Nando Monica – Another accordion great from Parma

The large light-orchestra Bocelli with Nando Monica

My family came to the UK in the 1880s from the newly-formed Italian province of Parma that, only twenty years earlier had been known as the Duchy of Parma.  Unification of Italy in 1861 led to rapid industrial growth in cities but in mountainous rural areas where winters were long and crops were at the mercy of unpredictable mountain weather life was still pretty tough.  The inheritance system also meant that families who were usually large in numbers in order to have plenty of help on the farm would, in time inherit less and less land which was always equally divided between siblings to the point of being to small to be profitable. People started to migrate to towns and cities in the same way as people all over Britain had been doing for best part of a century.  Some even migrated to France, to the UK, primarily to London and South Wales and a few to the United States.

The popularity of the accordion too spread rapidly at this time.  Whilst Paolo Soprani opened his factory in Castelfidardo in 1864 and being situated in central Italy, it was still quite far away from the Parma and Piacenza area in the North, even by train, Much more local was the new Dallapé factory which opened in 1873 in Stradella, near Pavia. Parma too would eventually boast two accordion factories of it’s own: Bocchi and Calvi. Parma was of course the town of Giuseppe Verdi and music played a big part in local life, not only in the theatres and opera houses but in the inns, cafés and on the streets too. Augusto Migliavacca, the blind cellist, he of the famous mazurka commonly referred to by the composer’s surname with the prefix La, or just Celebre Mazurca di Migliavacca, but originally published as Un pensiero d’amore, was thought to have impressed Verdi with his playing. It was here that proto-accordionists would have picked up La Migliavacca, as well as some of Verdi’s music which the cellist in his string trio usually played reductions of.

Musicians too migrated to these new destinations that their countrymen were migrating to. Firstly to Parma and Piacenza, then maybe to Milan and then the ultimate adventure was to take them abroad, accordion in tow.  Amongst those who left for France were Louis Ferrari (who wrote the famous french waltz Domino, sung by Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Tony Martin and Andy Williams no less), his cousin Tony Murena, who wrote many musette tunes including Indifference, and one-time world champion Attilio Maghenzani. Another accordionist from the same area ended up in the USA; John Brugnoli was the accordionist with the Valtaro Musette Ensemble and they made many recordings of traditional mountain songs and other popular and folk tunes with a vocal group of the same name. London saw some notable accordionists from the Parma and Piacenza area too.  The Allodi Family, Frank Cavaciuti (aka by his Latin American pseudonym Francisco Cavez) and many other good accordionists who were perhaps less well-known in accordion circles.

Amongst those who remained in the Emilia-Romagna area though were of course, Gigi Stok, Barimar, Umberto Allodi, Bruno Aragosti, Bruno Clair (who spent some time abroad too), Giancarlo Zucchi, Carlo Venturi, Corrado Medioli, Piero Barbieri, Iller Pattacini, Renato Benelli and many of the younger generation like Mauro Carra and Daniele Donadelli.  Amongst this wonderful array of players, each with their own individual sound was an amazing player called Nando Monica.

Nando Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nando Monica was born in Langhirano near Parma in 1921.  He started learning the accordion very young  and by the time he was aged 9 he would go out to play at dances with his father, and amateur Double Bass player.  Aged 10 he entered the Parma Conservatoire and studied cello and organ. After getting his diploma in solfége under Aldo Lazzari he returned to the accordion and went on to study harmony.Aged only 17 he became part of the large orchestra of Maestro Bocelli playing in very fashionable towns like San Remo, Salsomaggiore Terme and Ospidaletti. During the war he was posted to Yugoslavia and entered the VI Corpo d’Armata where he started a small ensemble playing light music. After the war he returned to Maestro Bocelli.  After a year he moved to Milan playing with many good ensembles and adding jazz improvising to his skills. The same year he opened a shop in Parma too which he ran until 1991.

Orchestra Bocelli - Nando Monica

His recording career started in 1946 with CGD and he worked with many famous singers.  In 1953 he emigrated to Venezuela where he lived for 6 years orchestrating tropical music with Billo Frometa the leader of a large orchestra. After having returned to Italy he also played in a TV broadcast with singer Teddy Reno in Paris after which he dedicated himself to recording in a big way and going on to win international prizes of the Suisse Romande, of the RFT-France and the Gran Premio Internazionale of 1982 and recording with Soedi and with his own recording label. He wrote about 700 pieces of music including Parma Voladora, L’orchestrina del mio paese, (made famous by Cinico Angelini) and many classical transcriptions for accordion. In 1982, with lyrics by Umberto Tamburini, one of his songs won the Festival della canzone Parmigiana.

