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 Program - Tuesday, 23 June 2009
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"To the Memory of My Mother"
A musical moment at “Mother’s Monument”, Lasse Pihlajamaa’s place of birth in Jämijärvi.

Jämijärventie Road 650
Free entrance

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Folk Accordionists on Stage at the Arena
The concert introduces Folk Accordion music from the region, as well as foreign guest performers.

Jämi Arena / Lasse Pihlajamaa Hall, Jämijärvi
16€, 13€, 8€

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Dobrek Bistro
Enjoy international atmosphere with the Polish-Austrian quartet ”Dobrek Bistro”. A combination of Latin American rhythms, the Orient, jazz, the Parisian musette, Gypsy swing, music of the Balkans. The group was founded by Polish accordionist Krzysztof Dobrek and Russian violinist Aliosha Biz and they are supported by Luis Ribeiro on percussion and Alexander Lackner on bass.

Jämi Arena / Lasse Pihlajamaa Hall, Jämijärvi
20€, 15€, 10€

 Traditional Festival Opening - "To the Memory of My Mother"
The first official function of the annual Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival is a folk concert and gathering at Lasse Pihlajamaa's monument "In the Memory of My Mother" on the outskirts of Jämijärvi. This beautiful monument is located at the approximate site where the late Lasse Pihlajamaa's boyhood home once stood.

Recalling an often difficult childhood and the profound respect he had for his widowed mother "Hilma", Lasse worked for many years planning this monument as an ongoing tribute to the special place she had in his heart. Lasse donated the monument and the land it stands on to the Jämijärvi municipality.

In addition to the monument, Mr. Pihlajamaa also composed a work "Muisto Aidille" in memory of his mother, an artistic manuscript of which is housed inside the monument.

As a sign of the tremendous respect given to this Finnish icon of the accordion world, a large gathering of people formed around the monument where official greetings were extended to attendees, followed by performances by local Folk Musicians Accordion Orchestra.

What made this years ceremony extremely momentous, was the appearance of Lasse's wife Maire, who in accordance with Lasse's will, presented the official legal document presenting all his manuscripts and music, including all the copyright and ownership to the Finnish Accordion Institute.
the large crowd assembled at the ceremony
Jämijärvi Folk Accordion Ensemble
Kimmo Mattila, Festival Artistic Director joins the Jämijärvi Folk Accordion Ensemble
while festival Director Sirpa Sippola and Maire Pihlajamaa look on in the background
Aino Ojakoski (viola) and Kimmo Mattila (accordion) performing at the Ceremony
above left: the Jämijärvi Folk Accordion Ensemble and vocalist Anneli Mattila
above right: Welcome Speech by Joanna Haauisto (Cultural Secretary for Jämijärvi)
Maire Pihlajamaa presenting Kimmo Mattila of the Finnish Accordion Institute
the document with all the rights to her late husband Lasse Pihlajamaa's music
Kevin Friedrich (CIA President) with Maire Pihlajamaa, and right, Maire signing the memory book in honor of her late husband
Inside the statue building
Heikki Eränen (Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival Founder), his wife Tuula Eränen, Maire Pihlajamaa,
Festival Director Sirpa Sippola and Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila
 Folk Accordionists on Stage at the Arena
Another tradition on the evening prior to the official opening of the festival, this annual concert at the Jämi Arena featured an array of lively Folk Accordion music from the region, together with invited foreign guest performers.
Above: Golden Accordion Contestant - Tuomas Kinnunen
Marjo Suominen and Eero Nissinen entertaining the audience with their comic routine
Quartet of accordionists from Joensuu
Above: Golden Accordion Contestant - Timo Hautamäki
Above left: Arttu Rajala (8 years old) and right and below: Accordeonata Accordion Orchestra from Dresden, Germany
 Dobrek Bistro at Oma Tupa

It was love at first tune. When Polish accordionist Krzysztof Dobrek and Russian violinist Aliosha Biz first met during the rehearsals for “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Vienna Theatre, it was clear that their future artistic direction would be a common one. First, Aliosha and Krzysztof refined their emphatic interplay in the Burgtheater ensemble, accompanying Maria Bill and in the “Acoustic Drive Orchestra. ”The time arrived to find a common musical language which would be uniquely theirs.

Supported by percussionist Luis Ribeiro and Sascha Lackner (bassist) they founded “Dobrek Bistro." The name of the French restaurant comes from the Russian word bystro (fast). With its name, the quartet describes the virtuoso speed of its performances as well as the melancholic elegance Dobrek, the composer of all the pieces, admires so much in the Parisian musette.

Musette and Latin American styles such as salsa, tango and bossa nova, jazz, gypsy swing, classical influences, music of the Balkans, the orient, of the gypsies and eastern European Jews as well as Slavic folk music are the ingredients of this mixture of styles. To brand it ‘fusion’ or ‘crossover’ would be hackneyed. Perhaps Dobrek Bistro will enter the books of musical history as its own genre: too playful, head-on and improvised to count as chamber music, while paying too much respect to traditional forms to be considered as jazz - and with too many influences from modern classical and classical jazz movements merely to count as ethnic chamber music.

The secrets of it's kitchen are best discerned by its Maître de cuisine, Krzysztof Dobrek, himself. “Our Salsa sounds gypsy-like, the Tango Viennese, the jazz Yiddish, and the mussette has a Russian touch.”Yes; and one could add that the musical provinces sound like the big wide world, and that the big wide world does not deny its cultural roots: at Dobrek Bistro.

Aliosha Biz (violin), Sascha Lackner (bass), Luis Ribeiro (percussion) and Krzysztof Dobrek (accordion)
Krzysztof Dobrek (accordionist)
Aliosha Biz (violin), Sascha Lackner (bass), Luis Ribeiro (percussion) and Krzysztof Dobrek (accordion)
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