Author: Michael Reichenbach

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European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra (EGMYO) – Workshop…

Last summer the EGMYO (European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra) has met in Germany for a workshop and two concerts.

The workshop was organized by the Bund Deutscher Zupfmusiker (German plucked strings association). Now a set of videos about the workshop and the concerts is available. The workshop took place from July 30 to August 8 in the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO) in Saarland in Germany.

The participants were about 50 young mandolin and guitar players from whole Europe, from Portugal in the south to Scotland in the north of Europe.

EGMYO 2016 – The Movie presentsthe participants, the team, the accordion-soloist Daniel Roth, the organisation, the rehearsals and the program in detail. The composer Marcel Wengler explains his composition “Konstellationen” which some of the players named the most interesting composition of the program.

The second playlist EGMYO 2016 contains the complete videos of the final concert on August 7, 2016 which took place in the Academy in Otzenhausen. The concert from August 6 in Echternach is also availabe as a video.

The program was composed of some very interesting compositions for plucked strings orchestra, including two pieces with accordion solo.

  • Norbert Sprongl (1892-1983) – Tanz-Suite op.103
  • Marcel Wengler (*1946) – Konstellationen and Wedding Dance
  • Luigi Salamon – Latin Bridge
  • Kenji Suehiro (*1979) – Meteorshower
  • Hiromitsu Kagajo (*1961) – Black Out
  • Bernard van Beurden: 4 Movements for Accordion and Mandolin and Guitar
  • Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion for accordion ansd plucked strings orchestra
  • Dominik Hackner: Danza Cubana
  • Giuseppe Manente: Reverie du Poète (arr. Dominik Hackner)
  • Armin Kaufmann: Mitoka Dragomirna op.62 (arr Vinzenz Hladky)

Playliste EGMYO 2016 – The Movie

Playliste EGMYO 2016 – The Concert

This playlist contains videos of all the compositions performed at the final concert of the EGMYO (European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra) under conductor Dominik Hackner at the European Academy in Otzenhausen on September 7th, 2016.

Read more “European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra (EGMYO) – Workshop and Concerts 2016”

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The best videos from the German Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

The Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 is just over.

The Bluegrass Jamboree is organized every year by Rainer Zellner who is a mandolin player by himself and who joins the bands during the session at the end of each show with his Gibson F4.

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During three weeks the three bands made a tour through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Videos were filmed at several concerts.

I have collected the videos that were made from the concerts in Munich, Berlin, Dreieich, Bischofsmühle, Stuhr and Waldkraiburg in my playlist.

Enjoy the

  • The Honey Dewdrops
  • The Truffle Valley Boys
  • The Goodbye Girls

Playliste Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

Details about the Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 (German):

Additional information:

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Mandolin Mountain – A Concert in Estonia – Saku…

Mandolin Mountain is a mandolin orchestra founded by Jouni Koskimäki from Finland. This year they were the main act for the Saku Mandolin Festival 2016. It’s fun to watch the group perform, as you can see from the following GIFs that I have created form some of the videos:

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Mandolin Mountain has played at the Eurofestivals of the BDZ in Bruchsal, they have played in Spain in 2015 and now this year in Estonia. I have met Jouni Koskimäki several times in Trossingen and in Bruchsal.

The mandolin scene in Estonia is making great efforts to make the mandolin more popular.

Playlist Mandolin Mountain Saku Mandolin Festival

Additional Information

Mandolin Mountain – Information

MANDOLIN MOUNTAIN, alias MaMo is a Mandolin Orchestra, which was founded in autumn 2007 at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä. Such a large Mandolin Orchestra has previously been seen in Finland way back in the Thirties. MaMo is Finland’s biggest, most dynamic and most beautiful Orchestra concentrating on mandolin music – MaMo captures its audiences with skillful performances and tremendous stage charisma.

Website Jouni Koskimäki

Information about the Saku mandolin orchestra from Estonia:

We are an orchestra of 33 players from Saku, Estonia (Estland).
We organize an annual mandolin festival and give many concerts with different programs.
Our FB page:
The festival FB page:
You can find many videos by searching Youtube with Saku Mandoliinid.
Next summer we will perform together with Mandolinen Orchester Bayer Leverkusen.
Estonia has a strong mandolin tradition. Other orchestras active in Estonia:
Eesti Mandoliinide Orkester
Uhtna Mandoliinid
Tapa Mandoliiniorkester
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Evan Marshall – Mandolin Virtuoso – Master of Duo-Style…

Evan Marshall is one of the few mandolin players who has a preference for solo performances and solo arrangements. His repertoir is composed of some of the most famous classical masterpieces arranged for the solo-mandolin. Up to now I have not presented Evan Marshall in this blog – it’s time to do so!

Evan is a virtuoso player who can play everything on the mandolin. He masters the so called duo-style technique perfectly and uses this for his solo arrangements. It’s incredible what Evan can play on his Gilchrist mandolin – I just can say my favorite quote “little mandolin – big sound”.

In the interview on the Mandozine website Evan tells that the first piece that he tried to play as a solo was the famous guitar piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega. He thought that it should be possible to transfer the guitar tremolo technique to the mandolin too. Later he discovered the classical mandolin methods by Pettine and mandolin solo pieces by Francia that were using the same technique earlier.

But not only duo-style, also other incredible techniques are used by Evan. Check the following Caprice No. 3 and see what he can do with the tear-off (or pull-off) technique to play an incredible number of notes in the shortest time:

Evan is also playing in other ensembles. With Scott Gates and Brian Oberlin he played as a mandolin duo. Last year Brian Oberlin and Evan have recored a duo CD “Twin Mandolin Slingers”. This is a short video of one of their duo performances:

Evan has also played for many years in a Disneyland show in Anaheim, California as a member of the Band Billy Hill & the Hillbillies. Especially the solo arrangement of the William Tell Ouverture was his signature piece and a great success in those shows. There are some videos from a show in 1997. In the following example Evan plays the violin – which was his first instrument before he made the mandolin his favorite instrument:

Playlist Evan Marshall Solo-Mandolin / Mandolin Duets and more

Including more than 60 videos: William Tell Ouvertüre von G. Rossini, Pastorale von Händel, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ode to Joy by Beethoven, some Xmas-songs from his Christmas-CD, Caprices by Evan Marshall, Mozart violin concert, Bluegrass Duets with Scott Gates, Vivaldi concer in a duo arrangement and much more. Enjoy Evan Marshall!

Additional Informationen

Classical music, bluegrass, and pop are fused through the mandolin playing of Evan Marshall. Inspired equally by late classical violinist Jascha Heifitz and the dean of country guitar, Chet Atkins, Marshall has crafted a highly experimental approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, and tremolo melodies without overdubs.

CD recommendations (Amazon partnerlink)

The Lone Arranger
A Mandolin for Christmas
Twin Mandolin Slingers