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 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











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.



A busy summer for accordionist Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed

The wonderful Karen Tweed must be one of the busiest accordionists in the UK.  She is ever-popular with her music drawing inspiration from World Music particularly from Scandinavia and Ireland.  Her CDs always feature collaborations with fabulous musicians.  You will find many of them in our CD section on this site. She’s also always busy teaching at workshops all over the UK.  Catch her at a venue near you this summer:


Wed 15th July : Karen Tweed teaching in Droitwich.

Thurs 16th July : Karen Tweed teaching in Droitwich.

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Fri 17th July – Sun 19th July : Karen Tweed at Paddy and Anne Molloy weekend, playing with The Headers (Sat evening) Birmingham and teaching.
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Thurs 23rd July : CRUTHU LONGFORD (Arts Festival), Ireland until Sun 26th July. Karen Tweed playing, talking and exhibiting!


Sun 9th August : Karen Tweed & Thomas McElvogue playing as part of Moya Brennan and Tim Jarvis’ Family Band evening at Leo’s Tavern, Donegal.

Tues 11th August : Mark Hickman & Karen Tweed : ‘Reels, Airs and Songs from the Heart’
Pier Street Playhouse 8.30pm – 10.30pm
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A gentle trip looking out towards the musical horizons inspired by a life around Priory Bay, Isle of Wight. . . in the words and music of Mark Hickman (songsmith, musician, composer & luthier from St Helens, IOW) and Karen Tweed –
accordionist and composer now based in Roscommon, Ireland).

‘So rarely do we meet living composers writing about the life they are living. These are not just brilliant musicians, re-telling beautiful stories, music is who they are,’ Shirley MacNamara

Wed 12th August : Karen Tweed & The Dustbin Corner Ceilidh Band :   Sailors and Shipwrecks Fancy Dress Ceilidh
Pier Street Playhouse 3.30pm – 5pm
Tickets : under 6 years : £3; over 16s : £5; family ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s – none of whom need be related) : £10

A gentle (no experience necessary) barn dance – fancy dress optional (prizes for under 8 years, under 16 years and over 16s). Music by Karen Tweed (accordion), Mark Hickman (guitar and voice), Lorna Brownswood (flute) and caller Ian Watterson. Fancy dress optional on the theme of Shipwrecks and Sailors. . . you can come as the Mary Rose, a crab or a lobster pot or pirate, for example. . .

‘This band is a barrel of fun and frolics – get to see them or even better, book ’em!’
Shirley MacNamara

Fri 14th August – Sun 16th August : KarenTweed solo concert at Gandara Festival, Portugal
Sun 16th August – Mon 17th August : KarenTweed/Thomas / Dad at the Fleadh, Sligo.
.(Sunday Afternoon) : Bunch of Keys Book Launch.

Deco Ensemble concert, 9th July, 8pm at the Purcell Room,London with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki

Deco Ensemble concert, 9th July, 8pm at the Purcell Room,London with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki


Accordion-lovers should not miss the Deco Ensemble’s concert on the 9th of July at 8pm at the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) in London with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki. Glowacki, who is studying at The Royal Academy of Music has just finished his undergraduate course and has been very busy working both with the Deco Ensemble and as a soloist.  He recently played in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.
Established in 2013, the London-based Deco Ensemble has been described as an ‘exceptional’ ensemble ‘of the highest calibre’, with a ‘strong and highly individual voice’.This concert will mark the launch of their new album entitled ‘Encuentro’.

Deco Ensemble Album Cover 'Encuentro'










They will perform pieces featured on the recording, along with other exciting contemporary tango music written by the likes of Gustavo Beytelmann, Frédéric Devreese, Ramiro Gallo and Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets can be purchased on the Southbank’s website. Here is the direct link:

You can catch the Deco Ensemble at a variety of National and International concert venues in the following list

June 30 St James’s Church Paddington London, United Kingdom
July 01 City of London Festival London, United Kingdom
July 03 Harwich Festival Harwich, United Kingdom
July 09 Purcell Room, Southbank Centre London, United Kingdom
July 11 Oundle International Festival Oundle, United Kingdom
July 25 Festival Noches del Olivar Madrid, Spain Tickets
Sept 11 St James’ Church, Piccadilly London, United Kingdom
Oct 11 Omnibus London, United Kingdom Tickets
Nov 08 Verdi Room, Royal Albert Hall London, United Kingdom Tickets
Dec 02 The Forge London, United Kingdom Tickets

For links to booking tickets to the above see the ensemble’s Facebook page: