It may be quite unusual to have two accordions in a dance band outside of accordion orchestras but L’Orchestra Rara later also known as The High Society Dance Orchestra put the accordions to good use. Through some clever arranging the ensemble could recreate some very authentic dance band sounds from many different eras. The accordions played a vital role in creating the sound by often avoiding some of the sounds that people identify as being a typical accordion sound and using some of the more subtle sounds to blend effortlessly with winds and other instruments of the ensemble. The typical accordion sounds would then make even more impact when used in tango and musette.
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Barimar was one of Romano Viazzani’s childhood accordion heroes. Luckily he more than lived up to expectations when he interviewed him. Read his latest interview with legendary accordionist and bandleader Barimar for Strumenti & Musica Magazine You can also purchase his sheet music on this site!