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The Big Squeeze, two one-hour concerts offered in the round on the stage of Alexander Hall in Richardson Auditorium
Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro can do it all. Equally at home performing traditional Latin music in performing arts centers, free jazz in clubs, and hooks on techno tracks, Labro is a true Renaissance man. At 6pm, he brings us a program of accordion music from around the world, featuring works by Bernhard Molique, Astor Piazzolla, Isaac Albéniz, Gabriel Fauré, Fernando Otero and Labro himself. At 9pm, Labro and Kallor are joined by Jorge Roeder, bass and Richie Barshay, drums for a jazz nightcap.
Take the trip in just 60 minutes and experience a variety of cultures through the musical styles of Julien Labro as he performs the accordion, bandoneon and accordina, three relatively unknown instruments in North America, and shows how they have been incorporated into various genres of music across different regions around the world. Travel to France with the accordina and see how jazz musicians use this unique instrument to express their creativity, emotions and, of course, romance. This journey will also feature a stop in Argentina, where the melancholic yet passionate musical tones of the bandoneon inspired Astor Piazzolla to develop Nuevo Tango, a genre of music once so controversial that he was banned from the country. Last but not least, the accordion will take you throughout Europe, South America, and North America as Julien shows how it has been adopted by each region into the Classical, Jazz and Pop genres.
These informal concerts will feature music introduced by the artist. Audiences are welcome to stay afterwards and talk with Mr. Labro.
In between the two “Big Squeeze” programs, squeeze in some art! The Princeton University Art Museum will salute the concerts’ South American repertoire with two special, 30-minute tours of its Art of the Ancient Americas galleries. Free and open to all, Encore presents the chance to extend the Performance Up Close to a “culture up close,” whether as a coda after the 6PM concert, a prelude to the 9PM concert, or an interlude for those attending both events. Two tours start at 7:30pm and 8:00pm. Refreshments will be served.
Heralded as “the next accordion star” by Howard Reich of The Chicago Tribune, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide. Picking up the accordion at the tender age of 9, French-born Labro was inﬂuenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Upon discovering the music of jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.
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