He left his hand print as many accordionists have, at the accordion museum in the alpine spa town of Recoaro Terme for national meeting of the Veterani della Fisarmonica in 1998.

For more than 30 years Nando Monica collborated with German music publishers Wurburger Musikverlag and Wurzburger Elwephon records whose publications and Cds we are very happy to stock at ZZ Music. We already stock his compositions Voilá Paris and Prestige and his wonderful transcriptions of La Campanella and Carnival of Venice and we are now pleased to present a bumper CD with no less than 28 tracks of Nando Monica and his wionderful playing entitled Pizza e Tarantella after it’s title track.  The album also features the fabulous musette swing waltz Prestige which we stock as sheet music. ZZ Music will be happy to obtain the music of any of the tracks featured on this album if do not currently have them in stock so please email us with your requests if you cannot find it on our site.

A bumper double-length album on one CD of no less than 28 delightful pieces of music ranging from light classics to continental ballroom and latin-american. Nando Monica with his trademark clarity really excels especially in the delightfully played Poet and The Peasant Overture by Franz Von Suppé. Pizza e Tarantella -Tarantella (Nando Monica/Fausto Fulgoni) Naples by day - Samba (Jose Chillo/Luci Durian/Otto Kracht) Sorriso - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Gardez - Tango (Horst Gubbatz) Swing in Blue - Medium Swing (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Dichter un Bauer (The Poet and the Peasant) - Overture (Von Suppé - arr. Nando Monica/Bruno Mussini) Das Verruckte Akkordeon - Ritmo Allegro (Michele Corino/Nabbini arr. Luci Durian) Variety - Waltz (Luciano Wurzburger) Samba Night -Samba (Erwin Lehn) Tangordeon - Tango (Luciano Wurzburger/Otto Kracht) Mademoiselle Musette - Valse Musette (Otto Kracht) Nando's Mambo - Mambo (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Bright Eyes - Slow (Nando Monica/ Luci Durian/ arr. Otto Kracht) Prestige - Musette Swing Waltz (Nando Monica) Bienvenido - Paso Doble (Horst Gubatz) Tangordeon - Tango (Luciano Wurzburger/arr. Otto Kracht) Sommertraum (Sogno D'estate) - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luciano Wurzburger) Marasco - Guaracha/Salsa (Nando Monica/ Luci Durian) Samba Power - Samba (Luciano Wurzburger/arr. Otto Kracht) Blaue Allee - Slow (Erwen Lehn) Remember me to Samy - Valse Musette (Luciano Wurzburger/ arr.Otto Kracht) Zingaresca - Ritmo Allegro (J. Roversol/ arr. Luci Durian) Premiere - Valse Musette (Luciano Wurzburger) Tangorsita Tango (Luci Durian/Otto Kracht) Recuerdo - Lambada (Horst Gubatz) Walzer fur Marleen - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Italienische Nacht (Notte Italiana) - Beguine ( G. Robuschi/Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Mega Polka - Polka (Bruno Mussini)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember meeting Nando Monica in the 1990s in his shop in Parma with Corrado Medioli.  He was a quiet unassuming man but with a lot of enthusiasm for music despite his advancing years.  I was saddened to hear of his passing in 2004 as he was a link to en era when every dance band had an accordionist and in his case a most excellent one.

Nando Monica – Another accordion great from Parma

The large light-orchestra Bocelli with Nando Monica

My family came to the UK in the 1880s from the newly-formed Italian province of Parma that, only twenty years earlier had been known as the Duchy of Parma.  Unification of Italy in 1861 led to rapid industrial growth in cities but in mountainous rural areas where winters were long and crops were at the mercy of unpredictable mountain weather life was still pretty tough.  The inheritance system also meant that families who were usually large in numbers in order to have plenty of help on the farm would, in time inherit less and less land which was always equally divided between siblings to the point of being to small to be profitable. People started to migrate to towns and cities in the same way as people all over Britain had been doing for best part of a century.  Some even migrated to France, to the UK, primarily to London and South Wales and a few to the United States.

