It’s 11:00 AM Saturday morning. The air is very chilly by the stone wall below the Vodocet at Vyton. I’m now into the trio of Tony Murena’s “Indifference” and coins have been dropping into my case at a steady rate. My fingers feel pretty sluggish from the cold, but I’m getting through the difficult parts without too much trouble and people are obviously enjoying it. Continue reading
A mistype in the headline? Nope! That’s how you write polka the Finnish way. And how is such polkka to be played?
Just a year ago, I couldn’t give you the name even of a single song by Radůza, but thanks to the previous article with her scores, I have a number of my favourite ones.. Continue reading
It is a mystery to me, whether some people with inner overpressure (and musical talent) necessarily arrive over time to playing the devilish mutation of the accordion – the diatonic accordion – or whether their frantic lifestyle is the consequence of playing this instrument. But honestly, what does the choice of a musical instrument tell about ourselves?
The time of falling walls, cutting the barbed wires… Twenty-five years ago, the time was full of critical events. But is this a reason for writing songs even today? We tend to forget that barbed-wire fences still remain in many parts of the world. One of such places is Egypt.
Sometimes people aren’t quite sure what klezmer exactly is, where it comes from or how to play it. It has always attracted me incredibly: its rhythms provoking me and melodies ringing in my ears for days. I decided to undergo a little investigation, I read a lot about it, and I played in two klezmer music groups afterwards, to absorb its atmosphere. Continue reading
For all Czech accordion lovers, the inevitable has come at last… an article about the famous song Ostravo by an even more famous Czech singer, composer & accordionist Jarek Nohavica.. Continue reading
Summer, hot days, lazy mood… let’s plunge into the Sea of Dreams! Continue reading
Not many people are bold enough to play the accordion and pick styles not typical of it, such as disco. I am, and therefore I’d decided to record the popular hit Crazy Frog in a version for the accordion and percussion. Continue reading
The song called Pozoruji (Watching) was one of my first compositions for the accordion, which I got as a present for my 18th birthday. As I had already mastered piano, I “just” had to add bass buttons and bellows. Phew. And the watching song was born. Continue reading