Tag: mandolin

composer

Silvio Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

S. Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

Silvio Ranieri is best known for his mandolin method in four parts, and for his recordings from the early 20th century.

But he is also a composer of some interesting pieces for the mandolin. His compositions are not played very often.

I have found a beautiful video of “Souvenir de Varsovie” played by the Japanese mandolin player Katsu Chikako (勝千賀子).

Sivio Ranieri (vintage postcard)

Playlist Silvio Ranieri

I have collected more videos of this composition by Sivio Ranieri in my playlist.

concert

Marijke und Michiel Wiesenekker – Full Concert

Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker have given a concert in Luxemburg. The concert has been filmed and is available from the website amcis.lu or directly at vimeo.

Concert Marijke & Michiel am Kader vun 100 Joer Ensemble à plectre

Short videos from the concert are also available at youtube.

Police Dog Blues – duo Wiesenekker live in LUX
historical instruments

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:

Additional Information

historical recordings

Rudy Cipolla – An American Original

I am currently preparing a program with Italian mandolin music. On my search for more music I have found some tunes by Rudy Cipolla and started listening to music by Rudy Cipolla.

The music from the CD Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc) is available as youtube playlist and also on Spotify.

Playlist Rudy Cipolly – Portrait of an American Original

Spotify Playlist – Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original

One of my favorite tunes is the Study for two mandolins played by Radim Zenkl, a beautiful little duet.

I have made my own transcription of this duet and now have my own video:

This is another study for two mandolins – this one was recorded by Carlo Aonzo, David Grisman and Beppe Gambetta on the album “Traversata”

In the Mandolin Cafe you can find additional information in a discussion with pictures and also a link to a shared Dropbox folder by Sheri Mignano-Crawford with recordings from the Rudy Cipolla Memorial Tribute Concert and sheet music transcriptions of many Rudy Cipolla compositions.

Additional information

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe with link to a collection of recordings and sheet music by Rudy Cipolla

Bio (Acoustic Disc)

Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc)

Rudy Cipolla – Portrai of an American Original (discogs) with detailed information about all the tracks

LP – The World of Rudy Cipolla (Discogs)