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Electric Chair Mandolin Ensemble from Japan – New Videos

A tweet brought some new videos with the Electric Chair ensemble from Japan to my interest.
The Electric Chair ensemble will play at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal, Germany in two weeks.

Enjoy the three new videos:

Rashari / Electric Chair + keke

Electric Chair + keke @Constantine Showcase PartyFeb,21st @SuperDeluxe 2010

春は楽し / Electric Chair

櫻 / Electric Chair

See also my previous post about the Eurofestival and the Electric Chair ensemble:

Playlist Electric Chair Orchestra


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Mandolin Ensemble “Eight Strings Studio” – Japan

Yesterday I have found four videos with a mandolin ensemble from Kumamoto, Japan – the “Eight Strings Studio“. There is not much information about this group, but the quality of the videos is excellent. The group is composed of two mandolins, mandola and mandoloncello. A guitar is added for some pieces.

This is the information that can be found with the videos:

This is the performance by Mandolin quartet Eight strings studio.
The Mandolin Consert by Eight Strings Studio in Kumamoto, Japan. We were formed in 2008 and this is first regular concert.


  • Bach – Bwv1067 Orchestral Suite NO.2 Rondeau
  • Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • Russian folk music
  • Medley of Russain melodies

Watch all videos by this mandolin ensemble in my playlist:

Playlist Mandolin Ensemble Eight Strings Studio

My favorite tuner for guitar and mandolin (Amazon partnerlink):

TC Electronic PolyTune Clip

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Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine” – The Sound of the…

Ralf Leenen and the Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine” from Antwerpen have added four new videos from a concert given on November 7th in Edegem, Belgium. The members of this ensemble play instruments by the famous Luigi Embergher. The fantastic bright and clear sound of those instruments is very well recorded in the four videos.

Live performance at the St-Anthony church (Edegem, Belgium)
by Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine” (played on Embergher instruments):
mandolins: Ralf Leenen, Guy Lemière, Yuko Fujikura
mandola: Filip Lemière
mandoloncello: Florentina Claessen
guitar: Yvonne Azaert
double bass: Roland Timmerman
recorded: 7 November 2009.

SIBELIUS – Valse Triste (by Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine”)

GLUCK – Iphigenia in Aulis (Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine”)

LACOMBE – Aubade Printanière (Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine”): play Video

RANIERI – ValseCaprice (Ralf Leenen & Yvonne Azaert): play Video

Youtube channel Ralf Leenen:

Ralf Leenen and Barry Pratt have written a book about the Embergher mandolin, with detailed information about all the models built by Embergher and detailed pictures of many instruments. You can find detailed information about this book on the following page:

Homepage of the Royal Estudiantina “La Napolitaine” with informations about the history of this ensemble and many recordings of Embergher instruments:

All four videos in one playlist and some older videos with the Royal Estudiantina “La napolitaine”:


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Ensemble La Volta – Plucked Instruments of the World

The La Volta ensemble has been around for more than 25 years. A concert for the 25st anniversary was given in 2009, and the videos of this concerts are now available on youtube.

On the homepage of the ensemble you can find the following text:

LA VOLTA, ein Ensemble der Musikschule Reinach/Basel-Land (CH), besteht aus 8 bis 9 Jugendlichen im Alter von ca. 10 bis18 Jahren.

Zusammen mit ihrem Leiter, Jürgen Hübscher, beherrschen sie ein vielfältiges Repertoire, das von Musik des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts über Internationale Folklore bis zur «POPulären Musik» unserer Zeit reicht.

Das Instrumentarium besteht aus Gitarren verschiedener Grössen, historischen Instrumenten wie Laute, Barockgitarre, Barockmandoline, Pandora etc., folkloristischen Zupfinstrumenten aus ganz Europa, Nordamerika und Lateinamerika, Violine, Panflöten und über dreissig Percussionsinstrumenten.

translated to English:

LA VOLTA, a group of the music school in Reinach/Basel (Switzerland) is composed of studens ot he music school aged between 10 and 18 years.

Together with the director Jürgen Hübscher they play a repertoire which contains music from the 16th to the 18th century as well as international folk music and pop songs of today.

The enseble uses different sized guitars, historical instruments like the luth, barock guitar, barock mandolin, pandora etc.,  folk instruments from all over Europe, North America and South America, violins, pan flutes and more than 30 percussion instruments.

For now 25 years Jürgen Hübscher has again and again found young students for his ensemble and prepared  interesting programs. Many times this ensemble has also been invited to other countries and made successful tours.

The instruments are used in a very creative way. In the following video folk instruments like the charango or the Puertorican cuatro are used for the barock music replacing the barock guitar, the Mexican Guitarron is used as the bass instrument.

Villan di Spagna (printed 1657)

Ensemble La Volta (Switzerland) Italian 17th Century music by Giuseppe Giamberti. Performed with “baroque Charango” (tuned like baroque guitar), Jarana Huasteca from Mexico, Pandora, Cuatro Puertorriqueño & Mexican Guitarron.

The program does also contain a Ciacona by Leopold Sylvius Weiss for soprano luth and bass luth, and a suite by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello.

Then follows an Italian tarantella, folk dances from Greece and Bulgaria and finally dances and choros from South America.

Two well known pieces from Brazil are played in the following video:

Manha de carnaval / Brasileirinho

The ensemble La Volta has produced several CDs, they have also published some South American dances for a mixed ensemble. On the homepage of the ensemble you can find more information about CDs, sheet music and also seminars held by Jürgen Hübscher for working with mixed ensembles. You can also order a newsletter.

This is another video with Irish and American melodies, played with a lot of joy and creativity – that’s fun for the players and for the audience too.

Irish Reel – Hornpipe – Breakdown

Website La Volta:

Playlist with all videos of the anniversary concert of Ensemble La Volta

Playlist from a concert given in 2011

Play by Jason Vieaux

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