Anatol Eremciuc Inga Piwowarska Jan Budweis Raquel Gigot Servais Haanen Kaya Meller Johanna Stein

Akkordeonale 2019

Servais Haanen

Which wind blows stronger than El Niño?

It’s the wind from five accordion bellows – namely, at the Akkordeonale!!

From Moldova to Poland, via Germany across Belgium and around the Netherlands, a draught of air builds up, swirls, shines, invigorates, thrills, elates and bewitches.

For the 11th time now, Servais Haanen, mastermind and creator of the festival, unleashes the accordionic wind that leaps over national and continental borders, enhanced with cultural diversity to blow the audiences ears with its blazing musical riches!

You will hear accordion at ist finest with complex sounds from Bessarabia, classical romanticism, Musette-gems, bal folk, jazz and contemporary music enriched by the particular hue of flugelhorn and cello.

And – there’s no Akkordeonale without Servais Haanens 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.

With improvisational talent, spontaneity and the passion to put on a great concert together, the manifold musical possibilities intertwine, 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!


Anatol Eremciuc (Moldova)
Whirlwind from Bessarabia
Inga Piwowarska (Poland)
Romanticism and Brilliance
Raquel Gigot (Belgium)
Star in the sky of Musette
Jan Budweis (Germany)
Trendy Bal-Folk
Servais Haanen (The Netherlands)
The Master of Fine Sounds

Accompanying Musicians:

Kaya Meller (Poland)
Johanna Stein (Germany)

About the Akkordeon

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