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Peter Jansson CD discography Katzen Kapell played in the San Francisco area in october 2007.
This article was published in San Francisco Chronicle.
Katzen Kapell Squeeze box is front and center in diverse Swedish bandwhose experimental sound is inspired by Piazzolla, Zappa and Stravinsky
Derk RichardsonThursday, October 11, 2007
Catharina Backman has a great excuse for playing the accordion. \"Theyforced me to,\" says the founder and leader of the eclectic Swedish bandKatzen Kapell. \"I played the piano but was touring with a small circus,and they said, \'You won\'t have this job unless you learn the accordion.
In 1986, after a couple of seasons with Variete Vauduvill, Backman gottogether in Stockholm with a few former fellow music students and formedKatzen Kapell. (The name was inspired by the Katzenjammer Kids comics butalso derives from the Swedish words for cat and ensemble.
By then, Backman had changed her tune about the squeeze box. \"I didn\'teven like the instrument,\" she said in a recent midnight telephoneconversation from Sweden, \"until I heard the bandoneon player fromArgentina, Astor Piazzolla.
\" Upon listening to the master of tango nuevoin 1984, Backman recalled, \"I just thought, \'I\'m in heaven.
\' The music wasso beautiful, so tender, so aggressive, so humoristic, so rhythmic. Itreally appealed to me. I couldn\'t copy it, ...