Accordion Anthology – New Volume by Rob Howard


Accordion Anthology – New Volume by Rob Howard

The latest addition to Rob Howard’s long list of well-researched books on the world of the accordion.  This is a book for the enthusiast for sure, ‘Accordion Anthology’ is full of interesting articles and biographies, 320 photos, wrapped in an A4 sized hardback cover, and a high quality production which has become the mark of Rob Howard’s books.  Make sure you add this one to your collection!

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Dartington Summer School and Martynas Levickis, UK’s No.1 Classical Hit Parade Accordionist

Martynas Levickis - Dartington Summer School

UK’s No.1 Classical Hit Parade Accordionist Martynas Levickis to teach at Dartington Summer School

I’m delighted to report that the accordion will be back with a vengeance at the Dartington International Summer School this year.  Martynas Levickis, who has been creating great waves for our instrument in the world of classical music, will be teaching accordion classes, and Amy Thatcher, accordionist and clog dancer, will be teaching a folk course with Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian piper, fiddler and singer).


The Summer School takes place on the Dartington Estate near Totnes in Devon, with its mediaeval courtyard and glorious gardens. It runs for 4 weeks from 30 July to 26th August and attracts an amazing variety of music-lovers of all ages and abilities.  The first session of the morning gives the choice of singing in the big choir or playing in the orchestra of the week, and the rest of the morning and afternoon are filled with classes and informal music-making, then at 5.15 the concerts start, finishing with a late night one at 10.00 or thereabouts.  You can book for one or more weeks. The principle is that, if you pay to attend the week, you can participate in any of the courses, attend all the concerts, and sit in and watch any of the workshops and masterclasses.  You will probably know immediately what your first interest is, but then you can join in anything else you can fit into your timetable!  A Dartington visit is never quite what you expect, and you always have to make some difficult choices!


Week 2 is the folk week (with quite a bit of baroque music going on as well). Amy and Kathryn will have the whole of each afternoon for their course. They will also be giving the main evening concert on the Sunday, and the class will give an afternoon concert later in the week.  There will be a folk choir in the morning, led by Sally Davies and the week will end with a Ceilidh on the Friday night.


Martynas is coming in week 3, which will have a more classical and Latin American flavour.  Each afternoon, he will run an accordion workshop and be one of the tutors in a Bossa Nova and Tango workshop looking at the work of Jobim and Piazzolla. He will also be giving a solo recital and a Tango Nuevo concert with the other tutors. The big choir that week will be singing Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and the week will end with a Tango Ball.


Great opportunities to develop your own playing and to make music with other instruments. The cost depends on the accommodation you choose – from camping to a high-quality room in the mediaeval courtyard.

For full details, get the prospectus  (01803-847080, or, or look at the website If you want to ask about the general experience from an accordionist’s angle, give Neil Sanders a ring on 020-7735-4706.



Two Final Accordion Recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and Patron’s Award Winners’ Recital

Iosif Purits

Don’t miss the final recitals of two amazing young accordionists at the Royal Academy of Music.  Here are the dates:

On June 6th 2016, Iosif Purits  will play at the Wigmore Hall with , Cecilia Bignall (Cello), Amy Yule (Flute) and Seungwong Lee (Piano) for the Royal Academy of Music Patrons Award Winners’ Recital 2016

JS Bach, Sibelius, Hurel and more

Booking information

£5 tickets are available for staff and students of the Royal Academy of Music. Please call the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141 to book.

Duration: This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval

£15 Ticket bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per ticket.

On June 9th 2016,Bartek Glowacki will play his final recital at the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy of Music at 17.45, followed by Iosif Purits  playing his final recital at 18.45.

ZZ Music wishes them well in the final recitals and concerts in their last year at the Royal Academy of Music.  They have been incredible students under the wonderful guidance of Owen Murray and it has been wonderful to watch them grow into very fine musicians whilst they have been studying in London.

Bartosz Glowacki-1200

David Vaughan Trio with Romano Viazzani (accordion) and Daniel Broncano (Clarinet) 22nd June 2016 Lunchtime Concert

David Vaughan Trio

David Vaughan Trio Free Lunchtime Concert

Talented Singer-songwriter David Vaughan is performing with his trio – Romano Viazzani (accordion) and Daniel Broncano (clarinet) at a free lunchtime concert at St. Olave’s Church in the heart of the City of London, 8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB | 020 7488 4318 on the 22nd June 2016 at 1.05pm.

David Vaughan’s music is emotionally deep, at times very funny and always beautifully arranged for the instruments at his disposal drawing on the many colours he is able to produce with even three musicians.  The concert is free but donations towards the musicians are welcome and there will be a collection box at the exit for appreciative concert-goers to show their generosity!

You can buy David Vaughan’s wonderful CD- We’re on a holiday with the full quintet playing as well as a wonderful track with a string section on this site.

Female accordionist/actress wanted for theatre production in Scotland

Female accordionist

Calling female accordionists!

There are lots of talented female accordionists in the UK and some even have theatre experience. The Artistic Director of an international theatre company based in Edinburgh is looking for a female accordionist to join the cast.

They have been funded by Creative Scotland to produce a play on Italian immigration to Scotland from the women’s perspective.  The play spans 100 years of Italian-Scottish immigration and includes traditional music from both Italian and Scottish tradition. There are 7 female artists on stage.

They are looking for a musician/actress who plays the accordion for this upcoming production and tour.

CASTING DESCRIPTION: a female accordionist, stage age: any. She will be required to perform actions with the actresses, so she should have basic acting skills and/or be confident moving on stage.

