Daniel Thonon has been playing the diatonic accordion since 1982. He is now considered as one of the best on this instrument. Daniel uses a technique sometimes called "cross fingering", which is the same that was developed by Marc Perrone in France, Riccardo Tesi in Italy, or Andy Cutting in England. The instrument Daniel uses was built by Castagnari, in Recanati, Italy. These instruments are considered by many as the "Rolls Royce" of the button box, they have a tone quality and dynamics that are unequaled by any other accordion. Daniel designed himself the tuning of his instrument, with the help of Massimo and Alessandro Castagnari, using a Handry Cassotto model. It has two rows on the right hand (G and C), and a third row with alterations missing on the first two rows. The left side also has three rows of bass notes and chords. Daniel plays mostly his own compositions, but is also known for playing Classical, Tango, Jazz standards, Musette, French songs or Klezmer.
Daniel plays accordion with Montcorbier and also with "Trafic d'Influences", a trio with piano and double bass. Daniel plays in a duet formation, with the great English accordionist Chris Parkinson and also with a trio called "Once Upon An Accordion", with Chris Parkinson, and John Whellan, the famous Irish accordionist. Daniel teaches Masterclasses all over North America and has published a book: The music written for Advielle Que Pourra, which features all of his compositions for that group.
"......you don't know virtuosity until you heard Daniel Thonon let fingers fly on the squeeze box...." Jeff Bradley,The Denver Post.
"....Miraculously, the accordion of Daniel Thonon had transported one into a magic world of art, music, beauty and romance...", Burney Garelick Florence Oregon News.
"...The interpretation of the Leo Ferré's song, "Avec Le Temps", by Daniel Thonon is deeply moving. You will love it! Irresistible. A beautiful discovery **** " D. Lelièvre, review of the CD: Trafic d'Influences, in Voir, Québec.
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333 rue Principale
Canada, J2N 1L5
tel: 450 337-0636
portable: 514 231-5432