Monday, 28 November 2016

The Spanish Tour Schedule

The accordionist Janne Valkeajoki won the XXIII “Arrasate-Hiria” International Accordion Competition in 2015. A part of the prize is an organised solo concert tour in the North of Spain. For this tour he commissioned me with a solo piece with a maximal duration of 15 minutes. The commission received funding by the Madetoja-säätiö, was composed in spring 2016 and the piece "Shapes" will have it’s premiere next week on the 7th of December 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain. Janne has a beautiful programme consisting of three suits, one by Bach, one by me and one by Ravel. Janne is not only the first person to perform my solo suite Shapes, but as far as we know of, he is the first person to perform the whole “La tombeau de Couperin” on solo accordion. (The first performance of Ravel on accordion he gave on his previous tour in Serbia on the 7th of November 2016.)

The program for the Spanish tour is:

J.S.Bach - English Suite No. 5 (BWV 810)
Passepied I & II

C. Damström - Shapes Op.46
The Rhomb
The Ascending Line
Circles and Ellipses
The Pentagon Chaconne
The Icosahedron


Concert Schedule for Janne Valkeajoki:

Wednesday the 7th of December 2016 at 7:30 PM
At Tabakalera (4th floor) in San Sebastián 
(World Premiere of Shapes)

Thursday the 8th of December 2016 at 7 PM
At Teatro Mucipal of Alcañiz

Friday the 9th of December 2016 at 8 PM
At Casa de Cultura in Arrasate

Saturday the 10th of December 2016 at 7:30 PM
At Casa de Cultura in Aretxabaleta

Monday the 12th of December 2016 at 7 PM
At the Auditorio of Vandellós

Tuesday the 13th of December 2016 at 8 PM
At Auditorio “Pepita Sellés” in Barcelona

The Finnish premiere of Shapes will have to wait until March, when Janne will play his final diploma recital at the Sibelius Academy.

You are very welcome to any of the concerts!

Janne Valkeajoki and his accordion. Photo © Cecilia Damström

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