Dr. Accordion

Follow the Feeling

Written by 2x Canadian Digital Accordion Champion Michael Bridge (AKA Dr. Accordion), Follow the Feeling is a fascinating and fun exploration of “all those feels” that music evokes! Students will learn about musical mindfulness; identifying their feelings, pairing them with music, and using music as a force for good in the world. Audience members contribute as both musicians and composers with polyrhythmic clapping, and a live arranging session—where their musical decisions come to life in real-time! Featuring songs from Canada, Brazil, Bulgaria (and beyond!), this interactive show immerses students in the exciting musical world of Dr. Accordion. You have to see it to believe it.

“Watch and be amazed!” –CBC

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Booking Details
School In-Person & Virtual Performance Fee: $610
Audience Size: 300/500
Virtual format: fully live
Grades: 4 - 8 & 9 - 12
Language: English, French, bilingual
Availability: October - April
Curriculum Connections
Well-being
French education
Musical arrangements and interpretations
Experiential Learning
Teacher Resources
About Dr. Accordion
Michael Bridge is a musical maverick and a virtuoso performer on both the acoustic accordion and its 21st Century cousin, the digital accordion, which can sound like a symphony orchestra, a jazz band with drums, bass, accordion, guitar, and outer-space! His concerts capture the energy and panache of stadium rock with the elegance and discipline of chamber music.

Dr. Bridge embraces a musical aesthetic that is alternatively irreverent, deadly serious, meticulously prepared and completely in-the-moment. He’s at home with classical, contemporary, jazz and folk music and has premiered 53 new works. Ultimately, he aims to make your world more bearable, beautiful and human—even if only for the length of a concert.

He’s won a slew of competitions in Canada and abroad and was named one of CBC’s 30 under 30 classical musicians. He received his doctorate in accordion performance from the University of Toronto. He gives over 100 concerts a year as a soloist and as a member of Bridge & Wolak and the Ladom Ensemble. He’s in high demand for masterclasses around the world.