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.
guitarra: Jose Manuel cardona
bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Contrabajo: Jesus Milano
El Diablo Suelto – Guitar Music of Venezuela CD (Amazon partnerlink)
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
Read more “The new Grand Concert Mandolin by Labraid – Built for Mandolinist Joe Brent”