Enoggera Ensemble

I have just discovered the videos with the Enoggera Ensemble from Brisbane, Australia. This Classical Folk Quartet is composed of four instrumentalists playing different kind of guitars, ukuleles, banjos and also mandolin. The repertoir includes music that was popular and has been played in Australia at the end of the 19th century, including Ragtimes, Dances, Serenades or popular pieces for the piano.

The Enoggera Ensemble recreates Australian colonial music for a modern audience, led by guitarist Duncan Gardiner with mandolinist Marissa Carrol, banjoist Joel Woods, and guitarist Dominic Ward

Duncan Gardiner is a guitarist, composer and teacher. He is researching about the history of the guitar in Queensland from 1842 until World War Two.

The Enoggera Ensemble has many great videos of their repertoir, including some complete concerts from last year. I have compiled the best videos in my playlist.

Playlist Enoggera Ensemble

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TCI: What is the story behind Enoggera Ensemble?

DG: I started my research in 2017, looking into the history of the guitar in Queensland, since earliest colonisation. I was organising some concerts of historical guitar music in Queensland. Looking through the newspapers from the late 1800s to the 1920s-30s, I found the guitar was often paired with other plucked instruments, like mandolin and banjo. Queensland was home to many, like 20 or 30 or more large banjo, mandolin and guitar (or BMG) clubs, mandolin orchestras, guitar ensembles, and even Hawaiian groups with ukuele.

I wanted to put on a recital of music for guitar in an ensemble setting. I knew many guitarists, and I found someone who could play the banjo and mandolin, so I gathered the group together. We just went to do one concert, but it was so successful that everyone was telling us to form an established group and keep going. So, that’s basically how it started.

Website Duncan Gardiner

historical recordings

Sivio Ranieri – Historical Mandolin Recordings

Recently Ralf Leenen and Alex Timmermann have added some interesting youtube videos about the life and music of Silvio Ranieri.

Silvio Ranieri – Historical Postcard (ca. 1932)

Ralf Leenen plays a historical record played by Silvio Ranieris mandolin orchestra on an original grammophone from the 1920s.

In a Chinese Teple Garden, by Ketelbey and En Badinant by Ambrosio

In a second video Ralf Leenen talks about the mandolin method by S. Ranieri and his connections with Ranieri.

The 3rd video you can hear a solo recording by Ranieri of The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens with piano accompaniment. In this video Ralf Leenen also analyses the playing of Ranieri which is very interesting.

Alex Timmermann has also added a youtube video about Silvio Ranieri including historical recordings of Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel.Marie, Arlequinade by Louis Ganne, Intermezzo from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ by Pietro Mascagni.

A sound video of a recording on a 78 RPM disk made in 1905 with music for Mandolin and Piano by Jean Gabriel-Marie and Louis Ganne performed by the Italian Mandolin virtuoso Silvio Ranieri, as well as a 78 RPM recording of Pietro Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ played by The Belgian Mandolin Orchestra (the Mandolin section of the ‘Grande Harmonie Royale Bruxelles) conducted by Silvio Ranieri (Rome, 1882 – 1956, Bruxelles).

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IMSLP sheet music for En Badinant by Ambrosio

IMSLP sheet music In a Chinese Temple Garden by Ketelbey

IMSLP sheet music Le Carneval des Animaux by C. Saint-Saens

Sheet music for Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel-Marie (for clarinet)

Youtube channel Ralf Leenen

Backside of postcard with signature by Silvio Ranieri

The 4th Mando-Fest in India 2020

In February 2020 the 4th mando-fest of India took place in Goa. This made me very curious about the situation of the mandolin in India. I have tried to collect information about the mando-fest and the most important mandolin players in India.

I have got the following information from Pradipto Sengupta who is one of the founders of this festival.


HI, I am PRADIPTO SENGUPTA from Mumbai India. I play mandolin since my childhood. When I decided to learn Mandolin, it was very difficult to get good teacher then in Kolkata because this instrument is not very popular even today in our country. I took this as my profession and shifted to Mumbai in 1988, and started playing in the Mumbai Film Industry as a studio musician. Every time a thought was in my mind that, I must do something for the promotion and propagate about Mandolin in our country, and it drives me to meet Mr. Anil Pendse from Pune who is a founder member of Mandolin Lovers Club. MLC formed in 2002, that time there were 10/15 members. I am happy to state today that we have more than 100 mandolin lovers in our forum.

 I approached him about the concept of Mandolin festival in our country. He has appreciated the idea and with the love and support of Mandolin Lovers Club the idea took off and we could start our first Mando-Fest in Loni, Pune in 2017, and with each passing year we have had three very successful fests already and this year 2020 we have organized our 4th festival in Goa and we have added another feather to our cap by making this fest a grand success. The special attraction of this festival was the presence of maestro Carlo Aonzo and Maestro Lorenzo Bernardi from Italy. My sincere thanks to both of them for accepting my invitation and it was an honour for us to have both of them with us. They have conducted workshop, performed, and it was a great pleasure for me to share the stage with them.

This year Carlo Aonzo (mandolin) and Lorenzo Bernardi (guitar) had been invited to the Mando-Fest. I have asked Carlo Aonzo for a short statement about the Mando-Fest:

I am very impressed for the level of passion and interest around the mandolin in India, many good players, amateurs and professional musicians and the surprise of the very young mandolinista like the Warna girls. The mandolin is completely integrated into the Indian musical culture.

4th Mando-Fest of India 2020 – Playlist

The Warna Girls – a mandolin ensemble of 12 young girls – played at the Mandofest and got a lot of applause from the audience. Other videos: “Dr. Avinash Damle – -Playing Mandolin at Mando fest of india” and “Mandolin -Mere Rashke Qamar-TipTipBarsaPani-Bulleya”

3rd National Mando-Fest of India 2019, Bangalore

The playlist contains a trailer with information about the 3rd Mando-Fest, the video “PRADIPTO SENGUPTA PLAYED Huttidare Kannada on Mandolin” and the performance “50 Ragas| Aravind Bhargav| Chowdiah Hall”

3rd Mandofest – First Day

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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.


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.

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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):,_RCT_2_(Rameau,_Jean-Philippe)

Website Stephen Funk-Fearson

Website Maximo Diego Pujol