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Ricardo Sandoval in Japan – Music from Venezuela with…

Riccardo Sandoval, the mandolin palyer from Venezuela, has visited Japan several times. A set of about 20 videos from a concert in Japan from last October are available at youtube. Ricardo Sandoval plays mainly mandolin, but also the bandola llanera from Venezuela. He is accompanied by guitar, cajon, mandolin and mandola.

Let’s start with a great Calipso by Ricard Sandoval – the group has a lot of fun playing this:

Bumbac (Ricardo Sandoval) Calipso

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra
Ayuko Ikeda: percusión
Masataka Hori: mandolina
Daigo Marumoto: mandola

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

El Cruzao (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

A beautiful waltz for mandolin and guitar:

Y Además (Cristóbal Soto) Vals-Danza

La Bonchona (Mao Fermín) Merengue

Contradanza (Aquiles Báez) Contradanza

Finally another great tune with the cajon played by Ayuko Ikeda

A Ultima Hora (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

Many more videos of this great concert:


Website Ricardo Sandoval: http://www.ricardosandoval.com/

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Pajarillo – My favorite tune from Venezuela – The…

My favorite tune from Venezuela is the Pajarillo. This tune is typically played on the Venezuelan cuatro, a four-string instrument similar to a tenor ukulele. However the famous Alexis Cardenas and the Youth Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela do also play this tune in their concerts. In their program the Pajarillo is often one of the last pieces that adds the music from Venezuela to the mainly classical programs they play before.

So I start with this fantastic version of Fuga con Pajarillo conducted by the famous Gustavo Dudamel:

“Fuga con Pajarillo”II Parte Gustavo Dudamel “Teresa Carreño” Youth Symphony Orchestra

Everytime I listen to some Pajarillos I have the strong desire to play with them. The structure is so simple, but it is almost impossible not to move with this music. The same chord are repeated again and again, but this makes it necessary to improvise all the time to make the tune interesting.

The following video shows a fantastic version played by a string ensemble with bandola llanera, cuatro, guitar, bass guita and maracas – in this video you can see the instruments and the playing technique very good.

09 05 08 “Pajarillo” por Ensamble Venezuela

09 05 08 “Pajarillo” por Ensamble Venezuela
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Another version I like very much is the following version played by by a mandolin orchestra – the Estudiantina UNEXPO de Puerto Ordaz. Again you can hear a very interesting solo on the cuatro  in the second part of this video.

Pajarillo y Chipola. Estudiantina UNEXPO de Puerto Ordaz

Playlist Pajarillo

In the playlist you can find the best Pajarillo videos that I have found. It starts with a very good jazz version with Huascar Barradas (flute) and Jorge Polanco (cuatro). The list includes a version by Recoveco with Alexis Cardenas (violin) and Ricardo Sandoval (cuatro) and two versions from the Berklee College of Music with arrangements by Sandro Morales Santoro, one with a violin as solo instrument, another with a flute as solo instrument.

I have also included another videos of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from a Proms concert – a fantastic performance that cannot be topped  you really should not miss this video!

At the end I have added the famous Fandango for harpsichord by Antonio Soler.


Additional information

Cuatro Venezolano and Bandola Llanera in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments:

Wikipedia about Joropo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joropo

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Ricardo Sandoval and Alexis Cardenas – Recoveco – Great…

Ricardo Sandoval was born in Venezela, but he lives in France now. He plays the mandolin and the typical Venezuelan instruments cuatro and bandola llanera. In 2007 he played together with his band Recoveco on the french television. They played a piece composed by Ricardo Sandoval name Ibagué me quieras. In this video Ricard Sandoval played the mandolin:

RECOVECO sur France Musique

“Ibagué me quieras” de Ricardo Sandoval / Recoveco en el programa de Arièle Butaux “Sur tous les tons” / France Musique – Radio France

Another member of Recoveco is the fantastic violin player Alexis Cardenas. Alexis Cardenas is known as a classical violin player, but he also plays the music of his homeland Venezuela very well.

In this video Recoveco plays their version of a Pajarillo, a very popular tune in Venezuela, which goes back to the Spanish fandango nad is usually played on the Venezuelan cuatro. Alexis Cardenas combines this tune with barock music by J. S. Bach – a very interesting combination of styles. Later a long solo part played on the maracas follows, and then the plucked instruments take over the lead. Ricardo Sandoval plays the venezuelan cuatro in this video. This is really good music, I have watched the video several times – enjoy this!

YouTube – Alexis Cardenas y RECOVECO

See also: Pajarillo – The Cuatro Venezolano – Venezuela

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LA SEXTA BASICA – Music from Venezuela with Mandolin

I have dicovered this video already some time ago, and I heard it again today. La Sexta Basica is a group composed of typical Venezuelan plucked instruments and a singer. They play a very interesting mix of traditional Venezuelan music with a modern sound.

These are very good examples of how to use plucked instruments in a group with a singer. Enjoy the videos!

Pueblos Tristes – La Sexta Basica-Musica Venezolana

“Pueblos tristes” original de Otilio Galindez interpretado por La Sexta Basica en Lunacreciente Studios.Caracas, Venezuela.
La Sexta Básica son:
Guitarra, voz y dirección: Pablo Escalona
Guitarra: José Manuel Cardona
Mandolina y Bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Mandolina y voz: Roselyn Rondón
Cuatro y voz: Lilian Córdova



Aqui esta el indio – La Sexta basica-bandola llanera -pajarillo

La Sexta basica, grupo de musica venezolana contemporanea.

Director, guitarra y voz: Pablo Escalona
Mandolina: Roselyn Rondon.
cuatro:Liliam Cordova
guitarra: Jose Manuel cardona
bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Contrabajo: Jesus Milano

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