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Sedi Donka ❀ 7 + 7 + 11 =…

Mike Marshall and Chris Thile played one piece during their woodsongs duo concert named Sedi Donka. This is a Bulgarian folk dance tune in 25/8, divided in 7 + 7 + 11 eights.

Before they played the tune Chris and Mike demonstrated this rhythm to the public.

The rhythm goes like this:

ti – ke – ti, tam, tam
ti – ke – ti, tam, tam
ti – ke, ti – ke
ti – ke – ti, tam, tam

Today I have searched again for this tune and I found the sheet music as an ABC file, but also as a pdf. The best place I found this is the following (you can use see and hear to see the music and hear it):

http://www.goess.org/mason/other-abc/

Much more interesting is it to view the dance with the music, and the steps made by the dancers:

Sedi Donka Bulgarian Folk Dance Dansuri Populare Bulgaria

A great version of Sedi Donka with Clarinet:

Sedi Donka Bulgarian Music Woytek Mrozek – clarinet, conductor, composer

Now the version by Mike Marshall and Chris Thile:

Sedi Donka – Mandolin Duet – Mike Marshall & Chris Thile

It is not so difficult to play – go and try it!


CD tip (Amazon partnerlink):

Live Duets Mike Marshall and Chris Thile

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LA SEXTA BASICA – Music from Venezuela with Mandolin

I have dicovered this video already some time ago, and I heard it again today. La Sexta Basica is a group composed of typical Venezuelan plucked instruments and a singer. They play a very interesting mix of traditional Venezuelan music with a modern sound.

These are very good examples of how to use plucked instruments in a group with a singer. Enjoy the videos!

Pueblos Tristes – La Sexta Basica-Musica Venezolana

“Pueblos tristes” original de Otilio Galindez interpretado por La Sexta Basica en Lunacreciente Studios.Caracas, Venezuela.
La Sexta Básica son:
Guitarra, voz y dirección: Pablo Escalona
Guitarra: José Manuel Cardona
Mandolina y Bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Mandolina y voz: Roselyn Rondón
Cuatro y voz: Lilian Córdova

NOCHES DE PALMERAL – SEXTA BASICA

VALS PASAJE, DEDICADO AL FUNDO PALMERAL, joropo

Aqui esta el indio – La Sexta basica-bandola llanera -pajarillo

La Sexta basica, grupo de musica venezolana contemporanea.

Director, guitarra y voz: Pablo Escalona
Mandolina: Roselyn Rondon.
cuatro:Liliam Cordova
guitarra: Jose Manuel cardona
bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Contrabajo: Jesus Milano


El Diablo Suelto – Guitar Music of Venezuela CD (Amazon partnerlink)

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The new Grand Concert Mandolin by Labraid – Built…

Joe Brent and Brian Dean have developed a new mandolin, the Grand Concert.

The first videos played with this mandolin are available at youtube, and I think that there will be some discussion about this new type of a mandolin.

Brian Dean has made a video with pictures from the construction of this mandolin, with music played by Joe Brent on the mandolin.

Slow Motion played by Joe Brent

The form of this mandolin resembles a small guitar, it has a true back and a second protective back that allows the true back to be a real resonance back. Joe Brent wanted an instrument that sounds clear from the lowest string up to the 27th fret, and one that could be played in a standing position. He also wanted an instrument that allows him to play with an ensemble without amplification. And I think he has got what he wanted.

The first video shows Joe together with clarinet and double bass:

Astor Piazzolla: Bandoneon

Joseph Brent, mandolin
Ken Robinson, clarinet
Eddy Khaimovich, bass

This video shows, that the sound of this mandolin has no problem to compete with a clarinet – this is one of my favorite videos:

Joseph Brent plays ‘Race For The Prize’ by The Flaming Lips

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