Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Dept. Chamber Music Concert 15th February 2018

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Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

Don’t miss the wonderful playing of the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music, London playing a selection of chamber music works.

Thursday, 15.02.2018 19:30David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office:  https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/chamber-music/accordion-chamber-music-the-em

An evening of chamber music by DvořákMozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan‘s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

 

Ben de Souza – additional accordion concert dates for 2018

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Ben de Souza – additional accordion Spring concert dates

Busy accordionist Ben de Souza has announced some further concert dates to his current schedule.  Both are free entry but there will be a retiring collection for the many who would want to support this young up-and-coming accordionist. They are as follows:

 

Saturday 26th May – St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London – 7:30pm.

Solo recital. Free entry (retiring collection)

 

Saturday 16th June – Bell Street Methodist Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset – 7:30pm.

Solo recital. Free entry (retiring collection)

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – Pizza Express Live MAIDSTONE 25th March 2018

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – Pizza Express Live- Maidstone,

PizzaExpress Live, 32 Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PS Tel: 020 7439 4962

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

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble take their sell-out London concert at The Pheasantry to Maidstone. 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 guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

Inigo Mikeleiz-Barrade – Concerts for Winter 2018

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Accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Barrade – Winter Concert Season

Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

7.30 pm Royal Academy of Music, London (David Josefowith Recital Hall)

February 15th 2018

An evening of chamber music by Dvořák, Mozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan’s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

Diphonon Duo at Faversham

10.45 am The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Faversham, Kent (UK)

February 27th 2018

Accordion and viola duo. Repertoire includes from original contemporary works to transcriptions from baroque and classical music.

Concordia Foundation Solo Recital

11.30am @ UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, London

March 6th 2018

Concordia encourages excellence in both performance and technical musicianship. We also focus on developing the whole artist, illustrating the benefits of giving back to the community and helping to foster a well-rounded personality able to surmount the challenges of a life in the Arts.

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – Pizza Express Live BIRMINGHAM 6th May 2018

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – Pizza Express Live- Birmingham,

PizzaExpress, Brindley Place, The Water’s Edge, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HL

Tel: 0121 643 2500

Doors open at 18.00, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble take their sell-out London show to Birmingham. It 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/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

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

 

Royal Academy of Music – Two important events for accordion department

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Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department with chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra

Wonderful to see Owen Murray’s accordion department take on these important chamber and symphonic works. See Ben de Souza, Inigo Mikeleiz-Barrade, Junchi Deng and Qianyu (Samantha) Zhang in orchestral action on these dates:

 

Thursday 15th February, 7:30pm, Royal Academy of Music. Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale. An evening of chamber music by DvořákMozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan‘s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy Box Office. http://www.ram.ac.uk/whats-on/event/accordion-chamber-music-the-emperors-nightingale

 

Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Royal Academy of Music accordion department plays the accordion parts in Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution. Tickets available from the Philharmonia Orchestra box office.

Friday 18th May, 7:30pm. St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1982/cardiff/st_davids_hall/18_may_2018/cardiff_voices_of_revolution

Sunday 20th May, 7:30pm. Royal Festival Hall, London.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1760/london/royal_festival_hall/20_may_2018/voices_of_revolution_exile_and_return

Ben De Souza – Accordion Concerts for 2018

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Ben de Souza announces concerts for 2018

Thursday 15th February, 7:30pm, Royal Academy of Music. Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale. An evening of chamber music by DvořákMozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan‘s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy Box Office. http://www.ram.ac.uk/whats-on/event/accordion-chamber-music-the-emperors-nightingale

 

Sunday 18th March, 2:30pm, St James the Greater Church, Leicester – All Squeezed In! A concert for BabyGigs, an organisation that exposes babies, young children and their parents to a wide range of music and instruments. Tickets available online. https://www.babygigs.co.uk/concerts

 

Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Royal Academy of Music accordion department plays the accordion parts in Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution. Tickets available from the Philharmonia Orchestra box office.

Friday 18th May, 7:30pm. St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1982/cardiff/st_davids_hall/18_may_2018/cardiff_voices_of_revolution

Sunday 20th May, 7:30pm. Royal Festival Hall, London.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1760/london/royal_festival_hall/20_may_2018/voices_of_revolution_exile_and_return

 

Sunday 3rd June, 4pm, Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT. Solo recital. Tickets £10 (£5 children) available on 01635 869 869 or simon@witcombs.co.ukhttps://oldbluecoatschool.org.uk/category/events/

Keep up with Ben de Souza on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/desouzaaccordion

 

 

 

 

Harmonik – A wonderful new accordion microphone system from Brazil

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ZZ Music Accordion Repairs to supply and fit Harmonik

ZZ Music Accordion Repairs are pleased to supply and fit Harmonik a new microphone system developed for accordion in Brazil.  Accordion is maybe not the first country one associates with the accordion but the reality is that the accordion is really big in Brazil.  A huge number of people play the accordion there both on a professional and amateur basis. We were very lucky to have in the UK one of the most amazing jazz accordionists of today, Chico Chagas who was living,working and studying in London until a few years ago.

HARMONIK® was founded in 2012.  A good performance on the stage depends on many factors, but primarily the quality of sound that the musician hears from his/her instrument. After experiencing many problems with sound quality and volume on stage using many existing systems from the market, accordionist and engineer Jonatan Dalmonte decided in mid-2012 to devote himself to the development of a microphone system that would solve the problems that many accordionists have of amplifying the sound of his/her instrument. After numerous tests with many different microphones, environments and accordionists, the results obtained were praised by various demanding musicians and sound technicians. The wide acceptance of this project culminated in the birth of the company Harmonik, whose principal objective is to provide musicians with a high quality microphone system.

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The treble mics are held in tiny harnesses which are sprung therefore isolating mechanically the microphones in the body of the accordion, absorbing the mechanical vibrations that are produced whilst playing. This results in a much clearer and more natural sound and one which is extremely resistant to the creation of feedback. If you would like to fit this wonderful system to your accordion please email us: Please email us to book an appointment: info@zzmusic.uk

Click here for a review

 

The four kits we supply:                             All-in price to supply and fit:                                                                           

AC501-HQ                                                                               £420.00

AC501-PLUS                                                                           £475.00                                                                                                               

AC5001-HQ                                                                             £530.00

AC5001-PLUS                                                                         £585.00

Harmonik – Accordion Mics – First impressions by Romano Viazzani

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Harmonik Accordion Mics hit the right note for Romano Viazzani

In August 2017 Beltrami Accordions fitted my stalwart Beltrami CVP7, which I use fall all kinds of work, with a new microphone system designed for accordion by Harmonik of Brazil.  They cost a bit more than most accordion mics but are well worth the spend, particularly if you are a professional doing all manner of work which includes work where amplification is necessary.  Whether it’s playing in a pit orchestra in a theatre or, on stage with other live musicians in the open air, or inside a large or small venue the important thing is that the quality of sound is the best possible and that problems such as feedback are kept to a minimum.

Since their installation not a lot of my work has involved amplification as opposed to a year ago where it was required every night in the theatres for 8 shows a week. However, on the few occasions that I have needed amplification I have to say that these mics have impressed me.  The quality of sound that comes out of even the most basic small amplifier is remarkable.  I can only describe it as an incredibly clean and clear sound the likes of which one usually gets only from recordings. Even at low output volumes the sound is very focused and one doesn’t strain to hear it.

Coming through a large PA system at a venue the results were just as impressive.  Again the sound is so focused an pure even through the stage foldback monitors that one doesn’t struggle to hear the sound one is producing, even sitting in front of of a drummer (albeit a very sensitive drummer!). Usually this is the worse possible place for an accordion to sit.  Firstly one usually struggles to hear oneself which leads to turning up the volume in the monitor. This obviously can lead to feed back but worse still the drums can often be picked up by the accordion mics which means they get louder too through the monitor too.  No such problem with Harmonik mics.  I was practically sitting on top of my foldback monitor but there was no hint of feedback no did they pick up any external instruments around me like the drums. The unique little sprung harnesses that suspend the five right hand mics internally under the right hand grille absorb any shocks from external sound sound sources or any player movement.  The left hand mic (there is only one) which faces away from the left hand mechanism and picks up the reflected sound of the left hand grille.  Ingenious.  In doing this it picks up all the reflected sound so doesn’t favour any individual notes over which the mic is suspended. The sound is as even as if every note had it’s own mic!

No complaints from the other musicians either that sound was too harsh or too loud. The sound is so pleasant it does not annoy anyone.  Previously, even using very good microphone systems, in order to hear oneself, I learnt that the answer was to get a good sound on the house PA system but to boost the treble on the foldback monitors.  This usually creates quite a horrible sound through the foldback monitor but, because the accordion’s natural sound is easily covered by the overtones of other instruments, it was a necessary evil just to make the sound cut through enough to hear oneself.  Any accordionist will tell you that due to the fact that one cannot see one’s left hand when one is playing one is heavily dependent on hearing that what one is playing are the right notes as no visual stimulus exists to confirm this. So when one is in a situation where the amplification on stage is very loud a quick glance at one’s right hand keyboard confirms that one is playing the right notes even if one cannot hear them but with the left hand it’s a different story.  Hearing it well, is critical.

So far this system seems to me to be the best yet.  I look forward to hearing it in other situations such as outdoors, or within a theatre orchestra pit where balance with other instruments is paramount.  I understand that Richard Galliano uses the top of the range Harmonik microphone – the AC5001-plus which is the stereo version of my own AC5001-HQ.  This doesn’t surprise me in the least!

I’m very pleased that ZZ Music is able to supply and fit this new system as it certainly receives an early thumbs up from me!