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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 ( 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:

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

A review and some information about tim Connell:

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Five Mandolins – A Special Performance at the Art…

Some time ago I have found a video with five mandolins playing together, probably when I searched for videos with Mike Marshall who was one of the five mandolin players.

Now I have found that there are four videos from this special performance, I have collected all 4 in my playlist. In the 3rd and 4th video Mike Marshall takes his mandocello to add some lower notes to the group.

The pieces they play are Gold Rush, Jerusalem Ridge, Cedar Hill and the Beaumont Rag (if I am right).

Enjoy this rare performance of five mandolins!

Mando Magic at The Art of Sound Music Festival

From Left to right: Dr. Bobby Jones, Darin Aldridge, Josh Pinkham, Mike Marshall, Wayne Benson.

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setouchiMANDOLINEquintet – A Great Mandolin Quintet from Japan –…

Once again I have found some fantastic videos from Japan. This time the Setouchi Mandolinenquintett plays music from the 18th century, but also some Irish music. Thous videos were made during the preparation for a trip to the Korea Mandolin Festival.

  • Mandolins: Miyatake Shiyougo, Wakiya Kazuyo
  • Mandola: 穏 香 Tominaga
  • Guitar: Miyatake Tizuko
  • Mandoloncello: Itsumi Umeda.

V · Roeser / Sonate Nr. 06 (first movement)

V · Roeser / Sonate Nr. 6 (3rd movement)

Leopold Mozart / Für Wolfgang – Suite Nr. VIII d-Moll (1762) in five movements, second movement: Fantasia

Leopold Mozart / Für Wolfgang, fifth movement, Murki (or french: Mourqui)

(what is a murki – see below)

Irish Folk Song / Brian Boru’s March

More videos of Valentin Roeser Sonata

Additional information

Leopold Mozart – Album for Wolfgang:

youtube channel with those and more videos: und

Sheetmusic for Brian Boru’s March (melody):

What is a Mourqui (Murki)?:

A more explicit definition can be found in the Grimm Bros.’ famous German dictionary:
MURKI, n. kurze muntere tanzweise,
Murki n[euter]. short lively dancing tune,
bei der der basz durchgehend aus gebrochenen octaven besteht.
whose bass part entirely consists of broken octavoes.
im ersten drittel des 18. jahrh. einem offenbar bäerlichen tanze aus Süddeutschland entlehnt,
in the 1st third of the 18th cent. borrrowed from an obviously rustic dance,
häufig komponiert,
composed frequently,
und noch lange nachher literarisch bezeugt:
and for a long time after testified in literature:

Wikipedia about Leopold Mozart: (Engl.) and (German)

Valentin Roeser (from

Not in RISM; not in MGG/2. The very rare first French edition. Valentin Roeser (c. 1735 – c. 1782) was a clarinettist of German birth; he lived in Paris from c. 1754 and was appointed to the services of the Prince of Monaco before 1762. In 1769 he became a musician to the Duke of Orléans. He was a prolific composer and arranger and translated, in addition to Leopold’s method, other works by German theorists such as Marpurg into French and thus contributed to the spread of works by his compatriots. Barry S. Brook, who dates our edition to 1770, must be corrected on the basis of Devriès-Lesure, who note that the engraver quoted on the title-page, Ribart, worked only in 1769.

This post in German: