Accordion played like you’ve never heard before
Mario Batkovic from Switzerland (originally from Bosnia) is a virtuoso accordionist, who uses his traditional instrument in a way entirely his own. Batkovic experiments with classical and neoclassical music, jazz, minimalism, experimental synths and Balkan influences. His album appeared in March this year on the label of legendary trip-hop musician Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and he has recently composed music for a number of films. Although he was entirely unknown in the Netherlands until recently, last year his performances were highlights of Eurosonic and Le Guess Who? festivals. Lovers of such musicians as Lubomyr Melnyk (at Noorderzon last year), Hauschka and Nils Frahm certainly must not miss out on this Spiegeltent evening.
“Batkovic does none of the things you would expect when you see an accordion – no Balkan references or classic Dutch tear-jerker style. He creates minimal sounds that swell into a threatening storm and then ebb away to a whispering gurgle. The perfect delivery brought with a devilish grin is hypnotic.”