Category: piano


Ankordis Trio – Mandolin, Accordion and Piano

The Ankordis Trio is composed of Miki Nishiyama (mandolin), Giuliana Ferraboli (diatonic accordion) and Cetti Schinocca (piano).
The unique instrumenttion of this trio proposes a captivating repertoire that is easy to use for the public. The pieces are specially arranged for mandolin, diatonic accorion and piano and belong to the history of cinema (Morricone, Bacalov, Tiersen, Piovani …), tango (Piazzolla, Galliano, Canaro …), the French organ repertoire (Delicq ), of the Brazilian choro …

The Ankordis Trio has recorded their first CD Pizolla in 2017. A new CD is in preparation.

The Ankordis Trio has just added new videos from their latest concert in 
Bovegno, chiesa di San Rocco, 23 settembre 2018. You can also find more pictures and videos in the facebook profile of Ankoris Trio.

Playlist Ankordis Trio

Ankordis Trio plays Piazzolla – Full Album

Additional Information

Website Ankordis Trio (Italian)

Il trio “Ankordis” è formato da Miki Nishiyama al mandolino, Giuliana Ferraboli all’organetto e Cetti Schinocca al pianoforte. Compagine strumentale unica nel suo genere, propone un repertorio accattivante e di facile fruibilità per il pubblico. I brani eseguiti sono appositamente arrangiati per  mandolino, organetto e pianoforte ed appartengono alla storia del cinema (Morricone, Bacalov, Tiersen, Piovani …), del tango (Piazzolla, Galliano, Canaro …), del repertorio organettistico francese (Delicq), del choro brasiliano …

Facebook profile Ankordis Trio


Frédéric Chopin – The Master of the Nocturnes –…

Some time ago I have discovered a beautiful piece for piano in a web radio program. I was immediately fascinated by this music and found out that is was the Nocturne No. 21 by Frédéric Chopin.

I had to search for more videos of this piece, and so I discovered also the Nocturne No. 20 which is also very beautiful. The following playlist contains some beautiful recordings of the Nocturnes No. 20 and No. 21.

Playlist Chopin Nocturnes No. 20 / No. 21

The pieces by Chopin have always been arranged for other instruments. The previous playlist does also contain an arrangement for violin and piano played by Itzhak Perlman, and another transcription for guitar.

Read more “Frédéric Chopin – The Master of the Nocturnes – Chopin on Guitar and Mandolin”


Louis Moreau Gottschalk – The Banjo – On Piano,…

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was very  popular during the 19th century with his pieces for the piano. He was born in 1829 in New Orleans and died at the age of 40 in Rio de Janeiro.

In his pieces you can find influences from the music that he had heard in Louisiana,  from Spanish, Southamerican and Caribean music. Some years ago I have written about Le Bananier in my blog that I had at that time, a piece in which Gottschalk used music that he had heard in his childhood in Louisiana.

Today I want to present a piece inspired by banjo music that Gottschalk might have heard from a banjo player in America. The history of the banjo goes back to Africa from where the slaves brought simple instruments made from a gourd and a stick and some strings. So the first banjos were so called gourd banjos. It is possible that Gottschalk heard a guy play on his gourd abnjo and got the inspiration for his piece The Banjo.

Paul Ely Smith has tried to find out what was the sound that inspired Gottschalk for his piece. By some “backword engineering” he created a banjo version of this piece.

L. M. Gottschalk’s “The Banjo” on a banjo

For more information go to This is a performance by Paul Ely Smith on fretless gourd banjo of his “back-engineered” version of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “The Banjo” (1854-55), originally for piano solo.

The Athens Guitar Trio has played a version of  The Banjo for three guitars:

The Banjo (Fantaisie Grotesque)

The Athens Guitar Trio

There are many videos of this piece played by pianists. I have compiled some interesting versions in the following playlist.

Playlist The Banjo – Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Additional Information


Sheet music  by Louis Moreau Gottschalk at IMSLP including The Banjo:,_Louis_Moreau

More posts about the banjo in my blog:


Regina Spektor – Great Voice, Great Songs – Three…

I have recently discovered Regina Spektor when the cellist of her band Daniel Cho was tragically drowned before a concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

Regina Spektor grew up in Moskow where she began to play the piano. When she was 9 they emmigrated to the USA. Regina has studied the piano and composition, and she began to write her own songs and started her carreer as a singer/songwriter. She has produced several CDs, the latest CD is Far.

She plays the piano or the guitar to accompany her songs, but sometimes she just uses drum sticks to play the rhythm, or she has a band to play with her. Her songs have been used for TV series and movies. She writes interesting songs that are often influenced by her classical education as a musician.

NPR has produced several concerts with Regina Spektor, three concerts are available:

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009:

New York-based singer, pianist and songwriter Regina Spektor returns to Mountain Stage for the second time to perform songs from her recent album, Far. The album was recorded with three high-profile producers — Mike Elizondo, Jeff Lynne and Garrett “Jackknife” Lee — in addition to David Kahne, who worked on Spektor’s critically acclaimed 2006 album Begin to Hope. As Mountain Stage host Larry Groce notes, Far sounds concise thanks to Spektor’s distinct style and approach to singing, writing and playing.

With assists from Daniel Hae-Wan Cho on cello, Kaoru Ishi Bashi on violin and John McKenzie Smith on drums, Spektor’s rhythmic, nimble piano style and acrobatic, unconventional vocals are unifying factors in her thought-provoking songs. The latest single from Far, the powerful “Laughing With,” is included in this performance.

  • “The Calculation”
  • “Eet”
  • “Folding Chair”
  • “Machine”
  • “Laughing With”
  • “Dance Anthem of the ’80s”
  • “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
  • “Blue Lips

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008:

September 22, 2008 – In the early 2000s, Russian-born Regina Spektor was making music in tucked-away clubs on New York’s Lower East Side. By 2003, she’d landed a record deal with Sire, and her self-released album Soviet Kitsch was reissued by the label.

Spektor’s tantalizing piano playing and her quirky character pieces helped land her widespread exposure, particularly after the 2006 release of Begin to Hope. Buoyed by the hit song “Fidelity,” the album was critically acclaimed, and helped cement Spektor’s place as a pop-music phenomenon.

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006:

October 3, 2006 – Regina Spektor makes quirky, artfully orchestrated music with hip-hop rhythms, inspired pop melodies and the passion of punk rock. On tour for her latest CD, Begin to Hope, Spektor visited the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of music, originally webcast live on Oct. 3.

One of my favorite songs by Regina Spektor is Machine. I have added two videos of this song to this post – she plays together with her band including Dan Chon on cello:

Regina Spektor – Machine – Live Paris Bataclan 01-07-09

Regina Spektor – Machine Live (Bonnaroo 2010)

Additional information about Regina Spektor




Wikipedia (Engl.) about Regina Spektor: about Regina Spektor (German) with bio and CD reviews:

This post in German: