Marco Lo Russo receives the prestigious Orpheus Award for his album Cinematic Piano Accordion

Marco Lo Russo

Orpheus Award for accordionist Marco Lo Russo

ZZ Music would like to congratulate Marco Lo Russo for his recent award-winning success. Over the years Marco Lo Russo aka Rouge has received prizes, awards, personal appreciation and Orpheus Award nominations for several recording productions. Orpheus Award is considered among the most prestigious awards of the record industry.

Orpheus Award 2016
The recent album Cinematic Piano Accordion by GeM duo with the pianist Gino Marcelli, released by GBMUSIC Label by Giacomo Bondi, in distribution  also on the Japanese market with the store E-Onkyo from April 2015, has received the prestigious Orpheus Award 2016 for best CD in the World Music category.

The album is available on the digital market on different platforms:





You can hear snippets from his album here:

POSTPONED – Pietro Roffi Scarlatti Recital on Classical Accordion – St Bride’s Church, London July 22nd 2016

Pietro Roffi


From Santa Cecilia to St Bride’s

Classical Accordionist Pietro Roffi performs his recital “I love Scarlatti!” in the centre of London. The stage is the wonderful St. Bride’s Church and the entrance will be FREE!


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata in F major K 107 (Allegro)

Sonata in C minor K 11 (Allegro)

Sonata in G major K 63 (Capriccio, Allegro)

Sonata in D minor K 9 (Allegro)

Sonata in A major K 208 (Adagio e cantabile)

Sonata in E minor K 98 (Allegrissimo)

Sonata in B minor K 87 (Andante)

Sonata in C major K 100 (Allegrissimo)

Sonata in D major K 140 (Allegro)

Sonata in E major K 380 (Andante commodo)

Sonata in F minor K 466 (Andante moderato)

Sonata in F minor K 386 (Presto)

Sonata in F major K 6 (Allegro)

Sonata in G minor K 234 (Andante)

Sonata in A major K 322 (Allegro)

Sonata in B flat major K 172 (Allegro)

Sonata in C major K 159 (Allegro)


Friday 22nd July 2016,  at 13:15 St. Bride’s Church, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8AU

Pietro Roffi is a young classical accordion concert artist. He was born in 1992 near Rome; he started studying music when he was six years old and he graduated with full marks, honours and honourable mention at the conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome under the direction of the Professor Massimiliano Pitocco. He won more than fifteen national and international competitions in the modern genre, among which the third prize at the Accordion World Trophy (Spain, Vigo 2010) and the first prize at theInternational competition of Castefidardo (Italy, 2010). During his music education, which is completely devoted now to classical, baroque and contemporary music, he attended seminars with O. Murray (United Kingdom), C. Jacomucci (Italy), Y. Shishkin (Russia), F. Angelis (France), M. Rantanen (Finland), S.Hussong (Germany), C.X. Qing (China), R. Sviackevicius (Lithuania), A. Melichar (Austria). He carries out an intense concert activity both in Italy (where he performed, among others, at the Theatre of Villa Torlonia [Rome], at the Eliseo Theatre [Rome], at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary art [Rome],for EXPO Milan 2015, for Summer nights in Castel S. Angelo [Rome], for Nuova Consonanza’s festival [Rome] and for Narnia Festival [Narni]), and in foreign countries. In Europe he went on tour in Croatia, in Spain, in England where he performed in various concerts among which we remark that at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Peterborough Cathedral (Cambridge) and in Romania, where he has recently performed in Cluj-Napoca (at the Academia de Muzică “Gh.Dima) and in Bucharest at the National University of Music where he has recorded a live concert for Romanian national television and radio. He also performed in concert (both in 2013 and 2014) in Beijing, Tianjing and Nanjing (at the Nianjing University of Arts) in China, for the Italian cultural institutes of Beijing and Shangai. In 2014 he performed in thirteen cities in Argentina, meeting great acclaim by the audience and by the critics. Particularly interested in new developments of contemporary music, he constantly works together with Italian composers to write essays about the accordion and he himself wrote an essay about the composition for this instrument that will  be published soon. He gave master classes at the Academia de Muzică “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. In 2016 he will be on a long international tour which will include Romania again, Australia, South Africa, China, England and Chile and he will record his first album completely devoted to Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas.

Craven Accordion Orchestra CD launch – Tuesday 5th July 2016

Craven Accordion Orchestra

Craven Accordion Orchestra release new CD

The Craven Accordion Orchestra has the pleasure announcing the release of their latest CD.  This is the third CD to be produced by the CAO and marks 25 years of the orchestra starting as a social group to achieving first place at UK Championships.  A  cocktail of musical delights feature on the CD such as Music by John Miles, Liberty Bell and Florentina March, film music from Magnificent 7 and Titanic, traditional waltz’s, tango’s a real mixture for all.

The title of the new release is called Music and the CAO had the pleasure to be guided by guest Musical Director Mr Bob Nevin throughout the recording session.


Bob began playing Brass from a young age and continued his development which saw him playing in several Brass Bands until he joined the Army as a musician in 1982. Between 1982-1983 he was at the Kings Division School of Music and went on to 1st Battalion Queen’s Lancashire Regiment as Euphonium and Fanfare trumpeter from 1983-1984. At the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) he was Principal Euphonium and Queen’s Fanfare Trumpeter (Golden Eight) where he gained a Cousen’s memorial parchment, which was the Kneller Hall performance diploma. From 1985 to 1990, whilst in the 1st    Battalion Queen’s Regiment, he was Principal Euphonium. While serving abroad Bob has guested as tenor tuba player with several European Symphony Orchestras. He has also been a member of the Regimental Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers, and played with several Championship Bands. He currently helps out, arranges and conducts for local bands.

The Craven Accordion Orchestra is holding an open doors event on Tuesday 5th July at St Thomas Hall Sutton in Craven starting 7:45 pm.  This is an opportunity to see the Craven Accordion Orchestra in the hands of Bob playing tracks from the new CD and ongoing preparation with new material.

The CAO invites supports and members of the public to this event and enjoy the music, refreshments and an opportunity to purchase the new CD

To facilitate many accordionists in the community the CAO is presenting a session of accordion activities starting on Tuesday 26th July for six weeks at St Thomas hall Sutton in Craven.  These sessions are an invitation to all ages and abilities with a desire to participate on the accordion.  Details can be obtained at the CD release evening or by contacting Harry Hinhcliffe.

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Mobile:- 07401768356

Any queries regarding details in this release please contact above



Ben de Souza in Concert – Friday 15th July 2016 – 19.30 – Reading, Berkshire

Ben de Sousa with his new Beltrami CVC5

Ben de Souza  – Accordion Recital

Royal Academy of Music student Ben de Souza presents a concert of original and transcription works for the accordion, including composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, Trojan, Zolotaryov and Angelis.

Ben will be joined in the second half by soprano Elly Broomfield, a fellow Royal Academy of Music student, for an exciting programme of music by Handel, Gounod, Haydn, Purcell and Piazzolla.

Do come along for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment!

This concert is to raise funds for building work at the church.
Tickets available on the door only.
Adults: £10
Students: £7
Children: £5

Wesley Methodist Church, Queens Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4BW

Friday 15th July 2016 – 19.30 

Parking available at the church and nearby roads and car parks.
The church is a 10 minute walk from Reading station (direct rail links to London Paddington and Waterloo).”

Rafal Luc – Brave new CD release – acc++ca – Accordion and Computer

Rafal Luc CD acc++ca

New accordion and computer album

Many will remember accordionist Rafal Luc from when he was studying accordion with Owen Murray at the Royal academy of Music in London where he received a Distinction and the Lady Theodore Holland Prize for the second highest BMus graduate.  His concert career has seen him perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, The London Contemporary Orchestra, the Rambert Dance Company among others.  He regularly collaborates with composers writing new music for accordion including Cezary Duchnowski, Pavel Heindrich, Gavin Higgins, Aleksander Nowak, Julian Phillips to mention but a few and has given many world premieres of these and other composers works.

