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Digging In The Instrument Graveyard

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

An interesting trend is beginning to arise in the Bay Area, where more and more people are once again beginning to use such eccentric instruments as the Accordion, Klezmer, and the Ukulele. All having quite different backgrounds, these three instruments are being revived in an effort to create a unique sound by incorporating them into more modern music.

The Ukulele

Popular artists such as The Arcade Fire and The Decemberists have set an example through their use of the squeezebox in their mainstream recordings, but the trend goes much further. A local Bay-Area Ukulele maker, Michael DaSilva, says that he has observed a huge spike in the number his customers who are under thirty years of age since the trend emerged. Regarding the Ukulele, DiSalva says “There’s so much new, independent music being produced on it,” he says. “People under 30 are becoming attracted to it.”

Thanks for the article goes to Laura Casey of the Contra Costa Times. In her full article, found here, she highlights a number of local artists who have begun using the eclectic instruments.

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