Musicians Cherie de Boer and Jean-Pierre Guiran discovered a number of years ago that silence plays a prominent role in music. This apparent paradox – music and silence – became the catalyst for their musical renaissance. Using silence as well as sound to arrange their music, they were able to bring passion to even the simplest of pieces and give rhythmic melodies that extra sparkle.
Both musicians are largely self-taught; their original style might well be the consequence of this. They started out in 1994. Their first CD L'imparfait du Cœur was voted the best accordion CD of 1999 by the Swedish accordion magazine Dragspels Nytt. In response they played at festivals in Iceland and Denmark in the summer of 2000 and 2003.
Accordéon Mélancolique has given hundreds of concerts since then. Five CDs, which feature many of their own compositions, have found their way to music lovers all over the world. Four volumes of sheet music have been published and enthusiastically received by musicians at music schools. The recognition of their music is evident in its frequent use in films, documentaries, dance and theatre productions, commercials etc.
Who uses Accordeon Melancolique’s music?
THE FRENCH DANCE GROUP ACCRORAP - CHOREOGRAPHER JOHANNES WIELAND AT THE JUILLIARD IN NEW YORK - MARTIN SCORSESE IN THE FILM PICASSO..- CHOREOGRAPHER MELANIE ACETO IN RESEMBLANCE, A CONTEMPORARY NEWYORK DANCE DUET - MANY PROGRAMMES ON DUTCH TV - THE AMERICAN MOVIE "IF GOD WANTS"..........
It was as a girl of ten that I first heard the sound of an accordion, and I was immediately sold. After a period of rather uninspiring lessons, the accordion disappeared under my bed. It made its next appearance fifteen years later for a performance with a friend in a band based in Utrecht. By coincidence, the ensemble included Jean-Pierre. The first time I heard him playing the accordion I recognised my own approach to the music in his interpretation.”
It was apparently such a success that they have now been together for twenty eight years, physically, spiritually and musically.
Jean-Pierre Guiran's French background is undoubtedly an advantage in performing the French repertoire. The character he radiates is authentic. "While I was a physics student I picked up a Hohner accordion for the first time. My life took an immediate U-turn. The feeling for music which manifested itself at that point, having lain dormant for so long, moved me to immerse myself completely in this music and instrument. I'm a natural accordionist - I squeeze for a living!" "It is Cherie's authenticity and the way she utilises dynamics in melodies that appeals to me."