Author: Michael Reichenbach

singer / songwriter

Iona Fyfe – Scots Singer of the Year

In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.

The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: 
„As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „

Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018

On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:

Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe

Playlist Iona Fyfe

Website Iona Fyfe

Website Graham Rorie

composer

Frank Zappa – The Yellow Shark

On April 7, 2019 I was at a concert of the SWR Sinfonie Orchester in Freiburg. The program was composed of works by Frank Zappa. It began with three pieces from the Yellow Shark project. In 1992 Frank Zappa worked together with the Ensemble Moderne to produce a concert with his works played by a classical orchestra.

Concert of the SWR Sinfonieorchester – Frank Zappa Program April 2019

The mandolin player in Freiburg was Denise Wambsgans.

The world premiere of Yellow Shark took place at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on Sept. 17, 1992. The recording of this concert is now available at youtube.

The World premiere took place on Sept. 17, 1992

Video – The Yellow Shark 1992

The mandolin player in 1992 was Detlef Tewes. I have made some screenshots from the video showing Detlef Tewes with his mandolin and with Frank Zappa. Jürgen Ruck played guitar and banjo. This concert is really enjoyable and has some great moments, especially in the second part of the concert.

Additional information

Wikipedia about The Yellow Shark

Website Denise Wambsganß

Website Detlef Tewes

Mandolin

Dave Apollon – The Mandolin Virtuoso – Short Movies

Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.

Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone

Short film in good quality

7 Short Films

Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.

LP & Laundry – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

Listen to side one of the LP Mandolins! Mandolins!
Mandolins! Mandolins!

Playlist – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

The LP “Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!” was released in 1960 (find more at discogs here) – you can find it at youtube now:

Additional Information

I have collected newspaper clippings from the 1930s and 1940s – you can find it here: Dave Apollon Mandolin Virtuoso

Biography of Dave Apollon (acoustic disc)

lute

Bruno Helstroffer – Theorbo

My newspaper had a review some days ago about the album “Calling the Muse – Old & New Pieces for Theorbo” by the French theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer.

Bruno Helstroffer has studied the guitar in Straßburg in France and has also started to play the theorbo, the lute and the vihuela. The theorbo and the lute are now his favorite instruments.

Helstroffer has played with different old music ensembles playing music of the Renaissance. He has played solo performances with his theorbo and has a very creative way to play old and new music on the lute instruments. He is composing new music for the theorbo, arranging modern compositions for the lute and even plays arrangements of pop songs.

Let’s start with a solo performance:

Fragment of “Mr Instrument Instrument presents The Great Invention for thirsty theorbo, asleep double bass, four dancers and absolute crime.”

Music: Bruno Helstroffer, Jean-Philippe Morel

Choreography: and direction: Malgorzata Haduch

Dance: Krystyna Mazurówna, Rachel Arianna Ogle, Weronika Pelczyńska, Małgorzata Haduch

Light and set design: Sebastian Molski

Camera: Filip Molski

Costumes: Unfinished Company In collaboration with Dance House Lemesos, Burdąg Foundation and with the support of Instytut Adama Mickiewicza

Bruno Helstroffer is taking part in different projects, a great example is this trio with guitar, oud and theorbo playing a composition ba Arvo Pärt:

Grégory Dargent, oud, Kevin Seddiki, guitare classique et Bruno Helstroffer, théorbe interprètent Pari Intervalo d’Arvo Pärt. Extrait du concert Ocora, Couleurs du monde enregistré le 10 septembre 2018 au Studio 105 de la Maison de la Radio.

Playlist Bruno Helstroffer

Playlist – Calling the Muse – Bruno Helstroffer

Additional information

Website Faenza: http://faenza.fr/fr