10.00 - 18.00
see below
The Accordion Fair

Venue: Commercial College
Free entry

12:00 - 18.00
see below
Music in the Park
Various Performers

Venue: Festival Park
Free entry

12.00 - 18.00
The Pub Tent
Afternoon of Dance

Venue: Yellow school
Free entry

12.00 - 18.00
see below
Children’s Park
A mini festival for children, entertainment by popular characters.Show times: 13.00 and 16.00. Fun things to do for the whole family.

Venue: Children’s Park
Free entry

19.00 - 02.00
The Pub Tent
Foxtrot and Accordion Jazz Orchestra Mustat silmät. Jarkko Laitinen & Väärä raha.

Venue: Yellow School
Area Ticket 10€ / Family Ticket 25€

19.00 - 02.00
The Pub Tent
Dance music by various Accordion Clubs.

Area Ticket 10€ Family Ticket 25€
Free entry if you bring your accordion!

see below
The Great Accordion Parade 2010
Erkki Friman’s 60th Birthday Concert. Performers: Risto Nevala, Jarno Kuusisto, Jonna Pirttijoki, Lopen Harmonikat, Ludovic Beier (France) and the winner of the Golden Accordion 2010.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall
Tickets: Adult 27€, Pensioner/Student 22€, Child 14€

see below
Mika Väyrynen - Accordionist
Music by Bach, Korpijaakko and Angelis.

Ikaalinen Church
Programme 10€

20.00 - 02.00
An Evening of Accordion Music in Festival Park
Dance and fun late into the night. Jämijärven Pelimannit, Ikaalisten Harmonikkamiehet and the hosts, Matti lepänhaara and Seppo Soittila. 21.30 Accordions all together!

Venue: Festival Park
Area Ticket 10€ / Family Ticket 25€ /
Free entry if you bring your accordion to play with the others at 21.30 hrs!

see below
Richard Galliano & Tangaria Quartet
The French Master of Accordion Jazz with his Quartet

Venue: Oma TupaTickets:
Adult 30€, Pensioner/Student 25€, Child 15€

Throughout the week, thousands of accordion enthusiasts visited the many manufacturers that set up displays during the festival. Displays included instruments both accoustic and digital, recordings, music and accessories. Peformances and demonstations were held during the day on the concert stage in the exhibition room.
Each day from early morning until well after midnight, the Festival Park was crowded with attendees who enjoyed nonstop performances, dancing and ceremonies. The stunning weather enticed tens of thousands of people to attend the various activities and performances. Below is a small sampling of some of the things you might find during your visit to Festival Park:
Festival Park overflowing with people enjoying the music and dancing under perfect blue skies
Some of the many and varied performances throughout the day
Some of the many children who were performing, much to the delight of the audience!
The Annual Play Along Session saw people from all nationalities enjoying the International language of music
Festival Director Kimmo Mattila (right) performing in the Massed Play Along Group
Several Children's concerts were held with some of their favorite popular characters such as Pippy Longstocking. The popular concerts attracted a large number of children and their families:
Pippy Longstocking (Marjo Suominen) and Herra Nissalainen (Eero Nissinen)

The Great Accordion Parade 2010 Concert was held in honor of Erkki Friman's 60th Birthday:

Tremolo Baltic Accordion Orchestra playing under three different conductors:
A.L. Webber: Memory (conducted by Marite Markeviciene, Lithuania)
R. Pauls: Cielavina (conducted by Viktor Nikandrov, Latvia)
Valdo Värk: Just As Blues (conducted by Valdo Värk, Estonia)

Jonna Pirttijoki, Finland
Angel Cabral: Tungos (La Foule) and A. Piazzolla: Yo soy María
Concert MC Seppo Lankinen with honoree Erkki Friman
Itä-Hämeen Harmonikat conducted by Erkki Friman
Trad, sov. Lasse Könönen: Koivuvalssi and M.Maja, sov. E.Friman: Kaksi kolpakkoa

