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OML – The Orchestra Mandolina Ljubljana from Slovenia –…

The Orchestra Mandolina Ljubljana is the only mandolin orchestra in Slovenia. It was founded 30 years ago. I have found many videos of this orchestra at youtube, including a complete set of videos from the last concert.

Text from the Facebook page of the orchestra:

The Mandolina Ljubljana Orchestra is the only ensemble in Slovenia, whose members have chosen the mandolin as their companion on their musical journey. In Slovenia the mandolin has only recently been given a more significant role in various musical styles, from classical to pop. We, the members of the orchestra feel honoured and obligated to make the audience more familiar with this mellifluous plucked string instrument and to bring to their ears genuine mandolin music. In our repertoire there are also compositions written by classical composers, arrangements of folk tunes, film music and evergreens. We have had numerous successful appearances at home and abroad in more than thirty years of our performing. This, good critics and more and more satisfied audiences, assure us that we are on the right path.

The concert in January 2012 had the slogan “Music from the land of the rising sun” and was composed of works composed by Japanese composers.

Music from the land of the rising sun

Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana with conductor Andrej Zupan

This summer season your beloved OML will be performing original compositions by Yasuo Kuwahara, Hiro Fujikake, Takashi Kubota, Yoshinao Kobayashi and other Japanese composers. Traditional Japanese motifs and specific playing styles give these compositions, writen specifically for mandolin orchestra, the distinct eastern-oriental character, yet for the keen ear the influence of traditional as well as modern school of European musical thought, most noticeably Spanish and Balkan, can be easily recognized.

Playlist – Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana

koncert 23.05.2012 – Slovenska filharmonija – Glazba dežele vzhajajočega sonca

Another concert was given in December 2010, this time the program was composed of modern pop songs and international hits including Oye Como Va, Tico Tico or I Shot The Sherriff:

Playlist Concert 2010

Additional Information

Website Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana: http://www.mandolina.si/

Facebook Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana: http://www.facebook.com/groups/59767853979/

youtube channel with more videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/GOCA427/videos

Learn to play the mandolin chords – Great booklet (Amazon partner link)

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Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec – Slovenia

In my recent post about Ferenc Sebö the tambura (also known as tamburitza, tamburica, ….) was used in some videos. I wanted to find some more information and videos about this instrument. Today I have found the videos of the Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec, an orchestra similar to a mandolin orchestra but composed from tamburitza instruments.

You can find more information about the instruments used in this tamburitza orchestras in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments: Instruments of Kroatia

Here is a short note from the homepage of this orchestra about the history of this orchestra:

It all began in 1993, when a tamburitza beginner’s course was first founded, located at an elementary school Osnovna sola Dragatus,. ….With hard work and creativity of our leader Anton Grahek, and that of other members of the orchestra, we are dedicated to spreading the sound of tamburitza and that of Bela krajina across our homeland as well as abroad. Our aim is to familiarize people with our rich musical heritage and our traditional folk instrument tamburitza. Every year we participate at different festivals for tamburitza and mandoline orchestras of Slovenia, where, to this day, an expert jury already awarded us with three awards. Our most important achievement dates back in 2003 as we released our first CD.

Next to authentic folk songs of Bela krajina and that of Slovenia, we also perform songs from other nations, musical arrangements and adaptations of evergreens, latin american and classical musik. However, our ochestra is especially renowned for its unique sound and melody as well as brilliant performing technique.

In the first video the orchestra plays La bamba with a lot of energy and joy:

Tamburica orchestra KUD Dobreč – La bamba – Dragatuš 2006

Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla)

Other tunes played by this orchestra that can be found at youtube include Over the Rainbow, Lambada, Waltz No. 2 by Schostakovich, Besame Mucho or Perfidia.

Playlist with more videos, the playlist begins with a video from a cooperation of the orchestra with singer Janez Doltar:


Additional information

youtube channel KUD Dobrec


The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Amazon partnerlink)