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Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Department Events – Winter 2015

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Department Events – Winter 2015 PLEASE NOTE THAT PROF. LIPS’S MASTER CLASS IS CANCELLED – ONLY THE EVENING CONCERT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON FEB 19th.  No change to March 6th Event Don’t miss the accordion department of the RAM’s events this winter to witness for yourselves what safe […]

Gigi Stok – Romano Viazzani’s childhood accordion hero

Gigi Stok with Fratelli Crosio Accordion

Gigi Stok –  Romano Viazzani’s childhood accordion hero Having an accordion-playing father I was exposed to the accordion at a young age not only when my father sometimes got his accordion out to practise or when his musician friends came round for a jam. He was a keen amateur and had circumstances been different I’m […]

Dance Band History – L’Orchestra Rara/The High Society Dance Orchestra

L'Orchestra Rara at the Grosvenor House 1988

It may be quite unusual to have two accordions in a dance band outside of accordion orchestras but L’Orchestra Rara later also known as The High Society Dance Orchestra put the accordions to good use. Through some clever arranging the ensemble could recreate some very authentic dance band sounds from many different eras. The accordions played a vital role in creating the sound by often avoiding some of the sounds that people identify as being a typical accordion sound and using some of the more subtle sounds to blend effortlessly with winds and other instruments of the ensemble. The typical accordion sounds would then make even more impact when used in tango and musette.

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