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Interview of Vincent Peirani, Winner of Victoires du Jazz, by Simon Rentner in The Checkout

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Get to know Accordionist Vincent Peirani, Winner of France's Most Prestigious Jazz Prize - Listen to the interview with Vincent Peirani in The Checkout hosted by Simon Rentner, available on WBGO.org.

Vincent Peirani is an accordionist and composer who, earlier this month, won the award for Album of the Year at the Victoires du Jazz, an annual awards ceremony in France devoted to the Jazz genre.

"Like the Grammys, the Victoires du Jazz are determined by a large body of voting members in the music industry. Peirani has now won three of these awards in his career, including one in the category of “Instrumental Revelation” in 2014.

As that phrase implies, one thing that makes Peirani unique, and also distinctly French, is the instrument he plays. The accordion has a firm place in the history of French popular culture, specifically with genres like chanson — but the instrument isn’t typically associated with jazz. In modern times, it has often been characterized as gauche. 

(…) Peirani amusingly addresses these obstacles, admitting that he didn’t have much say in his musical fate. His accordion-infatuated father demanded he play the instrument, despite Peirani often feeling like the laughingstock of his peers.

Through his focus and his fearlessness, often charging the stage at Parisian jam sessions, Peirani began winning audiences over. He eventually received invitations to play in a hodgepodge of musical settings — with African griot masters, thrash metal rockers, flamenco serenaders, and everything in between."

- Simon Rentner

Would like to know more about this great musician? Tune into The Checkout!

Also available as a podcast:

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-checkout/id961119068?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wbgo/the-checkout

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5O80wHKwSuFn6WUSegqCeY

About Vincent Peirani:

After completing his classical studies with excellency (and receiving many international awards), Peirani dives into the jazz universe, where his journey is marked by success, from a promising beginning to his triumphs at Victoires du Jazz in 2014 and 2015. No matter the genre or style, Vincent Peirani brilliantly executes everything he attempts: Jazz (including solo projects and collaborations with Daniel Humair, Michel Portal), French chanson (collaborating with Sanseverino and The Black Eyes), and film music (he scored Mathieu Amalric's film Barbara in 2017), among others. His true passion for rock, classical music, and, of course, jazz, are delicately woven together in his album Living Being II - Night Walker. Peirani is currently on tour in Europe.

About Simon Rentner:

For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of subjects including, history, culture, and – what he is passionate about – music from faraway places such as Africa, South America, and Europe.

He is the host and producer for The Checkout, which showcases new music “on the other side of jazz” by some of the most talented artists on the planet including Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kiayote, Hermeto Pascoal, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson, and many others.

Aside from his work in the media, he curates and produces concerts across New York City, previously organizing events at venues such as The Beacon Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Bryant Park. Some of the artists he has presented include Abdullah Ibrahim, The Punch Brothers, Cecil Taylor, Rosanne Cash, and the late Andrew Hill.

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