Tag: mandolin

Mandolin

Nigel Woodhouse presents the Mandolin

I have recently discovered this great video produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra from London (UK) with Nigel Woodhouse.

Nigel Woodhouse is a guitarist who does also play the mandolin, the banjo and other fretted instruments.

Nigel plays a Neapolitan (or Roman) mandolin based on a mandolin by Luigi Embergher and made for Nigel in 1993 by Japanese maker Yoshihiko Takusari. He also plays an A-style mandolin built by Mike Vanden. You can find some pictures of the two mandolins on Nigel’s website.

Nigel presents examples by Mozart, Mahler, Webern, Strawinsky, Prokofiev, Respighi and other important composers who used the mandolin in a symphony orchestra. He also shows the most important features and playing techniques of the mandolin.

Nigel Woodhouse – The Mandolin

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk music.

Additional information

youtube channel of the Philharmonia Orchestra London (UK)

Website Nigel Woodhouse

Nigel Woodhouse on Soundcloud

Website Philharmonia Orchestra London

bluegrass

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike – Bluegrass

Valerie Smith and her Band Liberty Pike have played in Germany for several times. Valerie Smith has written several great Bluegrass songs, and she has played with many great Bluegrass musicians. Her discography lists currently 14 albums, the latest album “Small Town Heroes” will be published soon.

This year she played again at the IBMA convention.

I have compiled a Playlist with a selection of older and newer videos.

Playlist Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Additional Information

Valerie Smith – Airplay Direct

Valerie Smith-Here’s A Little Song: http://airplaydirect.com/music/HeresALittleSong/

Valerie Smith: http://airplaydirect.com/valeriesmith

Becky Buller – Little Bird: http://airplaydirect.com/Littlebird

Valerie Smith – Small Town Heroes: http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/SmallTownHeroes/

Americana

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”

historical recordings

Strolling Mandolins – Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra…

I was searching for videos of Mattinata by Amedeo Amadei today and did also find some videos of Mattinata by Leoncavallo. Those videos included a video by an orchestra named Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra which made me curious.

Obviously the LP Strolling Mandolins  with 12 tracks was published by Warner Brothers Records in 1961, an EP Strolling Mandolins with only 4 tracks was published in the same year in Germany.

This is a great example of using mandolins and even a complete mandolin orchestra in a professional dance orchestra or bigband in the early 1960s.

This is the back cover of the LP that I have found:

… a quartet of mandolins, the bubbling style of Raoul Meynard, and all the romance of Italy

The subject of this lush album my Maestro Raoul Meynard is the mandolin – heard in solo, in duet and as a full orchestral section. He has taken the mandolin – a musical instrument traditionally associated with Romantic Italy – set in from of his sometimes lush, sometimes jaunty orchestra, and produced a sound that is both totally new and totally fetching.

And no wonder. Although admittedly a symbolic sound of Italy, the mandolin – no less than love itself – carries an International visa. It can be heard, enjoyed, and romanced to in any land.

For this recording, Raoul Meynard employed awhole section of mandolins, implemented them with several deeper-throated, rarely-heard mandolas, and wove them together with the sound of a guitar, a string bass, and a brisk percussion section. With these instruments, Meynard has fashioned a rich and brilliant sound, one evocative of every nuance of “the irresistible sounds of an Italian night.”

In Italy, the mandolin is known as “la voce cantante” – the singing voice. It is always carried close to the heart. Here is instrumental music with a singing voice. And here is music close to the heart. A magnificent serenade to lovers around the world.

Details about the Album at discogs

I have tried to find some information about Raoul Meynard, but I did not find anything useful. This is strange because Raoul Meynard has recorded several LPs except Strolling Mandolins.

You can listen to the tracks of Strolling Mandolin and some other tracks on youtube, I have compiled the following playlist:

Playlist Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra

Another orchestra with a similar style in Europe was the Mandolin Club de Paris – see the following post:

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