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

Joanna Strand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

David Vaughan with Romano Viazzani (accordion) and Jordi Juan Perez (Clarinet) 29th April 2017-MAP Studio Café, Kentish Town, London

David Vaughan

David Vaughan at MAP Studio Café 46 Grafton Road, London NW5 3DU at 20.00

Wonderful Singer/Songwriter David Vaughan is back in April with his unique songs blending jazz, world music and tango, at a new venue, the MAP Studio Cafe, a uniquely bohemian centre for music, art and print (hence the name) tucked neatly away in the backstreets of Kentish Town. There is a music studio in the basement, a café on the ground floor, and an intimate performance venue upstairs.

Vaughan will be welcoming a great new clarinettist to the stage as Daniel Broncano is unable to make the event. Spanish-born Jordi Juan Perez has been wowing British audiences with his virtuosic command of the instrument as well as his warm, subtle tone together with the ever-faithful Romano Viazzani on accordion. Tickets are only £8 and can be purchased on the night or by calling 0207 916 0545. Doors open at 7.30pm and the concert begins at 8pm.

Southern Cone Quintet – Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 7:30 PM- St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace

Southern Cone Quintet - St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace

Southern Cone Quintet – Impressions of music from Argentina, Chile & Uruguay

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”.

The performers are as diverse as the music itself. They include a Chilean-born arranger and woodwind player, a Spanish prodigy accordionist, a classical violinist of Bosnian roots, as well as a jazz guitarist and double bassist (both British).


‘Absolutely outstanding….Wonderfully romantic… What a way to start this year’s BBC Proms Lates’ BBC Radio 3

*Lucia Veintimilla* – violin
Claude Werner – clarinet/flute/arranger
James Kitchman – electric guitar
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade – accordion
Louis Thomas – double bass

*Special guest

Food and drink will be available for sale on the night.
Food will be provided by Emanuel Peruvian Kitchen

Doors open at 7pm
More info here:
https://stethelburgas.org/event/impressions-music-argentina-chile-uruguay/

TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/392054

 

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival 10th, 11th and 17th and 18th June 2017

sevenoaks three arts festival

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival 2017

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival always includes an Accordion and Concertina Section as does Maidstone Music festival which, many accordionists like to participate in.  It is wonderful that these festivals which are outside of the accordion scene in the UK want to continue having an accordion section.  So if teachers have any students they wish to enter into the competition please go to the festival website http://www.sevenoaksthreeartsfestival.co.uk and send for a syllabus which will inform you as to the many categories which are open to you.  It is good for the accordion to be present at more general music festivals of all descriptions so please try to support anyone wishing to promote the accordion.

Piano accordionConcertina

Button Accordion

Friedrich Lips- Lecture and Masterclass- Royal Academy of Music – 23rd & 24th February 2017 and Accordion Dept. Concert

RAM hand on acccordion close-up

Royal Academy of Music Accordion Events for February 2017

After the incredible success of the Art of Tango event with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi earlier this month the Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department focuses on another important part of the accordion repertoire: the Russian school.  Friedrich Lips arguably the foremost authority on this repertoire will be in residence for this wonderful free event to which all accordionists, accordion teachers and students will find extremely interesting and enlightening.

Russian Chamber Music  Concert – De Profundis (Free)

Thursday, 23.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Katariina Ahjoniemi, Junchi Deng, Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade, Iosif Purits, Benjamin de Souza and Ilona Suomalainen accordion
Henry Hargreaves cello
William White clarinet

Zolotaryov Sonata no.3 (excerpts)
Sofia Gubaidulina De Profundis
Efrem Podgaits Ave Maria; Rendezvous with Haydn
Zolotaryov Rondo capriccioso

This concert will be followed by a lecture on Russian bayan repertoire by Visiting Professor of Accordion Friedrich Lips

Free, no tickets required 

Russian Bayan Lecture (Free)

Thursday, 23.02.2017 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Friedrich Lips, professor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and Visiting Professor of Accordion at the Academy, gives a lecture on Russian bayan repertoire.

Free, no tickets required

Prof. Friedrich Lips
Prof. Friedrich Lips

Accordion Masterclass (Free)

Friday, 24.02.2017 14:00, Henry Wood Room

2.00–5.00pm

Accordion Masterclass with Friedrich Lips, renowned Russian accordionist, Visiting Professor of Accordion at the Academy and professor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.

