LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) at the Royal National Theatre – 11th December 2015

LAO

ZZ Music are happy and excited to announce that LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) are to play a special concert at the Royal National Theatre on the Southbank in London.  It’s a busy month for the LAO hot on the heals of their December 5th Concert, the 11th December, at 8pm, sees the LAO play their highest profile concert to date at the world famous theatre on the Thames. The orchestra is are thrilled to be playing at such an iconic venue and are grateful to the National Theatre for including the orchestra in its series of concerts. It is a testament to the hard work of each member and the leadership of Ian Watson that have secured them a place at this high-profile London venue. It’s going to be a special night and ZZ Music encourage those who are new to accordion orchestras as well as many existing LAO fans to go along and support them at this venue. A concert not to be missed! Tickets are on sale via the National Theatre website – click here:

Ben de Sousa Accordion Recital – Sunday 6th December 2015 –

Ben de Sousa

One of the UK’s rising young accordion talents, Ben de Sousa will be performing works by Bentzon, Trojan, Bach and Scarlatti at a recital on Sunday 6th December at Old Bluecoat School, 1 Chapel Street, Thatcham (nr Newbury) RG18 4JT.  Tickets are available on the door and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 students.  Ben de Sousa is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Owen Murray.

Starts at 16.00.  Arrive early for cake!

Top Jazz accordionist Simone Zanchini at UKAAT workshop

Simone Zanchini

UKAAT (United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers) are very lucky to have secured the contribution of top Jazz accordionist Simone Zanchini at their first ever accordion teachers’ workshop to be held at the Royal Academy of Music on February 7th 2016.  Zanchini made an incredible impact on UK audiences when he played at the London Accordion Festival in 2001 along with the saxophone ensemble Hallo Mr. Sax.  It was here that Zanchini first delighted the late great Frank Marocco which led to a wonderful collaborative album called Be-Bop Buffet.

Considered one of the most interesting and innovative accordion player on the international scene, his research moves between the boundaries of contemporary music, acoustic and electronic sound experimentation, mixing together experiences and super-refined influences issuing in an absolutely personal approach to improvisation materials. Eclectic musician, performs an intense concert activity with groups of diverse musical backgrounds (improvisation, contemporary music, jazz, classical). Graduated with honors in classical accordion at the Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro, under Maestro Sergio Scappini.

He has performed in several Festivals in Italy (Clusone Jazz, Umbria Jazz, Tivoli Jazz, Jazz in the Time-Berchidda, Sant’Anna Arresi, Barga Jazz, Mara Jazz, Jazz-in’it, Ravenna Festival, Rossini Opera Festival, Siena Jazz, Roccella Jonica etc.) and in the mainly international Festivals (France, Austria, Germany, England, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Spain, England, Norway, Russia, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Venezuela, Japan, etc.).

He has collaborated with many internationally renowned musicians from different musical backgrounds such as: Thomas Clausen, Gianluigi Trovesi, Javier Girotto, Marco Tamburini, Massimo Manzi, Tamara Obrovac, Krunoslav Levacic, Vasko Atanasovski, Paul Fresu, Antonello Salis, Han Bennink, Art Van Damme, Bruno Tommaso, Ettore Fioravanti, Mario Marzi, Michele Rabbia, Andrea Dulbecco, Giovanni Tommaso, Gabriele Mirabassi, Frank Marocco, Bill Evans, Adam Nussbaum, Jim Black. Since 1999 he also collaborates with the Soloists of the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milanand has toured regularly with this ensemble.

Aside from musical performances and reasearch, Zanchini also leads accordion’s workshops and collective impro.

His collaboration with Marocco Be-bop Buffet came in 2006 (Wide Sound) and was a model of Bebop language expressed through the accordion. In 2009 Better Alone…! (Silta Records) a solo project where prove all tone colours of his instrument through the use of a particular midi accordion, live electronics and laptop, in the same year he published also Fuga per Art Jazz 5et (DodiciLune Records), the unique tribute work of Zanchini, a tribute to his great Master and one of the greatest exponents of the jazz accordion: Art Van Damme.

In 2010 he published a new Project with Ratko Zjaca (guitar), Martin Gjakonovski (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums): The Way We Talk (In + Out Records).

In May 2012 the latest Zanchini project was released: MY ACCORDION’S CONCEPT (Silta Records) a project built up on radical improvisation with the acoustic accordion and live electronics, a brave attempt to subvert the common code of expression through the accordion. In December 2012 he recorded a new album with the ZZ Quartet (Zjaca, Zanchini, Nussbaum, Gjakonovski).

His workshop will help and encourage teachers towards teaching the basis of jazz improvisation.  Accordion teachers are often asked to teach jazz to students and a UKAAT survey showed this to be one of the most popular areas that teachers wanted to extend their skills in. The workshop will help teachers give their students the best possible start towards this.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their accordions as much can be learned through trying things out without fear of being judged.

The jazz theme will be extended further with an insight into Jazz using free bass by the UK’s own Karen Street. No need to be a member to attend.  All accordion teachers and accordionists welcome.  Please see link to purchase ticket below.

