Tag: Looper

Mandolin

Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric…

Olga Egorova is a mandolin player from Russia. As most mandolin players in Russia she has studied the domra first and has got a degree in classical music from the music academy in Moscow. After this she began to play the mandolin too and has studied bluegrass, folk and other music for the mandolin. Finally she has discovered the looper as an effectiv device to make her very special music.

With the looper she can develop pieces track by track to produce the sound of a complete ensemble just with a single mandolin. Every now and then she tips onto one of the pedals arranged on the floor (she obviously likes to do this barefoot…) – that looks fascinating and it’s alot of fun to watch her.

But Olga Egorova can also play great music without a looper, like her version of the famous Asturias, the first piece in my playlist below.

Olga Egorova has also composed the music for several children stories that are also available as youtube videos:

In the German version of this article I have added a set of screenshots from youtube videos that shows different facets of Olga Egorova.

Playlist Olga Egorova

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Hajo Hoffmann – On Tour with his Mandolin Solo…

Hajo Hoffman is a violin and mandolin player from Hannover, Germany.

He has played in different groups as violinist and mandolin player, he plays as sideman of Heinz Rudolf Kunze, Purple Schultz and Melva Houston. He teaches jazz violin at the music university in Hannover.

Hajo Hoffman has developed his own style of mandolin playing. He uses loopers and electronic effects and also his voice to enrich his solo performances. In some of his pieces he does also use scat singing doubling the mandolin with his voice.

Just recently Hajo Hoffmann has published a solo CD titled Licht und Schatten (Light and Shadow). With this program Hajo Hoffmann is currently touring through Germany. He describes his music as follows:

Die Tradition der Mandoline wird in die Vielfalt des 21. Jahrhunderts transformiert und geht eine Liaison mit ihr noch nicht so vertrauten musikalischen Genres ein. Als Meister des „Crossover“, bietet Hajo Hoffmann eine Melange aus traditioneller Klassik, Improvisationen des Jazz und der Weltmusik. Hajo Hoffmanns Stimme ist sowohl Farbe als auch Akzent. Genutzt zur Wiedergabe deutscher und brasilianischer Songs, Imitationen von Vogelstimmen, zur freien Bereicherung des immer wieder überraschenden Spiels. Der Titel der CD -“Licht und Schatten“ ist nicht ausschließlich musikalisches Thema des Künstlers sondern ist zudem Ausdruck von Begegnungen und Gegensätzen verschiedener Kulturen und Welten

Es entspricht aber der Vielseitigkeit, den Kontrasten und Gegensätzen seiner musikalischen „Weltreisen“ und Lebenserfahrungen. Hajo Hoffmann spielt auf einer besonderen 4-saitigen Tacoma-Mandoline die
elektroakustisch mit einem Chorus-Echo-Delay oder einem „Wah-Wah-Sound“, umgesetzt durch ein digitales Effektgerät, klanglich aufbereitet Damit verkörpert er eine KlangÄsthetik die sehr authentisch und einmalig ist. Lassen Sie sich bei diesem Konzert von Hajo Hoffmann an die Hand nehmen und begleiten Ihn durch sein „Licht und Schatten“ und entdecken vielleicht auch für sich eine neue Sichtweise: Ihr „Licht und Schatten“

Translation: The mandolin tradition is transormed into the variety of the 20th century and is merged with other musical genres that are not yet well known. As a master of “crossover” Hajo Hoffman presents a mix of traditional classical music, jazz improvisations and world music. Hajo Hoffmanns voice is color and accentuation. Used to perform German or Brazilian songs, imitations of birds, for free enrichment of the always surprising mandolin playing. The title “Light and Shadow” is not only a musical theme of the artist but it is also an expression for the encounter and contradiction of different cultures and worlds.

This is in accordance with the many-sidedness, the contrasts and contradictions of his musical trips around the world and experience of life. Hajo Hoffmann plays a special 4-stringed Tacoma mandolin enhanced with chorus echo delay and wah-wah effects. By this he represents a very authentic and unique aesthetics of sound. Let you take you by the hand by Hajo Hoffmann and go along with him through his “Light and Shadow” and discover new views for yourself: Light and Shadow

Hajo Hoffmann

I have collected the best videos with Hajo Hoffmann in my playlist.

One of my favorite videos clips is the following:

Marea – Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek – Komposition: Imogen Heap, Arrangement: Antoine Dufour – Wolfang Stute, Gitarre: Wolfgang Stute, Mandoline: Hajo Hoffmann – Aufnahme: www.eggekunst.de

This is another video with alife performance from a concert from last year (Seelze) mandovocale: licht & schatten

Hajo Hoffmann: Chorinho “Segura Ele”

Mitschnitt des Konzertes vom 25. September 2010 in der St. Martinskirche in Seelze aus dem Programm “mandovocale: licht & schatten”

Playlist Hajo Hoffmann

Videos with Hajo Hoffmann playing mandolin, including pieces of his current program Light and Shadow, and some other videos with Heinz Rudolf Kunze (Räuberzivil).  Enjoy Hajo Hoffmann and his mandolin!

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