My Story with the Accordina
Credit: François Wehrback
Fascinated by these "wind accordions", from 1992 onwards, I began creating an accordina of an entirely new design to meet the requirements of today's musicians;Guided just as much by the desire to achieve "something" as a challenge, as by expressing through a realization, a know-how.
After three years of work and research, the prototype was presented at a concert given by Jacques Bolognesi (accordina), Mico Nissim (piano), Francis Jauvain (accordina) and Pierrick Hardy (guitar) as part of the Journées de la Facture Instrumentale en Seine-Saint-Denis in May 1995.
Since then, I have been continuously manufactoring this instrument.
My accordinas are now being exported throughout the European continent as well as to the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Taiwan, Korea...
- Laurent Jarry -
Master craftsman in craftsmanship
Restorer-tuner factor for accordions and bandoneons
Winner of the Grand Prix Départemental des Métiers d'Art (SEMA)
Winner of the 2006 "Artinov" Prize
Expert in accordions and other free reed instruments from the French Union of Experts Specialised in Antiquities and Works of Art (UFE)
Accordina Laurent Jarry
Patent registration of the first accordina invented by André Borel under the name of Chromatic Harmonicon.
This instrument is in line with the "wind accordions" whose existence dates back to the 19th century.
Beginning of the adventure with the design of a new accordina by looking for a timbre specific to the instrument and a quality of keyboard to meet the requirements of the instrumentalists.
The accordina is presented in concerts, as part of the Journées de la Facture Instrumentale en Seine-Saint-Denis.
Laurent Jarry has been the first to design an accordina since André Borel, creator of the instrument after the Second World War, following Charles Wheatstone's Symphonium in 1829 and the "wind accordions" of the late 19th century.
Two years of development have resulted in significant improvements to the instrument.
Mounted on a new chassis that promotes sound emission, the specifically developed stainless steel reeds are "handmade".
The 2nd generation accordina has a richer timbre, a dynamic and powerful sound allowing for an even more nuanced playing.
After more than twenty years of experience, a 3rd generation accordina is born!
A completely redesigned design and new manufacturing tools offer extreme quality and precision while maintaining a specific and incomparable sound of the instrument.