Tag: mandocello


Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical…

I have first discovered Andrew Collins on the coolmandolin website where he had allowed his music to be played for the visitors. He belongs to the most interesting mandolin players that I know.

Andrew Collins founded his Andrew Collins Trio some years ago. Each of the three musicians plays several instruments. Andrew Collins plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, Mike Mezzatesta plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola and James McEleney plays bass and mandocello.

When they are on tour they take with them up to 13 instruments. The style of the trio is difficult to describe, its a musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic. Andrew Collins says that the trio gives him much freedom when playing and a lot of space to be filled.

The Andrew Collins Trio has just published a new double-CD tounge groove. CD 1 named Tounge contains 11 songs, while CD 2 named Groove contains eight instrumentals.

The previous CD And It Was Good was based on the biblical story Genesys about the creation of the World in seven days. For this CD the trio was joyned by a string quartet.

This trio can sound like a Bluegrass band, like a Jazz trio, but also like a classical plucked strings ensemble.

Promotional Video about the Andrew Collins Trio

I have found many great videos with the Andrew Collins Trio at youtube, and I have compiled this playlist – enjoy!

Playliste The Andrew Collins Trio

A complete concert is available at youtube as well: Read more “Andrew Collins Trio – A musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic”


The Mandoloncello – The best Videos from Japan

The mandoloncello (or mandocello) is regularly used in most of the mandolin orchestras in Japan. So I have recently collected some interesting mandoloncello videos and want to present the best videos from Japan in this post.

A side effect of the regular use of the mandoloncello in the mandolin orchestras is that there are many players who are using the mandoloncello also as a solo instrument. And there are also groups like the quartet of four mandoloncellos as you can see further below.

Atsushi Ichikawa has arranged many pieces for the mandoloncello and he has composed his own pieces too. Most of the pieces seem to be popular songs and music from computer games. Atsushi Ichikawa makes great use of special sounds and percussion effects.

Atsushi Ichikawa – Mandoloncello player

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/revirytic/videos

愛をとりもどせ!!(クリスタルキング) Mandoloncello solo

Take Back the love! (Crystal King) Mandoloncello solo

It is the theme song of the anime of old called Fist of the North Star. Always something I’m sorry only Anison (laughs)

A duo for mandola and mandoloncello can be found in the youtube channel of todorokigentaro.

Youtube Channel of todorokigentaro

Duo Mandola and Mandoloncello

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Great Video Clips with Oliver Waitze, Marijke and Michiel…

Some great video clips from a recent concert with Oliver Waitze, Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker and special guest Tim Connell:

WOW, what a wonderful evening with great musicians and a wild audiance!!
The concert was on 13th July at the New Acoustic Gallery (www.n-a-g.net) in Germany.
The whole concert was also filmed. Watch out for some video clips in the near future.

Mando Nuevo is:

Oliver Waitze: Guitar, Mandocello and Mandolin
Marijke Wiesenekker: Mandolin, Bass
Michiel Wiesenekker: Guitar, Bass and Vocals

and special guest on this evening: Mr. Tim Connell on mandolin!!

Oliver Waitze played mandolin, guitar and a great Weber mandocello in this concert, Tim Connell played his Arrow mandolin by luthier Paul Lestock from Mosier/Oregon.

Website New Acoustic Gallery: http://n-a-g.info/

Videos clips and some nice pictures can be found on page “News”!

A review and some information about tim Connell: http://doppelstopp.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/pfeil-im-koffer/

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Five Mandolins – A Special Performance at the Art…

Some time ago I have found a video with five mandolins playing together, probably when I searched for videos with Mike Marshall who was one of the five mandolin players.

Now I have found that there are four videos from this special performance, I have collected all 4 in my playlist. In the 3rd and 4th video Mike Marshall takes his mandocello to add some lower notes to the group.

The pieces they play are Gold Rush, Jerusalem Ridge, Cedar Hill and the Beaumont Rag (if I am right).

Enjoy this rare performance of five mandolins!

Mando Magic at The Art of Sound Music Festival

From Left to right: Dr. Bobby Jones, Darin Aldridge, Josh Pinkham, Mike Marshall, Wayne Benson.