Under the sign of the accordion
Springtime is accordion time in Vienna. For four week everything revolves around the ‘squeezebox’ at the 15th International Accordion Festival that takes place from 22 February to 23 March at several locations all over the city.
Klaus Paier already opened the first accordion festival in 2000
The programme of this year’s anniversary edition is particularly ambitious, featuring not only daily concerts, silent-film matinees and 'Magic Afternoons' for children but also workshops where renowned musicians offer insights into their work and help participants expand their skills on various types of accordions. And theatre and dance performances as well as swing nights will also be introduced at the festival as a special 'anniversary treats'.
The motto of the 2014 Accordion Festival is 'Neighbours', and so the focus is on the accordion scene in Austria's neighbouring countries. Concerts kick off with Kofelgschroa from Bavaria on 25 February at Schutzhaus Zukunft. The Albin Bruns Nah Quartet will play its traditionaly Swiss accordions on 27 February at Sargfabrik. Representing the Czech Republic the Prague trio L’Arrache-Coeur (Heartsnatcher) will share the stage at Schutzhaus Zukunft with Aniada a noar (Everyone a fool) from Styria, the heart of Austria, on 3 March. Harmonia Garden from Hungary will rock Ost Klub with their 'Hungarian Django Swing' on 5 March, while the Jure Tori Trio feat. Ajda Sticker will bring music from Slovenia to the Ehrbar-Saal on 7 March. For the Pozon Sentimental quartet from Vienna’s twin city, Bratislava, it is only a short drive to their double feature with the Austrian duo Stadler/Heckel at the Ehrbar-Saal on 21 March.
Other national and international stars on the list include: Bratsch (celebrating their 40-year anniversary as a band; 16 March, Metropol), Riccardo Tesi and his new band Cameristico (28 February, Stadtsaal), bandoneon virtuoso Luis di Matteo (2 March, Haus der Begegnung Floridsdorf), the Wiener Tschuschenkapelle (who celebrate their 25-year anniversary as a band this year; 15 March, Metropol) and famed Austrian two-man band Attwenger (22 March, Reigen).
Five silent-film matinees
Silent film classics accompanied by live music are shown on Sundays at 13:00 at Filmcasino. On 2 March there will be three Charlie Chaplin shorts and live music by renowned Viennese duo Walther Soyka/Ernst Molden (accordion/guitar). Asta Nielsen’s outstanding performance as Hamlet can be admired on 9 March, together with Heidelinde Gratzl on accordion and Jovan Torbica on bass, and on 16 March the 'Thief of Bagdad' Douglas Fairbanks will encounter Stefan Sterzinger and Franz Schaden (accordion/bass).
For its 15th anniversary the Accordion Festival gets swinging. The Cotton Lickers, featuring star guest Milos Todorovski on accordion, will perform at the first Swing Night on 26 February, followed by Rock Me Balboa (5 March) and the Prague Quartet Manouche (12 March); all Swing Nights take place at Bar Celeste. Another new feature is the dance performance 'sacré' on 15 and 22 March at Ateliertheater Reloaded, with music by accordionist Tino Klissenbauer (of Playbackdolls, Bratfisch and Remasuri fame).