Accordion

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Josh Middleton

Josh Middleton

The accordion is used all the time in klezmer these days, as it can cover many (all?!) roles. There is one accordion player of note in the annals of North American klezmer history - Mishka Ziganoff, who was probably the most-recorded accordion player on the klezmer scene. 


The accordion can be seen and heard as very much a part of Argentinian klezmer bands in the 1950s.


The accordion was sometimes known as harmoshke.


Klezmer accordionists in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries included:


  • Argentina Amalia Dalle Mulle ('Mima'), Iosele Grinblat (also clarinet)

  • Poland Poldek Koslowski

  • USA Mishka Ziganoff, Seymour "Cy Mann" Megenheimer


Klezmer accordionists in the later 20th century and today include:


  • Argentina Cesar Lerner

  • Canada Josh Dolgin (also piano)

  • Finland Eva Jacob

  • France Alexis Kune, Jérome Block

  • Germany Alan Bern (also piano), Patrick Farrell (also piano), Sanne Möricke, Szilvia Csaranko (also piano)

  • Israel Emil Kroiter

  • New Zealand Ross Harris

  • Sweden Miriam Oldenberg

  • UK Carol Isaacs, Gabriel Ellenberg, Jim Marcovitch, Josh Middleton, Michael Alpert

  • USA Christina Crowder, Ilya Shneyveys (also piano), Ira Khonen Temple, Josh Horowitz (also piano, tsimbl), Lauren Brody, Lorin Sklamberg (also piano), Sy Kushner

Doyne played by Max Yenkowitz

Doyne played by Max Yenkowitz

Accompanied by Goldberg on tsimbl

Odessa Bulgar played by Mishka Ziganoff (accordion)

Odessa Bulgar played by Mishka Ziganoff (accordion)

This is the version the NKYO core melody comes from!

Bailemos played by Sam Liberman (clarinet) and his klezmer orchestra

Bailemos played by Sam Liberman (clarinet) and his klezmer orchestra

Accordion accompanying and taking solo turns in this recording from Buenos Aires in the 1940s/50s