Tapio Rannanmaa, Finland
E.Friman: Sambay'o


Mika Väyrynen (b. 1967) is one of the most well known and respected classical accordion artists in the world today. He started his performance career by giving his debut recital in 1985, when was just 17 years old. Since then, he has concertized all over the world, including most of the European countries, all Nordic countries, Japan, Russia, USA and China. He has performed as soloist of practically every major Finnish Orchestra, as well as the Estonian State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic. Conductors with whom he has performed are renowned Maestros including Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo, John Storgårds, Ralf Gothoni, Juha Nikkola, Olari Elts, Vello Pähn, Atso Almila, Andres Mustonen and many others.

As Chamber Musician, Mika Väyrynen has performed with some of greatest instrumentalists including Arto Noras, Ralf Gothoni, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ramon Jaffe, Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto to name just a few.

Mika Väyrynen is regularly seen in major music festivals including at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France (as the first accordionist in the history of that festival), at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (where he was given special honor to of performing a solo recital in 2005), at the Naantali Music Festival, the Loviisa Sibelius Festival and the Tuusulalake Chamber Music Festival etc… He has performed at almost every important accordion festival in world, has taught in several accordion summer schools and seminar as well as adjudicator in most important accordion competitions.

In November 2007 he performed as a soloist in perhaps the most famous concert hall in the World the Musikverein´s Golden hall in Vienna, in a completely sold out concert - as a first accordionist in the more than 100 year history of that world famous Concert Hall.

Väyrynen is actively collaborating with some of the world's leading contemporary composers. Among composers who have dedicated works to him are Aulis Sallinen, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren, Leif Segerstam, Jouni Kaipainen, Juhani Nuorvala, Paavo Korpijaakko, Anatoli Kusjakov, Bogdan Precz and Kirmo Lintinen.

Mika Väyrynen studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he graduated with his Master's Degree in 1992 and went on to complete his Doctorate in 1997. During his years of study, he also spent one year in Paris, studying under Professor Max Bonnay, and in addition to accordion, Mika has also studied organ performance.

Mika Väyrynen is also respected teacher and lecturer. He has worked as teacher at the Sibelius Academy since 1999, and was appointed Professor of Accordion in Kärtner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria from 1993 until 1996. Throughout his teaching career, his students have won several prizes in competitions. He has taught regular seminars at the Kragujavec International Accordion Summer School and has also conducted Master Classes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London.

Concert Program:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Passacaglia c-molli

Paavo Korpijaakko - Sonaatti nr.1 "Ultra"*
(s. 1977) 1. Allegro moderato, allegro con fuoco
2. Lento ma non troppo
3. Presto

François Couperin - Les Rozeaux
(1668-1733) (Ruokoja)

Franck Angelis "Impasse" - a la memoire de mon neveu
(s. 1962) romain

1. Allegro ritmico
2. Andante doloroso
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Vivace

Richard Galliano - Born 12 December 1950 in Cannes, in France

In the past, there never seemed to have been one great artist associated with the accordion, an instrument that, because of its connotations, seemed as far removed from swing as it is possible to be. Then along came Richard Galliano, fired by an unrivalled determination to share his conviction that the accordion was worthy have a place at the heart of jazz alongside the saxophone and trumpet. Inspired by the admiration he felt for his friend Astor Piazzolla, creator of the Tango Nuevo, Galliano succeeded not just in doing this, but with his "new musette" style managed to breathe new life into a thoroughly French tradition that seemed to have got stuck.

