Michael Schaeffer is an accordion player based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you live there, you may have already seen him pressing mother-of-pearl keys and squeezing the bellows of his accordion at a local restaurant or a friend's wedding.
Michael purchased his first accordion in 2001 after having a dream about playing a bellowed instrument in a dark room. He had been playing piano for fifteen years before he began learning the accordion. Now, Michael specializes in Italian, French, and tango music, along with his own original compositions.
Michael is available for hire to entertain at events and gatherings. Michael also teaches accordion and piano lessons. He regularly plays at Mangiamo on Sunday evenings from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, and at Aperitivo every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Why the Accordion?
The accordion is essentially a one-man band. It is portable and extremely versatile, covering a vast repertoire of music styles, including jazz, tango, waltz, polka, samba, beguine or any other genre of music you can imagine.