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Three of New York’s most in-demand virtuoso musicians, each with a distinctive voice on his instrument, explore and expand on Parisian musette. They bring this multicultural dancehall music to new places through the highest improvisational communication, emotionally honest performances, and original compositions.

Marcus, Matt and Will keep busy backing up some of the world’s foremost artists (Regina Carter, David Byrne, Paul Simon, Henry Threadgill, Mark O’Connor, David Krakauer, Catherine Russell and others). Over the last fifteen years, they’ve indulged in a labor of love: exploring the beautiful and challenging French musette repertoire.

Paris in the early 20th century was a cosmopolitan melting pot, like New Orleans or New York. A true “musette explosion,” musical and cultural, was taking place. Paris was “in the throes of explosive growth as poor migrants flocked in. Where people of all classes rubbed shoulders, places of amusement multiplied … Cafés, clubs, brothels, and dance halls were the crucibles in which were forged new musical forms” (says Didier Roussin, musette historian). The original bagpipes (“musettes”) of the French Auvergnats were replaced by the Italians’ accordions, but gave their name to the new style of music; Roma guitarists and violinists brought in Eastern European and Spanish influences; American GIs introduced jazz, the banjo, and drums. German and Polish waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas were also in the air.

This trio, with its unique instrumentation, continues the “explosion” through its new interpretations, sonic surprises, and original compositions. “Three musicians improvising inside a highly structured form, constantly coming up with ways of rephrasing melodic ideas, making new sounds on their instruments and interacting in surprising ways. I was hooked … they left the audience rapt in a palpable sea of good feeling.“ --Scott Lehrer, co-producer & TONY Award-winning sound designe

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released November 1, 2014

Will Holshouser, accordion
Matt Munisteri, guitar
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Engineered by Scott Lehrer at 2nd Story Sound, NYC
Cover art by Na Kim
Mastered by Oscar Zambrano, Zampol Productions

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