web site contains sheet music for their repertoire in PDF format, with both the normal dots and tablature; some 100 tunes, mostly waltzes and polkas.
  • A downloadable version of the 1905 Paul de Ville: The Concertina and How to Play It, a method for Anglo concertina, "including 250 Patriotic and Sacred Songs and well known Melodies". An article about The Concertina and How to Play It by Randall C. Merris.
  • Belgian composer Koen Dejonghe (who teaches practical harmony and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp) has written or arranged a number of tangos, some for ensembles including accordion. They can be heard on the above site, and the sheet music can also be printed with the Sibelius Scorch plug-in.
  • Gabriele Di Pietro (in Italian) is an Italian organetto player and composer. Sheet music for various of his compositions, such as La Polka del trillo, are available in PDF format.
  • L'accordéon Diato des amateurs (in French) (!) is an extensive site about the diatonic accordion by Anicet Le Marre, for amateurs in both senses of the word: non-professionals and enthusiasts. It contains tablature for various tunes, a beginner's course for the diatonic accordion (starting from how to hold the instrument), information about courses, history, some music theory, and a lot more.
  • Sheet music for diatonisch accordion (in Dutch) at the Harmonicahoek, and links to sheet music elsewhere (both online and collections for sale). Amongst others it contains a collection of tunes from Diatonisch Nieuwsblad in MIDI format, mostly transcribed by Jos Gores.
  • Not for accordions, strictly speaking, but extensive: the Digital Tradition folk song database.
  • Scores from Amsterdam, compositions by Hans van Eck and Norbert Wissink, for accordion quintet, saxophone and accordion and soprano, percussion and accordion
  • Editions Stan provides free sheet music for accordion, by various (French) composers; waltzes, bossa nova, cha cha etc.
  • Hans Elst (in Dutch) has got a site with some general information about the diatonic accordion, as well as tablature for various tunes and songs -- including own transcriptions of a few Katie Melua songs. He has also a written a 59 page TablEdit manual (in Dutch), which is available on request.
  • An Estonian site with free sheet music and scores for accordion: polkas, waltzes, swing, fox-trot, tangos, etc.
  • A list of Free scores on the web with categories for accordion, piano, saxophone etc.
  • Frans Fuchs' Volksmusik und Volkstanz im Alpenland (in German) with sheet music and tablature for Steyrische (Griffschrift) for Austrian folk dances and songs, as well as information about the Steyrische accordion (in German)
  • Gerard Gerritsen's Spelen met de trekharmonica (in Dutch) contains sheet music for his own compositions and music from others (PDF and MIDI format), with tablature for C/F melodeons with a "turned key" ("gedraaide toets"), G/C melodeons and Steyrische harmonika in G/C/F/B. It also includes a diagram with the layout of a Club accordion, as well as scales and a few simple waltzes in tablature for Club accordion. Since 2010 there is a videocourse on his site: how to play the melodeon
  • Association Grain de Sel - Grain de Sol (in French) organises amongst others diatonic accordion lessons, in Bordeaux, given by Eric Brocard. The Grain de Sol site has tablature for G/C diatonic accordions, (in French) for some tunes, arranged by Eric.
  • Paul Guieze's Musiques traditionnelles en liberté, with free sheet music (in .png format), Midi files and MP3 files for traditional music. Mostly from France, but also from e.g. Germany, the USA, Venezuela and the Seychelles.
  • Elias Howe: The Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon, published in New York City in 1843. Henry Doktorski found this book in the Music and Art Department of the Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh PA, and scanned it. The book contains diagrams of scale for a two diatonic single-action accordion (early types, without basses!), and 86 songs written in traditional staff notation for single-line melody in treble clef, with tablature.
  • Claude Kaeser (in French) is an accordionist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist and accordion repairer. His website contains sheet music for various of his compositions: waltzes, javas, boleros, paso dobles etc.
  • Reiner Oberbeck's Klezmixx contains sheet music for some 50 klezmer tunes (and a few Bolivian tunes as well): arrangements for ensemble, lead sheets, parts for instruments in C or in B flat, lyrics, and MIDI versions -- and MP3 files for a some of the tunes.
  • Lyrics and melodies (MIDI, for some of them) of ("Robokopp") Richard Kopp's Folk song collection, including hymns, shanties, "Des Knaben Wunderhorn", war songs, etc.
  • The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music contains over 29,000 pieces of music, mainly popular American music from 1780 to 1960. All pieces are indexed, and for music published before 1923 (i.e. out of copyright) images of the cover and each page of music are available. Not too many pieces specifically for accordion, though: 14, of which 2 ("I'll Never Say "Never Again"" and "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes") before 1923; and one ("Annie Laurie, or, Edinburgh Quadrille") with accompaniment (ad libitum) for the violin, flute, or concertina.
  • Max Lhopital (in French) plays musette in a duo with Nicole. His site has sheet music for some of his compositions.
  • in the Library of Congress' colectoin of sheet music form 1870 - 1885 I could find one book for accordion: Winner's American instructor for the German accordion (scans of all 66 pages available)
  • Tunes for the diatonic accordion with tablatures (for G/C accordions, but that's easy to transpose, of course), transcribed by Bernard Loffet
  • Manchester Klezmer doesn't haven accordionist, but their website has sheet music for some 60 klezmer tunes in PDF format.
  • Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is a music collective from Minneapolis, Minnesota, which can range in size from a duo to a 9-piece orchestra. It is led led by accordionist Bob Barnes. He has put online a book of sheet music for all of their repertoire, with leadsheets for about 100 tangos in one big PDF file.
  • Paul van Muijen's Trekzak Pagina (in Dutch) features a selection of French, Dutch and other tunes in tablature for C/F melodeon (and MIDI)
  • MuzAMus, (in Dutch) a music archive with sheet music for users of the MusiCAD (in Dutch) program. The file format used is plain text, and there is an abc2mc program; a converter the other way around shouldn't be to hard to write.
  • Ingemar Nilsson (in Swedish) is a retired music teacher from Roknas near Piteå. On his site he has a number of MIDI arrangement of tunes for accordion and accordion ensemble.
  • Odinokaya garmon' (Lonely accordion) is a song from the movie Delo Rumyantseva, with music by B. Mokrousov and words by M. Isakovsky. Another page for odinokaya garmon (in Russian) has chords and a MIDI version. And on Youtube you can find videos of odinokaya garmon, including one of Volodymyr Kurylenko performing Chernikov's improvisation on "The Lonely Harmonica"
  • Hans Palm's tunes as sheet music, MIDI and sound files.He has also received a few contributions for his waltz composition contest
  • partitionsgratuites.com (in French) offers free sheet music, mostly for songs or dances either arranged or written by John L. Philip or Jacky Delance.
  • Sylvain Peron's tradfrance with sheet music for 630 traditional French tunes, mostly in abc format. For some of them, audio samples in MIDI or RealAudio are available. Sylvain Perron plays in trio Les abandonnés.
  • Diou Flo, formerly Potes Flor', is an accordion consisting of two Florences: Florence Glorion on chromatic accordion and Florence Pinvidic on diatonic accordion. They play Breton music and original compositions. Their site contains tablature for some traditional tunes and for some of their own compositions.
  • Primo Tema Publishing Music House sells music books, such as Anna Magdalena's Notenbuechlein arranged for accordion, and provides freely downloadable Italian pop, folk and Latin MIDI files and scores in pdf format Also: Primo Tema's "Free Sheet Music" Mailing List
  • Aleksey Prosvetov's Sheet music library for accordion and bayan (in Russian) contains a large collection of Soviet songs, Russian and Soviet romances, as well as some waltzes, tangos and foxtrots, as zipped jpeg and TIFF files. The site also has some articles, biographies, and a list of links to other (mostly Russian) sites with accordion sheet music and MP3 sound files.
  • Ivo van der Putten (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation] has arranged a collection of Dutch children's songs (in Dutch) for C/F diatonic accordions. He plays accordion for shanty choir Op Koers (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation]. On its site there is a collection of sheet music for its repertoire of some 80 shanties (in Dutch)
  • Don Quattrocchi had the largest music school in country Victoria in Australia during the seventies. He composed music for accordion exams which was accepted by the Australian Guild of Music and Speech; the sheet music for those pieces can be downloaded in PDF format.
  • Arrangements for accordion orchestras (in German) by Rico Reinwarth, as played by Akkordeonensemble Aue on their CD, and other (non-accordion) sheet music. Contributions are welcome, in Sibelius, Finale, Capella or PDF format. Rico Reinwarths They can be downloaded for free in PDF format, or heard in MIDI format.
  • The Rossano & Anna Band (in Italian) [uses flash for navigation] from Verona, with Rossano Mancini on accordion, play music for dancing and for entertainment: covers of Italian light music and Latin American artists, as well as their own compositions. After filling in a form you can download free songs, sheet music and background tracks for accordion.
  • Tim Roust's Open Songbook Project, with 26 tunes, about half of them Klezmer, it seems. For Sibelius, but also with jpeg and PDF versions.
  • Rowy van Hest's rowy.net has free classical sheet music, amongst others arrangements for accordion (including Ave Maria and Fur Elise)
  • Compositions by Julio Sánchez León, (in Spanish) for solo accordion and for chamber ensembles, in PDF and MIDI format.
  • Thomas Krizsan's schifferklavier.de (in German) has information about himself, but also more general information: a list of accordion teachers, and of people looking for a teacher, a little bit of history, and sheet music for a few tunes.
  • Music Group sGALMei, consisting of Gerard, Adri, Lida and Marion, have a collection of tunes online for C/F diatonic accordion (in PDF format). They've also started a diatonic accordion course in Alkmaar
  • Rod Smith's Traditional Music Library is a large collection of sheet music (.gifs) and MIDI files for traditional tunes and songs: Bluegrass and old-time, folk revival songs, Scottish and Irish tunes and songs, bawdy songs, pub session tunes, etc. It also contains O'Neills Dance music of Ireland (1600+) tunes in Noteworthy Composer format. An improved (higher resolution) version of the whole collection is for sale on CD-ROM.
  • John Spiers and Jon Boden are a young and vibrant English duo who play melodeon and fiddle respectively. They sing and play traditional English songs and tunes. The site contains written music for their tune sets (and the lyrics of the songs). In 2003 they won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon award for best newcomers to the folk scene, followed by the Best Duo Award in 2004. Summer 2004 they formed Bellowhead, [Flash site] an 11-piece big band, which rightly won the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Live Act 2005: they are magnificent!
  • In most of the groups that play at Stammtischmusik Klosterneuburg, (in German) Franz Fuchs and/or Herbert Lacina seem to play the Steyrische accordion. They have sheet music for some of their tunes (in German) available, both in normal notation and in Griffschrift (tablature for Steyrische accordion).
  • Japanese composer Yuji Takahashi has written various works for accordion. Like a Water-Buffalo (1985) is probably the best known; it has been recorded by Mie Miki, Geir Draugsvoll and Friedrich Lips. On the above web sites, scores are available for "For Sofia Gubaidulina" (2001) (acc, vn, vc), "Like Swans leaving the Lake" (1995) (va, acc), "Dream Carp" (1992) (vc, acc) and "Ins Tal" (1982)(acc).
  • Sjoukje de Bruin's Trekharmonicamuziek.com, was set up to share sheet music and tablature for diatonic accordion, with currently over 300 songs and tunes of various levels. Contributions are welcome.
  • The PHD's of The Button Accordion by "Uncle Billy" is an instruction book (plus CD) designed for those who do not read music but want to learn to play or increase their skill in playing the button accordion. There is also a series of tune books to go with them.
  • Ken Yagelski's Chemnitzer Concertina Music Site with sheet music with special notation for Chemnitzers. (amongst others 'All I Want For Christmas is a Concertina'), as well as a history of the Chemnitzer, and a list of prices of recently sold instruments
  • Christoph Zeiler's Diatonica, (in German) information about the diatonic accordion, with a bibliography, a discography, a mailing list, links, and transcription of tunes for the diatonic accordion (in abc format).
  • tunes for diatonic accordion in tablature (in Dutch) provided by Roel Zuiderbaan

