ACCORDIONIST - SAXOPHONIST
Myself and Karen Tweed invite you to join us in a wonderful array of sing-a-long favourites. It promises to be a great free family event - come along to sing, to dance, to watch and listen to a grand celebration of this extraordinary instrument.
If you play the accordion we need you to help us accompany the singing!
To find out more about Karen's latest project Carismatico click here!
Designed by Zoë Tweed
Any accordionists keen to play need to register to participate.
The registration fee is £10.00 and will include an additional morning session from 10.00am - 1.00pm to rehearse the tunes along with tips for improving your playing.
This is open to all standards, play as little or as much as you can.
We can send the music in advance but mainly we want you to enjoy yourselves!
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For more information information and to register please email email@example.com or call 01749 673936 or 07973 692497
Time to Sing!
Join us in an afternoon of song accompanied by the accordion.
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Django
Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra ended its 2017 Queen’s Hall concert series with a concert full of fun and exuberance as well as virtuosity. Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt’s music lends itself naturally to these qualities while also inviting the kind of soulful, sighing note reflection that featured soloist, guitar master Martin Taylor brought to probably Reinhardt’s most famous composition, Nuages, in a lovely arrangement by the orchestra’s alto saxophonist and clarinettist Martin Kershaw.
A good number of Reinhardt’s creations, along with tunes associated with him, were sequenced into medleys, mini suites in a way that allowed the music to change tempo and direction very effectively and brought out some startling, dynamic and ultra-smart ensemble work piloted by drummer Alyn Cosker, whose use of skulls and cowbell, harking back to the orchestral manoeuvres of the 1940s, was brilliantly and often comically theatrical without cheapening the impact.
Taylor was flanked by the marvellous Chris Garrick on violin and Karen Street on accordion in a side unit that could operate both independently of and beautifully and subtly in sync with the horns. If their playing on Taylor’s own Musette for a Magpie, with its French bar atmosphere, was bright and alive, then the way they swapped phrases on the brisk Django’s Rag was postively, in the favourite word of approval of another guitar hero, the recently departed Allan Holdsworth, gazeuse.
The bebopping Impromptu fizzed too and in contrast, Taylor and Street duetted with terrific sensitivity on Hymn a l’Amour before the concert finished with the SNJO horns processing around the auditorium while Taylor and orchestra director Tommy Smith co-led a cooking swing blues.
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Anyone who thinks of the accordion as just a crude ‘squeeze box’ to accompany boozy singalongs, or a noise-generator for Red Army ensembles, or the musical equivalent of a bottle of French Dressing, really must hear Street’s playing: it is phenomenal….” - Paul Serotsky