Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Dept. Chamber Music Concert 15th February 2018

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Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

Don’t miss the wonderful playing of the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music, London playing a selection of chamber music works.

Thursday, 15.02.2018 19:30David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office:  https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/chamber-music/accordion-chamber-music-the-em

An evening of chamber music by DvořákMozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan‘s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

 

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – Pizza Express Live MAIDSTONE 25th March 2018

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – Pizza Express Live- Maidstone,

PizzaExpress Live, 32 Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PS Tel: 020 7439 4962

 Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble take their sell-out London concert at The Pheasantry to Maidstone. The ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music.  With special guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

Inigo Mikeleiz-Barrade – Concerts for Winter 2018

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Accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Barrade – Winter Concert Season

Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

7.30 pm Royal Academy of Music, London (David Josefowith Recital Hall)

February 15th 2018

An evening of chamber music by Dvořák, Mozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan’s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

Diphonon Duo at Faversham

10.45 am The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Faversham, Kent (UK)

February 27th 2018

Accordion and viola duo. Repertoire includes from original contemporary works to transcriptions from baroque and classical music.

Concordia Foundation Solo Recital

11.30am @ UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, London

March 6th 2018

Concordia encourages excellence in both performance and technical musicianship. We also focus on developing the whole artist, illustrating the benefits of giving back to the community and helping to foster a well-rounded personality able to surmount the challenges of a life in the Arts.

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – Pizza Express Live BIRMINGHAM 6th May 2018

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – Pizza Express Live- Birmingham,

PizzaExpress, Brindley Place, The Water’s Edge, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HL

Tel: 0121 643 2500

Doors open at 18.00, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble take their sell-out London show to Birmingham. It has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music.  With special guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate in cabaret – The Crazy Coqs – Brasserie Zedel Live 18th Feb 2018

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The West End’s favourite jazz-cabaret duo – Joanna Strand & Jacqui Tate – return to Crazy Coqs for an evening of comedy and song.

The Crazy Coqs – Brasserie Zedel Live 18th Feb 2018 at 19.00

Tate is currently performing the role of Madame Thenadier in Les Misérables and Strand has until recently been covering the role of Madame Giry in Phantom of the Opera and is now appearing in Rothschild and Sons at The Park Theatre. Tonight, our two West End Mesdames come together with their well-loved jazz duo show formula, with new arrangements of songs by Piaf, Porter, Arlen, Cy Coleman and many more.

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

Strand & Tate share a host of west end credits including Avenue QSouth PacificMaster Class, and Jekyll & Hyde.

The band member’s line-up John Bailey (piano), Romano Viazzani (accordion), Nick Pini (double bass) and Jason Reeve (drums).


Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit Zedel online at www.brasseriezedel.com/re

Tickets available from: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/strand-and-tate-2018

 

Barimar releases a new CD and Sheet music album

Barimar in his 90s

The incredible energy and creativity of an accordionist in his nineties

An inspiration to accordionists of several generations, Barimar is as hungry to express himself musically as he’s ever been, in fact even more so.  In an interview Romano Viazzani did with him for Strumenti e Musica http://www.strumentiemusica.com/en/highlights/a-long-conversation-between-romano-viazzani-and-mario-barigazzi/ he seemed to still have the urge to do things he never got round to doing.  He has lost none of his powers as a performer too.

Barimar as a child
Barimar as a child

Barimar was born Mario Barigazzi in Noceto in the province of Parma, Italy on the 18th June 1925.  He studied music from a young age and was discovered by Maestro Ferruzzi who introduced him to the record label La Voce Del Padrone (His Master’s Voice) – Columbia Records.His meeting with Tienno Pattacini was fundamental in his development in the world of music and one for which he will always be grateful. He made his first recording aged 15 and then, at 18, he made his debut in Milan as a soloist with Cosimo di Ceglie who leaned towards a programme with jazz tendencies. After completing an accordion course in Parma he perfected his piano playing by himself thanks to natural flair and musical talent. His continued success in various theatres in Italy, from the Regio of Parma to the Lirico of Milan and the Monteverdi of  La Spezia, was a testament to this talent.In 1946 he won the first prize in the Concert artist category of the Concorso Internazionale di Stradella, and later designated the “Virtuoso Internazionale” of the Confédération Internationale Accordéonistes.

