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Help us tell the story of this Philadelphia accordion legend, who has performed with everyone from Pavarotti to Bon Jovi. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 6, 2013.

Help us tell the story of this Philadelphia accordion legend, who has performed with everyone from Pavarotti to Bon Jovi.

About this project

Thanks for checking out our project. As you can surmise from the video, we would like to make a documentary about a Philadelphia accordion hero, Joe Soprani. Joe's career is so remarkable - performing alongside Pavarotti, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, surviving a plane crash during a USO tour to play for the troops, preparing a marching band arrangement for Bon Jovi, and much more.

And at 78, Joe is as energetic and vibrant as ever. As a 27 year old musician, sound engineer, and filmmaker, working with Joe has been most inspiring for me. Coincidentally, the accordion is going through a bit of a renaissance right now, but Joe has been unwavering in his dedication to the instrument, always humble, and never being shown the respect or acclaim he so deserves.

Please do join us in helping to tell the story of a man who has stories in spades - stories that deserve to be heard by an audience wider than myself and Joe's loving wife and family.

Thanks for your time.

Risks and challenges

The challenges that come with completing this project mostly involve organizing the sessions, getting the right musicians in order, and trying to gain access to some of the higher profile people for interview footage.

We will overcome these challenges with tenacity and unfailing commitment to the project. With Joe being 78, we are eager to begin as soon as possible!

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    Your name listed under the “Special Thanks” in credits of the film. Without you, this isn't possible. Salud!

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    “Special Thanks,” a signed CD of Joe Soprani accordion music, and a DVD of the documentary. Collect 'em all!

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    Work on your accordion chops, just like Joe! At this level, you receive all of the above plus a signed copy of a handwritten Joe Soprani accordion arrangement (sheet music).

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    All of the above plus “Executive Producer” credit in the film. Here's how a conversation with your friends would go:
    You: I'm the producer.
    Your friends: What's that mean?
    You: I'm the money.

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    All of the above plus a Joe Soprani autographed kiddy accordion. Start 'em young, and their fingers will be dizzy in no time!

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    All of the above plus an invitation to sit in on the recording session with Joe and the band at Forge Recording in Oreland, PA. You can wear sunglasses, sit at the producer's desk, and look important. You are now a made man.

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    The "Consigliere package:" all of the above plus a one hour private accordion lesson with Joe. He will teach you the ways, and if you're lucky enough, tell you a story or two. *Philly area only*

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    You are a true Don, and we'll treat you like one! At this level, you will receive all of the above plus a private, candlelit, catered Italian dinner, complete with a performance by Joe. *Philly area only*

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