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A Romantic Mandolin Concert in Taiwan with Yahui Chen…

Mandolin players from Taiwan with Yahui Chen (Mandoline) have given a Romantic Mandolin Concert in the library of the Hsing Tien Temple in Taipe on Feb. 25th.

The videos of this concert are available at youtube.

I have made the following playlist with the complete concert:

Playlist Taipe Mandolin Ensemble Feb. 12, 2012

Program

1. Andante et Polonaise – E. Mezzacapo (mand. + guit.)

2. Rondo – R. Calace (mand. + guit.)

3. Kaze (mand. + guit.)

4. Kaze II (mand. + guit.)

5. Japanische Volkslieder (2 mandolins)

6. Carnevale di Venezia – C. Munier (this and the following pieces played by mandolin ensemble)

7. Valzer Fantastico – E. Marucelli

8. In the Light

9. Mandolin Club Night

10. Grandfather’s Clock

11. ???

13. Zu Tian Lullaby

15. Marche des Mandolinistes – Mezzacapo

16. Napoli

(the pieces 12 and 14 are missing)

Additional Information

Taipe Mandolin Ensemble at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taipei-Mandolin-Ensemble/133485357289

About the temple:

The Hsing Tian Kong dedicated to Lord Guan (Guansheng Dijun [關聖帝君], Guan Gong) is a famous temple located in Taipei.

Hsing Tian Kong

Previous posts in my blog: Das Taipei Mandolin Ensemble (German)

Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango – Liuqin (Chinese Mandolin) and Guitar

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The mandolin orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras – 5 Ladies…

I have discovered a video with a small mandolin orchestra from Brazil. The very special about this orchestra is that the members of this group are five old ladies aged between 78 and 85 years. I was really surprised when I found this video!

This is the youtube video with the orchestra Bandolineiras de Oeiras:

This is the description from another video which is no more available:

Talentos – Bandolineiras (Bloco 2/8)

Primeira capital do Piauí, há pouco mais de 300 quilômetros de Teresina, Oeiras, nos últimos 30 anos, vem ganhando fama por conta do talento de algumas senhoras que descobriram suas afinidades musicais em encontros religiosos. Mestras no chorinho, marchinhas e sambas, elas ficaram conhecidas como Bandolineiras de Oeiras. Mesmo no isolamento cultural em que viviam, a cidade sempre teve uma sólida tradição musical.

Na década de 30 do século passado, Araci Carvalho, exímia bandolinista, dava aulas de música para as moças da cidade, chegando a criar um conjunto, o Voz do Coração. Este ofício era desenvolvido também por outras senhoras da cidade, como Maria Queiroz e Filó Carvalho. Ao lado delas, os maestros das bandas de músicos completavam o quadro que fazia a fama de Oeiras. Apesar da tradição, os tempos mudaram e os alunos foram rareando, já muito menos interessados no estudo do bandolim. “Faltava incentivo, motivação”, entendiam as professoras. Foi na preparação das festividades pelos 250 anos da Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Vitória, em 1983, que algumas das antigas bandolinistas resolveram reviver os bons tempos: se reuniram para mostrar um repertório próprio, sob a coordenação da professora Celina Martins. Estavam lá Lilásia Freitas, Petinha Amorim, Zezé Cabeceira, Rosário Lemos e Nieta Maranhão.

A fama das senhoras bandolineiras (um neologismo surgido da aglutinação das palavras bandolins e Oieiras) utrapassou fronteiras. Em concerto no Festival de Cultura das Três Fronteiras, no Paraguai, as senhoras, cujas idades variam entre 78 e 85 anos, foram recebidas com entusiasmo e mostravam igual alegria por ser aquela a primeira vez que saiam de sua cidade natal. Um crítico local dizia que elas pareciam perdidas no meio do enorme cenário negro, elas igualmente vestidas de preto, destacando-se apenas as figuras delgadas com seus cabelos muito brancos. Tudo começou a mudar quando começaram a tocar seus instrumentos, segundo ele, uma música doce, com ares medievais e ecos portugueses, que mostraram a incrível vitalidade da música brasileira. Eles estavam diante de um verdadeiro patrimônio nacional.

From the title of this video you can see that this video was the second in a series of 8 videos. All 8 videos were available but have been removed in the meantime.

