Madeira must be a good place for mandolins – at the moment there are 17 mandolin orchestras and tunas on Madeira. Activities of those orchestras can be found on the website of the Associacion de Bandolins de Madeira http://www.bandolins-madeira.net/
A group of four players with mandolin, mandola (octave mandolin), guitar and bass has arranged some popular rock songs by Metallica, Toto and R.E.M. and has made several videos in their youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/cromandolin
Nothing Else Matters
This is a cover of Metallica.’s Nothing Else Matters. Played by Claudio (guitar), Élio (mandolin), Énio (bass) and Silvino (mandola).
The arrangement for mandolin and mandola was made by Élio in the style of Apocalyptica.
Recorded on Sep. 14, 2009.
Losing my religion (R.E.M. cover)
Africa (Toto cover)
This is a cover of Toto’s Africa. Played by Claudio (guitar), Élio (mandolin), Énio (bass) and Silvino (mandola).
Recorded on Sep. 7, 2009.
It’s my life (Bon Jovi cover)
Website Bandolins de Madeira: http://www.bandolins-madeira.net/
More videos from Madeira: http://www.youtube.com/user/bandolinsmadeira
youtube channel cromandolin: http://www.youtube.com/user/cromandolin
Today a new fantastic mandolin video has been uploaded to youtube by Carlos Blanco Ruiz. The video shows a performance of Railroad Song, a composition by Yasuo Kuwahara, played by the composer himself on the mandolin and Carlos Blanco Ruiz on the guitar. It was recorded in 1999.
This is the first time that I saw Kuwahara play the mandolin, and he really knows what is possible on the mandolin – a fantastic showpiece of mandolin technique.
Don’t miss this video!!
Yasuo Kuwahara mandolina rail road Song * Carlos Blanco Ruiz guitarra La Orden de la Terraza Haro 25 años 1999
Playlist Railroad Sonmg by Yasuo Kuwahara
Wikipedia about Yasuo Kuwahara (German): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuo_Kuwahara
A nice video of a concert by Jose Miguel Morena that was given during the Early Music Festivals in St. Petersburg (Russia) has created interest for this musician.
The video can be found in the blog of the Russian camera man Roman Gurochkin. Moreno plays music of the Renaissance on a vihuela, at the end of the video he plays his version of the well known tune Canarios by Gaspar Sanz.
Jose Miguel Morena is one of the important specialists for old plucked instruments – including the barock-guitar, the vihuela, the luth, the theorbe and also the modern guitar. He has published many recordings.
The following videos show parts from a luth concert:
Jose Miguel Morena – Laute
Renaissance music from Spain:
Renaissance music from England, including the Frog Galliard by John Downland:
More videos with Jose Miguel Morena, including Barock pieces by Sylvius Leopold Weiss can be found in my playlist:
The vihuela society from Spain: http://www.sociedaddelavihuela.com/
Notes about Jose Miguel Morena:
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