projects

K A T S U R A ・ M A Z U R K A

K A T S U R A ・ M A Z U R K A

KATSURA MAZURKA

Formed in 2008, Katsura Mazurka (カツラマズルカ) is led by Alan Patton on accordion and vocals, with bass and tuba support from Satoshi Iwahara ( 岩原智 - ex. Kabocha Shokai ) and melodic improvisations by Yoko Tada ( 多田葉子 from Komatcha Klezmer ) on saxophone, clarinet and pianica.  Original songs and original arrangements of traditional songs and covers from the Balkans, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and beyond.  Catchy, humorous and sometimes absurd.

 

C S I G A ・ J I D A N D A

C S I G A ・ J I D A N D A

C S I G A  J I D A N D A

Csiga Jidanda  (  Csiga 地団太!- チガジダンダ ) is a pseudo-gypsy unit featuring fiddling genius Tanehiko Sekijima ( 関島種彦 ) on violin with Alan on accordion and vocals.   Original songs and original arrangements of everything from klezmer and rebetiko to  chanson and canzone to toilet bowl cleaner.   No song ever played the same twice.

C H Y G Y R Y ・ H O M E R Y

C H Y G Y R Y ・ H O M E R Y

 C H Y G Y R Y   H O M E R Y

Chygyry Homery ( チギリホメリ) is Alan Patton -accordion, vocals - and Maiko Isobe ( 磯部舞子) - violin, vocals.  Once they get going, it's a cyclone of strangeness, beauty, and dueling compliments (褒めちぎり).  Original songs and original arrangements of gypsy, klezmer and ----??  Weirdly dark and always happy.