Patrick Colson receives his Beltrami CVC5 accordion

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

He’s grown so much over the last year that he needed something bigger!

Patrick Colson is one of Romano Viazzani’s star students.  He started piano lessons from scratch in 2012 and has made steady progress to the point where he is now studying for his Grade 8 Piano.  About three years ago, witnessing his phenomenal progress on Piano, Romano Viazzani suggested he might like to try out the accordion too.  He agreed and purchased a small classical button accordion with a converter mechanism so that from the start he could learn both the Standard and Free bass systems.  True to form, he made rapid progress on this instrument too.  Meanwhile at secondary school he also took up the drums and the clarinet!  Patrick is very creative and loves composing music too. Now a teenager, he has made rapid progress size-wise too! His small student instrument was starting to look like a toy on him so he wisely invested in a full-sized professional instrument.  Luckily a very nice previously-owned instrument was available which belonged to Mauro Carra who sadly recently gave up playing professionally. Happily this wonderful instrument has found a new home in the hands of an emerging young musical talent.

Patrick’s Beltrami CVC5 is a double cassotto 64/120/58 converter instrument with the usual reed configuration in the right hand manual of 16’C + 8’C + 8′ + 4′ and with % sets of reeds in the Left-Hand manual with 3 sets of the free bass reeds configured as 8′ + 8′ + 4′ plus octave doubler. It has a wonderfully warm, played in sound from its hand made Voci Armoniche reeds.

I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Patrick in the future if he maintains his rapid learning curve, and it’s lovely to see a new generation of young people choosing this most wonderful and versatile instrument that is the accordion!

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5
Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

Be Brave and Come Home Safe – A unique performance 100 years since the end of WW1 – 8th and 11th November 2018

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

The Wheels on Debussy proudly presents:

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

Cello & Voice: Matthew Sharp, Accordion, Romano Viazzani, Clarinet: Anton Clarke-Butler Starring: Matthew Sharp, Cici Howells, Rosanna Lowe

Matthew Sharp
Matthew Sharp
Anton Clarke-Butler
Anton Clarke-Butler
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani
Cici Howells
Cici Howells
Rosanna Lowe
Rosanna Lowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Martin Riley
Directed by Matthew Sharp

A story of love and hope told in drama, song and dance.

Come in costume and travel back in time for this unique musical, immersive and interactive community event.

It’s November 1918. Families In a remote village are gathering in their church hall to give an emotional send-off to their fathers, husbands and sons returning from leave to the Western Front.

There’ll be popular songs from the Village Band with a chance for everyone to join in, a Tea Dance, a Children’s Choir who have written a special anthem for the occasion and a thrilling choral rendition of Jerusalem.

To begin the evening, Danny Scarriot, a renowned local musician, wounded at the Battle of Ypres, will play an excerpt from a cello concerto by Edward Elgar – a work still in progress- as well as sharing some of his experiences of life on The Western front.

Performance Details:

8th November 2018 @ 18.00pm
Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby School, Rugby

11th November 2018 @ 15.00pm
Daventry Community Centre, Daventry

Adults £8
Children £2 ( on the door)
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-brave-and-come-home-safe-rugby-tickets-49169625674?aff=eios&fbclid=IwAR0eRlkZlK0OIi_fFbRB1Jt-lurE1DcWSsEvEjHpFGTS-VKtLH2XX6-iN6w&ref=eios

So, put on your frocks and your feathers, your plus fours and khaki shirts and help us bring November 1918 to life!

The event starts prompt and will finish in time for the troops to catch the last train.

Written by BAFTA-nominated dramatist and librettist Martin Riley. Based on real-life experiences of soldiers from Daventry and Rugby during WW1.

It will combine the talents of International cellist, singer and performer, “virtuoso of the arts, Matthew Sharp” – The Times. www.matthewsharp.net.With actors, singers and dancers from the local community.

Northamptonshire Music Performing Arts Trust, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby School, The Grange School, St. Gabriel’s Academy, Houlton.

Produced by The Wheels on Debussy www.thewheelsondebussy.com for Armistice Festival November 2018.

The Armistice Festival is a 5-day festival with numerous events taking place within the communities of Rugby and Daventry. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund World War 1: then and now.

For the full list of events go to www.thewheelsondebussy.com.

West End Night Off – Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf – Joanna Strand & performers from West End Stage- June 17th 2018

Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf - Pizza Express Live - Joanna Strand

WEST END NIGHT OFF – Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf

A celebration in Song

Phantom of the Opera’s Joanna Strand brings together an exceptional group of jazz musicians and West End singers to celebrate the songs made famous by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. Alongside Joanna Strand tonight’s line-up will feature Olivier Dumait (Covent Garden Opera, La Scala, Milan, Theatre des Champs D’Elysee), Luke McCall (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables),Gillian Keith (Covent Garden Opera, English National Opera) and Lydia Jenkins (Jeckyl & Hyde, Elle and the Pocket Belles).

Joanna Strand
Joanna Strand
Olivier Dumait
Olivier Dumait
Luke McCall
Luke McCall
Gillian Keith
Gillian Keith
Lydia Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

With arrangements of the originals in French, and new translations by Phantom of the Opera’s librettist Charles Hart, this evening’s singers will be joined by Alec Dankworth on double bass, Romano Viazzani on accordion and musical director John Bailey on piano.

Book Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/jacques-brel-and-edith-piaf

 

John Bailey-Piano
John Bailey
 Alec Dankworth
Alec Dankworth
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – The Pheasantry 14th July 2018

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble in action

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand 

The Pheasantry (Pizza Express LIve), Kings Road, London

Tel: 020 7439 4962

Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

After their sell-out concert at The Pheasantry in January the Romano Viazzani are back in London on July 14th 2018. The ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not
only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music. With special guest singers from London’s West End stage, Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate in cabaret – The Crazy Coqs – Brasserie Zedel Live 18th Feb 2018

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The West End’s favourite jazz-cabaret duo – Joanna Strand & Jacqui Tate – return to Crazy Coqs for an evening of comedy and song.

The Crazy Coqs – Brasserie Zedel Live 18th Feb 2018 at 19.00

Tate is currently performing the role of Madame Thenadier in Les Misérables and Strand has until recently been covering the role of Madame Giry in Phantom of the Opera and is now appearing in Rothschild and Sons at The Park Theatre. Tonight, our two West End Mesdames come together with their well-loved jazz duo show formula, with new arrangements of songs by Piaf, Porter, Arlen, Cy Coleman and many more.

“The most exciting thing in cabaret today, Strand & Tate are the perfect vocal duo. Tate is a natural comedienne and Strand is effortlessly elegant at all times. The result is an act that should be compared to that of Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett” – Cabaret News

Strand & Tate share a host of west end credits including Avenue QSouth PacificMaster Class, and Jekyll & Hyde.

The band member’s line-up John Bailey (piano), Romano Viazzani (accordion), Nick Pini (double bass) and Jason Reeve (drums).


Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit Zedel online at www.brasseriezedel.com/re

Tickets available from: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/strand-and-tate-2018

 

Romano Viazzani Ensemble plays Tango – Sunday 28th January 2018

Romano Viazzani Ensemble

Romano Viazzani Ensemble

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London.  

Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

 The Romano Viazzani Ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music.  With special guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/romano-viazzani-ensemble
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Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate Christmas Show – The Pheasantry – Kings Road, London – 17th December 2017

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate Christmas Show - The Pheasantry

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate Christmas Show

The Pheasantry – Kings Road, London – 17th December 2017 Doors open at 18.30 – Show starts at 20.00  £25.00

It’s that time of year when ‘The West End’s favourite jazz- cabaret duo’ return to The Pheasantry for their new Christmas show! The perfect way to kick off Christmas festivities, look forward to festive treats of comedy and song with sensational new arrangements by our vocalists and their incredible band.  With John Bailey on piano, Yaron Stavi on bass, Jason Reeve on drums and Romano Viazzani on accordion.

Book tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/joanna-strand-and-jacqui-tates-christmas-show

David Vaughan back at MAP Studio with Romano Viazzani and Daniel Broncano-4th November 2017

David Vaughan at MAP Studio

Singer-Songwriter David Vaughan at Romano Viazzani on Accordion and Daniel Broncano on Clarinet

David Vaughan is returning to the MAP Studio Café for a concert with his trio on Saturday 4th November. The trio’s debut there last April was easily one of his favourite gigs ever. It’s a uniquely bohemian centre for music, art and print (hence the name) tucked neatly away in the backstreets of Kentish Town. Those that came last time will know what a fabulous time was had by all with various corners to settle down in, including a great ground floor café. David ‘s unique songwriting style has great appeal and the combination of sounds this trio generates is always very evocative and alluring. Tickets are only £8 and can be purchased on the night or by calling 0207 916 0545. Doors open at 7.30pm and the concert begins at 8pm.

MAP Studio Cafe
46 Grafton Road
London
NW5 3DU

http://mapstudiocafe.com/events/david-vaughan/

Romano Viazzani – Concert at South Hampshire Accordion Club – 24th September 2017

Romano Viazzani

Romano Viazzani – Concert at South Hampshire Accordion Club – Sunday 24th September 2017 at 14.00

St. Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Close, Hedge End  SO30 2US

First solo concert of the Autumn for Romano Viazzani who recently, rarely performs solo.  Viazzani will play a wide variety of music from Classical, Tango, Jazz, Musette and other musical styles. Entry is £5 payable on the door.

Please contact Barbara Proud for more info: proud1969@msn.com

 

Lucy and the Time Machine – Trio with Luciana Di Bella (Vocals) Romano Viazzani (Accordion) and Chris Rodgers (Guitar)

Luciana Di Bella

Lucy and the Time Machine – New Italian Jazz Trio specialising in new takes on music from Italy’s golden era.

Luciana Di Bella is a classically-trained soprano but she has formed a new trio in London which takes a refreshing and jazzy look a some of the music from Italy’s golden era of popular music. Luciana leads the ensemble with her delightfully velvety vocals and is ably supported on guitar by Chris Rodgers and on accordion by Romano Viazzani.

The trio have a series of new videos on YouTube featuring Guarda che luna written by Fred Bongusto and made famous by Fred Buscaglione, El negro Zumbonby Armando Trovaioli from the 1951 Silvana Mangano film Anna, and Bruno Martino’s Estate. Click on each title to link to the videos.