Most important 12-letter post-Easter event?
When accordionist and festival initiator Servais Haanen invites you to the Akkordeonale, one thing is certain: it will be a celebration!
Innovative, exhilarating and refreshingly different, this is where you experience the accordion at its best. Every year since 2009, the Dutchman has brought together musicians from a wide variety of countries for a surprising ensemble mix across all styles.
Whether traditional or contemporary, folkloristic, classical, jazzy - the programme full of sparkling temperament, esprit and poetry is a single declaration of love for the instrument of unlimited possibilities.
Subtle Nordic highlights, breathtaking virtuosity from Serbian to classical, passionate Mediterranean canzoni, unconventional Austrian jazz gems, Dutch sound aesthetics, grooving flugelhorn and masterful atmospheric harp playing are the ingredients that make up this year's Akkordeonale.
And - the Akkordeonale would not be complete without Servais Haanen's cabaret-like moderation!
The heart of the concert is the pulsating alternation of solos and ensemble pieces and exciting interactions between the musicians.
As different as the personalities, cultural backgrounds and playing styles may be - the common language of music creates a lively understanding that does not care about borders and barriers.
Improvisational talent, spontaneity and fun at the joint concert combine the musical richness of the individuals to create something new, something never heard before.
A celebration of sounds! Adrenalin and soul balm!
See – Hear – Enjoy
- Irene Tillung (Norway)
- Filigree compositions of Nordic beauty
- Djordje Davidovic (Serbia)
- Precision and vivacity at the highest level
- Marcello Squillante (Italy)
- Serenata from the soul of the south
- Paul Schuberth (Austria)
- Experimental surprises in a melodic robe
- Servais Haanen (D/NL)
- The Master of Fine Sounds
- Kaya Meller (Polan)
- Esther Swift (Scotland)
- Concert Harp
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.