GoJam consist of four active members of Athens’ music community. It is the oldest jazz band in the greek music scene that has accordion as an axis. They perform for the first time in Thessaloniki, presenting their own compositions, as well as music of the most important jazz accordionists.
“Sky time” Planetarium On The Go and Accordion Festival “Reedblocks” invite young and older friends to meet the starry sky through a unique audiovisual experience. With the help of a telescope and live projection, we will wander through the planets and the moon.
original music: Suite Yedi Ensemble
Maria Dafka, accordion Artemis Vavatsika, accordion James Wylie, saxophone Dine Doneff, d.bass/guitar/percussion
Yedi Kule time: 20:30 and 22.30 free entrance (booking is required)
* The concert will be presented at the same time (and even exclusively if needed) in live streaming. In case of cloud cover or rain, the material will be projected prerecorded.
THRACE Updated… Concert with three thracian accordions Nikos Mpozoglou / Giorgos Drikoudis / Stamatis Pasopoulos, accordion Katerina Douka, singing
For the first time in Greece three active carriers of the thracian accordion are collaborating in the search for new possibilities and sounds in thracian music. Original compositions exclusively for three accordions converse with existing thracian folk melodies, creating an environment of narration. A story that has as a starting point the old mnemonic Orpheus of the oral folk tradition and reaching its corresponding modern Orphic descendant. The accordion in the role of the bagpipe, in the role of the singer, in the role of the drum. The folk music tradition in its modern version through a concert with an axis: 3 accordions!
Patio of the Museum of Byzantine Culture time: 21:00 free entrance (booking is required)
SEMINAR ― for teachers ―
Discovering the accordion. A different approach for children in the unique world of accordion.
Seminar for music teachers
Lecturer: Vasiliki Psyrra
Duringthe seminar the latest music pedagogical approaches of introducing children to the world of music will be presented. We will explore the practice of different techniques of initiating children using contemporary music and the ability of children to improvise and create. duration: 2 hours Friday 25/9, 17:00-19:00 price: 20€ (15€ reduced) maximum number of participants: 12
* The seminar will be held online
― for musicians ―
Alexander technique Workshop for every musician and singer, with special applications in the accordion technique
Coordinator: Stelios Katsatsidis
The Alexander Technique aims to help the musician manage his/her energy more constructively. Familiarity with the principles of the Technique and their application on a daily basis lead to the creation of a clearer picture of the state of the body with a significant effect on the quality of the practice. Participants will get to know the basic principles of the Technique through introductory activities and live examples, while there will be more specific reports on the application of the Technique on the Accordion. The seminar is open to accordionists and other musicians of any level. Participants are advised to bring an individual Yoga mat.
duration: 2 hours Saturday 26/9, 10:00-12:00 price: 20€ (15€ reduced) maximum number of participants: 9
Horodentro, Katholikon 4.
* On Saturday (26/9) afternoon and Sunday (27/9) there will be the possibility for individual sessions (40 minutes duration) with Stelios Katsatsidis at Horodentro. price: 15€ (10€ reduced)
The "JAZZ" approach of music The accordion in improvised music
Coordinator: Giorgos Tsiatsoulis
The workshop aims to musicians whose main instrument is the accordion. Accompanied by live examples, participants will be introduced to the basic improvisation techniques and the different roles that the accordion can have in improvised music environments.
duration: 5 hours Saturday 26/9, 12:30-15:00 and 16:30-19:00 price: 35€ (25€ reduced) maximum number of participants: 10
To Avgo, Valaoritou 4
From bagpipe to accordion Thracian accordion seminar
The accordion has acquired a remarkable role in the Thracian folk music tradition. Various elements of this musical culture were incorporated into the way of playing the accordion, but it mainly replaced its potential "ancestor", the bagpipe (the most dominant instrument of Thracian music, which is called gáida). The seminar will analyze the ways and techniques of simulating this music on the accordion, methods of performance and the various "schools" of the Thracian accordion since it appeared. Also, the three coordinators of the seminar (Drikoudis, Mpozoglou, Pasopoulos) will present, analyze and compare elements of each one's particular style and sound.
duration: 3 hours Sunday 27/9, 12:00-15:00 price: 30€ (20€ reduced) maximum number of participants: 10
To Avgo, Valaoritou 4
Accordionists Create Music
Presentation of the compositions sent in the invitation for "Composition in the middle of quarantine". The entries will be shown in the opening concert of the festival, and at the same time (or exclusively if necessary) in live streaming.