Last year I have made several videos with Greek music. I have recently been asked about where to get this music to able to play it. In this post I will give some sources for sheet music of Greek folk tunes.
Playlist Greek Music for the Mandolin
Sources for Greek music
The book that I am using has the title: Folk Songs and Dances Harmonization G. Mavromoustakis Published by Edition Do.Re.Mi – Thessaloniki – Greece 1980
I have found part of this book again at musicnotes.com. If you search for Greek Folksongs you can find several tunes in the identical easy piano arrangement (by Jonathan Robbins).
You can find a great selection of Greek folk tunes on the site www.foldies.de on page Noten (you must use the selection “Noten” on the left top side).
Jarmo Romppanen has just recorded a new CD with his band Nordic Choro. Instead of playing the Brazilian repertoir Nordic Choro have arranged nordic songs in the style of Brazilian choro – a great idea!
Nordic Choro have started a campagin to raise the money for the production of the CD. They have presented their project in several videos – I have compiled the new videos in my playlist below. My first impression of the recordings is very good – so I am very curious to get the finished CD.
NORDIC CHORO – album release and concerts
Finnish-Brazilian music group Nordic Choro has recorded 12 famous Nordic songs in Brazilian choro style. The album is almost ready to be published, but the group still needs financial support to cover the final costs and to arrange album release concerts. The album release and concerts will take place in February-March 2016!
The Nordic Choro is:
Fabio de Oliveira: 7-string guitar
Ricardo Padilla: pandeiro and additional percussion
Arja Paju: bass guitar
Jarmo Romppanen: 10-string mandolin
The guest musician: Petri Puolitaival (flute and alto saxophone)
The producer of the album: Peter Engberg
The songs for the album (as instrumental versions):
Armi (Neitosista ken on kaunein) (Erik Lindström)
Spegling / Heijastus (Otto Palmgren)
Höstvisa / Syyslaulu (Erna Tauro)
Jag tror på sommaren / Taas on aika auringon (Stig Olin)
Sjösala vals / Keväthuumaus (Evert Taube)
Litet grann från ovan / Kulkuri ja joutsen (Lasse Dahlquist)
Crocodile Genas birthday song (V. Sainski)
Stormskärs Maja / Myrskyluodon Maija (Lasse Mårtenson)
Niin kaunis on maa (Kari Rydman)
Nuoruustango (Kaj Chydenius)
Romanssi (Nils-Eric Fougstedt)
Sininen uni (Tapio Rautavaara)
Nordic Choro 2015 Playlist – Nordic classics with a Brazilian twist!
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
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