Author: Michael Reichenbach

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David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel / David Grisman and…

David Grisman is currently working with Tommy Emmanuel for a new CD, and the duo will be touring in the USA for the next time.

Today two new videos of the duo have been made available, Cinderella’s Fella and Tipsy Gipsy. I have added three videos from concerts by David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel in the following playlist:

Twenty years ago David Grismann gave a concert with Tony Rice gegeben, the complete concert with more than 2 hours is available:

David Grisman and Tony Rice, Arts and Science Center of Catawba County, Hickory, NC, 10-11-1997 in its entirety, presented by Acoustic Stage

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Release of Album Pickin’

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP and celebrated mandolinist David “Dawg” Grisman have joined forces on a new collaborative album entitled, Pickin’ – available in stores and all digital retailers on Friday, November 3. This marks the first recorded collaboration between these two acoustic titans and arrives on Grisman’s own label, Acoustic Disc. Pickin’ reflects on both Tommy and David’s signature classical, Americana, folk, and roots stylings, but it also artfully merges jazz rhythms, jamming, and unpredictability in the mix.

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Nordic Mandolin – A Great New CD by Jarmo…

Jarmo Romppanen is one of the few mandolin players from Finland. For more than 25 years Jarmo has played the traditional folk music od his country, classical music and Brazilian Choro music. He has published several CDs as a soloist and with his group Nordic Choro. Jarmo is playing a 10 string mandolin. His new CD is titled Nordic Mandolin and is dedicated to the folk music of the nordic countries.

From his media release: Jarmo Romppanen is a mandolin player, a composer and a free lance musician from Finland, which is one of the Nordic countries in Northern Europe. These countries share certain folk music and dance traditions with each other.
Romppanen has released his third solo album called Nordic Mandolin…the album is full of fresh, airy and compelling music…the music is based on Nordic fiddle tunes and on traditional dance music; polska, schottische, polka, mazurka, waltz…the groovy songs are performed with a contemporary style of mandolin playing!
This album is the result of 25 years experience and intensive studying of mandolin playing and Nordic folk music.

Jarmo has recorded most tunes alone playing several tracks together – this creates the sound of a mandolin trio or mandolin quartet. The clear and bright sound of this recording reminds me to the recordings of the Melonious Quartet with Patrick Vaillant (France) or the recordings by Simon Mayor (UK). Some tracks do even sound like medieval music.

Jarmo Romppanen presents Nordic Mandolin

Tracklist:

Jarmo Romppanen: Nordic Mandolin (ZBR03)
1. Gustaf (trad./Romppanen)
2. Viberg valsen (trad.)
3. Linnoitus (Romppanen)
4. Pyttis och Verlander (trad.)
5. Garvarens vals (trad.)
6. Renlund och MyRe (trad./Romppanen)
7. Långt borta (Romppanen)
8. Bromarv mazurkan (trad.)
9. Raseborg menuetten (trad.)
10. Mattby (trad.)
11. Borgå-Helsinge (trad.)
12. Pyttis (DJ Emil Remix) (trad.)

The first track of the CD Gustaf is available as split screen youtube video. You can watch Jarmo play the differnent tracks of his recording in four different screens.

Jarmo Romppanen: Gustaf (Romppanen/trad.)

In the track 11 “Borgå-Helsinge” Jarmo is playing an overtone flute. You can see Jarmo and his overtone flute in the following video:

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Nordic Mandolin is available for streaming and loading on the most well-known digital platforms.

Buy Nordic Mandolin (Amazon partner link)

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Jean and Janvier Pietrapertosa – Father and Son –…

Jean und Janvier Pietrapertosa belong to the mandolin players and mandolin teachers that helped to make the mandolin popular in the region of Paris in France around 1900.Both have written important mandolin methods , they have composed their own pieces and and arranged the popular music of the time.

Until today not much is known about the biographies of father and son Pietrapertosa. In many cases no difference is made between the two as if it was just one person namend J. Pietrapertosa.

I have recently found a document – a dictionary about the contemporaries – that contains short biographies of both – the father Jean Pietrapertosa and his son Janvier Pietrapertosa. The book that can be found in the French National Library bnf is dated to 1906, the copy from archive.org is dated to some years later.

Dictionnaire national des contemporains: contenant les notices des membres de l’Institut de France, du gouvernement et du parlement français, de l’Académie de médecine…. T. 5 / sous la dir. de C.-E. Curinier (1906) http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k82888j.image

The same book at archive.org: https://archive.org/stream/dictionnairenati05curiuoft#page/n73/mode/2up


Father: Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator Pietrapertosa

PIETRAPERTOSA (Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator)

Musicien, né à Naples (Italie) le 10 juin 1855.

Déjà, dans sa ville natale où il accomplit ses études, M. Pietrapertosa s’était fait connaître comme mandoliniste solo, lorsqu’en 1882, il vint en France, où il acclimata bientôt son instrument, qui y était presque tombé en oubli. Il devint, peu de temps après, mandoliniste solo de l’Opéra-Comique, puis de l’Opéra.

M. Pietrapertosa a écrit plusieurs compositions pour la mandoline, dont les plus importantes sont la Nuit d’automne et la Marche du Mandoliniste. Il est l’auteur, en collaboration avec M. Alissa, de la musique de Mariage galante, opéra-comique de MM. Oswald et Boucheron, représenté à l’Olympia en 1892, et d’une Méthode de Mandoline.

On lui doit aussi l’invention d’un système perfectionné de mandoline et d’un pupitre-pédale.

Naturalisé français en 1892, M. Pietrapertosa est décoré du Medjidié et de divers autres ordres.

Translation:

PIETRAPERTOSA (Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator)

Musician,born in Naples (Italy) on Juni 10, 1855.

Already, in his hometown where he completed his studies, Mr. Pietrapertosa had made himself known as a solo mandolinist, when in 1882 he came to France, where he soon acclimated his instrument, which had almost fallen into oblivion. He became, shortly thereafter, solo mandolinist of the Opéra-Comique, then of the Opera.

Pietrapertosa has written several compositions for the mandolin, the most important of which are the “Nuit d’automne” and “Marche du Mandoliniste” . He is the author, in collaboration with M. Alissa, of the music of Mariage galante, opéra-comique by MM. Oswald and Boucheron, represented at Olympia in 1892, and a Mandolin Method.

He also owes the invention of an improved system of mandolin and a pedal console.

Naturalized French in 1892, Mr. Pietrapertosa is decorated with Medjidie and various other orders. Read more “Jean and Janvier Pietrapertosa – Father and Son – Mandolin Methods and Compositions for the Mandolin”

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Henrik Luurtsema – Mandolin Player from the Netherlands –…

Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.

When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.

Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein

Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.

This is his tune Circus Luurtieful

Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema

I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.

My Version of The Valley of Malgum by Hendrik Luurtsema

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Het leven is vol met uitersten.

Soms is het vrolijk, soms is het mineur.

Soms een grap en grol, soms heel serieus.

luurtsema & klein bezingen met hun liederen alles waar het leven vol van is.

Hendrik plays – among other mandolins – a twopoint Bluegrass mandolin built by Teun van Duijvenbode

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