Orville Gibson and the Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Company – History of the Amcerican Mandolin

The Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Company has very much influenced the history of the mandolin in the USA. Orville Gibson had developed his very special mandolin models during the last decades of the 19th century. In 1902 he sold the patents for his mandolins to some businessmen who then founded the Gibson mandolin and guitar company.

The mandolin models designed by Orville Gibson and the models that the Gibson company designed from those models – the F model with the scroll and the A model – have almost completely replaced the typical Italian bowlback models during the following years.

I have compiled some videos about Orville Gibson in my playlist:

Playliste Orville Gibson

  • CES 2014: Orville Gibson’s Workbench
  • The Ballad Of Orville Gibson
  • George Gruhn on the Orville Gibson Mandolin IBMA 2008
  • Gibson Guitars at CES 2014

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo-XHpPdT0e_J9DhTFqR6AkY

Tim May and David Harveyhave presented their collection of vintage Gibson instruments in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, those videos are contained in the following playlist:

Playlist – Vintage Gibson

A closer look at instruments used in mandolin orchestras in the early 20th Century…. Acoustic superpickers Tim May and David Harvey brought out their personal vintage Gibson colllections at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 27, 2007, for one powerful demonstration of the enduring quality of these old treasures. www.timmaymusic.net www.davidharveymusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7244B5A154C7E30D

Articles and more sources about Orville Gibson

 

Raffaele Calace – VI Mazurka Op. 141 – For Mandolin & Guitar / Mandolin Orchestra

The Mazurka Op. 141 by Raffaele Calace is a piece that is being played quite often. I have collected a playlist with the best videos of this piece.

You can hear:

  • The Duo 14 strings from Italy (mandolin & guitar)

http://www.14strings.it Tiziano Palladino al Mandolino e Isidoro Nugnes alla Chitarra (14strings Duo) eseguono la MAZURKA Op. 141 di Raffaele Calace durante un Concerto live presso l’IMAM di Larino

  • An unknown mandolin orchestra
  • Gianni Migliaccio and Paolino Coppeto
  • The Devine Nix Duo (mandolin & guitar)

The Devine Nix Duo – Chris Devine, mandolin and Michael Nix, guitar

  • Athenian Mandolinata “Nicolaos Lavdas”
  • Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra HET CONSORT
  • ΝΙΚΟΣ ΡΟΓΚΑΚΟΣ und ΒΑΝΤΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΗ (mandolin & piano)
  • Patrizio Petrucci, mandolino, Ilenia Fiore, piano (mandolin & piano)
  • Carlo Aonzo mandolino, Valeria Ubertino chitarra (mandolin & guitar)
  • Duo Bonizzoni-Colella (mandolin & harp)

Playliste – Calace VI Mazurka Op. 141

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo8eO0jxvjJrZ0uMQQDLe9gG

The sheet music of the Mazurka is available form the site of the Italian plucked strings association FMI:

Stephen Lalor – Australian Mandolin Player and Composer for Plucked Instruments

Stephen Lalor is a mandolin player and composer who lives in Australia. I have met Stephen during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2014 in Bruchsal.

Many of Stephen’s compositions are available as youtube videos. One of my favorite compositions – Kolo Kolo – is available in two different versions. The first recording is played by the Volatinsky Trio with Stephen Lalor playing the domra, together with violoncello and a hammered dulcimer. The second version is played by a more typical mandolin ensemble – the Ensemble Plektra. As many of Stephen’s compositions Kolo Kolo is based on folk dances from Eastern Europe.

Another piece that I liked very much is the Four String Swing, one of the few swinging composition for mandolins.

Stephen has composed for many different groups. You can find a composition for mandolin and harp (Ballade and Autostrada Waltz, played by Alison Stephens and Lauren Scott), and you can hear the Digeridoo as the typical Australian instrument in his Brisbane Suite.

Recently Stephen has been awarde a PhD for his compositions:

Stephen Lalor has recently been awarded a PhD (Composition) through the University of Sydney (May 2014). His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) were described as:

“sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments ….” (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland)

I have compiled the following playlist with compositions by Stephan Lalor (focused on compositions for mandolin and other plucked instruments).

Playlist Stephen Lalor

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo-0uZFsRWPgS3oksjnnkY8k

 

List of compositions for the mandolin by Stephen Lalor

Additional information about Stephen Lalor

Curly Strings – Fantastic Bluegrass and Folk from Estonia – With Villu Talsi (Mandolin)

By a picture from the Kaustinen Festival in Finland I have discovered the band Curly Strings.

Curly Strings are

  • Eeva Talsi – fiddle
  • Villu Talsi – mandolin
  • Jalmar Vabarna – guitar
  • Taavet Niller – double bass

This band is very popular in Estonia, and their song Kauges Külas is one of the songs that were the No. 1 in the Estonian iTunes charts.

The style of Curly Strings combines elements of bluegrass and folk, including the harmony-singing and virtuoso solos on fiddle, mandolin or guitar. Some songs sound like traditional folk songs from Estonia, others are typical bluegrass tunes – the music of Curly Strings creates a happy mood and brings the listeners to dance and sing with the music.

Playlist Curly Strings

I have compiled the best Curly Strings videos in my playlist

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo93RfhmGuvsj6DpIymV_QsV

Additional Information

Villu Talsi does also play in a trio with accordion player Tuulikki Bartosik and the Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson:

http://tuulikkibartosik.com/bartosikhjalmarssontalsi/

Bartosik/Hjalmarsson/Talsi

Me and Villu also play in trio with Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson. You can hear us enjoying traditional Swedish music mostly from Dalarna, our own music and all kind of traditional tunes from Estonia. We do concerts, workshops in Swedish and Estonian traditional music and play to dance.

Tuulikki Bartosik – free bass accordion

Villu Talsi – mandolin

Jonas Hjalmarsson – fiddle

Eeva und Villu Talsi are playing two matching instruments made by  Campanella Stringed Instruments:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?99697-Curly-Strings

Eeva and Villu Talsi, fiddle and mandolin, and a married couple, came to me several years ago and asked me to build them matched instruments. I delivered the fiddle and mandolin approximately one year ago, and have been extremely impressed with the material that they are producing.

youtube channel of Jalmar Vabarna

In the youtube channel of the guitar player Jalmar Vabarna you can find some older videos with Villu Talsi

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