Yo Soy Maria
Barimar a Londra (Barimar in London)
The Romano Viazzani 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 Barbara Dziewiecka Data on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion and Bandoneon, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Nick Pini 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, as well as their own brand of Argentine Tango with a swinging London twist. Two wonderful singers Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand from London’s Theatreland bring an indispensable vocal dimension to some of this incredible music.
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Romano Viazzani is an accordionist and composer who started his professional career as a danceband-leader for which he wrote and arranged music. He has written music abroad range of music from documentary soundtracks for TV to songs for musicals, and from didactic pieces for accordion to songs for various singers. His largest work is his accordion concerto Valceno- Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra, which he premiered with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As a player he is comfortable in any situation having played with jazz septet Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble for 5 years, appeared in several theatre-pit orchestras as well in the The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RLPO 10-10 Ensemble and The London Concertante. Numerous appearances in theatre too both in the pit and on stage as well as TV appearances all over the world including BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, accompanying Sir Bryn Terfel.
He has recorded with many artists including Phil Manzanera, and has performed with Grace Jones.
The Romano Viazzani Ensemble is based on the Astor Piazzolla Quintet with the addition of two vocalists and as well as performing the compositions of Astor Piazzolla and other tango composers, also perform Romano Viazzani’s own music which derives from Argentine tango but with a swinging London twist.