The Many Sides Of The Squeeze­box

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Ev­ery­one knows the ac­cor­dion, of course, but it’s safe to say you’ve never known it quite like this be­fore. The 9th an­nual Akko­rdeonale Fes­ti­val is com­ing to town, show­cas­ing the amaz­ing di­ver­sity of the in­stru­ment af­fec­tion­ately known as the squeeze­box (or hell’s bel­lows). Though it was only in­vented in the 1820s, the ac­cor­dion spread rapidly around the world through­out the fol­low­ing decades, thanks largely to im­mi­grants who brought an ac­cor­dion with them to their new home. At the Akko­rdeonale concert at Pas­sion­skirche (Marheineke­platz 1) on 6 May, five dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians from five dif­fer­ent coun­tries will give a taste of the in­stru­ment’s col­or­ful po­ten­tial, from Bavar­ian grooves to Mada­gas­car rhythms to jazzy French joie de vivre. www.akko­

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