Heralded as “the next accordion star,” Julien Labro has established himself as the foremost accordion and bandoneón player 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 9, French-born Labro’s earliest inﬂuence was traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory and sweeping first prize in many international accordion competitions, Labro moved to the United States to further pursue his musical dream.
Equipped with advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition, Labro draws from his diverse background and eclectic musical influences in his search for new themes and untried concepts, evolving and developing his ideas into new projects.
Labro has worked with numerous symphonies, chamber ensembles and collaborators around the world. His albums and busy performance schedule is a testament of his musical journey.
Nighteentael wields a unique art: The bard duo of Achino and Ricky tell stories with violin and accordion, the instruments which they fell in love with since childhood and look up to whenever facing difficulties. They will bring you diving deep down into a mesmerizing world.
KITE FLYING BAND（TAIWAN）
When Guzheng meets Accordion , giving you the most forest-like, gaudy sound. A production with heart and soul by musician Sylvia Hsu, Golden Melody Award nominee, and gifted accordion master Vincent Tsai
In 2015, the stunning harmony of European accordion and guzheng, an instrument from ancient China, 2500 years ago in Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods is beyond imagination. Musicians Sylvia and Vincent explore the limits of their instruments, welding together to form the sound of a forest dawn. And from there, they begin their borderless creations and performances. Kite flying, exploring the unlimited range of east-west life and nature. With its elegant and unique style, this combination has gained a lot of fame throughout its debut in different festivals around the world. ACCORDION｜Vincent Tsai GUZHENG｜Sylvia Hsu
Lee CHEN-CHUNG & ROBERTO ZAYAS（TAIWAN/Paraguay）
Lee Chen-chung is the head of Circo EnsembleCirco Ensemble is one of few musical groups that features the Bandoneon in Taiwan. With solid foundations in Classical and Jazz music, outstanding musicians in Circo explore and create their own musical territories in Tango and Piazzolla's music. Its unique combination of instruments (bandoneon, violin , cello, double bass, piano, and guitar) brings numerous layers and nuances. It excels at expressing emotions through musical dynamics, transitioning from lyrical murmurs to passionate outbursts at ease. Circo Ensemble released its well-received debut album Light through Cracks, Folds in Time in early 2018. It earned three nominations at the 2018 Golden Indie Music Awards, including best jazz album, best jazz single. Bandoneonist Lee Chen-chung won best musician for his performance on this album.
Roberto Zayas has been based in Taiwan since 1984. His music style combines elements of classical, jazz, folk, ethnic and popular music, into a unique and personal sound. Born in Asunción, Paraguay, Zayas began his musical training at the age of five, studying with one of the finest classical guitarists in the world, Maestro Cayo Sila Godoy at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of the Universidad Nacional del Paraguay. He received the first prize as best guitar student in the opening year of the Conservatorio Municipal de Musica in Asunción. And after studying the art of classical guitar, later the Paraguayan Folk Harp with Maestro Santiago Cortesi, the very young Zayas began to perform on radio, TV and in small concerts. Along with his family, in 1969, he moved to Argentina perfecting his guitar studies with Maestro Vicente José Elías at the Carlos Lopez Bouchardo Conservatory of Music, in Buenos Aires. In 1976, Zayas opened his own guitar institute, where for eight years he served as both educator and director. During this time, Zayas was also invited by the Centro Cultural "Juan de Salazar" to be their Director of Guitar Studies. For the challenging task of rescuing the origin and roots of the Paraguayan music called "Recopilaciones", Zayas was commissioned as a musical director compiling this music dating back to the 15th century into a unique series of four record sets. This was a project based on the research of the anthropologist Antonio Gomez Perazzo and on the very important needs of an audio reference. BANDONEON｜Lee Chen-Chung GUITAR｜Roberto Zayas
As a rare acoustic instrument combination trio in Taiwan, SHUI HOU GU SHI consists of accordion (Chieh) , acoustic guitar (Meng Hsuan) and double bass (Dong Hee) . Our music is based on folk music but the arrangement contains an ambiance music concept. Male and female voices with accordion bring the European street scene. Double bass player Dong Hee who borned in Korea has been digging traditional Korea music, which brings the new view of Asian traditional sound. World music like balkan gypsies music, south america and africa tribe music also affects our music creation. The music career of SHUI HOU GU SHI started from the east coast of Taiwan, where pure music and free mind are full of life. With the experience, we had many choices to perform , cooperate and find different scenes and places with different people, and tried to create a special sound for the place we performed. With our acoustic instruments, we had been giving performance besides the wild sea, in the mountain cabin ,and somewhere like under the old broken bridge. SHUI HOU GU SHI likes to play with other world music musicians such as musicians from Okinawa, tabla player, and gypsy music percussion player..etc.
