Arthur Aimone receives his new Beltrami CVC5 Classical Accordion

Arthur Aimone

ZZ Music wish Arthur all the very best with his new instrument

Arthur Aimone has just received his new Beltrami CVC5 which is based on the latest model as imagined by Ben de Souza who received his about three years ago while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. It’s great to see a young player with such a lovely professional instrument and we hope it will make him a even better player. Arthur has been studying accordion with Ben de Souza. He now has no further use for his previous smaller accordions both of which are featured on our website.  There is an opportunity to purchase a very nice well kept Pigini B2 and a Weltmeister Fixed Free bass model

Arthur Aimone and Romano Viazzani

 

WARM-UP, Flute and accordion, Jazz and improvisation – a new album from Thomas Sinigaglia

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Thomas Sinigaglia presents the new album with the flautist Stefano Benini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARM-UP, Flute and accordion, Jazz and improvisation. Two instruments perhaps a bit atypical in Afro-American music, but that many musicians, during the twentieth century, explored and inserted into various ensembles, giving them the full right to be part of jazz music spectrum. In this album the two musicians wanted to explore both the more traditional sounds of jazz (Killer Joe, Cute, Some day my prince will come and Nose flute blues, played with a nose flute), and the more experimental and mainstream ones, where pure improvisation and interplay are the masters (Crosstalk and Desert); they also wanted to include a very sweet theme by Caetano Veloso (Lindeza) and two tributes to Lennie Tristano (Out but where? and Turkish mambo) whom they both admire very much. So, a few years ago, when they met, they asked themselves what a jazz duo with flute and accordion would play? This record is their answer! Sdaly not available directly from ZZ Music but…

Listen to the preview of the album on Thomas Sinigaglia’s YouTube channel:https://youtu.be/b1grzjh3Tks.

The album can be purchased on https://www.ibs.it and https://www.amazon.it

For contacts: https://www.thomassinigaglia.it and http://www.stefanobenini.altervista.org/index.html

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Carmen – in 40 minutes! Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Linbury Theatre Foyer -13.00 5th July 2019

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Live at Lunch: Friday 5th July 2019, 1pm at Linbury – Free Entry

Tenor – Alexander James Edwards
Mezzo-soprano- Marie Elliott
Violin – Philippa Mo
Accordion – Romano Viazzani
Piano – Kelvin Lim

This Live at Lunch will feature a shortened version of Carmen arranged for piano, accordion and violin, telling the story of how Carmen and Don José fall in love and end up in a state of despair. The arrangement includes the famous Habanera, Flower Song and heart-breaking finale.

Alexander James Edwards - Tenor

Marie Elliot - Mezzo Soprano

Philippa Mo - Violinist

Kelvin Lim - PianistRomano Viazzani - Accordionist

Beltrami Accordions’ Stefano Oggero in the UK over the Summer 2019 undertaking accordion repairs

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ZZ Music Accordion Repairs hosts visiting technician Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions from August 7th-17th 2019

Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella
Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are happy to announce the return of Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions in Stradella who will be arriving on August 6th 2019 and will be undertaking repairs and tuning work on accordions. His time with us this year is a little shorter in that he needs to leave by August 18th. Over the last year or so Stefano has also opened his own workshop in Stradella called Liuteria Oggero specialising in accordion repairs, guitar repair and production and other stringed instruments too like bass guitars, mandolins and violins.

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We are always happy to take on accordion repairs, tuning and refurbishments so it will be great to have him with us at our workshop in Harrow for a just under two weeks to help out. Oggero trained as a luthier at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria of Milan, Italy.

Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop
Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefano still undertakes a variety of tasks at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella, from tuning and mechanical work to electronics and wooden casework prototype design. He is one of the few young people who have joined the accordion industry and has been trained well by his mentor Claudio Beltrami. Like his mentor he is meticulous and thorough in his work. So if you have been putting off those accordion repairs or tuning a good time to consider that would be now in time for his arrival. Please email us at info@zzmusic.uk to book a visit for an assessment and estimate for any repair work.

Romano Viazzani Ensemble launch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

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London Tango crowdfunding starts – your help needed to reach their goal by 14th July 2019!

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble have launched their new crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to enable them to record an album of tangos featuring many new original tangos written by the band and dedicated to the city of London. For anyone not familiar with crowdfunding it is an increasing popular way for unsigned and independent artists to raise money to fund their projects in return for rewards. For little more than the price of CD you can help fund the recording of it and receive the recording and many optional extras depending on the amount pledged, once the recording has been realised. The aim is to then make a film of the title track but funding for that will be through another route it is hoped.

