Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani

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At 78 years young, Joseph Soprani has lived a remarkable musician’s life. Whether performing alongside opera legend Luciano Pavarotti at the Spectrum or receiving the prestigious Air Force Roger as a soloist in the U.S. Air Force Band under Col. George S. Howard, this vibrant Philadelphian has reshaped the way audiences view the accordion.

Most Americans identify the old-world instruments with polka—but here in Philly, Soprani (like fellow local squeezebox star Rob Hyman, of the Hooters) has been showcasing the accordion’s stunning versatility for decades.

While acting as a sound engineer for Soprani, audio tech/filmmaker Brendan McGeehan found himself captivated by the man’s amazing career tales and became inspired to tell his story. Funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign, McGeehan’s Dizzy Fingers: The Life of Joe Soprani, a documentary teeming with music and interviews of people within Soprani’s circle, as well as some handy historical context regarding the instrument itself from ethnomusicologist Marion Jacobson, is set for a premiere screening at World Café Live.

Preceding the film, Soprani will perform live with a full band, assuring that by the end of the night, audiences will have a completely different perception of a highly misunderstood instrument and a fuller appreciation of one of Philly’s unsung musical heroes. // KENNEDY ALLEN

7pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

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Sunday, March 09, 2014
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3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/09/2014. .

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