12 – 04 / 2019
Chiesa di San Michele

Richard Galliano Accordeon Solo

A virtuoso of the accordion and the bandoneon, Richard Galliano ranges over the entire front of the music, from classical to jazz. Born in 1950, the only accordionist to record for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, this French of Italian origins has more than fifty albums in his name and with many renowned artists.
Son of art, from the age of four he studied piano and accordion with his father, Lucien, also an accordionist, and later harmony, counterpoint and trombone at the Conservatory of Nice. In 1975, in Paris, he met singer-songwriter Claude Nougaro, starting a collaboration that will last until 1983 and from which will be born of the “classics” of the French song, such as “Allée des brouillards”, “Des voiliers”, “Vie Violence “…

Another decisive meeting, in 1980, was the one with the composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla, who encouraged him to create a “New Musette”, as he himself had previously invented the Argentinean “New Tango”. To do so, Galliano draws from its greatest inspirers: John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Claude Debussy, the same Piazzolla.
The number of musicians with whom he worked was vast and varied: among others, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, Paolo Fresu, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, the aforementioned Claude Nougaro. Many are also the laurels collected over the years by Galliano, an artist who has been able to renew the image of an instrument like the accordion, considered outdated and destined only for Saturday night’s dance halls, ranging from many musical styles, flirting with the sauce, merging with the tango, but never losing its soul, deeply rooted in its Italo-French roots.

Photo by Vincent Catala