What’s more beautiful than an accordion?
Five accordions – at the Akkordeonale!
It’s been a long time now since this well beloved and often underestimated instrument found its way out of its dusty and philistine niche to show its popularity and versatility in every musical branch: not only in traditional or folk music, but also in rock, pop, classical and jazz music, the accordion is quite at home now – even hip hop and rap have discovered it.
The Akkordeonale plays its part here, highlighting the musical evolvement of this cosmopolitan amongst the instruments, across all cultures and styles. Blazing musical abundance awaits the audience: from traditional to contemporary, from exotic to classical and jazzy. Accomplished and fiery! Adrenalin and true balm for the soul!
For the eighth time now, Dutchman Servais Haanen has gathered musicians from different countries to perform a programme of impelling blues with creole roots, classical music from Sweden, pure Basque zest for life, metaphorical Italian scores and Dutch sound aesthetics, garnished with Swiss hammered dulcimer, Spanish vocals and percussion.
Characteristic for the Akkordeonale is the coming together of the performing musicians in a vivid interchange 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 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, diverse musical possibilities intertwine with improvisational talent, spontaneity and the passion to put on a great concert together, so that the musicians become a unity, putting forth something new, something never heard before.
A unique celebration of sounds, a most exceptional event.
See – Listen – Enjoy!
- Andre Thierry (USA)
- Impelling blues with Creole Roots
- Daniel Andersson (Schweden)
- Viking goes Vivaldi
- Janire Egaña Zelaia (Baskenland)
- Sun from the wild Basque country
- Maurizio Minardi (Italien)
- Fellini on accordion
- Servais Haanen (Niederlande)
- The Master of Fine Sounds
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.