Sacha Boutros at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho with Romano Viazzani on Accordion 7th November 2018

Sacha Boutros

Sacha Boutros – Celebrates new Album Release ‘New York Après Minuit’ in London’s Pizza Express, Soho with her ensemble and Romano Viazzani on Accordion.

Grammy Nominated Sacha Boutros returns to London’s Dean Street Pizza Express in a one night only event to celebrate her newest release, New York Après Minuit. The collection is a savoury mix of jazz from the big apple and features Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Terrell Stafford and other fabulous New York Jazz legends. Recorded in New York, After Dark. The album was released in France this year with a few bonus tracks in french. Known for hip, smooth, sultry and swinging phrasing as well as her witty and charming repartee while onstage, Miss Boutros is celebrated for singing Jazz, world music and the American Songbook in 14 languages as a global peace ambassador of goodwill through music. She uses music as a tool to bring people together at border countries and creates peace murals to build bridges between nations.

Recognized by music critics, peers, celebrities, and musical legends, Sacha is one of the top jazz artists today. Introduced by the great American entertainer Frankie Laine as his “ingénue,” and as the protégé of the Legendary Red Holloway and James Moody Sacha has opened for and performed with Julio Iglesias, Marvin Hamlisch, Chubby Checker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, James Moody, Karrin Allyson and countless jazz greats throughout her 20 year career. An innovative and creative entrepreneur, solo artist, musician, producer  designer, composer, artist and humanitarian. Sacha has gone from a few U.S. festivals to touring the world and back, to having her recordings hit the top 10 charts in Japan, itunes, e-music, to even receiving several Grammy nods for best Jazz and Latin jazz albums in 2008 and 2013 and designing a peace mural at the US Mexico Border.

Recently Sacha was given 2 great honours in 2016 Jazz Musician of the Year by the SoCal Jazz Society and in 2017 International Jazz Singer of the Year in London. Currently working on her 5th Release in Paris she can be found doing shows in California, Hawaii, New York, London and all points in between. When she’s not writing, performing, or recording, she splits her time between San Diego and Paris and is heavily involved in philanthropic projects close to her heart.

Accordion Open Day and Concert at the Royal Academy of Music – 8th November 2018

RAM Accordion Dept

Two RAM Accordion events for your diary

Thursday November 8th sees a concert of chamber music by the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music followed by an accordion open day given by Owen Murray the professor of accordion. Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5 HT. Please see below for details.

Accordion Chamber Music

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 1.05pm

A concert of chamber music with classical accordion.

Free, no tickets required.

Accordion Open Day

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 2.30pm

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

For further information please email

Head of Accordion Owen Murray gives a talk on the Accordion Department, career possibilities and repertoire development to prospective students. Young accordionists will also have the opportunity to play and receive advice on how to further their development. Anyone wishing to play should email the above address. Teachers are also welcome, and everyone attending is invited to the Accordion Recital in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at 1.05pm, see above.


Accordionist Maurizio Minardi back in UK with Giorgia Mancio at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho October 11th 2018

Maurizio Minardi

Maurizio Minardi’s first concert in London since relocating to Paris in 2016

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London.  Doors: 18.30 Concert starts:  £20.30

Great to hear that accordionist, Maurizio Minardi will be back in London where he lived for a number of years and was very active on the London music scene. Who better to return with than with Giorgia Mancio in her programme entitled Somos Unidos.

Giorgia Mancio
Giorgia Mancio









Award-winning vocalist/lyricist/producer Georgia Mancio explores her European and Latin American heritage with some major players from the jazz and world music scenes: accordionist/composer/pianist Maurizio Minardi (in his first London appearance since relocating to Paris in 2016), improvising cellist Shirley Smart, flute virtuoso Gareth Lockrane and seven-string guitarist/composer Luiz Morais. An uplifting repertoire celebrating language, diversity and internationalism beautifully performed in a variety of musical combinations.

Minardi, Italian composer, pianist and accordionist, has released 9 studio albums and performed with Antonio Forcione, Carmen Souza, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Simone Zanchini, Gabrielle Ducomble, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Brandon Allen. He features on Georgia’s 2015 album Live at ReVoice! You can buy Minardi’s CDs on this website.

the cook the clown the monk and the accordionist aspettando cofferatzinger






Northern Sky Music Magazine said of him “All the studious consideration of Bill Evans and the subtle intensity of Esbjorn Svensson…a modern master” –

Also supporting Ms Mancio will be an all-star line-up comprising of cellist Shirley Smart, Flautist Gareth Lockrane and 7-string guitartist Luis Morais.


