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:

Romano Viazzani New Tango Quintet to perform Piazzolla at The London Encounter 11th June 2016

Romano Viazzani and Bass player Yaron Stavi

Romano Viazzani New Tango Quintet

Romano Viazzani (Accordion), John Bailey (Piano), Yaron Stavi (Double Bass), Corinna Hentschel (Violin) and Jonathan Preiss (Guitar) have formed a new Tango quintet which will make its debut at The London Encounter, ETC venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London on the 11th June 2016.  The ensemble will play in the musical part of the cultural event called “Music and the “other”, which starts at 19.30.  They will be performing the whole of Astor Piazzolla’s  Ángel Suite (Milonga del Ángel, Muerte del Ángel,  Resurrección del Ángel). It is hoped that this will be the first of many tango-oriented concerts in the future. Romano Viazzani recorded this suite on a CD as solo accordion pieces formerly but this is the first time any of the musicians involved, who have all played in tango before, have performed it in with the original line-up Piazzolla scored for (if you allow a bit of artistic licence for the accordion playing the bandoneon part).  Yaron Stavi frequently plays Double Bass with no less than Richard Galliano himself, and Corinna Hentschel had her own Piazzolla Ensemble in her native Germany.


Romano Viazzani - accordion
Romano Viazzani
Jonathan Preiss-Guitar
Jonathan Preiss
John Bailey-Piano
John Bailey
Yaron Stavi-Double Bass
Yaron Stavi
Corinna Hentschel-violin
Corinna Hentschel

Bordel Q – Exciting new tango ensemble – 3rd May 2016 at Jamboree – 7.00 -11.00pm

Bordel Q- Tango Ensemble

Bordel Q – Nuevo Tango Ensemble

Bordel Q






566 Cable Street, E1W 3HB London, United Kingdom

19.00-23.00 £5 on the door.

Bordel Q is an exciting new quintet based in London, forging links between musical genres, styles and languages founded upon the diverse backgrounds of the ensemble’s members. Their amalgamation of jazz, classical and world music, and the eclecticism with which pieces are approached, result in music that is both old and new, clear yet complex, offering a rich and individual musical experience. Featuring the wonderful Maurizio Pala on accordion (whose CD together with Dan Teper is available on this site) and a wealth of fabulous musicians such as Anisa Arslanagic violin and viola, James Kitchman guitar, Michele Montolli double bass and Nuno Brito on percussion.
The quintet’s debut programme is in honour of Astor Piazzolla, whose works embody all musical elements the ensemble are dedicated to. Although a well known Argentinian composer of Tango, Astor also explored styles such as classical, contemporary and jazz, and created the genre ‘Nuevo Tango’. With original arrangements and interpretations of his music, Bordel Q take their audience on a colourful and virtuous musical journey.






-band memebers:


Anisa Arslanagic violin and viola
James Kitchman guitar
Maurizio Pala accordion
Michele Montolli double bass
Nuno Brito percussions

Maria de Buenos Aires – Piazzolla’s Tango Opera – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Maria de Buenos Aires

Maria de Buenos Aires – 6 dates in May and June 2016 – The Vaults, London

Fans of Astor Piazzolla and Tango will be pleased to hear that his opera is returning to London for 6 dates in May and June.  It’s quite rare to see this performed so here’s your chance to see it and even participate in a bit of tango dancing after the show!

OSKAR McCARTHY and A CURIOUS INVITATION present MARÍA DE BUENOS AIRES – a surreal operita tango with music by the creator of tango nuevo Argentinian bandoneonist ASTOR PIAZZOLLA and words by Uruguayan poet HORACIO FERRER.

Descend into the Vaults and mingle with the lowlife of old Buenos Aires: thieves, card sharps, pimps and whores. The Narrator will relate the story of the maestro of the bandoneon, Piazzolla’s muse, María, a prostitute born in the slums “one day when God was drunk … with a curse in her voice.” Maria is seduced by the rhythms of the tango and soon becomes “the most sorcerous singer and lover” in Buenos Aries. But her “fatal passion” arouses the wrath of the languishing Piazzolla, who, driven to madness by Maria’s unrelenting freedom, conspires with a group of robbers and brothel madames to murder her. After her death, her Shadow returns to haunt the sordid streets she once walked, and only then does Piazzolla realise the error of his ways: “Maria is music!” A modern day Passion Play, full of religious allusions and black humour, set to a soundtrack of tangos, milongas and waltzes.

This intimate 90-minute masterpiece featuring an 11 piece orchestra will be presented in the setting of an abandoned carnival. After the performance guests who, like María herself, refuse to depart the scene will be invited to tango into the small hours at our after show party.

María de Buenos Aires is presented by Oskar McCarthy and A Curious Invitation, by arrangement with Warner Chappell Music Limited. Directed by Ella Marchment.

Astor Piazzolla
An Argentine tango composer, arranger and bandoneón player: Piazzolla’s oeuvre revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

Horacio Ferrer
A Uruguayan-born poet, Horacio Ferrer rose to fame as Piazzolla’s lyricist and longtime collaborator. He composed more than 200 songs and authored several books about tango, including El Libro del Tango which turned into a key reference work on the subject.

Tickets £25 – please click here to buy.


A Surreal Operita Tango in the Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1
Music by Astor Piazzolla & Libretto by Horacio Ferrer

Dates: 6th & 7th May / 13th & 14th May / 3rd & 4th June
Doors at 10:00 pm – Performance starts at 10:30.
For those who would like to tango into the wee hours there will be an after party till 2 am

Encuentro – The Deco Ensemble launch their new tango album

Deco Ensemble CD Encuentro

Following their South Bank CD launch last month ZZ Music are pleased to make ENCUENTRO this superb CD available to ZZ Music customers. Featuring Bartosz Glowacki on Accordion with a top notch group of musicians that make up the Deco Ensemble you will hear Tango interpreted at its very best in this their debut album.

Established in 2013, the group has been described as an ‘exceptional’ ensemble ‘of the highest calibre’, with a ‘strong and highly individual voice’.The members of the Deco Ensemble have combined their spirit of fearless exploration to re-imagine the Tango Nuevo Quintet, combining classical, jazz and traditional music influences. The Deco Ensemble are currently on tour around the UK and abroad promoting their new album.

‘Encuentro’ features works by a handful of the foremost Argentinian composers of tango music, including Astor Piazzolla & Gustavo Beytelmann, as well as compositions by the Belgian contemporary classical composer Frédéric Devreese.
Released 09 July 2015

Bartosz Glowacki – Accordion
Sabina Rakcheyeva – Violin
Rob Luft – Guitar
Ricardo Gosalbo – Piano
Elena Marigómez – Double Bass
Milonga Del Angel (Astor Piazzolla)

Concierto para quinteto (Astor Piazzolla)

Silencios  (Ramiro Gallo)

Tango  (Frederic Devreese)

Dream  (Frederic Devreese)

Encuentro (Gustavo Beytelmann)

Professor Owen Murray and student Iosif Purits play Piazzolla and Gordon Jacob Accordion Concertos – 5th June 2015

Owen Murray

Professor Owen Murray and one of his students at the Royal Academy of Music, Iosif Purits, along with Guitarist Chris Waddington present an evening of classical music for Accordion, Guitar and String Orchestra in the stunning surroundings of Giggleswick School Chapel on Friday June 5th 2015. Performances will include the Gordon Jacob Accordion Concerto which was rediscovered and edited by Owen Murray in 2014. The Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar (Hommage à Liége) by  Astor Piazzolla and other works by Scarlatti, Mussorgsky and Vivaldi. An accordion concerto performance is still quite a rare event in the UK and not to be missed.

Tickets for this unique concert are free and can be reserved online at There will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert.

Further information can be obtained by e-mail

Giggleswick School



North Yorkshire

BD24 0DE

01729 893 180

Giggleswick Concert Poster