Son of the Italian born accordion teacher Lucien Galliano, Richard (pictued right at age 7 years old with his father Lucien) started playing the instrument at the age of four. At the same time as he was learning the accordion, he also studied harmony, counterpoint and trombone at the Nice Conservatoire. It was the discovery of the music of Clifford Brown that introduced him to jazz, at the age of 14, and while he picked up his style of playing choruses, he found, to his amazement, that the accordion was almost unknown in this type of music. Galliano then got interested in Brazilian accordionists like Sivuca and Dominguinhos, discovered the American specialists who approached jazz (Tommy Gumina, Ernie Felice and Art Van Damme), and the top Italian players, Felice Fugazza, Volpi and Fancelli, turning his back completely on the traditional style of playing that dominated in France. In 1973 Galliano moved up to Paris where he impressed Claude Nougaro. He spent three years as arranger and conductor as well as composer in a group where he found himself playing alongside real jazz musicians. He also played on countless recordings by popular French artists like Barbara, Serge Reggiani, Charles Aznavour and Juliette Gréco, and on film scores. From the beginning of the 1980s he was able to play much more often with jazz musicians from all backgrounds and improvise alongside them: these included Chet Baker (in Brazilian repertoire), Steve Potts, Jimmy Gourley, Toots Thielemanns, the cellist Jean-Charles Capon, with whom he cut his first disc, and Ron Carter, whom he paired up with to make an album in 1990.

In 1991, following the advice of Astor Piazzolla, whom he had met in 1983 while working on incidental music for the Comédie Française, Galliano went back to his roots, and the traditional repertoire of Valses-Musette, Javas, Complaintes and Tangos that he had long disregarded. Taking a lead from the spirit of Gus Viseur and Tony Murena, he managed to rid the accordion of its old-fashioned image by working on the three-four rhythm, and introducing a whole new rhythmic concept and harmonic style to adapt it to jazz. He announced his new approach on the CD New Musette that he recorded with Aldo Romano, Pierre Michelot and Philip Catherine for Label bleu, and it won him the Académie du Jazz's Django Reinhardt Prize for "French musician of the year" in 1993.

This led on to a whole series of albums where Galliano, playing his trademark Victoria accordion, has shown his ease in adapting the instrument to the freedom of jazz. His assurance, mastery of phrasing, and ability to get a vast range of tone-colours from the accordion have meant that he has broken down musical barriers with an instrument that cuts across all genres. In 1996 he crossed the Atlantic to record his New York Tango with George Mraz, Al Foster and Biréli Lagrène, a disc that later won him a Victoire de la Musique prize. He started to gain an international reputation, and a host of new collaborations followed. He created some unusual instrumental pairing, getting together with artists ranging from Enrico Rava, Charlie Haden and Michel Portal (their 1997 disc Blow Up was a huge commercial success, selling more than 100,000 copies), to his fellow accordionist Antonello Salis, in Italy, and the organist Eddy Louiss, in 2001. For years he played in a trio with Daniel Humair and Jean-François Jenny-Clarke (from 1993 until the death of the bass-player in 1998), and then returned to this format in 2004 with a "New York" rhythm, made up of Clarence Penn and Larry Grenadier. There have also been one-off collaborations with Jan Garbarek, Martial Solal, Hermeto Pascoal and Anouar Brahem, Paolo Fresu and Jan Lundgren, and Gary Burton, among others. In 1999 he presented his own compositions, with chamber orchestra accompaniment, together with pieces by Astor Piazzolla. This led to his 2003 homage Piazzolla Forever, in which he went back to playing the music of his mentor

Galliano is an exceptionally versatile musician, able to make his mark in all kinds of musical contexts, from solo appearances (like the Paris Concert from the Châtelet, which came out in 2009), to playing with a big band like the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, in 2008. His exceptional abilities as a soloist are now well-recognized, and he continues to explore a vast range of music, without ever losing that lyrical quality that infuses the ballads on Love Day that he recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Haden and Mino Cinelu, or the French Touch which allowed him to make the link between Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, with the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Keen to pass on his wealth of experience, he is the author, together with his father Lucien, of an accordion method that won the SACEM prize for Best Pedagogical Work in 2009.

Pictures from around Ikaalinen.
Above left: CIA President Raymond Bodell (United Kingdom) with Chen Jun (China)
Above right: Chen Jun (China) with Renato Borghetti (Brazil)
One of the many festival signs throughout Ikaalinen and the surrounding areas