Tickets £15 from::

London Accordion Orchestra present Super Accordion Orchestra Day 2018 – Sunday 14th October 2018

Super Accordion Orchestra

 Annual LAO Super Accordion Orchestra Day- The Village Hall, Ripley, Surrey

It’s Super Accordion Orchestra Day at Ripley on Sunday 14th October.   Another action-packed day with an exciting programme of music so please do secure your place and return your booking form as soon as possible.  You can get the forms by emailing  Cost for the day is only £15. Payment can be made by post or alternatively you can pay online at


Following on from the success of last year,  a ‘mini orchestra’ aimed at under 16s will be offered.  This will be a free workshop with instruments available to borrow and is suitable for children who have recently started to play the accordion and those who are complete beginners.  The ‘mini orchestra’ will work towards playing a short piece in the concert. Please do spread the word amongst your family and friends.  It would be great to be able to introduce as many children as possible.


The day will end with a concert featuring the Super Orchestra,  Tillingbourne Orchestra, Watford Accordion Band and the London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra. Tickets for your family to attend the concert are only £5 and will be available on the door.



The Barimar Quartet at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho, London. 12.00 Sunday 7th October 2018

The Barimar Quartet

A quartet celebrating the music of the great Italian accordionist Barimar comes to London

The Barimar Quartet. Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London Doors open 12 Noon for concert at 1.00pm, 7th October 2018

The name Barimar conjurs up the magic of the golden era of accordion music.  Barimar, born Mario Barigazzi in 1925, along with Gorni Kramer, Wolmer Beltrami, Gigi Stok, Nando Monica and Carlo Venturi were Italy’s most prominent global accordionists. Barimar’s records were sold all over the world. Happily, at 93 Barimar is in excellent health and although retired, still composes and hasn’t lost any of his flair when he picks up the accordion! Barimar had his first band in the 1940s and went on to form other bands of various formations throughout his career.

Barimar and his Orchestra in the 40s
Barimar and his Orchestra
Barimar and his Ensemble
Barimar and his Ensemble











Marcello e i Barimars
Marcello and the Barimars
Excelsior Christmas Card showing Barimar, Wolmer Beltrami, Peppino Principe and other accordionists
Excelsior Christmas Card showing Barimar, Wolmer Beltrami, Peppino Principe and other accordionists











He was involved in the very first experimental TV transmissions for RAI Television in the late 1940s/early 50s when they were still known as EIAR before they even officially launched. In the 1990s he featured regularly with Funari on Mezzogiorno é,  a daytime TV programme.  Here he is deftly executing Migliavacca’s famous Mazurka Variata.

There are several other clips of his TV appearances on YouTube.

Recently, a quartet has been formed celebrating the music of this marvellous man. Fortunately, the Barimar Quartet, comprising of Accordionist Iuri Vallara, a student of Barimar, violinist Marina Mammarella, bassist Agide Bandini and percussionist Domenico Fontana, are bringing Barimar’s music to London on the 7th October 2018 for a lunchtime concert at The Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho. Don’t miss the chance to hear these fabulous musicians play Barimar’s wonderful music which is influenced by Jazz, Tango, Musette, Italian and other music from around the world.

Tickets £20.00

If you would like to find out more about Barimar’s amazing life you can read abut it in a interview Romano Viazzani did with him in English on the Strumenti e Musica Website:

You can also buy Barimar’s music and recordings on this website.

Sulle note di Barimar-CDSulle note di Barimar - Sheet mUsic AlbumA four piece album by the wonderful accordionist, band-leader, composer, and one-time EIAR radio orchestra leader, from Parma, Italy - Barimar. Summer Swing Boogie Nights Happy Stairs Dixie River

TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018 -Tommie Roff on Accordion – Folk meets Baroque

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty

TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018  

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty join forces for a spellbinding double bill full of tales, melodies and musical journeys. Their tour takes them across the south of the UK, stopping off at in Abergavenny, Somerset, West Cornwall and London next week. The concerts are a rare opportunity for collaboration between bands exploring two radically different perspectives on British folk music.

Folk trio TEYR evolved out of London’s thriving session scene, combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry. Their unique blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the Celtic and British isles. Through a mutual love of reworking folk music TEYR came to play with baroque-folk ensemble The Twisted Twenty. The latter are known for their interpretation of early folk music from the 18th century and before. Using original period instruments they blur the lines between what we consider folk and classical, creating new sounds and meaning for British music.

This summer they are thrilled to collaborate to bring you the Gales and Tall Tales Tour 2018. Come explore new and old ley lines through traditional musics.


RnR MAGAZINE ★★★★★ “There are countless bands following a similar path of British acoustic music, but now and again one stands out – TEYR is such a band.”


