It was said that the busy footsteps of commuters would come to a standstill insde Paris Metro train stations whenever the gifted accordion player Michael Ganian played his musettes there. Huge crowds would take pause and gather to listen to this brilliant musician, who created an entirely new genre of accordion music by blending the sounds of classical music, musette, world-beat, and jazz. JPMC Records is proud to be able to offer "Ici Paris," currently the only international release by this hard-to-find artist, who sadly was tragically killed in 2000, leaving us with only the few recordings he created during his short life. "Ici Paris" contains 26 of Ganian's compositions, on which he's joined by bassist Rudolf Smahel and drummer Vitezslav Vavrda. On several compositions, the trio is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic. Songs on this album include "Siene," "Carduelis de Musette," "Montparnasse Bienvenue," "Passion Tree," and "I Am In Heaven." His music does encompass a variety of styles and is truly unlike anything you've heard before. Supported by Smahel's capable walking bass lines and Vavrda's spirited drumming, Ganian is free to explore his complex compositions. Listening to any of the songs on this CD, you can almost imagine yourself sitting at a Parisian cafe or standing at the Metro station listening to Ganian with the rest of the awestruck crowd. "Ici Paris" includes works recorded from 1993 to 1999 and chronicles his development from vibrant street performer to accomplished composer. "Ici Paris" has consistently been JPMC Records' top selling album since its release in 2000 and we continue to get feedback from fans of Ganian's after purchasing the album.
"This style is to music in France what red wine is to the spirit" --LeMonde magazine, Paris