The accordion has been used in modern music over half a century ago.  Arne Nordheim is probably one of the best known exponents of combining accordion with electronics in his piece Dinosaurs from 1971. It takes a brave accordionist to release a CD of this type rather than going for the more commercial option or even going down the classical transcription route.  Perfectionist Luc is the perfect person to carry out such an endeavour.  His perfectionism and extraordinary ability combine to create a perfect symbiosis between his instrument and the sounds generated on the computer. It’s the total opposite of the slightly ropey accordionist standing on a street corner peddling folk music or well known popular tunes. The title track by Cezary Duchnowski acc++ca one might even hear references to Gubaidulina’s works. In Michal Moc’s Betegeuse for accordion and tape a more familiar Rafal Luc shines through. The soundscapes created in this album are very much the sounds of our technological age with the acoustic accordion almost playing the role of human amongst the technology that surrounds us.  Listen with an open mind.


Pavel Heindrich – Accant (2014)

Slawomir Kupczak – 4 Dances (2014)

Cezary Duchnowski – acc++ca (2012)

Michal Moc – Betelgeuse (1999-2000)

Mikolaj Laskowski– neath me, itch! (2014)


Rafal Luc has been a busy boy and is currently part of a campaign to crowd fund a new album for accordion and viola with his Duo Van Vliet.  If you would like to help this worthy duo achieve their goal and produce a new album please click on the following link to support:–2#/

Duo Van Vliet

Royal Academy of Music Accordion Masterclass 21st June 2016 – Bjarke Mogensen

Bjarke Mogensen

The last of this season’s interesting and informative accordion masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music before the summer recess.  This month sees the visit of Bjarke Mogensen who teaches accordion at the Royal Danish Conservatoire, where Royal Academy of Music accordion professor studined himself under Mogens Ellegard.

This, as ever, is the perfect opportunity for teachers of accordion to go along and see visiting professors from conservatoires from all over the world work with the accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music.  It is always fascinating to see how different teachers present a variety of ideas to the students and bring out different characteristics in their playing.

Tuesday, 21.06.2016 10:00, York Gate 150

10.00am–1.00pm. (then Lunch) resuming at 2.00–5.00pm

With Bjarke Mogensen, from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen

Free, no tickets required

Southern Cone Quintet with Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion at Sands Films, 29th June 2016

The Southern Cone Quintet

This is the second outing for the Southern Cone Quintet in June. Led by the fabulous guitarist James Kitchman and featuring Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion as well as a host of superb musicians including nothing-less-than amazing violinist Anisa Arslanagic who is mesmerising to watch. That is taking nothing away from all these talented musicians.

The Southern Cone Quintet takes its name from the geographical area of the same name, embracing the countries of Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The Southern Cone has a rich and diverse musical tradition, with genres including Tango, Cueca, and Candombe, as well as indigenous ethnic forms such as Mapuche music.

It is from this rich earth that the Southern Cone Quintet draws its inspiration. The repertoire consists of re-arrangements of pieces from a wide variety of sources. From twentieth century composers like Astor Piazzolla and Violeta Parra, to traditional folk songs and ancient native chants. While the style resembles Nuevo Tango, it could also be described as “Nueva Cueca” or “Nuevo Candombe”.


Concert kicks off at 19.45 at Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16 4HZ London, United Kingdom


Southern Cone Quintet with Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion at Kansas Smitty’s Bar 16/6/16

Southern Cone Quintet

The Southern Cone Quintet led by the brilliant James Kitchman on Guitar are having two outings very soon.  The first is this week and it will be accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade’s second concert with this wonderful new ensemble.

Every Thursday at Kansas Smitty’s Bar, The Shed challenges listeners with an ever-changing list of performers that the minds behind Smitty’s have curated to entertain and enlighten. You may think that going to see a classical accordionist or Indian Sarod player is out of your comfort zone, but trust that the Smitty’s team won’t lead you astray. The Shed is always forward thinking, but most importantly, always good.

This weeks guest, James Kitchman, has played Smitty’s quite a few times, but never like this. The jazz guitarist will be deviating from the jazz idiom with his band Southern Cone Quintet. The Quintet specializes in the sounds of Argentinian tango and bandoneon music.

Don’t miss them at 20.00 till 23.00 on Thursday 16th June 2106 at Kansas Smitty’s, 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH London, United Kingdom