Tag: accordeon


Al di Meola – World Sinfonia at the 2009…

Al di Meola  and his band World Sinfonia have played at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This concert was available as a concert on demand of the CBC, but it has been removed in the meantime.

His current project – Al di Meola World Sinfonia – blends classical, jazz, and tango music with Middle Eastern overtones. The result is an electrifying mix complete with sophisticated rhythms, haunting and alluring melodies, and of course some thrilling guitar action.

  • Al Di Meola – guitar
  • Fausto Beccalossi – accordion, vocals
  • Victor Miranda – bass
  • Gumbi Ortiz – percussion
  • Peter Kaszas – drums, percussion

The pieces played by Al di Meola, Astor Piazzolla and Ralph Towner

  • Misterio
  • Siberiana
  • Double Concerto (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Michaelangelo’s Seventh Son
  • Gumbiero
  • Cafe 1930 (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Umbras (Andrea Parodi)
  • Green and Golden (Ralph Towner)
  • Mediterranean Sundance

Al di Meolahas played together with many other great musicians, very popular is his album Friday Night in San Francisco with John McLaughlin and the flamenco guitaruist Paco de Lucia.

His current band includes the accordeon which creates an interesting mix of jazz, flamenco and tango.

You can find videos of Al di Meola and his band in his official youtube channel, here as an example the famous Mediterranean Sundance:

Al Di Meola – “Mediterranean Sundance”

As a second example here a video of the Double Concerto by Astor Piazzolla:

Al Di Meola – “Double Concerto”

Official youtube Channel of Al di Meola:

Official Homepage:


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Espoirs Perdus – Speranze Perdute – The Famous Mandolin…

Last week I have got a bunch of old sheet music from France, including a book Mandoline-Album with six tunes composed by Alessandro Morelli. I played the tunes and I liked it immediately. When I tried to find out more about Alessandro Morelli I did not find much information about himself, but I found that one of his compositions – the last tune in my book Espoirs Perdus –  is very famous and played frequently by mandolin and especially ba accordeon players.

Alessandro Morelli must have been active in France, the pieces in his book are all dedicated to french musicienas and friends, this is the dedication of Espoirs Perdus:

A Mademoiselle Louise PAULUCCI Hommage

I have found the following historic recording of Speranze Perdute – this is the Italian titel of the tune – played by a quintet named Quintetto Spensierato, the melody is partially played by a mandolin:

Quintetto Spensierato – Speranze Perdute (Morelli) 1941

A good recording with mandolin and guitar by Egidio Faiella is available for download at: http://www.mandolinista.com/

The following duo plays with much energy, but for me the guitar player is much to straight and strong, but the mandolin player plays ok.

Speranze perdute

Un evergreen suonato con chitarra e mandolino dai fratelli Maione di Torre del Greco

Another recording form Italy with mandolin and guitar with three melodies, the second one is Speranze Perdute:

Due strimpellatori di paese, di Luigi Paternostro

One-step… paesano. Speranze perdute. Ritorno da Torino
Vincenzo Perrone alla chitarra, Luigi Paternostro al mandolino

And another one played with mandolin:

Speranze Perdute – u zu Giuvanni

Finally I have a typically French Musette version with accordeon, clarinet, banjo and piano – played by a Japanese group:


Playliste Speranze Perdute

Additional information about Speranze Perdute / Espoirs Perdus / Alessandro Morelli

The complete Mandoline-Album by Alessandro Morelli as PDF on my homepage on page free sheetmusic: www.mandoisland.de

Discussion about  Speranze Perdute in the Mandolin Cafe with links and free sheetmusic: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?61564-Speranze-Perdute&highlight=speranze+perdute

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Roda de Choro de Lisboa

Edu Miranda has uploaded three new videos to youtube. This time he plays the bandolim in the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. The videos have been taken from a recent TV show.

I like the version of Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth very much. It is not played too fast, but with a lot of rhythm and energy. And Edu Miranda makes clear that he can really play – his bandolim solos are very well played.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth) e Malhão de Águeda

I do also like the two other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa, which is composed of 3 musicians from Portugal, on French and one Brazilian player. The accordeon in the group is not very typical for choro music, but it fits in very well and makes a good contrast to the clarinet.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Carioquinha (Waldir Azevedo)

Noites Cariocas by Jacob do Bandolim is played by a quartett with 7-stringed guitar (Violao), bandolim, pandeiro and accordeon:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Noites Cariocas (Jacob do Bandolim)

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – For­mação de 2010 em quar­teto:

Carlos Lopes, Acor­deão ;

Nuno Gamboa, Vi­olão 7 cordas ;

Ale­xandre Santos, pan­deiro ;

Edu Mi­randa, ban­dolim

The following video is a presentation of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. It is interesting to see that the group does also play for dancing. Unfortunately I do not understand much of the Portuguese text:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa no Lusitano Clube, passou na rtp2 em 1-10-2009


There are many other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa from former years with another player of the bandolim. You can find the videos easy from the myspace site of the group.

Playlist Roda de Choro de Lisboa


Blog of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://rodadechoro.blogspot.com/

Myspace page of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://www.myspace.com/rodadechorodelisboa