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