I have added the titles of the pieces in the following list. As you can see the program included such famous pieces as Tico Tico no Fuba or Noites Cariocas:

1 – Chorando Baixinho (Abel Ferreira)

2 – Cecy Carmo (Possidonio Queiroz)

3 – Noites Cariocas – Jacob do Bandolim

4 – Rosa – Pixinguinha

5 – Rio Antiguo (Altamiro Carilho/Augusto Nesquiro) + Asa Branca (Luiz Gonzaga/Humberto Teixeira)

6 – Lamentos (Pixinguinha / V. Morais)

7 – Carinhoso (Pixinguinha / Joao de Barro) / Brincando de Bandolims (dominio popolar)

8 – Tici Tico no Fuba (Zequinha de Abreu)

I have found some other interesting posts about the Bandolineiras de Oeiras, all links are available in my link collection:

https://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:bandolineiras/

There are some other videos with music played by the Bandolineiras de Oieiras:

Hino a Matriz.wmv

Hino_Oeiras_Legendado.wmv

Additional Information

allmusic about Abel Ferreira: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/abel-ferreira-q98040

Abel Ferreira was one of the leading Brazilian Chorões of the 1940s. He was so-known because of his lifelong participation in the tradition of Choro–instrumental dance music that evolved from European waltzes and polkas–that Brazil’s leading composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, once called “the essence of the Brazilian musical soul.” Quasi-improvisational and highly virtuosic in nature, Choro music usually involved an ensemble composed of various types of guitars and wind instruments, particularly the clarinet, flute and saxophone.

Blog about Possidonio Queiroz: http://memorialpossidonioqueiroz.blogspot.com/

Presentation of a complete CD with works by Possidonio Queiroz: http://www.overmundo.com.br/banco/valsas-piauienses-de-possidonio-queiroz

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Plucked Strings Ensemble “La Volta” – New CD Ensalada…

The Ensemble La Volta from Switzerland knows very well how to present the plucked instruments of the world and the typical music for those instruments in their concerts.

When you visit a concert by La Volta you can hear and see all kinds of plucked instruments. Every member of the group plays several instruments, and the instruments are exchanged permanently. The music that you hear will originate from four or five centuries, including medieval dances, music of the Renaissance, but also Brazilian choro, American bluegrass and Southamerican folk dances.

Jürgen Hübscher started to offer ensemble classes in 1984 as an addition to his guitar lessons at the music school in Riehen. The ensemble was named La Volta and over the years has given many concerts all over the world. They have produced six CDs. Their latest CD Ensalada has been published recently.

New CD – Ensalada

The new CD  Ensalada contains folk music from Southamerica, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece and Switzerland as well as music from the 17th and 18th century from Ireland, England, Italy and Germany.

18 Pieces have been recorded on March 8th 2011, the Ensemble La Volta was composed of  Tobias Schmitz, Yannick Gattlen, Jürgen Hübscher, Silvan Stöckli, Lilli Beile, Valerie Schneider, Philip Stämpfli und Maxim Lavoie.

The following instruments were used for the recording: classical guitar, octave guitar, requinto, guitarra de son, baroque guitar, archlute, six-course baroque mandolin, pandora, cuatro Puertoriqueno, guitarron, charango, mandolin, five string banjo, Cuatro Venezolano, hammered dulcimer, bombo, crash cymbals, maracas, triangle, waldteufel, matchbox, rainstick, bird voices, tambourine, cajon, darbuka, bells, bread knife.

A 16-page booklet includes descriptions of all the pieces and the instruments played.

This CD Ensalada is great to call back a concert with La Volta or to prepare for a coming concert. It is great to listen to the sounds of all the different plucked instruments and the great and often surprising arrangements.

A CD that presents the diversity of the music for plucked instruments, a CD the demonstrates the high quality of the young musicians of La Volta – a CD that you can play again and again.

La Arboleda – Guitar Ensemble “La Volta”

Playlist from a concert in 2011

Playlist with several tracks of the previous La Volta CD  “Hermes Invention”

Playlist with the videos of the anniversary concert of La Volta

 

Additional Information

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Great Video Clips with Oliver Waitze, Marijke and Michiel…

Some great video clips from a recent concert with Oliver Waitze, Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker and special guest Tim Connell:

WOW, what a wonderful evening with great musicians and a wild audiance!!
The concert was on 13th July at the New Acoustic Gallery (www.n-a-g.net) in Germany.
The whole concert was also filmed. Watch out for some video clips in the near future.

Mando Nuevo is:

Oliver Waitze: Guitar, Mandocello and Mandolin
Marijke Wiesenekker: Mandolin, Bass
Michiel Wiesenekker: Guitar, Bass and Vocals

and special guest on this evening: Mr. Tim Connell on mandolin!!

Oliver Waitze played mandolin, guitar and a great Weber mandocello in this concert, Tim Connell played his Arrow mandolin by luthier Paul Lestock from Mosier/Oregon.

Website New Acoustic Gallery: http://n-a-g.info/

Videos clips and some nice pictures can be found on page “News”!

A review and some information about tim Connell: http://doppelstopp.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/pfeil-im-koffer/