Author: Michael Reichenbach

bluegrass

Tony Williamson – Mandolin Virtuoso – Musical Instrument Expert…

Today I read a long post about Tony Williamson. He just received the North Carolina Heritage Award.

Announced as a 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Williamson, from Chatham County, is described as “a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor.” He blends multiple genres but still remains rooted in bluegrass.

The following video is a presentation of Tony Williamson.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson

Music is the backdrop of his life. Enjoy filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman’s short documentary on 2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson.

Tone is a real expert for vintage instruments. He can tell many stories about the instruments and their history. He has given many presentations with vintage instruments and has recorded some great albums.

You can watch Tony Williamson and some great old mandolins in my playlist. The first four videos are from a presentation in the North Carolina Museum of History, Tony Williamson shows and plays a Gibson F5 mandolins, an F4 mandolin and a K2 mandocello.

Additionel information

Tony Williamson – 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient 

North Carolina Heritage Award

Mandolin

Nigel Woodhouse presents the Mandolin

I have recently discovered this great video produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra from London (UK) with Nigel Woodhouse.

Nigel Woodhouse is a guitarist who does also play the mandolin, the banjo and other fretted instruments.

Nigel plays a Neapolitan (or Roman) mandolin based on a mandolin by Luigi Embergher and made for Nigel in 1993 by Japanese maker Yoshihiko Takusari. He also plays an A-style mandolin built by Mike Vanden. You can find some pictures of the two mandolins on Nigel’s website.

Nigel presents examples by Mozart, Mahler, Webern, Strawinsky, Prokofiev, Respighi and other important composers who used the mandolin in a symphony orchestra. He also shows the most important features and playing techniques of the mandolin.

Nigel Woodhouse – The Mandolin

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk music.

Additional information

youtube channel of the Philharmonia Orchestra London (UK)

Website Nigel Woodhouse

Nigel Woodhouse on Soundcloud

Website Philharmonia Orchestra London

choro

Raiz Latina – Spanish and Brazilian Music with Bandolim…

I have recently discovered the videos with a duo named Raiz Latina. The duo is composed of Irina Aleksandrovskaya brazilian ten-string mandolin and Saden Ferganiy seven-string flamenco guitar.

The duo plays Brazilian Choro music and also Spanish music arranged for 10-string bandolim and guitar.

I have not found more information, but the videos are great to watch.

Playlist Raiz Latina

 

Americana

Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical…

I have first discovered Andrew Collins on the coolmandolin website where he had allowed his music to be played for the visitors. He belongs to the most interesting mandolin players that I know.

Andrew Collins founded his Andrew Collins Trio some years ago. Each of the three musicians plays several instruments. Andrew Collins plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, Mike Mezzatesta plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola and James McEleney plays bass and mandocello.

When they are on tour they take with them up to 13 instruments. The style of the trio is difficult to describe, its a musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic. Andrew Collins says that the trio gives him much freedom when playing and a lot of space to be filled.

The Andrew Collins Trio has just published a new double-CD tounge groove. CD 1 named Tounge contains 11 songs, while CD 2 named Groove contains eight instrumentals.

The previous CD And It Was Good was based on the biblical story Genesys about the creation of the World in seven days. For this CD the trio was joyned by a string quartet.

This trio can sound like a Bluegrass band, like a Jazz trio, but also like a classical plucked strings ensemble.

Promotional Video about the Andrew Collins Trio

I have found many great videos with the Andrew Collins Trio at youtube, and I have compiled this playlist – enjoy!

Playliste The Andrew Collins Trio

A complete concert is available at youtube as well: Read more “Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic”