film gained the "Swiss Film Prize 2005", but in my opinion,
it deserves thousands of other acknowledgments. It is not only
beautiful, not only well made, but also urges us to reflect, to
understand, teaches, transmits and enthuses. For those who think
that "on the road" films are sometimes dull because
of some moments of silence: here you will find beautiful images
and landscapes accompanied with most beautiful music and you will
not even notice that an hour and 27 minutes have passed.
In this view of an artists' life the points of reflection are
many and this production is without doubt a "summit"
of todays musical panorama. Important to note: it is not a self-celebration;
the tribe of artists does not think itself above others.
On the contrary, this musical project gushes from the intelligent
mind of Guy Klucevsek,
inviting us to reflect on the project itself and the possible
ways of making music today, in a cultural perspective without
any national borders. None of the main characters are presented
as professional musicians: no reference in the production characterizes
them, nor in terms of their popularity or success, or their present
They are presented as part of the "Accordion tribe"
project or conversely - "exposed" and viewed as persons
with emotions, desires, feelings, etc. There is a striking scene
when the French barkeeper at the motorway inn asks Klucevsek "how
did you meet, how did you select yourselves?" She was referring
to their geographic order (an American, a Swede, a Finn, a Slovenian
and an Austrian). Striking is also the answer, "listening
must also consider that all 5 artists have very impressive characters
(personal and musical) and to try to form "the tribe"
has been a truly courageous action, an action that has its roots
in a mentality not easily found today: to see own "colleagues"
(musicians who play my same instrument) not as a rivals, but as
artists that I admire and that attract me with the idea to construct
.the "Accordion tribe" has made much more than
just a jam-session. They have constructed and completed a project,
a project with values and characteristics that will remain historic
forever. What was the aim for these 5 accordionists meeting? Creativity
- without any doubt.
Everybody has contributed some of their own compositions in the
program of concerts of their quintet. Personally, I do not find
the idea particularly exciting, to make a large musical plan with
an accordion quintet (similarly for a piano quintet, or harps,
bugles, xylophones , etc). However, in this case, the element
that prevails is the mixture of various styles of playing the
instrument, the encounter of various repertoires being performed
by five (and that this will undoubtedly touch you) and the encounter
of five strong personalities that we have already presented.
To conclude this review I would like to state some important moments
of the film that have particularly caused me reflect (inviting
also you to do so
if you wish):
Lechner says that the accordion succeeds to render the tuneless
- Kalaniemi Maria says that you are not an accordionist
if "you have not got to know and understand" the bellows
- Always Otto Lechner, at another point says, to have searched
for "his personal sound" on the accordion...
- Guy Klucevsek discovers that there are no accordion courses
at the Conservatory (what happened also to me when I wanted to
study accordion at the Conservatory in 1982) and has wondered
- The ghosts in the cupboard of Klucevsek: he played the
William Tell overture arranged for solo accordion (and his teacher
saying, that it just seemed playing Rossini) and Beethovens Fifth
performing with an accordion orchestra.
- One fact is worthy of special attention: composing for
"Accordion Tribe" Guy
Klucevsek wants to repeat or at least search for the sound
of an accordion orchestra that was played by Beethoven, even if
it could for some reasons seem "improper".
- Lars Hollmer proposes the way of traditional music (like
the one of the Accordion Tribe) going towards - "contemporary"
music... and at some point says: folk has been transformed.
- Bratko Bibic raises the problem of the accordion image
among young people, telling his experience, showing his photos
with long hair in the sixties.
- Maria Kalaniemi uses one the most beautiful metaphors:
she says "when you listen to music, it is just like, if you
would follow a film in your mind; the interesting fact is, that
the same music in another persons mind, generates a completely
different film". (This for many is the true reason of the
And these are only some of the magical moments of this film
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