 

 

Barimar and his Orchestra
Barimar and his Orchestra in the 1940s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He then established himself as a band leader of a 16-piece orchestra and made many recordings for “La voce del padrone”. In addition, all the arrangements and orchestrations were by his own hand. He is a technical master of the accordion. Barimar performs to perfection the Prelude to acts 1 and 3 of La Traviata, the Overture from The Barbiere di Siviglia, The Theiving Magpie, Moto Perpetuo by Paganini and many of Chopin’s waltzes.In the 1970s due to the great demand, he recorded music from the world of popular dance whilst at the same time recording many of his own compositions far from the influence of dance music and which are both rare and elegant.

In the late 80s he often featured playing the accordion live on a RAI2  broadcast called “Mezzogiorno è…” presented by Gianfranco Funari.  In the late 90s he moved away from Milan and back to his roots in the countryside between Parma and Reggio Emilia, where he lives to this day and continues to find inspiration to continue composing.

A new quartet playing his work has also recently established itself with the aim of playing much of this maestro’s music.The new Barimar Quartet are:

Violin: Marina Mammarella

Double Bass: Agide Baldini

Percussion: Flavio Spotti

Accordion: Yuri Vallara

ZZ Music is pleased to be able to offer to it’s subscribers the new CD and Sheet Music by Barimar, or a special package for both at a discounted price.

 

 

Romano Viazzani Ensemble plays Tango – Sunday 28th January 2018

Romano Viazzani Ensemble

Romano Viazzani Ensemble

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London.  

Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

 The Romano Viazzani Ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music.  With special guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/romano-viazzani-ensemble
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Lucy and the Time Machine – Trio with Luciana Di Bella (Vocals) Romano Viazzani (Accordion) and Chris Rodgers (Guitar)

Luciana Di Bella

Lucy and the Time Machine – New Italian Jazz Trio specialising in new takes on music from Italy’s golden era.

Luciana Di Bella is a classically-trained soprano but she has formed a new trio in London which takes a refreshing and jazzy look a some of the music from Italy’s golden era of popular music. Luciana leads the ensemble with her delightfully velvety vocals and is ably supported on guitar by Chris Rodgers and on accordion by Romano Viazzani.

The trio have a series of new videos on YouTube featuring Guarda che luna written by Fred Bongusto and made famous by Fred Buscaglione, El negro Zumbonby Armando Trovaioli from the 1951 Silvana Mangano film Anna, and Bruno Martino’s Estate. Click on each title to link to the videos.

Joanna Strand at The Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel) 2nd July 2017 – with Romano Viazzani, John Bailey, Jason Reeve and Nick Pini

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

Joanna Strand returns to Live at Zedel (Crazy Coqs) 19.00 on July 2nd 2017

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Originally billed as Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate but due to her current commitments in Les Miserábles Jacqui Tate will be unable to perform this time round. However Joanna Strand in cabaret will take you on trip through some of the many songs she has been associated with in the past and that have featured in her albums as well as one or two new ones. She will be ably assisted on accordion by Romano Viazzani, on Piano by John Bailey, on drums by Jason Reeve and on Double Bass by Nick Pini.

Always a fabulous night out and in the wonderful Art Deco surroundings of the ex-billiard room of the Regent Palace Hotel and now part of Brasserie Zedel.

Tickets are £25.00 or £49.00 for Dinner and Show

To book: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/joanna-strand-and-jacqui-tate-1/97823708

 

Cambridge Competitive Music Festival

Dawn Loombe

Cambridge Competitive Music Festival

This is the first year that Cambridge Competitive Music Festival has had an accordion section and everyone was excited to see how the twenty or so players would fare.