There is a downside though.  If the project doesn’t reach it’s target of £4000 then the ensemble will not receive any of the money and the project will therefore not go ahead and no money will be taken from the sponsors who pledge their support.  Of course £4000 seems like a very low figure to fund a recording but the ensemble hope they will exceed that figure.  You will love their new material and of course the recording will feature a few old favourites too. You only have till 14th July 2019 to help them raise their target of £4000, otherwise they won’t get a penny! So get pledging!

Click on the link to watch the film and pledge your support.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/romanoviazzani/london-tango?ref=ksr_email_creator_launch&fbclid=IwAR2fItK1D_–9mAhlTrlFmV6pCY2pdk66bsMwhJtYN–FY8XdojgYuVwv9w

Ben de Souza – New Concert Date – Recital with Chloe Meade on Violin

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Ben de Souza accordion recital with Chloe Meade on Violin

Don’t miss this exciting young duo playing at Cambridge University. Ben graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year and is currently studying choral conducting at Cambridge University.  Chloe is graduating this year and has just performed at her final recital at the Royal Academy of Music.  They have a bright musical future together.They have, just earlier this month, been performing at Hampton Court Palace and at Clare College Chapel.

Thursday 20th June, 12pm

Recital with violinist Chloë Meade

Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge 

Entry FREE

 

Qianyiu Zhang – Accordion Final Recital Exam – Royal Academy of Music Wednesday 12th June 2019. 17.15

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Accordion Final Recital Exam

Qianyiu Zhang (aka Samantha) will be performing in her final recital for her post-graduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road London, on Wednesday 12th June at 17.15 in the David Josefowicz Hall.

It really helps the students if they have an audience to play to so please show support for our young accordionists who play so well and are the future of our much-loved instrument. Those who attend will not be disappointed.  In her two years at the RAM Samantha has really impressed her audiences.

She will be playing:

Gubaidulina: Et Expecto

Zolotariev: Sonata No.2

Mikhail Brönner: Jacob’s Ladder (accordion and violin)

 

Tickets: Free entry

Accordion Showcase – Royal Academy of Music – Thursday 20 June 2019, 19.30

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Accordion Showcase

Performance Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.30pm
Don’t miss the last accordion concert of the academic year at the Royal Academy of Music. There will be a programme of solo and chamber music for accordion, including works by JS Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Sofia Gubaidulina. These concerts never cease to amaze those who attend them and in turn it shows great support for the accordion department within the Royal Academy of Music. Watching these students grow in their chosen field is always thrilling to see.

Jonathan Dove – Accordion Concerto “Northern Lights” Review by Romano Viazzani

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Jonathan Dove’s Concerto launches the accordion into space!

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Owen MurrayThe accordion has sometimes been accused of sounding “old-fashioned” and perhaps one might be forgiven for thinking the same when listening to an amateur busker playing a clapped-out, badly-tuned accordion on a windy day on the high street. It is rather fitting then that this most mechanically sophisticated instrument, which was only patented, albeit in a much more primitive form, in the 1820s and conversely, is therefore one of the most recent acoustic instruments to be invented, that Jonathan Dove chose to send it on a journey into space up amongst the Aurora Borealis – the phenomenon caused by the sun’s rays travelling through space and interacting with earth’s magnetic field over the Arctic Circle. The premieres of this concerto coincides with a BBC series Earth from Space which, on the 1st May, the day before the first premiere, showed film taken from a satellite showing the Northern Lights seen from above and the red peaks that we don’t see from an earthly perspective.

In a nod to the accordion’s folk roots Dove also manages to refer to the Scottish Island of Orkney, where Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, to whom the concerto is dedicated, lived. Dove took up the commission after Sir Peter, who was originally to write the concerto, sadly died. I couldn’t attend the Edinburgh world premiere, nor the Glasgow premiere but did manage to get to the Aberdeen premiere and I’m very glad I did as it is a piece which has depth, paints some amazing orchestral colours and is very accessible to all without being banal.

