Accordéon Mélancolique is a Dutch accordion duo consisting of Cherie de Boer (Jakarta, 10 June 1950) and Jean-Pierre Guiran (Vlissingen, 27 January 1957).
The duo is founded in 1984. In 1997 they were asked to play during the fiftieth anniversary of the Marshall-plan in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for, among others, Bill en Hillary Clinton, Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander and former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok. Their first CD L'Imparfait du Cœur was released in 1998, and was proclaimed by the Swedish accordion magazine Dragspels Nytt as the best accordion CD of 1999. As a result, they played at various festivals in Iceland and Denmark during the summer of 2000 and 2003. In total, five CDs have been released. The music is also published as sheet music.
The duo plays increasingly more original compositions. Their inspiration comes from French accordion music, French musette waltzes, Italian folk music, Antillean waltzes, Indonesian kronchong melodies, Argentinean tangos, Jewish and Greek folk music, swing standards, Gypsy romantics, classical music, merengues and tex-mex. A central theme is the role of silence in music.
By consciously using silence next to sound as building stones of their music, even the most simple pieces receive an intense thrill and it gives rhythmic melodies an extra sprakle.
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