Tag: mandola


The Nordic Sound: Pettersson & Fredriksson – Nyckelharpa &…

Pettersson & Fredriksson – nyckelharpa and mandola (octave mandolin) – a great duo with a great nordic sound.

Daniel Fredriksson was part of a project that I have just recently written about in this blog – the Magic Lute Project from the TFF Rudolstadt in 2009.

Daniel Fredriksson plays the nordic mandola, an instrument that was conceived in the 1980s by Ale Möller in cooperation with two luthiers:

The history of the nordic mandola is rather short – it was developed by swedish multi-musician Ale Möller and luthiers Christer Ådin and Anders Ekvall in the 80s.

The nordic mandola is a a 10-string, 5 chorus instrument. The lowest two strings are longer than the other strings and tuned down which can produce a real bassy sound. You will hear this in songs of the new album Sotali very well.

Most nordic mandolas have 5 choruses, with octaves on the C and G string.

But here’s the little peculiarity with this instrument. As Ale and Ådin/Ekvall developed the instrument, they found a need to be able to have different drones in the base. This led to the invention of something called “pin point capos”. The pin point capo is a little screw with a rubber packing on it which goes into holes drilled in the fretboard. This allows for shortening of single strings, and thus being able to change the base notes – without changing the tuning.  The base strings are usually elongated/theorbed so the lowest string goes down to A, and the second goes to F.

The nordic mandola is able to produce sounds from very low to very high, it gives a lot of possibilities – I think this is a great instrument as a solo instrument and as an instrument in a duo like Pettersson & Fredriksson. And the possibility to tune the lowest two strings to other notes very easily makes this a very flexible instrument.

Daniel Pettersson plays the nyckelharpa, another great nordic instrument with an incredible sound.

You can see Daniel Pettersson and Daniel Fredriksson and both instruments in the following video that was made in 2008:

Pettersson and Fredriksson

Another video from the same concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5pGvHMvocQ

New album Sotali

This summer the duo released its third album, Sotali – a great album that is available on the following site: http://petfred.bandcamp.com/

You can listen to the complete Album for free! And if you like it you can buy it as a digital download or as a special unique custom digipack.

Pettersson & Fredriksson: Brand

In the following video you can see the making of Sotali in the studio:

UPSWEDENTV – Pettersson & Fredriksson

Another example from the new CD:

Pettersson & Fredriksson – Stjarnan

Playlist Pettersson & Fredriksson

Additional information

Blog by Daniel Fredriksson about the nordic mandola: http://silkwoodmusic.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/the-nordic-mandola-its-not-a-banjo/

Buy the latest album Sotali or listen to the complete album (free streaming audio): http://petfred.bandcamp.com/

Homepage: http://petfred.freehostia.com/

myspace Pettersson & Fredriksson : http://www.myspace.com/petfred

youtube channel of Daniel Fredriksson: http://www.youtube.com/user/danielfre

youtube channel with more videos with Pettersson & Fredriksson: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStringway/videos?view=0

aaa to be reviewed

I Solisti Mandolinistici di SFIDA – Chambermusic for Mandolin,…

Sfida was founded in March 2004. The members of the group are playing solo- and chambermusic for mandolin, mandola, mandoloncello and guitar

The name of the group “Sfida” is Italian and means “challenge”.

The group has organized concerts every year, the last concert was the 14th concert and was given on Sept. 5th, 2010.

Sfida presents many interesting videos from those concerts at youtube, at the moment there are 22 videos.

Here a selection of some interesting videos:

Introduction and Polonaise – Frederic Chopin

For mandoloncello and piano – Kobayashi Kaori

From the 12th concert (2009/10/18)

2°Concerto I.Maestoso op.144 – Raffaele Calace

Satoshi Hiroshi Marumoto of Dreams Come True

Other videos include the following pieces:

Leroy Anderson – Plink Plank Plunk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJei56cZr1Y

Prelude XI by Lutz Werner Hesse for mandolin solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSP7g4prdVY

Joseph Haydn, Emperor Quartet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4FXsXfvhGo

Le grand tango – Astor Piazzolla for mandoloncello and piano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yd9OHEtMHU


youtube channel SFIDA Tokyo Japan : http://www.youtube.com/user/sfidatokyojp

Homepage: http://sfidatokyojp.hanabie.com/index.html

Homepage (google translation to english): http://translate.google.de/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsfidatokyojp.hanabie.com%2F

aaa to be reviewed

Alison Stephens – Mandolinist, Composer, Teacher – A Great…

The great British mandolinist Alison Stephens has died on October 10, 2010. She was only 40 years old.

