During our hilidays in London we have visited two free concerts in the National Portrait Gallery. The second concert was given by a group named Melange.
Melange was founded by the cellist Shirley Smart.
She has spent many years in Israel and has become acquainted with the music of the East. Melange is playing a mix of World Music from different regions of the world, using instruments like the cello of Shirley Smart, the Arabian oud or the saxophone.
The concert in the National Portrait Gallery was given by a trio with cello, accordion and percussion. The program contained a mix of pieces from the Middle East and from Africa.
I have found some videos with the group Melange from London:
Lamma bada – Melange
Melange live at Hootananny
Melange is also playing the music of South America, including Argentinian tango and Brazilian choro. I have found the following video of a performance that includen Anselmo Netto playing the bandolim, they play a version of the Czardas by V. Monti in a more Brazilian style:
Anselmo Netto Quintet @ The Gallery Cafe : Czardas
Anselmo Netto Quintet perform live at the Gallery Cafe on 24th June 2011
Anselmo Netto ; Bandolim
Netto Pio : Guitar
Shirley Smart : Cello
Matheus Nova : Bass
Kleyton Macedo : Drums
Playlist Melange + Shirley Smart
youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/shirlsmart/videos
Website Melange: http://www.melangecollective.com/
Melange (reverbnation): http://www.reverbnation.com/melangecollective
Mandolin orchestras from Japan are known for playing arrangements of music from computer games. I have recently discovered this great example, a version of Battle at the Big Bridge / Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V played by the mandolin orchestra of the Yamagata Higashi High School:
Clash on the Big Mandolin Ensemble
Performed by the Yamagata Higashi High School in a music contest.
This music has been composed in 1992 for Final Fantasy V, a game for the Super Nintendo SNES. It is interesting that this music is still popular after more than 20 years.
【FF5】CLASH ON THE BIG BRIDGE【GUITAR】
I have found versions of this piece for mandolin, guitar, string quartet or sinfonic orchestra and have collected the best videos in my playlist. In some of the videos you can see the animations from this computer game.
Playlist “Clash on the Big Bridge” – Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy Wiki about Clash on the Big Bridge: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_at_the_Big_Bridge
“Battle at the Big Bridge” (ビッグブリッジの死闘, Biggu Burijji no Shitō?, lit. “Battle to the Death on the Big Bridge”), also known as “Clash on the Big Bridge” or “Battle with Gilgamesh” is a theme from Final Fantasy V. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu in 1992.
Many version of this piece can be found in the youtube channel of MagirusNecros: http://www.youtube.com/user/MagiusNecros/videos
Music of Final Fantasy V