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mandolin ensemble

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


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historical recordings

British Pathé – Historic videos with mandolin, banjo, ukulele…

The French ukulele site ukulele.fr pointed me today to British Pathé.

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies, the founder of the company – Charles Pathé – began already in the 1890s to work with moving images.

They produced weekly movies with the events and news of the week for the cinamas and by this have collected a huge archive of movies from between 1900 and 1970 when they stopped producing the cinema newsreel.

The movies are now freely available for viewing on their website British Pathé

You can search for words like mandolin, ukulele or banjo to find movies with those instruments.

Einige interessante Videos mit Mandoline habe ich hier einmal zusammengestellt:

Dyke’s Romany Mandolin Band (1938)

This video shows some nice mandolins, obviously Calace models, and also a big mandoloncello. There are also some other videos with groups of mandolins and guitars.

Dieses Video zeigt die Spieler des Ensembles, die teilweise schöne Calace Mandolinen spielen, ausserdem ist ein großes Mandoloncello zu sehen. Es gibt noch einige andere Videos mit Ensembles mit Mandolinen.

Gaston Palmer (1937)

Gaston Palmer is using a mandolin with a small bowl and juggels with it, and at the end plays some notes on this mandolin.

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Americana

Dan Mangan – Robots

Some days ago I have heard a song in the Canada Live Podcast that sticked to my mind. The singer is named Dan Mangan and was just elected as Artist of the Year of the XM Satellite’s Verge Music. I do especially like the end of the song, where the audience is asked to sing the chorus with the singer:

Robots need love too, they want to be loved by you.

Another interesting thing is, that a Weissenborn guitar is used in the arrangement of the song, a special kind of Hawaiian slide guitar.

On Dan Mangans website danmanganmusic.com you can find this:

After two sold out CD Release shows at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Mangan looks forward to bringing his four-piece and new material across Canada in October and throughout Europe in November / December ‘09. To boot, Mangan recently took home “Artist Of The Year” from XM Satellite’s Verge Music Awards, beating out acts like Joel Plaskett and Alexisonfire for the top spot – a high profile award with a $25,000 cash-prize.

Dan Mangan will go on tour in Germany in late 2009, and I think the Germans will like his songs too.

This is the CD version of robots in a video with some drawings of robots:

Dan Mangan – Robots

And this is a live version of Robots:

Dan Mangan – Robots – Vancouver Folk Fest ’09

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fiddle

Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar – Beautiful Melody –…

Yesterday I accidentally found a video with the tune Ashokan Farewell. I had previously heard this melody, but I have never really dealt with it. But now I want to show this melody to our fiddle player, and  I have searched for more videos with this tune.

When you hear Ashokan Farewell you might think that this is a traditional Irish tune, but that is not the case.

Jay Ungar und Molly Mason

Ashokan Farewell was composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. Jay Ungar and his Wife Molly Mason are playing american roots music since the late 1970s and have organized fiddle and dance camps. Ashokan Fawell was used in a TV Series about the American Civil War and is a tune that is obviously known by many Americans. The music for this TV series has even won a Grammy award, and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.
This information and more can be found on the homepage of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason jayandmolly.com : Ashokan Farewell FAQ

Sheet music of this tune can be found at thesession.org: Ashokan Farewell – the session

Now let’s start with the videos. As this blog is mainly about plucked instruments, I will start with a version played on the guitar:

Ashokan Farewell – guitar

Fiddle tune by Jay Unger that was featured in the Ken Burns documentary about the American Civil War. I found this arrangement for guitar on the internet credited to Denny Straussfogel. Nice work, Denny.

Ashokan Farewell – Slide Guitar

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Ashokan Farewell – The Richardsons

An interesting version with four violins played by the Richardsons – the youngest of them is just 12 years old:

Playlist Ashokan Farewell

A playlist with those and many more videos of Ashokan Farewell (including also some versions played on the mandolin). The first video of this playlist is a version by Jay Ungar, where he tells about how he invented this beautiful melody after a summer fiddle camp in Ashokan:


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Ashokan Farewell . Beautiful Dreamer (Songs Of Stephen Foster)

– Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Thomas Hampson, David Alpher