ACCORDION FOR OUTLIERS

2016 PERFORMERS

Nefertiti in the Kitchen (Rennes, France)

The bite of Kurt Weill and the dreaminess of Radiohead.

Nefertiti in the Kitchen An eccentric, multi-lingual cabaret, reverberating with intriguing sounds and punctuated by dream-like sketches. It’s a trip back in time to the roaring twenties and Tom Waits, Marc Perrone and Radiohead are along for the ride. The cabaret is brought to life by singer/actress Jen Rival and one-man-band Nicolas Méheust, the mad inventors of this musical universe in which guitar and accordion share the spotlight and where Kurt Weill himself would feel at home. It’s an outlandish mix of genres, a musical gem, a whimsical journey. It’s classy like a dame, charming like a poet and crazy like a cartoon character with its fingers stuck in a power socket.

 Pinata Protest (San Antonio, Texas)

Punk rock like abuela used to make!

Pinata Protest (ph: Daniela Riojas) Piñata Protest is an accordion fronted punk rock band from Texas. The San Antonio band’s fusion of Tex-Mex and punk is a fresh sound the LA Weekly hails as “festively energetic,” and NPR alt Latino deems “brilliant” and “mind blowing.” It’s Selena meets Slayer. An intoxicating border mash up of The Ramones and Ramon Ayala. "This band is manic, Hispanic, accordion driven, and loaded with punk rock attitude. Alvaro Del Norte squeezes and plies the keys of his accordion with frenzied energy, [and] he's an amazing performer. He leaps about, spins around the stage and even does windmills on his accordion a la Pete Townshend. He exudes charisma from every pore." (East Portland Blog).

The Conqueror Worm Suite (New York)

New York City’s Premiere Klezmer, Spaghetti-Western, Improv, Pop, Waltz, Freak-Out Trumpet and Accordion Duo

Ben & Patty Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell, premiering their new multi-media work "The Conqueror Worm", are a trumpet & accordion duo whose performances range from klezmer, original concert music and improvisation to interpretations of Romantic-era composers and more. Accordionist Farrell (Yo-Yo Ma, Frank London, Yiddish Art Trio) and trumpeter Holmes (Erik Satie Quartet, Trio Blastphemy, Ben Holmes Quartet, Tarras Band) bring together a unique array of experiences to present a truly original program of music ranging from the 19th - 21st Centuries and beyond. The "The Conqueror Worm" consists of a reading of the poem surrounded by music and visuals inspired by it. The animated visuals by Natalie Sousa are projected on a screen adjacent to the performers, further drawing the audience into the landscape of Poe’s vision.

Gunther Kablutsiak, Niryutit Taraa (Arviat, Nunavut) with V’ni Dansi (Vancouver)

Button Box Rocker meet Metis Dance Troupe for a square dance mashup.

Maddy and Eloi and Gunther Gunther Kablutsiak, from Arviat Nunavut formally known as Eskimo Point NWT, is a multi-instrumental songwriter who has played the button accordion since he was nine years old. He first fell in love with it when he saw the positive energy that flows between the accordion players and dancers and learned his craft by watching local elders Rosie Gibbons and Mary I. Kritaqlilluk play at square-dances and community events, and by listening to recordings. V’ni Dansi V’ni Dansi is a Vancouver-based traditional Métis and contemporary dance company. Led by Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand, the company is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Métis dance and the innovation of Indigenous contemporary works.

Duo Finelli (Seattle/San Francisco)

Irreverent circus comedy mixed with danger and delight

Duo Finelli- Big Time and Little Something Duo Finelli is two funny ladies, Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon, performing vaudeville-style circus comedy on accordion and ukulele. They have been creating and performing together since 2004 and have toured throughout Europe, the US, Mexico, and Canada. They also perform with the organization Clowns Without Borders and in November 2015 Luz traveled to the Greek island Lesvos, where she performed in camps and on the beaches where the refugees were arriving by boat. After one show a father of a four-year old girl thanked the performers explaining that this was the first time he had seen her smile since they left Syria. “A blade sharp ensemble.... a smartly funny variety show.” - SF Guardian

Jet Black Pearl (Amsterdam)

Love child of Nina Hagen and Tom Waits...with Björk as a babysitter

Jet Black Pearl This fabulous accordion diva from the port of Amsterdam comes to the Accordion Noir Festival fresh off a European tour of her new solo show “Sexy Beasts” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Jetty, who now lives in Portland, tours in Europe twice a year and has performed on more than a thousand stages all over Europe and the USA West Coast. Her surreal songs about slugs in love, criminal gurus, and hallucinating butterflies are anchored by a masterful voice, her consummate musicianship, and the  joyous swagger of a mad-hatters tea party with punk attitude, and a party playlist orchestrated by accordion, flute, beat-box, music box, toy piano and a loop station.

Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (Vancouver)

“Move the Mess Around” Official Album Release

Jack Garton is a world class talent from Vancouver who is celebrating his first album release as solo songwriter and frontman. After ten years of performing and touring Europe, US and Canada with different musical and theatrical acts, most notably Maria in the Shower, he has arrived at a unique musical style that incorporates cajun, european and country genres. His roots roller-coaster band, Demon Squadron, is named after Garton’s grandfather’s WWII flight squadron. Just like a special ops unit, they are a highly-trained team of musical specialists who back up Garton on rockabilly to rocksteady, country to cajun grooves with classic showmanship and wry humour. “Jack Garton will save the accordion” – Trevor Nichols, Jasper Fitzhugh Jack Garton is a world class talent from Vancouver who is celebrating his first album release as solo songwriter and frontman. After ten years of performing and touring Europe, US and Canada  with different musical and theatrical acts, most notably Maria in the Shower, he has arrived at a unique musical style that incorporates cajun, european and country genres. His roots roller-coaster band, Demon Squadron, is named after Garton’s grandfather’s WWII flight squadron. Just like a special ops unit, they are a highly-trained team of musical specialists who back up Garton on rockabilly to rocksteady, country to cajun grooves with classic showmanship and wry humour. “Jack Garton will save the accordion” – Trevor Nichols, Jasper Fitzhugh

Nathan Shubert with Tim Chan (Vancouver)

New Work for Accordion and Sheng ~the Great Grand-daddy of the Accordion

nathan-shubert-tim-chan At 30 years old Nathan Shubert is an unusually accomplished accordionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Known for his harmonic inventiveness, intelligent dynamism and masterful musicality he is also sought-after as a sideman and session player in Vancouver and beyond. He draws inspiration for his compositions from the rhythmic layering of Lubomyr Melnyk and 18 Musicians-era Steve Reich, the delicate beauty of Erik Satie, and the harmonic range and unconventional recording techniques of Nils Frahm. At 20 years old, Canadian born Tim Chan is already making a name for himself as one of Vancouver’s top sheng artists. At the urging of his parents he started playing the instrument at 6 years old and it became clear that he had a gift and affinity for the instrument. Winner of the Chinese ethnic instruments category of the 2014 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, he now performs regularly with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, BC Chinese Orchestra..

Dirty Grace (Mayne Island)

“Dirty in the right places and graceful in all the right ways.” Shane Koyczan

Dirty Grace Dirty Grace is one of BC’s most intriguing up and coming bands. With one member from Eastern Canada, one from Western Canada and one from somewhere in the middle, this band covers a lot of ground, but not just geographically. This trio of songwriters produces a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective, all driven by a curiosity in music’s ability to expose, shake down and express. View Magazine writes, “Lush three-part harmonies intermingle with beat boxing, ballroom pianos, acoustic guitars, clinking cans and a kaleidoscope of musical colours”.

Magic in the Woods (Pemberton)

Funky bluegrass folk beats that pull you in all directions

Magic in the Woods Calgary born accordionist and songwriter, Tanner James Brown has been playing music since he was 12 years old. He and bassist, lyricist and hip hop enthusiast Joshua Roberts (formerly known as Jawa) have collaborated together on many projects. Several years ago they formed   Magic in the Woods with three other close friends Shane Spencer (guitar), Brandon O’Malley (spoons) and Scotty McCaul and toured all through BC until a non fatal tour bus crash landed them in Pemberton where they have since been working on their chops and building musical cabins. The festival performance will be their first visit to Vancouver in over a year.

Breaking Boundaries (Colombia)

Vallenato Vancouver Style

John Gonzalez Breaking Boundaries is the heart-child of John Gonzalez who began playing accordion at the age of eight and came to Vancouver in 2014 to study music at VCC. He formed the band in 2015 with Colombian and Canadian musicians with the purpose of sharing and exploring new ideas within the traditional forms of Vallenato and Cumbia. John is passionate about the possibility of music to act as a bridge between cultures. He and his bandmates, all accomplished young musicians, are excited to perform and explore traditional Colombian music in way that breaks down boundaries and brings people together in a celebratory atmosphere.

Kael Vincent (Vancouver)

Accordion balancing at it’s finest..

Kael Vincent One day you will be walking down Granville Street and you will hear something faint and oddly familiar. You will walk a little further and see a few other passersby halted in their steps, gazing in the direction of the source of the familiar sound. Surrounded by handmade old suitcases of all sizes and shapes, and perched upon the largest, a steamer trunk upended against the wall, you see the poetic figure of a young man from a bygone era playing mesmerizing etudes on a storied old accordion; a poetic vision in the core of downtown Vancouver. People pause in their busy days to gaze and allow themselves to imbibe the wistful and passionate vision of this musician and dreamer as he sways and squeezes his way into your heart and memory, even if just for a moment.

Melodona Repair  (Montreal)

Melodona on the Road

Melodona on the Road Melodona, accordion repair dame from Montreal will be attending the Accordion Noir festival for the 5th time this year. She'll be in Vancouver with her toolbox to give your squeezebox some love and care, from September 6th to October 12st (tentative dates to be confirmed), setting up shop in Kitsilano on 3rd Avenue West. Get in touch with her at melodona@gmail.com and pass by for a free estimate. Those who can are invited to inform her in advance of their specific needs, so she can make sure to bring all the required replacement parts. This year's repair workshop will include a Power Point presentation, "Everything That Can Go Wrong with your Accordion". Those wishing to be part of it are invited to send her pictures of their squeezebox in a potentially dirtying, wetting, dustying or spectacularly dangerous situation. As usual, at that same workshop, all are welcome to bring broken boxes to be opened for every's benefit. Website: https://melodona.wordpress.com
 

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