Quick Links: September 26, 2007

  • Kimmo Pohjonen: Accordionist Extraordinaire
    All About Jazz has an excellent interview with Finnish avant-garde accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen. “With the aid of added microphones, digital relays and delays, he has dragged the accordion wheezing, shrieking and wailing into the new century.”
  • Acco Duo
    Ivana Levak Vaupotić and Miran Vaupotić are a young Croatian duo (she’s 28, he’s 23) who play classical accordion and bandoneón. Not only are they incredible performers, but their goal is to start a Croatian accordion school.
  • Barry Manilow on Jimmy Kimmel Live
    Everyone played the accordion when they were a kid — even Barry Manilow. In this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live (jump to the half-way point), Barry complains about the instrument and even plays a few bars of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Like a Virgin” on the accordion. (Thanks Zevy!)

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Today’s links share a Cajun theme…

  • Big Bayou Bandits: Fille De Houma
    Video clip of the Big Bayou Bandits, a fun Cajun band from Belgium (!) that melds Cajun, bluegrass, and rockabilly. (Found via Mister Anchovy)
  • Cajun/Creole Accordion Builders
    A project from the creator of the Cajun Squeezebox Blog — a list of Cajun accordion builders both past and present, with contact information.
  • Zydeco Vets Host Grammy Awards 101
    The Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy (including Terrance and Cynthia Simien) is holding a presentation in Vermilionville, LA for artists interested in joining the Academy and participating in the Grammy voting process. The event isn’t limited to Cajun/Zydeco, but I imagine anyone interested in the new Cajun/Zydeco Grammy category will want to attend.

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