Monochromatic is a unique combination of two accordions, one diatonic (button accordion), the other chromatic, each with their own distinct personality, that produces an equally unique effect. The two personalities are very different but here they come face to face and examine how they compare, contrast with and complement each other.
Informed by the same musical philosophy, Anne Niepold and Gwen Cresens allow their musicality to stray into their own particular comfort zones only to launch, moments later, onto an ocean of wild improvisation. Sometimes playful, sometimes melancholy, always eclectic and often with a story to tell. Ever in search of a novel approach, an original way of getting to the heart of the music, a beautiful melody, a solid arrangement, a spontaneous interpretation. The varied programme they propose can range from Vivaldi to Stromae, taking in a few of their own compositions.
Anne Niepold has an original approach to the button accordion. Starting out in traditional music, she rapidly evolved towards world music and improvised forms of music, taking part in projects such as Graindelavoix, Zonzo Compagnie, Transparant and Olla Vogala while also working on her own personal projects such as ‘Musette is Not Dead’ and ‘Deux accords diront’. Gwen Cresens was classically trained at the Antwerp Conservatoire, but subsequently moved towards world music, jazz and pop. He has performed in his own projects Orquesta Tanguedio and Trio Dor as well as with artists like Taraf des Haïdouks, Arno, Pavarotti, Kommil Foo and Raymond van het Groenewoud, etc.
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Anne Niepold (diatonic accordion)
Gwen Cresens (chromatic accordion & bandonéon)
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