Tag: mandola


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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Metallica – Toto – REM – on Mandolin, Mandola,…

Madeira must be a good place for mandolins – at the moment there are 17 mandolin orchestras and tunas on Madeira. Activities of those orchestras can be found on the website of the Associacion de Bandolins de Madeira http://www.bandolins-madeira.net/

A group of four players with mandolin, mandola (octave mandolin), guitar and bass has arranged some popular rock songs by Metallica, Toto and R.E.M. and has made several videos in their youtube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/cromandolin

Nothing Else Matters

This is a cover of Metallica.’s Nothing Else Matters. Played by Claudio (guitar), Élio (mandolin), Énio (bass) and Silvino (mandola).
The arrangement for mandolin and mandola was made by Élio in the style of Apocalyptica.
Recorded on Sep. 14, 2009.

Losing my religion (R.E.M. cover)

Africa (Toto cover)

This is a cover of Toto’s Africa. Played by Claudio (guitar), Élio (mandolin), Énio (bass) and Silvino (mandola).
Recorded on Sep. 7, 2009.


It’s my life (Bon Jovi cover)

Additional information

Website Bandolins de Madeira: http://www.bandolins-madeira.net/

More videos from Madeira: http://www.youtube.com/user/bandolinsmadeira

youtube channel cromandolin: http://www.youtube.com/user/cromandolin



Mandola Power – Swiss Folk-Metal-Band Eluveitie with their Song…

If you count the youtube views this video might be one of the most successful songs with a mandola (or ocatave mandolin). It has been viewed almost 4 million times – it’s for sure that there are many more metal fans than people who watch traditional or classical mandola videos.

Eluveitie – Omnos

Eluveitie – the name obviously should be taken as the name of Helvetia / Switzerland in the gallic language – was founded as a studio project in 2002 already by bandleader and octave mandolin (or mandola) player Chriegel Glanzmann. The CDs Spirit (2005) and Slania (2007) both were successful and made Eluveitie known to the folk metal fans in Europe and the USA. Today Eluveitie plays regularly concerts and important festivals.

Th latest CD “Evocation I – the arcane dominion” was a  completely acoutic recording. But in general Eluveitie prefers the powerful folk-metal sound with distorted guitars and heavy bass like in the following version of Omnos:

Eluveitie – Omnos (Early Metal Version)

The mandolin (or octave mandolin) can be seen in many of the available Eluveitie videos, but sometimes it is difficult to hear the sound of this instrument. The sound is based on the powerful guitar and the bass, hurdy gurdy, flutes, bagpipes and the octave mandolin are added.

Eluveitie is studying the history of the gallic tribes including the ancient gallic language. The lyrics for some of their songs has been writen by specialists for those ancient languages.

You can find the lyrics of the song Omnos with the following live version of the song:

Eluveitie – Omnos – first time LIVE @Salzhaus Winterthur Switzerland 10.04.09

Playlist Eluveitie

Additional information

Interview (in German) with the bandleader and mandola player Chriegel Glanzmann in the Neuen Züricher Zeitung (swiss newspaper):


Eluveitie website: http://www.eluveitie.ch/

Eluveitie Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/eluveitie

Interesting blog about Eluveitie (englisch) with a lot of information and many pictures: http://chillinaris.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/eluveitie/