Music Publishers

  • MusicForAccordions.com is the latest addition to the Accordion Worldwide sites. Its aim is to empower accordion composers, arrangers and teachers to become their own publishers -- they can publish their music there for free, the sheet music can be bought on-line (and will be delivered in electronic form, by email); musicforaccordions.com will deal with the payment, and pay the composer/arrangement (less commission). Music is available in PDF or Finale format, and for most works, a preview of the first page is available (for Windows or Macs there is a free plugin, Finale MusicViewer, to view the latter, or with Finale Notepad you can print or play it).
  • ABC-Edition (in German) from Austria publishes sheet music for amongst others accordion, free bass accordion, and accordion orchestra.
  • Acco Music, directed by Angel Luis Castaño, publishes or will publish new works for Classical Accordion, by composers such as Jesús Rueda, Patrick Busseuil, Josep Soler, César Camarero, Jorge Taramasco, Francisco Tárrega and Viatcheslav Semyonow. They also sell CDs, issues of the magazine "Accordeón Siglo" and a book: " La trikitrixa de Zumarraga y su entorno (1920-2004)" by Javier Ramos Martínez.
  • Swiss music publisher Accorda has published compositions for accordion orchestra, for solo accordion with Stradella basses, and for solo accordion with free basses.
  • Akkordeon Musik Edition Lyss (in German) publishes sheet music for piano or chromatic button accordions, diatonic accordions and Schwyzerörgeli, and for accordion orchestras. There is are associated accordion schools in Lyss and Bern, and accordion clubs in Lyss, Bern and Diessbach.
  • Music publisher Augemus, (in German) owned by Ralf Kaupenjohann, publishes sheet music for accordion, mostly chamber music, books about the accordion (a series of monographs "Texte zur Geschichte und Gegenwart des Akkordeons"), and they sell accordion CDs, mostly classical music.
  • The Austin Klezmorim, with Mike Maddux on accordion. Sheet music for a few tunes is provided, and they've also got a Klezmer music fake book containing some 50 tunes in for sale.
  • (Sources for) bandoneon scores and tango sheet music
  • Italian music publisher Bèrben publishes amongst others courses for piano accordion by Cambieri/Fugazza/Melocchi and by Gervasio Marcosignori , Astor Piazzolla tangos transcribed for piano accordion, and a course for diatonic accordion by Roberto Tombesi and Riccardo Tesi.
  • Les Editions Paul Beuschers (in French) publishes various books for accordion, amongst which what is probably the definite series of musette sheet music: 110 Succes Musette no 1--6 Accordéon. The affiliated music shop (on-line, and at boulevard Beaumarchais in Paris) also sells Hohner accordions and concertinas. According to an article about Les Editions Paul Beuschers, (in French) the publisher and music store were bought by Pierre Lemoine.
  • Accordion sheet music for sale at bladmuziekwinkel.nl (in Dutch)
  • Editorial de Música Boileau is a music publisher from Barcelona. They publish some works for accordion (mostly educational, it seems), one by Eliseo Rodriguez Casal for accordion and guitar and a series of works by Rosa Tarruell for "voice and accordion or organ or guitar".
  • Borg Music sells sheet music for the accordion, mainly compositions by Boris Borgstrom
  • Sheet music for works by Bach, Chopin, Tschaikowsky, Verdi, etc., arranged for accordion by Sebastiano Cali, for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Guitarist and pianist Christoper Caliendo [Flash site] publishes his own compositions, amongst others tango trios for accordion, guitar, and cello/double bass.
  • Sheet music and CDs by Franco Cambareri for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Editions Caruhel (in French) publishes sheet music with tablature for (C/G) diatonic accordions.
  • Paul Chamberlain from Bowden, Scotland, has won a number of national competitions in Scotland, and in 1999 he was awarded Second Place in the Under 18 Classical section at the UK National Accordion Championships. He plays both piano accordion and free-bass button accordion (which he studied with Djordje Gajic). Paul Chamberlain performs works ranging from classical bayan works and transcriptions to French & continental music and Scottish traditional music. He also composes a wide range of accordion music; on musicforaccordion.com the sheet music for a few musette tunes are for sale.
  • Charnwood publishes sheet music for accordion, mostly solo, but also some for ensemble/orchestra. The catalog is available online as part of www.musicforaccordion.com.
  • The main objective of The Concertina Connection is the reintroduction of the concertina in classical music. Amongst others it sells concertinas, and it publishes classical music for concertina. A recent addition are the Jackie and Jack models English Student Concertina, a cheap 30 key English concertina (with accordion reeds).
  • Polish music publisher Contra has published a few works for accordion: one composition each of Boccherini, Dvořak, Joplin, Ogiński and Weber, a book of Waltzes by J. Górowski, and a book of kolędy (Christmas songs).
  • David Johnstone is a Brittish cellist and composer who is based in Spain. His compositions, which are published by Creighton's Collection, include various works for accordion: "Iranzu" for flute, cello and accordion (2000/2008); "Music of the Pirates" (The Pirates) for accordion and narrator (2001-2); "Sonata de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for accordion and string quartet (2003); "Concierto de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for solo accordion and string orchestra (2004); "Mediterranean Suite" for four accordions (2004); "Concert Miniatures for Solo Accordion" volumes 1 and 2 (2007); "The Song Sonata" for accordion and piano duo (2008); and "Concerto for Solo Accordion and Orchestra" (2009).
  • Gary Dahl has an accordion school in Puyallup, Washington; lessons are also available by correspondence. Gary Dahl has written a number of books for Mel Bay, with transcriptions/arrangements of amongst others jazz solos, music by Clifton Chenier, and French tangos (these three with an accompanying CD), and a Harmony and Chord Applications Book/Course. A page for Gary Dahl at Petosa, with a catalogue of musical arrangements. Sheet music by Gary Dahl for a sale via musicforaccordion.com.
  • Gary Daverne, from Auckland, New Zealand, is an orchestral conductor, composer, arranger, and record producer. He has composed works for accordion solo and duet, accordion and strings, and accordion group and orchestra, and he has arranged various works for accordion orchestra. Sheet music for some of Gary Daverne's compositions is for sale at musicforaccordion.com: the "Concert Waltz for Accordion and Strings", some works for accordion orchestra and some solo accordion works -- as well as the CD "Accordion Concert Music", with compositions for accordion solo, duet, ensemble and orchestra.
  • DiscAmbiance is the company of musette accordionist Michel Pruvot, selling CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music of himself and others. Michel Pruvot has a weekly show on French TV, Sur un air d'accordéon, and he holds or held the world endurance record for accordion playing: 117 and a half hours!
  • DoHe Verlag (in German) owned by Doris Heetfeld, published sheet music written or arranged by Werner Heetfeld. The catalogue includes work for solo, duo, trio or accordion orchestra, variously for piano accordion or for diatonic accordion.
  • Donemus is the national institution in the Netherlands for composed contemporary music. It's publications cataloge contains 30 works for accordion (or accordion ensemble), 1 for accordion and band, 1 for accordion and large ensemble, 10 for accordion and orchestra, 3 for accordion and string orchestra and none for accordion orchestra. (Note: you need to select 'Genre' Chamber music or Orchestra / Larger Ensemble before you can select the instrumentation).
  • Dragonfly Music publishes (or published?) music books, amongst others for Northumbrian bagpipes, but also with more general English and European folk music, such as the Encyclopedia Blowzabellica and the Massif Central tunebooks. End of June 2000 they will publish "Diatonic Liaisons" with 67 tunes by nine English and French composers, amongst which Andy Cutting, Frederic Paris, and Marc Perrone.
  • Fred Dunn is a Swiss/British accordion teacher (piano accordion and C system chromatic), now living in Canterbury, England, where he runs the Thanington School of Music founded in 1978. On his site Invicta Accordion Publications he has sheet music for a number of his compositions -- French Musette, Mazurkas, Polkas, Tango, Walzes. Solos duets and accordion group, which can be purchased. All Fred's music has a very distinctive and authentic continental feel to them.
  • Frank Eddings has(presently eight) pieces (concert transcriptions) published for classical accordion using stradella or free bass. All are carefully edited with fingering and register changes. Level of difficulty ranges from Intermediate through Advanced. Apart from those, he has published about a hundred pieces for piano or organ.
  • Eridania (in Italian) founded by Luigi Lombardi, publishes amongst others accordion music, both for solo, duo/trio and orchestras.
  • Fryslân Boppe (in Dutch) by Anneke Venema and Jenny Ester contains sheet music with tablature for two-row diatonic accordion for 129 Frysian songs.
  • Anneke Goudkuil (in Dutch) has written and published a course for diatonic accordion in 5 parts, as well as several tunebooks. Amongst others, she has transcribed Andries Kiers' music book from the last century, with tablature for the diatonic (C/F) accordion. She also teaches in Deventer, the Netherlands.
  • Hal Leonard's musicdispatch.com sells Hal Leonard's publications for accordion (obviously), but also Homespun Tapes' accordion instruction videos, and books by Ashley Publications and a few Italian imports.
  • Edition Harmonia publishes sheet music for accordion ensemble/orchestra, and some for solo ensemble or chamber ensembles. The catalog is available online as part of www.musicforaccordion.com.
  • On the "harmonicahoek" site, a list of books of Sheet music for diatonic accordion (in Dutch) from a number of Dutch authors, with ordering information.
  • Dutch music publisher De Haske publishes amongst others sheet music for accordion orchestras, and two accordion books by Mark Söhngen, with Cajun, Tex-Mex and other tunes.
  • Accordion music publisher JANPress Publications (founded by Joseph Natoli) sells sheet music for compositions or arrangements by Mickey Bisilia, Edmund Cifani, Gary Dahl, Henry Doktorski, Gary A. Edwards, Guy Klucevsek, Frank Marocco, Steve Mobia, Valarie Morris, Joseph Natoli and Ralph Stricker (short biographies for each of them are provided)
  • Wolfgang Jehn (in German) from Worpswede, Germany, has composed or arranged various works for accordion, including international folk, Scandinavian music and children's songs. They are published by his family's publishing house, the Worpsweder Musikwerkstatt (in German)
  • Musikverlag Ralf Jung (in German) publishes music for free-bass accordion, predominantly pedagogical. The catalogue contains music for solo accordion, duos, etc., accordion ensemble or orchestra, as well as works for mixed chamber ensembles.
  • Musikverlag Karthause-Schmülling publishes sheet music for accordions, solo, duo, orchestras etc.; mostly by Russion composers. They also publish books about the accordion, such as Hans Luck: "Die Balginstrumente" and Friedrich Lips: "Die Kunst des Bajanspiels" (the latter both in German and in English; also available via musicforaccordion.com). They also produce CDs; some 30 Karthause Schmuelling Recordings are available from musicforaccordion.com, by amongst others Oleg Sharov, Lars Karlsson, Quadro Nuevo and Trio Moskwa.
  • Music Publisher Kompozitor (in Russian) from St Petersburg, Russia, publishes various works for accordion, educational and otherwise, many written by or edited by A. Sudarikov.
  • KonzertinaNetz (in German) is a German-language site by Klaus Wenger about various kinds of concertinas, with amongst others a bibliography and some sheet music, some with tablature for C/G German concertinas. There is also a list of concertina meetings and workshops in Germany.
  • Sheet music for diatonic accordion (transcribed) by Ad Kwakernaat (in Dutch)
  • Lantro Music Publishing publishes mainly works by Belgian composers, amongst which some for accordion.
  • Finnish publisher Love Music has published a few works for accordion (+ other instruments): Jokinen Erkki: "A Yellow Primrose to Alberto Caeiro", for accordion and cello; Koskelin Olli: "Pas de trois" for accordion, clarinet and cello; Nuorvala Juhani: "What's a Nice Chord Like You Doing in a Piece Like This?" for three accordions or accordion and pre-recorded tape [5 accordions in the original]; and Vuori Harri: "Suden hetki (Hour of the Wolf)" for accordion.
  • Ian Lowthian is a great accordionist from the Scottish borders. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but still palys traditional Scottish music - as well as his own compositions. He used to play in duo with Catriona MacDonald. He has edited/arranged a book of (traditional and modern) Scottish Folk Tunes
  • The Maas en Waals Trekzakinstituut (in Dutch) teaches diatonic accordion. They have published a course and tune books with tablature for C/F accordions, with one modification: "the turned key" ("gedraaide toets"). That modification is the swapping of the reeds on the fifth key on the inner row: that makes the C available on pull, and the D available on push (these two notes occur in both rows, but normally they occur in the same bellows direction).
  • Music Menweg (in French) from Rosenau, France, publishes various works for solo/duo accordion or accordion orchestra, most of them composed or arranged by Vincent Menweg or (daughter) Maryline Menweg.
  • Mifflin Hills Music Co. has published New Italian Melodies, a music book for piano and accordion players by Vito DiSalvo, the accordionist of the Italian-American band We Three.
  • Modus Musiikki sells sheet music for amongst others compositions for accordion by Kalevi Aho, Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, Matti Murto, A-M Saira, and Heikki Valpola
  • Dutch publisher Molenaar publishes amongst others works for accordion orchestra
  • Composer and bayan player Alexandr Morduhovich is a senior lecturer at the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory, and a winner of diplomas at the the All-Russian Contest in Moscow and at the international Contest of bayan players "The Far East Cup" in Vladivostok, both in 2000. Scores for various of his compositions are available for sale at the above site.
  • The Morris Ring Shop has books with Morris tunes arranged for melodeon/accordeon
  • Music publisher Muzor Holland, (in Dutch) a.k.a Mijn Accordeon, (in Dutch) a.k.a. Mein Akkordeon (in German) publishes (educational) sheet music for accordion, on various levels, mostly written by Piet Verzijde. The former site contains sheet music for accordion orchestra, and the second one for accordion solo, duo and trio.
  • The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has recorded beginners courses for amongst others accordion (available for free)
  • Jean-Luc Nest sells scores of his scores for accordion solo or duo. A few "little study pieces" are available on-line, in PDF format. Recently he has recorded some jazz music with a quartet consisting of Mathias Hecklen Obernesser, Jean-Luc Nest, Sorin Ghera and Pierre Boutelant on violin, accordion, cimbalom and percussion respectively. Pages with recordings for Jean-Luc Nest solo and instantMusic (live improvisations with Mathias Hecklen Obernesser or the quartet).
  • Nevofoon publishes CDs, videos and books for folk dance and folk music. Amongst others, they publish the the "Beeraak", the sine qua non for folk dance music in the Netherlands. It contains the music for almost 300 folk dances.
  • NordMusik-Verlag from Eckernförde, Germany, published sheet music for accordion orchestra and for accordion solo or duo (with standard bass). Composers include Gottfried Hummel, Wolfgang Kahl, Andrej Mouline and Ralf Schwarzien.
  • Spanish accordionist, composer and teacher Gorka Hermosa (in Spanish) trained as a classical accordionist, and he plays classical music with the 3+1 Sax Ensemble, with orchestras and solo. But he has also branched out into jazz, folk, techno, pop, amongst others with a flamenco company, with his own (jazz?) trio and with Zuhaitzaren Soinua Kolektiboa, a group of txalaparta, accordion and programmed bass. He has also published a book "El Repertorio para acordeén en el Estado Español" and various other sheet music, formerly via Editorial Hauspoz, but now on his own imprint Ediciones Nubero. (in Spanish) In addition, some sheet music, books, MP3s and videos are available for free download
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the accordion, with answers, by James P. O'Brien, emiritus professor of music at the University of Arizona. James P. O'Brien has composed or arranged over 200 works for accordion, for which sheet music is for sale at musicforaccordion.com.
  • Erich Pauli, (in German) a.k.a. Harmonika Pauli, from Grainet, Bavaria, sells Steyrische accordions (Müller, Öllerer and Strasser). He also publishes sheet music in Griffschrift (in German) (tablature for Steyrische accordions), mostly Bavarian folk music.
  • The provincial library of Overijssel, (in Dutch) the Netherlands, has a sheet music department, (in Dutch) that caters amongst others for the 30 accordion societies that can be found in Overijssel
  • French accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin used to play mostly classical and traditonal Russian music in the Baïkal Duo, with accordionist and bandoneon player Jean-Luc Brunetti, but since 2004 he mostly plays world jazz music; first with a quartet, and now solo or with his (acoustic) Jacques Pellarin Trio. A review of Jacques Pellarin Trio: Sound of Philadelphia. Apart from CDs, he also sells sheet music for his own compositions.
  • Alain Pennec is one of the foremost Breton diatonic accordionists. He also publishes sheet music, amongst which a series of books with tablature for the diatonic accordion (with accompanying CDs).
  • Searching the online catalog of J. W. Pepper for titles containing 'accordion' returns 81 items, ranging from Palmer-Hughes #1 and an 'Easiest Accordion Book' to Denisov's 'Des Tenebres A La Lumiere' and Berio's 'Sequenza XIII'. 'Accordian' (yuk) yields 13 titles, accordeon 1 and Akkordeon 1.
  • The American Accordionists Association has commissioned Robert Baksa to compose a sonata for Accordion. The three movement work, written in the composer's melodious neo-classic style is cast in three movements and lasts about 13 minutes. The sonata was composed for the Stradella System instrument and can be adapted to chromatic instruments as well. The music is available through Theodore Presser Co.
  • Primo Tema Publishing Music House sells music books, such as Anna Magdalena's Notenbuechlein arranged for accordion, and provides freely downloadable Italian pop, folk and Latin MIDI files and scores in pdf format Also: Primo Tema's "Free Sheet Music" Mailing List
  • Publi-Note (in German) is a forum for accordion orchestra sheet music, with a catalogue of compositions, and the opportunity to discuss each one them, and in particular, to register that your orchestra is playing them. The catalogue (currently) contains compositions from publishers Musicverlag Rundel, De Haske and Musik-Großversand Jetelina.
  • Robert Puff of RPM Seattle provides a complete music typesetting / engraving service for accordion music publishers, composers and arrangers.
  • Verlag Purzelbaum, founded by Alexander Jekic, publishes (educational) sheet music for solo or duo accordion and for accordion orchestra.
  • REBA Productions (in Dutch) publishes amongst others music for accordion by Coen van Orsouw, Appie Scheper, Joop van Houten and Gary Daverne. They also publish a large selection of song books with Dutch popular songs.
  • Editions Marc Reift publishes music for amongst others accordion: solo, accordion ensemble, accordion plus alphorn (they are Swiss..), and accordion plus brass or wind band.
  • Musikverlag Rundel publishes sheet music for brass band, mainly, but also for accordion orchestra.
  • Helsinki based online shop Ruslania sells Russian books, sheet music, CDs etc., amongst which 100+ sheet music titles for bayan/accordion
  • Nikolai Ryskov has aranged over 140 works of Astor Piazolla for solo accordion and for duo, using Stradella Bass and Free Bass, from the original quintet scores. Nikolai Ryskov's CD " Russian Folk Music Arranged For Accordion" can be ordered from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Samfundet, the Society for the Publication of Danish Music, publishes "The Classical Accordeon Edition", a series of modern Danish accordeon music
  • Sandscape Publications sells sheet music for compositions by Valarie Morris, for accordion and for other instruments. Apart from more serious works she has written "How To Play the Mini Button Accordion", for the Hero Midget Button Accordion
  • Santorella Publications has some publications for accordion
  • G. Schirmer publishes classical sheet music. You can do an advanced search on instrumentation. To find all works involving accordion: select the instrument ("Accordion"), select "as specified or more", click on "Add", and click on "Search". As of writing the catalogue contains 130 works involving accordion, 6 with bandoneon, 0 with concertina (and 8 with zheng). The catalogue does contains works for bayan (e.g. Gubaidulina's "in croce"), but the bayan isn't listed under the instruments...
  • Score on Line publishes scores in electronic format (PDF), primarily works of the traditional repertory, Jazz and Flamenco. Jacques Cobetto is responsible for the Accordion Collection, which includes works for piano accordion (various composers), free-bass accordion (currently one composition by Patricia Barduzzi), diatonic accordion (by Stephane Milleret) and for duos, groups, etc.
  • scotchsnap.com sells traditional and contemporary Scottish sheet music for immediate printing using sibelius/scorch. The catalog includes (currently some 30) tunes arranged or composed for accordion.
  • Sheet Music Plus has 578 titles for accordion sheet music and song books, and 10 accordion videos.
  • Musikverlag Hans Sikorski (in German) has published accordion scores as diverse as Gubaidulina's Silenzio, Curt Mahr's Volksliedersammlung and Hugo Hermann's Ciacona e Fuga for accordion orchestra and timpani
  • Milen Slavov is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, vocalist, and conductor from Bulgary, who plays and composes in Bulgarian traditional, contemporary, improvisational, Eastern European, gypsy, and classical styles. He has been a guest teacher at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, and currently he lives in Ocean Springs, Missisipi. He has published a number of books (+CD) with sheet music for his own compositions, most recently "Bright Stage", and he will shortly publish a book with popular Bulgarian folk songs, amongst others arranged for accordion. He also provides one to one on-line Bulgarian accordion lessons
  • De Smitse from Hengelo, The Netherlands, run by Sietske Smit, publishes sheet music for diatonic accordion (G/C/F). The music is in "Groesbeek notation", i.e. the normal dots plus tablature.
  • Captain Gumbo accordionist Mark Söhngen (in Dutch) has published collections with sheet music (tablature plus the normal dots) from around the world, for one-row and two-row diatonic accordions, as well as a book with Dutch children songs (for two-row accordions). He also wrote/compiled two books with music for piano accordion, they are published by De Haske. On-line you can find some arrangements of some tunes by Mark Söhngen, (in Dutch) and arrangements of some classical works for two-row diatonica accordions, (in Dutch) (PDF and MIDI), including a 4 part arrangement of Bach's O Haupt vol Blut und Wunden.
  • S. P. M. E. Editions is the publishing arm of the St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble. In cooperation with publisher Compozitor - St Petersburg Their catalogue includes works for solo accordion, ensemble and accordion orchestra, and educational works, variety repertoire, works by Leningrad Entertainment Masters like Vladimir Kuznetsov, and contemporary music for accordion by amongst others Franck Angelis or Vladimir Zubitsky.
  • If you are looking for a particular (Celtic) tune, James Stewart has a tune index with about 68,000 references to published tunes for bagpipe, fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, etc.
  • In Libris, (in Swedish) Sweden's National Library's database, searching for dragspel returns 932 titles, many of which are sheet music.
  • The Swedish Music Publishers Association has 75 members, 10 of whom publish sheet music for accordion (follow the Publisher Guide link to find out which). who publish for accordion (and who are members of the 'Svenska Musikförläggareföreningen')
  • The Swiss Music Edition sells sheet music for works by Swiss composers, amongst which compositions for accordion, solo, with ensemble or with orchestra.
  • Taigh na Teud publishes tune books, such as the First/ Second/ Third Ceilidh Collection for Fiddlers, with chords, so for the accordionist as well; and 'Buttons & Keys', a Scottish accordion tutor. Apart from music, they've also published Asterix the Gaul in Gaelic! (Another hobby of mine is collecting Asterixes in various languages. Does anyone have an Asterix in Japanese or Esparanto to spare?)
  • Musikverlag Tastenzauber publishes sheet music for accordion solo, duo and orchestras.
  • Tjerk's Knoppenkast is a page with some 50 compositions for C/F diatonic accordion by Tjerk Knop. They are graded by level, and available in PDF format (regular dots plus tablature) and in MIDI format. A few of the compositions are duets. Tjerk Knop has also written a metronome in Visual Basic, to help with Balkan rhythms.
  • Austrian publisher traunmusik (in German) has published amongst others "Drei kleine Tänze" for accordion by Adolf Winkler, and for accordion ensemble "Charly's Walzer" and "Treue Mädchen", both by Peter Benovic.
  • Tre Media (in German) publishes works of various composers, of which Thomas Bruttger, Volker Heyn, Klaus K. Hübler, Mesias Maiguashca, Christoph Neidhöfer, Bojidar Spassov, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler and Caroline Wilkins have written works for accordion. They are also the representatives of Finnish publishers Love Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Spanish music publisher Tritó has published compositions for (ensemble including) accordion composed by Francisco Escudero, Joan Guinjoan, David del Puerto, Jesús Torres, Eduard Iniesta and Joaquim Homs. Some are for sale, some available only for renting.
  • Accordion duo Two in Accord, consists of Shirley Harvey and Bill Perkins. They are based near Brighton on the South Coast of England, and mainly play in London and the South/South East corner of the UK. They have sheet music available for a number of arrangements for accordion duets.
  • Les Editions Universelles sells sheet music for dance music like waltzes, tangos, etc., and to early century French popular songs
  • Vladimir Ushenin is Honoured Artist of Russia and professor at the Rostov State S. Rakhmaninov Conservatory. He has made some 100 arrangements for solo bayan, Russian folk ensemble or bayan orchestra. He has also recorded one solo CD and 5 CDs with his "Kalinka" ensemble.
  • Glubochenko Vasilly teaches accordion, ensemble, improvisation, and computer arrangement of music works, at the Byelorussian State University of Culture. Sheet music for some of his compositions is for sale on musicforaccordion.com (the link above).
  • Verlag Neue Musik (in German) publishes music for accordion, both for solo accordion and for chamber ensembles including accordion
  • pianist, bandoneonist, composer and arranger Norberto Vogel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, can provide custom arrangements for Tango music projects -- any group, any title, any style -- Guardia vieja, Di Sarli, Pugliese, Piazzolla, etc, with the arrangements written according to the technical level of the musicians. As a performer, he has accompanied a number of singers, and he plays or played bandoneon in amongst others the instrumental trio Hombres de Tango and quartet Milongueros Viejos
  • Music for Bayan or Accordion published in Ukraine and Russia (that's a web-shop in the Ukraine, owned by Volodymyr Kurylenko), with works by amongst others Yevgeny Derbenko, Borys Myronchuk Leonid Kozelchuk. Vladimir Zubitsky. Victor Vlasov -- and Charles Magnante.
  • Jim Wadowick ( wadowick@troycable.net) has published over 130 works for accordion solo, duets, ensembles, orchestras and for strolling strings with accordion. He has also written a book of scale charts for C system chromatic button accordion. His company JaMar Music will be happy to send a catalogue by surface mail or by e-mail
  • Wurzburger Musikverlag (in German) publishes sheet music for solo accordion, both separate compositions and collections.
  • Steffi Zachmeier (in German) plays (and sings) traditional music from the Franken area in Germany in a number of groups. She also sells (and publishes?) music books (with German folk music), some of them in normal notation, some of them in Griffschrift (tablature) for Steyrische accordion.
  • Stanko Zagar Musikvertrieb (in German) / (in Slovenian) from Loh, Germany, publishes Slovenian music in Griffschrift for Steyrische. They also sell Melodija accordions.

