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Simon Mayor and the Mandolinquents – Great Mandolin Music…

Simon Mayor is maybe the most active mandolin player in the UK. He plays everything from classical music to bluegrass. Simon has also releases many instructional books and mandolin methods.

I have found the following video of the famous Minute Waltz some months ago, it was filmed during a Christmas concert. This video shows that Siman has a lot of humour, it is one of the funniest mandolin videos that I know:

Simon Mayor & The Mandolinquents ‘Minute Waltz’

Simon Mayor & the Mandolinquents live at New Greenham Arts. Band members Simon Mayor & Gerald Garcia attempt a serious rendition of Chopin’s Minute Waltz in the face of some seasonal silliness from Richard Collins.

The Mandolinquents play everything from hot swing and ragtime instrumentals from the mandolin orchestras of the 1930s: Irving Berlin, Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky to lively reels and beautiful traditional Irish airs to Chinese and Brazilian folk tunes. All this played with infectious fun, off-beat humour and stunning virtuosity on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar, with the occasional burst of song or fiddle.

Simon has just released a new CD.

I have compiled a large playlist with videos with Simon Mayor, including solo performances and performances with his band The Mandolinquents.

Ich habe eine umfangreiche Playliste erstellt mit Videos mit Simon Mayor, allein und zusammen mit seiner Gruppe The Mandolinquents. Viel Spass beim Ansehen!

Playlist Simon Mayor

Aditional Information

London Mandolin Ensemble mandolin ensemble

London 2013 – A Rehearsal with the London Mandolin…

The London Mandolin Ensemble was founded in 2012. In previous years existed an earlier London Mandolin Ensemble, but for many years there was not much mandolin ensemble music in London.

London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.

We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Packenham.

Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.

On Tuesday we have visited the rehearsal of the London Mandolin Ensemble. We rehearsed the mandolin concerto by Hasse, the Canon by Pachelbl and started with a piece by Eileen Packenham with a lot of chromatic scales. The rehearsal was conducted by Travis Finch who has studied with Alison Stephens. Travis does also organize a regular workshop for the mandolin players in London.

In recent years the London Mandolin Festival has been organized every year. There are some videos from the performances of the London Mandolin Festival at youtube:

Playlist London Mandolin Festival

Back in 1955 and 1949

The BMG has organized Banjo and Mandolin Festivals in the 1940s and 1950s, British Pathe has two short videos about the festivals of 1949 and 1955 – you can see many anjo players, but also some mandolins:

Plenty of Pluck (1951)

Musicians of Britain’s Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Clubs are arriving at Red Lion Square with instruments. An orchestra plays ‘Mind the Guns’ conducted by Phil Barker.

Music Festival on Strings (1949)

Participants are arriving, later a big Orchestra is playling.

Back in 1903

In 1903 a big mandolin orchestra has played in Queen’s Hall and in the Crystal Pallace. The following postcard shows”The Largest Mandoline Band in the World”

 

Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903
Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903

Additional Information

On the website of the London Mandolin Ensemble you can find additional information about the members and the conductor of the ensemble, about the rehearsals and a lot of more interesting information about the mandolin.

Website: http://www.londonmandolinensemble.org.uk/

Youtube Channel Travis Finch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ttamsivart/videos

About  Travis Finch: http://www.chadlingtonfestival.org.uk/artists/finch/

Website of the BMG: http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/

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A Romantic Mandolin Concert in Taiwan with Yahui Chen…

Mandolin players from Taiwan with Yahui Chen (Mandoline) have given a Romantic Mandolin Concert in the library of the Hsing Tien Temple in Taipe on Feb. 25th.

The videos of this concert are available at youtube.

I have made the following playlist with the complete concert:

Playlist Taipe Mandolin Ensemble Feb. 12, 2012

Program

1. Andante et Polonaise – E. Mezzacapo (mand. + guit.)

2. Rondo – R. Calace (mand. + guit.)

3. Kaze (mand. + guit.)

4. Kaze II (mand. + guit.)

5. Japanische Volkslieder (2 mandolins)

6. Carnevale di Venezia – C. Munier (this and the following pieces played by mandolin ensemble)

7. Valzer Fantastico – E. Marucelli

8. In the Light

9. Mandolin Club Night

10. Grandfather’s Clock

11. ???

13. Zu Tian Lullaby

15. Marche des Mandolinistes – Mezzacapo

16. Napoli

(the pieces 12 and 14 are missing)

Additional Information

Taipe Mandolin Ensemble at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taipei-Mandolin-Ensemble/133485357289

About the temple:

The Hsing Tian Kong dedicated to Lord Guan (Guansheng Dijun [關聖帝君], Guan Gong) is a famous temple located in Taipei.

