Accordions Around the World
in Bryant Park

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
David Hodges, (bandoneon), Argentine tango
Jody Kruskal, (concertina), old American tunes
Nicole Renaud, French chanson
Raif Hyseni, Balkan music
Rob Curto, Brazilian bluegrass
Shoko Nagai, Japanese/Jewish music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Carte Blanche

Vintage standards are white-hot with authentic interpretations of classic French, Latin, and American jazz standards from the 1920s through the 1940s, featuring female vocals in 7 languages, plus accordion, and violin.

Carte Blanche musicians:
Kate Dunphy, accordion
Tomoko Omura, violin
Cristina Kaminis, vocals
Sean Clapis, guitar
Dan Parra, bass
Cristhian Quimbay, percussion

 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Albert Behar, French Gypsy jazz and waltz musette
Benjamin Ickies, modern cabaret rock
Julie Winterbottom with Deborah Monlux (fiddle), Cajun music
Lauren Brody, Balkan dance music
Nathan Rivera and Shine Delphi, Gypsy blues
Sadys Rodrigo Espitia, traditional Colombian cumbia and vallenato

Band, 6-7:15pm
Chicha Libre

The Brooklyn collective mixes covers of Peruvian Chicha, surf, and psychedelic pop with original compositions in French, Spanish and English, as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie, Love, and Wagner.

Chicha Libre musicians:
Joshua Camp, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Olivier Conan, cuatro, vocals
Karina Colis, percussion
Nicholas Cudahy, bass
VIncend Douglas, guitar
Neil Ochoa, percussion

 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Karl Sandeman, Celtic, French and Latin music
Kate Dunphy, French musette, cumbia, swing, tango
Lyndon Blaylock (concertina), English folk music
Matthew "Max" Fass, Eastern European melodies
Patrice Escandon, folk music
Vitor Gonçalves, Brazilian choro and forró

Band, 6-7:15pm
Matuto

Praised by the Chicago Sun Times as "the height of world music sophistication," this group of urbanized virtuosos plays Brazilian bluegrass and is one of the NYC's hottest international touring acts.

Matuto musicians:
Rob Curto, accordion, vocals
Clay Ross, cavaquinho, vocals
Mike LaValle, zabumba
Zé Mauricio, triangle, pandeiro

 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Alex Klein, cumbia Colombiana
Amit Schechter, pop, tango, and classical
Christy McNamara, traditional Irish music
Melissa Elledge, not your granddaddy's accordion
Red Wierenga, eclectic post-jazz
Saregama Desi Beats (harmonium), Indian saregama

Band, 6-7:15pm
Isle of Klezbos

The soulful, fun-loving all-women's klezmer powerhouse has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998 playing neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.

Isle of Klezbos musicians:
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto saxophone
Shoko Nagai, accordion
Melissa Fogarty, vocals
Eve Sicular, drums and leader
Dave Hofstra, double bass

 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tonight's band performance has been canceled due to rain.

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Eva Salina, Balkan ballads
Gregorio Uribe, Colombian cumbia and vallenato
Gregory Grene, Celtic roots funk
Julz-A (from Squeeze Rock), alternative, rock, zydeco
Mary Spencer Knapp (Toot Sweet), 1960s rock and soul, pop
Robert Duncan, French musette, Argentinian tango, classical

Band, 6-7:15pm
Los Chantas
David Hodges, bandoneon
Emilio Teubal, piano
Sergio Reyes, violin
Pedro Giraudo, bass

Influenced by great Argentine tango tradition, from the guardia vieja to the present, this multinational tango ensemble (the name comes from an old Lunfardo term for characters up to no good) has played in milongas, clubs, and theaters around NYC since 2002.

Los Chantas musicians:
David Hodges, bandoneón
Emilio Teubal, piano
Sergio Reyes, violin
Pedro Giraudo, double bass

 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Melissa Elledge, not your granddaddy's accordion
Papa Joe De Clemente, Italian and American standards
Paul Stein, Yiddish music
Peter Flint, American classical and straight jazz
Suzanne Davenport, musette and more
Uri Sharlin, original world music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Raya Brass Band

The five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and jazz.

 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Alexander Tomkin, popular European, Russian, and Jewish music
Brooke Watkins, French musette and American jazz standards
Eric Baal (from Alpine Squeeze), German/Bavarian music
Javi Sames with Dani Guirola (La GuaGua), sabor Latino
Joshua Camp, Americana two-steps and waltzes
Zoran Dobrijevic, Balkan folk music

Band, 6-7:15pm
The Prodigals

With a take-no-prisoners energy, "the best Irish trad-rock band" (Village Voice) brings together jazz, rock and funk with traditional Irish music for a repertoire of creative rhythms and inspirational originals.

The Prodigals musicians
Gregory Grene, accordion
Dave Fahy, guitar
Alex Grene, fiddle
Trifon Dimitrov, bass
Brendan Smith, percussion

 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Charley Layton, musette, vaudeville, ragtime
Frank Farber, songs of yesteryear
Jenny Luna, Balkan music
John Sherman , Cajun, Appalachian, blues
Mary Spencer Knapp, 1960s rock and soul, pop
Niall O'Leary, Irish music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble

Jazz and classical influences are blended with Balkan rhythms, Arabic modes and Brazilian harmonies by this innovative group that brings together classical instruments, rock guitars and homemade percussion, and is led by Sharlin, who has played with Natalie Merchant and Flight of the Conchords.