Lady of Spain

  • Lady of Spain: The History

    as researched by Toby Hanson

    Lady of Spain was written in the 1920s by three English songwriters who were fed up with English dance bands that played mostly American music. They took an old Spanish folk form and write a new melody and words for it. It became popular with big bands, especially Guy Lombardo. It was written as a quasi-Spanish Fox-Trot. In the 1930s, American accordionists picked it up and began playing it as their "Spanish" piece. One of the earliest pictures of Lawrence Welk is him from his George Kelly touring days in a Spanish costume for Lady of Spain. It really took off when Dick Contino did the "authoritative" virtuoso version, complete with bellows shake and sudden modulation from C to Db. He made it famous playing on the radio in the late 1940s. Specifically, he played the piece on a talent search-type show and won the $5, 000.00 grand prize with it. He also initially popularized Tico-Tico. [So it is not strange that the opening track of the anthology of American accordion music, `Legends of the Accordion' (Rhino, R2 71847) starts with Lady of Spain by Dick Contino]

    Lady of Spain became a true accordion cliche from weekly national television exposure by Myron Floren. It, along with Tico Tico and the Clarinet Polka and Carnival of Venice became accordion standards. Nowadays everybody dreads Lady of Spain because it's seen as extremely corny. At the Northwest Accordion Society Social Monday night, I was talking with another player about L. of Spain. He claimed that the song ruined the accordion and that L. of Spain is the reason that nobody takes it seriously. I disagree. I love Lady of Spain. A month ago I did my two-year review (I'm a composition maj. at Cornish College). I had to perform before the music faculty to decide if I could continue my degree at Cornish. Rather than write a "serious" piece, I wrote and performed my World Tour Variations on Lady of Spain where I did the piece in various styles (Russian, Fr. Musette, Irish, etc.). The faculty loved it and I was invited to return and finish my degree. Moral: love it or not, Lady of Spain is here to stay. Ole!

Waltzin' to Mongolia

  • Waltzin' to Mongolia is the name this tune has at sessions in the Irish pub in Groningen. This tune occurs prominently in Nikita Mikhalkov's Close to Eden (Urga). In the soundtrack it is listed as ``Les Collines de Mandchourie'', performed by Richard Galliano.

    It was written by Ilya Alekseevitch Shatrov (in Russian) (1885-1952). He was a military band leader, who wrote the tune after the bloody battle of Mukden (Shenyang) in February 1905. He dedicated it to his fallen collegues (the original title was "The Mokshansk legion on the hills of Manchuria"), and words were added by C. Petrova (Skitaltsa), about the graves on the hills -- they can be found on the Shatrov page above. (thanks to Kerstin Bjorn for telling me that Shatrov was the composer)

    `Waltzin' to Mongolia' is available in abc format, and in PostScript

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More Local Tunes

  • Back in the Netherlands, on Monday evenings I used to play in a folk ensemble at the local music school. About half of our repertoire was taken from the "Beeraak", a book published by Nevofoon. The other half we got as photocopies of handwritten sheets. So I have notated some of those using Chris Walshaw's abc format, in the file maandag.abc. If you don't have any utils to handle that, then maandag.ps contains the same tunes in a postscript file. In case you can read neither, I've translated the postscript file to a PDF file, maandag.pdf, which you can read and print with Adobe Acrobat Reader (downloadable for free). The result does not look perfect on my screen, but printing seems to be ok.

    The tunes are: Bravade, `Od koga' pravo, Jesusita en Chihuahua, En Bolivia el carnaval, Sirdes, a Cajun Two Step, Kopanitsa, Walenki and Janiman Kavrakh, Three Irish polkas, Cînd eram pe ialomita, Waltzin' to Mongolia, the Ranger's Waltz, Mologhata and a Swedish polka. Not included is Lady of Spain. See also the list of links to tunes elsewhere

CDs

  • Music publisher Augemus, (in German) owned by Ralf Kaupenjohann, publishes sheet music for accordion, mostly chamber music, books about the accordion (a series of monographs "Texte zur Geschichte und Gegenwart des Akkordeons"), and they sell accordion CDs, mostly classical music.
  • Sheet music and CDs by Franco Cambareri for sale on musicforaccordion.com The City of Castelfidardo (in Italian) in Italy organises a yearly Premio e Concorso Internazionale di Fisarmonica "Citta' di Castelfidardo". The next one will be held September 20 - 25, 2011. Pages for the Premio at the municipal website. CDs of Castelfidardo competition winners from between 1995 and 2000 are available from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Recordings of the 2004 Coupe Mondiale for sale on musicforaccordion.com: 8 CDs with recordings of all categories of the entire Coupe Mondiale.
  • CD reviews by Andrew Cronshaw, of world and folk music CDs that he has reviewd over the years for fRoots. Not all of them with accordion, but still quite a few (some 250 according to Google..)
  • Austrian music label EXTRAPLATTE has published amongst others "Akkordeonfestival" and "Internationales Akkordeonfestival Wien Vol.2". They are CDs of the 3rd and 8th International Accordion Festival Vienna respectively, which were held in 2002 and 2008. With recordings by amongst others Armacord, Ars Harmonica, Otto Lechner and Sarakina on the first, and Danças Ocultas, Geoff Berner, Régis Gizavo and Accordion Tribe on the second.

    To find other CDs with accordion on it (including probably all Otto Lechner CDs), is probably best to use the German shop ("treten Sie ein" rather than "enter here"): the "German" pages include all CDs (searching for "akkordeon" finds 30 titles, "accordion" finds 15 and "accordeon" finds 7); searching in the English pages only seems to find the few CDs with English notes.

  • On-line Francophone music shop Marianne Melodie (in French) has amongst others a large selection of accordion music. Marianne Melodie Accordion collection 2006 for sale at musicforaccordion.com
  • Veronique Chevalier's Polka Haunt Us is a compilation recording, containing 13 spooky songs, to be released in time for Halloween 2007, with a part of the proceeds going to charity. The aim is to include many styles of polka: Slovenian, Norteño, klezmer, funk, etc.
  • polkaconnection.com sells polka CDs and DVDs via the internet -- both European and American. 30 seconds samples are available for many of the tracks.

Videos

  • Accordion Sales Plus Service from Oakton, VA, run by Todd and Dale Wise, sells Guerrini (among which the Super NOVA model, designed by Todd Wise), Hohner and Yingjie accordions, as well as tools for repairing accordions. They also sell (original) sheet music and and educational material, including two videos on accordion maintenance and repair.
  • Rusty Hudelson plays and teaches in many styles: rock, New Orleans' jazz, contemporary Christian and gospel, and both traditional and new country. Amongst many instructional videos for piano, he has published a video on how to "Play the Accordion"
  • Sheet Music Plus has 578 titles for accordion sheet music and song books, and 10 accordion videos.