Hsing Tian Kong

Previous posts in my blog: Das Taipei Mandolin Ensemble (German)

Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango – Liuqin (Chinese Mandolin) and Guitar

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The mandolin orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras – 5 Ladies…

I have discovered a video with a small mandolin orchestra from Brazil. The very special about this orchestra is that the members of this group are five old ladies aged between 78 and 85 years. I was really surprised when I found this video!

This is the youtube video with the orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras:

This is the description from another video which is no more available:

Talentos – Bandolineiras (Bloco 2/8)

Primeira capital do Piauí, há pouco mais de 300 quilômetros de Teresina, Oeiras, nos últimos 30 anos, vem ganhando fama por conta do talento de algumas senhoras que descobriram suas afinidades musicais em encontros religiosos. Mestras no chorinho, marchinhas e sambas, elas ficaram conhecidas como Bandolineiras de Oeiras. Mesmo no isolamento cultural em que viviam, a cidade sempre teve uma sólida tradição musical.

Na década de 30 do século passado, Araci Carvalho, exímia bandolinista, dava aulas de música para as moças da cidade, chegando a criar um conjunto, o Voz do Coração. Este ofício era desenvolvido também por outras senhoras da cidade, como Maria Queiroz e Filó Carvalho. Ao lado delas, os maestros das bandas de músicos completavam o quadro que fazia a fama de Oeiras. Apesar da tradição, os tempos mudaram e os alunos foram rareando, já muito menos interessados no estudo do bandolim. “Faltava incentivo, motivação”, entendiam as professoras. Foi na preparação das festividades pelos 250 anos da Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Vitória, em 1983, que algumas das antigas bandolinistas resolveram reviver os bons tempos: se reuniram para mostrar um repertório próprio, sob a coordenação da professora Celina Martins. Estavam lá Lilásia Freitas, Petinha Amorim, Zezé Cabeceira, Rosário Lemos e Nieta Maranhão.

A fama das senhoras bandolineiras (um neologismo surgido da aglutinação das palavras bandolins e Oieiras) utrapassou fronteiras. Em concerto no Festival de Cultura das Três Fronteiras, no Paraguai, as senhoras, cujas idades variam entre 78 e 85 anos, foram recebidas com entusiasmo e mostravam igual alegria por ser aquela a primeira vez que saiam de sua cidade natal. Um crítico local dizia que elas pareciam perdidas no meio do enorme cenário negro, elas igualmente vestidas de preto, destacando-se apenas as figuras delgadas com seus cabelos muito brancos. Tudo começou a mudar quando começaram a tocar seus instrumentos, segundo ele, uma música doce, com ares medievais e ecos portugueses, que mostraram a incrível vitalidade da música brasileira. Eles estavam diante de um verdadeiro patrimônio nacional.

From the title of this video you can see that this video was the second in a series of 8 videos. All 8 videos were available but have been removed in the meantime.

I have added the titles of the pieces in the following list. As you can see the program included such famous pieces as Tico Tico no Fuba or Noites Cariocas:

1 – Chorando Baixinho (Abel Ferreira)

2 – Cecy Carmo (Possidonio Queiroz)

3 – Noites Cariocas – Jacob do Bandolim

4 – Rosa – Pixinguinha

5 – Rio Antiguo (Altamiro Carilho/Augusto Nesquiro) + Asa Branca (Luiz Gonzaga/Humberto Teixeira)

6 – Lamentos (Pixinguinha / V. Morais)

7 – Carinhoso (Pixinguinha / Joao de Barro) / Brincando de Bandolims (dominio popolar)

8 – Tici Tico no Fuba (Zequinha de Abreu)

I have found some other interesting posts about the Bandolineiras de Oeiras, all links are available in my link collection:

https://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:bandolineiras/

There are some other videos with music played by the Bandolineiras de Oieiras:

Hino a Matriz.wmv

Hino_Oeiras_Legendado.wmv

Additional Information

allmusic about Abel Ferreira: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/abel-ferreira-q98040

Abel Ferreira was one of the leading Brazilian Chorões of the 1940s. He was so-known because of his lifelong participation in the tradition of Choro–instrumental dance music that evolved from European waltzes and polkas–that Brazil’s leading composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, once called “the essence of the Brazilian musical soul.” Quasi-improvisational and highly virtuosic in nature, Choro music usually involved an ensemble composed of various types of guitars and wind instruments, particularly the clarinet, flute and saxophone.

Blog about Possidonio Queiroz: http://memorialpossidonioqueiroz.blogspot.com/

Presentation of a complete CD with works by Possidonio Queiroz: http://www.overmundo.com.br/banco/valsas-piauienses-de-possidonio-queiroz