The Mandolin Lovers Club (MLC) is a group of leading mandolin players in Japan.
The MLC has organized a competition for solo mandolin / mandola / mandoloncello performances. There was no limitation, everybody could make a video and take part in the competition. All videos were added to a playlist and everybody could vote for his favorite videos.
Winner of the competition: RADWIMPS mandolin cover by Yoshito Ishizu
The complete playlist with the 17 videos taking part in the competition.
The mandoloncello (or mandocello) is regularly used in most of the mandolin orchestras in Japan. So I have recently collected some interesting mandoloncello videos and want to present the best videos from Japan in this post.
A side effect of the regular use of the mandoloncello in the mandolin orchestras is that there are many players who are using the mandoloncello also as a solo instrument. And there are also groups like the quartet of four mandoloncellos as you can see further below.
Atsushi Ichikawa has arranged many pieces for the mandoloncello and he has composed his own pieces too. Most of the pieces seem to be popular songs and music from computer games. Atsushi Ichikawa makes great use of special sounds and percussion effects.