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MANdolinMAN – A Mandolin Quartet from Belgium – New…

Yesterday I have found an article about the group MANdolinMAN, a mandolin quartet from Belgium in the German Wasser-Prawda blog, which presented their second CD with Brazilian music:

MANdolinMAN – Plays Bossa Nova

I was very curious and searched for the website of this group, where I have found previews of the new CD as well as examples of their first CD. I have also found the following videos showing MANdolinMAN:

MANdolinMAN (Belgium) plays Bossa Nova :

Água de beber (A.C. Jobim) // new album release february 2013

MANdolinMAN old tunes, dusted down

As you can see in the videos, the band typically plays with three mandolins and a mandocello or with two mandolins, mandola and mandocello. The sound reminds me a little bit to the music played by Patrick Vaillant and his quartet. In the first video a tune from the Brazilian CD can be heard, the second video contains examples from the first CD with traditional music from Flanders.

The band has just returned from a tout to Brazil.  You can find some fotos on the facebook page of MANdolinMAN.

Additional Information

Website MANdolinMAN

Just like Alan Lomax followed in his father’s footsteps, Hubert’s son Andries Boone (Leuven, °1977) started the MANdolinMAN project, in order to bring his father’s notations to life. He does so in a very distinct way, together with three kindred spirits: mandolinists Peter-Jan Daems, Dirk Naessens and Maarten Decombel. Being played on a very well-known instrument as the mandolin, the ‘local’ melodies (from Eppegem, Hever, Zaventem, Elewijt …) become timeless and universal. Even, a trained ear will find it difficult to locate some of the origins. Echoes of Appalachia? Northumbrian sprightliness? Melancholy from Lisbon? Cape Verdean elegance? No, nothing like that: the wonderful instrumental music of MANdolinMAN stems from Flanders and its environs. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to Hubert Boone and his work.”

Review FolkWorld: Dusting Down the Tunes

“I contacted the musicians to come and participate in the project. I knew them because Belgium is, shall we say, very small! I chose the tunes and it sounded so nice playing them together that we were convinced to go for it. To be honest the record’s first main goal was a surprise for my father’s 70 birthday! It started as a one off gig and CD. But the story went its own way. Today it has become an international story.”

Andries fills me in on the MANdolinMAN quartet’s personnel. “Dirk Naessens is mostly known from playing with Urban Trad. Maarten Decombel is known from his solo work and of course from the folk bands Snaarmaarwaar and Naragonia Quartet. Peter-Jan Daems played with Snaarmaarwaar untill January 2013. They all have clocked up an impressive service in folk music. Maarten is also one of the best guitar players in Flanders. Dirk received a ‘government medal’ on fiddle at the Brussels conservatory and played with many excellent bands in Belgium, though Urban Trad was the best known.”

Review NEW FOLK SOUNDS (Dutch): Mandolinman – Plays Bossa Nova

Review (Dutch):  MANdolinMAN geeft eigen draai aan bossa nova

Het zonnige Braziliaanse strand lonkt, maar net als met de voorganger hebben Andries Boone (mandola en mandoline), Peter-Jan Daems (mandoline), Maarten Decombel (mandocello) en Dirk Naessens (mandoline) ook aan dit genre hun eigen draai gegeven.

Website Marten Decombel

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Modern Mandolin Quartet – Some Great Videos 1985 /…

Today I have watched some videos with the Modern Mandolin Quartet from the early days of this ensemble with Mike Marshall. I think those videos belong to the best videos with a mandolin quartet – composed of  two mandolins, mandola and a mandocello.

The modern mandolin quartet is the plucked strings equivalent of a classical string quartet. Quartets like this did also exist in the late 19th century when mandolin was very popular in Italy, France, Great Britain and also in the USA.

Modern Mandolin Quartet – Demo 85′

Early Video demo created by Mike Marshall, Thom Wineland and Dan Large to promote the Modern Mandolin quartet. Recorded at St Vincents church in San Rafael, Ca.

Mike Marshall – Mandolin

Dana Rath – Mandolin

Paul Binkley – Mandola

John Imholz – MandoCello

Modern Mandolin Quartet 1986 TK1 – Brandenburg Cocerto by J. S. Bach

Early concert footage of the original Modern Mandolin Quartet, at a performance at the Cafe Valencia in San Francisco, CA. Video cameras by Dan Large and Thom Wineland.

Cool, from “West Side Story” – Modern Mandolin Quartet

Modern Mandolin Quartet

Mike Marshall leads the MMQ in this broadcast of the Lonesome Pine Special’s “Mando Magnificat” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Kentucky; producer Richard Van Kleeck; director Clark Santee; copyright 1989, KET

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Recordings and Videos with the Plucked Strings Quartet “Quartetto…

Some years ago I have found the website of the Japanese mandolin player Atsushi Fukuya and wrote about it in my blog. Yesterday again I landed on the website of Atsushi Fukuya and I have listened again to some of his recordings. On this occasion I searched for more information and I have found several videos with Atsushi Fukuya and the Quartetto Cantarella.

On the website you find the link Listen! which leads you to the recordings, including mandolin solos, mandolin and guitar and also recordings with a plucked strings quartet – the Quartetto Cantarella. The list includes well known works like the Csardasz by V. Monti, the Capriccio Spagnuolo by Carlo Munier, the Marche des Mandolinistes by Edouardo Mezzacapo, two mandolin solos by Giuseppe Pettine and a piece by Sivio Ranieri.

Since my last visit of the website new recordings have been added. Now you can find works by Claude Debussy and Reinhold Gliere and recordings with the Quartetto Cantarella. Those are very interesting recordings and I can recomment to download them.

On youtube several videos of the  Quartetto Cantarella can be found.

Quartetto Cantarella

The quartet is composed of 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin,  mandola tenore  and mandocello, which produces a very interesting sound. The mandocello has a full, sonorous sound which is very different to the sound of the guitar that is typically used in European mandolin quartets.

  • Fukuya Atsushi – 1st mandolin
  • Gotoh Yuta – 2nd mandolin
  • Mine Kazuaki – mandola tenore
  • Shikada Kei – mandocello

The quartet plays arrangements of compositions by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy and modern compositions of Japanese composers.

This is the Petite Suite by Claude Debussy arranged for mandolin quartet by Atsushi Fukukya:

C. Debussy – Petite suite (カルテット・カンタレッラ)

Claude Debussy – Petite suite (Arr. Atsushi Fukuya)
played by Quartetto Cantarella

Quartetto Cantarella 公式ウェブサイト

Playlist Quartetto Cantarella mit Atsushi Fukuya

The playlist starts with a set of recordings from a recent concert, these are the first works

  • Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
  • Serenade von Ando Mayuko
  • OBORODUKIYO for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki
  • Four Leaf Clover for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki – four movements:

1.) Hope – Antique Sonata

2.) Honesty – Twilight Waltz

3.) Love – Madrigal

4.) Fortune – Rondo

Enjoy the  Quartetto Cantarella!

Additional Information

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Homepage Atsushi Fukuya:

Homepage Quartetto Cantarella:

Ando Mayuko official website:

Toshiyuki Koseki – Web Site