Royal Academy of Music Final Recital Performances – June 8th 2017 at 17.45 – 21.30

Royal Academy of Music

One Under-Graduate Accordion Recital and two Post-Graduate Accordion Recitals – David Josefowitz Recital Hall. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the RAM accordion students perform in their final recitals and see the culmination of their studies as they finish their respective courses.  Each performance is 50 – minutes with a short break between performances and will combine solo and chamber music works.

Under-Graduate – Katariina Ahjonienemi

Katariina Ahjonienemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Graduate – Ilona Suomalainen

Ilona Suomalainen

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Graduate – Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade

Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade

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

 

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

Southern Cone Quintet – St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London

Southern Cone Quintet at SOAS

Southern Cone Quintet Lunchtime Concert – St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London W1J 0

Friday December 16th 13.10 – 14-00

Southern Cone Quintet perform their last concert of 2016 at the prestigious St James Piccadilly as part of the popular lunchtime concerts series. The Ensemble will be premiering new arrangements and compositions.

Entry is free and open to all.

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).

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

http://southernconequintet.com/

Southern Cone Quintet perform at SOAS 4th November 2016. With Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on accordion

Southern Cone Quintet at SOAS

Southern Cone Quintet perform at SOAS

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Enquiries: E-mail: musicevents@soas.ac.uk / Tel: 020 7898 4500

Friday November 4th 2016  at 7 PM – 9 PM

Southern Cone Quintet are performing at School of Oriental & African Studies as part of their concert series. Doors are at 18.30, music at 19.00. Entry is free but please use the ticket link to make your reservation.
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).

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

http://southernconequintet.com/

Southern Cone Quintet with Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion at Sands Films, 29th June 2016

The Southern Cone Quintet

This is the second outing for the Southern Cone Quintet in June. Led by the fabulous guitarist James Kitchman and featuring Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion as well as a host of superb musicians including nothing-less-than amazing violinist Anisa Arslanagic who is mesmerising to watch. That is taking nothing away from all these talented musicians.

The 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”.

 

Concert kicks off at 19.45 at Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16 4HZ London, United Kingdom

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Southern Cone Quintet with Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion at Kansas Smitty’s Bar 16/6/16

Southern Cone Quintet

The Southern Cone Quintet led by the brilliant James Kitchman on Guitar are having two outings very soon.  The first is this week and it will be accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade’s second concert with this wonderful new ensemble.

Every Thursday at Kansas Smitty’s Bar, The Shed challenges listeners with an ever-changing list of performers that the minds behind Smitty’s have curated to entertain and enlighten. You may think that going to see a classical accordionist or Indian Sarod player is out of your comfort zone, but trust that the Smitty’s team won’t lead you astray. The Shed is always forward thinking, but most importantly, always good.

This weeks guest, James Kitchman, has played Smitty’s quite a few times, but never like this. The jazz guitarist will be deviating from the jazz idiom with his band Southern Cone Quintet. The Quintet specializes in the sounds of Argentinian tango and bandoneon music.

Don’t miss them at 20.00 till 23.00 on Thursday 16th June 2106 at Kansas Smitty’s, 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH London, United Kingdom

BOOK TICKETS HERE

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

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade Accordion Concert – Friday 23rd October, 5.05pm Royal Academy of Music

Inigo Mikeleiz Berrade

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade

Friday 23rd of OctoberFriday 23rd October 2015 at 5.05pm at Room 150, York Gate Building, Royal Academy of Music, London. 

Programme:

Sofia Gubaidulina Sonata ‘Et Exspecto’

Messiaen Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur

Born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra, Spain), Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade began studying accordion in his local music school with Maria Antonia Gonzalez. In 2004 he entered the Conservatory of Music “Pablo Sarasate” with Salvador Parada as his teacher. In 2009 he became a student of Prof. Nekane Iturrioz at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Navarra, and remained her student until in 2015 he graduated Bachelor of Music with honours, and moved to London for postgraduate studies with Prof. Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music. He will graduate Master of Arts in Performance in 2017.

He has attended various masterclasses with, among others, Anne Landa, Javier López Jaso, Miguel Ituarte, Alexey Artemyev, Antonio Serrano and Javier Colina.

He has participated in music cycles such as “White Night” in Cádiz and the cultural week of accordion in Zarautz, and in different projects such as “Visible music”, “SIGNUM” and “MARTIROlógika”.

Iñigo particularly enjoys collaboration with contemporary composers, and has premiered a number of new works for accordion: David Johnstone’s “Vocalise” for accordion solo and his “Concerto for accordion and orchestra” (with the Orchestra of the Conservatory Pablo Sarasate), Jesus Garísoain’s “Samahibeko Gaua” for accordion and dance (in collaboration with the School of Dance of Navarra), Urtzi Iraizoz’s “Bihurrikeritan” for accordion and guitar duo, Ignacio Fernandez Galindo’s “Túmulos II” for accordion duo and tape and his “MARTIROlógika” for ensemble,  and Xabier Sarasa’s “Tiento IV”, concerto for orchestra and solo accordion  (with the orchestra of the Superior Conservatory of Music of Navarra).