Online Audio

  • Dutch professional busker Thijs Hanrath has played in the Netherlands, all over Southern Europe and in Latin America. On his web site he has got amongst others pictures of accordionists/buskers, MP3 files for some 40 tunes, and some accordion poems
  • Rootsworld's Free Reed Jukebox with tracks by many accordion players, concertina players and bands from all over the world. For this year's "Free Reed Festival", starting June 1st, they are looking for "home style" recordings, such as jam sessions.
  • Dan Mudry hopes for lots of contributions to his Squeezebox Sound Clip Page.
  • 247polkaheaven broadcasts Polka music 24/7 from Cleveland, Ohio, including a show called "Right on the button" for button box fans.

Conservatories

Conservatories: Belgium

  • Ludo Mariën (in Dutch) teaches accordion at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp He has recored two solo CDs, with works by amongst others Lemmens, Wurthner, Vivaldi, Bach and Semionov, and he gives many concerts, both in Belgium and abroad. He also promotes the accordion by organising youth music camps in July and August (not in 2005, though), and accordion weekends for teenagers and adults throughout the year.

Conservatories: China

Conservatories: Finland

  • Mikko Luoma studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen under Hugo Noth and from 1992 to 1995 at the Sibelius Academy under Matti Rantanen. Since then he has performed contemporary accordion music, both solo and chamber music, in many European countries as well as in the USA. He has appeared as soloist for The New Juilliard Ensemble and the Zagros ensemble, and is a founder member of the Plus Ensemble (with Erkki Lahesmaa on cello and Christoffer Sundqvist on clarinet). He also is a senior lecturer in classical accordion and contemporary chamber music at the Turku Music Academy

Conservatories: Germany

Conservatories: Italy

Conservatories: The Netherlands

  • Bourdon Hogeschool voor Muziek (in Dutch) has a course for accordion orchestra conductors
  • Hogeschool voor Muziek en Theater Rotterdam,
    Rotterdams Conservatorium
    Pieter de Hoochweg 222, 3024 BJ Rotterdam
    phone +31 10 4767399; fax +31 10 4253262
    accordion teacher Hans van der Maas.

    The World Music department of the Rotterdams Conservatorium has started an education for Argentian Tango. There is a student orchestra 'OTRA', and one can study bandoneon as a main subject. Leo Vervelde and Victor Hugo Villena teach bandoneon.

Conservatories: Poland

  • Prof. Jerzy Jurek, Jerzy Łukasiewicz and Klaudiusz Baran teach accordion at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Prof. Włodzimierz Lech Puchnowski is emeritus Professor. The Chair of Accordion is also responsible for accordion studies in Bydgoszcz (Jerzy Kaszuba), Gdansk (Krzysztof Olczak, Elżbieta Rosińska), Swietokrzyska Academy Kielce (Jerzy Mądrawski), Cracow (Paweł Paluch), Lodz (Zbigniew Ignaczewski), Lublin (Elwira Śliwkiewicz-Cisak), Szczecin (Jerzy Siemak), Teresa Adamowicz-Kaszuba (Poznan) and Wroclaw (Zbigniew Łuc, Piotr Dziubek).

Conservatories: Slovakia

Conservatories: Spain

  • Musikene in San Sebastian is the Private Foundation for the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country. Iñaki Alberdi, Miren Iñarga Echeverria and Aitor Furundarena Usabiaga, teach accordion; Javier Alberdi Alzaga teaches accordion mechanics and maintenance. Accordionist Anne Landa Etxeberria teaches Alexander Technique.

Schools: Australia

  • Ron Pearce Music from St Peters (near Adelaide) carries a comprehensive range of new and secondhand accordions, repairs and tunes accordions, and provides music education for piano accordion, chromatic accordion and button accordion.

Schools: Austria

  • Musikschulmanagement Niederösterreichisch (in German) contains a list of music schools in Niederösterreichisch. You can search for schools that teach (piano) accordion or Steyrische accordion: select "Musikschulen in NÖ" - "Suche nach Lehrfach" and either "Akkordeon" or "Steir. Harmonika".

Schools: France

  • The Centre National et International de Musique et d'Accordéon (CNIMA) from Saint Sauves d'Auvergne, is a private school, founded in 1995 by Jacques Mornet. It specializes in accordion and keyboard teaching, open to everyone, every style and every level with no entry examination. Teachers are Nathalie Boucheix, Jacques Mornet, Domi Emorine, Amélie Castel, Roman Jbanov, Pascal Meurgé, Stéphanie Méthot and Claude Sauvage. They organise summer workshops, training programs and full time studies; Full time students may study for official degrees (including conservatory level degrees).
  • Association Grain de Sel - Grain de Sol (in French) organises amongst others diatonic accordion lessons, in Bordeaux, given by Eric Brocard. The Grain de Sol site has tablature for G/C diatonic accordions, (in French) for some tunes, arranged by Eric.

Schools: The Netherlands

  • Music Group sGALMei, consisting of Gerard, Adri, Lida and Marion, have a collection of tunes online for C/F diatonic accordion (in PDF format). They've also started a diatonic accordion course in Alkmaar
  • The Alkmaars Centrum Kunstzinnige Vorming has courses for accordion and for accordion orchestra conductor
  • At the Stedelijke Muziekschool Groningen (in Dutch) [uses flash for navigation] Hilbo Ab teaches piano accordion, and Geraldien van Mechelen teaches diatonic accordion. That's where I learnt to play: accordion from Hilbo, and world music from Editha Vennik!
  • The Maas en Waals Trekzakinstituut (in Dutch) teaches diatonic accordion. They have published a course and tune books with tablature for C/F accordions, with one modification: "the turned key" ("gedraaide toets"). That modification is the swapping of the reeds on the fifth key on the inner row: that makes the C available on pull, and the D available on push (these two notes occur in both rows, but normally they occur in the same bellows direction).
  • Gerie Daanen teaches accordions at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education De Lindenberg (in Dutch) in Nijmegen.
  • Trekharmonica's Amsterdam (in Dutch) part of Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland, organises a series of diatonic accordion courses, starting again at the end of January 2006. Courses include Jiddish and Klezmer for advanced players, accompanying song for intermediate players, as well as courses for beginners.
  • The Zwolse Trekzak Club (in Dutch) has 40 members and three teachers -- amongst which Anneke Goudkuil, whose method is used for the lessons.

Schools: Russia

  • V. V. Andreev Music School in St Petersburg is a state junior schools specializing in musical education. The accordion / bayan / flute department is nine strong. The school also has published various methods and sheet music for accordion or accordion ensemble, variously compiled by Yu. Likhachov, R. Grechukhina, M. Likhachov, S. Likhachov and V. Ushakov.

Schools: Switzerland

  • Akkordeon Musik Edition Lyss (in German) publishes sheet music for piano or chromatic button accordions, diatonic accordions and Schwyzerörgeli, and for accordion orchestras. There is are associated accordion schools in Lyss and Bern, and accordion clubs in Lyss, Bern and Diessbach.

Schools: United Kingdom

  • Classical accordionist Murray Grainger teaches accordion at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, UK, a boarding school for musically gifted pupils aged eight to eighteen.
  • The Sussex Accordion Academy of Music of Worthing, Shoreham and Eastbourne is run by Gennaro Fiondella. Individual and class tuition is available. Gennaro Fiondella is also available for performances in restaurants etc., concerts and seminars

Schools: USA

  • Accordion Concertina Music, owned by Helmi Strahl Harrington, with locations at Superior, Wisconsin and Burnsville, Michigan, sells new and restored accordion-family instruments of all brands and eras of production. They also provide teaching, for beginners to professionals. Helmi Harrington also runs the Harrington ARTS Center, the Accordion-concertina Repair & Technician's School.
  • Liberty Bellows from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by Mike Bulboff, sell used accordions - piano accordions, chromatic button accordions, free bass, diatonic etc. They have video demos of all instruments for sale. They also do repairs, and offer lessons for all levels of accordion, including a practice band.
  • Rosita Lee Music Center sells new and used accordions, and repairs them. It also provides accordion lessons, and it is the base of accordion orchestra The Showstoppers. A page for Rosita Lee Music Center at www.accordions.com.
  • Marchette Dubois teaches accordion at the Experimental College connected to the Associated Students of the University of Washington (in Seattle). The main page for the Experimental College
  • Dale E. Wise founded Accordion for Kids/U.S.A., with 11 associated music teachers in Viriginia, and one each in Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Universities: USA

  • The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments at the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (director: Allan W. Atlas) is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly research on all aspects--organology, sociology, repertory, performance practice, etc.--of all free-reed instruments. Between 1999 and 20002 it published the Free-Reed Journal

Teachers: International

  • musiclessonsplus.org is a free database of private music teachers, with listings for the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For the accordion there currently are a few teachers listed for the first three countries,.

Teachers: Australia

  • Tania Lukic-Marx is Yugoslavian by birth, studied for 7 years at the Kiev Conservatorium of Music in Ukraine with professor Vladimir Besfamilnov, and is now a naturalized Australian living in Sydney. In 1986 she performed the world premiere of Vladimir Zubitsky's "Slavic" Sonata No. 2, in Klingenthal, and in 1993 she made a concert tour in China. Since 1992 she has been the director of her own Music School in Sydney, and she is also heavily involved with accordion activities as the President of the Australian Accordion Teachers Association Inc, which runs the annual Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival in May each year.

Teachers: Belarus

  • Glubochenko Vasilly teaches accordion, ensemble, improvisation, and computer arrangement of music works, at the Byelorussian State University of Culture. Sheet music for some of his compositions is for sale on musicforaccordion.com (the link above).

Teachers: Canada

  • Penny Sandborn performs live accordion music for special events and provides private accordion lessons in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She performs both solo and with other musicians on vocals, guitar and bass, and her repertoire includes French Musette, Italian, tango and standards.

Teachers: France

  • Anicet Le Marre (in French) teaches weekly courses for diatonic accordion in various locations in the neighbourhood of Lorient in Bretony, throughout the school year. Also, in the summer he organises 5 day workshops in Quimperle.

Teachers: Germany

  • Franka Lampe (in German) is a Klezmer accordionist from Berlin. She plays in various bands: Café Central, Klezmers Techter, Ljuti Hora, Modern Klezmer Quartett, Nu, Oloyé and Schikker Wi Lot. Previously she played in La'om (from 1994 - 2002) and in Caval and neo-Bulgarian band Jerewan. She has also played for various theatre productions, and she teaches, with Musica Viva (in German) and with Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend. (in German) Franka Lampe's (in German) myspace page.
  • Thomas Krizsan's schifferklavier.de (in German) has information about himself, but also more general information: a list of accordion teachers, and of people looking for a teacher, a little bit of history, and sheet music for a few tunes.

Teachers: Italy

  • Angelo Aquilini is an accordionist and teacher from Italy. He has performed in Canada, France, Germany, Austria and Greece, and every year since 2001 he has toured Japan, for concerts and Workshops.
  • Diatonic accordion (organetto) player Danilo Di Paolonicola (in Italian) from Teramo, Italy has won numerous prizes, amongst which the 2007 "Premio Città di Castelfidardo" for jazz accordion with his group "Ethnic Project". He also teaches in Teramo.
  • Alessandro Mugnoz studied choral music and direction ath the "Martini" Conservatoire in Bologna and accordion at the "Rossini" Conservatoire in Pesaro. He currently teaches at the Musical Institute "G.B. Pergolesi" in Ancona, and has written various didactic booklets and works for solo accordion and for ensembles, some of which have been chosen as obligatory pieces in national competitions. Together with pianist Claudia Menghi he has recorded Dal Repertorio ottocentesco per strumenti ad ancia libera alla musica del Novecento
  • Massimiliano Pitocco is a chromatic button accordion and bandoneon player from Pescara, Italy. He is an active concert performer, both solo and in ensembles such as "Quartetto Novitango", Four for Tango (in Italian) and "Ensemble 900", and he teaches or has taugth at the Conservatory of Bari and at the Musical Academy of Pescara.
  • Italian accordionist Antonio Spaccarotella studied with Lucio Cortese, Enrico Volpe, Renzo Ruggieri and Luciano Biondini. He plays jazz, French, tango, experimental music, etc., and works as a demonstrator for Logic System and for SOUNDS srl. He also teaches at his own school in Cetraro (Cosenza), and is artistic director for the Accordion Revolution music competition.

