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.
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!
I have recently discovered a great new resource for learning to improvise on jazz tunes. Leo Ravera has compiled a set of exercises based on the chord progression of Take the A Train. Those exercise are very well suited for the mandolin.
This is the chord progression of the song.
You can play the exercises using the sheet music on the site and play all the notes in the first position.
But there is another option. I propose to use the first finger for the root of every chord. You will need the following root notes: C, D G, F. The first finger needs to jump between the notes. You can play those notes on the 3rd and 5th frets of the D- and A-string. Or you can play the notes on the 5th and 7th fret of the G-string and the 3rd and 5tf fret of the D-String.
If you do it like this you can play the same sequence of fingers again and again.
I have recently discovered some great music by Peter Pussarnig. The sound of the mandolin in the track Anahata from Peter Pussarnigs CD “Autumn Song” inspired me to listen to more music by this artist. In this great video some people were filmed as they heard the track for the very first time – a great idea! In another track – Sarangi Mandolin Didgeridoo – obviously recorded in India Peter Pussarning also plays the mandolin.
Peter Pussarning has studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He plays all kinds of instruments, including guitar, sitar, baglama, mandolin, shanti drum, balalaika, bass and electronics.
I have compiled a playlist with videos by Peter Pussarning and the PP3 Trio. The playlist starts with Anahata. The second video is another great composition with guitar and tabla titled wanderlust.
Peter Pussarnig has studied jazz guitar under the supervision of Guido Jeszenszky at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. As a traveling musician he has learned how to play, among others, bağlama in Istanbul, Turkey and sitar with Shri Druva Nath Mishra in Varanasi, India. Being part of more than hundred projects, from playing to recording, shows his variety in styles and a great diversity of musical influences.
In 2015 “Autumn Song”, the debut album of his trio was released by Alessa Records.