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08-Jan-2021

GAPO - The Challenge of Time - UK

Video: 2nd in the Trilogy - The Challenge of Time
Video: 1st in the Triology - Horizon
Ian WatsonOn December 22, "The Challenge of Time", Global Accordion Project Orchestra (GAPO), 85 accordionists from all over the world premiered on the London Accordion Orchestra Facebook & youtube. This was the last piece for 2020 written by Ian Watson and commissioned by members of the orchestra.

I reached out to a few members of the GAPO orchestra to get their thoughts on being involved in this global project.

"In these difficult moments in which only "social distancing" is heard, it has been a real pleasure to be able to make music surrounded by people who I do not know in person but who I know very well that our love for the accordion unites us. Undeniable the extraordinary work of Ian and Sam, always so close and attentive. I have participated in the 2 GAPO projects and I will continue participating in whatever they continue to prepare. Of course, as soon as all this happens, I can't find a better way to finish the project than playing all together in person." Jasone Camara Telleria - Zumarraga, Spain (participated twice).

"I find the playing in the GAPO very interesting. I could concentrate on the melodies of my part and lay all the music into it. It works the senses. It is a special wonderful feeling to play with so many accordionists together, around the world. So we all stand together in this time and give ourselves an outstanding beautiful thing – music! The idea from Ian and Sam is so old and so good. In former times, the composers earned money from the dukes or kings, they were employed. Today, the composers go back to the roots and use the infinite possibilities of the net. Norbert Schneider - Essen, Germany (participated in all recordings)

"With each piece, this virtual accordion orchestra seems to be evolving and improving. It’s so much fun to be part of these projects along with other accordionists from around the world!" Jane Christison - Kansas, United States. (participated in all recordings).

"I had the chance to join GAPO. What a brilliant project! I like trying out new ways, so this was a great opportunity. Even more, as I saw that Ian Watson is the composer - I have seen him conducting the LAO at the festival in Austria and I definitely wanted to join this orchestra as basso player. The biggest challenge was actually, to take a reasonable video. "The challenge of Times" is very well reflecting the situation we have all been through recently. The ups and downs, the different moods." Marjeta Neftenbach, Switzerland.

“It was a real pleasure to participate in the GAPO project. With covid 19, rehearsals are forbidden, concerts are cancelled and The Challenge of Time was a good opportunity to come together around music. Thank you for that, it's so important during this terrible period.” Jerome Ortet, the Ensemble d'accordeons de Falaise conductor.

"Being able to play with accordionists from around the world is brilliant – especially in a time when meeting with others is restricted. Feeling a connection with others, and uniting people is something that was much needed by all. How often do you get a chance to play with people in the USA or New Zealand? There was a bit of nostalgia for me too as I grew up playing in competitions with Ian Watson, so I was keen to support this project. He was always a phenomenal player and someone I aspired to play like. The pieces he has composed are just incredible – they are so atmospheric and intricate. I cant wait for the next one!" Victoria Molnar, UK.

Ian Watson has confirmed that this is the second piece in the 'Lockdown Trilogy' with the third piece to be written and recorded late March.

The first in the trilogy was "Horizon" which premiered in August 2020. Detailed article at:
http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=23-Oct-2020&lang=en&s=16959
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