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Live from Wuppertal – Clara Weise (Mandolin) & Sophie…

Last week on April 22nd, 2020 a live concert with Clara Weise (Mandolin) and Sophie Schlaubitz (Guitar) was streamed from Wuppertal.

Clara Weise is studying mandolin with Caterina Lichtenberg, Sophie Schlaubitz is studying guitar in Weimar.

Program

10:22 – Keigo Fuji – Rhapsody
19:24 – 1 – Jean-Philippe Rameau – Les tendres plaintes (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode (Rameau, Jean-Philippe))
22:24 – 2 – Jean-Philippe Rameau – Le Rappel des Oiseaux (Suite in E minor, RCT 2 (Rameau, Jean-Philippe))
26:45 – Raffaele Calace – Danse fantastique
Gabriele Leone – Sonate Nr. 3
34:00 – Andante
36:55 – Allegretto
39:35 – Presto
43:10 – Astor Piazzolla – Libertango 
47:35 – J. S. Bach – Sonate für Flauto Traverso und basso continuo BWV 1034, Adagio ma non tanto
54:10 – Stephen Funk-Pearson – Mountain Moor
1:04:00 – Maximo Diego Pujol – Nubes de Buenos Aires
1:12.10 – Bela Bartok – Rumänische Volkstänze

My favorite pieces are the two compositions by J. Ph. Rameau, originally for the cembalo, but very well suited for mandolin and guitar. My other favorites of this concert are the Rhapsody by Japanese composer Keigo Fuji at the beginning of the concert and Mountain Moor by Stephen Funk-Pearson.

If you watch the video on youtube you can find the links to jump to each piece in my comment for the video.


Additional Information

Clara und Sophie kennen sich schon seit sie zwei Jahre alt sind und fast genauso lang machen sie auch gemeinsam Musik. Clara, die junge Musikerin, die das Instrument spielt, dass du nicht kennst – die Hutmacherin, die dir bis vor kurzem deinen Kaffee zubereitet hat. Die gebürtige Dresdnerin trieb es aufgrund ihres Studiums der Mandoline, an der Wuppertaler Musikhochschule, in die Talstadt. Sophie, die Deutschlandstipendiatin, verschlug es aus der Elbflorenz in die Klassikerstadt – sie studiert Gitarre in Weimar und engagiert sich dort in vielen sozialen und musikalischen Projekten. Trotz verschiedener Studienorte finden die beiden sich regelmäßig für gemeinsame Projekte zusammen, pendeln durch Deutschland und probieren sich und ihre 14 Saiten in verschiedensten musikalischen Konstellationen aus – zwischen Semperoper, internationalen Wettbewerben und Weihnachtsfeier im heimischen Schrebergarten. Für diesen Abend haben sie ein Best-Of-Programm der vergangenen Jahre zusammengestellt und nehmen euch mit auf die etwas andere Reise. Weg von spießigen Klassikkonzerten und rosaroter Singer-Songwriter-Attitüde. Besinnt auf das Essenzielle mit Hauch von Sehnsucht und Wohlfühlatmosphäre im Nirgendwo.


Sheet music by Jean Philippe Rameau in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

https://imslp.org/wiki/Pi%C3%A8ces_de_clavecin_avec_une_m%C3%A9thode_(Rameau%2C_Jean-Philippe)

https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_E_minor,_RCT_2_(Rameau,_Jean-Philippe)

Website Stephen Funk-Fearson

Website Maximo Diego Pujol

festival

Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra – India

In February 2020 the 4th Mandolin Festival in Goa, India took place.

At the festival the Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra performed two pieces. The orchestra is composed of 12 young girls playing mandolins. Some girls are playing chords, the other girls play the melodie and other parts. They performed without printed music.

Traditional Folk Song from Goa

Obviously this song is a popular song, the audience started to clap hands and sing with the orchestra. You can also see Carlo Aonzo in the audience. He was invited to this mandolin festival and gave workshops and played in several concerts.

In the second video the orchestra plays a piece that reminds me to “My love is blue”.

CD

Xograr – New Album by Fernando Barroso

Xograr – a Galician word for “Play” – ist the name of the new album by Galician musician and composer Fernando Barroso. For this album Fernand Barroso has formed his new band with mandolin, cello, double bass and drums.

Fernando Barroso: Mandolin
Margarida Mariño: Cello
Sofia Neide: Doublebass
Álvaro Trillo: Drums

The title track Xograr is already available at youtube – showing Fernando Barroso playing the oud as well as the mandolin.

Fernando Barroso has created his unique fusion style, based on Galician folk, the classical sound of violoncello and double bass, and his powerful and always present mandolin.

Until now the mandolin has not been used much in this kind of music, Fernando Barroso has opened a new style of music to the mandolin.

Screenshot from Xograr video

Xograr – Title track

Xograr – Life performance

Playlist Singles from the new album

The new album has been published on March 6, 2020.

Youtube Playlist complete Album Xograr

Spotify Playlist

africa

Gasper Nali and his Babatoni

Some days ago I have discovered a video with Gasper Nali and his huge one string guitar Babatoni.

Gasper Nali is a musician from Malawi, he has built a huge one stringed kind of guitar and uses this instrument to accompany his songs. He also uses a selfmade foot drum as a percussion instrument.

Gasper Nali shows his Babatoni in the following video.

The instrument is made from a kind of big drum, a long board, a long wire used as a string and a tuner. The instrument is played with a stick in the right hand and a bottle in the left hand. The bottle is used to shorten the string. Gasper Nali has painted big colored numbers to the neck of his instrument to mark the positions for the different tones. Before he plays the Babatoni he uses a fire to heat the drumhead of his instrument, so it sounds better. The bridge is positioned on the drumhead.

How the Babatoni is played – a stick in the right hand and a bottle in the left hand.
Big numbers show the positions for the bottle to shorten the strings.
The bridge is placed between drumhead and string.

It is fascinating which sounds this simple homemade instrument can produce. Together with the footdrum Gasper Nali can play a great accompaniment for his songs.

Playlist Gasper Nali

Gasper Nali has produced to albums which are available at bandcamp:

Album 2005 at bandcamp: https://gaspernali.bandcamp.com/album/abale-ndikuwuzeni

Album 2018 at bandcamp: https://gaspernali.bandcamp.com/album/zoona-malawi