GUITAR｜MengHsuan Lin ACCORDION｜Chieh Huang DOUBLE BASS｜ Lee DongHee
HULUNBUIR DUO（TAIWAN/Inner Mongolia）
Accordion and Bayan duet interpret the new arrangement of tradional Mongolian music. ACCORDION｜Wang Xue ACCORDION｜Co Co Chang
photo by 許哲瑋
Eskemm means exchange in Breton. This band is a culture exchange between France, Taiwan, britanny, Ireland.. through music. Chenchin and Alexis wants to bring to Taiwan a bit of celtic with their concertina and diatonic accordion. A music with a lot of energy to let people dance like elves, korigans or druids. DIATONIC ACCORDION｜Alexis ACCORDION｜Lin Chen-Chin
photo by 陳宥中
Accordion player, Composer. Born in Chiba,Japan. He released 8 solo albums and continuing wholehearted performance in the wide music genre based in Tokyo. Self-taught ~ Studied accordion with Daniel Colin in Paris,France. He has also performed on many music programs,on Cool Culture from Japan (Animations,Games...)
Manabu Hiyama Hiyama started accordion from an early age due to his father's influence. After graduating from high school, he spent about eight years studying abroad in Italy and France. Has studied under G. Fassetta, F. Deschhamps and B. Perrey.
Has won numerous international competitions , including winning the All-Italian Accordion Competition . After returning to Japan in 2003, he has been active in various live performances based in Tokyo, recording, collaborating with various artists and dancers in other genres, and performing arts. He has also performed abroad in Italy, Chile, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea and Hong Kong. Now currently receiving a lot of attention both at home and abroad as one of the most aggressive players. Since 2016, Mr. Hiyama has been a judge for Japan at the CMA World Accordion Competition, which is the highest peak in the world.
Born in Mussomeli on June 14, 1990, Roberto Gervasi is a jazz accordionist grown up in a family of musicians for generations. He had his first approach to the instrument at an early age under the guidance of his Grand father Giovanni Catanese. Later he will study piano harmony and music theory with his brother Enzo Gervasi, conductor, saxophonist and composer. Sincere lover of his own Sicily, its traditions and its music, at the age 11 years old he joined the Terrazzani di Trabia. A traditional Sicilian group consisting of 30 dancers and 10 musicians, with whom in the following 10 years he performed in several international ethno music festivals in Europe.
In 2009 he joined the jazz school of the Brass Group in Palermo, where he will study piano and jazz improvisation under the guidance of maestro Giuseppe Vasapolli. In February 2011, together with the D quartet group, he recorded his first work named Ossessa. The disc will receive numerous acclaim from critics and the press, in 2011 he won the Absolute First Prize in the competition of jazz music "Pippo Ardini". In 2015 he joined "Sulle Orme di Django" which organizes the “Mediterranean Jazz Meeting in Petralia Sottana, an international event that increasingly attracts the attention of all fans of the genre from all over the world. In 2012 he moved to France to study the traditions of the Gypsy culture manouche, and in particular the music of Django Reinhardt. There he met and played with the most significant manouche families, musical heirs of Django Reinhardt, like Dorado Schmitt, Tchavolo Schmitt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Thca Limberger, Paulus Schaffer with whom he often plays in France. In 2014 he returned to Italy and met the harmonica player Giuseppe Milici with whom he is often on tour around the world, with their show "New York Tango". In 2016 he moved to New York attending the jazz music masterclasses of great Jazz pianist Barry Harris. In 2017 in New York he recorded an album with Avalon Jazz Band, a tribute to swing French from the 1930s. In December 2017 he plays at Minton's in New York, the place where the bebop, and The Players and many other jazz clubs and festivals in the big apple. Over the years he has collaborated with: Hadrien Vesjel, Giuseppe Milici, Nicola Giammarinaro, Gianni Cavallaro, Gabriele Mirabbassi, Giorgio Rosciglione, Adrien Chevalier, Stjepko Gut, Enzo Gervasi, Stochelo, Rosenberg, Samson Schmitt, Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, Karoline Bugala, Gael Rouilhac, Olivia Sellerio, David Riondino, Pippo Pollina, Cochi Ponzoni, Irina Lancova, Yannis Constans, Camille Wolfrom, Francesco Buzzurro, Teo Ciavarella, Iskra Menarini, Paulus Schaffer, Tcha limberger, Leigh Baker, Duved Dunayesky, Tatiana Eve Marie, Vinny Raniolo, Brandi Disterheft, Michael Valeanu, and many others.
As a Jazz Accordionist, Roberto Gervasi has developed a sound over time personal, inspired by the great boppers such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown and his mentor Frank Morocco. Roberto Gervasi currently carries out an intense concert activity with his show "My Jazzy Accordion", and with many other projects, both in Italy and abroad.
Romeo Aichino Musician and composer. He showed from a young age a special ability in music, growing up in the family business , "Cooperfisa" in Vercelli that produces and sells accordions in Italy and in different parts of the world since 1921. Romeo began studying music at the age of 13, then following courses in jazz improvisation, participating in several national and international music competitions. On 12 October 2004 he won the International Contest "Città di Castelfidardo"- 3 National Festival of unpublished songs for accordionists in dance music "Musica senza parole": he won the First prize as best performance and best new track with his dance song "Melodie Rouge". He is currently the owner of the company Cooperfisa and he carries out promotional activities in national and international exhibitions (Cremona, Paris, São Paulo, Frankfurt, Shanghai). He is the inventor of new accordion models. He owns the patents for the accordion models « Superballo » and « XS ». Since 1993, he has been taking part in several events as a DJ in the most popular clubs. He also hosted a dance music program on a popular Italian radio. He collaborated with internationally renowned DJs. Since 2002 the accordion enters the world of young people and clubs with the songs "This is my dj" and recently with "Je veux" and "C'est dure". Romeo collaborates with the greatest authors of dance and Latin-American music. Since 2012 he brings his music in Italian television shows (Rai, Mediaset and Canale Italia), in the most important broadcasts in the dance music sector and in the Italian squares with his Orchestra Spettacolo "Romeo e i Cooperfisa".
ALGY ING / Bandoneon, Band Leader Born in Zamboanga City, Philippines, Algy is a major of psychology at the National Chengchi University, Taiwan; a graduate of composition at the Vienna National University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria; a student of bandoneon under maestro Juan Jose Mosalini in Paris. He is currently an active composer in Vienna and Taiwan. His original films scores for movies "When Love Comes" (2010) and "A Time in Quchi" (2013) were both nominated for the Golden Horse Award for the best orignial film score. He plays the bandoneon in various tango ensembles and serves as a musical director in theatre groups . His band Tango Aroselli has performed consecutively at Taipei Tango Festival editions 2011~2013. He wishes to have better understanding of Taiwan music and argentine tango and be able to develop Taiwan tango music of his own in the fields of studying, composing and performing.
Accordion Duo "巡- MeguRee Ree(Meguri)" Ree (Risa Yoshioka) and Meme (Megumi Tsuchiya), who had been performing as a piano duo, coincidentally starts playing the accordion at the same time. The two formed an accordion duo unit in 2015. In 2017, they won the Grand Prize at the "7th JAA International Accordion Ensemble Competition". Released their debut album "ACCORDION ACCORDION" from SHINKO MUSIC RECORDS in 2018. Performed at "World Music Festival 2019" in Taiwan in 2019. In September 2020, they won the second prize in the World Division of the "45th PIF International Accordion Competition", a competition continuing for half a century in Italy.