The popularity of the accordion too spread rapidly at this time.  Whilst Paolo Soprani opened his factory in Castelfidardo in 1864 and being situated in central Italy, it was still quite far away from the Parma and Piacenza area in the North, even by train, Much more local was the new Dallapé factory which opened in 1873 in Stradella, near Pavia. Parma too would eventually boast two accordion factories of it’s own: Bocchi and Calvi. Parma was of course the town of Giuseppe Verdi and music played a big part in local life, not only in the theatres and opera houses but in the inns, cafés and on the streets too. Augusto Migliavacca, the blind cellist, he of the famous mazurka commonly referred to by the composer’s surname with the prefix La, or just Celebre Mazurca di Migliavacca, but originally published as Un pensiero d’amore, was thought to have impressed Verdi with his playing. It was here that proto-accordionists would have picked up La Migliavacca, as well as some of Verdi’s music which the cellist in his string trio usually played reductions of.

Musicians too migrated to these new destinations that their countrymen were migrating to. Firstly to Parma and Piacenza, then maybe to Milan and then the ultimate adventure was to take them abroad, accordion in tow.  Amongst those who left for France were Louis Ferrari (who wrote the famous french waltz Domino, sung by Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Tony Martin and Andy Williams no less), his cousin Tony Murena, who wrote many musette tunes including Indifference, and one-time world champion Attilio Maghenzani. Another accordionist from the same area ended up in the USA; John Brugnoli was the accordionist with the Valtaro Musette Ensemble and they made many recordings of traditional mountain songs and other popular and folk tunes with a vocal group of the same name. London saw some notable accordionists from the Parma and Piacenza area too.  The Allodi Family, Frank Cavaciuti (aka by his Latin American pseudonym Francisco Cavez) and many other good accordionists who were perhaps less well-known in accordion circles.

Amongst those who remained in the Emilia-Romagna area though were of course, Gigi Stok, Barimar, Umberto Allodi, Bruno Aragosti, Bruno Clair (who spent some time abroad too), Giancarlo Zucchi, Carlo Venturi, Corrado Medioli, Piero Barbieri, Iller Pattacini, Renato Benelli and many of the younger generation like Mauro Carra and Daniele Donadelli.  Amongst this wonderful array of players, each with their own individual sound was an amazing player called Nando Monica.

Nando Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nando Monica was born in Langhirano near Parma in 1921.  He started learning the accordion very young  and by the time he was aged 9 he would go out to play at dances with his father, and amateur Double Bass player.  Aged 10 he entered the Parma Conservatoire and studied cello and organ. After getting his diploma in solfége under Aldo Lazzari he returned to the accordion and went on to study harmony.Aged only 17 he became part of the large orchestra of Maestro Bocelli playing in very fashionable towns like San Remo, Salsomaggiore Terme and Ospidaletti. During the war he was posted to Yugoslavia and entered the VI Corpo d’Armata where he started a small ensemble playing light music. After the war he returned to Maestro Bocelli.  After a year he moved to Milan playing with many good ensembles and adding jazz improvising to his skills. The same year he opened a shop in Parma too which he ran until 1991.

Orchestra Bocelli - Nando Monica

His recording career started in 1946 with CGD and he worked with many famous singers.  In 1953 he emigrated to Venezuela where he lived for 6 years orchestrating tropical music with Billo Frometa the leader of a large orchestra. After having returned to Italy he also played in a TV broadcast with singer Teddy Reno in Paris after which he dedicated himself to recording in a big way and going on to win international prizes of the Suisse Romande, of the RFT-France and the Gran Premio Internazionale of 1982 and recording with Soedi and with his own recording label. He wrote about 700 pieces of music including Parma Voladora, L’orchestrina del mio paese, (made famous by Cinico Angelini) and many classical transcriptions for accordion. In 1982, with lyrics by Umberto Tamburini, one of his songs won the Festival della canzone Parmigiana.

He left his hand print as many accordionists have, at the accordion museum in the alpine spa town of Recoaro Terme for national meeting of the Veterani della Fisarmonica in 1998.

