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Vivi Gkeka – The Greek and Carribean Mandolin Sound

Vivi Gkeka (or Vivi Geka) is a mandolin player from Greece. I have recently discovered her videos on youtube.

A short biography of Vivi Gkeka can be found here:

The recent videos with Vivi Gkeka have been produced together with the pianist Dr. George Roberts. Let’s start with one of the Carribean Music Videos – Sly Mongoose

Working with Vivi, my Athenian Mandolin collaborator on this piece, further reinforced to me that music and playing has an accent. Though she easily got the notes correctly, to get the Caribbean intonation we had to get her dancing on the chair in rhythm. And even after that you could sometimes hear her Greek heritage coming through.

Sly Mongoose, Caribbean music for Mandolin and Piano. Musical Musings by Dr. George Roberts

Vivi Geka was has studied theory of music, mandolin and piano at the Greek Conservatory and the Conservatory of Aggela Lalaouni. She has collaborated with great Greek composers such as Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis and with famous international music ensembles.

Listen to “The Concerto” from the album “Polyrhythmic Eroticism” with 21 melodies of Manos Hdjidakis.

In the past Vivi Gkeka has played Greek music and classical mandolin music in the ensemble

opou gamma, ro

This is a song by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis

Νυχτερινός Περίπατος – Nyhterinos Peripatos

Manos Hadjidakis-Μάνος Χατζιδάκις Performed by ” opou gamma, ro ” Mandolin: Vivi Gkeka Cello: Christina Kolovou Base: Vaggelis Zografos Piano: George Diamantopoulos Arranged by George Diamantopoulos

The videos with Dr. George Roberts and Vivi Gkeka are great examples how well piano and mandolin can be played together. There are only few mandolin players who do regularly play together with a piano. In the time around 1900 when the mandolin was very popular in Europe many pieces for mandolin and piano have been composed and pblished, and maybe many interesting pieces could be discovered.

I have compiled my favorite Videos with Vivi Gkeka in the following Playlist.

The next video has been recorded together with the guitarist George Diamantopoulos, a quartet recorded in a multi track video: Vivi Gkeka – Mandolin, Mandola George Diamantopoulos – Guitar, Mandola

Pavane, Op 50
YOU RAISE ME UP for steel pan, piano and mandolin with KHAN CORDICE and VIVI GKEKA
MY FAVORITE THINGS V. GKEKA, MANDOLIN. G. ROBERTS: PIANO AND ARRANGEMENT
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Federico Maddaluno plays Costantino Bertucci – Works for Mandolin

Playlist Federico Maddaluno – Costantino Bertucci – Chamber Music with Mandolin, Guitar and Piano

Federico Maddaluno is a young mandolin player from Napoli. He has produced an album with music composed by Costantino Bertucci. Bertucci has composed 24 Fantasies for mandolin solo and many other compositions. The complete playlist is available as a youtube playlist.

Sheet music for the compositions played by Federico Maddaluno are now available on the new online shop by Carlo Aonzo.

The soloworks for mandolin by Bertucci have also been published in an edition by Emanuele Capelotto by Armelin Musica in Italy

Preludio X by Raffaele Calace – Federico Maddaluno

In the archive of the mandolin orchestra Circolo Mandolinistico Costantino Bertucci you can find free sheet music for two pieces, Notturno and Danza di Bimbi by Costantino Bertucci.

Live Performance with Federico Maddaluno “Napoli Suono Ancora”

I have found another recording of the Notturno by C. Bertucci, a recording by Richard Walz.

Notturno by Costantino Bertucci – Played by Richard Walz
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Discover the Best Mandolin Music – 103 Diamonds

I am collecting my favorite mandolin videos in a “best of mandolin” playlist. In my playlists you can find all kind of mandolin music, from the Baroque mandolin and classical mandolin, to Bluegrass, Jazz and Folk, music for solo, duo, trio, quartett, ensemble or mandolin orchestra.

My playlist “Best Mandolin Music – 103 diamonds” is just complete:

Enjoy and discover some of the best mandolin music that I have found on youtube, and some of the best players of out favorite instrument!

The first videos in my playlist

Find more of my “best mandolin music” playlists on my website:

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Rossini: Overtures arranged for Mandolin Quintet

The Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda” has recorded an album with ouvertures by Rossini arranged for mandolin quintet.

  • Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda”
  • Emanuele Buzi mandolin
  • Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz mandolin
  • Valdimiro Buzi mandola
  • Andrea Pace guitar
  • Emiliano Piccolini contrabass

The complete first track, the ouverture from “L’Italiana in Algeri” can be seen in the following promotion video:

Screenshot from the website of the Quintetto a PLettro “Giuseppe Anedda”

The Rossini anniversary of 2018 presented an opportunity to shed new light on these familiar works, but in a form that the composer himself would have recognised. This long-established mandolin quintet took a mix of old and newly commissioned arrangements and toured them across Italy to great success before making the present recording. The quintet takes its name from the mandolin virtuoso Giuseppe Anedda (1912-97) who popularised the instrument throughout his native Italy with his own ensemble and established for it a place in classical concert halls and modern works beyond the ‘early music revival’ of the 50s and 60s. He took part in pioneering recordings of Vivaldi and early performances of Stravinsky’s Agon. 

They commissioned Michele Di Filippo to arrange the first four overtures on this album: L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Viaggio a Reims (1825), La Cenerentola (1817) and La Scala di Seta (1812). The other four overtures are from Il Signor Bruschino (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), Tancredi (1813) and La Gazza Ladra (1817), for which the quintet performs from transcriptions made and published in the first half of the 20th century by Mario Macchioci and Enrico Marucelli. All the arrangements preserve the heady excitement of the famous ‘Rossini crescendo’ as well as the chamber-like dialogue between wind and strings in the original scores. 

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