Category: Mandolin

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Carlo Aonzo Trio – Mandolitaly

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.

Claudio Bellato (guitar) 

Tommaso Bellomare (sicilian jew’s harp)

Rudy Cervetto (drums) 

Antonio Marangolo (sax) 

Ismaila Mbaye (african percussions) 

Fabio Rinaudo (bagpipes, flute) 

Daniele Sepe (sax) 

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.

Mandolitaly

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)

Playlist Mandolitaly

CD presentation on the website of Carlo Aonzo:

https://carloaonzo.com/mandolitaly-the-new-album

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.

Additional Information

Review of “MandolItaly” in the Mandolin Cafe – including the track “Taranta Steps” from the album.

Review of the album (ondamusicale.it – Italian)

The previous album by the Carlo Aonzo Trio:

A Mandolin Journey at Spotify

Wikipedi about the song Ma se ghe penso

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Don Julin – Electric Mandolin & Mandola – Mandolins…

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. 

You can find more information about Don Julin and his Mandolin Heals The World website in an interview on the Mandolin Cafe website.

You can find great Jazz tunes with electric mandolin or electric mandola played by Don Julin like “You make ma skin crawl”, but also a great selection of Bluegrass tunes in my playlist.

Playliste Don Julin

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – Playlist

Ther are some basic mandolin lessons available in Don Julins Mandolin Lessons channel.

Website Don Julin

Mandolins heal the World – Interview Mandolin Cafe

Mandolins heal the World – Website

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – youtube channel

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Dave Apollon – The Mandolin Virtuoso – Short Movies

Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.

Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone

Short film in good quality

7 Short Films

Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.

LP & Laundry – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

Listen to side one of the LP Mandolins! Mandolins!
Mandolins! Mandolins!

Playlist – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

The LP “Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!” was released in 1960 (find more at discogs here) – you can find it at youtube now:

Additional Information

I have collected newspaper clippings from the 1930s and 1940s – you can find it here: Dave Apollon Mandolin Virtuoso

Biography of Dave Apollon (acoustic disc)

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The best Mandolin Duets – Sheet Music and Videos

Some time ago I have been asked if I can recommend any mandolin duets. So I started to make some research and look for videos and sheet music for two mandolins.

Duets for two mandolins are not so frequently found as duets for mandolin and guitar. Sheet music for two mandolins is more difficult to find.

The most important artists playing music for two mandolins today are probably Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Carlo Aonzo has played together with Brian Oberlin on some occasions. Mike Marshall has played together with Chris Thiele and with the bandolim players Hamilton de Holanda or Danilo Brito. All Bluegrass mandolin players are used to play melody and chords – so they do occasionally play as a mandolin duo.

Pieces for a melody instrument with accompaniment can be played as a mandolin duet if the second mandolin plays the chords or improvises a second part. In my playlist you can find several examples of this.

Classical Mandolin Duets – A List of the BDZ

On the website of the BDZ (Bund Deutscher Zupfmuskier, association of mandolin orchestras in Germany) you can find several lists of sheet music for mandolin and guitar, including a list for mandolin duet.

sheet music for mandolin and guitar
sheet music for two mandolins.

Playlist – Mandolin Duets

In my playlist of mandolin duets I have collected classical mandolin duets but also mandolin duets with bluegrass, folk or choro. Let yourself be inspired to find interesting music for two mandolins.

Duo Galante – Musik für Mandoline – Playlist

Caterina Lichtenberg and Silke Lisko have recorded an album with music for two mandolins some time ago. This album includes classical mandolin duets from the 18th century and duets from the romantic period (Calace, Munier). The complete album is available at youtube.

You can find many mandolin duets in the old mandolin methods from around 1900. The method by Cristofaro includes so called Recreations for teacher and student. Some great sounding duets can be found in the method by Janvier Pietrapertosa. You can check the free mandolin methods on my website MandoIsland –  Mandolin method – MandoIsland.

I have collected links for syllabuses for the mandolin  check this: Linksammlung Lehrplan Mandoline

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