CONTEMPORARY ACCORDION

Contemporary Accordion is a comprehensive survey of styles for the accordion written by Louis Giampetruzzi around 1980 and published by Oak Publications , a division of Music Sales Corporation in 1981. The book includes transcriptions of various styles of music ranging from Irish, English and French Canadian to Cajun, Zydeco and Texas Mexican border music and more. Solos from the playing of accordion greats such as Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez, John Handle and Philippe Bruneau to more esoteric selections such as the accordion playing of "Leadbelly". The tunes range from easy to advanced with most falling somewhere into the middle.


Lou has recorded 10 tunes from this book on two CD's. The transcriptions are NOT exactly as played because the music is somewhat improvisational, but they are fairly close and listening, to supplement the book, is highly recommended.

Click on the KATE AND LOU link below for more information about purchasing these CD's from on-line stores.

KATE AND LOU, MISSISSIPPI RIPPLE

The 6 tunes recorded on this CD are:

1. Your on my Mind
2. Hound Dog Baby
3. Cajun Two Step
4. Rocky Road Blues
5. Sugar Reel
6. La Ringuette

THE WONDERBEANS, BEANSPROUTS

The 4 tunes recorded on this CD are:

1. Saint Anne's Reel
2. Morpath Rant
3. You Married My Daughter (But Yet You Didn't)
4. Gaspe Reel

Those are all the accordion tunes on those two CD's. Lou also playes guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. The music is varried, all American Roots based, and ranges from blues and bluegrass to old-time string band and cajun styles of music.

A sound clip of "Hound Dog Baby" can be heard on the KATE AND LOU page, click on the link below.


Contemporary Accordion can be purchased from the publisher:

Music Sales Corp., P.O. Box 572, Chester, NY 10918

Call for pricing details at 845-469-2271

Contemporary Accordion can also be purchased on-line or at many music and book stores including the following:

MAIN SQUEEZE, 19 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 (212)-614-3109

Colony Record and Tape Center - Phone: 212-265-2050 or www.colonymusic.com

amazon.com

bn.com


Famous New York City accordionist and accordion shop owner Walter Kuhr says: "Contemporary Accordion is the best selling book in the store, brilliantly made, tasteful, eclectic and loved by everybody. Intermediate degree of difficulty, the tunes sound fresh even though some are very old. Accordion players, don't miss this book!!!!!"


MAIN SQUEEZE, 19 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 (212)-614-3109


 Louis Giampetruzzi at the Good Coffeehouse in Brooklyn, NY March 9, 2001

Photo by Tina Aridas


Contact Information

Louis Giampetruzzi,

email: kandlgiamp@aol.com


Other links to Louis Giampetruzzi:
KATE and LOU HOME PAGE
and
KATE AND LOU FRONT PAGE