Archive for December, 2010

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage – New Concert at NPR – Chris Thile on Mandolin

I am just listening to the Punch Brothers on Mountain Stage – a concert that is available at NPR: Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage Mandolin player Chris Thile is better known for his role in Nickel Creek, but in 2010, it was all about his new band, Punch Brothers, and the group’s second album, [...]

Remembering Butch Baldassari – The Fantastic Sound of the Mandolin

Almost one year has passed since Butch Baldassari died on January 10. In his latest BBC broadcast Mike Harding played a piece from the CD Travellers with Butch Baldassari, John Reischman and Robin Bullock, a very nice medley composed of the following three tunes: The Old French / The Wise Maid / Swinging On A [...]

The Tar – An Important Long Neck Lute from Persia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

If you need a break from the holiday music at the moment, maybe it is a good idea to listen to some music of a completely different culture. I have collected some videos with an instrument that is used in Persia, Azerbaijan and Armenia – the tar. There are many more interesting videos, including some [...]

A Minstrel Christmas – New Christmas-CD by the Freiburger Spielleyt

Since 1990 the Early Music Freiburg (Freiburger Spielleyt) have successfully played music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with instruments like mediaval lute, barock lute, viola da gamba, harp, flute, hurdy gurdy, krummhorn, frame drum and many others. The members of the ensemble have met at the music university of Freiburg and the Schola [...]

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