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Accordion Noir Radio playlist 2017-08-02: Gunther Kablutsiak tribute

August 4, 2017


Last year, at the 9th annual Accordion Noir Festival, we presented Gunther Kablutsiak from Arviat, Nunavut, performing with Metis dance troupe V’ni Dansi and a band of crack pinch hitters as part of our Saturday night headliner program with San Antonio’s Pinata Protest, Dirty Grace, the Duo Finelli and Jack Garton’s Demon Squadron album launch. Just prior to the festival we hosted him live on Accordion Noir Radio, and following an appearance on the (somewhat wider-reaching) CBC Radio in promotion of the festival (Inuk accordionist carries on proud community tradition, Meet Gunther Kablutsiak, an accordionist from Nunavut), he not only got the word out… he also set himself up to be the recipient of a buttonbox sent back to his community in Nunavut from a local listener! (Beloved accordion finds new home β€” 2205 kilometres away)

We hoped that he had a blast enjoying his trip to Vancouver and looked forward to what the next chapter would hold!  But this week we were shocked to learn that the whole book has just come to a close:

Mini Nancy Abraham July 29 at 7:41am

πŸ˜ͺπŸ™πŸ½βœπŸŒΉπŸ’™πŸ’«βœ¨ our Arctic char music festival of Kangirsuk famous accordion musician of Arviat NU will not be forgotten, Kablutsiak Gunther may you Rest in Peace, paradise of full of music with Angels, you’ll be missed so much, me & my big guy called him, our irnikutaak, our tall son πŸ’™πŸŒΉβœπŸ™πŸ½βœ¨πŸ’«

So we have returned to the well to revisit the brief time we got to spend with Gunther, as well as nodding to the previous week’s memorial subject Regis Gizavo and The Band member Garth Hudson (who just turned 80.)  You can listen to this week’s broadcast as a digital audio stream (available here for a limited time) or as a downloadable MP3 (for keeps!) courtesy of the Internet Archive.

* The Band – Rockin’ Chair – The Band (1969) –  Garth Hudson, acc.
* Gunther Kablutsiak – Gunter K Stinger (Inuktitut) – Stingers (2016) –  –
* Gunther Kablutsiak – Dance Competition and a tune “Soneymolkno” (Please correct my total ignorance of Inuktitut) – Accordion Noir Festival interview with Gunther Kablutsiak (2016)
* Miles And Karina – Witch Conjure – Achmelodies – Seattle, Washington, USA –
* Gunther Kablutsiak – Story and Jingle Bells – Accordion Noir Festival interview with Gunther Kablutsiak (2016)
* Terhi Puronaho & Timo Alakotila – JÀÀhyvΓ€iset – Aatos (2008) – Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland   β€“
* Gunther Kablutsiak – Gunargie O’Sullivan and Gunther Kablutsiak – Accordion Noir Festival interview with Gunther Kablutsiak (2016)
* RΓ©gis Gizavo/Louis Mhlanga/David Mirandon – Efa Olo Be – Stories (2006) – Madagascar, Zimbabwe/South Africa, France –Γ©gis_Gizavo
* PiΓ±ata Protest – Life On The Border – El Valiente (2013) – San Antonio, Texas, USA –
* The Valparaiso Mens Chorus – The New York Girls – Guano And Nitrates (2006) – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA –
* Mat Mathews – Summertime – Squeeze Me 4: 1951-55 A Lesson In Bop (The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story) (1955) – The Netherlands –
* Yolassi – Change – Photo – Ride (2004) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada  –

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