Barimar releases a new CD and Sheet music album

Barimar in his 90s

The incredible energy and creativity of an accordionist in his nineties

An inspiration to accordionists of several generations, Barimar is as hungry to express himself musically as he’s ever been, in fact even more so.  In an interview Romano Viazzani did with him for Strumenti e Musica he seemed to still have the urge to do things he never got round to doing.  He has lost none of his powers as a performer too.

Barimar as a child
Barimar as a child

Barimar was born Mario Barigazzi in Noceto in the province of Parma, Italy on the 18th June 1925.  He studied music from a young age and was discovered by Maestro Ferruzzi who introduced him to the record label La Voce Del Padrone (His Master’s Voice) – Columbia Records.His meeting with Tienno Pattacini was fundamental in his development in the world of music and one for which he will always be grateful. He made his first recording aged 15 and then, at 18, he made his debut in Milan as a soloist with Cosimo di Ceglie who leaned towards a programme with jazz tendencies. After completing an accordion course in Parma he perfected his piano playing by himself thanks to natural flair and musical talent. His continued success in various theatres in Italy, from the Regio of Parma to the Lirico of Milan and the Monteverdi of  La Spezia, was a testament to this talent.In 1946 he won the first prize in the Concert artist category of the Concorso Internazionale di Stradella, and later designated the “Virtuoso Internazionale” of the Confédération Internationale Accordéonistes.



Barimar and his Orchestra
Barimar and his Orchestra in the 1940s











He then established himself as a band leader of a 16-piece orchestra and made many recordings for “La voce del padrone”. In addition, all the arrangements and orchestrations were by his own hand. He is a technical master of the accordion. Barimar performs to perfection the Prelude to acts 1 and 3 of La Traviata, the Overture from The Barbiere di Siviglia, The Theiving Magpie, Moto Perpetuo by Paganini and many of Chopin’s waltzes.In the 1970s due to the great demand, he recorded music from the world of popular dance whilst at the same time recording many of his own compositions far from the influence of dance music and which are both rare and elegant.

In the late 80s he often featured playing the accordion live on a RAI2  broadcast called “Mezzogiorno è…” presented by Gianfranco Funari.  In the late 90s he moved away from Milan and back to his roots in the countryside between Parma and Reggio Emilia, where he lives to this day and continues to find inspiration to continue composing.

A new quartet playing his work has also recently established itself with the aim of playing much of this maestro’s music.The new Barimar Quartet are:

Violin: Marina Mammarella

Double Bass: Agide Baldini

Percussion: Flavio Spotti

Accordion: Yuri Vallara

ZZ Music is pleased to be able to offer to it’s subscribers the new CD and Sheet Music by Barimar, or a special package for both at a discounted price.



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…

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.


LAO photo

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.
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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:

WEST END NIGHT OFF – Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf – A celebration in Song PizzaExpress Live (Holborn) Sunday November 19th 2018

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

Joanna Strand and West End Musical Performers do Piaf and Brel

Sunday 19th November.  Doors open at 18.30.  Show starts at 20.00 £20.00 

Pizza Express Live 99 High Holborn London WC1V 6LF 020 7831 5305

Phantom of the Opera’s Joanna Strand brings together an exceptional group of jazz musicians and West End singers on their Sunday night off from performing on the west end stage to celebrate the songs made famous by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel in London’s newest live music venue – Pizza Express Live, High Holborn. 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 Romano Viazzani on accordion and Yaron Stavi on double bass and musical director John Bailey on piano.


Olivier Dumait

Pamela Hay

Lydia Jenkins

Gillian Keith

Luke McCall

Tim Rogers

Joanna Strand

John Bailey- Music director/ arranger/  piano Romano Viazzani – accordion/ arranger Yaron Stavi – double bass

Strada Vecchia 2018 – Bardi 24th – 27th July – Trans-European Classic Vehicle Road Trip

2018 Strada Vecchia Poster

Double Zed Ltd is pleased to announce that registration is open for next year’s Classic Vehicle run to Bardi, Italy

Strada Vecchia 2018 – Bardi 24th – 27th July is a trans-European classic vehicle road trip for teams of a minimum of 2 people. A UK to Italy Classic Vehicle journey along a classic AA-inspired route from the 1960s via France and Switzerland, with fun challenges (although this is not a race), grand hotels and in period vehicles.  Destination Bardi in the Italian Apennines.

We have lined up some fabulous Grand Hotels for our two overnight stopovers along the route which include supper and breakfast. Our accommodation in Bardi, due to the lack of any such hotels in the area, will be across several of the wonderful agriturismi/B&Bs in the area*.


Not far from the French town of Pontarlier and just inside the Swiss border the first overnight stopover point will be the Grand Hotel des Rasses. The hotel for our second night’s stopover on Lake Maggiore will be one of any four of the Zacchera group of Hotels below and will be assigned to the group two months before the event as this hotel group work on a so-called “roulette” formula.

There will be lots to do in Bardi as well as displaying your vehicles, including a local drive and our gala dinner and prize giving. A full itinerary will be given nearer the time. We are very happy to have been able to keep the price per person for this event to below £800 which works out at less than £200 per person per day. All you have to do is choose your team and get them to Calais any time after midnight, on the morning of July 24th 2018. This is not a race but a lot of fun competitive challenges await you so get booking as soon as you can. After we reach our 20 team target we cannot guarantee entry to any more teams.  You have till April 30th 2018 or until we reach those 20 teams to get a placing. Please go to the registration page on the website for more details and booking forms:

Keep an eye on the website for regular updates on our Hotels and other news.

Best wishes

Romano VIazzani and the Strada Vecchia Team

Bardi Castle
Bardi Castle











*Not all of these will be in the town itself but a free minibus service will run between the town Bardi and the B&Bs so drivers can relax and drink without needing to drive to their accommodation up mountain roads.

The town will also provide a watchman to keep an eye over the vehicles.

Please note that if you have a connection with Bardi, and may already have accommodation of your own or family then you may opt out of the accommodation for the last two nights of the event which will give you a per head price of £695 instead.

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

Cárismatico – a new Tango ensemble with Karen Street on Accordion – Mini Tour Autumn 2018

Cárismatico Tango Ensemble

Karen Street in new Tango Ensemble

Cárismatico, a new and exciting tango ensemble with Karen Street on accordion have three performances in the autumn. All will feature the mesmerising voice of Argentina’s finest and most significant tango vocalist Martin Alvarado. 

Wednesday 1 November 2017


Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

5.30pm – 6.30pm Dance Workshop

7.30pm Performance

Box Office 0115 846 7777


Title of show: Tango de Amor

The concert will also feature dancers Miriam Orcutt & Dante Culcuy, guest artists in milongas and festivals across the world and finalists in the World Tango Championships, Buenos Aires.

Tuesday 7 November

Thursday 9 November 2017


The Pheasantry

152 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT

This will feature Martin Alvarado

Friday 10 November 2017

Wells, Somerset

Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School

Title of show: Tango de Amor

The concert will also feature dancers Miriam Orcutt & Dante Culcuy, guest artists in milongas and festivals across the world and finalists in the World Tango Championships, Buenos Aires.


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:


Autumn Open Day and Master class for the Accordion Department at the Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music Events, October 2017


05 October, Accordion dept. Open-Day.

Lunchtime concert at 13.05 followed by a talk by Owen Murray on the work on the accordion department.

At 15.30 to 17.00, there will be an opportunity for young accordionists to play and receive advice on further development.  Anyone wishing to play should contact the accordion dept. administrator, Karin Ingram ( giving details of age, some examples of pieces in your repertoire, and the title of a composition to play in the session.

Ben de Souza

Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade







13 October, RAM students Master class taken by Peter Katina, 10.00 to 13.00

Peter Katina