For more than 30 years Nando Monica collborated with German music publishers Wurburger Musikverlag and Wurzburger Elwephon records whose publications and CDs we are very happy to stock at ZZ Music. We already stock his compositions Voilá Paris and Prestige and his wonderful transcriptions of La Campanella and Carnival of Venice and we are now pleased to present a bumper CD with no less than 28 tracks of Nando Monica and his wionderful playing entitled Pizza e Tarantella after its title track.  The album also features the fabulous musette swing waltz Prestige which we stock as sheet music. ZZ Music will be happy to obtain the music of any of the tracks featured on this album if do not currently have them in stock so please email us with your requests if you cannot find it on our site.

A bumper double-length album on one CD of no less than 28 delightful pieces of music ranging from light classics to continental ballroom and latin-american. Nando Monica with his trademark clarity really excels especially in the delightfully played Poet and The Peasant Overture by Franz Von Suppé. Pizza e Tarantella -Tarantella (Nando Monica/Fausto Fulgoni) Naples by day - Samba (Jose Chillo/Luci Durian/Otto Kracht) Sorriso - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Gardez - Tango (Horst Gubbatz) Swing in Blue - Medium Swing (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Dichter un Bauer (The Poet and the Peasant) - Overture (Von Suppé - arr. Nando Monica/Bruno Mussini) Das Verruckte Akkordeon - Ritmo Allegro (Michele Corino/Nabbini arr. Luci Durian) Variety - Waltz (Luciano Wurzburger) Samba Night -Samba (Erwin Lehn) Tangordeon - Tango (Luciano Wurzburger/Otto Kracht) Mademoiselle Musette - Valse Musette (Otto Kracht) Nando's Mambo - Mambo (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Bright Eyes - Slow (Nando Monica/ Luci Durian/ arr. Otto Kracht) Prestige - Musette Swing Waltz (Nando Monica) Bienvenido - Paso Doble (Horst Gubatz) Tangordeon - Tango (Luciano Wurzburger/arr. Otto Kracht) Sommertraum (Sogno D'estate) - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luciano Wurzburger) Marasco - Guaracha/Salsa (Nando Monica/ Luci Durian) Samba Power - Samba (Luciano Wurzburger/arr. Otto Kracht) Blaue Allee - Slow (Erwen Lehn) Remember me to Samy - Valse Musette (Luciano Wurzburger/ arr.Otto Kracht) Zingaresca - Ritmo Allegro (J. Roversol/ arr. Luci Durian) Premiere - Valse Musette (Luciano Wurzburger) Tangorsita Tango (Luci Durian/Otto Kracht) Recuerdo - Lambada (Horst Gubatz) Walzer fur Marleen - Waltz (Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Italienische Nacht (Notte Italiana) - Beguine ( G. Robuschi/Nando Monica/Luci Durian) Mega Polka - Polka (Bruno Mussini)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember meeting Nando Monica in the 1990s in his shop in Parma with Corrado Medioli.  He was a quiet unassuming man but with a lot of enthusiasm for music despite his advancing years.  I was saddened to hear of his passing in 2004 as he was a link to en era when every dance band had an accordionist and in his case a most excellent one.

 