Teachers: The Netherlands

  • Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen (in Dutch) has written music for music theatre, musicals, and commercials; his "Accordion Crimes" (inspired by the novel) was premiered on the 2008 "Het Accordeon" festival. He plays in world music ensemble ®chestra, and teaches at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education 'De Lindenberg' in Nijmegen, and as freelance teacher at various academies. A short biography of Gerie Daanen
  • Anneke Goudkuil (in Dutch) has written and published a course for diatonic accordion in 5 parts, as well as several tunebooks. Amongst others, she has transcribed Andries Kiers' music book from the last century, with tablature for the diatonic (C/F) accordion. She also teaches in Deventer, the Netherlands.
  • Monique Kokkeler from Losser teaches in the region of Twente (or beyond for groups).
  • Diatonic accordionist Wouter Kuyper (in Dutch) is active in the bal folk scene, amongst others with Liro. His Bal Folk Deunenboek (in Dutch) contains "40 new melodies for the modern bal folk" -- illustrated with cartoons by Auke Eringa. He also teaches, with the Trekharmonica-vereniging Amsterdam (THA) and at the Trekzakacademie in Nieuwegein.
  • Victor Pryblov (in Dutch) is a bayan player from Novosibirsk, Siberia, who has settled in the Netherlands with his his wife, folk dancer Natalja Priblova. Together they organise cultural events, shows, concerts, workshops, and lessons for bayan and dance. The link above is for an installment of the VPRO radio show "De Wandelende Tak" featuring Victor Pryblov (real-audio)
  • Pauline de Snoo from the Netherlands teaches the English concertina in various workshops. She has also published a tutor for the English concertina (volume 1). See concertina-academy.com, for more info, amongst others about a DVD "Playing the concertina" by Bernd Out, an 80 minute documentary about the history of the concertina.
  • As "Trad. ft" Frans Tromp (in Dutch) teaches and organises courses for diatonic accordions. Apart from various workshops, he gives private lessons in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Malden and Groningen
  • Ellen van Vliet (in Dutch) is a Dutch world music accordionists. She plays in trio Wereldact (in Dutch) and in accordion duo Black Celluloid, (in Dutch) together with Theo van Tol. She teaches at Muziekschool Amsterdam, (in Dutch) at Muziekschool Waterland, (in Dutch) and privately. And she also teaches world music workshops for music schools, brass bands, accordion orchestras and mixed ensembles.
  • Pauli Walenberg teaches accordion since ca 1990, in Utrecht, to both children and adults. For further information email pauliwalenberg@tiscali.nl

Teachers: New Zealand

  • Accordion teacher and conductor Christine Adams from Hibiscus Coast is the News Collator for Accordions Worldwide
  • Lian Jones, who was born in the Fujian province of China, now lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She has won many accordion competitions in China, and has also performed in the USA and in New Zealand. She teaches piano and accordion in Auckland, and she is the Liaison Officer for the NZAA for Chinese language teachers and contestants.

Teachers: Norway

  • Kvarts (in Norwegian) is a folk group from Norway with Jo-Asgeir Lie on accordion. Apart from performing, he teaches folk music at the Viken and Voss folk high schools, and works as a music teacher for the district of Aal in Hallingdal.

Teachers: Sweden

  • Ingemar Nilsson (in Swedish) is a retired music teacher from Roknas near Piteå. On his site he has a number of MIDI arrangement of tunes for accordion and accordion ensemble.

Teachers: Switzerland

  • Adrian Leuenberger (in German) from Huttwil studied accordion repair with Hohner from 1999 to 2002, and for accordion teacher at the Trossingen Conservatory from 2002 to 2006; in 2006 he opened his repair workshop. He repairs and tunes accordions, and also sells second hand instruments and parts. Besides, he teaches at various music schools and privately.
  • Akkordeonfachwerkstatt Urs Meier (in German) from Einsiedeln. Urs Meier worked as a tuner for Hohner for two years, and then started his own repair workshop in 2002. He repairs and tunes accordions, and sells second hand instruments. He also teaches.

Teachers: United Kingdom

  • Fred Dunn is a Swiss/British accordion teacher (piano accordion and C system chromatic), now living in Canterbury, England, where he runs the Thanington School of Music founded in 1978. On his site Invicta Accordion Publications he has sheet music for a number of his compositions -- French Musette, Mazurkas, Polkas, Tango, Walzes. Solos duets and accordion group, which can be purchased. All Fred's music has a very distinctive and authentic continental feel to them.
  • Kris Hughes has taugh piano accordion in Edinburgh for over 20 years. On her blog you can ask questions about accordion technique etc. Kris is also happy to offer distance learning for those without a teacher = (for example video coaching).
  • Karen Tweed has played with The Poozies for 17 years, and with SWÅP for 12, but she has now left both. With Timo Alakotila (et al) she recorded the brilliant "May Monday" CD in 2003, and its successor, "Midnight May Monday" (not bad either!) in 2008, and she has played in "Circa Compania" and in the Uiscedwr big band and quartet, and in various duos. Karen Tweed has also published a book, 'Traditional Irish Music' with the transcription of 93 tunes (with a preface by Phil Cunningham), published by Dave Mallinson Publications. There are 2 CDs to go with that, 'Drop of Springwater' and 'the Silver Spire'. Karen also teaches, privately in the UK and Ireland, and at the Sage Gateshead, Linmerick University and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Karen Tweed's myspace page

Teachers: USA

  • Gary Dahl has an accordion school in Puyallup, Washington; lessons are also available by correspondence. Gary Dahl has written a number of books for Mel Bay, with transcriptions/arrangements of amongst others jazz solos, music by Clifton Chenier, and French tangos (these three with an accompanying CD), and a Harmony and Chord Applications Book/Course. A page for Gary Dahl at Petosa, with a catalogue of musical arrangements. Sheet music by Gary Dahl for a sale via musicforaccordion.com.
  • Peter Di Bono from San Francisco has played for all kinds of people, including the governor of California and Prince Charles and Lady Camilla. He has also performed as a guest soloist with various symphony orchestras. He'l play classical and jazz, German, Italian, French and many other styles, both solo or in a duo or ensemble. He also teaches, at the CMS Community Music Center and privately.
  • Kevin Friedrich is an accordion performer and teacher, who has participated in the Coupe Mondiale three times, and who has served two terms as president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild. Currently he is Accordions Worldwide representative for North America. He performs both solo and in The International Trio.
  • Bob Goldberg from New York is available for live performance and studio work. He has played with Washboard Jungle, the Brooklyn Academy of Noise Radio Orchestra, and in Le Nozze di Carlo. He also teaches piano and accordion.
  • Accordionist, keyboardist etc. Jerry Goodman from Concord, North Carolina performs both solo and in the various bands that he leads: the Jerry Goodman Group (a variety band), The Gootmon Sauerkraut Show Band (German), Mucho Mariachi (Mexican), Caribean Breeze Band (island music), Bon Ton Playboys (Cajun), and The Lil' Dixie Jazz Band (Dixieland). Besides, he teaches accordion, for over 30 years, in his studio in Concord.
  • Frank Mucedola from the Central New York Area has for many years played in various dance bands and with symphony orchestras. With his sextet he has recorded a CD with standards, arranged for easy listening. Frank Mucedola also has an accordion school in Auburn, New York.
  • Milen Slavov is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, vocalist, and conductor from Bulgary, who plays and composes in Bulgarian traditional, contemporary, improvisational, Eastern European, gypsy, and classical styles. He has been a guest teacher at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, and currently he lives in Ocean Springs, Missisipi. He has published a number of books (+CD) with sheet music for his own compositions, most recently "Bright Stage", and he will shortly publish a book with popular Bulgarian folk songs, amongst others arranged for accordion. He also provides one to one on-line Bulgarian accordion lessons
  • "Squeezer" Dee Langley from Minnesotat plays "artsy-fartsy classically folk": Spanish classics, Klezmer, Russian concert works and Polish dances in SKWEEZERGRABBIT. She also teaches accordion in the Minneapolis Metro area. A page for Dee Langley at accordions.com. She plays in an accordion duo with Greg Dagoumas, "Just Du-et".

Instruments

  • There are several types of accordions. Most people limit themselves to one or two types (actually, most people limit themselves to zero types, but they don't know what they're missing). If you don't know which one is the type for you, Wendy Morrison's article on how to pick a squeezebox might help.

    The major distinction is between accordions proper and concertinas. For the accordion proper, the right hand keyboard is perpendicular to the body of the accordion, so you press the keys or buttons towards you; on a concertina the buttons are mounted on the body itself, so you press the buttons towards the bellows. (I hope this is somewhat clear).

Piano Accordions

  • The patent for the Luttbeg accordion with a piano keyboard both for the treble and the bass. It did not catch on because the bass keyboard is pretty much impossible to play

Chromatic Button Accordions

  • Bayanist / accordionist Don Severs has a made a design for a modified, more ergonomical bayan. He has studied with Joan Cochran Sommers, and he won 1st place at the AAA festival in Miami in 1979.

Diatonic Accordions

  • Fernanod Ariza's site on El acordeén diatónico, (in Spanish) with a short history, explanation of the instrument, information on some players, courses, organisations, methods, etc. Also: sheet music with tablature for G/C accordions, (in Spanish) in PDF/midi format
  • Bordun e.V. (in German) is a society for hurdy gurdy and bagpipes, but their workshops often include the diatonic accordion. The site also has some articles about the diatonic accordion
  • L'accordéon Diato des amateurs (in French) (!) is an extensive site about the diatonic accordion by Anicet Le Marre, for amateurs in both senses of the word: non-professionals and enthusiasts. It contains tablature for various tunes, a beginner's course for the diatonic accordion (starting from how to hold the instrument), information about courses, history, some music theory, and a lot more.
  • Hans Elst (in Dutch) has got a site with some general information about the diatonic accordion, as well as tablature for various tunes and songs -- including own transcriptions of a few Katie Melua songs. He has also a written a 59 page TablEdit manual (in Dutch), which is available on request.
  • www.diatonisch-accordeon.tk (in Dutch) is a site by Kris Blomme for users and fans of diatonic accordeons, in particular in Flanders, with news, info, links to accordionists, makers, etc.
  • On his website Pether Ganther (in German) has information about the Steyrische accordion, the tablature system used for them (Rosenzopf's "Griffschrift"), and keyboard layouts for Steyrische accordions and the club accordion (Club IIb). He's also got the dots for a few of his own compositions, in tablature.
  • A melodeon FAQ by Hobgoblin, with fingering charts for various two to three-row instruments.
  • melodeon.net is a site about melodeons (diatonic accordions), founded by John Spiers, and now maintained by Theo Gibb. It has a large collection of layouts for different melodeon types, a section where players can review their instrument for the site, as well as links to melodeon makers, (UK) shops, players, and general links.
  • Frans Fuchs' Volksmusik und Volkstanz im Alpenland (in German) with sheet music and tablature for Steyrische (Griffschrift) for Austrian folk dances and songs, as well as information about the Steyrische accordion (in German)
  • 'Trekharmonika - Startpagina', (in Dutch) a starting page for diatonic accordions by the "Stichting Trekharmonika Friesland", with links, information about courses, etc.
  • Soinu Ttiki (in French) is an association for traditional Basque music, based in Espelette, France. Amongst others they organise workshops and exchanges. Their website contains a comparison between the trikitixa and the standard 2-row diatonic accordion, (in French) with keyboard layouts. The main differences are that the trikitixa has unisonorous basses (same note on push and pull), and more buttons.
  • Christoph Zeiler's Diatonica, (in German) information about the diatonic accordion, with a bibliography, a discography, a mailing list, links, and transcription of tunes for the diatonic accordion (in abc format).

