Youssra El Hawary João Pedro Teixeira Omar Massa Veronica Perego Servais Haanen Rafael Fraga Dimos Vougioukas

Akkordeonale 2018

Servais Haanen

Which instrument releases more happiness hormones than chocolate?

The accordion!

This multi-cultural jack of all trades defies all national and continental borders, enhanced by a wide cultural range it has made itself at home in all musical styles. Be it as a soloist or as an orchestra you can carry around.

With so much richness and vitality it is also the most prejudiced instrument – the more danger, the more honor!

Reasons enough to celebrate this headstrong little wonderbox at the AKKORDEONALE! For the 10th time now, Servais Haanen, mastermind of the festival, invites you to an ample portion of culture à la world:

Masterful rembetiko and Balkan Jazz, meet passionate Brazilian Forró, Egyptian indie folk with depth, encounters bandoneon magic from Buenos Aires, served with Dutch sound aesthetics, and garnished with jazzy double bass from Italy, guitar and crystal clear fado-guitar.

Topped off with a presentation worthy of cabaret.

At the heart of the Akkordeonale, are the new musical encounters and interactions between the performing musicians, in a vivid change of solos and ensemble pieces. As different as the cultural backgrounds, are also the musical approaches and styles: one has undergone an ambitious academic training, the other has learned the instrument as a matter of course from earliest childhood. With music their common language, the musicians create a dialogue that does not care about borders and separation, but builds a lively musical exchange.

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!

10 years Akkordeonale!

We want to thank you all, you who have made this festival blossom:

  • our glorious musicians
  • all our concert promoters who believe in this project
  • our wonderful audience – without you we wouldn’t be here
  • our sound engineers who put the sound in the right light and drive us all across the country in the tour bus
  • our sponsors – everything helps
  • and Music Contact, our concert agency


Dimos Vougioukas (Greece)
Accordion from Mount Olympus
João Pedro Teixeira (Brasi)
Fiery Forró do Brasil
Youssra El Hawary (Egypt)
The Rose of Cairo
Omar Massa (Argentina)
Magic on Bandoneon
Servais Haanen (Netherlands)
The Master of Fine Sounds

Accompanying musicians:

Veronica Perego (Spain)
Double Bass
Rafael Fraga (Portugal)
Guitar and Fado-guitar

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 almost 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.

Kindly supported by:

Akkordeon Magazin Music Contact Bernhard Zimmermann Hohner