LAO at the Movies – by London Accordion Orchestra – Saturday 20th January 2018

LAO at the Movies Poster

The London Accordion Orchestra goes to the Movies!

Sat, 20 January 2018   16:00 PM – 17:30  at St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AD

LAO present a gala afternoon concert brimming with film favourites, including iconic scores from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Godfather, La La Land and many more. The orchestra will be joined by some very special guests for this concert, stay tuned to LAO’s Facebook page for announcements…https://www.facebook.com/LondonAccordionOrchestra/

Tickets sold out for their last concert so book early (and pay no booking fee) to make sure you get to hear LAO like never before.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lao-at-the-movies-tickets-39161327585

LAO photo

Super Orchestra Day 2017 – 29th October, Ripley Village Hall, Ripley, Guildford

Super Accordion Orchestra

Super Orchestra Day 2017

Calling all accordionists! Following the success of last year’s event the ‘Super Orchestra Day – 2017’ is back. Participants will work on 3 pieces during morning and afternoon rehearsals and then perform in the evening concert with a West End percussionist. Ian Watson will be your conductor and Shona Holmes will lead the orchestra. It’s amazing what you can achieve in a day – the concert last year was a triumph. If you’ve never played in an accordion orchestra before this is your perfect opportunity. Last year there were 80 players – how many will we be in 2017…
Ian Watson and Julie North – your friendly course leaders.
On the day…
10am – Meet for coffee / tea / soft drinks and registration
10:30am – 1pm – Rehearsal 1 (break around 11:45am)
1pm-2pm – Lunch (please bring packed lunch)
2pm – 4:30pm – Rehearsal 2 (break around 3:15pm)
5:30pm Concert (note the earlier concert time) The Super Orchestra will be supported by performances from Watford Accordion Band, Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra and London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra. Make sure you invite family and friends to the concert! Concert tickets are only £5 and available on the door.

To participate please email: mail@londonao.co.uk for a booking form.

This year a ‘mini orchestra’ will also be introduced. It will run on the same day in the rear hall, lead by Julie Luck. It’s a free workshop for under 16’s who are complete beginners or who have recently started playing. Around 15 instruments that children can borrow for the day are available. Although it is free anyone wishing to take part must be registered. Parents / guardians should email: mail@londonao.co.uk to register. We all know we need more young people playing the accordion so please do spread the word!

This year people can pay online for Super Orchestra if they prefer, or send a cheque as before. All details on the booking form but the online link is:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/390011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Comedy 2017 Tour

Divine Comedy -Ian Watson on accordion

Divine Comedy 2017 Tour

ZZ Music apologises for not bringing this to subscriber’s attention earlier.  British accordionist Ian Watson has been playing accordion with unique band Divine Comedy since the tour kicked off in October 2016. However, the tour continues in the new year at the venues below.  ZZ Music has had reports that its a fabulous concert and from an accordion viewpoint its great to see the accordion featuring in so much music of all descriptions the world of pop being no exception. For more information click here

 

January 2017

23rd Folies Bergère, Paris, France *added due to demand*
24th Folies Bergère, Paris, France
25th Folies Bergère, Paris, France
27th den Atelier, Luxembourg-City, Luxembourg
28th La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
30th Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium

February 2017

1st Théâtre Fémina, Bordeaux, France
3rd Theatro Circo, Braga, Portugal
4th Teatro Tivoli, Lisbon, Portugal
5th Teatro Alameda, Seville, Spain
7th Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid, Spain
8th Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
10th Teatro Grande, Brescia, Italy
11th Théâtre de l’Octogone, Lausanne, Switzerland
13th Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
14th Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
15th Cirkus Skandiascenen, Stockholm, Sweden
16th Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
18th Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
19th Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
21st London Palladium, London, UK
22nd London Palladium, UK *added due to demand*
23rd London Palladium, UK *added due to demand*
25th Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
26th Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

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.

Audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Accordions Together – Eastbourne Friday 12th to Monday 15th February 2016

Accordions Together

What better way to spend for an accordion-lover to spend St Valentine’s weekend listening to the instrument they love!  No doubt some accordion widows and widowers would have something to say about that statement.  Nevertheless, this weekend promises to to enthral even the unconverted. Great line-up of accordionists from all genres of accordion music: Pearl Adriano, Ian Watson, Julie North, Colin Walker, Jovan Rnjak, Harry Hussey and John Romero. There will be classes given by Ian Watson, Julie North   and Angie Lukins too.

