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Will Holshouser

Will Holshouser is an accordionist, composer and improviser whose music draws on a wide variety of inspirations, from traditional accordion folk styles to jazz, hymns, classical and experimental music. Embracing clear melodies, pulsating rhythms and contrapuntal textures, Will’s music celebrates an eclectic attitude. As a working musician in New York who participates in many genres from around the world, he distills these experiences into his own compositions, exploring new sounds while staying in touch with the accordion’s expressive qualities and sense of fun.

Will began playing accordion in the late 1980s when a friend gave him a musty old squeezebox as a surprise. Since that time, he has performed all over the world. Highlights have included touring and recording with violinist Regina Carter, clarinetist David Krakauer, and trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, as well as with his own groups. Three albums of his music for the Will Holshouser Trio, featuring Ron Horton and Dave Phillips, were released on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. A collaborative trio, Musette Explosion, made an album that received widespread acclaim and was featured in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. Will has also written music for film, theater, and dance. 


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Why Can't We Live Together?

Read "Why Can't We Live Together?" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We explore the music and bands we love not only for a source of sonic delight, but also as a metaphor of how ideal societies can work, in harmony and respect, regardless of place of origin and without boundaries, to create something higher than themselves. So this week we focus on music that may provide either ...


News: Performance / Tour

Dutch Trumpet Sensation Eric Vloeimans And American Accordion Master Will Holshouser Bring Their Expressive And Playful Music To Eight Us Cities And Towns October 13-22, 2023

Dutch Trumpet Sensation Eric Vloeimans And American Accordion Master Will Holshouser Bring Their Expressive And Playful Music To Eight Us Cities And Towns October 13-22, 2023

The adventurous duo featuring Dutch trumpet sensation Eric Vloeimans and American accordionist Will Holshouser bring their expressive writing and playful, virtuosic improvising to eight US cities and towns, October 13-22, 2023. Their evocative original compositions bring together their omnivorous range of influences from jazz, classical and folk music: rich harmonies, catchy melodies and energetic improvising, spanning ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Purple Jazz: A Tribute to Prince, Part 1

Read "Purple Jazz: A Tribute to Prince, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Prince who would have turned 65 this year. He may have left us over seven years ago, but the influence of his music continues unequalled, including on the world of jazz, with which he's often flirted. Here a selection of some intriguing examples of “purple jazz," including some extended jamming by Prince himself. Happy ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Harry Connick, Jr., Ahmad Jamal & Eric Vloeimans

Read "Harry Connick, Jr., Ahmad Jamal & Eric Vloeimans" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the mind of Dutch trumpet master Eric Vloeimans we begin the new 784th Episode of Neon Jazz. As 2022 comes to a close, we profile new music from several Kansas City natives including Eddie Moore and Matt Villinger as well as David Bloom and Tomas Janzon. Piano maestro Ahmad Jamal celebrates his prowess in a ...


Two For The Road-

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tibi Gratias; Innermission 1; Deep Gap; Innermission 12; Innermission 2; Rainbow Connection; Rosebud Winter; Momu 5; Innermission 9; To Louis; Intermission 11; Children's Song.


Article: Album Review

Eric Vloeimans & Will Holshouser: Two For The Road-

Read "Two For The Road-" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The trumpet and the accordion may seem like an incompatible musical combination, and perhaps that may be so, except in the hands of Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and American accordionist Will Holshouser. Their dynamic and demonstrative interaction is on full display in this live concert recorded during a tour of the Netherlands in 2021 and is ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cheick Tidiane Seck, Patricia Brennan, Eric Vloeimans, Will Holshouser and More

Read "Cheick Tidiane Seck, Patricia Brennan, Eric Vloeimans, Will Holshouser and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A playlist that focuses on fascinating new releases and a preview of noteworthy concerts coming to New York.Happy listening.Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Jeff Denson, Brian Blade, Romain Pilon “Daily Jubilee of Dancing Herbie D." Finding Light (Ridgeway) 0:16 Host talks 5:48 Patricia Brennan ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Diversity Through Six New Album

Read "Jazz Diversity Through Six New Album" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The rich diversity of modern jazz is examined through six great new releases from Art Hirahara, Marco Pacassoni Trio, Eric Vloeimans with Will Holshouser, Nicolas Politzer, Charu Suri and Playfield.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Art Hirahara “Danza Por Arte" from Verdant Valley (Posi-tone) 00:48 Marco Pacassoni Trio “Time Vibes" from Life (Giotto Music) 08:40 Eric ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series is back. After all and, sadly, the pandemic is everything but over so our need for soothing and uplifting music is greater than ever. As usual, we've asked a number of prominent jazz musicians to share with our readers the music they rely for encouragement. For this instalment the selectors were ...


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