Tag: Japan


Talilele – Mixed Ukulele and Mandolin-Orchestra from Kobe /…

When I looked for other videos of the Kansai Mandolin Ensemble I found the following video of a group named Talilele of 27 players with mandolins, ukuleles and other plucked instruments.

Something Unexpected: Talilele

This group is composed of 27 players of ukuleles, cigar box ukues, mandolins, mandolas, banjo and some Japanese instruments and reminds me very much to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The sound is great and the energy of the group is fantastic.

The next video includes a lot of percussion played on the instruments:

Jyounetu Tairiku Cover Practice Talilele ukulele Orchestra

This last une was composed by the Japanese violin player Taro Hakase.

You can find a video of this with Taro Hakase & Iwao Furusawa – Jounetsu Tairiku

I have found some other videos of this group and made a playlist with all videos:


Talilele on Myspace

The group Talilele  has a Myspace page too: http://www.myspace.com/talilele where I have found the following description of Talilele:

“TALILELE”, the ukulele orchestra in Kobe, was formed by the complete beginner players in October 2006. Almost 2’n half years have passed since then and you can’t call us beginners any more! (may be)Well, technically speaking, we are still far away from master of UKE, indeed. However, our love for music, overnight tender tough trainings by our concert master, AND bunch of liqure have been making amateur players “performers”, we believe. Wow! Hope to see you someday & somewhere. Thank you for keep encouragings!

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Kansai Mandolin Ensemble SMK – Kobe / Japan –…

The Kansai Mandolin Ensemble SMK from Kobe, Japan is expecting its 50th birthday next year. It was founded in 1960 and has made tours to Italy, Germany and Greece.

The description of the videos does contain the following text in Italian language:

gruppi di concerto di mandolino
Noi siamo gruppi di insieme di mandolino giapponesi
Io salutero il 50 anniversario il prossimo anno

The group has uploaded many videos from the latest two concerts to youtube – unfortunately almost all of the videos are limited to ca. 1:30 minutes, so it is not possible to listen to the complete works.

The first concert was played by an ensemble of 5 mandolins, a mandola, a guitar, a bass and two keyboard instruments.

The progam of the first concert was mostly composed of transcriptions of classical works for mandolin ensemble.

  • Slavische Tanze - A. Dvorak
  • Melody in F - A. Rubinstein
  • Balletmusik aus Orpheus - C. W. Gluck
  • Tambourin - J. P. Rameau
  • Walzer - J. Brahms
  • Barcarolle - P. Tschaikowsky
  • Andante Cantabile - P. Tschaikowsky
  • Träumerei – Schumann

The videos of the second concert shows an ensemble of 10 players composed of mandolins, mandolas, mandoloncello and guitar. In this concert several pieces by J. S. Bach were played.

Playlist with all videos by the SMK mandolin ensemble:

Additional information

youtube channel of the Kansai Mandolin Ensemble: http://www.youtube.com/user/SMK1445

On the homepage of the Kansai Mandolin Ensemble you can find information about the history of the group, a list of pieces arranged for the ensemble and further information: Homepage (with google translation to German): www.kansai-mandolin.com

and to English: www.kansai-mandolin.com

CD recommendation

All The Rage – Mandolin Ensemble Music From 1897-1924 (Amazon partnerlink)

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Mandolin Ensemble “Eight Strings Studio” – Japan

Yesterday I have found four videos with a mandolin ensemble from Kumamoto, Japan – the “Eight Strings Studio“. There is not much information about this group, but the quality of the videos is excellent. The group is composed of two mandolins, mandola and mandoloncello. A guitar is added for some pieces.

This is the information that can be found with the videos:

This is the performance by Mandolin quartet Eight strings studio.
The Mandolin Consert by Eight Strings Studio in Kumamoto, Japan. We were formed in 2008 and this is first regular concert.


  • Bach – Bwv1067 Orchestral Suite NO.2 Rondeau
  • Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • Russian folk music
  • Medley of Russain melodies

Watch all videos by this mandolin ensemble in my playlist:

Playlist Mandolin Ensemble Eight Strings Studio

My favorite tuner for guitar and mandolin (Amazon partnerlink):

TC Electronic PolyTune Clip


Love Song (C. Munier) LIVE – Kozo Onishi –…

Kozo Onishi has published a video with a recording of the Love Song by Carlo Munier. This is a typical piece of the romantic mandolin repertoir of the late 19th century, and together with the Capriccio Spagnuolo one of the best pieces by C. Munier for the mandolin.

The Love Song contains many special romantic picking techniques like tremolo over all four strings with full chords and the duo style technique, with tremolo and a staccata at the same time.

This interesting recording was made from a concert in 2008

youtube channel of Kozo Onishi: http://www.youtube.com/user/Onishikozo