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Marijke und Michiel Wiesenekker – Compilation – Wouldn’t Listen…

Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker have sent me the following review of their compilation Wouldn’t Listen 2000 ~ 2020 by Rick Bella from the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra.

New album from Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker

Marijke Wiesenekker and her brother, Michiel, have released a compilation album that samples the
best of 20 years of recording together.

Wouldn’t Listen 2000 ~ 2020 is Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker’s latest digitalrelease album, featuring a wide-ranging, 21-piece compilation of ear-tickling remakes and originals.

The esteemed Dutch brother-sister duo now based in Wuppertal, Germany, has performed together for 21 years, deftly entwining Michiel’s inventive guitar musings with Marijke’s musical dance on mandolin.

“With this album, we celebrate the 20th jubilee of our duo,” said Michiel. “We have made friends in the U.S.A., Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia, Finland and Spain, — all connected by the pleasures of making music. Now, it’s time to look back and dress up some of our old favorites with new outfits. We hope you will enjoy the music.”

Started young together

Marijke and Michiel began playing music together as children growing up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They both studied at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany, and later thrived in the dynamic music scene percolating in nearby Wuppertal.

After playing together so long, there hardly is a genre of music the duo hasn’t explored — and Wouldn’t Listen touches on most of them. Marijke and Michiel feel at home playing pop and rock, bluegrass, folk, light jazz and classical, performing on a variety of electric and acoustic instruments.

They also sing, with Michiel doing a credible job on growling, American-born blues. On some pieces, Marijke adds sweet, clean harmonies over Michiel’s baritone.

A menu of good listening

Wouldn’t Listen 2000 ~ 2020 serves up a tantalizing mix that draws from earlier albums: Family Life (2020); Saevis Tranquillus in Undis (2016); Baumstrasse 14 (2013); May We Have This Dance (2010); Beresjiet (2008); The Inner Sound & Beyond (2004); and Wouldn’t Listen, the Wiesenekkers’ debut album of 2000:

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Kerim and Selim Altinok – Blind Brothers Duo with…

The mandolin is not a popular instrument in Turkey today. The baglama is the plucked strings instrument that is mostly played in Turkey. But there are a few videos by Turkish musicians with mandolin. Some time ago I was told about the videos by Kerim & Selim Altinok. After I had watched several videos I found that both brothers began losing their sight when they were 4, and are completely blind since they were 18.

Despite of this they studied at the university and established their own company. They did also study music and started a successful carreer as musicians. And they are also fantastic players of chess and took part in international chess competitions.

Between 1940 and 1954 the so called Village Institutes existed in Turkey, institutes to educate teachers for schools for the education of boys and girls in rural countries. In those schols music played an important rule, and in many cases mandolin was taught to the students. I have found many pictures showing groups of mandolin players from this time.

There are some mandolin methods in Turkish language, one method is shown on the website of Kerim and Selim Altinok:

 

Mandolinenschule von Akuf Saydam und Saip Egüz aus der Türkei
Yeni Mandolin Metodu

Selim, the mandolin player, has used youtube to discover the many ways the mandolin is played in the world. He would like that the mandolin gets a better place in the musical life in Turkey.

Playlist Kerim & Selim Altinok

Playliste 2 – Kerim & Selim Altinok

Additional Information

Linkcollection about Kerim & Selim Altinok

Newspaper article from Hürriyet

Brothers Kerim and Selim Altinok were born just 45 seconds apart. They partially lost their sight at the age of four and totally lost it a few days before their 18th birthday. Although they had to overcome difficulties fully sighted people would not have to, they have never stopped fighting.

They finished primary school, and at university, they graduated with honors from the Istanbul University Faculty of Law. They specialized in financial law. The brothers have also represented Turkey in the field of chess and Selim has drawn with world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.

Career and art

The Altinok brothers got involved in art while they were building their careers. They started playing various instruments at an early age and decided to become professional musicians. They passed the exams at the Istanbul State Conservatory.

As part of the Bakirköy Association for the Blind, the brothers formed a choir named Gözder, composed entirely of blind members, in 1991. They aim to share their knowledge from the conservatory with the choir and prove that all disabilities can be overcome with good music education.

