Buy tickets for 10th Annual Accordion Noir Festival: Accordion Alchemy

Friday night at the Accordion Noir Festival is a two part affair. Part one is a proper sit down and listen concert in the vibrant, sacred space of St James Anglican Church. This portion of the evening offers up the North American debut of Antti Paalanen (Finland), one of Europe top accordion innovators. This part of the evening is rounded out with a new work for electronics and bandoneon by composer/performer team Douglas Schmidt (Ho Chi Minh) and Giorgio Magnanensi (Artistic Director, Vancouver New Music). St James Anglican Church, 303 East Cordova, Doors 7:30, Show 8:00-9:45pm.

Antti Paalanen (Kokkola, Finland)

Accordion Shaman

Paalanen has become one of Europe’s most sought after accordion performers, transporting audiences to primal Finnish landscapes through his signature combination of virtuosic technique and inspired electronics. He makes his North American debut at the Accordion Noir Festival at St. James Anglican Church.

"In the hands of the man from South Ostrobothnia the accordion is manhandled in a manner that hammers intensive shamanism into wolfram carbide, in a furnace of growling, throat-bellowing and progressive surrealism. The man and his accordion dove hand in hand into waters so deep that upon surfacing, having spent his last lungful of oxygen, the listener has the sense of having visited the furthermost frontiers of unexplainability." (Waldemar Wallenius,

Douglas Schmidt and Giorgio Magnanensi

Bandoneon and Electronics, "Raw Meat and Butterflies"

Douglas Schmidt and Giorgio Magnanensi team up to create a new work for electronics and bandoneon. Douglas Schmidt (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam), is a standout performer/composer who appears with symphony orchestras across the world and Giorgio Magananensi is “ increasingly influential figure in Vancouver’s developing classical/jazz crossover culture [...] one of the most outgoing, provocative, and multifaceted musicians on the local scene.” (Alex Varty).


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