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We will be creating a CD entitled London Tango.
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Giving London an tango identity

London is a most fascinating and cosmopolitan city.  It is culturally vibrant and can accommodate many styles and genres within the arts. For many years now love for one particular dance form - the Argentine tango has been growing very rapidly in the city as well as nationally. It has also morphed into what is called "the tango" in Ballroom dancing which is danced differently to the Argentine tango it derives from. Generally the tango in Europe has evolved differently to its Argentine parent and some countries have their own well-developed national versions of the tango like luscious Finnish tango. Other European countries have evolved similar traits but have perhaps fallen short of claiming it for themselves as the Finns have done.  Given the popularity of the "Milongas" (tango dances held in dance halls) in London and up and down the country we thought it would be fun to cross-pollinate this wonderful Argentine music with a few influences from the UK and primarily from its bustling capital London. 

We hope you will be enthused as much as we are by the idea of "London Tango" as a concept and we would like to take the first step towards perhaps something bigger, like a choreographed film of the title track.  The first step however is to record the music onto a CD.  Once that is done, your help permitting, then we will do the rest.  We have premiered a few of these pieces in some of our recent concerts and they have been very well received I'm happy to report. 

Enthused by the successful crowdfunding campaigns of some of my colleague musicians we thought we would give crowdfunding a go ourselves. The ensemble is so lucky to have assembled.  We are very lucky to have some fabulous musicians in the ensemble.  Two wonderful singers from the West End stage in Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate, a fabulous violinist in the form of Barbara Dziewiecka-Data, the incomparable John Bailey on Piano, the wizard of the fret-board, Jonathan Preiss on guitar, the extraordinary Nick Pini on double bass and yours truly, Romano Viazzani on accordion. 

A little about me and tango...

Tango and I go back a long way. The Romano Viazzani Ensemble does not usually play for dancing.  That is not to say that tango dancers cannot dance to our music. We tend to do concerts which attract a listening audience. I did however play for dancing for many years with L'Orchestra Rara and with The High Society Dance Orchestra. 

L'Orchestra Rara
L'Orchestra Rara

I first fell in love with tango when seeing the wonderful stage show Tango Argentino in London's West End in the 1980s and around the same time hearing the three inspirational albums by Astor Piazzolla, Zero Hour, The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado) and Camorra.  

Prior to that I had always loved to listen to European tango by European and British accordionists like Barimar, Gigi Stok and Delmondi in ensembles where the accordion took on the role of the bandoneon in Argentine ensembles. In each variant, the sound of the 'free reed' is indispensable to the tango sound. Anything without it just doesn't cut the mustard. 


In the 1990s I decided to apply my classical piano training to the classical accordion and that's when I met Owen Murray, Professor of accordion at the Royal Academy of Music who helped me achieve this and in 2000 I wrote my accordion concerto "Valceno" which inevitably had some influence from the world of tango. Then in 2002 I was asked to join Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble  which, throughout our five years together and across two albums, tango was a constant influence.  At the same time I recorded three solo albums, one was a classical album and featured Astor Piazzolla's Angel Suite,  and the other two, Viazzani takes Stok, and Encore also included tangos.

In the many theatre shows I have been involved with the tango has also always cropped up and probably most beautifully in a 2010 show called Songs from a hotel bedroom where Kurt Weill's Youkali  was sensuously danced to by Amir Giles and Tara Pilbrow choreographed by the great Kate Flatt. 

It was time then, to give something back to the form that had given me so much over the years. Not a carbon copy of Argentine Tango, as, who can do it it better than the Argentinians? Instead to bring together the tango form and its sound and exert the influence of this tremendous city of my birth and the one where i choose to live - London.

Risks and challenges

Releasing an album is a risky business but I am confident that with your support everything will come together exactly how I have envisaged. The sum we're trying to raise is set at a level we believe we can realistically raise. We have to reach our £4000 target otherwise we don't get any of it. Those are the rules. We hope to get more than that but if we just make it we will contribute to it ourselves to make the project viable.

