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Raziel Tsur – Mandolinist from Israel

Raziel Tsur is a mandolin player, teacher and conductor from Israel. He is playing the mandolin with the Israeli Plectrum Orchestra. I have met him during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal this year. Raziel was the mandolin soloist for the Violin Concerto by J. S. Bach, for La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli and for Asturias by Isaac Albeniz. You can find the videos of this performance on the website of the BDZ. I have made a playlist with those three videos:

Playlist – The Israeli Plectrum Orchestra Eurofestival Bruchsal 2018 #bdzef2018

A letter from Raziel Tsur

As for me, I am in a very good time of doing and investing in a variety of music fields.

In the field of education, this year I am running a musical project of 3 schools in the city, where about 200 students study mandolin in groups and in the orchestra. Then I add the motivate student for the to the local orchestra.
This year I managed to establish the second youth mandolin orchestra of children aged 10-13, while our young orchestra continues to perform in the city and throughout Israel. This orchestra won first prize in the Israel National Education Ministry’s National Plectrum Convention. Conducting these two orchestras requires me to write arrangements for a repertoire and more.

About me as a performer, In the past year I have been privileged to purchase mandolin from the Israeli luthier “Arik Kerman”.
His mandolins are known as a powerful and wide sound instrument that enables the musician to perform in a big concert halls. In Israel, I play as a soloist with a number of very serious ensembles, such as composer Gil Shohat and bass player Gilad Efrat.
I an collaborating with famous Israeli pop singers and manage to bring the mandolin to these stage as well. I certainly see myself as the ambassador of the instrument and believe that the mandolin can move in a variety of musical worlds and can contribute to any musical field.
Recently, I participated in the Jazz Festival “under the Apple Trees”, which is take place every year in  Coutances, Normandy. performing along with “Gilad Ephrat ensemble”.

The “Dolce Mandolin Quartet”, which I founded about four years ago, continues to operate the Concerts activity in Israel.

These days I’m working on my own CD where I host a number of musicians while the mandolin is in the center. The CD is about classical mandolin and will include composers such as Bach and Vivaldi alongside De Falla and Piazzolla.

Additional information

Website Raziel Tsur
Raziel Tsur – Youtube Channel
Israeli Plectrum Orchestra – Youtube Channel

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MANdolinMAN – A Mandolin Quartet from Belgium – New…

In 2013 I have written about a CD by the mandolin quartet MANdolinMAN from Belgium. Last year the quartet has produced the third CD Unfolding the Roots.

You can find two tracks from this CD at vimeo, and also a trailer for the new CD.

Enjoy the quartet MANdolinMAN from Belgium!

Unfolding the Roots

Track from “Unfolding The Roots”, third album of MANdolinMAN (Belgium).

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MANdolinMAN featuring Stefan Bracaval – “Rumba Del Raval”

Bonustrack on “Unfolding The Roots”, third album of MANdolinMAN.

composition: Maarten Decombel

TRAILER NEW ALBUM MANdolinMAN – “Unfolding The Roots”

(release Belgium October 2016 by MM RECORDS // Worldwide release March 2017 by ARC MUSIC).

After their successful first album “Old Tunes, Dusted Down” and a second album on which they explored the Bossa Nova style, MANdolinMAN return to their roots. The historic melodies from Flanders are injected with a modern and contemporary vigour. STAY TUNED!

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MANdolinMAN – Unfolding the Roots

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The Kerman Mandolin Quartet plays Mozart Quartets – Crowd…

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has started a crowd funding campaign for their first CD. This mandolin quartet has been founded by Jacob Reuven about two years ago. It is composed of professional players of mandolin, mandola and mandolocello. The name of the quartet is derived from the instruments that all four players are playing – instruments made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman.

Jacob Reuven is one of the important mandolin players from Israel, he has played as soloist with many orchestras. Fabio Gallucci and Vincent Beer-Demander are active mandolin players, conductors and composers based in the South of France, they have recorded several CDs as soloist and with their Nov Mandolin Ensemble. Mari Carmen Simon has studied in Spain with Caridad Simón and Pedro Chamorro, then with Juan Carlos Muñoz in the Conservatory of Music of Esch-Sur-Alzette (Luxemburg). Mari studied also Baroque Music with Agostino Cirillo.

The program of the CD will be composed of four quartets composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  • Divertimento in D, K.136
  • “Dissonance” Quartet, K. 465
  • “A Little Night Music”, K. 525
  • Serenade Nocture, K.239

If you want to support this interesting recording project you can find the klink for the crow funding page below.