(See also general information on the 7th February)

Click here for tickets

LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) – 5th December 2015 – Winter Concert

London Accordion Orchestra

Winter Concert 2015

Join the LAO for their annual Winter concert on the 5th December, 6pm, at their wonderful home, St. Gabriel’s in Pimlico.

They have a thrilling programme lined up including the UK Premiere of ‘Sinfonietta Dramatika’ by Stevan Divjacovic. This stunning piece is a tour de force of skill and stamina for the orchestra and audiences all over the world have been astounded at the sound it produces. They will also perform ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ with a guest soloist from the National Youth Orchestra, a brilliant new arrangement of ‘Riverdance’ by Bill Whelan and the wonderful ‘Fantasia Iberica’ by Gerhard Mohr – and more!

accordion5 (Julie North, Maria Serdyuk, Shona Holmes, Sarah Crisp and Ian Watson) are their guests for this concert. Their repertoire will include some fiery Tango and virtuosic Vivaldi. The London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra will open the concert with the famous ‘Adiemus’ by Karl Jenkins.

Click on the link to the left to get your tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/londonao 

UKAAT – Accordion teachers’ workshop – Royal Academy of Music – 7th February 2016

UKAAT Logo

UKAAT (United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers) are proud to announce their first workshop for accordion teachers. After an initial meeting over 2 years ago of 40 teachers from all over the UK those present were surveyed and asked what they would most like to explore as part of their own professional development as accordion teachers.  This first workshop will try to cover a number of the most voted-for subjects in an all-day event at The Royal Academy of Music, London.  It is hoped that this event will prove popular enough with teachers to enable UKAAT to cover its costs and make enough money to hold similar events in the future in different parts of the country as originally intended.  UKAAT is starting this, its launch event, with zero funds in the kitty but with a lot of good will from its executive committee.  It is hoped that all those who registered their email addresses with the UKAAT secretary and on the UKAAT Facebook page will do their best to attend the event.  For little more than the cost of the average one hour accordion lesson UKAAT are offering all that is listed below including a special guest jazz workshop and concert by Simone Zanchini.  The workshop day will run between 10am and 7pm and a more detail programme of events will be finalised nearer the date.  In the meantime please book your ticket as soon as possible as there are limited places. Please feel free to bring along your accordion.

Where:

Royal Academy of Music, London

When:

Sunday February 7th 2016. 10.00 till 19.00

Skills and Topics covered:

(With contributions by Prof. Owen Murray, Romano Viazzani and Ian Watson)

Owen Murray
Owen Murray
ian watson
Ian Watson
Romano Viazzani & David Vaughan
Romano Viazzani

 

 

 

 

Teaching basic skills to your student

Teaching Free Bass and de-mystifying other button systems

Jazz Workshop with Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini
Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

Jazz Workshop with Karen Street

Karen Street
Karen Street

 

 

 

 

 

Short Concerts given by:

The students of the Royal Academy of Music

Simone Zanchini

Ticket Price:

 £50.00

Christmas with Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate at The Pheasantry 20th December 2015

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate Christmas cabaret

A Christmas Cabaret

After their successful autumn trip to New York’s 54 Below and Birdland don’t miss a wonderful Christmas Cabaret at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London on the 20th December 2015 (Doors at 18.30).  The West End’s Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate will be singing some wonderful songs and plenty of Christmas tunes to get you in the mood for seasonal celebrations.  Fun for all the family.  They will be accompanied by Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Jason Reeveon Drums and Nick Pini on Bass.  Watch out for more cabarets in 2016.

 

Avoid the website it doesn’t work! Better to call the Box Office on 0845 6027 017 (Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm).

Christmas with Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate at The Pheasantry 20th December 2015

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate and Ensemble

A Christmas Cabaret

After their successful autumn trip to New York’s 54 Below and Birdland don’t miss a wonderful Christmas Cabaret at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London on the 20th December 2015 (Doors at 18.30).  The West End’s Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate will be singing some wonderful songs and plenty of Christmas tunes to get you in the mood for seasonal celebrations.  Fun for all the family.  They will be accompanied by Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Jason Reeveon Drums and Nick Pini on Bass.  Watch out for more cabarets in 2016.

 

Avoid the website it doesn’t work! Better to call the Box Office on 0845 6027 017 (Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm).

David Vaughan Quintet with Romano Viazzani on accordion- 6th November 2015 OSO Arts

David Vaugahn The Pheasantry 6 Piece

 

6th November 2015 at OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, London

Having packed The Pheasantry in Chelsea for his album launch back in February as a larger quintet ensemble, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Vaughan brings his unique brand of ‘English Chanson’ to the OSO featuring virtuoso musicians Romano Viazzani on accordion, Daniel Broncano on clarinet, Tom Hewins on double bass and tuba, and Jason Reeve on drums.

For further details please visit http://www.davidvaughan.org
Ticket prices:
Adult (in advance) – £10
Concession (in advance) – £8
On Door – £12