Tag: mandolin orchestra

concert

Bundesjugendzupforchester Germany 2021

The German Bundesjugendzupforchester – The Youth Mandolin Orchestra of Germany – had it’s third meeting in August 2021. The Bundesjugenzupforchester was founded in 2019 by three young mandolin players from Germany: Laura Engelmann, Charlotte Kaiser und Clara Weise

The orchestra is composed of the best young mandolin, mandola and guitar players in Germany. The orchestra is conduced by Lisa Hummel. After several days of hard work the orchestra played two concerts, the second concert was also streamed live at youtube and is available as a video on the youtube channel of the Bundesjugendzupforchester:

In the youtube channel you can as well find videos of the performances of the first two years.

The Program – Das Konzertprogramm 2021

The program of this year was dedicated to female composers, with the exception of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto. I have taken some screenshots from the performance video to illustrate my post.

Maria Anna Martinez (1744 – 1812)
Continuo: Sophie Schlaubitz
Sinfonie in C-Dur
1.      Allegro con spirito
2.      Andante ma non troppo
3.      Allegro spirituoso

Freya Arde (* 1988)
Restlessness

Daigo Marumoto (* 1979)
Mandolin Concerto
Solistin: Kerstin Draken (Sonderpreis Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert 2021)

Kerstin Draken was awarded a special prize – the invitation to the Bundesjugendzupforchester and the performance of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto – for the best performance at the 2021 competition Jugend musiziert.

Clara Schumann (1819 – 1886)
Bearbeitung: Lisa Hummel
Drei Fugen über Themen von J. S. Bach
1.      Fuge Es – Dur
2.      Fuge E – Dur
3.      Fuge g – Moll

Miwa Naito (* 1964)
Okinawa – Suite
Tagelied Matsuri
Lullaby for Momo

Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875)
Bearbeitung: Christopher Grafschmidt
Symphonie Nr. 1 op. 32
Andante sostenuto – Allegro

festival

Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra – India

In February 2020 the 4th Mandolin Festival in Goa, India took place.

At the festival the Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra performed two pieces. The orchestra is composed of 12 young girls playing mandolins. Some girls are playing chords, the other girls play the melodie and other parts. They performed without printed music.

Traditional Folk Song from Goa

Obviously this song is a popular song, the audience started to clap hands and sing with the orchestra. You can also see Carlo Aonzo in the audience. He was invited to this mandolin festival and gave workshops and played in several concerts.

In the second video the orchestra plays a piece that reminds me to “My love is blue”.

mandolin ensemble

The Wisconsin / Vega Project – Exploring America’s Forgotten…

The New Vintage Frets is an American mandolin ensemble based in Wisconsin. In 2018 this ensemble produced a CD titled:
The Wisconsin/Vega Project CD


This unique CD offers present day recordings of century-old mandolin ensemble arrangements thoughtfully selected from Wisconsin-based mandolin orchestra libraries. Pieces in the collection were published in either the 1890s or early 1900s. The recordings were made in 2017 and 2018 with string parts played on antique, Vega brand mandolin-family instruments.

Fencing Master (Jas Harper) – Life Performance

More information about this CD can be found on the website of the New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/cds/

Playlist The Wisconsin/Vega Project

Review:
https://shepherdexpress.com/music/album-reviews/the-wisconsinvega-project-by/

Review:
https://www.wuwm.com/post/new-vintage-frets-friends-combine-antique-mandolins-vintage-wisconsin-compositions#stream/0

Website New Vintage Frets:
https://newvintagefrets.com/

Mandolin

Raziel Tsur – Mandolinist from Israel

Raziel Tsur is a mandolin player, teacher and conductor from Israel. He is playing the mandolin with the Israeli Plectrum Orchestra. I have met him during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal this year. Raziel was the mandolin soloist for the Violin Concerto by J. S. Bach, for La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli and for Asturias by Isaac Albeniz. You can find the videos of this performance on the website of the BDZ. I have made a playlist with those three videos:

Playlist – The Israeli Plectrum Orchestra Eurofestival Bruchsal 2018 #bdzef2018

A letter from Raziel Tsur

As for me, I am in a very good time of doing and investing in a variety of music fields.

In the field of education, this year I am running a musical project of 3 schools in the city, where about 200 students study mandolin in groups and in the orchestra. Then I add the motivate student for the to the local orchestra.
This year I managed to establish the second youth mandolin orchestra of children aged 10-13, while our young orchestra continues to perform in the city and throughout Israel. This orchestra won first prize in the Israel National Education Ministry’s National Plectrum Convention. Conducting these two orchestras requires me to write arrangements for a repertoire and more.

About me as a performer, In the past year I have been privileged to purchase mandolin from the Israeli luthier “Arik Kerman”.
His mandolins are known as a powerful and wide sound instrument that enables the musician to perform in a big concert halls. In Israel, I play as a soloist with a number of very serious ensembles, such as composer Gil Shohat and bass player Gilad Efrat.
I an collaborating with famous Israeli pop singers and manage to bring the mandolin to these stage as well. I certainly see myself as the ambassador of the instrument and believe that the mandolin can move in a variety of musical worlds and can contribute to any musical field.
Recently, I participated in the Jazz Festival “under the Apple Trees”, which is take place every year in  Coutances, Normandy. performing along with “Gilad Ephrat ensemble”.

The “Dolce Mandolin Quartet”, which I founded about four years ago, continues to operate the Concerts activity in Israel.

These days I’m working on my own CD where I host a number of musicians while the mandolin is in the center. The CD is about classical mandolin and will include composers such as Bach and Vivaldi alongside De Falla and Piazzolla.

Additional information

Website Raziel Tsur
Raziel Tsur – Youtube Channel
Israeli Plectrum Orchestra – Youtube Channel