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
- 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.