I am currently preparing a program with Italian mandolin music. On my search for more music I have found some tunes by Rudy Cipolla and started listening to music by Rudy Cipolla.
The music from the CD Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc) is available as youtube playlist and also on Spotify.
Playlist Rudy Cipolly – Portrait of an American Original
Spotify Playlist – Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original
One of my favorite tunes is the Study for two mandolins played by Radim Zenkl, a beautiful little duet.
I have made my own transcription of this duet and now have my own video:
This is another study for two mandolins – this one was recorded by Carlo Aonzo, David Grisman and Beppe Gambetta on the album “Traversata”
In the Mandolin Cafe you can find additional information in a discussion with pictures and also a link to a shared Dropbox folder by Sheri Mignano-Crawford with recordings from the Rudy Cipolla Memorial Tribute Concert and sheet music transcriptions of many Rudy Cipolla compositions.
In February 2020 the 4th mando-fest of India took place in Goa. This made me very curious about the situation of the mandolin in India. I have tried to collect information about the mando-fest and the most important mandolin players in India.
I have got the following information from Pradipto Sengupta who is one of the founders of this festival.
MANDOLIN FESTIVAL IN INDIA
HI, I am PRADIPTO SENGUPTA from Mumbai India. I play mandolin since my childhood. When I decided to learn Mandolin, it was very difficult to get good teacher then in Kolkata because this instrument is not very popular even today in our country. I took this as my profession and shifted to Mumbai in 1988, and started playing in the Mumbai Film Industry as a studio musician. Every time a thought was in my mind that, I must do something for the promotion and propagate about Mandolin in our country, and it drives me to meet Mr. Anil Pendse from Pune who is a founder member of Mandolin Lovers Club. MLC formed in 2002, that time there were 10/15 members. I am happy to state today that we have more than 100 mandolin lovers in our forum.
I approached him about the concept of Mandolin festival in our country. He has appreciated the idea and with the love and support of Mandolin Lovers Club the idea took off and we could start our first Mando-Fest in Loni, Pune in 2017, and with each passing year we have had three very successful fests already and this year 2020 we have organized our 4th festival in Goa and we have added another feather to our cap by making this fest a grand success. The special attraction of this festival was the presence of maestro Carlo Aonzo and Maestro Lorenzo Bernardi from Italy. My sincere thanks to both of them for accepting my invitation and it was an honour for us to have both of them with us. They have conducted workshop, performed, and it was a great pleasure for me to share the stage with them.
This year Carlo Aonzo (mandolin) and Lorenzo Bernardi (guitar) had been invited to the Mando-Fest. I have asked Carlo Aonzo for a short statement about the Mando-Fest:
I am very impressed for the level of passion and interest around the mandolin in India, many good players, amateurs and professional musicians and the surprise of the very young mandolinista like the Warna girls. The mandolin is completely integrated into the Indian musical culture.
4th Mando-Fest of India 2020 – Playlist
The Warna Girls – a mandolin ensemble of 12 young girls – played at the Mandofest and got a lot of applause from the audience. Other videos: “Dr. Avinash Damle – -Playing Mandolin at Mando fest of india” and “Mandolin -Mere Rashke Qamar-TipTipBarsaPani-Bulleya”
3rd National Mando-Fest of India 2019, Bangalore
The playlist contains a trailer with information about the 3rd Mando-Fest, the video “PRADIPTO SENGUPTA PLAYED Huttidare Kannada on Mandolin” and the performance “50 Ragas| Aravind Bhargav| Chowdiah Hall”
Carlo Aonzo has published a new CD with Italian music – Mandolitaly. In this album the Carlo Aonzo Trio plays a set of Italian tunes in very entertaining way, with a light mood and jazzy influences. The mandolin has a beautiful tone, and the accompaniment by guitar and double bass prepares a colorful base for the mandolin.
You can hear selections by Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, songs like the Genoese song “Ma se ghe penso”, the Neapolitan song “Voce ‘e notte”, the song “Nebbia’a la Vall” from the Abruzzi, a Sicilian Tarantella joined with Taranta Steps by John Coltrane, and a classical Toccata in A.
Carlo Aonzo has a compiled a great and entertaining album for everybody who loves the mandolin, with lovely tremolo serenades and jolly tarantellas. Some of the recordings remind me of the great Dave Apollon.
For the recording Carlo has added some great guest musicians to add more colors to the unique sound.
Tommaso Bellomare (sicilian jew’s harp)
Ismaila Mbaye(african percussions)
Fabio Rinaudo(bagpipes, flute)
Ike Stubblefield (hammond organ)
Riccardo Tesi(diatonic accordion)
Riccardo Zegna (piano)
The album can be ordered directly from Carlo Aonzo, it will be available soon on all other platforms.
You can hear some of the songs of this new CD as a live performance of the Carlo Aonzo Trio in the following podcast: 00:00 Indifference (short version) 06:35 Polke 11:53 Mazurka Sentimentale 18:13 Voce e’ Notte + Taranta Steps 25:00 Arrivederci Roma + Roma nun fa la stupida stasera 32:09 Mazurka (Calace) 38:06 Receita de Samba 43:46 Splitting it up 49:38 Vivaldi in New York (L’Estate 3° mov.) 54:30 Minuano (short version)
After “A Mandolin Journey”, musical tour through the continents, the Carlo Aonzo Trio – Carlo Aonzo on the Italian mandolin, Lorenzo Piccone on the acoustic guitar and Luciano Puppo on the double bass – is back, this time travelling along the Italian tradition to rediscover its peculiar soundtrack. Once again the main character is the mandolin which, in the personal unique modern and eclectic style of Aonzo, makes such repertoire surprisingly catchy and contemporary.
Recently I have listened to some videos with Don Julin on electric mandola and electric mandolin, and I have compiled a Don Julin playlist.
Don Julin is the author of Mandolin for Dummies / Mandolin Exercises for Dummies, and he has a online instruction website “Mandolins heal the World” where he teaches how to play the mandolin. It’s interesting that he is also trying to teach the mandolin like a language:
My philosophy is that music is a language and should be learned as a language. If we take a look at how we learn to speak, we may find some interesting parallels. The way a young child learns to speak is by hearing adults and siblings make sounds. At first the child simply imitates the sounds of the vowels and consonants and eventually forms words. After a while the child can string words together to begin communicating with others. It is at that time that we introduce the child to the printed page. I am simply suggesting that we approach music the same way. As in any language, you can further your study to include theory, history, and the evolution of this language, but in the long run what most folks really want is to be able to join the musical conversation.