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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXv9opLbi9w

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 https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-barimar-quartet

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: https://www.strumentiemusica.com/en/highlights/a-long-conversation-between-romano-viazzani-and-mario-barigazzi/

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.

TEYR – www.teyr.co.uk

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 – www.thetwistedtwenty.com
“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: http://www.teyr.co.uk/p/live.html

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

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 info@zzmusic.uk 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

2018

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

Spain:
​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
http://www.leamingtonmusic.org/

15th  November, 2018, 1pm
lunchtime concert at St John’s Smith Square, London
https://www.sjss.org.uk/

16th  November, 2018, 7.30pm
Salisbury Arts Centre
https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/

6th  December, 2018  7.30pm 
Cambridge,  New Europe Society (venue tbc)
neweurope.org.uk

13th  December 2018, 7.30pm
Canterbury Music Society
http://www.canterburymusicclub.com/

2019

18th  January, 2019
West Kilbride Music, Scotland

9th March, 2019
Ackworth Music Society, West Yorkshire,
www.ackworthconcertsociety.co.uk/

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:

 

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120091-drake-calleja-trust-scholars-concert-2018

 

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

 

https://www.drakecallejatrust.org/events

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Accordionist Bjarke Mogensen – UK Tour with his ensemble KOTTOS – May 2018

Bjarke Mogensen

Accordionist Bjarke Mogensen and his Ensemble on Tour in UK

Bjarke Mogensen, professor of accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, is touring the UK with his ensemble KOTTOS next week.

KOTTOS is rather unique ensemble with some of the greatest Danish instrumental talents of their generation. They perform arranged works by Bartok, Grieg, Liadov & Rimsky-Korsakov as well as their own compositions in a programme that explores folklore inspired works within the classical music.

Find them in Tetbury, Hexham and Dunblane:

– 16/5/18 – 19.30 Tetbury Goods Shed, Arts center
https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/kottos/
– 18/5/18 – 19.30 Nordic Voices Festival – Hexham
https://www.queenshall.co.uk/sites/default/files/Nordic%20Voices%20pdf.pdf
– 20/5/18 15.00 Dunblane Cathedral
https://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/event/3910603

KOTTOS comprises internationally award winning musicians led by accordionist Bjarke Mogensen, Pernille Petersen, recorder, Josefine Opsahl, cello & Christos Farmakis, bouzouki.

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.

Maidstone Music Festival – 2018 – 24th-25th November

Maidstone Music Festival Logo

Accordions at Maidstone Music Festival

Maidstone Music Festival is a beautifully-run Music festival in the heart of Kent and one of the few that includes an accordion and related instruments category. For this reason amongst many, it should be supported by the accordion scene in the UK.  There are solo, duet and ensemble categories and the festival organisers’ enthusiasm for the instrument is undiminished even though last year they had to pull the category due to cancellation of some of the participants.  Let’s hope that that doesn’t happen this year.To top it all the festival organisers are very nice friendly people too and accordionists are always made most welcome so really deserve support.   So get registering. The last entry date is October 8th 2018 and the festival will take place on the 24th and 25th November 2018.  Details are set out below.  Click on the syllabus for more details or log onto the festival website to download forms.

CONTACT & INFORMATION

Please contact Sue Greenham (Chair)

Maidstone Music Festival, Gunning House, 60 Upper Fant Road, Maidstone ME16 8DN

Phone: 01622 750943

E-mail: info @ maidstonemusicfestival.org.uk

Facebook group: Maidstone Music Festival Website:

www. maidstonemusicfestival.org.uk

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

romano-viazzani-tango-ensemble

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