Stefan Straubinger Alevtina Nikitina Laurent Derache Rinah Rakotovao Servais Haanen Twelth Day

Akkordeonale 2017

Servais Haanen

What’s more beautiful than an accordion?

Five accordions – at the Akkordeonale!

Bavarian grooves on bandoneon meet vigorous jazz from La France, encounter old Russian folk tunes with a young soul and the melodic rhythms of Madagascar, accompanied by atmospheric folk from Scotland with violin, harp and vocals. All interwoven with Dutch sound aesthetics and presented in a way that makes you wish for a cabaret show of its own.

These are the ingredients Servais Haanen, creator and instigator of the festival, has come up with for the 9th Akkordeonale.

The peculiar charm of the accordion unfolds also this year its blazing musical abundance: from traditional to contemporary, from exotic to classical and jazzy.

Typical for the Akkordeonale is the encounter of the performing musicians in a vivid change of solos and ensemble pieces. This is a challenge, since as different as the cultural backgrounds are (and the personalities), are the musical approaches and styles: one has undergone an ambitious academic training, the other one has learned his instrument as a matter of course from earliest childhood on in his culture and thus the only real common language is music.

This creates a thrilling coexistence on stage. In the interaction, manifold musical possibilities intertwine with improvisational talent, spontaneity and the passion to put on a great concert together, so that the musicians become a unity by itself, putting forth something new, something never heard before.

A celebration of sounds! Virtuosic and full of spirit! Adrenalin and true balm for the soul!

A unique celebration of sounds in a most exceptional event.

See – Listen – Enjoy!


Stefan Straubinger (Germany)
Bavarian Bandoneon-Grooves
Alevtina Nikitina (Russia)
Young virtuosa with a Russian soul
Laurent Derache (France)
Esprit and temperament in a jazzy robe
Rinah Rakotovao (Madagascar)
The Heartbeat of Madagascar
Servais Haanen (Netherlands)
The Master of Fine Sounds

Accompanying Musicians:

Twelfth Day (Scotland)
Atmospheric folk from Scotland

Af­fec­tion­ately known as squeeze­box, belly pinch­er, hell’s bel­lows, or asth­mat­ic worm, the ac­cor­di­on has at least as much charm as it has names.

And though many do love this in­stru­ment, play it them­selves or have one stowed away in the at­tic, few know about the wild ca­reer and the world wide in­flu­ence of this head­strong won­der-box.

Like almoste no oth­er in­stru­ment, the ac­cor­di­on (in­ven­ted in 1829) has spread across fron­ti­ers and con­tin­ents at a breath­tak­ing pace.

Massively ex­por­ted to colon­ies and im­por­ted through the hand lug­gage of emig­rants, it has es­tab­lished it­self amongst mu­si­cians across the whole world.

It’s hard to talk of the ac­cor­di­on. The in­stru­ment has again and again been mod­i­fied, re­con­struc­ted, re­fined or been de­veloped, ac­cord­ing to loc­al needs, in­to a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent types of in­stru­ments, that dif­fer in size, sys­tem, form, pitch range and play­ing tech­nique.