Some nice Cavagnolo by the Mauricio’s
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Despite considerable hassles due to having to rely solely on an iPhone to access this forum, I wanted to share some impressive playing by a brother and sister (?) combo on great instruments  Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKzhx9W9FVM

BTW, does anyone know whether the players are siblings or husband and wife? And, are they still together as a duo?
Also, are their instruments acoustic (with or without midis) or digital?
Thanks! Smile
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#2
Dingo,


Loved that. I believe they are husband and wife, as I'm sure she was Teresa Guerreiro at one point, but there's no bet on it. Same with the boxes. Don't know if they are acoustic with midi or digital. 

Their accordions in this clip are acoustic, but IMHO the sound is too "pure" for an outside recording. I've been wrong before (even if it was only once!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmoaDQwrizA


Portugal is full of pleasant accordion surprises, although most of the focus seems to be on local music with an obvious Spanish influence. 

Accordion music in the Basque area of France is also big on Spanish influence. There aren't all that many famous players, but these two take some beating, even if they are from the Spanish side of the border:- 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUSlDcuurOA

I believe they once played regularly in the Basque country on both sides of the border, and were pretty much unique in their choice of music and style. As far as I know they now have separate careers. Elsewhere in Spain PA is the main accordion type (if you can find one). Tune translates from Basque as "Red Snake".
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#3
(03-02-2019, 10:52 AM)maugein96 Wrote: Dingo,


Loved that. I believe they are husband and wife, as I'm sure she was Teresa Guerreiro at one point, but there's no bet on it. Same with the boxes. 
Portugal is full of pleasant accordion surprises, although most of the focus seems to be on local music with an obvious Spanish influence. 
Thanks john Smile 
All good! Enjoyed the clips!
Thanks?

Here’s more of the same (still good! Smile)

Yes John, they look like newlyweds and both are wearing wedding rings  Wink!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs9XGX3Md-Y

Still more, and isn’t it lovely to see the musicians actually enjoying their playing! Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUb9WvTYe_w
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#4
Dingo,

Here's one of the most popular Portuguese accordionists ever, Ilda Maria. Virtually unknown outside of Portugal, she was able to add that little something extra to "traditional" Portuguese music.

If people tried that here in Scotland they wouldn't have a chance in hell. Accordions are for traditional music and there's no argument. Any attempt to "modify" the tunes is sacrilege and they'll burn your house down!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKkrjtmQ...iE_UK2qQSG
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#5
Thanks for these clips, they're rather good.

I'd agree about sacriligiously modifying tunes, in some circles here on the South Coast, you get a "face", a "look" or a "sigh". Tunes are to be played "properly" as write, or learned. All the more reason to drop unexpected ornaments at odd moments. No houses burned down. Yet
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(05-02-2019, 10:27 AM)hais1273 Wrote: Thanks for these clips, they're rather good.  

I'd agree about sacriligiously modifying tunes, in some circles here on the South Coast, you get a "face", a "look" or a "sigh". Tunes are to be played "properly" as write, or learned. All the more reason to drop unexpected ornaments at  odd moments. No houses burned down. Yet

When I was contemplating the accordion in my early 30s I spoke to one or two Scottish accordionists and decided the style wasn't for me, as it was just too "tight" and never offered much if any scope for improvisation. It seemed more of a "doctrine" than a musical experience. It was definitely the sort of thing that you needed to have started young, but when I was a kid you got slated by your peers for playing "your granny's music" on an ancient contraption. I suppose if I had liked the music I'd have started playing well before I did. The music still has a "cult" following, but as a player of other musical instruments I also found that Scottish tuning wasn't to my liking. I sometimes spent hours tuning stringed instruments to get them in pitch, and here was an instrument that only had one out of three reeds in tune! 

I think the same phenomenon exists with other regional and national styles, and any attempt at altering your granny's music is frowned upon. The Portuguese approach is obviously a bit more liberal, but it seems that the music tends to be suitable for adaptation to other influences. I do believe that Scottish, and probably some other types of music, just isn't so adaptable. You play it "by the book" or you don't play it at all. As you say, the face, look, and sigh brigade would be likely to show obvious displeasure. Some Bossa music was written to be played on the Brazilian "bandolim", but nobody raises an eyebrow if an accordionist strikes up such a tune. Maybe I should have moved to Brazil.
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#7
Here's Ildo Maria playing her Cava . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVZAV_C9otw
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(09-02-2019, 04:22 PM)OuijaBoard Wrote: Here's Ildo Maria playing her Cava . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVZAV_C9otw
I like that track, and she makes it all just look like a walk in the park.

She was able to introduce other styles into the main Portuguese genre, something I wish had happened here in Scotland, but alas it never did.
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#9
Clip with (I guess) their father - Acordeonistas Portugueses - Teresa Mauricio, Rodrigo Mauricio e Augusto Mauricio, just acoustic accordion and without the staged facial expressions.

I don't know anything about them, but people who've left comments refer to them as siblings (irmãos.) I went looking for more because I'm more used to hearing this style of music from Portuguese players (the trio here, that is), and the first selection had me wondering if they might actually be Brazilian. Just letting down their hair and doing some country style, though, I guess (as it would also be in Brazil, for that matter.)
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#10
I'm usually not one to gyrate around or use "staged facial expressions", however, these two look absolutely bored, especially the woman. I think they could be a trifle more animated.
Cordially, Tony
Artisto, Italian, LMM, 41/120, PA
Warning: Only speaks/understands American English
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