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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.

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The Wisconsin / Vega Project – Exploring America’s Forgotten…

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.

Fencing Master (Jas Harper) – Life Performance

More information about this CD can be found on the website of the New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/cds/

Playlist The Wisconsin/Vega Project

Review:
https://shepherdexpress.com/music/album-reviews/the-wisconsinvega-project-by/

Review:
https://www.wuwm.com/post/new-vintage-frets-friends-combine-antique-mandolins-vintage-wisconsin-compositions#stream/0

Website New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/

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Ensemble Hikari 光 live on German TV – Denise…

The Ensemble Hikari 光 has been invited to the show „Kaffee oder Tee?“ (coffee or tea?) of the German TV Station SWR on January 3rd, 2014. Now three videos have been made available at youtube.

The ensemble has been founded by mandolin players from Germany and Japan and it aims to make music by Japanese composers better known in Germany by their performances. In the TV show they played three pieces by Japanese composers Takashi Yuasa, Goshi Yoshida and Kunisaku Sakai.

The members of the ensemble Hikari are Denise Wambsganß (Germany, mandolin), Yasuyoshi Naito (Japan, mandolin), Hirotaka Nozaki (Japan, mandola), Michael Schwitzke (guitar) and Leo Ruf (percussion). Yasuyoshi Naito is a luthier for mandolins who has been living and working in Germany since the 1980s. He has built the Cremonese mandolin (four single strings) that is played by himself, as well as the mandola.

“Welcome to Café Mandolin” by Takashi Yuasa

“Black Rain” or “Fallen Angel” by Goshi Yoshida

World Premiere “Hikari 2014” by Kunisaku Sakai

Additional Information

Website Ensemble Hikari / Denise Wambsganß

Website Yasuyoshi Naito

Website Marionette / Goshi Yoshida

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The Mandolin Symposium 2015

Videos from the Mandolin Symposium 2015 have been made available in the youtube channel  Mandotunes.

The videos form the Friday night concert include teacher performances with Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg, Don Stiernberg, Sharon Gilchrist, Dudu Maia, Rich del Grosso, Roland White, Mike Mullins and the different student ensembles.

The playlist does also include videos of the Brazilian Choro group Choro das Tres and the Ragtime Skedaddlers who performed at the Mandolin Symposium 2015.

Playlist Mandolin Symposium 2015

Website Mandolin Symposium: Mandolin Symposium