Tag: Israel

Mandolin

Raziel Tsur – Mandolinist from Israel

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.

Additional information

Website Raziel Tsur
Raziel Tsur – Youtube Channel
Israeli Plectrum Orchestra – Youtube Channel

Mandolin

Alon Sariel – telemandolin – New CD with Works…

Alon Sariel is mandolin player, conductor and lutenist with a busy schedule. His recent newsletter informed among others about his new CD telemandolin, dedicated to Georg Philip Telemann and his music.

Alon Sariel – Mandolinist – Conductor – Lutenist (screenshot from website)

Alon has recently played concerts in Southafrica, and he gave an interview which is available as youtube video:

Interview Die Groot Ontbyt Southafrica

Playlist Alon Sariel – Mandolin – New Videos 2017

Read more “Alon Sariel – telemandolin – New CD with Works by Teleman and C. Ph. E. Bach”

mandolin duo

Joe Brent & Alon Sariel – “An Englishman in…

Joe Brent from New York and Alon Sariel from Israel have started a project to make recordings of music by John Downland in arrangments for two mandolins. They have already made recordings and will continue to work on this project during the next weeks when they both will be in London.

Alon and Joe have played some of the Dowland pieces in a concert and made some videos, this is one of the tunes:

John Dowland – What If A Day

The idea for this project came from Brian Dean who has built Joes special mandolins, in the following video Joe presents his new 10-string Grand Concert mandolin:

10-string Grand Concert Mandolin by Brian Dean

An Englishman in New York – CD presentation

Kickstarter project:

Joe and Alon’s Dowland project!

Additional information

Website Joe Brent: http://www.josephbrent.com/

Myspace Alon Sariel: http://www.myspace.com/alonsariel

Joe Brent, tumblr site: http://joebrent.tumblr.com/

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Avi Avital – Bach – Music by J. S.…

Avi Avital has just recorded a new CD with music by Johann Sebastian Bach with Deutsche Grammophone.

I have compiled some videos and interviews with Avi Avital.

Avi Avital Performs Bloch’s “Nigun” from Baal Shem

Avi Avital presents Bach

Watch the trailer of Avi Avital’s debut album on Deutsche Grammophon including transcriptions of Bach’s Violin Concerto BWV 1041, the Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052 and 1056, and a Flute Sonata in an arrangement for mandolin, lute, and cello.

Homestory: Avi Avital

Feature by arte: Avi Avital is one of the most stunning musicians our days. Nobody plays the Mandoline like him.

(the following video works – the preview picture is missing….)

 

Radio Show The Bach Hour

hear the recordings of:

Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034 (orig. for flute, arr. Avi Avital) – Avi Avital, mandolin; Ophira Zakai, theorbo; Ira Givol, cello

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 – Avi Avital, mandolin; Shalev Ad-El, harpsichord; Ophira Zakai, theorbo; Chamber Academy Potsdam

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Bach-Hour–Classical-New-England-803/episodes/Mandolinist-Avi-Avital-and-Gardiners-Motets-40278

http://classicalwcrb.org/programs/bach-hour

Interview NPR

Avi Avital: A Mandolinist’s Unlikely Education

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/07/07/156373761/avi-avital-a-mandolinists-unlikely-education

Website Avi Avital

http://aviavital.com/


Avi Avital – Bach

The CD is available at Amazon (partnerlink):