The Twisted Twenty –
“A hot toddy for the and a summer’s day for the mind.” The Living Tradition “Exhilarating”


Tour Dates 
Abergavenny – The Artshop + Chapel – 10th July
Somerset – Timsbury Parish Church – 11th July
Penzance – The Acorn – 12th July
London – Heath St Baptist Church – 13th July

Full details and tickets:

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:


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

Beltrami Accordions’ Stefano Oggero in the UK over the Summer 2018 undertaking accordion repairs

Stefano Oggero repairing in our workshop

ZZ Music Accordion Repairs hosts visiting technician Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions from mid-July 2018

Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella
Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella











We are happy to announce the return of Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions in Stradella who will be arriving mid-July  2018 and will be undertaking repairs and tuning work on accordions.  We are always happy to take on accordion repairs, tuning and refurbishments so it will be great to have him with us at our workshop in Harrow for a month to help out. Oggero trained as a luthier at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria of Milan, Italy and also repairs and builds stringed instruments in particular classical and other acoustic and electric guitars, electric basses and mandolins. He is also able to repair these instruments.

Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop
Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop











At Beltrami Accordions in Stradella, Oggero undertakes a variety of tasks from tuning and mechanical work to electronics and wooden casework prototype design. He is one of the few young people who have joined the accordion industry and has been trained well by his mentor Claudio Beltrami. Like his mentor he is meticulous and thorough in his work. So if you have been putting off those accordion repairs or tuning a good time to consider that would be now in time for his arrival. Please email us at to book a visit for an assessment and estimate for any repair work.

A busy year ahead for accordionist Milos Milivojevic and The Kosmos Ensemble

Kosmos Ensemble

Milos Milivojevic and the Kosmos Ensemble concert dates right through to October 2019

So great to see Milos Milivojevic and the Kosmos Ensemble doing so well both nationally and internationally. They are a wonderfully inspirational group of excellent musicians and are well worth hearing if you have not yet managed to catch one of their concerts.

Upcoming Kosmos Concerts:
Please click on the underlined links for more details


5th  July, 7.30pm, 2018
Festival of Chichester
Headline concert at Chichester Cathedral with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons, featuring the triple concerto written by Errollyn Wallen for Kosmos

1st  August, 2018, 7.45pm
St Mary’s Church Rotherhithe, London
TunedIn Series, London

7th August, 7.30pm 2018
Church Stretton Festival, Shropshire

​18th August 2019,
Iglesia de la Encarnación de Atxuri, Bilbao
19th  August 2019, Vitoria

15th September 2018
Curry Rivel Music Club Somerset

23rd  September 2018
Tintern Abbey Festival ,Wales
Kosmos perform Errollyn Wallen’s triple concerto written for them with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Anthony Hose conducting.

23rd – 27th September 2018
Recording of third album, for Nimbus records, at Wyastone Estate, Monmouthshire

7-9th November
Leamington Music evening concert
and daytime outreach concerts

15th  November, 2018, 1pm
lunchtime concert at St John’s Smith Square, London

16th  November, 2018, 7.30pm
Salisbury Arts Centre

6th  December, 2018  7.30pm 
Cambridge,  New Europe Society (venue tbc)

13th  December 2018, 7.30pm
Canterbury Music Society


18th  January, 2019
West Kilbride Music, Scotland

9th March, 2019
Ackworth Music Society, West Yorkshire,

13th  March, 2019
Saddleworth Concerts Society tbc

22nd  March, 7.30pm, 2019
Stockbridge Music, Hampshire

1st  – 9th  April, 2019
Tour of Scotland
including Newtonmore, Glencoe, Isle of Eigg and Skye with concerts and outreach.

5th June 1.30pm, 2019
Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Room, Manchester

17th – 24th  June 2019
Tour of Scotland
Scottish tour including concerts at Lyth Arts Centre and Nairn Music Club.

19th October , 7.30pm, 2019
Newton Abbott Music Society

Accordionist Iosif Purits at the Purcell Room – 3rd July 2018

Iosif Purits

Former Royal Academy Post-Graduate Student Iosif Purits plays accordion at the Purcell Room

Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 7:45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


We are delighted to bring to your attention the third SCHOLARS’ SHOWCASE CONCERT presented by London-based

music scholarships organisation, the DRAKE CALLEJA TRUST (Patron: Joseph Calleja).

 As per the trust’s two previous London concerts, the forthcoming concert promises to deliver the high quality of performance that the Drake Calleja Trust is associated with.

Seven outstanding musicians – all scholars of the DCT – will be performing solo and chamber music repertoire

at a concert that aims to promote and celebrate these wonderful musicians’ artistic merits.


Iosif Purits accordion

Harriet Eyley soprano

Laia Braun violin

Margarita Balanas violoncello

Artur Haftman, Vitaly Pisarenko, Alexandra Vaduva piano


 To view the programme and to book, please visit the concert listing:


Further information can be found on the Drake Calleja Trust’s website: