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bluegrass

Steeldrivers – New CDHammer Down – Great Bluegrass Band…

The Steeldrivers have just published their new CD Hammer Down. I have found the complete CD on the Airplay Direct website some days ago and listened to some tracks.

You also can hear a performance of the Steeldrivers with  of some of the songs from the new album here: http://www.npr.org/event/music/186897764/the-steeldrivers-on-mountain-stage

Now I have searched for some newer videos with songs from this CD and other recent performances. Here is my compilation about The Steeldrivers:

STEELDRIVERS: No Mississippi

The Steeldrivers, I’ll Be There

The Steeldrivers, Lonesome Goodbye

The SteelDrivers – Peacemaker

The SteelDrivers – Ghosts of Mississippi / Blue Side of the Mountain

Playlist Steeldrivers

Additional Information

CD Hammer Down at Airplay Direct: http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/TheSteelDriversHammerDown/

2012 has found The SteelDrivers traveling throughout the USA and branching out into Canada and Europe. They have recently completed their third album entitled Hammer Down which is due to be released February 5, 2013.

The Steeldrivers on Mountain Stage: http://www.npr.org/2010/10/18/130646927/the-steeldrivers-on-mountain-stage

The SteelDrivers are a five-piece bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee that incorporates country and soul, or “new music with the old feeling.”

The band consists of new lead vocalist/guitarist Gary Nichols, Mike Fleming on the bass, banjo player Richard Bailey, Tammy Rogers on the fiddle and Mike Henderson on guitar and mandolin.

More Steeldriver videos in the youtube channel Folk & Bluegrass:

http://www.youtube.com/user/steveide59/videos?query=steeldrivers

Website Steeldrivers: http://www.steeldrivers.net/

Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Interview: ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The SteelDrivers

http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/artist-of-the-month-the-steeldrivers/

folk

John Cohen (The New Lost City Ramblers) joins the…

A new CD with the Dust Busters has just be released by Smithsonian Folkways – a collaboration between musician and filmmaker John Cohen and the Dust Busters.

The following video presents John Cohen:

American Standard Time Presents John Cohen

In the following great animation video John Cohen tells about his first meeting with Harry Smith:

Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith

The following press release gives all the details about this new and interesting CD release:

Press Release

JOHN COHEN (THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS) JOINS THE DUST BUSTERS ON ‘OLD MAN BELOW’ OUT AUG. 14 FROM SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS

On Aug. 14, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release ‘Old Man Below,’ a collaboration between Brooklyn, New York-based folk trio The Dust Busters and their mentor, folk music legend John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers.

The 20-song collection features old-time American folk, jug band blues, fiddle tunes, and ballads passed down through earlier generations of folk musicians and learned from 1920s and ’30s recordings. John Cohen has helped guide The Dust Busters (all in their 20s) since the group formed in 2008 and began visiting Cohen’s home in Putnam Valley, New York, to jam, cook, and soak up as much of the music and its history as possible.

“The Dust Busters start where the New Lost City Ramblers left off, evoking the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s.” – John Cohen

“The words and music in these songs reveal human stories that anyone can relate to.”
–The Dust Busters’ Eli Smith

Listen to a sneak preview of ’The Old Man Below’: http://goo.gl/6rnTu

Watch a performance of “Two Soldiers” live from the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY:

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Mandolin

Avi Avital – Bach – Music by J. S.…

Avi Avital has just recorded a new CD with music by Johann Sebastian Bach with Deutsche Grammophone.

I have compiled some videos and interviews with Avi Avital.

Avi Avital Performs Bloch’s “Nigun” from Baal Shem

Avi Avital presents Bach

Watch the trailer of Avi Avital’s debut album on Deutsche Grammophon including transcriptions of Bach’s Violin Concerto BWV 1041, the Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052 and 1056, and a Flute Sonata in an arrangement for mandolin, lute, and cello.

Homestory: Avi Avital

Feature by arte: Avi Avital is one of the most stunning musicians our days. Nobody plays the Mandoline like him.

(the following video works – the preview picture is missing….)

