Xograr – a Galician word for “Play” – ist the name of the new album by Galician musician and composer Fernando Barroso. For this album Fernand Barroso has formed his new band with mandolin, cello, double bass and drums.
Fernando Barroso: Mandolin Margarida Mariño: Cello Sofia Neide: Doublebass Álvaro Trillo: Drums
The title track Xograr is already available at youtube – showing Fernando Barroso playing the oud as well as the mandolin.
Fernando Barroso has created his unique fusion style, based on Galician folk, the classical sound of violoncello and double bass, and his powerful and always present mandolin.
Until now the mandolin has not been used much in this kind of music, Fernando Barroso has opened a new style of music to the mandolin.
Screenshot from Xograr video
Xograr – Title track
Xograr – Life performance
Playlist Singles from the new album
The new album has been published on March 6, 2020.
Carlo Aonzo has published a new CD with Italian music – Mandolitaly. In this album the Carlo Aonzo Trio plays a set of Italian tunes in very entertaining way, with a light mood and jazzy influences. The mandolin has a beautiful tone, and the accompaniment by guitar and double bass prepares a colorful base for the mandolin.
You can hear selections by Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, songs like the Genoese song “Ma se ghe penso”, the Neapolitan song “Voce ‘e notte”, the song “Nebbia’a la Vall” from the Abruzzi, a Sicilian Tarantella joined with Taranta Steps by John Coltrane, and a classical Toccata in A.
Carlo Aonzo has a compiled a great and entertaining album for everybody who loves the mandolin, with lovely tremolo serenades and jolly tarantellas. Some of the recordings remind me of the great Dave Apollon.
For the recording Carlo has added some great guest musicians to add more colors to the unique sound.
Tommaso Bellomare (sicilian jew’s harp)
Ismaila Mbaye(african percussions)
Fabio Rinaudo(bagpipes, flute)
Ike Stubblefield (hammond organ)
Riccardo Tesi(diatonic accordion)
Riccardo Zegna (piano)
The album can be ordered directly from Carlo Aonzo, it will be available soon on all other platforms.
You can hear some of the songs of this new CD as a live performance of the Carlo Aonzo Trio in the following podcast: 00:00 Indifference (short version) 06:35 Polke 11:53 Mazurka Sentimentale 18:13 Voce e’ Notte + Taranta Steps 25:00 Arrivederci Roma + Roma nun fa la stupida stasera 32:09 Mazurka (Calace) 38:06 Receita de Samba 43:46 Splitting it up 49:38 Vivaldi in New York (L’Estate 3° mov.) 54:30 Minuano (short version)
After “A Mandolin Journey”, musical tour through the continents, the Carlo Aonzo Trio – Carlo Aonzo on the Italian mandolin, Lorenzo Piccone on the acoustic guitar and Luciano Puppo on the double bass – is back, this time travelling along the Italian tradition to rediscover its peculiar soundtrack. Once again the main character is the mandolin which, in the personal unique modern and eclectic style of Aonzo, makes such repertoire surprisingly catchy and contemporary.
Recently I have listened to some videos with Don Julin on electric mandola and electric mandolin, and I have compiled a Don Julin playlist.
Don Julin is the author of Mandolin for Dummies / Mandolin Exercises for Dummies, and he has a online instruction website “Mandolins heal the World” where he teaches how to play the mandolin. It’s interesting that he is also trying to teach the mandolin like a language:
My philosophy is that music is a language and should be learned as a language. If we take a look at how we learn to speak, we may find some interesting parallels. The way a young child learns to speak is by hearing adults and siblings make sounds. At first the child simply imitates the sounds of the vowels and consonants and eventually forms words. After a while the child can string words together to begin communicating with others. It is at that time that we introduce the child to the printed page. I am simply suggesting that we approach music the same way. As in any language, you can further your study to include theory, history, and the evolution of this language, but in the long run what most folks really want is to be able to join the musical conversation.
The New Vintage Frets is an American mandolin ensemble based in Wisconsin. In 2018 this ensemble produced a CD titled: The Wisconsin/Vega Project CD
This unique CD offers present day recordings of century-old mandolin ensemble arrangements thoughtfully selected from Wisconsin-based mandolin orchestra libraries. Pieces in the collection were published in either the 1890s or early 1900s. The recordings were made in 2017 and 2018 with string parts played on antique, Vega brand mandolin-family instruments.