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:
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.
Xograr – a Galician word for “Play” – ist the name of the new album by Galician musician and composer Fernando Barroso. For this album Fernand Barroso has formed his new band with mandolin, cello, double bass and drums.
Fernando Barroso: Mandolin Margarida Mariño: Cello Sofia Neide: Doublebass Álvaro Trillo: Drums
The title track Xograr is already available at youtube – showing Fernando Barroso playing the oud as well as the mandolin.
Fernando Barroso has created his unique fusion style, based on Galician folk, the classical sound of violoncello and double bass, and his powerful and always present mandolin.
Until now the mandolin has not been used much in this kind of music, Fernando Barroso has opened a new style of music to the mandolin.
Screenshot from Xograr video
Xograr – Title track
Xograr – Life performance
Playlist Singles from the new album
The new album has been published on March 6, 2020.
Carlo Aonzo has published a new CD with Italian music – Mandolitaly. In this album the Carlo Aonzo Trio plays a set of Italian tunes in very entertaining way, with a light mood and jazzy influences. The mandolin has a beautiful tone, and the accompaniment by guitar and double bass prepares a colorful base for the mandolin.
You can hear selections by Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, songs like the Genoese song “Ma se ghe penso”, the Neapolitan song “Voce ‘e notte”, the song “Nebbia’a la Vall” from the Abruzzi, a Sicilian Tarantella joined with Taranta Steps by John Coltrane, and a classical Toccata in A.
Carlo Aonzo has a compiled a great and entertaining album for everybody who loves the mandolin, with lovely tremolo serenades and jolly tarantellas. Some of the recordings remind me of the great Dave Apollon.
For the recording Carlo has added some great guest musicians to add more colors to the unique sound.
Tommaso Bellomare (sicilian jew’s harp)
Ismaila Mbaye(african percussions)
Fabio Rinaudo(bagpipes, flute)
Ike Stubblefield (hammond organ)
Riccardo Tesi(diatonic accordion)
Riccardo Zegna (piano)
The album can be ordered directly from Carlo Aonzo, it will be available soon on all other platforms.
You can hear some of the songs of this new CD as a live performance of the Carlo Aonzo Trio in the following podcast: 00:00 Indifference (short version) 06:35 Polke 11:53 Mazurka Sentimentale 18:13 Voce e’ Notte + Taranta Steps 25:00 Arrivederci Roma + Roma nun fa la stupida stasera 32:09 Mazurka (Calace) 38:06 Receita de Samba 43:46 Splitting it up 49:38 Vivaldi in New York (L’Estate 3° mov.) 54:30 Minuano (short version)
After “A Mandolin Journey”, musical tour through the continents, the Carlo Aonzo Trio – Carlo Aonzo on the Italian mandolin, Lorenzo Piccone on the acoustic guitar and Luciano Puppo on the double bass – is back, this time travelling along the Italian tradition to rediscover its peculiar soundtrack. Once again the main character is the mandolin which, in the personal unique modern and eclectic style of Aonzo, makes such repertoire surprisingly catchy and contemporary.