The accordion starts with some left-hand chords and right-hand piccolo reed sounds which are very soon echoed by the orchestra imitating the accordion which builds to the most wonderful orchestral flourish that propels one straight into space. Great to hear the double bassoon responding to the accordion and as the tension builds with accordion interjections the glockenspiel provides some wonderful tingling which rises high above the orchestral throng, taking one up and over the earthly view of the lights to what can only be seen from above. Despite the difference in tonal weight between the accordion and orchestra, the accordion is exposed enough to be heard when it leads but then also adds it’s inimitable sound to passages where it is just part of the bigger orchestral texture. Dove uses some ingenious devices to create the feeling of the vastness of these dancing lights in space and at one moment a very low note from the double bassoon at the back of the orchestra merges seamlessly into the accordion’s low left-hand note at the front of the orchestra, giving the audience the impression that something is coming towards it.

The second movement starts with some melodic accordion playing in the right-hand and Owen Murray’s beautiful left hand registration almost fills that ethereal space, normally the mainstay of high bassoon or clarinet, to counter it with harmony. This woody roundness of the accordion runs which follow are further underpinned by the roundness of the vibraphone which also adds to the other-worldly feel of the piece. The movement ends with very high bowed strings drawing similarities from the accordion’s very high notes cutting through with the assistance of hand vibrato.

The third movement starts with the lovely melody which is a nod to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Farewell to Stromness, it’s folky feel serving to perhaps to bring the listener back down to view the Aurora from the earth. The orchestra continue to echo the accordion with some trill-like passages. The accordion’s bellow shakes are also echoed in the “scrubbing” strings and then the melody returns triumphantly in the brass. Twenty minutes of music just flies by and whilst other composers have sent the accordion into the cosmos before this piece for me has to be the most successful to date. It’s like listening to a film soundtrack but the pictures are in one’s mind and sometimes you are watching the action of the lights from above, from below and sometimes they are all around you rushing towards you and away again.

Owen Murray, a veteran of many premieres, yet again succeeds in convincing the audience that the accordion has a rightful place both in front of the orchestra as well as in it and therefore part of its entire sound. I was so pleased to see him up there after fulfilling his dream of leaving accordionists with a legacy of wonderful concert material, knowing well the agony he went through to deliver this project even when, with Sir Peter’s sudden death, it all seemed like it was never going to happen. I would urge all accordionists to remember well this piece which Owen Murray will promote for the next two years now in the hope that many will play it after him.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra also played brilliantly under the able baton of Clemens Schuldt with great communication between section leaders and the conductor.  They are so animated and exciting to watch and they feel so youthful even though they are visibly made up of musicians of all ages. It was lovely to see Zoe Tweed playing French Horn so beautifully in the orchestra too.  She is the daughter of accordionist Karen Street and saxophonist Andy Tweed and even dabbled in the accordion herself a few years ago. She told me that she and the orchestra really liked the piece too and I have to say that it showed. They also played Mozart Symphony No.34 in C K338 just before Dove’s concerto and then Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc and Haydn’s Symphony No.90 in C.  The highlight was definitely the premiere and I wish both Owen Murray and Jonathan Dove a lot of luck with it as I believe this piece really has legs. I’m slightly biased but The Scotsman and The Times both seem to agree. I was very pleased to hear that Jonathan Dove has worked with many accordionists over the years and even plays a little himself to aid his composing.  I was even more pleased to hear that he would happily write more for the accordion in the future.

 

The Northern Lights Photo courtesy of Donna May

 

Kosmos Ensemble Spring tour 2019 featuring Milos Milivojevic on accordion

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Tour Dates Spring 2019

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE
Harriet Mackenzie ~ violin

Meg Hamilton ~ viola

Miloš Milivojević ~ classical accordion

Apologies for not having been able to include the tour’s April dates in last months newsletter which for a change, was early.  Here are the res of the tour dates.

To celebrate over 10 years playing together, Kosmos are preparing to make a disc of studio recordings featuring favourite iconic tunes that have been extremely popular with audiences across the UK and Europe.

Please keep an eye out for their future news if you would like to be actively involved in the next Kosmos recording. They will invite you to collaborate with us through the online Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

18th May 2019, 9.30pm,
Late-night concert
Sacconi Quartet’s Festival in Folkestone
Quarterhouse, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent

1st June, 2019
Music Nairn, Scotland

5th June, 1.30pm 2019,
Bridgewater Hall (Barbirolli Room)
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS
22nd September
Ripon International Festival

10th October, 2019
Little Missensden Festival, Buckinhamshire

19th October, 7.30pm 2019
Newton Abbot Music Societ

3rd November2019
Balliol College, Oxford

16th November 2019
Weston Music Society,
Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, SG4 7DJ

4th December, 2019, 7.30pm
Bideford Music Society

7th December, 2019
Ayr Music Club, Scotland