Accordionist Cory Pesaturo discusses history of the accordion, music theory, playing technique, and what he’s doing to reinvent the accordion. The talk is interspersed with performances by Cory on an electric accordion and by Serbian accordionist Ljubinka Kulisic on an acoustic accordion.
Cory Pesaturo arrived fresh from Austria, where he played for over 32 hours to break the Guinness World Record in marathon accordion playing. He is one of only four accordionists in history to win a World Championship on both acoustic and electronic accordion, and he is the only person to also win a world championship in jazz. Pesaturo is additionally developing his own electric accordion, and he already has made the first-ever skinned= accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys, which he used for this talk.
Moderated by Divya Pillai.