December 18, 2010
Monsters of Accordion Tour When: Sunday, 8 p.m. Where: The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. Price: $10 advance, $12 at the door Information: http://www.monstersofaccordion.com
December 18, 2010 |
The Petrojvic Blasting Company, the Los Angeles nouveau-gypsy band started by brothers Justin and Josh Petrojvic, has always let chance play a divine role in its day-to-day survival. "There are connections you make that you would never expect," Josh Petrojvic said on the phone while the band was driving from Seattle to Portland, Ore., on the Monsters of Accordion tour, a roving folk-music circus organized by Seattle musician Jason Webley. "You meet someone and they know someone and the next thing you know, you're playing at a wedding in front of 300 people," said Petrojvic, the younger of the brothers at age 21. "Being out in the world and meeting people is important to us. " There are few bands in Los Angeles that are as visible, as woven into the fabric of the city as the Petrojvic Blasting Company, currently claiming five members on a hodgepodge of instruments ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 |
Aleah Nahue drags a chair onto the sidewalk and pulls her accordion from its case. All around her, Los Angeles is singing. Helicopters hum, sirens bray, busses wheeze. With nimble taps of her 10-year-old fingers, Aleah adds her melodies to the soundtrack of the street. She plays melancholy German waltzes and upbeat Mexican ranchera ballads. It's old-fashioned music, not what you'd expect from a middle-school girl in skinny jeans and pigtails, and it makes the people who travel this block smile.
October 30, 2009 |
The accordion isn't exactly one of the more common instruments in jazz. Yet in the context of the genre-shifting mix of New York's Claudia Quintet, the accordion sounded so natural at REDCAT on Wednesday night that it's fair to start questioning just why it doesn't make an appearance more often. Of course, the same can be asked of the quintet. Composed of veterans from New York City's jazz scene, the Claudia Quintet doesn't make its way west very often. But the audience of CalArts students and older jazz heads were treated to an evening with a versatile band that deserves mention among the top ensembles in jazz today.
August 18, 2008 |
. -- When he was 5, John Moceo announced that he wanted to play the accordion. Chalking it up to childhood whimsy, his mother pushed him to play something else, anything else -- guitar, piano, even baseball. "He came home from school, shoving this paper in my face, saying that a music teacher was offering lessons," Deanna Moceo said. "He had already checked off 'accordion,' and I said, 'No. What's an accordion?' " But Moceo persisted, his kindergarten tenacity besting his mother's uncertainty.
April 20, 2008 |
MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the premier accordionist in Los Angeles, notes that the instrument's portability and its ability to play "everything: melody, chords and accompaniment" have made it popular all over the world.