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Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec – Slovenia

In my recent post about Ferenc Sebö the tambura (also known as tamburitza, tamburica, ….) was used in some videos. I wanted to find some more information and videos about this instrument. Today I have found the videos of the Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec, an orchestra similar to a mandolin orchestra but composed from tamburitza instruments.

You can find more information about the instruments used in this tamburitza orchestras in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments: Instruments of Kroatia

Here is a short note from the homepage of this orchestra about the history of this orchestra:

It all began in 1993, when a tamburitza beginner’s course was first founded, located at an elementary school Osnovna sola Dragatus,. ….With hard work and creativity of our leader Anton Grahek, and that of other members of the orchestra, we are dedicated to spreading the sound of tamburitza and that of Bela krajina across our homeland as well as abroad. Our aim is to familiarize people with our rich musical heritage and our traditional folk instrument tamburitza. Every year we participate at different festivals for tamburitza and mandoline orchestras of Slovenia, where, to this day, an expert jury already awarded us with three awards. Our most important achievement dates back in 2003 as we released our first CD.

Next to authentic folk songs of Bela krajina and that of Slovenia, we also perform songs from other nations, musical arrangements and adaptations of evergreens, latin american and classical musik. However, our ochestra is especially renowned for its unique sound and melody as well as brilliant performing technique.

In the first video the orchestra plays La bamba with a lot of energy and joy:

Tamburica orchestra KUD Dobreč – La bamba – Dragatuš 2006

Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla)

Other tunes played by this orchestra that can be found at youtube include Over the Rainbow, Lambada, Waltz No. 2 by Schostakovich, Besame Mucho or Perfidia.

Playlist with more videos, the playlist begins with a video from a cooperation of the orchestra with singer Janez Doltar:

 

Additional information

youtube channel KUD Dobrec

 


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Japanese mandolin orchestra “meets” and choir “VoxMEA” – Sakura…

The Japanese mandolin orchestra meets has recently played a concert together with the mixed choir VoxMEA. The videos of this concert are now available at youtube.

The program was composed of four pieces for mandolin orchestra, a set of international folk songs for mandolin orchestra and choir and pieces for the choir. The folksongs included O Sole Mio, the famous Italian song as well as Sakura, the well known Japanese folk song.

The pieces for choir and orchestra were obviously new arrangements for this concert and sound very interesting.

The orchestra played very precise – as most of the Japanese mandolin orchestras do.

A very interesting concert, especially because this combination of mandolin orchestra and choir is not heard very often.

I have used google to translate the titels of the pieces from a list that can be found on the homepage of the meets orchestra:

1 – Preludio Sinfonico / U. Bottakiari

2 – Grand Chaconne / Huzikake Hiroyuki

3 – Londonderry Air/ Irish folk song  / arranged by  Kunisaku SAKAI

4 – Camptown Races / American folk song / arranged by  Kunisaku SAKAI

5 – Troika / Russian folk songs  / arranged by  Kunisaku SAKAI

6 – O sole mio / Italy (Neapel), folk song / arranged by  Kunisaku SAKAI

7 – Sakura Sakura / Japanese folk song / arranged by  Kunisaku SAKAI

8 – Starting from today – day you were born / or water pearl Shirasa Lyrics / Natsumi WATANABE

9 – Starting from today – Intermezzo / Natsumi WATANABE

Homepage of meets: http://www.bass-world.net/meets

Playlist with the complete concert, including the choir pieces at the end of the playlist:

 

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Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow – Mandolin Orchestra…

Some days ago I have discovered the videos of a Spanish orchestra:  La Orden de la Terraza

This orchestra was founded in the region of Logrono / Rioja / Spain in the 70s. In Logrono every year a big festival of plucked instrument music takes place.

The performance of  Beyond the Rainbow by Yasuo Kuwahara has fascinated me immediately, and I had to listen to this for several times.

This orchestra plays excellent and very precise. The orchestra is composed of the typical Spanish plucked instruments bandurria and laud and guitars.

Yasuo Kuwahara was a Japanese mandolin player and composer. He has composed many pieces for plucked strings ensembles and also for mandolin solo.

More information can be found here: Yasuo Kuwahara

The orchestra La Orden de la Terraza has played several compositions by Kuwahara, you can find some information about this also on the homepage of the orchestra.

Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (1ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza

Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (2ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza
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Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (2ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza

More videos of this orchestra in the youtube channel: carlosblancoruiz

Homepage of the orchestra (Spanish): La orden de la terraza

Playlist Zupforchester – La Orden de la Terraza – Concert 21.12.2009

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Bundang Mandolin Orchestra – Vita Mandolinistica in Korea

The Bundang Mandolin Orchestra from Korea has recently had its 9th subscription concert.

This is the only mandolin orchestra from Korea that I know. The orchestra plays a traditional style of mandolin orchestra music with traditional pieces and arrangements of popular tunes.

I have selected a piece by Dutch composer Joh. B. KokVita Mandolinistica – a piece that is well known in German (and Dutch) mandolin orchestras:

The 9th Subscription Concert
Bundang Mandolin Orchestra
Conductor: YoonSook, Seo
2009-10-31 5pm
Sungnam Art Center – Ensemble Theater

MinSoon Park is a member and sub-conducter of the Bandung Mandolin Orchestra, on his myspace site I have found the following:

MinSoon Park start playing violin from 7 years old with just 1 year official lesson and still enjoy playing famous concertos / pieces
He played mandolin for over 19 years without any professional lessons.
In 2009, he entered BaekSeok Musical Graduate School (major mandolin). And it is the first time in korea majoring mandolin.

His wife HyeJung Chun also has exact same career and they made duet ‘Mandolin BOO-BOO’.

They also play mandolin with SoongSil University Mandolin Orchestra.

MinSoon Park teaches and sub-conduct Bundang Mandolin Orchestra.

Playliste Bundang Mandolin Orchestra

Playlist with the complete concert and some more videos of the orchestra, a quartett and solo pieces played by MinSoon Park.

Homepage von MinSoon Park: http://www.mandolin.kr/

MinSoon Park at Myspace: myspace


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