For full programme details and booking information please click on:

http://www.carillonstudios.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=93_94&product_id=414

LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) at the Royal National Theatre – 11th December 2015

LAO

ZZ Music are happy and excited to announce that LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) are to play a special concert at the Royal National Theatre on the Southbank in London.  It’s a busy month for the LAO hot on the heals of their December 5th Concert, the 11th December, at 8pm, sees the LAO play their highest profile concert to date at the world famous theatre on the Thames. The orchestra is are thrilled to be playing at such an iconic venue and are grateful to the National Theatre for including the orchestra in its series of concerts. It is a testament to the hard work of each member and the leadership of Ian Watson that have secured them a place at this high-profile London venue. It’s going to be a special night and ZZ Music encourage those who are new to accordion orchestras as well as many existing LAO fans to go along and support them at this venue. A concert not to be missed! Tickets are on sale via the National Theatre website – click here:

LAO (London Accordion Orchestra) – 5th December 2015 – Winter Concert

London Accordion Orchestra

Winter Concert 2015

Join the LAO for their annual Winter concert on the 5th December, 6pm, at their wonderful home, St. Gabriel’s in Pimlico.

They have a thrilling programme lined up including the UK Premiere of ‘Sinfonietta Dramatika’ by Stevan Divjacovic. This stunning piece is a tour de force of skill and stamina for the orchestra and audiences all over the world have been astounded at the sound it produces. They will also perform ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ with a guest soloist from the National Youth Orchestra, a brilliant new arrangement of ‘Riverdance’ by Bill Whelan and the wonderful ‘Fantasia Iberica’ by Gerhard Mohr – and more!

accordion5 (Julie North, Maria Serdyuk, Shona Holmes, Sarah Crisp and Ian Watson) are their guests for this concert. Their repertoire will include some fiery Tango and virtuosic Vivaldi. The London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra will open the concert with the famous ‘Adiemus’ by Karl Jenkins.

Click on the link to the left to get your tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/londonao 

UKAAT – Accordion teachers’ workshop – Royal Academy of Music – 7th February 2016

UKAAT Logo

UKAAT (United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers) are proud to announce their first workshop for accordion teachers. After an initial meeting over 2 years ago of 40 teachers from all over the UK those present were surveyed and asked what they would most like to explore as part of their own professional development as accordion teachers.  This first workshop will try to cover a number of the most voted-for subjects in an all-day event at The Royal Academy of Music, London.  It is hoped that this event will prove popular enough with teachers to enable UKAAT to cover its costs and make enough money to hold similar events in the future in different parts of the country as originally intended.  UKAAT is starting this, its launch event, with zero funds in the kitty but with a lot of good will from its executive committee.  It is hoped that all those who registered their email addresses with the UKAAT secretary and on the UKAAT Facebook page will do their best to attend the event.  For little more than the cost of the average one hour accordion lesson UKAAT are offering all that is listed below including a special guest jazz workshop and concert by Simone Zanchini.  The workshop day will run between 10am and 7pm and a more detail programme of events will be finalised nearer the date.  In the meantime please book your ticket as soon as possible as there are limited places. Please feel free to bring along your accordion.

Where:

Royal Academy of Music, London

When:

Sunday February 7th 2016. 10.00 till 19.00

Skills and Topics covered:

(With contributions by Prof. Owen Murray, Romano Viazzani and Ian Watson)

Owen Murray
Owen Murray
ian watson
Ian Watson
Romano Viazzani & David Vaughan
Romano Viazzani

 

 

 

 

Teaching basic skills to your student

Teaching Free Bass and de-mystifying other button systems

Jazz Workshop with Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini
Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

Jazz Workshop with Karen Street

Karen Street
Karen Street

 

 

 

 

 

Short Concerts given by:

The students of the Royal Academy of Music

Simone Zanchini

Ticket Price:

 £50.00

London Accordion Orchestra Live in Cambridge

London Accordion Orchestra

London Accordion Orchestra in concert at Impington Village College, Cambridge. This dynamic orchestra, made up of 35 accordionists and 3 West End percussionists, bring their unique sound to Cambridge. In a rare concert outside of central London they will play well known classical works such as the Jazz Waltz by Shostakovich, Polovtsian Dances by Borodin and the popular ‘Flight’ by conductor Ian Watson. Don’t miss this chance to see one of the top ensembles in the country.

Impington Village College, Cambridge on Sunday 15 March 2015
Doors Open at 5:00PM
From 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Ticket Price: £8.00 – £10.00