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

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