Elke Limbach is mandolin player and teacher who teaches mandolin and guitar in her own music school in Hennef-Sieg / Westerhausen which is close to Bonn, the former capital of Germany. Her students were very successfull in the German youth competition “Jugend Musiziert”. She is also conducting several mandolin orchestras.
Together with the guitarist Kanaho Debinski she has founded the Duo Vivesco. This duo plays an interesting program by composers like Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, Jaime M.Zenamon, Heitor Villa Lobos, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Raffaele Calace, Louis Lunazzi, Stanley Myers, Giacomo Puccini or Turlough O`Carolan
Elke Limbach has added 3 videos from a recent concert of the Duo Vivesco with two great performances of Irish folk tunes. I enjoyed listening to their performance very much:
Irische Suite, Turlough o´Carolan, Mandoline und Gitarre
Duo Vivesco, Elke Limbach und Kanaho Debinski. Konzert April 2011
It is some time ago that I have discovered the videos of the Duo Andante from Japan. The duo plays some nice tunes with mandolin and guitar, including pieces by Bach, Scott Joplin and arrangements of popular Japanese enka-songs.
This is the famous ragtime The Entertainer by Scott Joplin played by the Duo Andante:
The next video shows the version for mandolin and guitar of the popular enka song I’m Falling in Love with You Again? This is one of the most successfull enka songs by Fuyumi Sakamoto. I think that the version for mandolin and guitar sounds very good.
wikipedia about this song: The song “Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru” (また君に恋してる, I’m Falling in Love with You Again?) rose to the number-one spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart between March 31 and April 6, 2010. On July 13, 2010, Sakamoto’s album Love Songs: Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru (Love Songs〜また君に恋してる〜, Love Songs: I’m Falling in Love with You Again?) has sold a total of 202,000 copies since its release in October 2009, making her the first female enka singer to have an album reach 200,000 in sales since Teresa Teng in 1989.