Concertinas

  • The main objective of The Concertina Connection is the reintroduction of the concertina in classical music. Amongst others it sells concertinas, and it publishes classical music for concertina. A recent addition are the Jackie and Jack models English Student Concertina, a cheap 30 key English concertina (with accordion reeds).
  • Concertina Library (!) a.k.a. concertina.com, edited by Robert Gaskins, contains an extensive collection of documents for the study of English, Anglo, and Duet concertinas: history, instruction books, sheet music, patents, technical papers, rare periodicals, and new research by many leading scholars. Contributing authors currently are Chris Algar, Allan Atlas, Margaret Birley, Barry Callaghan, Richard Carlin, Stephen Chambers, David Cornell, Roger Digby, Stuart Eydmann, Robert Gaskins, Randy Merris, Neil Wayne, Wes Williams and Dan Worrall.
  • KonzertinaNetz (in German) is a German-language site by Klaus Wenger about various kinds of concertinas, with amongst others a bibliography and some sheet music, some with tablature for C/G German concertinas. There is also a list of concertina meetings and workshops in Germany.
  • Essays by Goran Rahm about ergonomics of the English concertina and possible improvements: The English Concertina - in Sickness and Health; An Ergonomic Handle For English, Anglo And Duet Concertinas; Holding the Concertina; and Supporting the Concertina
  • Pauline de Snoo from the Netherlands teaches the English concertina in various workshops. She has also published a tutor for the English concertina (volume 1). See concertina-academy.com, for more info, amongst others about a DVD "Playing the concertina" by Bernd Out, an 80 minute documentary about the history of the concertina. The Horniman Museum in London houses the Neil Wayne collection of over 600 concertinas and related free reed instruments (plus a few others). They also own Neil Wayne's and Steve Dickinson's collections of Wheatstone Concertina ledgers. Amongst others, they make it possible to date most Wheatstones by their serial number. The Dickinson Archives, which cover 1910 to 1974 (and serial numbers 25000 to 37083 for Englishes and 55492 to 59498 for Anglos), are available online from the above link, or on CD-ROM. The Wayne Archives, which cover 1840 to 1890 with some gaps, will be made available at a later date.

Anglo Concertinas

  • Die Deutsche Konzertina, (!) (in German) Martin Döring's pages about the German and Anglo-German concertina, history, notes on how to play it, ornamentation in Irish music, and sheet music for some Steyrische tunes.

Duet Concertinas

  • chords for duet concertina players (or anyone who needs to build them from single notes, really)
  • How to play chords on any MacCann Duet Concertina by Robert Gaskins, which contains a 51 page PDF file that explains how to play chords to accompany folk songs on MacCann Duet concertinas of any size and from any period. It shows the chord shapes, as well as the layout for a large number of `standard' as well as actual MacCann models.

Chemnitzers

  • Ken Yagelski's Chemnitzer Concertina Music Site with sheet music with special notation for Chemnitzers. (amongst others 'All I Want For Christmas is a Concertina'), as well as a history of the Chemnitzer, and a list of prices of recently sold instruments

Bandoneons

  • The bandoneon is a large square concertina, similar to the Chemnitzer. It is the hallmark instrument for the Argentinian tango, so that section will contain related information.
  • (Sources for) bandoneon scores and tango sheet music

Other Free Reed Instruments

Movies

  • You'll find quite a few movies if you
    in the Internet Movies database. There are a few accordeon or accordion players as well, a few female accordion players, and there is one melodeon player credited. Or you could look for Astor Piazzolla.
  • The accordion features in at least two of movies of Nikita Mikhalkov (The composer for both is Edward Artemyev, I guess he has something to do with it). In `Urga' (Close to Eden), according to a Review by Edwin Jahiel, the Mongol's daughter plays Paso Dobles; the soundtrack includes "Les Collines de Mandchourie" played by Richard Galliano. In the Irish pub in Groningen, this tune is known as Waltzin' to Mongolia. And `Utomlionie Solntsem' (Burnt by the Sun) begins and ends with a scene of two people dancing to the music of a single accordionist (And besides, one of the Young Pioneers plays accordion).
  • Shirly Evans plays some accordion in the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour". But "Shirley's wild accordion" (Lennon--McCartney), that was recorded for that film on 12 October 1967 by Shirley Evans, Reg Wale, Paul and Ringo, was one of the Songs the Beatles Didn't Do: it wasn't used.
  • Janine Erickson plays the accordion girl in Hal Hartley's Kid (1984, 33 min.). And Jeff Howard played the song for Hartley's Theory of Achievement on accordion.
  • Music from the Inside Out is a documentary about musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra. According to the New York Times review, and according to a comment on the Internet Movie Database page for Music from the Inside Out, one of the best bits is a lengthy shot where orchestra members listen to a street musician in Cologne playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons". You can see -- but not hear --the accordionst 1:55/1:57 into the trailer (see the first link above). Anyone know who he is? Someone inquired to me about that.
  • Los Viajes del Viento (the Wind Journeys) is a movie from Colombia about an accordionist who travels a long distance to return his instrument to his elderly teacher. It's got a lot of vallenato music in! The trailer for Los Viajes del Viento. The IMDB page for Los Viajes del Viento, and a Wikipedia article for The Wind Journeys.
  • Zwei Wochen Argentinien (in German) (Two weeks Argentina) is a short movie (35 minutes) about a worker in an accordion factory that is about to go bust. He desperately tries to keep it open for another two weeks, because he wants to get custody over his daughter. It was director Holger Haase's exam work, filmed in 2002, and fellow employees in the factory are played by members of Akkordeon-Orchester 1980 Dinslaken/Oberhausen and Akkordeonorchester Musikfreunde Wülfrath.

Poems

  • Dutch professional busker Thijs Hanrath has played in the Netherlands, all over Southern Europe and in Latin America. On his web site he has got amongst others pictures of accordionists/buskers, MP3 files for some 40 tunes, and some accordion poems
  • Rudyard Kipling (1835-1936), from Cells from the collection "Verses 1889-1896":
    I've a head like a concertina, I've a tongue like a button-stick,
    I've a mouth like an old potato, and I'm more than a little sick,
    But I've had my fun o' the Corp'ral's Guard; I've made the cinders fly,
    And I'm here in the Clink for a thundering drink and blacking the Corporal's eye.

    Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Third Edition, published by the Oxford University Press, 1979. (thanks, Wendy)
  • Poems by Marcelijus Martinaitis, amongst which "Severiute's lament" with the lines The little hunchback / who died the year before last / played the accordion for me.
  • Poet Robert Service played the accordion and English concertina. His "Twenty bath tub ballads", published 1939, have sheet music for piano, voice, ukelele, and accordion. His poem Accordion

Robert Service: Accordion

  • Some carol of the banjo, to its measure keeping time;
    Of viol or of lute some make a song.
    My battered old accordion, you're worthy of a rhyme,
    You've been my friend and comforter so long.
    Round half the world I've trotted you, a dozen years or more;
    You've given heaps of people lots of fun;
    You've set a host of happy feet a-tapping on the floor. . .
    Alas! your dancing days are nearly done.

    I've played you from the palm-belt to the suburbs of the Pole;
    From the silver-tipped sierras to the sea.
    The gay and gilded cabin and the grimy glory-hole
    Have echoed to your impish melody.
    I've hushed you in the dug-out when the trench was stiff with dead;
    I've lulled you by the coral-laced lagoon;
    I've packed you on a camel from the dung-fire on the bled,
    To the hell-for-breakfast Mountains of the Moon.

    I've ground you to the shanty men, a-whooping heel and toe,
    And the hula-hula graces in the glade.
    I've swung you in the igloo to the lousy Esquimau,
    And the Haussa at a hundred in the shade.
    The black man on the levee, and the Dinka by the Nile
    Have shuffled to your insolent appeal.
    I've rocked with glee the chimpanzee, and mocked the crocodile,
    And shocked the pompous penguin and the seal.

    I've set the yokels singingin a little Surrey pub,
    Apaches swinging in a Belville bar.
    I've played an obligato to the tom-tom's rub-a-dub,
    And the throb of Andalusian guitar.
    From the Horn to Honolulu, from the Cape to Kalamazoo,
    From Wick to Wicklow, Samarkand to Spain,
    You've roughed it with my kit-bag like a comrade tried and true...
    Old pal! We'll never hit the trail again.

    Oh I know you're cheap and vulgar, you're an instrumental crime.
    In drawing-rooms you haven't got a show.
    Your're a musical abortion, you're the voice of grit and grime,
    You're the spokesman of the lowly and the low.
    You're a democratic devel, you're the darling of the mob;
    You're a wheezy, breezy blasted bit of glee.
    You're the headache of the high-brow, you're the horror of the snob,
    But you're worth your weight in ruddy gold to me.

    For you've chided me in weakness and you've cheered me in defeat;
    You've been an anodyne in hours of pain;
    And when the slugging jolts of life have jarred me off my feet,
    You've ragged me back into the ring again.
    I'll never go to Heaven, for I know I am not fit,
    The golden harps of harmony to swell;
    But with asbestos bellows, if the devil will permit,
    I'll swing you to the fork-tailed imps of Hell.

    Yes, I'll hank you, and I'll spank you,
    And I'll everlasting yank you
    To the cinder-swinging satellites of Hell.

Novels

  • In L. Frank Baum's Road to Oz: "I hope your Princess Ozma won't invite him to her birthday celebration," remarked the shaggy man; "for the fellow's music would drive her guests all crazy. You've given me an idea, Button-Bright; I believe the musicker must have swallowed an accordeon in his youth." "What's 'cordeon?" asked the boy. "It's a kind of pleating," explained Dorothy, putting down the dog.
  • Wilkie Collins was a Victorian novelist, and close friend of Charles Dickens. The concertina occurs in at least two of his novels: in Armadale, and in The Woman in White. As for the latter, Allan W. Atlas: Collins, Count Fosco, and the Concertina, Wilkie Collins Society Journal, new ser., 2 (1999), 56-60, discusses the "model" (Giulio Regondi) that might have led Collins to place the (English) concertina in the hands of Count Fosco. Both novels are also discussed in the article Wilkie Collins and music by Philip Scowcroft.
  • There is a Robert Heinlein novel called 'Farmer in the Sky', in which a young space colonist is allowed to bring his accordion to Ganymede even though it exceeded weight limit for personal effects because of it being classified as a cultural asset by a colonization board after he plays several songs to them. His encore was a song called 'The Green Hills of Earth'. (quoting Michael Mann)
  • For more literary references to the accordion, you might want to check out Gabriel Garcia Marquez's ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE in which several characters are accordionists. The accordion is not only mentioned in passing references, it has a significant presence in the novel. (thanks to Ezra Ball)
  • Accordion Crimes, by E. Annie Proulx (1995 or 1996), follows an accordion from its creation in Italy through various owners in America. It has a handsome picture/illustration of an old 2-row Hohner on the cover. Acknowledgements include: Raynald Ouellette and Marcel Messevier, French Canadian players and makers; Bob Snope of the Button Box, for technical editing; and C&S editor Joel Cowan, described as "witty and peripatetic" (true and true). (quoting Michael Reid) To which Ted Reichman added: I was recently informed by Guy Klucevsek that he has composed and recorded some original solo accordion music for an audio version of this book read by the author. His music traces the plot outline. Graeme Smith published an essay on Annie Proulx's Musicology, in Australian Humanities Review.
  • Hoopi Shoopi Donnaby by Suzanne Strempek Shea (Pocket books, 1996) is a "heartwarming tale about a Polish-American girl growing up in Western Massachusetts. Donna is a Polish-American Dorothy, whose journey to Oz ends when she also realizes there's no place like home. For this Dorothy, however, the ruby slippers come in the form of an old accordion, and "Follow the Yellow brick Road" is played to a Polka beat...". Apparently the heroine in the novel forms an all-girl polka band, encouraged by her father." (as told by Henry Doktorski on rec.music.makers.squeezebox)
  • Mark Twain: a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Chapter 40: They went clothed in steel and equipped with sword and lance and battle-axe, and if they couldn't persuade a person to try a sewing-machine on the installment plan, or a melodeon, or a barbed-wire fence, or a prohibition journal, or any of the other thousand and one things they canvassed for, they removed him and passed on.
  • And in Tom Sawyer Abroad, chapter 5, `Land': The professor had laid in everything a body could want; he couldn't 'a' been better fixed. There wasn't no milk for the coffee, but there was water, and everything else you could want, and a charcoal stove and the fixings for it, and pipes and cigars and matches; and wine and liquor, which warn't in our line; and books, and maps, and charts, and an accordion; and furs, and blankets, and no end of rubbish, like brass beads and brass jewelry, which Tom said was a sure sign that he had an idea of visiting among savages. There was money, too. Yes, the professor was well enough fixed.
  • Williams, Vera B: Something Special for Me 1983. (EASY). Rosa has difficulty choosing a special birthday present to buy with the coins her mother and grandmother have saved, until she hears a man playing beautiful music on an accordion. She also wrote Music, Music For Everyone, in which Rosa overcomes stage fright to play accordion in a dance band and earns money to help take care of her ailing grandmother.

Short Stories

Other

  • Gustavus Hindman Miller's 10,000 Dreams Interpreted has a section about the Accordion:

    To dream of hearing the music of an accordion, denotes that you will engage in amusement which will win you from sadness and retrospection. You will by this means be enabled to take up your burden more cheerfully.

    For a young woman to dream that she is playing an accordion, portends that she will win her lover by some sad occurrence; but, notwithstanding which, the same will confer lasting happiness upon her union. If the accordion gets out of tune, she will be saddened by the illness or trouble of her lover.

Paintings and Sculptures

  • Creative-Shop from Waldshut, Germany, sells T-shirts, pins, etcetera. (in German) Its owner, Uli Ebner is president of The Schlüchttal Akkordeon-Orchesters Gurtweil, and an Accordions Worldwide representative for Germany.
  • The R. Crumb Specials at comics shop Lambiek include ``les As du Musette'', 36 trading cards with musette players on them, and a poster for the CD Trop de routes, trop de trains et autre histoires d'amour by Les Primitifs du Futur, with Florence Dionneau on vocals/accordion. Robert Crumb plays oldfashioned jazz in The Cheap Suit Serenaders
  • American artist-musician Christian Marclay [NY Times review, might need subscription] is/was the subject of a traveling survey at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, encompassing sculpture, collage, painting, video and performance. It includes an accordion with ~200 fold bellows, apparently made from 2 Titano accordions (plus some extra bellows, of course)
  • John Millais' "The Blind Girl" (with square Anglo-German concertina; click on the picture for a larger format) can be found in the Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery
  • SqueezinArt sells accordion (or concertina) T-shirts, accordion mugs, accordion address labels, and bumper stickers (like one that says I'd rather be squeezin'! for instance), etc.
  • The portfolio of jt yost includes hand-painted accordion block prints (image on the bottom row). He played with a band called Drunk for about seven years, "doing kind of depressing, introspective, beautiful kinda stuff along the lines of maybe Leonard Cohen or Will Oldham".

Humour

History

  • An extensive at accordions.com, both in general and specifically for various countries
  • Concertina Library (!) a.k.a. concertina.com, edited by Robert Gaskins, contains an extensive collection of documents for the study of English, Anglo, and Duet concertinas: history, instruction books, sheet music, patents, technical papers, rare periodicals, and new research by many leading scholars. Contributing authors currently are Chris Algar, Allan Atlas, Margaret Birley, Barry Callaghan, Richard Carlin, Stephen Chambers, David Cornell, Roger Digby, Stuart Eydmann, Robert Gaskins, Randy Merris, Neil Wayne, Wes Williams and Dan Worrall.
  • Mikhail I. Imhanitsky (in Russian) is professor of history of the bayan at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow. He is the author of more than 200 books and articles, amongst which История исполнительства на русских народных инструментах (History of the performance on Russian folk instruments, 2002), Музыка зарубежных композиторов для баяна и аккордеона. (Music by foreign composers for bayan and accordion, 2004) and История баянного и аккордеонного искусства (History of the art of the bayan and the accordion, 2006), all published by the Gnessin Academy.
  • You can search "American Library" (part of the Library of Congress) for 'accordion' or 'concertina'; amongs others, that turns up a photo of Leadbelly with a (one-row) accordion

Venues

  • Herondell Bed and Breakfast (in Powell River, B.C., Canada) offers a large commons room with two pianos, a harpsichord and two accordions, waiting for the wandering musician.

Other

  • Search the USPTO patent database for patents in class 84/376 (Music / Wind is supplied by a hand-operated bellows and the reeds are controlled by valves and keys. Some forms are called "concertinas".)
  • Windows NT freeware button accordion (22KB .zip file) is a fairly silly program for Windows NT that simply puts up a window with 2 octaves worth of push buttons, marked "C .... c ....". You press the buttons and it makes a tone through the PC speaker. Pretty low tech and not at all graphical (thanks to Bruce Rosen's roommate Kevin for trying this out).
  • Dirk Wolters has developed a professional accordion tuner program for PCs or laptops with a soundcard and microphone, with which it is possible to measure the frequency of two or three voices at the same time.

Golden Cup

  • The advantage of the Golden Cup Midget 8 Bass is new style that is easy to play for children, which key and bass are select specific read, accurate accent, fine timbre, sonosous volume. It's bass with pull and push produce different scale arrangement. To learn the use of fingers methed able to lay good fundation from now on, also for play larger one.
  • How to hold the accordion

    Put the leather strap on shoulder when playing. The right-hand are employed in manipulating the keys, pushing and pulling are effected by the left wrist during performance and the palm is engaged in supporting the bottom of the instrurent. In the course of pushing and pulling, the bellows should assume the shape of a fan and move inward and outward quite naturally following the force of motion. The bellows roughly when no keys are pressed, since the bellows might be damaged and leakage would result.

    The method for the five fingers are the music - book 1. thumb finger (firs finger) [up to] 5. small finger (fitfth finger)

    The method for right hand finger accompaniment Press the key with the first and second finger of the right hand and the two notes 1 and 2 (dol and re) will be produced by successive pushing and pulling bellows in the same manner press all the keys exrecise repeat. First slowly and then with increased speed, until the whole scale is completely mastered.

  • Exercise for right hand

    transcription:
      ^ = dot on number = higher octave
      v = dot under  number = lower octave, ground bass
     () = circle around number = major chord
      _ = underlined is half length
      . = dot after number = dotted
    

    1=C 2/4
    1 2 | 3 4 | 5 4 | 3 2 | 1 - ||
    1 2 | 3 4 | 5 6 | 7 1^ | 7 6 | 5 4 | 3 2 | 1 - ||
    1 2 | 3 4 | 5 6 | 7 1^ | 2^ 3^ | 2^ 1^ | 7 6 5 4 | 3 2 | 1 - ||
    
  • The method for left hand finger accompaniment

    One is to use middle and index finger. Another one is use ring and middle finger. Any kind of finger methed must quick in action than accompaniment is succes. While playing a tune accompaniment is achieved by pressing with the left hand the bass and harmonic buttons. The bass side is equipped with eight round buttons. Evey two buttons are one set. Notice that the sound, produced by pressing the bass buttons, should be a short one, which means the button should be released immediately after being pressed. The sounds "boong" and "sah" are made by alternatively manipulating the middle and index finger. The accompaniment can be added in accordance with the beat of the music, for instance in playing a 2/4 beat, the bass and harmonic buttons can be pressed alternatively while a 3/4 beat can be accompanied, with one "Boong" and two consecutive "sah" sounds made by pressing the bass button ondce and the harmonic button twice.
  • Excercise for the left hand

    1=C 4/4
    5v (5) (5) (5) | 1v (1) (1) (1) | 4v (4) (4) (4) | 5v (5) (5) (5) |
    
    1v (1) (1) (1) | 4v (4) (4) (4) | 1v (1) (1) (1) | 1v  -   -   -  ||
                                                          (1) (1) (1) ||
    
    Accompaniment excercise
    To love of my small animal
    1=C 4/4
    5_6_ 5_4_ 3   1  | 2_1_ 2_3_  5   -  | 3_3_ 3  5_5_ 5  | 3_3_ 2_2_ 1  - ||
    1v   (1) (1) (1) | 5v   (5)  (5) (5) |  1v (1) (1) (1) |  5v  (5)  1v - ||
                                                                      (1) - ||
    
    Home sweet home
    1=C 4/4
    
    1_2_ |: 3 . 4_  4.  5_ | 5  -    3   5  |  4. 3_   4   2  | 3   -   -
            1v (1) (1) (1) | 5v (5) (5) (5) |  5v (5) (5) (5) | 1v (1) (1)
    
    1_2_ |  3 . 4_  4.  6_ | 5  -    3   5  |  4. 3_   4   2  | 1   -   -
      0     1v (1) (1) (1) | 5v (5)  1v (1) |  5v (5) (5) (5) | 1v (1) (1)
    
       5 |  1^. 7_  6.  5_ | 5  -    3   5  |  4. 3_   4   2  | 3   -   -
       0 |  1v (1) (1) (1) | 5v (5)  1v (1) |  5v (5) (5) (5) | 1v (1) (1)
    
       5 |  1^. 7_  6.  5_ | 5  -    3   5  |  4. 3_   4   2  | 1^  -   -   1_2_ :|
       0 |  1v (1) (1) (1) | 5v (5)  1v (1) |  5v (5) (5) (5) | 1v (1) (1)  0     |
    
  • For better protection of the instrument

    (1) Fasten the two sides of bellows together with the leather buckle when taking out the instrument. after use, the instrument should be laid down lightly.
    (2) Keep the instrument in a dry place. Care must be excercised not to subject it to moisture or excessive heat, such as sunlight etc.
    (3) It is not advisable to play the instrument where the air is humid or dusty, since the instrument body will be liable to damage and the scale might be affected.
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