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Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in…

In one of the past newesletter from Folk Radio UK I found the interview with two folk bands who had joined for the Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour this summer. Sutari is the name of a trio composed of three women from Poland, Dead Rat Orchestra is a male trio from the UK.

The music by Sutari reminded me to one of my favorite albums with music from Hungary “La Hongire – Ensemble Ferenc Sebö”,especially the singing style of Sutari. In their music they are using traditional stringed instruments, but also all kind of other thinks like bottles, a big wrench, a bowl of water or kitchen equipment. You can watch a great performance filmed by KEXP here:

Sutari Live on KEXP

Dead Rat Orchestra are also using traditional instruments like the violin – but played in a very unusual way. The are also using meat choppers played with a wooden stick or a violin bow and other very unusual things. Watch this great performance from a Rough Music concert:

Dead Rat Orchestra – Rough Music Concert

I have found some videos from the recent Free Folk in Brexit Britain tour , check the following playlist with some great performances of both groups together:

Playlist Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra

Additional information

Sutari on Soundcloud

Interview: Sutari & Dead Rat Orchestra – Free Folk in Brexit Britain Tour (10-16 July)

Sutari is the brainchild of three young women: singers, instrumentalists and performers – Kasia Kapela, Basia Songin and Zosia Zembrzuska, (they featured in our Lost in Transmission Show No 36). Like the DRO they are also busy with other projects as Kasia explained “We still work on both theatre and music projects. Zosia is a manager of culture, promoting contemporary Polish composers outside Poland. Basia is a storyteller and she performs with two music duos: Mehehe and Kuso. Kasia has a family-based band, Kapela Timingeriu, who play gypsy and klezmer music.”

culture.pl: Sutari

‘Intoxicating and hypnotic’ Wiano

The ensemble made their debut in 2012 at the prestige New Tradition Polish Radio Folk Festival, where they immediately received second prize from the jury and a prize from the audience: a ‘a storm of cheers’. They didn’t have to wait long for subsequent distinctions and complements. Journalists announced the Warsaw trio the most interesting new band of 2012. The group’s CV was then enriched by first prize at the 10th edition of Battle of the Bands, an international competition organized by one of the biggest labels in the world – World Music Network. The lively song Chłopacy gained 91% of online votes and got a chance to be internationally promoted by being included on the compilation album The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World.

Website Dead Rat Orchestra

One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, their work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their soundtracks have featured on BBC Television and at Tate Modern.

Post about the album La Hongrie and Ferenc Sebö


You might get the album La Hongrie at Amazon (Partnerlink):

La Hongrie

guitar

Bob Bain (1924 – 2018) – Studio Guitarist –…

Bob Bain has played the guitar as a studio guitarist since the early 1950s, and he was active as a guitar player until recently. Bob passed away at the age of 94 in June 2018.

Fretboard Journal has published a great post about Bob Bain including a set of videos filmed in 2017, together with Bill Frisell and Dennis Budimir.

I enjoyed reading about Bill Bain who played the guitar for so many movies and TV shows like Bonanza, Peter Gunn, M.A.S.H. or The Pink Panther. And I enjoyed listening to some great examples of the music played by Bob Bain.

As a studio guitarist Bob Bain had to play all kind of plucked instruments, beginning with the typical rhythm guitar used in Jazz bands of the 50s (his prewar Gibson L-5), Rock guitars in the 60s and 70s (his Fender Telecaster), acoustic guitar (Martion O-18), 12-string guitar, banjo, mandolin – as a studio guitarist you must always be prepared – and be at the right place at the right time.

I have added the links to some great interviews with BobBain at the end of thisd post where you can read great stories about guitars, movies, singers and bands.

Playlist Bob Bain

Fretboard Journal: Remembering Bob Bain: 1924 – 2018

In the following interview from 2014 Bob tells many details about his work as a studio guitarist:

Bob Bain – the famous American Guitarist is Interviewed

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve heard the guitar of Bob Bain. In all reality, you couldn’t miss it. Starting in the 1950’s and through the 80’s (not counting today’s re-runs or syndicated programming), if you watched television shows like Peter Gunn, Bonanza, Mission Impossible, The Munsters and M.A.S.H., it was Bob Bain’s guitar that you heard on the themes. For 22 years, Bob was a fixture along with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band during the Johnny Carson era on NBC. But you’ve also heard his work in movies like Thoroughly Modern Millie and on recordings with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. Bob has also recorded several albums of his own on Capitol Records, recorded with the group Guitars Unlimited, and produced a couple of releases by jazz pianist Junior Mance.

vintageguitar.com:  Bob Bain – The Silent Giant

Guitar Player: Bob Bain’s Legendary Studio Sessions

What would you typically bring to studio dates?

It would depend. In the early days with the orchestras, I’d just bring the L-5, because, nine times out of ten, you were playing strictly rhythm, and you didn’t need an electric. Then, electric guitar got more popular, and I’d carry an electric, an acoustic, and my amp in the trunk of my car. I’d always have a banjo, a mandolin, and a ukulele around, as well. I’d also bring a Yamaha 12-string when 12-strings became popular. Eventually, when we sent road cases to studio dates, I added a gut string—a Rodriguez or a Martin—a mandola, a bouzouki, and an electric sitar. For amps, I used a Fender Twin, then a Fender Bassman for a while, a Benson—which was invented by Howard Roberts and Ron Benson—and, finally, a Fender Princeton Reverb.

Tracks at archive.org

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Cuerdas Latinas – A Concert with the Ensemble Instrumental…

AICOPI is the name of a French mandolin orchestra directed by Ricardo Sandoval. The name AICOPI ist derived from the French name of this ensemble: Académie Intégrale des COrdes PIncées – Ensemble instrumental à plectres dirigé par Ricardo SANDOVAL

AICOPI took also part at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik at Bruchsal (Germany) recntly where they played the Suite Retratos by Radames Gnattali. This piece has also been played at the concert in Metz.

The orchestra gave a concert in Metz on June 16, 2018. Conductor was Marc Desmons. The complete videos of this concert are now available in the youtube channel of Ricardo Sandoval.

Program

  • Pequeña Suite (Adolfo Mejía Navarro)
  • Divertimento Nº1 “Salsoso” (Ricardo Sandoval)
  • Aria Cantilena (Heitor Villa-lobos)
  • Libertango (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Radamés Gnattali – Suite Retratos
  • Alfonsina y el Mar (Ariel Ramírez)
  • Danzón Nº2 (Arturo Márquez) arr. Germán Posada
  • Colombia Tierra Querida (Lucho Bermúdez)

Playlist Concert “CUERDAS LATINAS”

Concert “CUERDAS LATINAS”

Ensemble Instrumental AICOPI

Direction: Marc Desmons

L’Arsenal (Metz) – 16/6/18

Additional information

AICOPI (Facebook)

bluegrass

Tony Williamson – Mandolin Virtuoso – Musical Instrument Expert…

Today I read a long post about Tony Williamson. He just received the North Carolina Heritage Award.

Announced as a 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Williamson, from Chatham County, is described as “a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor.” He blends multiple genres but still remains rooted in bluegrass.

The following video is a presentation of Tony Williamson.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson

Music is the backdrop of his life. Enjoy filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman’s short documentary on 2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson.

Tone is a real expert for vintage instruments. He can tell many stories about the instruments and their history. He has given many presentations with vintage instruments and has recorded some great albums.

You can watch Tony Williamson and some great old mandolins in my playlist. The first four videos are from a presentation in the North Carolina Museum of History, Tony Williamson shows and plays a Gibson F5 mandolins, an F4 mandolin and a K2 mandocello.

Additionel information

Tony Williamson – 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient 

North Carolina Heritage Award