Patrick Farrell (USA; accordion)

is an American accordionist and composer who specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk music styles and brass band music.

His current projects include the Yiddish Art Trio with Michael Winograd and Benjy Fox-Rosen, unique and unusual duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, new Yiddish song duets with Berlin-based singer Svetlana Kundish, the chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband and Serbian-style brass band Veveritse. He is also a member of the mighty Panorama Brass Band of New Orleans, LA, his former home, and until recently led and composed for the circus/new-music group Stagger Back Brass Band. He plays in Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Alicia Svigal’s Klezmer Fiddle Express, and also arranges music for various ensembles.

Patrick Farrell has appeared on over 30 recordings, most recently with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Benjy Fox-Rosen.

He has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany and Romania, and has played in clubs, concert halls, streets, and serenades all over North America and Europe.

Photo: Michael Kozlov