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Nordic Mandolin – A Great New CD by Jarmo…

Jarmo Romppanen is one of the few mandolin players from Finland. For more than 25 years Jarmo has played the traditional folk music od his country, classical music and Brazilian Choro music. He has published several CDs as a soloist and with his group Nordic Choro. Jarmo is playing a 10 string mandolin. His new CD is titled Nordic Mandolin and is dedicated to the folk music of the nordic countries.

From his media release: Jarmo Romppanen is a mandolin player, a composer and a free lance musician from Finland, which is one of the Nordic countries in Northern Europe. These countries share certain folk music and dance traditions with each other.
Romppanen has released his third solo album called Nordic Mandolin…the album is full of fresh, airy and compelling music…the music is based on Nordic fiddle tunes and on traditional dance music; polska, schottische, polka, mazurka, waltz…the groovy songs are performed with a contemporary style of mandolin playing!
This album is the result of 25 years experience and intensive studying of mandolin playing and Nordic folk music.

Jarmo has recorded most tunes alone playing several tracks together – this creates the sound of a mandolin trio or mandolin quartet. The clear and bright sound of this recording reminds me to the recordings of the Melonious Quartet with Patrick Vaillant (France) or the recordings by Simon Mayor (UK). Some tracks do even sound like medieval music.

Jarmo Romppanen presents Nordic Mandolin

Tracklist:

Jarmo Romppanen: Nordic Mandolin (ZBR03)
1. Gustaf (trad./Romppanen)
2. Viberg valsen (trad.)
3. Linnoitus (Romppanen)
4. Pyttis och Verlander (trad.)
5. Garvarens vals (trad.)
6. Renlund och MyRe (trad./Romppanen)
7. Långt borta (Romppanen)
8. Bromarv mazurkan (trad.)
9. Raseborg menuetten (trad.)
10. Mattby (trad.)
11. Borgå-Helsinge (trad.)
12. Pyttis (DJ Emil Remix) (trad.)

The first track of the CD Gustaf is available as split screen youtube video. You can watch Jarmo play the differnent tracks of his recording in four different screens.

Jarmo Romppanen: Gustaf (Romppanen/trad.)

In the track 11 “Borgå-Helsinge” Jarmo is playing an overtone flute. You can see Jarmo and his overtone flute in the following video:

Additional information


Nordic Mandolin is available for streaming and loading on the most well-known digital platforms.

Buy Nordic Mandolin (Amazon partner link)

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Mandolin Mountain – A Concert in Estonia – Saku…

Mandolin Mountain is a mandolin orchestra founded by Jouni Koskimäki from Finland. This year they were the main act for the Saku Mandolin Festival 2016. It’s fun to watch the group perform, as you can see from the following GIFs that I have created form some of the videos:

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mamo-02

mamo-04

mamo-03

Mandolin Mountain has played at the Eurofestivals of the BDZ in Bruchsal, they have played in Spain in 2015 and now this year in Estonia. I have met Jouni Koskimäki several times in Trossingen and in Bruchsal.

The mandolin scene in Estonia is making great efforts to make the mandolin more popular.

Playlist Mandolin Mountain Saku Mandolin Festival

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Mandolin Mountain – Information

MANDOLIN MOUNTAIN, alias MaMo is a Mandolin Orchestra, which was founded in autumn 2007 at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä. Such a large Mandolin Orchestra has previously been seen in Finland way back in the Thirties. MaMo is Finland’s biggest, most dynamic and most beautiful Orchestra concentrating on mandolin music – MaMo captures its audiences with skillful performances and tremendous stage charisma.

Website Jouni Koskimäki

Information about the Saku mandolin orchestra from Estonia:

We are an orchestra of 33 players from Saku, Estonia (Estland).
We organize an annual mandolin festival and give many concerts with different programs.
Our FB page:
The festival FB page:
You can find many videos by searching Youtube with Saku Mandoliinid.
Next summer we will perform together with Mandolinen Orchester Bayer Leverkusen.
Estonia has a strong mandolin tradition. Other orchestras active in Estonia:
Eesti Mandoliinide Orkester
Uhtna Mandoliinid
Tapa Mandoliiniorkester
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Heikki Lahti – Folk Music with Mandolin from Finland

I have recently discovered the videos with Heikki Lahti. Heikki Lahti is a mandolin player from Finland who plays polkas, waltzes, marches and other folk tunes from Finland. He plays mostly in a group together with guitar, double bass and accordion. But he does also play with a bigger group with fiddle players – or even with a mandolin orchestra.

Heikki Lahti with Mandolin Orchestra

One of the tunes played by Heikki Lahti are compositions by Master Fiddler Otto Hotakainen – it is said that he has learned all the compositions by this famous fiddler and composer.

The most famous tune by Otto Hotakainen – who is also known as Pokka-Otto -ist the October Polkka – or Lokakuun polkka. You can find the sheet music for this polkka – see my link collection below.

Lokakuun Polkka

Playlist Heikki Lahti

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Seppo, Jemina and Selina Sillanpä – Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar…

Some years ago I have discovered a band from Finland named Band’o. I liked the sound of this trio immediatly, a mix of bluegrass, country, american roots and traditional folk music from the north of Europe.

Seppo, Jemina and Selina Sillanpä have played together since they were childs, and began to play as a trio in 1995. They have made several tours to the USA, and also published CDs in English and also Finnish language.

I was mainly impressed by the fantastic fiddle sound and the harmony singing of Jemina and Selina. Selina does also play the mandolin and the guitar and other instruments. And Seppo is adding some interesting flatpicking solos on his guitar.

Here is a quote from their myspace page:

Seppo, Jemina and Selina Sillanpää are famous for their fresh new attitude of playing a mixture of folk music from various countries and original songs and combining it all in their own original way.

Back in Finland, the family has been steadily developing their professional, educational, and musical endeavors. Sillanpääs first started performing as a folk trio in 1995 but their musical co-operation goes back to playing and recording original childrens music in the early 90s.

Jemina Sillanpää , vocals, fiddle, viola

Selina Sillanpää , vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder

Seppo Sillanpää , guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo

Oskari Hannula , bass, viola da gamba

Janne Viksten , banjo, mandolin, mandola, guitar

The Sillanpää Family Band – “Different Past”

Here are some videos with Seppo Sillanpää (youtube playlist)

And here are some videos with Jemina & Selina Sillanpää (youtube playlist)

Seppo Sillanpää and his mandolin can be seen on some of the videos too!

Seppo Sillanpää is the author of the Finnish mandolin method Mandoliiniopas. The following blog post shows the cover of this method:

http://mandoliini.blogspot.de/2009/03/seppo-sillanpaa-mandoliiniopas.html

This mandolin method is available online on the website of the Kansanmusiikki-instituutti – I have bought it some years ago.

http://kansanmusiikki-instituutti.valmiskauppa.fi/mandoliiniopas-p-850.html