PUSH THE BUTTONS concert with LAO and Dillie Keane at Union Chapel 1st December 2018

LAO-Dillie Keane

The London Accordion Orchestra, some of London’s top accordionists and Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane make this event nothing short of a mini festival!

Saturday 1st December  2018 Midday till 2.00pm Union Chapel, Upper Street, Islington, London Pay what you can on the door

What a great way to kick off Advent with a musical pre-Christmas treat! Union Chapel, one of the best venues in London, have asked Ian Watson to curate a wonderful concert showcasing the accordion. The London Accordion Orchestra (LAO) will be playing playing a world premiere by Christian Forshaw. In the second part of the concert Bartek Glowacki, Illona Suomalainen, Inigo Mikeleiz Berrade and Aine Mcloughlin will play solos showing the vast range of repertoire accordionists are now playing. Then in the 3rd part of the show the wonderful Dillie Keane (from Fascinating Aida) will be singing for a cabaret set. It will be a fun concert but with some seriously good playing. In the two intervals members of the orchestra will be ‘busking’ in different parts of the chapel playing street music from all over the world.  Last time the LAO played at the Union Chapel about 700 attended the event. Hoping to match or even better that this time.  In addition they also nominated for best Union Chapel concert of 2017 along with Ed Sheeran and Emily Sande!

 

For more info: http://www.londonao.co.uk/news/daylight-music

 

 

Aine McloughlinInigo Mikeleiz-BerradeIlona Suomalainen

Maria de Buenos Aires -Piazzolla’s Opera- Arcola Theatre with Bartek Glowacki on accordion 30th August – September 3rd 2016

COMPANY Ricardo Gosalbo Piano Bartosz Glowacki Accordion Ian Helm Baritone Béatrice de Larragoïti Cover Soprano Rob Luft Electric Guitar Elena Marigómez Arranz Double Bass Sasha El Masry Tango Dancer Catarina Sereno Soprano Lucia Veintimilla Violin Bianca Vrcan Tango Dancer Matthew Wade Actor Music Ástor Piazzolla Words Horacio Ferrer Direction Natalie Katsou Music Direction Ricardo Gosalbo Arrangement Bob Barnes Set Design Jemima Robinson Lighting Design Rob Youngson Costume Design Kate Royds Visual Management Yiannis Katsaris

Maria de Buenos Aires- Arcola Theatre – 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London, United Kingdom

at 19.30 (20.30 on 3rd September)

Well, like buses one waits for ages then two come along.  Only a few months after the Oskar McCarthy’s production of  Astor Piazzolla’s opera at the Waterloo Vaults, the Arcola Theatre launch their production on the 30th of August.  This time the music will be provided by London’s own Deco Ensemble with Bartel Glowacki on accordion.

Maria was seduced by the tango. Now she is the most bewitching dancer in Buenos Aires, and the talk of its red light district. But when the languishing Piazzolla is driven mad by her ‘fatal passion’, he conspires to stop it dead. Maria is made of flesh and blood, but her spirit will to be harder to kill…

Astor Piazzolla’s 90-minute ‘operita’ is a unique masterpiece about passion, lust and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a teeming city, and to the sound of milongas, tangos and waltzes, Maria de Buenos Aires binds the slang of brothels to the poetry of angels.

Natalie Katsou (The Medium, Wolf Kisses) returns to Grimeborn to direct this vibrant new production from Operaview, renowned for their merging of opera with dance and visual arts. The light and shade of Piazzolla’s score is brought to life by the Deco Ensemble, one of the UK’s finest tango quintets.

COMPANY

Ricardo Gosalbo Piano
Bartosz Glowacki Accordion
Ian Helm Baritone
Béatrice de Larragoïti Cover Soprano
Rob Luft Electric Guitar
Elena Marigómez Arranz Double Bass
Sasha El Masry Tango Dancer
Catarina Sereno Soprano
Lucia Veintimilla Violin
Bianca Vrcan Tango Dancer
Matthew Wade Actor
Music Ástor Piazzolla
Words Horacio Ferrer
Direction Natalie Katsou
Music Direction Ricardo Gosalbo
Arrangement Bob Barnes
Set Design Jemima Robinson
Lighting Design Rob Youngson
Costume Design Kate Royds
Visual Management Yiannis Katsaris

Tickets http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/grimeborn-maria-de-buenos-aires/2016-08-30/

Standard £15
Concessions £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.
Understudy performance on 1 September.

Start time: 7.30pm.

Running time: 70 minutes approximately .

THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS:
Violence
Scenes of a sexual nature

SUITABLE FOR 12+

Two Final Accordion Recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and Patron’s Award Winners’ Recital

Iosif Purits

Don’t miss the final recitals of two amazing young accordionists at the Royal Academy of Music.  Here are the dates:

On June 6th 2016, Iosif Purits  will play at the Wigmore Hall with , Cecilia Bignall (Cello), Amy Yule (Flute) and Seungwong Lee (Piano) for the Royal Academy of Music Patrons Award Winners’ Recital 2016

JS Bach, Sibelius, Hurel and more

Booking information

£5 tickets are available for staff and students of the Royal Academy of Music. Please call the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141 to book.

Duration: This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval

£15 Ticket bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per ticket.

On June 9th 2016,Bartek Glowacki will play his final recital at the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy of Music at 17.45, followed by Iosif Purits  playing his final recital at 18.45.

ZZ Music wishes them well in the final recitals and concerts in their last year at the Royal Academy of Music.  They have been incredible students under the wonderful guidance of Owen Murray and it has been wonderful to watch them grow into very fine musicians whilst they have been studying in London.

Bartosz Glowacki-1200

Royal Academy Accordion Events for March 2016 – March 8th 2016

Raimondas Sviackevicius

Master class

March 8th will see Professor Raimondas Sviackevicius, Head of accordion at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in Vilnius, Lithuania take an accordion Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music.  This is open to the public and is free. The session is at 10.00 am – 16.30 pm with a lunch  break between 12.00 to 13.00.

This is a great opportunity for accordion teachers and students alike to see a visiting professor work through pieces with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music.

 

Concert Exam

Later the same day at 17.00 you will be able to see two of the students perform in their accordion concert exam.  An audience is welcomed.  This will take place in the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy.

Iosif Purits

Iosif Purits will play Efrem Potgaits’s – Concerto Viva Voce

 

 

 
Bartosz GlowackiBartosz Glowacki will play Mikolaj Majkusiak’s – Concerto Classico 

 

UKAAT Workshop February 7th 2016 – A great success

UKAAT 1st Workshop morning session audience

Accordion teachers, students, professionals, composers and UKAAT supporters packed into the Henry Wood Room for UKAAT’s first workshop on February 7th 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music. The day kicked off with a presentation by Romano Viazzani (UKAAT President) outlining what UKAAT’s aims are and what they have been doing since their initial meeting three years ago along with their hopes for the future.

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This was followed by a talk and workshop given by Prof. Owen Murray and Romano Viazzani on teaching basic skills to students. Ideas on all manner of basic skill teaching from posture and confidence in performance to finer points such as articulation and bellow skills were covered with participation from the workshop-goers.  A video clip was also shown to demonstrate the  freedom that comes with good posture. Some exercises were put forward to help improve certain aspects of playing as well as some ideas for chord combinations on standard “Stradella” bass. After a mid morning break the workshop continued explaining how free bass works and its ever increasing importance in the world of Music.  Several systems were explained with Prof. Owen Murray drawing comparisons between the C Griff System Free bass system and the mirror image of the C System Right-hand button-board.  Then Vice President Ian Watson spoke on the B griff System and it’s relationship to the right-hand B-griff button-board. Various diagrams and technical exercise fingerings were made exclusively available to attendees for download.

