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Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble – A young Mandolin Orchestra…

The Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble is a young Japanese mandolin ensemble. After only 5 years the orchestra has already reached a high standard.

The fifth regular concert of the  Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble was given on Oct. 2nd. The complete concert was streamed by ustream and has also been recorded. The videos of the concert are now available at ustream.

This orchestra plays with a lot of energy. The program was mainly composed of Japanese compositions of recent years and therefore is very interesting.

At the moment the 3rd piece of the concert was taken out from the video, it is planned to make it available as soon as the permission by the composer was given.

For me this concert was very interesting. It gives a great impression about new developements in the mandolin music in Japan of today.

The concert has been recorded completely including the intermission. You can skip the intermission of the second part and jump directly to the beginning of the second part – the time of the beginning of the pieces is given in the comment.


1. Sulla Piana della Melia, Ouverture per Estudiantina / Giuseppe Manente/arranged by Jiro Nakano
2. Prelude 2 / Hidenori Yoshimizu
3. Spirit of Planet – for mandolin orchestra / Daigo Marumoto (zur Zeit nicht verfügabr)
4. Ride!  / S.Hazo/arranged by GSME
5. Piano concerto No.1 “Anti-Ares” / V. Wakkmaninov/arranged by GSME
6. Fate of the Gods  / S. Reineke / arranged by GSME
7. Prima Ballata: Allegro capriccioso from “Ballata sinfonica” / Akira Ifukube
8. Arsnova Suite / Kenji Suehiro・Daigo Marumoto

Encore: Tong-poo / Ryuichi Sakamoto

Enjoy the 5th concert of the Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble!

(I had first embedded the ustream videos, but I had the impression that this did not work properly – the videos started loding and playing automatically although this was not wanted – so I have replaced the embedded videos by the links to the videos)

October 2, 2010 14:11

GSME 第五回定期演奏会(1/2)


Second Video


Second video begins with the 4th piece, 15 minutes intermission after the end of the first part of the concert

More Information about the Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/dinslef

Blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/gresai/

Homepage: http://gresai.web.fc2.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/GSME_bot

More posts about Japan: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=japan

Deutsche Version: http://www.gezupftes.de/?p=3207

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The Lovell Sisters on Mountain Stage and Woodsongs Radio…

Today I want to present another concert from NPR that I have listened to recently – a concert with the Lovell Sisters. The Lovell Sisters stopped playing together as a family band by the end of 2009 when Jessica Lovell went to the collage and married. Rebecca Lovell (mandolin) and Megan Lovell (dobro, guitar) continued as the duo Larkin Poe since then and have already made their first CD.

The following concert of the Lovell Sisters is available at NPR:

The Lovell Sisters On Mountain Stage

The talented trio featured Jessica on fiddle, Megan on dobro and Rebecca on mandolin, with all three doing vocal duty. They performed their final concert together in January, but Rebecca and Megan Lovell continue as a duo in their new band, Larkin Poe.

In this set on Mountain Stage, The Lovell Sisters perform two songs from Time to Grow: “In My Time of Dyin’ ” and the title track, along with covers of “Teardrop,” written by Cocteau Twins singer-songwriter Elizabeth Fraser, and “Bleeding Heart” by Jimi Hendrix.


I had posted some videos of the Lovell Sisters some time ago.  And I have made a playlist from a set of youtube videos with a complete concert of the Lovell Sisters in Philadephia.

Playlist Lovell Sisters concert in Phildelphia:


The song that I liked most from the NPR concert ist a song that was played by Jimi Hendrix – Bleeding Heart: Here are some videos of performances of Bleeding Heart by the Lovell Sisters:

The Lovell Sisters @ Bonnaroo – Bleeding Heart

The Lovell sisters on Woodsongs – covering Bleeding Heart by Jimmy Hendrix

The last video is taken from a concert of the Lovell Sisters together with Sara Watkins at the Woodsongs Radio Hour. The complete concert ieses Video is available for download as audio or video at:


(Show 532)

bleeding heart-The Lovell Sisters-Flavorfest 2009

Links about the Lovell Sisters

Homepage: http://www.lovellsisters.com/

Homepage Larkin Poe: http://www.larkinpoe.com/

youtube channel Larkin Poe: http://www.youtube.com/larkinpoe

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Jill Barber – Lovesongs – New Album “Chances” –…

Some days ago I listened to a podcast from CBC Canada Live – a podcast with the Canadian Singer Jill Barber. This concert was also available as a concert on demand.

I liked to listen to this concert very much and have also listened to several youtube videos. The podcast is over one hour and includes all the announcements of Jill Barber and gives a fantastic impression of her personality too.

Concert on Demand – Jill Barber

New concert 2011: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20110216jbarb (no more available)

Jill Barber can also be found in some other CBC concerts – just use the search function to find more concerts.

Instead of the concerts you can listen to the free streaming radio:


Podcast mit Jill Barber – 26. Februar 2010


Jill Barber shows off her beautiful smoky voice and romantic songs in this concert, recorded as part of the Toque Sessions in CBC Vancouver’s Studio 40.

Two official videos with songs of the CD Chances can be found at youtube,  the title song Chances and a gospal / rhytm and blues title Oh My My:

Jill Barber Oh My My

Jill Barber Chances

Jill Barber Links

Homepage Jill Barber: http://www.jillbarber.com/

youtube channel with more  Jill Barber songs: http://www.youtube.com/user/outsidemusic1

more posts tagged Canada: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=canada

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Listen to Great Concerts with John Reischman and the…

John Reischman is one of my favorite mandolin players – I love the sound that he produces with his great Lloyd Loar mandolin.

A recent podcast of the CBC presents a concert with John Reischman and the Jaybirds

Mandolin master John Reischman and his band the Jaybirds play upbeat, foot-stomping bluegrass in this concert from John Lawson Park in Vancouver.

You can download the podcast from:


On the CBC Concert on Demand page you can also find another concert by John Reischman and the Jaybirds:

John Reischman is considered one of the world’s top mandolin players.

Since moving to Vancouver from the San Francisco Bay area, John has assembled a hand-picked band called the Jaybirds. This highly respected ensemble plays unpretentious, straight-ahead Bluegrass that flows out of the deep current of this beloved North American roots music tradition.

Recorded at the peak of summer, on BC Day (Aug 3, 2009), in John Lawson Park as part of West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival.


  • John Reischman – mandolin, vocals
  • Trish Gagnon – bass, vocals
  • Jim Nunally – guitar, vocals
  • Nick Hornbuckle – banjo
  • John Reischman & The Jaybirds

This concert has been removed from the list and is no more available!

A great tune from this concert is Cleo Belle:

Cleo Belle – John Reischman Jaybirds

Cleo Belle was written by Nick Hornbuckle, the banjo player. Nick was inspired to write this tune thinking about the best swimming hole in the world. The one on the Nanaimo River, British Columbia, where he swims with his wife and daughter, Cleo. http://www.thejaybirds.com

Here’s another great tune:

Allen’s Creek – John Reischman The Jaybirds

Find more youtube videos with John Reischman and the Jaybirds:


German version:

Ein tolles Konzert mit John Reischman und den Jaydbirds