“ Much like American jazz, blues and country, musette was born of a world of rough and shifty ne’er-do-wells, a volatile tableau of killers, prostitutes, pimps and gangsters. ”
Watch any old movie that’s set in Paris and the soundtrack is sure to be musette, the charming, accordion-fueled music so identified with the city’s romantic aura. But before it became clichéd Hollywood shorthand for a location change, it was the social music of Paris’ unsavory criminal underclass. Much like American jazz, blues and country, musette was born of a world of rough and shifty ne’er-do-wells, a volatile tableau of killers, prostitutes, pimps and gangsters. And the musicians themselves were frequently just as colorful, as ready to pull a knife as play a waltz.
The word musette was originally the name for a bagpipe-like instrument played in the courts of France’s upper classes during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Eventually it fell out of favor with the privileged population and was picked up by the country’s rural peoples, especially those in the central Auvergne region. When the Auvergnats moved to Paris in search of work in the early 1800s, they brought their folk music to town, many of them opening cafés that catered to factory workers and their families. It was in these cafés that Sunday dances, or bals musette as they came to be known, began to be held. Read more
Ever wonder why Chromatic Accordions sound different from Piano Accordions?
It will be somewhat difficult to demonstrate without the help of graphics, why chromatic accordions sounds different from piano accordions . I will try anyway to explain it with plain words, read on… Read more
Jean Louis Noton playing at “Dent Blanche” – 4.357 mts. (Alpes — France) 21.07.1997. Video extract from “Passions” (DVD) accordions.com “La dent Blanche” is composed, arranged and played by jean Louis Noton with CAVAGNOLO ODYSSÉE 3 Accordion.
In 1998, Noton, from France, came to USA for the first time to show off the reedless-wireless Cavagnolo “Odyssee” accordion. Since he is a computer expert, he helped in designing this model. He is a talented musician with a super memory. This was a great 15 minute medley, but due to YouTube restrictions, the poster of this entry had to butcher it down to under 10.
Today the Reedless Odyssee is no longer in production and has been moved to the CAVA-DIGIT
LE QUATTRO – GAP Jacques BOLOGNESI accordina: the accordina is a kind of melodica but with buttons instead of piano keys to accomodate the chromatic accordion players. With Marc FOSSET guitar, Pierre-Yves SORIN doublebass, Jean-Luc PONTHIEUX doublebass and electric bass, Patrick FABERT trumpet, Jacques RAULET Presentation.