Basic Skills Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end of the morning session was rounded off with a short concert by the tremendous students of the Royal Academy of Music’s accordion department. Ben de Sousa and Soprano Elly Broomfield kicked off with an impactful Haydn’s Benedictus from “Little Organ Mass” and Music for a while by Henry Purcell.  Then Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade played a beautiful and authentically Spanish, Albeniz’s Cordoba followed by Franck Angelis’s Study on Chuiquilin de Bachin. More chamber music followed next with Iosif Purits supporting Cecilia Bignall on cello for J.S Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba and harpsichord and Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole. As if almost to underline the topic of dynamic-shaping and articulation covered in the earlier workshop, this performance was an object lesson in how the accordion’s left-hand can ably support a cello to the point of almost believing there was another cello playing with this duo, so well crafted was Purits’s control of the lines played on his free bass. A very mauture performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A major and Zolotaryov’s Sonata No.3 followed and was so appreciated by the cheering audience that brought Bartosz Glowacki back on for a curtain call.  Finally, a blistering performance of Rodion Schedrin’s short piece Toccata by Iosif Purits.

After a pause for lunch, Roland Williams gave a brief talk on a recent book he and Owen Murray translated and compiled about the life of Toralf Tollefsen (available form this site) and some wonderful archive recording of Tollefsen was heard music to the audience’s delight.

 

 

Karen Street

Karen Street

Karen Street -First participants play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the initial shyness wore off the accordions were donned by the workshop participants for the very enjoyable and informative workshop given by Karen Street on her rather unique way of playing jazz using almost exclusive free bass. Attendees found the similarity between the way Ms Street plays and the jazz voicings pianists use in their left-hand, particularly stimulating.  Then Simone Zanchini and Karen Street combined to get everyone improvising.  The RAM students who had played earlier also joined in and gave jazz a try too which was very pleasing to see.  Karen Street then gave us a wonderful performance of her solo playing so the audience could fully experience what her sound is really like which was much appreciated by the audience and Mr Zanchini alike.

 

 

Karen Street - More and more

Karen Street - More and more and... Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Simone Zanchini gave a talk on his approach to improvising, what his influences were and some of the jazz accordion greats he had the fortune to play and record with.  He also gave us an insight into his idea of sound and the acoustic experiments and innovation he has incorporated into his accordion.  He talked of the importance of confidence in delivery and sound projection when improvising and the inevitable practise that goes into learning the “coding” of the different styles and genres of music he calls upon during his improvisations some of which he owes to his classical training at Pesaro conservatoire under Sergio Scappini.  He rounded off with a jaw-dropping 30-minute improvisation incorporating many of the jazz styles he had spoken about during his talk.

 

Karen Street and Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happily, all the feedback about the event was very positive indeed and it was felt that generally there is a need for this type of workshop and that they should happen more often.

Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

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.
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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)

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:

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/deco-ensemble-2015-91924?dt=2015-07-09

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: https://www.facebook.com/DecoEnsemble/app_123966167614127

 

Royal Academy of Music – Bartosz Glowacki- Classical Accordion Final Recital

Bartek Glowacki

Royal Academy of Music – Bartosz Glowacki- Classical Accordion Final Recital

After 3 years of playing exams closed to public Bartosz Glowacki’s will perform his final recital, which he invites you to share with him.
He would like to create concert atmosphere and needs YOU to come and support him by your presence so he can share this 50 minutes of music with an appreciative and encouraging audience. He is a player who deserves nothing less and is a talent to watch.
The programme will include some of his favourite original accordion music as well as transcriptions.
Later, the Deco Ensemble and William Percy will join him on stage for some exciting chamber music!
The Concert takes place at: The Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT London, United Kingdom on 

Friday May 29th 2015
at 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Programme includes:  Gubaidulina, Piazzolla, Lindberg, Zolotariyov, Majkusiak and Messiaen

Royal Academy of Music – Free Lunchtime Accordion & Percussion Concert Friday 8th May 2015

The Academy’s Percussion and Accordion Departments collaborate for an exciting programme of twentieth-century music, including the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Metal Work.
Friday, 08.05.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Neil Percy conductor

Oliver Butterworth, Daniel Gonzalez Estevez and James Larter solo percussion

Katariina Ahjoniemi, Bartosz Glowacki, Iosif Purits andBen de Souza accordion

Lundquist Duell
Arvo Pärt arr. Vambola Krigul Fratres
Magnus Lindberg Metal Work (UK premiere)
Param Vir The Drums of Courage
Bo Holten The Veils of Pandora

The Academy’s Percussion and Accordion Departments collaborate for an exciting programme of twentieth-century music, including the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Metal Work.

Free, no tickets required