Uri Sharlin and the DogCat Ensemble musicians:
Uri Sharlin, accordion, piano
Kyle Sanna, guitar
Jordan Scannella, bass
Rich Stein percussion
with special guest: Itai Kriss, flutes

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Calpulli Accordion Student Ensemble, traditional Mexican melodies
Jeremy Bloom, Balkan music
Joseph Rutkowski, Polish, Italian, and French music
Maria Dessena, antiquified pop standards
Jordan Shapiro, Balkan/Cajun/British Isles

Band, 6-7:15pm
The Adlers Band

Started as 3 family members over 30 years ago, the band has a rare energy that evolved beyond German and Austrian traditional music with a fresh sound and an Oktoberfest flair.

The Adlers Band musicians:
Barry Adler, accordion, vocal
Eddie Spatarella, drums, vocal
John Grisbacher, sax, clarinet
John Miksza, guitar, vocal

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
AK, Medieval songs, modern world
Carl Riehl, klezmer
Jenny Luna, Balkan music
Albert Behar, French Gypsy jazz and waltz musette
Papa Bavarian, German Oktoberfest and polka
Sadys Rodrigo Espitia, traditional Colombian cumbia and vallenato

Band, 6-7:15pm
Regional de NY

In the style of great Brazilian ensembles of the past, this group of 5 NYC musicians plays traditional choro in a contemporary context, bringing together modern arrangements and performance to create a style that reflects their time, place, and backgrounds.

Regional de NY musicians:
Vitor Gonçalves, accordion
Hadar Noiberg, flute
Kahil Nayton, cavaquinho
Cesar Garabini, 7 string guitar
Ranjan Ramchandani, pandeiro

Program (subject to change):
Noites Cariocas
Perigoso
Implicante
Remelexo
Cabaceira Mon Amour
Pro Ze Nogueira
Andre de Sapato Novo
Simplicidade
Vibrações
Um Tom Para Jobim
1x0

 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Karen Yair, Argentine tango
Mayumi Miyaoka, baroque, French/Italian waltz, Japanese folk
Michael Bellar & the AS-IS Ensemble, improvisational groove music
The Dolomites (Stevhen K. Iancu), tribal fusion from Japan and Romania
Paul Belanich, polka
Stefan Jekel, French musette and waltz

Band, 6-7:15pm
Bombay Rickey

Fronted by vocalist and composer Kamala Sankaram, the group could be performing the soundtrack to a Bollywood film noir from the 1960s, or perhaps to an imaginary spaghetti western, with exotic dance rhythms, coloratura soprano, and surf guitar.

Bombay Rickey musicians:
Kamala Sankaram, voice, accordion
Drew Fleming, guitar, voice
Jeff Hudgins, alto saxophone, voice
Gil Smuskowitz, bass
Brian Adler, drum

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Art Now, Blues, pop and standards
Brooke Watkins, French musette and American jazz standards
George Saenz, Tex-Mex and soul groove
The Dolomites (Stevhen K. Iancu), tribal fusion from Japan and Romania
Kenny Margolis, zydeco and blues
Melinda Fields, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian traditional music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Cumbiagra

Rafa Gomez, bass
Sebastian Lopez, accordion
Natalia Perez, voice/minor percussion
Jules Belmont, guitar
George Saenz, trombone/accordion

Largely inspired by cumbia, the Colombian dance style, this Brooklyn-based musician collective has been hosting legendary dance parties throughout New York, Mexico and beyond since 2008.

 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

For the series finale, 25 featured accordionists will play all throughout Bryant Park from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Papa Bavarian - German Oktoberfest/Polka
Albert Behar - French Gypsy Jazz and Waltz Musette
Lauren Brody - Balkan Dance Music
Joshua Camp - Americana Two-Steps/Waltzes
Eduardo de Carvalho - Brazilian songs
Matt Dallow - Eclectic Rock
Papa Joe De Clemente - Italian/American Standards
Robert Duncan - French Musette/Tango/Classical
Melissa Elledge - Not Your Granddaddy's Accordion
Sadys Espitia - Colombian Cumbia/Vallenato
David Hodges - Argentine tango
Mary Spencer Knapp - Cabaret/Rock/Pop
Jody Kruskal - Old American Tunes
Yuri Lemeshev – World/Film/Classical/Jazz
Jenny Luna - Balkan
Christy McNamara - Traditional Irish
Shoko Nagai - Japanese/Jewish Music
Art Now - Pop/Standards
Niall O'Leary - Irish
George Saenz - Tex-Mex/Soul Groove
Eva Salina - Balkan Ballads
Jordan Shapiro - Balkan/Cajun/British Isles
John Sherman - Cajun/Appalachian/Blues
Paul Stein - Polka to Porter
Brooke Watkins - French Musette/Jazz Standards


Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

 

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