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Laurindo Almeida – The Master of the Brazilian Guitar

Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian guitarist who was active in the USA after 1940. He worked in Hollywood as a studio musician and has played the guitar part in many movies. For his record Girl von Ipanema he won a Grammy in 1964. Laurindo Almeida is also seen as the father of the Bossa-Nova. He played together with the Modern Jazz Quartet, but he has also arranged many classical works for the guitar.

I had several books with sheet music by Laurindo Almeida for years, and I have recently worked on some of the pieces. Almeida arranged some famous Jazz Standards for the classical guitar, like Blue Moon,Over the Rainbow, Mamselle, My Funny Valentine – some great arrangements for guitar.

This is an English Air by Almeida in my version. I have found other videos of this tune which obviously play it from a different score which contains some errors. I think that my version must be the original version of this piece.

 

I have recently compiled youtube videos with recordings by Laurindo Almeida and Works composed or arranged by Almeida and played by other guitarist in two large playlists.

Playlist 1 – Original Recordings by Laurindo Almeida

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Afenginn performing the tracks Paxima and Amore Memoriam from…

Afenginn is a folk rock band from Denmark. Some time ago I have dicovered this video with a 10-minute performance given at the Choirnevale at  “Kulturarena” in Jena in Germany. Kim Rafael Nyberg who does also play the mandolin with Afenginn has composed the music.

Enjoy this very special video with Afenginn!

Afenginn: video of Choirnevale at Kulturarena Jena, Germany. 2013

Afenginn performing the tracks Paxima and Amore Memoriam from their choir-project Choirnevale at Kulturarena Jena, Germany. August 17th 2013 with the Faroese choir MPIRI

Line-up:
Rasmus Krøyer: clarinets
Niels Skovmand: violin
Kim Rafael Nyberg: mandolin / composer
Erik Olevik: cello / bass
Knut Finsud: drums / percussion
Kaare Munkholm: marimba / vibraphone
Mpiri: choir
Troels Bech Jessen: sound / mix
Michael Østerz: lightdesign / scenography

Filmed and edited by Obscura, http://www.obscura.dk

Additional Information

Afenginn Interview – MMORPG Radio:

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AfenginnTube/videos

In the youtube Channel you can find several complete Afenginn CDs.

Official site: http://www.afenginn.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/afenginn

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London 2013 – Melange – World Music from the…

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

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo9NKJ5ApHUrmNYip92AAAnr

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/shirlsmart/videos

Website Melange: http://www.melangecollective.com/

Melange (reverbnation): http://www.reverbnation.com/melangecollective

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Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V…

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

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo_3J8VaZKLOWv9j2pyptDcZ

Additional Information

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

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Final_Fantasy_V