Website Kerim & Selim Altinok

Kerim & Selim Altinok at soundcloud

At soundcloud you can find a playlist with instrumental pieces, played with mandolins and guitar, including popular pieces like O Sole Mio, an arrangement of the Aranjuez guitar concerto by Rodrigo, ot the popular Southamerican tune El Condor Pasa.

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Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory – Piazzolla,…

I have recently discovered the domra and guitar duet 9 String Theory from Atlanta, USA. They have just gievn an interview to present their next concert. It is available on the website of WABE

9 String Theory is not just a catchy name but also a straightforward calculation. It’s a musical duo featuring Angelina Galashenkova on the domra, which has three strings, and John Huston on classical guitar, which has six strings.

domra and guitar duo
9 String Theory

Playlist 9 String Theory – Domra and Classical Guitar

Program

  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bela Bartok)
  • Sonata (Nicolo Paganini)
  • Libertango, Cafe, Bordello 1900 (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  • Liebesfreud (G. Kreisler)
  • Czardasz
  • Sonata (Scarlatti)

Enjoy the Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory!

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“The highest open string on the guitar is the lowest note on the domra,” Huston said. “It lends itself as an expanded guitar or the guitar a very deep and harmonized domra.”

Galashenkova and Huston released a self-titled CD, which features tradition Russian folk songs, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin, Béla Bartók and several pieces by Astor Piazzolla.

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Steffen Trekel (Mandolin) and Michael Tröster (Guitar) – Complete…

Steffen Trekel and Michael Tröster have travelled to Japan several times and given concert.

A complete concert from Oct. 2013 can be found at youtube. The duo Trekel Tröster is joyned by the Japanese guitarist Yoshinobu Hara in some of the pieces.

The concert took place in the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. The introductions to the pieces were translated from German to Japanese by Ayako Kojima, a Japanese mandolin player who studied in Germany for some time.

Konzert – Senzoku Gakuen College of Music – Silver Mountain B1F, Oct. 12, 2013

“SILVER MOUNTAIN OPENING CONCERT”

  • Yoshinobu Hara (Gitarre)
  • Michael Tröster (Gitarre)
  • Stefan Trekel (Mandoline)

■ Program ■

00:56 – Trio / Joseph Haydn (Duo Trekel-Tröster + Yoshinobu Hara)

17:30 – Introduction
19:50 – Sonate G-Dur K.91 / Domenico Scarlatti (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

29:33 – Introduction
31:11 – Asturias und Sevilla / Isaac Albeniz (Michael Tröster)

44:15 – Introduction
45:34 – Capriccio Spagnuolo op.276 / Carlo Munier (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

53:42 – Variaciones sobre un tema de Mozart op.9 / Fernando Sor (Yoshinobu Hara)

1:03:51 – Introduction
1:06:24 – Collagen / Klaus Wüsthoff (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:16:45 – Introduction
1:17:59 – Sonata / Keigo Fujii (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:31:13 – Prayer – Frederic Hand (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:37:24 – Encore – Trio von Haydn (Duo Trekel-Tröster + Yoshinobu Hara)

Additional information

youtube channel Duo Trekel Tröster

Website Steffen Trekel: http://www.steffen-trekel.de

Steffen Trekel counts among the leading mandolinists and mandolin pedagogues of our time. He studied mandolin private with Detlef Tewes as well as with Professor Marga Wilden-Huesgen at the Academy of Music at Cologne, and is the prize winner in many national and international competitions. As a soloist, with diverse casts of chamber music, as well as with renowned orchestras, he travelled on numerous concert tours throughout Germany and many other countries worldwide.

Steffen Trekel has been active as a university lecturer for mandolin and methodology at theHamburger Konservatorium since 1995 and, in addition, teaches at the Kreismusikschule Herzogtum Lauenburg. His teaching activity extends from early instrumental instruction to the more advanced education of students. The successes of his students at competitions are reflected in the outstanding reputation he enjoys as pedagogue.

Website Michael Tröster: http://www.michael-troester.de/

Michael Tröster who teaches at Kassel Academy of Music , was born in 1956 and studied under Gerhard Vogt. He continued his studies at music academies in Frankfurt, Würzburg and Basel and was a student of the well-known German guitarist, Siegfried Behrend.
After winning numerous national and international competitions e.g. the “Deutschen Musikwettbewerb” (the German Music Competition), or the “International Villa-Lobos Competition” in Milan, it was not long before he embarked on his international concert career.

Website of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music

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