The adjudicator was Eileen Field who, although not an accordionist, is an experienced professional musician with many years of adjudicating under her belt. She gave very relevant and informed feedback to each contestant, which covered, very thoroughly, their playing, interpretation, and how they might seek to improve their performances. She was very positive in her comments and was clearly delighted to see this new section taking place.

The first class was for players of 13 years or younger and was led by Jacqueline Chesher, who although rather nervous, gave a mature and very well controlled performance of Graham Romani’s Valse Continentale. She was followed by Steffan Modla-Thomas who played a Ukrainian folk song called Verhovnyo. He played with great style and gave a very authentic performance. Last to play in this section was Sasha Timofeev who played Benton’s Banana Split. He controlled his nerves well and was able to give a very enjoyable performance. The section was won by Steffan, whose performance really captured the spirit of the genre. He played with great gusto and an impressive degree of accuracy.

In the 18 Years and younger section, Leo Barlow played his own arrangement of Yoblochko, a traditional Russian folk dance. His performance was well played with good definition particularly in the treble chord passages, which were fast and furious. Although Leo was the only performer in this section, Eileen Field was pleased to congratulate him on his playing as well as pointing out to him, some useful methods of practising to improve his stability in performance.

In the Adult section, Ibby Mallett played a piece by Hermann Zilcher called Abendstimmung. This was a very subtle lyrical piece that was played with good expression and phrasing and beautiful bellows control. The next player was Gill Murden, whose performance of Gnossienne No1 by Eric Satie was very well interpreted. Although she was clearly nervous, she kept control of her playing and performed very musically with good style. However, the breadth of pallette and control shown by Ibby Mallet made her a clear winner.

Next came the duets; First up were Susanna Brooking (on Accordina) and Richard Dawson (on accordion). They played a Scottish melody called Cole’s Dream by John Perkins. They achieved a good balance between the two instruments and gave a very thoughtful performance. Then it was Susanna again with Christine Thompson and they gave us Nani’s Waltz, one of a collection of Klezmer pieces by Joachim Jochov and arranged for two accordions by Bert Santilly. They did well and kept their concentration through the various sections right to the end of the piece with some good interplay between the two parts. Finally, we heard Gill Murden and Jiri Kraus. They
played a very pleasing arrangement of a Czechoslovakian folk tune called Zivot Je Jen Jahada (‘Life is Luck’) by Jaroslavve Jezek. This was a very good performance with clear phrasing and dynamics and was a worthy winner in a well contested section.
The final class wasfor ensemble playing and was represented by Dawn Loombe’s ensemble players who played Mit Harmonica Grüss by Curt Mahr. This was a really energetic performance with good balance, clear dynamics and a high level of accuracy. They followed it with Waltz No 2 by Shostakovitch. Although this lacked some of the definition of their first offering it was nonetheless a good performance with expressive passage work and good control of the rallentandos. Eileen Field was very warm in her remarks about the group’s playing and very encouraging in comments about their performance.
Eileen Field, in her summing up, of the performances was very complimentary. She acknowledged the huge amount of practice by the students in preparing for the competition, and drew attention to the work that would follow as students continued to practise and improve their playing skills.
She also recognised and drew attention to the huge amount of work done by their teacher Dawn Loombe in preparing the students for the competition (not to mention her work in organizing the running of the section) and she looked forward to the following year when there would be an even larger number of students competing.
As a spectator, I can say without hesitation that we have a lot to be grateful for. Dawn has worked so hard; teaching, encouraging, and generally raising her students playing to a level that they would not perhaps would not previously have thought possible. Each student too, deserves our congratulations for the preparation they did and for their performances in the competition itself. The whole day was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion of which all those who took part can be justly proud. I can’t wait for next year!

Bert Santilly. 12/03/17.

ZZ Music wishes to thank Bert Santilly for this report.  It is very encouraging that the accordion is being included in more and more festivals which are not not exclusively for accordion.  It shows a growing interest in the instrument and a chance for it to be heard by a new audience. For further information on the next Cambridge Competitive Music festival please click on the link: http://www.cambridgecmf.co.uk/index.htm