Al di Meola – All Your Life – A Tribute To The Beatles

Al di Meola has published his CD All Your Life – A Tribute To The Beatles in 2013. On this CD he has recordid 14 songs by the Beatles in his arrangement. The recordings were done in the Abbey Roads Studios in London.

Al di Meola has also played his arrangements of Beatles songs in many of his concerts, and there are many great videos available at youtube.

I have recently compiled a playlist with videos from the album A Tribute To The Beatles. The playlist starts with a fantastic set of videos from a concert given in Warsaw.


Enjoy Al di Meola and the songs by the Beatles.

Additional Information

Al Di Meola’s All Your Life – a profound and respectful tribute to the most famous band in the world

Al Di Meola in Lörrach: „Ich liebe die Beatles, wie sie sind“ (veröffentlicht am Fr, 31. Oktober 2014 auf (German)

Besprechung des Albums im Spiegel (German)

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All Your Life-A Tribute To The Beatles (Amazon partnerlink)

The Italian Mandolin: Its Evolution, Nomenclature and Types – A Great Poster by Alex Timmerman

Alex Timmerman has compiled a poster with the most important Italian mandolin models. He has asked me to help to share this poster.

On this poster you can find mandolins that have been built between 1650 and 1927. You can follow the evolution of the different models, the models are arranged according to the years when a model was built.

I have split up the picture to give you an impression of the poster, you can download the complete picture in good quality from the website of Alex Timmerman.


Download PDF from Alex Timmermans Website

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Ensemble Hikari 光 live on German TV – Denise Wambsganß & Yasuyoshi Naito (mandolin), Hirotaka Nozaki (mandola)

The Ensemble Hikari 光 has been invited to the show „Kaffee oder Tee?“ (coffee or tea?) of the German TV Station SWR on January 3rd, 2014. Now three videos have been made available at youtube.

The ensemble has been founded by mandolin players from Germany and Japan and it aims to make music by Japanese composers better known in Germany by their performances. In the TV show they played three pieces by Japanese composers Takashi Yuasa, Goshi Yoshida and Kunisaku Sakai.


The members of the ensemble Hikari are Denise Wambsganß (Germany, mandolin), Yasuyoshi Naito (Japan, mandolin), Hirotaka Nozaki (Japan, mandola), Michael Schwitzke (guitar) and Leo Ruf (percussion). Yasuyoshi Naito is a luthier for mandolins who has been living and working in Germany since the 1980s. He has built the Cremonese mandolin (four single strings) that is played by himself, as well as the mandola.

“Welcome to Café Mandolin” by Takashi Yuasa

“Black Rain” or “Fallen Angel” by Goshi Yoshida

World Premiere “Hikari 2014” by Kunisaku Sakai

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Website Ensemble Hikari / Denise Wambsganß

Website Yasuyoshi Naito

Website Marionette / Goshi Yoshida

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Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric Mandolin, Looper and other Effect Pedals

Olga Egorova is a mandolin player from Russia. As most mandolin players in Russia she has studied the domra first and has got a degree in classical music from the music academy in Moscow. After this she began to play the mandolin too and has studied bluegrass, folk and other music for the mandolin. Finally she has discovered the looper as an effectiv device to make her very special music.

With the looper she can develop pieces track by track to produce the sound of a complete ensemble just with a single mandolin. Every now and then she tips onto one of the pedals arranged on the floor (she obviously likes to do this barefoot…) – that looks fascinating and it’s alot of fun to watch her.


But Olga Egorova can also play great music without a looper, like her version of the famous Asturias, the first piece in my playlist below.

Olga Egorova has also composed the music for several children stories that are also available as youtube videos:


In the German version of this article I have added a set of screenshots from youtube videos that shows different facets of Olga Egorova.

Playlist Olga Egorova

Infotext about Olga Egorova (engl.)


Olga ‘Olgertinno’ Egorova is one of the best present-day mandolin players in Russia.
She started to take her musical classes when she was six – she learns to play domra (Russian string instrument of the lute family with a round body and three or four metal strings). Olga has graduated from Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (a prominent music school in Moscow, Russia) so she has got higher education in classical music.

Now Olga’s main instrument is electric mandolin with guitar pedal effects, but she also plays domra, melodeon, xylophone, tambourine, bodhran etc and also sings. Using loop station (and also adding her energy and charisma) she creates multi-instrumental, multidimensional “one woman show” on stage. She performs her own – mostly instrumental – compositions as well as covers.

“What do you expect a mandolin player to play? Some classical stuff? A bluegrass tune?” – asks Olga. And answers: “I will not play neither one thing nor the other. I’ll play you “music dispersion on mandolin”.

What is “music dispersion”? This Olga-invented style combines elements of classical music, progressive rock, Russian folk and American bluegrass into organic whole.

Olga once played with banjo virtuoso Bill Evans and Czech bluegrass star Pavel Handlik; she cooperates with top Russian folk, blues and rock musicians (such as legendary Russian folk group KukuruzA and original Russian bluesman Yuri Naumov) and some Western ones, including a Swinging London legend, “the psychedelic jug band” Purple Gang (of “Granny Takes a Trip” fame).

During last seven years she played a lot of big festivals in Russia and abroad (Czech Republic, Spain, Monaco).

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