AVALABILITY: rehearsal from 7th to 27th September and performances from 28th September to 15th October and from 19th to 31st January 2017. Auditions will be held in Edinburgh on 7th, 8th and 9th June. Please send cv and headshot to

For further information about the company and their projects:

Please contact

Laura Pasetti

07760 383804

Romano Viazzani New Tango Quintet to perform Piazzolla at The London Encounter 11th June 2016

Romano Viazzani and Bass player Yaron Stavi

Romano Viazzani New Tango Quintet

Romano Viazzani (Accordion), John Bailey (Piano), Yaron Stavi (Double Bass), Corinna Hentschel (Violin) and Jonathan Preiss (Guitar) have formed a new Tango quintet which will make its debut at The London Encounter, ETC venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London on the 11th June 2016.  The ensemble will play in the musical part of the cultural event called “Music and the “other”, which starts at 19.30.  They will be performing the whole of Astor Piazzolla’s  Ángel Suite (Milonga del Ángel, Muerte del Ángel,  Resurrección del Ángel). It is hoped that this will be the first of many tango-oriented concerts in the future. Romano Viazzani recorded this suite on a CD as solo accordion pieces formerly but this is the first time any of the musicians involved, who have all played in tango before, have performed it in with the original line-up Piazzolla scored for (if you allow a bit of artistic licence for the accordion playing the bandoneon part).  Yaron Stavi frequently plays Double Bass with no less than Richard Galliano himself, and Corinna Hentschel had her own Piazzolla Ensemble in her native Germany.


Romano Viazzani - accordion
Romano Viazzani
Jonathan Preiss-Guitar
Jonathan Preiss
John Bailey-Piano
John Bailey
Yaron Stavi-Double Bass
Yaron Stavi
Corinna Hentschel-violin
Corinna Hentschel

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate – Crazy Coqs Cabaret, London 21st to 23rd June 2016 Romano Viazzani on accordion

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate at The Crazy Coqs

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate – Crazy Coqs Cabaret, London 21st to 23rd June 2016 with Romano Viazzani on accordion

The West End’s favourite jazz-cabaret duo Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate return to Crazy Coqs for a great evening of comedy and sensational new jazz arrangements with songs by Piaf, Porter, Arlen, Cy Coleman and many more. Accompanied by John Bailey – piano, Nick Pini – double bass, Jason Reeve – drums and Romano Viazzani – accordion. Shows kick off at 8pm on three consecutive nights.

Joanna and Jacqui share a host of West End credits including The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, South Pacific, Master Class & Jekyll and Hyde. Their jazz and cabaret appearances include The Pheasantry,The Jazz Cafe, Dean Street Jazz Club, The Carlyle, Feinsteins and most recently 54 Below in New York.

The most exciting thing in cabaret today, Joanna Strand and Jacqueline Tate are the perfect vocal duo. Jacqui is a natural comedienne and Joanna effortlessly elegant at all times. The result is an act should be compared to that of Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett’. James Lessiter, Cabaret News

See Video

Joanna Strand and Ensemble, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Yaron Stavi on Double Bass, Jason Reeve on drums.










£25.00 Book Tickets here



Joanna Strand with Romano Viazzani (accordion) at Pizza Express Jazz Club 2nd June 2016

Joanna Strand back at the Pizza Express Jazz Club

The wonderful Joanna Strand will be back at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London W1 on 2nd June 2016 to bring her own personal brand of jazz to this historic jazz club and will be joined by Romano Viazzani on Accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Nick Pini on Double Bass and Jason Reeve on Drums.

For her much anticipated return to Pizza Express Dean Street, sensational jazz- cabaret songstress, Joanna Strand brings her ‘beautiful, pure and richly melodic voice’ (John Etheridge) to songs by Mendes, Rodgers, Peggy Lee, Joni Mitchell and Leslie Bricusse.

“Joanna Strand is a great emerging talent and her band are absolutely first class”.   Jeff Young Jazz FM

“Joanna has the power to delight, impress and most of all- touch the soul. She has mastered every genre she puts her magnificent voice to, and brings something fresh and exciting to the jazz world”.

Michael Garrick

Watch video from one of our previous performances at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

Joanna strand and ensemble

Bordel Q – Exciting new tango ensemble – 3rd May 2016 at Jamboree – 7.00 -11.00pm

Bordel Q- Tango Ensemble

Bordel Q – Nuevo Tango Ensemble

Bordel Q






566 Cable Street, E1W 3HB London, United Kingdom

19.00-23.00 £5 on the door.

Bordel Q is an exciting new quintet based in London, forging links between musical genres, styles and languages founded upon the diverse backgrounds of the ensemble’s members. Their amalgamation of jazz, classical and world music, and the eclecticism with which pieces are approached, result in music that is both old and new, clear yet complex, offering a rich and individual musical experience. Featuring the wonderful Maurizio Pala on accordion (whose CD together with Dan Teper is available on this site) and a wealth of fabulous musicians such as Anisa Arslanagic violin and viola, James Kitchman guitar, Michele Montolli double bass and Nuno Brito on percussion.
The quintet’s debut programme is in honour of Astor Piazzolla, whose works embody all musical elements the ensemble are dedicated to. Although a well known Argentinian composer of Tango, Astor also explored styles such as classical, contemporary and jazz, and created the genre ‘Nuevo Tango’. With original arrangements and interpretations of his music, Bordel Q take their audience on a colourful and virtuous musical journey.






-band memebers:


Anisa Arslanagic violin and viola
James Kitchman guitar
Maurizio Pala accordion
Michele Montolli double bass
Nuno Brito percussions