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Anne Niepold

Musette Is Not Dead

(2014 - self released - Belgium)

One half of Duex Accords Piront , Anne is not a newbie when it comes to solos or inventive music. It seems to just come natural to this empirical diatonique accordion composer, player, performer, and arranger from Belgium. The cover art shows her walking through the streets of a neighborhood, looking to the skies as she plays her accordion. It’s a tiny slice of the journey she outlines in the nice digipak inner notes as to the concept of her brilliant new recording, “Musette Is Not Dead”.

Anyone who might jump to conclusions would be jumping to a false start. The journey is full of colors and textures where a half dozen additional musicians are added to make this a supreme listening experience. Everything from lonely street serenade to wedding celebration, from serious polka to theater jubilee and even spots of avant-garde, with many excursions to be enjoyed. The 3/4 time signatures of the songs give plenty of imagines of ballroom waltz and happy dance. It is the blend of styles Anne is able to introduce on her accordion that keep the audience intrigued. 

Anne always creates worlds, scenes, and atmosphere you never forget. She has been playing accordion since age thirteen. As a composer, she offers the willing world of listeners a very special peek into what they would never see (or hear) unless they brave the time to listen and buy her wondrous music. Anne invites you into the magical world of her creations for you to dissolve in. Take a chance. You won't soon forget. Very highly recommended.

Reviewed by Lee Henderson   December 26, 2014

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