On April 7, 2019 I was at a concert of the SWR Sinfonie Orchester in Freiburg. The program was composed of works by Frank Zappa. It began with three pieces from the Yellow Shark project. In 1992 Frank Zappa worked together with the Ensemble Moderne to produce a concert with his works played by a classical orchestra.
The mandolin player in Freiburg was Denise Wambsgans.
The world premiere of Yellow Shark took place at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on Sept. 17, 1992. The recording of this concert is now available at youtube.
Video – The Yellow Shark 1992
The mandolin player in 1992 was Detlef Tewes. I have made some screenshots from the video showing Detlef Tewes with his mandolin and with Frank Zappa. Jürgen Ruck played guitar and banjo. This concert is really enjoyable and has some great moments, especially in the second part of the concert.
Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.
Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone
Short film in good quality
7 Short Films
Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.
My newspaper had a review some days ago about the album “Calling the Muse – Old & New Pieces for Theorbo” by the French theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer.
Bruno Helstroffer has studied the guitar in Straßburg in France and has also started to play the theorbo, the lute and the vihuela. The theorbo and the lute are now his favorite instruments.
Helstroffer has played with different old music ensembles playing music of the Renaissance. He has played solo performances with his theorbo and has a very creative way to play old and new music on the lute instruments. He is composing new music for the theorbo, arranging modern compositions for the lute and even plays arrangements of pop songs.
Let’s start with a solo performance:
Fragment of “Mr Instrument Instrument presents The Great Invention for thirsty theorbo, asleep double bass, four dancers and absolute crime.”
Costumes: Unfinished Company In collaboration with Dance House Lemesos, Burdąg Foundation and with the support of Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Bruno Helstroffer is taking part in different projects, a great example is this trio with guitar, oud and theorbo playing a composition ba Arvo Pärt:
Grégory Dargent, oud, Kevin Seddiki, guitare classique et Bruno Helstroffer, théorbe interprètent Pari Intervalo d’Arvo Pärt. Extrait du concert Ocora, Couleurs du monde enregistré le 10 septembre 2018 au Studio 105 de la Maison de la Radio.
Last year I have made several videos with Greek music. I have recently been asked about where to get this music to able to play it. In this post I will give some sources for sheet music of Greek folk tunes.
Playlist Greek Music for the Mandolin
Sources for Greek music
The book that I am using has the title: Folk Songs and Dances Harmonization G. Mavromoustakis Published by Edition Do.Re.Mi – Thessaloniki – Greece 1980
I have found part of this book again at musicnotes.com. If you search for Greek Folksongs you can find several tunes in the identical easy piano arrangement (by Jonathan Robbins).
You can find a great selection of Greek folk tunes on the site www.foldies.de on page Noten (you must use the selection “Noten” on the left top side).