Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.
When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.
Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein
Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.
This is his tune Circus Luurtieful
Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema
I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.
Het leven is vol met uitersten.
Soms is het vrolijk, soms is het mineur.
Soms een grap en grol, soms heel serieus.
luurtsema & klein bezingen met hun liederen alles waar het leven vol van is.
Hendrik plays – among other mandolins – a twopoint Bluegrass mandolin built by Teun van Duijvenbode
Just got a newsletter from 9 Horses with this great video The Water Understands. That’s the introduction for the video from the newsletter:
Working together with filmmaker Souki Mehdaoui, American Sign Language actor and performer Christina Dunams, electronic sound designer Justin Goldner, and our friends Nathan Koci on piano, Kevin Garcia on drums, and Reed Black from Vinegar Hill Sound, this short film features our newest composition the water understands, inspired by the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem ‘Water’. We’re really proud of this collaboration. It just felt good to be putting something beautiful into the world right now.
The poem is an observation on the dual nature of water; something which can “deketh” or “doubleth joy,” but ill used, “elegantly destroy.” With water levels rising around the world and cities like Venice and New Orleans (not to mention our home town of New York) fighting for their survival, and in the wake of the floods and subsequent humanitarian crises in Houston and South Asia, it feels especially timely.
9 Horses – The Water Understands
the water understands
by Joe Brent
Directed and edited by Souki Mehdaoui
ASL performance by Christina Dunams
9 Horses is:
- Joe Brent, electric mandolin
- Sara Caswell, violin
- Andrew Ryan, bass
- Justin Goldner, electronic sound design
- Nathan Koci, piano
- Kevin Garcia, drums
Based on the poem ‘Water’, by Ralph Waldo Emerson