 

Radio Show The Bach Hour

hear the recordings of:

Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034 (orig. for flute, arr. Avi Avital) – Avi Avital, mandolin; Ophira Zakai, theorbo; Ira Givol, cello

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 – Avi Avital, mandolin; Shalev Ad-El, harpsichord; Ophira Zakai, theorbo; Chamber Academy Potsdam

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Bach-Hour–Classical-New-England-803/episodes/Mandolinist-Avi-Avital-and-Gardiners-Motets-40278

http://classicalwcrb.org/programs/bach-hour

Interview NPR

Avi Avital: A Mandolinist’s Unlikely Education

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/07/07/156373761/avi-avital-a-mandolinists-unlikely-education

Website Avi Avital

http://aviavital.com/


Avi Avital – Bach

The CD is available at Amazon (partnerlink):

mandolin and guitar

Montuno – The New CD of the Duo Recuerda…

Montuno ist the second CD by the Duo ReCuerda with Jeannette and Vicente Mozos del Campo.

The CD contains compositions for mandolin and guitar by Luca Mereu, Burkhard Wolters and Hartmut Klug as well as transcriptions of compositions by George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla. Most of those pieces have probably been recorded for the first time, which makes this CD very interesting.

Montuno is a very calm and soft CD, the lyrical pieces are very impressing by the tastefull interpretations of the duo. Jeannette Mozos del Campo is a master of the tremolo and knows how to shape the melodies. Both play perfectly together.

Montuno is a great CD that I will listen too again in the future, and I can recommend it to everyone who likes the music of plucked instruments.

Jeannette Mozos del Campo has studied mandolin in Wuppertal with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen and Caterina Lichtenberg. Vicente Mozoz del Campo has studied classical guitar in Wuppertal and has got his master degree at the Conservatorio in Maastricht. Both are active as soloists, teachers and also as publishers of music for mandolin and guitar. A more detailed biography can be found on the website of the Duo ReCuerda.

Composers and Works

Luca Mereu

The CD begins with two pieces by the Italian composer Luca MereuMusica a Due with the movements Girovagando and Immagini.

Girovagando (rambling ) is a charming, lyrical movement with a lively, more rhythmical middle part – one of my favorite pieces on this CD.

The second movement Immagini has parts with rhythmical, distinctive guitar playing, but also and sweet, and dreamy melodies by the mandolin.

Luca Mereu writes about his compositions:

The bond between mandolin and guitar is deeply rooted in the history of both instruments, both in classical and traditional music, and is here represented in DANZA and MUSICA A DUE. In Danza there is a strictly interwoven dialogue between the mandolin and the guitar alternating rapid light movements to sudden bursts, like a real dance. In Musica a Due the mandolin’s bright phrases penetrate like light beams into the harmonic space of the guitar, awaking a quiet impressionism-like memory of a dream.

Burkhard Wolters

Burkhard Wolters has composed the Suite für Mandoline und Gitarre Op. 40 for the Duo ReCuerda. Five very different movements, including Prelude, Allemande and Gigue like in a baroque suite.

The first movement, the the lively Prelude Montuno is inspired by elements from Latin-American music. Jazz elements can be heard in the Jazzy-Waltz, soft guitar chords, a smooth tremolo and ringing harmonics are used in the beautiful Lamento. The final Gigue has again more rhythmically elements played by the guitar, but also sweet melodies in the mandolin.

Astor Piazzolla

Three compositions by Astor Piazzolla – Dernier Lamento, Détresse und Tango Choc – have been arrangend for violin and guitar by Ian Murphy. Those melodies – initially composed for the bandoneon – are also great on mandolin. Jeannette Mozos del Campo knows how to form those melodies and plays them with great musical sense.

George Gershwin

The world of Gershwins Rhapsodie in Blue can be found in a smaller scale in the Three Preludes. The guitarist T. Müller Pering has arranged those pieces for mandolin and guitar

My favorite movement is the second prelude, a kind of slow blues. The introduction by the guitar creates a very special mood, the  melody is enriched with many great tone colors and special picking techniques. The 1st and 3rd prelude are more dominated by rhythmical and percussive elements and allow to be played with more power and energy.

The Duo ReCuerdo has made two videos with the 2nd and 3rd prelude by Gershwin:

G. Gershwin – Prelude 2

G. Gershwin – Prelude 3

Hartmut Klug

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