“Acclarion is amazing….Unique doesn’t begin to describe such talent. They are the embodiment of serious technique & inspirational humour.” – Trevor Malcolm, Pelee Island Music Series
We welcome you to read the bio below, or better yet, hear our story in person at an Acclarion concert, because we do more than just play fabulous music on fabulous instruments!
Since 2003 the husband and wife team of accordionist David Carovillano and clarinetist Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano have created a luscious, irresistible blend with their instruments and delighted audiences with their virtuosic flare and entertaining banter. “I have never heard such fresh and exciting performances of my favourite classical pieces. This duo has a passion for their music and each other that we’ve missed from other concerts. Watch out for them!” (Stanley Solomon, former principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, President Friends of the Toronto Symphony)
David and Becky met at the University of Toronto and fell in love practicing together for their Master of Music recitals. (The juicy details are saved for the concert). Upon graduation, these classically trained musicians traded the world of lengthy avant-garde compositions for classical crossover: short works featuring scintillating harmonies, sweeping melodies and lively rhythms that engage and entertain audiences. “Acclarion takes the perceived elitism out of classical music and makes it more accessible. You can’t compare these performers to anyone. They are in a class by themselves.” (Ben Nind, Artistic Director Northern Arts & Culture Center, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)
“Some things go well together. A wink and a smile. Peanut butter and chocolate. Clarinet and the classical accordion,” wrote Catherine Hernandez from The National Post in 2006, when Becky and David tied the knot in a concert-wedding featuring special guest performers, harpist, Erica Goodman, and pianist, Angela Park. By then Acclarion was already “making waves in the world of classical music”(Fazila Khan, host Dufferin-Peel living, Rogers Television)performing for Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Carrefour Mondiale International Accordion Festival in Montmagny, Quebec, and the Glenn Gould Studio as featured artists for CBC’s Music Around Us hosted by Keith Horner. They had released their self-titled debut CD in 2004 which was regularly featured on CBC radio’s Disc Drive, the Vinyl Café, Studio Sparks, and America’s NPR, and sold around the world on iTunes.
After dazzling audiences throughout Ontario and a tour of the American Mid-West with Allied Concerts, Acclarion returned to the studio in 2008. The album “what if…?” gives classical masterpieces a makeover and experiments with new instrument combinations. “These guys have chops!” said Gregory Charles on his CBC radio show “In the Key of Charles” when he was astounded by Acclarion’s arrangement of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture.
Due to popular demand, Acclarion returned to tour the U.S. in 2009, debuted in British Columbia with the Valley Concert Society, and developed educational outreach programs as teaching-artists in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Drawing from a wealth of inspiration, Acclarion has compiled an extensive body of living repertoire, and released an iPad Interactive Musical App for children, “Squeezy”, through the Apple Store, which has fans throughout the globe.
In 2012, Acclarion enjoyed a tour of communities in the Northwest Territories, alongside internationally renowned bassoonist and Order of Canada recipient, George Zukerman: “Acclarion is absolutely sensational. They have a wide variety of ever cheerful, soulful, lyrical, happy repertoire. They have a spontaneity about them that will charm every audience. I don’t rave easily, but the five days I worked with them in various N.W.T. locations, was a musical love affair.”
Recently Acclarion premiered David’s “Bach to the Future” for accordion, clarinet, and piano trio for Chamber Music at the Scarab Club in Detroit and performed to an enthusiastic audience at the Yukon Art Centre for Whitehorse Concerts. Acclarion’s third CD “Shattered Expectations”, released in September 2015, “showcases phenomenal musicianship as they perform with passion, elegance, wit and stylistic acuity.” (Tiina Kiik, Wholenote Magazine)