Romano Viazzani

New website for Antique Accordions

I don't know about you but I always marvel at the accordions I see when I visit the accordion museums at Castelfidardo and Stradella. The inventiveness of some of the designs as well as the struggles the industry went through to improve the industry. People often moan about accordions and "how this make isn't as good as that one" or "that they don't make them like my great-grandfather's triple cassotto Scandallapigiprani Artist XII any more". We one only has to look back through time at these museums to see how the industry, who we must remember have factories to run and employees to pay through all the economic downturns our politicians inflict on us, have strived to improve the sound, the look and the features of their beautiful instruments to please the demands of artists and amateurs alike and therefore their market and arrive at the excellent instruments the industry offers today. If you can't get to Castelfidardo or Stradella you can see some of the amazing designs in Rob Howard's two books (available via this website), Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A pictorial History. I have fallen in love with accordion designs particularly those with some Art Deco Influence between the 1930s and 1960s. I have even started my own Pinterest page where I have collected pictures of accordions whose designs I have liked from photos I have found on the internet and on ebay. I wish I could have bought them all and given them a good home. My own personal museum! Which brings me to the main point of this article. Many of you may already know but in case you don't there is an accordion museum right here in the UK! Or at least we did have until recently. Read on: Caroline Hunt, accordion collector extraordinaire ran an accordion museum until recently at Bogbain Heritage Centre at Inverness but recently due to various reasons had to move the collection out leaving the venue open as solely for wedding hire. She was then approached by a town in Perthshire last year, who planned to set up a community museum, and asked if I might be interested in including the accordions as an additional attraction. It all sounded very promising until recentrly. Firstly, the building they had in mind was purchased by a developer. Secondly, some of those on the newly set up committee decided they only wanted a community museum. It sounds as if at present there are two in favour and seven against. A community museum will only be of interest to the local community and those already there on holiday - but the accordions will bring people from all over the UK and overseas who might want to include them in holiday plans and therefore bring people into the area also needing B&B and food etc. Caroline was visualizing something just like Castelfidardo Museum where, also if someone plays an instrument, they can be loaned one, and there can be some live music too. Caroline needs to show the Committee there is lots of interest in old accordions in UK and worldwide - and this is where she would especially appreciate some help. She has also set up a page on facebook - Antique Accordion Museum, Scotland - Please could you possibly spread the news of this page to as many people as possible and to remember to give it a "like". She also recently set up her own website - www.antiqueaccordions.com - which says a bit about her collection and also shows three clips of Giancarlo Caporilli and Gennaro Ruffolo playing some of my vintage instruments. Do please support Caroline. I have seen parts of the collection and it's really interesting. You could say she needs the likes in order to show there will be interest in a Permanent Museum premises in the Scottish Highlands - but at present she is not allowed to disclose the town or area that may or may not be interested. Meanwhile she will be doing a mobile display - with Giancarlo and Gennaro - at Heather Smith's International Accordion Festival at Norbreck Castle in May (email Heather Smith for festival details) and anyone interested in the display can email Caroline on accordionbook@huntc.fsbusiness.co.uk

I don’t know about you but I always marvel at the antique accordions I see when I visit the accordion museums at Castelfidardo and Stradella. The inventiveness of some of the designs as well as the struggles the industry went through to improve the industry.  People often moan about accordions and “how this make isn’t as good as that one” or “that they don’t make them like my great-grandfather’s triple cassotto Scandallapigiprani Artist XII any more”.  We one only has to look back through time at these museums to see how the industry, who we must remember have factories to run and employees to pay through all the economic downturns our politicians inflict on us, have strived to improve the sound, the look and the features of their beautiful instruments to please the demands of artists and amateurs alike and therefore their market and arrive at the excellent instruments the industry offers today.  If you can’t get to Castelfidardo or Stradella you can see some of the amazing designs in Rob Howard’s two books (available via this website), Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A pictorial History.  I have fallen in love with accordion designs particularly those with some Art Deco Influence between the 1930s and 1960s.  I have even started my own Pinterest page where I have collected pictures of accordions whose designs I have liked from photos I have found on the internet and on ebay.  I wish I could have bought them all and given them a good home.  My own personal museum!  Which brings me to the main point of this article.  Many of you may already know but in case you don’t there is an accordion museum right here in the UK! Or at least we did have until recently.  Read on:

Caroline Hunt, accordion collector extraordinaire ran an accordion museum until recently at Bogbain Heritage Centre at Inverness but recently due to various reasons had to move the collection out leaving the venue open as solely for wedding hire.

She was then approached by a town in Perthshire last year, who planned to set up a community museum, and asked if I might be interested in including the accordions as an additional attraction.  It all sounded very promising until recentrly. Firstly, the building they had in mind was purchased by a developer.  Secondly, some of those on the newly set up committee  decided they only wanted a community museum.  It sounds as if at present there are two in favour and seven against.

A community museum will only be of interest to the local community and those already there on holiday – but the accordions will bring people from all over the UK and overseas who might want to include them in holiday plans and therefore bring people into the area also needing B&B and food etc.   Caroline was visualizing something just like Castelfidardo Museum where, also if someone plays an instrument, they can be loaned one, and there can be some live music too.

Caroline needs to show the Committee there is lots of interest in old accordions in UK and worldwide – and this is where she would especially appreciate some help. She has also set up a page on facebook – Antique Accordion Museum, Scotland – Please could you possibly spread the news of this page to as many people as possible and to remember to give it a “like”.

