I have often been drawn to the misunderstood. The accordion turned out to be no exception. Like many others, I grew up with an attitude embedded in the culture regarding the accordion as a kind of low-brow instrument, corny and old-fashioned.
But then, I learned otherwise! I came to understand this attitude was overshadowing the truth: the accordion is actually an incredibly versatile instrument. The possibilities for invention and originality are endless and border on the sublime. It turns out that the accordion and those who play them are everywhere. They’re on the loose, alive and thriving. Though filmed mostly in New York City, depicting the NY cultural scene, Accordions Rising reflects something of the landscape of our very own America, our very own culture and our very own present.
The more in love with accordions and accordion music I became, the more determined I was to celebrate the talents of those who play and compose for them. I am so pleased to have encountered the feast of artists who appear in the film. Hats off to them for so eloquently setting the record straight.