The Japan Mandolin Union (JMU) has held their 50th anniversary this year. Beside the publication of a regular journal about mandolin activities in Japan the JMU every two years a solo mandolin competition is executed.
This year the JMU has started their own youtube channel with videos from the anniversary concert and from the 26th solo mandolin competition
The Ankordis Trio is composed of Miki Nishiyama (mandolin), Giuliana Ferraboli (diatonic accordion) and Cetti Schinocca (piano). The unique instrumenttion of this trio proposes a captivating repertoire that is easy to use for the public. The pieces are specially arranged for mandolin, diatonic accorion and piano and belong to the history of cinema (Morricone, Bacalov, Tiersen, Piovani …), tango (Piazzolla, Galliano, Canaro …), the French organ repertoire (Delicq ), of the Brazilian choro …
The Ankordis Trio has recorded their first CD Pizolla in 2017. A new CD is in preparation.
The Ankordis Trio has just added new videos from their latest concert in Bovegno, chiesa di San Rocco, 23 settembre 2018. You can also find more pictures and videos in the facebook profile of Ankoris Trio.
Il trio “Ankordis” è formato da Miki Nishiyama al mandolino, Giuliana Ferraboli all’organetto e Cetti Schinocca al pianoforte. Compagine strumentale unica nel suo genere, propone un repertorio accattivante e di facile fruibilità per il pubblico. I brani eseguiti sono appositamente arrangiati per mandolino, organetto e pianoforte ed appartengono alla storia del cinema (Morricone, Bacalov, Tiersen, Piovani …), del tango (Piazzolla, Galliano, Canaro …), del repertorio organettistico francese (Delicq), del choro brasiliano …
Raziel Tsur is a mandolin player, teacher and conductor from Israel. He is playing the mandolin with the Israeli Plectrum Orchestra. I have met him during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal this year. Raziel was the mandolin soloist for the Violin Concerto by J. S. Bach, for La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli and for Asturias by Isaac Albeniz. You can find the videos of this performance on the website of the BDZ. I have made a playlist with those three videos:
Playlist – The Israeli Plectrum Orchestra Eurofestival Bruchsal 2018 #bdzef2018
A letter from Raziel Tsur
As for me, I am in a very good time of doing and investing in a variety of music fields.
In the field of education, this year I am running a musical project of 3 schools in the city, where about 200 students study mandolin in groups and in the orchestra. Then I add the motivate student for the to the local orchestra. This year I managed to establish the second youth mandolin orchestra of children aged 10-13, while our young orchestra continues to perform in the city and throughout Israel. This orchestra won first prize in the Israel National Education Ministry’s National Plectrum Convention. Conducting these two orchestras requires me to write arrangements for a repertoire and more.
About me as a performer, In the past year I have been privileged to purchase mandolin from the Israeli luthier “Arik Kerman”. His mandolins are known as a powerful and wide sound instrument that enables the musician to perform in a big concert halls. In Israel, I play as a soloist with a number of very serious ensembles, such as composer Gil Shohat and bass player Gilad Efrat. I an collaborating with famous Israeli pop singers and manage to bring the mandolin to these stage as well. I certainly see myself as the ambassador of the instrument and believe that the mandolin can move in a variety of musical worlds and can contribute to any musical field. Recently, I participated in the Jazz Festival “under the Apple Trees”, which is take place every year in Coutances, Normandy. performing along with “Gilad Ephrat ensemble”.
The “Dolce Mandolin Quartet”, which I founded about four years ago, continues to operate the Concerts activity in Israel.
These days I’m working on my own CD where I host a number of musicians while the mandolin is in the center. The CD is about classical mandolin and will include composers such as Bach and Vivaldi alongside De Falla and Piazzolla.
Youtube is trying to get a share from the streaming of complete CDs. Complete CDs are beeing added to the youtube content – usually with ADs to make some money. You can find those CDs mostly using the Artist Theme collections. As those CDs are not so easy to find I am planning to present some important CDs in my blog. You can probably find those CDs also on Spotify, but I do usually prefer to listen to youtube.
I would like to start with Alison Stephens. You can find most of Alison Stephens’ CDs now on the following page: Alison Stephens – Theme Under the tab “Playlists” you can find playlists for the Calace CD and the CD tapestry by Duo Mandala.
I have made my own playlists for the following CDs:
Raffaele Calace – Mandolin Concertos No. 1 and 2, Rapsodia Napoletana – Alison Stephens and Steven Devine (Piano)
Souvenirs – Alison Stephens (Mandolin) and Craig Ogden (Guitar)
duo mandala – tapestry – Alison Stephens (Mandolin) and Lauren Scott (harp)