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The Grupo Ayate – Joyfull Plucked Strings from the…

During the last days I have watched many videos with music of the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria or Tenerife. On the Canary Islands they have a tradition of mixed ensembles with plucked instruments – guitar, bandurria, laud and the typical instrument named timple. In most cases the ensemble is used to accompany one or more singers, and not for pure instrumental music like it is typical for the German mandolin orchestras.

Very often the music is joyfull, the players and the audience enjoy the music very much. Some of the pieces reminded me to the music that is played in Venezuela that is based on the same tradition as this music on the Canary Islands.

Have fun with the Grupo Ayate!

El burro de orejas largas grupo ayate

villancico en directo del grupo ayate en navidad fue uno de los programas mas visto en canarias diciembre 09

Polkas.parranda el peral

polkas de la escuela de folklore de los paperos y grupo ayate actuacion en directo cantan varios

 

There is one video in the youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate of a piece for the 5-string timple of the Canary Islands and guitar. I have already watched many videos with music played by a timple and I have planned to write one of my next post especially about the timple of the Canary Islands.

Folias

actuacion de abraham ramos y gamaliel alonso

Additional information

youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate

Information about the instruments of Gran Canaria

Atlas of plucked Instruments with some information about the timple and other Spanish instruments:

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The adventures of the Duyfken: Suite for mandolin orchestra…

Recently I have found some videos of a new composition for mandolin orchestra and percussion by Australian composer Richard Charlton: The adventures of the Duyfken

The vessel Duyfken was a Dutch ship that was the first ship to reach Australia in 1606:

In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea.

Under the command of Willem Janszoon, Duyfken and her crew ventured south-east. They sailed beyond Os Papuas (Papua New Guinea) and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold – but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record Australia in history so Duyfken‘s voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history.

Richard Charlton composed The adventures of the Duyfken in 2007:

“Commissioned by Geoffrey Barber with funds from the Australian Mandolin Music Association…”–P. i.

The first two videos show a performance by the dutch mandolin orchestra Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI:

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton, PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton PART TWO

The next two videos were played by the West Australian Mandolin Orchestra conducted by Robert Schulz. The WAMO announces on its homepage that it will travel to France and Germany in June 2010 – I guess that the orchestra will also play at the big Eurofestival in Bruchsal.

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART TWO

Finally another video with one movement of this suite played by the British group Fretful Federation:

The Fretful Federation play Charlton’s Duyfken Arafura Sea

Additional information:

The original Duyfken: http://www.duyfken.com/original/

Website of the Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI: http://www.mandolineorkestoni.nl/

Website of the WAMO: http://www.wamo.com.au/

Youtube chanel of the WAMO: http://www.youtube.com/user/wamandolinorchestra

Website of the Fretful Federation: http://www.fretful-federation.co.uk/

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Koray Berat Sari, Baglama and Mandolin Orchestra Jugenzupforchester NRW

I found the following video and as it is a very rare combination I want to present it in my blog.

Last year a special compoetition for the Baglama – an instrument popular in Turkey and played by many immigrants from Turkey in Germany as well – was included in the German competition for young musicians Jugend Musiziert. The orchestra was conducted by Dr. Christian de Witt.

Koray Berat Sari, Jugendzupforchester NRW mit Baglama

Preisträgerkonzert von Jugend musiziert 2009
Baglama mit dem Jugendzupforchester NRW unter der Leitung von Dr. Christian de Witt

 

There is a press release about this (in German)
http://www.jugend-musiziert.org/bundeswettbewerb/presse/pressemitteilung

Baglama

Informations about the baglama from Turkey or more precisely the baglama saz can be found in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments.

http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/middle_east.htm

This is the most well-known Turkish plucked instrument. It comes in several different sizes : the small cura saz, the baglama saz, the bigger divan saz and the biggest : the meydan saz. Nowadays you can also find an electric saz. The baglama (pronounce : bah-lahma) is the most popular. In Iran and Azerbaijan this instrument may be called chogur, choghur or çogur.

Jugendzupforchester NR

Homepage of the Jugendzupforchester NRW: http://www.jugendzupforchester.de/

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Music Fest of the BDZ Hessen 2009 – Mandolin…

In June 2009 the German Association for mandolin orchestras BDZ, district Hessen, had its music fest in Schlitz. Several videos of this event are available at youtube with interesting performances of some of the best mandolin orchestras in Germany.

There are several videos available with the mandolin orchestra of Hessen (Hessisches Zupforchester). The orchestra is conducted by Oliver Kälberer who ist known for his excellent work with orchestras. Oliver Kälberer has arranged an Intermezzo by Johannes Brahms for mandolin orchestra:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Intermezzo in Es-Dur op. 117, Nr. 1, bearb.: Oliver Kälberer

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Intermezzo in Es-Dur op. 117, Nr. 1, bearb. von Oliver Kälberer

The youth mandolin orchestra of Hessen (JZOH) has also played some interesting pieces. The first piece is an arrangement of a piece by Peter Maxwell Davies, Farewell to Stromness. I know this piece from a CD with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (a video of this version is also availble at youtube), but the version for mandolin orchestra, arranged by Frank Wittstock, is also very beautiful.

Jugendzupforchester Hessen JZOH – Farewell to Stromness

(the video shows a different and incorrect title, obviously the program had been changed, which has not been recognized by the author of the video).

Here is a second example, a piece by Astor Piazzolla:

Tango Apasionada gespielt vom JZOH am Landesmusikfest 2009 vom BDZ Hessen

Jugendzupforchester unter Leitung von Sabine Geis mit dem Titel “Tango Apasionada” von Astor Piazzolla, bearbeitet von Sabine Geis im Rahmen des Landesmusikfestes 2009 vom BDZ Hessen

More videos of his music fest are available in the youtube channel 60erklaus http://www.youtube.com/user/60erklaus

More resources

Homepage of the music fest “Landesmusikfest 2009” with the programs and information about the orchestras (German):

Hessisches Zupforchester (German): http://www.hzo.de/

Jugendzupforchester Hessen JZOH (German): http://www.jzoh.de/old/index.html

Youtube channel of 60erklaus: http://www.youtube.com/user/60erklaus

Homepage of Oliver Kälberer: http://www.ok-music.de/

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