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milwaukee-accordion-club-ed-hausePeople of German and Polish descent have been ethnically and historically connected to the accordion, therefore it should come as no surprise that areas that are of predominantly German and Polish heritage have the most experience with acccordians. Wisconsin, having been dominated by immigrating Germans and Poles in the 1800's, has the vibrant and flexible sounds of the "squeezebox" at many festivities.

Read more: The Box That Made Milwaukee Famous

Turisas: Heavy Metal, Viking-Themed, Accordion Band!An accordion can turn the most straightforward and mainstream compositions into wholly unique works.  The instrument almost demands a kind of "What if...?" approach to considering genre: 

What if... you constructed a rap beat from an accordion loop? 

What if... you covered some mainline pop hits with a Polka band? 

Or even "What if... you added an accordion to heavy metal?"  Well, that's what "folk metal" is all about!

One of the top bands in the sub-genre is Turisas.  Although the band has been active since 1997, it's their post-2004 work, starting with the album "Battle Metal", that accordion players should consider giving a listen, even if you've ever been interested in heavy metal. 

This is when Turisas started including Finnish accordionist Janne Mäkinen on their studio work.

Read more: Heavy Metal Accordion: An Introduction to Turisas

frank marocco, hollywood accordionistIf you're listening to Frank Marocco play accordion and your mouth starts to water, you are not experiencing a bout of synesthesia, you're probably just having flashbacks to Disney Pixar's award-winning film, Ratatouille .  But that's not the only place you’ve heard Frank Marocco before.  It seems if anyone in Hollywood is in need of an accordionist, Marocco is the go-to guy.  You may know his music from other popular films, such as Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's EndSomething's Gotta Give,  and Matchstick Men.

Read more: Spotlight on Frank Marocco

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Christmas song ''Jingle Bells'' arranged by Nikolai Ryskov for Accordion Solo using Stradella Bass.

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'O Gin I Were a Baron's Heir' Hi - one of my absolute favourite traditional scots slow airs is this 'O Gin I Were a Baron's Heir'. It's an old lov...

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Someone asked for music to J'Attendrai and I couldn't figure out how to answer that directly, so I've just posted it here.  It's just a lead sheet...

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Brise Napolitaine by Guerino.. Great piece.. great for technique

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Hi, everyone!  I am new to this forum, and would like to introduce myself.  I am a Norwegian all-round musician, playing accordion and keyboards....

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 It's a lovely melody,you can play too! http://tw.video.yahoo.com/video/studio?ei=UTF-8&action=deletevideo&.scrumb=U4q7qbz5zLj

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Collected and notated by Jeroen Nijhof.  Emphasis on Dutch tunes. Bravade, `Od koga' pravo, Jesusita en Chihuahua, En Bolivia el carnaval, Sirde...

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A groovy little cha-cha for two.

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Leadsheet for Limehouse Blues in G.  Play gypsy jazz!

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Souvenir de Lille
A delightful french musette piece for accordion, composed by myself.
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Samba Romantica --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Polka Italienne --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Paris-Moscow --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies attached to other music files. This audio sample is from the title track of  their CD, The Paris-Moscou Duo, which we gave away in our January 2007 contest.   
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Hiver --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Roman Zhbanov graduated from The Conservatory of Novosibirsk. When he was fourteen, he won the regional contest of young bayanists.  At eighteen he won the International contest in Kligental (Germany).  At nineteen he won the forty-seventh International Trophee Mondiale, in Italy.  Later, he became a laureate of international contests in Andorra, Spain, Russia and France.  He has perfo...
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Boys of Bluehill (local copy)
HI Folks, This is an Irish Hornpipe played on my Roland FR-3X LIVE. I am playing through a software LOOPER (Mobius). I can play once through with one sound and then the recording automatically repeats so I can layer on another saound.Even though I did this at home on St. Pat's day I performed an hours worth of these live before an audience.I hope you emjhoy it. LooseBruce
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Boutade --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Bayanist Roman Zhbanov is known to music lovers of Novosibirsk from their childhood.  He performed as a soloist with The Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra of the TV and radio company 'Novosibirsk'.  Recordings of his performances on radio and TV programs were made time and again. Since 1996, five CDs have been issued, and two films made. This is a far from complete list of achievements ...
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Badinerie --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies on the Contest Page; Domi was introduced in our October contest and Roman in our November contest.  Check out these samples.  The 'Hiver' is amazing!
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Accordion Mechanic --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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typisk trekkspill
Hi, everyone!  I am new to this forum, and would like to introduce myself.  I am a Norwegian all-round musician, playing accordion and keyboards.  Most of my work is composing and arranging for all kinds of instruments, bands and choirs.  This is a demo page of a little composition for accordion orchestra.  More demos can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=126261&id...

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