Free, no tickets required

Martynas Levickis Tour Dates for China, UK and Europe from February- July 2017

Martynas Levickis

The Wonderful accordionist Martynas Levickis has a busy year ahead including many fixtures in China as well as the UK and Europe.  Don’t miss him at a venue near you. For more info see http://www.martynasmusic.com

7 February 2017
HARBIN CONCERT HALL – HARBIN, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

8 February 2017
HENAN ART CENTER – ZHENGZHOU, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

10 February 2017
HOHHOT GRAND THEATER – HOHHOT CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

12 February 2017
HANDAN GRAND THEATER – HANDAN, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

14 February 2017
SHANXI GRAND THEATER – TAIYUAN, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

16 February 2017
WEIFANG GRAND THEATER – WEIFANG, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

17 February 2017
YANTAI GRAND THEATER – YANTAI, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

18 February 2017
WEIHAI GRAND THEATER – WEIHAI, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

19 February 2017
QINGDAO GRAND THEATER – QINGDAO, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

21 February 2017
SHENGJING GRAND THEATER – SHENGJING, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

22 February 2017
DALIAN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER – DALIAN, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

23 February 2017
NANJING POLY GRAND THEATER – NANJING, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

24 February 2017
CHANGZHOU GRAND THEATER – CHANGZHOU, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

26 February 2017
CHONGQING GRAND THEATER – CHONGQING, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

28 February 2017
JIAXING GRAND THEATER – JIAXING, CHINA
Solo Recital: Accordion Vagabond
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

10 March 2017
KING’S PLACE – LONDON, UK
Tango Nuevo
Joanna MacGregor piano
Adrian Brendel cello
Thomas Gould violin
Martynas Levickis accordion
Adriano Adewale percussion
Read more

15-18 March 2017
MARCH MUSIC DAYS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – RUSE, BULGARIA
Martynas Levickis: Accordion Masterclass
Read more

15 March 2017
MARCH MUSIC DAYS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – RUSE, BULGARIA
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Educational Concert
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15 March 2017
MARCH MUSIC DAYS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – RUSE, BULGARIA
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

16 March 2017
MARCH MUSIC DAYS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – RUSE, BULGARIA
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Educational Concert
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20 March 2017
FESTSPIELE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN – GLASBAHNHOF IM STADTHAFEN, SASSNITZ, GERMANY
Programme to include Rossini, Paganini, Tchaikowsky, Galliano, Bizet, Fossen, Lecuona, Piazzolla, Monti
Read more

24 March 2017
BADEHAUS GOOR – LAUTERBACH/PUTBUS, GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
Signum String Quartet
Tangonacht: Late Night Concert
Piazzolla, Takahashi, Bizet, Gardel, Galliano, Lady Gaga
Read more

11 May 2017
ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE – LONDON, UK
Solo Recital: JS Bach, John Cage, Gubaidulina, Mendelssohn, Soler
Read more

16 May 2017
WARWICK ARTS CENTRE – COVENTRY, UK
Solo Recital: Unheard Territories
Programme includes music by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Hermosa, Levickis, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rossini, Saluzzi, Scarlatti, Soler, Takahashi Vivaldi
Read more

26 May 2017
MANCHESTER, UK
Martynas Levickis director, accordion
Manchester Camerata
Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Bach, Bizet, Brahms
Read more

23 June 2017
FESTSPIELE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN – SCHLOSSHOF, BLECKEDE, GERMANY
Martynas Levickis director, accordion
Mikrookéstra
Seasons by Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi
Read more

2 July 2017
KISSINGER SOMMER – BAD KISSINGEN, GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

14 July 2017
FESTSPIELE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN – GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa

15 July 2017
MDR MUSIKSOMMER – MEININGEN, GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

16 July 2017
CHORINER MUSIKSOMMER – CHORIN, BARNIM, GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

18 July 2017
SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN MUSIK FESTIVAL – GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

19 July 2017
SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN MUSIK FESTIVAL – GERMANY
Martynas Levickis accordion
SIGNUM saxophone quartet
Shadow Dances: Ravel, Piazzolla, Hermosa
Read more

21 July 2017
FESTIVAL DE SEGOVIA – SPAIN
Martynas Levickis accordion
Castile and León Symphony Orchestra
Piazzolla Concerto Aconcagua
Read more

Sunday Sessions present The Southern Cone Quintet – Sunday February 19th 2017 (with Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on accordion)

Southern Cone Quintet at SOAS

Sunday Sessions present The Southern Cone Quintet

Compton Terrace, N1 2 UN London, United Kingdom
Doors open 3.30pm, music 4pm – 5.30pm
Advance tickets £8 (£6 Union chapel members)
or on the door £10

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 styleresembles Nuevo Tango, it could also be described as “Nueva Cueca” or “Nuevo Candombe”.

The performers are as diverse as the music itself. They include a Chilean-born arranger and woodwind player, a Spanish prodigy accordionist, a classical violinist of Bosnian roots, as well as a jazz guitarist and double bassist (both British).

Anisa Arslanagić – violin
Claude Werner – clarinet/flute/arranger
James Kitchman – electric guitar
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade – accordion
Louis Thomas – double bass

http://southernconequintet.com/

The Sunday Sessions is a fortnightly event featuring some of London’s finest acoustic musicians. Enjoy some tasty food and drink then sink into a comfy sofa and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the relaxed surroundings of the Union Chapel Bar.