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Talilele – Mixed Ukulele and Mandolin-Orchestra from Kobe /…

When I looked for other videos of the Kansai Mandolin Ensemble I found the following video of a group named Talilele of 27 players with mandolins, ukuleles and other plucked instruments.

Something Unexpected: Talilele

This group is composed of 27 players of ukuleles, cigar box ukues, mandolins, mandolas, banjo and some Japanese instruments and reminds me very much to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The sound is great and the energy of the group is fantastic.

The next video includes a lot of percussion played on the instruments:

Jyounetu Tairiku Cover Practice Talilele ukulele Orchestra

This last une was composed by the Japanese violin player Taro Hakase.

You can find a video of this with Taro Hakase & Iwao Furusawa – Jounetsu Tairiku

I have found some other videos of this group and made a playlist with all videos:


Talilele on Myspace

The group Talilele  has a Myspace page too: http://www.myspace.com/talilele where I have found the following description of Talilele:

“TALILELE”, the ukulele orchestra in Kobe, was formed by the complete beginner players in October 2006. Almost 2’n half years have passed since then and you can’t call us beginners any more! (may be)Well, technically speaking, we are still far away from master of UKE, indeed. However, our love for music, overnight tender tough trainings by our concert master, AND bunch of liqure have been making amateur players “performers”, we believe. Wow! Hope to see you someday & somewhere. Thank you for keep encouragings!


Fraunhofer Saitenmusik – Magic Strings – Hackbrett / Hammered…

The time around christmas is a time to listen to music like the music by this German group – the Fraunhofer Saitenmusik. The group is named after a location, an old guesthouse in Munich and was founded in 1978 by Heidi Zink and Richard Kurländer

Das »Fraunhofer« – eines der ältesten und schönsten Wirtshäuser Münchens – hat bei der Namensgebung der »Fraunhofer Saitenmusik « im Jahr 1978 Pate gestanden.

Hier haben sich Heidi Zink und Richard Kurländer kennengelernt  und die »Fraunhofer Saitenmusik « gegründet.  Zusammen mit dem Bassisten Gerhard Zink hat dieses Trio – zwischenzeitlich auch immer wieder mit dem Gitarristen Michael Klein zum Quartett verstärkt – seit nunmehr drei Jahrzehnten den Status einer musikalischen Institution.

The group uses traditional instruments from the Bavarian folklore, especially the Hackbrett, a hammered dulcimer, the harp, the guitar, recorder and double bass. The repertoir includes traditional music from Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, own compositions and old music like the following Hoboeckentanz by Tilman Susato recorded more than 20 years ago in 1986:

Fraunhofer Saitenmusik Hoboeckentanz (1986)


The group has recorded many CDs, including some special CDs for winter and christmas time. The arrangements of the Fraunhofer Saitenmusik are very special and very beautiful and create a very magic atmosphere.

I have collected the videos that I have found in the following playlist – just relax and enjoy the music!

Addtional information

Homepage: Fraunhofer Saitenmusik

Wikipedia: Hammered Dulcimer

CD recommendation (Amazon partenerlink)

Nordsud – Fraunhofer Saitenmusik

Fraunhofer Saitenmusik zur Weihnachtszeit Christmas Music

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Ensemble La Volta – Plucked Instruments of the World

The La Volta ensemble has been around for more than 25 years. A concert for the 25st anniversary was given in 2009, and the videos of this concerts are now available on youtube.

On the homepage of the ensemble you can find the following text:

LA VOLTA, ein Ensemble der Musikschule Reinach/Basel-Land (CH), besteht aus 8 bis 9 Jugendlichen im Alter von ca. 10 bis18 Jahren.

Zusammen mit ihrem Leiter, Jürgen Hübscher, beherrschen sie ein vielfältiges Repertoire, das von Musik des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts über Internationale Folklore bis zur «POPulären Musik» unserer Zeit reicht.

Das Instrumentarium besteht aus Gitarren verschiedener Grössen, historischen Instrumenten wie Laute, Barockgitarre, Barockmandoline, Pandora etc., folkloristischen Zupfinstrumenten aus ganz Europa, Nordamerika und Lateinamerika, Violine, Panflöten und über dreissig Percussionsinstrumenten.

translated to English:

LA VOLTA, a group of the music school in Reinach/Basel (Switzerland) is composed of studens ot he music school aged between 10 and 18 years.

Together with the director Jürgen Hübscher they play a repertoire which contains music from the 16th to the 18th century as well as international folk music and pop songs of today.

The enseble uses different sized guitars, historical instruments like the luth, barock guitar, barock mandolin, pandora etc.,  folk instruments from all over Europe, North America and South America, violins, pan flutes and more than 30 percussion instruments.

For now 25 years Jürgen Hübscher has again and again found young students for his ensemble and prepared  interesting programs. Many times this ensemble has also been invited to other countries and made successful tours.

The instruments are used in a very creative way. In the following video folk instruments like the charango or the Puertorican cuatro are used for the barock music replacing the barock guitar, the Mexican Guitarron is used as the bass instrument.

Villan di Spagna (printed 1657)

Ensemble La Volta (Switzerland) Italian 17th Century music by Giuseppe Giamberti. Performed with “baroque Charango” (tuned like baroque guitar), Jarana Huasteca from Mexico, Pandora, Cuatro Puertorriqueño & Mexican Guitarron.

The program does also contain a Ciacona by Leopold Sylvius Weiss for soprano luth and bass luth, and a suite by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello.

Then follows an Italian tarantella, folk dances from Greece and Bulgaria and finally dances and choros from South America.

Two well known pieces from Brazil are played in the following video:

Manha de carnaval / Brasileirinho

The ensemble La Volta has produced several CDs, they have also published some South American dances for a mixed ensemble. On the homepage of the ensemble you can find more information about CDs, sheet music and also seminars held by Jürgen Hübscher for working with mixed ensembles. You can also order a newsletter.

This is another video with Irish and American melodies, played with a lot of joy and creativity – that’s fun for the players and for the audience too.

Irish Reel – Hornpipe – Breakdown

Website La Volta: http://www.la-volta.com/

Playlist with all videos of the anniversary concert of Ensemble La Volta

Playlist from a concert given in 2011

Play by Jason Vieaux

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