She also recently set up her own website – www.antiqueaccordions.com – which says a bit about her collection and also shows three clips of Giancarlo Caporilli and Gennaro Ruffolo playing some of my vintage instruments.  Do please support Caroline.  I have seen parts of the collection and it’s really interesting.

You could say she needs the likes in order to show there will be interest in a Permanent Museum premises in the Scottish Highlands – but at present she is not allowed to disclose the town or area that may or may not be interested.

Meanwhile she will be doing a mobile display – with Giancarlo and Gennaro – at Heather Smith’s International Accordion Festival at Norbreck Castle in May (email Heather Smith for festival details) and anyone interested in the display can email Caroline on accordionbook@huntc.fsbusiness.co.uk

London Accordion Orchestra Live in Cambridge

London Accordion Orchestra

London Accordion Orchestra in concert at Impington Village College, Cambridge. This dynamic orchestra, made up of 35 accordionists and 3 West End percussionists, bring their unique sound to Cambridge. In a rare concert outside of central London they will play well known classical works such as the Jazz Waltz by Shostakovich, Polovtsian Dances by Borodin and the popular ‘Flight’ by conductor Ian Watson. Don’t miss this chance to see one of the top ensembles in the country.

Impington Village College, Cambridge on Sunday 15 March 2015
Doors Open at 5:00PM
From 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Ticket Price: £8.00 – £10.00

David Vaughan – at Oliver’s Jazz bar 13th March 2015

David Vaughan Quintet

After a very successful CD launch at The Pheasantry David Vaughan is back at Oliver’s Jazz Bar on 13th March 2015, not as the larger ensemble that launched the CD which at times featured 6 musicians on the stage, but down to the trio-sized outfit in order to fit on the tiny stage at Oliver’s Jazz bar. As well as David Vaughan on Piano, Trumpet and Guitar, Romano Viazzani will be on accordion and Daniel Broncano on clarinet.  If you couldn’t get to The Pheasantry on February 24th then you can purchase the excellent new album fro this site. Whilst David Vaughan’s voice is undoubtedly coming from the world of Rock his own songs have a variety of influences and the album title We’re on a holiday is very apt as the album sometimes evokes urban Buenos Aires and sometimes the Italian countryside.  There are Jazz and Tango influences and Classical and Folk too.  David has created his very own style which thankfully, is not easily pigeon-holed into any pre-set musical genre which was a necessary evil in the days when you went to your local record shop to buy records and would immediately go to the to the Classical, Jazz or Pop sections of the store.  Vaughan arranges all his own music and stretches his musicians into roles they are not always cast in. The result is utterly charming and unique.  The CD, in it’s presentation is “old school” in that Vaughan generously includes a 12-page glossy booklet inside which includes all the lyrics of his songs as well as some great shots of the musicians at work.  For the album you also get many more musicians than the regular 5-piece set up of the aforementioned Vaughan, Viazzani, Broncano, along with Tom Hewins on Tuba and Double Bass and Jason Reeve on Drums.  There’s whole String quartet on one track, not to mention Flute/Piccolo, Dulcimer on other tracks.  The larger ensemble will be back in concert soon and watch this space for announcements in that regard.

Romano Viazzani & David Vaughan

Silvia Olari – Romano Viazzani – 18th April 2015 at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec

Silvia Olari

SILVIA OLARI

Silvia Olari is an outstanding singer/songwriter who has had considerable success in Italy where she was signed by Warner after reaching the final stages of Amici, an Italian TV talent show along the lines of many of the shows we see on the TV in the UK.  Now living in London she has teamed up with music director Romano Viazzani and ensemble to bring her fabulous music to the the UK.  Some of her songs have been already successfully translated into English and her UK full concert debut will take place at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, 140 Newington Butts, Kennington, London SE11 4RN on the evening if the 18th April 2015.  Line up will include Silvia Olari on vocals and Piano, Romano Viazzani on accordion, Nick Pini on Double Bass and TBC on drums.  Music will feature many of Silvia’s own songs in English and Italian as well as songs by other composers. Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec is a wonderful French restaurant with a lovely upstairs cabaret room. One could even go and have supper in the restaurant then attend the concert afterwards.  Don’t miss this concert.  It promises to be a real treat.

Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec Loft Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To give you a taster here is one of her outstanding songs: Inaccettabile here performed in it’s original Italian form.