Category: mandolin ensemble

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East Coast Mandolin Orchestra with Marilyn Mair

New videos from a concert of the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra have been published on youtube. The concert “Brazilian Journey” was given on May 15, 2022 at Gratz College, in Elkins Park, PA.

The concert included performances by Marilynn Mair with Paul Dressel (guitar), the Marilynn Mair’s Choro Ensemble and the East Coast Mandolin Chamber Ensemble.

A nice selection of Choro music!

The East Coast Mandolin Orchestra performs “Choro das Estrelas”
East Coast Mandolin Chamber Ensemble performs “Lamentos”
Marilynn Mair and Paul Dressel perform Eu Quero Sossego
Marilynn Mair’s Choro Ensemble performs Three Choros

About the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra
The East Coast Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra is the brainchild of Mr. Mark Linkins, who currently serves as the Music Director of both the Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA and the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra in Baltimore MD.

A Celebration of Brazilian Mandolin Music 2022 – A Celebration of Brazilian Mandolin Music
The 46 member ECMO will return in 2022 after two seasons of isolation and will feature an all-Brazilian program, with works by Hector Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim and guest starring Marilynn Mair, accomplished master of the choro style.

More videos of this concert can be found in the youtube channel brunomandos.

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Ensemble Giocoso – New Music for Mandolin Ensemble

The Ensemble Giocoso has been founded in 2012 by members of the mandolin orchestra HARMONIE 1931 from Dinslaken to be able to play more interesting music, pop-songs or new compositions for mandolin orchestra.

The concerts from the last years were filmed and are available as youtube videos.

Program of the concert from 2020

Christopher Grafschmidt – Auf geht’s

Olof Näslund – I Folkton

David Laheurte – Mandoline Project

Claudio Mandonico – Słoneczniki Sinti-Suite

Richard Charlton – Daintree

Pirates of the Caribbean Medley

Dominik Hackner – Danza cubana

John Miles – Music

Claudio Mandonico – Stomp from “Jazz Pop Rock Suite”

Playlist of the Concert given in 2020
Playlist of the Concert from 2017
Playlist of the Concert from 2016
Playlist of the Concert from 2015

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Rossini: Overtures arranged for Mandolin Quintet

The Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda” has recorded an album with ouvertures by Rossini arranged for mandolin quintet.

  • Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda”
  • Emanuele Buzi mandolin
  • Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz mandolin
  • Valdimiro Buzi mandola
  • Andrea Pace guitar
  • Emiliano Piccolini contrabass

The complete first track, the ouverture from “L’Italiana in Algeri” can be seen in the following promotion video:

Screenshot from the website of the Quintetto a PLettro “Giuseppe Anedda”

The Rossini anniversary of 2018 presented an opportunity to shed new light on these familiar works, but in a form that the composer himself would have recognised. This long-established mandolin quintet took a mix of old and newly commissioned arrangements and toured them across Italy to great success before making the present recording. The quintet takes its name from the mandolin virtuoso Giuseppe Anedda (1912-97) who popularised the instrument throughout his native Italy with his own ensemble and established for it a place in classical concert halls and modern works beyond the ‘early music revival’ of the 50s and 60s. He took part in pioneering recordings of Vivaldi and early performances of Stravinsky’s Agon. 

They commissioned Michele Di Filippo to arrange the first four overtures on this album: L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Viaggio a Reims (1825), La Cenerentola (1817) and La Scala di Seta (1812). The other four overtures are from Il Signor Bruschino (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), Tancredi (1813) and La Gazza Ladra (1817), for which the quintet performs from transcriptions made and published in the first half of the 20th century by Mario Macchioci and Enrico Marucelli. All the arrangements preserve the heady excitement of the famous ‘Rossini crescendo’ as well as the chamber-like dialogue between wind and strings in the original scores. 

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Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble

The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble was a classical mandolin ensemble. The ensemble travelled to Germany for the German Zupfmusikfest in Bonn in 1978. It was also part of the production of the CD “Rudy Cipolla – Mandolin Maestro”. It did travel again to Germany in 1982 for another Zupfmusikfest.

Program of the concert at the Zupfmusikfest in Bonn, 1982 (Thanks to Sheri Mignano-Crawford for this picture)

Kennet Frankel who played mandolin, mandola and mandocello in this group between 1976 and 1979. He has made available some recordings by the Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble on his website.

1976-1979 Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble

After my mandolin quartet, I played mandolin, mandola, and mandocello with this wonderful group in concerts, on radio, and on TV. I traveled with them to Germany as the only USA representative at the 1976 German Zupfest.

The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble played pieces by German composers Konrad Wölki and Kurt Schwaen, transcriptions of lute music, pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Ragtimes by Scott Joplin and more.

Rudy Cipolla recording

The ensemble was part of the Rudy Cipolla album The World of Rudy Cipola which was recorded in 1982 and 1983.

Interview 1987

The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble with Owen Hartford and Rudy Cipolla gave an interview with live performances in 1987 which can be found in the Rudy Cipolla archive by Sheri Mignano-Crawford. Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe with link to a collection of recordings and sheet music by Rudy Cipolla. The ensemble plays works by Vivaldi, Owen Hartford and Rudy Cipolla.

Radim Zenkl and Sheri Mignano-Crawford played with the ensemble in 1989, there is a picture of the ensemble from 1989 on Radim Zenkls website.

Additional Information

Website: http://www.kenfrankel.com/Music/BME/BME.html

History: http://www.kenfrankel.com/music%20history.html

Radim Zenkl – Photos – includes a photo of the Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble from 1989.