What is the Akkordeonale?
The most beautiful declaration of love to an instrument!
Counting 12 years of Akkordeonale by now, it is impossible to imagine the accordion scene without this event.
Every tour highlights new sides of this versatile suprise-box that is growing in popularity with its endless possibilities.
Accordion at its best!
Sparkling verve, elegance and esprit entice the audience into an exceptional aural pleasure across all cultures and styles.
For the 2020 lineup, Servais Haanen, the festival’s spiritus rector, has assembled once more a colourful melange:
Cheerful melancholy from Estonia, Scottish high-speed-folk and Serbian key-magic, Swedish vintage sound caprioles and Dutch sound aesthetics, framed by a dynamic Swiss hammered dulcimer, saxophone, transverse flute and a presentation worthy of cabaret.
The pulsating change of solos and ensemble pieces and the encounter and interaction between the performing musicians are the centerpiece of every Akkordeonale. As different as the personalities, cultural backgrounds and musical approaches may be, with music their common language, the musicians create a vibrant exchange that does not care about borders and separation.
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 balm for the soul! A most exceptional event!
See – Listen – Enjoy
- Tuulikki Bartosik (Estonia)
- Cheerful melancholy from Estonia
- Andrew Waite (Scotland)
- Jelena Davidović (Serbia)
- Serbian Key-Magic
- Alf Hågedal (Sweden)
- Vintage Sound Caprioles
- Servais Haanen (The Netherlands)
- The Master of Fine Sounds
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.