Alison Stephens was the leading British mandolinist. She has played the mandolin part for many performances in Britain and all over the world and appeared in many BBC broadcasts.

Alison has recorded several great CDs with different partners. As Duo Mandala with Lauren Scott (harp) she has recorded the album Tapestry. With Steven Divine (piano) has has recorded the concertos for mandolin and piano by Raffaele Calace and other works by Calace – this is one of my all time favorite CDs with classical mandolin. Alisons last CD Souvenir was recorded with Craig Ogden on the guitar.

During the last years Alison was also responsable for the mandolin editions at the Astute-Music Publishing Company. She has begun to build up a repertoir for the mandolin and has also composed new works for the mandolin. Working with Alison Stephens for my two mandolin book published by Astute-Music was a great experience. Unfortunately I have never met Alison. She had planned to take part in the mandolin symposium in Trossingen in 2008, but just before the symposium she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time and so she could not come to Germany.

The death of Alison Stephens is a big loss for the Mandolin in Britain, and for the whole World of Mandolin.

Message by Lauren Scott:

I have very sad news I’m afraid.

Ali passed away yesterday. She had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time 3 months ago and had been working up until 2 weeks ago, and very suddenly her health declined. She died peacefully in a hospice.

Funeral arrangements will be posted on her website in due course.

I’m sorry to be emailing you such terrible news.



Lauren Scott

Victor Kioulaphides has composed a Suite für Ali and has just added two videos of the World Premiere of this Suite played by Alison in 2009:

Suite for Ali

Suite for Ali, by Victor Kioulaphides; composed for and performed by Alison Stephens at The Great Hall of the Dartington International Summer School on August 23, 2009. World Premiere. Preludio-Allemande-Courante

Suite for Ali (IV-V)


Playlist Alison Stephens

Playlist Six Episodes for Solo Mandolin

Related articles:

More Information about Alison Stephens

Homepage: http://www.alisonstephens.com/

youtube channel of Alison Stephens with some other videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Alimandolin

Lauren Scott about Alison Stephens: http://harpyness.blogspot.com/2010/10/alison-stephens.html

Interview with Alison Stephens: http://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_001169.shtml

Article about Alison Stephens: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Features/The-life-affirming-experience-of-cancer.htm

and: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Musician-and-fundraiser-loses-cancer-battle.htm

Obituary by NINIAN DUNNETT: http://news.scotsman.com/obituaries/Obituary-Alison-Stephens-mandolinist.6591846.jp

Free sheet music for the mandolin composed byVictor Kioulaphides, including the Suite für Ali: http://www.paperclipdesign.com/vk/


Ricardo Sandoval in Japan – Music from Venezuela with…

Riccardo Sandoval, the mandolin palyer from Venezuela, has visited Japan several times. A set of about 20 videos from a concert in Japan from last October are available at youtube. Ricardo Sandoval plays mainly mandolin, but also the bandola llanera from Venezuela. He is accompanied by guitar, cajon, mandolin and mandola.

Let’s start with a great Calipso by Ricard Sandoval – the group has a lot of fun playing this:

Bumbac (Ricardo Sandoval) Calipso

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra
Ayuko Ikeda: percusión
Masataka Hori: mandolina
Daigo Marumoto: mandola

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

El Cruzao (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

A beautiful waltz for mandolin and guitar:

Y Además (Cristóbal Soto) Vals-Danza

La Bonchona (Mao Fermín) Merengue

Contradanza (Aquiles Báez) Contradanza

Finally another great tune with the cajon played by Ayuko Ikeda

A Ultima Hora (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

Many more videos of this great concert:


Website Ricardo Sandoval: http://www.ricardosandoval.com/

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