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Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

Charlotte Kaiser, a young mandolin player from Germany, has just published her first album “Poems for Mandolin”

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

The album begins with the Concertinho Colibri by Hamilton de Holanda in an arrangement for mandolin and piano. This concertinho has been published by Vincent Beer-Demander at Les Productions d’Oz. Charlotte Kaiser has studied with Beer-Demander in Belgium for one year. Hamilton de Holanda is one of the leading bandolim players in Brazil. He has enhanced the mandolin technique for Choro and Jazz and now as well the classical mandolin with his Concertinho.

Ochiana by Heinrich Konietzny, dedicated to Takashi Ochi, is a virtuoso piece, a solo piece for the mandolin that is rarely played. Charlotte Kaiser plays this with vituosity and emotion. In this piece you can hear the many different sounds of the mandolin – from the slightest piano to a fierce metallico, from a soft tremolo to duo style, chords and dissonant sounds. Charlotte Kaiser has made a video for the CMSA convention in 2021.

Heinrich Konietzny – Ochiana
Romance d’Erbalonga – Vincent Beer-Demander

I had never heard the Sonatina Tritematica by Luciano Chailly before. The reason for this might be, that pieces for mandolin and piano are not played very often. Maybe that this recording helps that this interesting composition is played more often.

Two pieces by Raffaele Calace are included as well, XVI. Preludio for mandola solo and Notturno – Cielo Stellato for mandolin solo.

With the variations on „La Fürstemberg“ by Anton Riggieri Charlote Kaiser shows the virtuoso techniques that have been used in the 18th century on the mandolin.

The compositions by Yasuo Kuwahara are performed very often. Charlotte Kaiser play Improvised Poem as the last piece of the album. There is a video of Improvised Poem as well.

Yasuo Kuwahara – Improvised Poem

I have enjoyed the album poems for mandolin by Charlotte Kaiser very much. The program is many-sided and varied, with well known pieces and some uncommon compositions. Pieces for mandolin and piano, mandolin solo and mandola solo complement each other. This is a recording that is not only interesting for insiders, but also good for creating interest in the music for mandolin and mandola.

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin – back side

The album is available frm CHarlotte Kaiser. You can find detailed information on the website,

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Videos for the CMSA Convention in the Clouds 2021

The 2021 Connvention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) was held as an online event. Several artists were invited to send videos of performances and workshops.

After the convention nunberous videos have been uploaded to youtube and are now available.

I have compiled the videos that I have found in this post.

Enjoy!

Sebastiaan de Grebber – Mandolin

GIOVALE – FANTASIA | Chi me frena – Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti | MANDOLIN solo – S DE GREBBER
PIAZZOLLA – Nightclub 1960 – Sebastiaan de GREBBER on a Lorenzo LIPPI mandolin & Philine COOPS piano

Robert Margo – Mandola / Octave Mandolin

Raffaele Calace, “Notturno Cielo Stellato, Op. 186”: Robert Margo, mandola in G
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The Sound of the American Mandolin

The following video has recently been uploaded to youtube.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient Tony Williamson is a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor. He has played stringed instruments, most famously mandolin, for six decades and has been receiving awards and honors for his music for nearly 50 of those years. Never content to rest on his laurels, today Tony continues to perform live and travel internationally and has recordings with fresh new concepts in progress. In this documentary from 1995 Tony goes through the history of the American mandolin and plays quite a few examples of different instruments that demonstrate that history. Check out Tony’s website at www.mandolincentral.com

Tony Williamson starts with the earliest American mandolins – American bowlbacks, cylinder back, Lyon and Healy models. He then shows the whole line of Gibson instruments beginning with very early mandolins built by Orville Gibson. He plays many different instruments – mandolins, mandolas and mandocellos, mandolins with and without a Virzi Resonator and tells many interesting stories about construction, details and players.

A great video that you should not miss!

If you want to hear more music played by Tony Williamson – here is my long playlist:

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Don Julin – Electric Mandolin & Mandola – Mandolins…

Recently I have listened to some videos with Don Julin on electric mandola and electric mandolin, and I have compiled a Don Julin playlist.

Don Julin is the author of Mandolin for Dummies / Mandolin Exercises for Dummies, and he has a online instruction website “Mandolins heal the World” where he teaches how to play the mandolin. It’s interesting that he is also trying to teach the mandolin like a language:

My philosophy is that music is a language and should be learned as a language. If we take a look at how we learn to speak, we may find some interesting parallels. The way a young child learns to speak is by hearing adults and siblings make sounds. At first the child simply imitates the sounds of the vowels and consonants and eventually forms words. After a while the child can string words together to begin communicating with others. It is at that time that we introduce the child to the printed page. I am simply suggesting that we approach music the same way. As in any language, you can further your study to include theory, history, and the evolution of this language, but in the long run what most folks really want is to be able to join the musical conversation. 

You can find more information about Don Julin and his Mandolin Heals The World website in an interview on the Mandolin Cafe website.

You can find great Jazz tunes with electric mandolin or electric mandola played by Don Julin like “You make ma skin crawl”, but also a great selection of Bluegrass tunes in my playlist.

Playliste Don Julin

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – Playlist

Ther are some basic mandolin lessons available in Don Julins Mandolin Lessons channel.

Website Don Julin

Mandolins heal the World – Interview Mandolin Cafe

Mandolins heal the World – Website

Don Julin Mandolin Lessons – youtube channel