Invitation by Jacob Reuven

Dear Friends,
My quartet, The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, is about to record its first album – a CD dedicated to string quartets by Mozart. This recording is of great historical and personal importance. It is the first ever such recording done on mandolins, and is a tremendous step in promoting mandolins everywhere.
I ask you, as friends, to please take a moment and check out our crowd funding page at: http://www.ulule.com/record-mozarts-quartets/
Watch the video, share it with your friends, and hopefully also become our partner. I promise the best music possible in return.
Thank you. It really means the world to me.
Yours,
Yaki

Promo text:

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, which bears the name of the Israeli luthier Arik Kerman, is formed of four internationally acclaimed solo mandolinists: Jacob Reuven from Israel, Fabio Gallucci from Italy, Vincent Beer-Demander from France and Mari Carmen Simon from Spain.
For the past 20 years, Arik Kerman has been collaborating with mandolinist Jacob Reuven in order to create an instrument of matchless possibilities of sound and colour. Using the knowledge and traditions of violin building, Kerman has been producing instruments that enable mandolinists to play repertoire originally written for violin and other string instruments with great success, thus helping to integrate the mandolin into the classical concert stage and significantly broaden its repertoire possibilities.?
The Kerman Mandolin Quartet’s objective is to produce new performances of pieces originally written for string quartets as well as arrangements, contemporary music and new commissions.

Playlist Kerman Mandolin Quartet

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has published many great videos that proof the high quality of this group. I have compiled the videos in the following playlist which starts with videos of Mozart Quartets. Other pieces in the list are a concert by Antonio Vivaldi, Contrapunctus 1 from the Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach, Asturias by Isaak Albeniz, Movements from the string quartet Mishima by Philip Glass, and finally some tango compositions by Astor Piazzolla. At the end of the playlist you can find an interview with Jacob Reuven.

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MANdolinMAN – A Mandolin Quartet from Belgium – New…

Yesterday I have found an article about the group MANdolinMAN, a mandolin quartet from Belgium in the German Wasser-Prawda blog, which presented their second CD with Brazilian music:

MANdolinMAN – Plays Bossa Nova

I was very curious and searched for the website of this group, where I have found previews of the new CD as well as examples of their first CD. I have also found the following videos showing MANdolinMAN:

MANdolinMAN (Belgium) plays Bossa Nova :

Água de beber (A.C. Jobim) // new album release february 2013

MANdolinMAN old tunes, dusted down

As you can see in the videos, the band typically plays with three mandolins and a mandocello or with two mandolins, mandola and mandocello. The sound reminds me a little bit to the music played by Patrick Vaillant and his quartet. In the first video a tune from the Brazilian CD can be heard, the second video contains examples from the first CD with traditional music from Flanders.

The band has just returned from a tout to Brazil.  You can find some fotos on the facebook page of MANdolinMAN.

Additional Information

Website MANdolinMAN

Just like Alan Lomax followed in his father’s footsteps, Hubert’s son Andries Boone (Leuven, °1977) started the MANdolinMAN project, in order to bring his father’s notations to life. He does so in a very distinct way, together with three kindred spirits: mandolinists Peter-Jan Daems, Dirk Naessens and Maarten Decombel. Being played on a very well-known instrument as the mandolin, the ‘local’ melodies (from Eppegem, Hever, Zaventem, Elewijt …) become timeless and universal. Even, a trained ear will find it difficult to locate some of the origins. Echoes of Appalachia? Northumbrian sprightliness? Melancholy from Lisbon? Cape Verdean elegance? No, nothing like that: the wonderful instrumental music of MANdolinMAN stems from Flanders and its environs. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to Hubert Boone and his work.”

Review FolkWorld: Dusting Down the Tunes

“I contacted the musicians to come and participate in the project. I knew them because Belgium is, shall we say, very small! I chose the tunes and it sounded so nice playing them together that we were convinced to go for it. To be honest the record’s first main goal was a surprise for my father’s 70 birthday! It started as a one off gig and CD. But the story went its own way. Today it has become an international story.”

Andries fills me in on the MANdolinMAN quartet’s personnel. “Dirk Naessens is mostly known from playing with Urban Trad. Maarten Decombel is known from his solo work and of course from the folk bands Snaarmaarwaar and Naragonia Quartet. Peter-Jan Daems played with Snaarmaarwaar untill January 2013. They all have clocked up an impressive service in folk music. Maarten is also one of the best guitar players in Flanders. Dirk received a ‘government medal’ on fiddle at the Brussels conservatory and played with many excellent bands in Belgium, though Urban Trad was the best known.”

Review NEW FOLK SOUNDS (Dutch): Mandolinman – Plays Bossa Nova

Review folkforum.nl (Dutch):  MANdolinMAN geeft eigen draai aan bossa nova

Het zonnige Braziliaanse strand lonkt, maar net als met de voorganger hebben Andries Boone (mandola en mandoline), Peter-Jan Daems (mandoline), Maarten Decombel (mandocello) en Dirk Naessens (mandoline) ook aan dit genre hun eigen draai gegeven.

Website Marten Decombel

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