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    A CD of our new Album, London Tango.

    Get an early copy of London Tango, our new CD hot off the presses! Hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom.

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    A signed CD of London Tango.

    Get an early copy of London Tango, our new CD hot off the presses, and autographed by all the members of the Romano Viazzani Ensemble! Hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom.

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    A signed CD of London Tango and Photo.

    Get an early copy of London Tango, our new CD hot off the presses, autographed by all the members of the Romano Viazzani Ensemble as well as a large signed photograph of the band!
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    A gift for your friends - 3 CDs Package

    Get an 3 copies of London Tango, our new CD hot off the presses to give to your friends as a present! Hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom and share that experience with them.

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    Vintage Romano Viazzani

    CD Bundle with London Tango CD ,photo + 4 further CDs. Get an early copy of London Tango, our new CD hot off the presses, autographed by all the members of the Romano Viazzani Ensemble as well as a large signed photograph of the band so you can hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom. In addition you get 3 solo accordion CDs from the Romano Viazzani archive: "Bobic/Piazzolla" (Classical Album), "Encore" (Mixed concert programme) and "Viazzani Takes Stok" (Tribute to accordionist Gigi Stok) plus "Steps in Time" by the High Society Dance Orchestra which Romano Viazzani led and played in and recorded in 1999.

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    Retailer's package of 5 CDs and Poster

    Get 5 copies of London Tango, for your retail outlet, of our new CD hot off the presses! Hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom. You will get small poster too for display in your shop to alert customers to it. An ideal package for an accordion shop or music store.

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    Retailer's package of 5 CDs and Poster

    Get 10 copies of London Tango, for your retail outlet, of our new CD hot off the presses! Hear what happens when you inject the steamy passion of Buenos Aires' favourite dance - The Tango, with influence of the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of the United Kingdom. You will get small poster too for display in your shop to alert customers to it. An ideal package for an accordion shop or music store.

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    Half a dozen accordion lessons

    Half a dozen weekly 1-hour accordion lessons given by Romano Viazzani at his home worth £225 plus a copy of the new CD. Open to novices, beginners or advanced students alike. If you are a beginner you will need to have your own instrument to practise on between lessons and get your own travel expenses. A time can be arranged which will be convenient for teacher and student.

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    Commission a new piece of music

    Whilst much of the material from the album is ready, there are still one or two pieces we need to write and arrange. This is a chance to commission one of those new pieces. The reward will include a copy of the signed CD with your name in the credits as well as a copy of the sheet music arrangement written for the ensemble with your name as the official commissioner printed on it. Shipping free.

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    A Romano Viazzani Ensemble Concert Spot

    The Romano VIazzani Ensemble will come to a pre-existing event or festival that you organise within a 100-mile radius of Central London and play up to 1 hour in a spot within a longer programme of artists and ensembles. This assumes that a suitable PA system would be provided. Please bear in mind that the ensemble is 7-strong. We are happy to travel further afield but additional costs will need to be taken into account if it involves an overnight stay and travel cost for greater distances and travel abroad. This concert/festival spot should take place between September 2019 and 31st December 2020 and the date of performance is subject to the availability of all the musicians. This reward includes a copy of the CD too.

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    A Romano Viazzani Ensemble Concert

    The Romano VIazzani Ensemble will come to your home or to an event that you organise within a 100-mile radius of Central London and play our regular set which is about 2 x 45 minutes long. You will need to book a suitable PA system as we do not own our own in larger venues but for the home we would could bring amplification for our singers and do the rest acoustically. Please bear in mind that the ensemble is 7-strong. We are happy to travel further afield but additional costs will need to be taken into account if it involves an overnight stay and travel cost for greater distances and travel abroad. This concert should take place between September 2019 and 31st December 2020 and the date of performance is subject to the availability of all the musicians. This reward includes a copy of the CD too.

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