The accordion can be an entire orchestra. If you know how to play it, you can do almost anything on it. Vincent Peirani is a master at creating different moods with his instrument and adventurously connects jazz and chanson, musette and tango, world music and classical music. First of all, he owes his skilful playing to his father, who more or less forced him to start playing the accordion. He grew to love the instrument he had previously eyed suspiciously. “Meanwhile my relationship to the accordion is like one to a woman – honestly!” His passion for music, i.e. for all sorts of genres, forms of expression and intensities, connects Peirani to his companion Émile Parisien. Like Peirani, Parisien initially began with classical training and then became increasingly attracted to jazz. He played with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and Bobby Hutcherson early on, and has been on stage with Vincent Peirani for a good ten years. In 2014, they released their first duet album “Belle Epoque” which honours the past and plays two pieces by Sidney Bechet on the one hand and, on the other, contains their own contemporary compositions. Their musical friendship spans an arc from the traditional to the contemporary, making them some of the most important young protagonists in the French scene.
SWR Interview with Rainer Kern: http://swr.li/swr2-bei-enjoyjazz-2020