Which wind blows stronger than El Niño?
It’s the wind from five accordion bellows – namely, at the Akkordeonale!
From Moldova to Poland, across Germany, over to Texas and back to the Netherlands, this draught of air flows, 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, western swing, 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
- Ginny Mac (USA)
- Western Swing from the Prairie
- Jan Budweis (Germany)
- Trendy Bal Folk
- Servais Haanen (The Netherlands)
- 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 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.