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.
Fernando Barroso has just released his new CD ‘Silence Lovers Club – Mandolin Pieces’. He is promoting this new CD with concerts and radio interviews. Today I have listened to the Lume na palleira podcast by Radio Galega. The second hour of this podcast is completely dedicated to the interview with Fernando Barroso and it includes seven tracks from this CD. Another podcast includes 3 pieces from the new CD.
The music is very interesting, the sound of the mandolin and the cello fit together very well. The compositions are rhytmically and melodically interesting. I love this music very much.
There are two youtube videos with pieces from the CD:
Fernando Barroso con Margarida Mariño – O Barqueirinho
Luis Peixoto and Fernando Barroso have taken part in the Madeira Mandolin Festivals of the last years. Fernando Barroso has just recorded a new album which will be available on January 16. Luis Peixoto was born in 1980 in Coimbra in Portugal, Fernando Barroso is from Galicia in the Northwest of Spain. Both share the love for all kind of stringed instruments like mandolin, bouzouki, cavaquinho or guitar. They have worked together and in different groups with other musicians.
During the last days I have compiled a large playlist with recordings by Fernando Barroso and Luis Peixoto.
In this post I want to present the music of Luis Peixoto and Fernando Barroso. In 2012 the album POP has been published, a life concert was filmed in 2013 and is available on youtube. In this concert Fernando Barroso does mainly play the Bouzouki, while Luis Peixoto plays the mandolin, the cavaquinho and some other instruments. I plan to present other project by Fernando Barroso and Luis Peixoto in my next posts.
Luis Peixoto – Bio (from his website)
Luis Peixoto was born in Coimbra in 1980.
Studied Classical Guitar and recorder flute at Lagos Music Academy; Mandolin at the Conservatory of Coimbra; cavaquinho, mandolin and guitarra de Coimbra at the Traditional Instruments School (Secção de Fado – Coimbra Academic Associativity) with professors Jorge Gomes, Ricardo Dias and Amadeu Magalhães. Also attended a degree in Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences (University of Coimbra).
Fernando Barros – Bio (from website)
BIOGRAFÍA: Fernando Barroso es un músico, compositor y productor gallego, nacido en Ferrol en 1979. Doctorado en Química-Física por la Universidad de Vigo en 2010, desde 2011 se dedica exclusívamente a la producción musical y a la participación en diferentes proyectos musicales en Galicia. En la actualidad forma parte de las bandas ‘Riobó’, ‘Budiño’ y ‘TRIM’ y ha colaborado con artistas de la talla de Anxo Lorenzo, Xabier Díaz o Julio Pereira. Fue parte de la mítica banda ‘paratradicional’ ferrolana ‘Os Cempés’ durante su última etapa y co-fundador del trío internacional ‘Assembly Point’ junto a Eoghan Neff y Luís Peixoto. Con éste último ha co-producido también otros trabajos como ‘POP(2013)’ o TRIM(2014)’. Desde 2016 forma parte del laboratório creativo NEXO, junto con músicos de varios países de América y Europa.
Playlist – Concert Fernando Barroso & Luis Peixoto – Dubideos
The mandolin orchestra “Mandolinata Karlsruhe” has been filmed during a concert given in Logroño last year. The complete concert is available at youtube. The concert took place during the XIV Festival Internacional de Instrumentos Populares de La Rioja 2011.
This orchestra is conducted by Christopher Grafschmidt who is a guitar player, musicologist and composer. He has composed many pieces for mandolin orchestra and other instruments. One of his pieces has been performed during the concert in Logroño .
Mandolinata Karlsruhe – Christopher Grafschmidt – Auf geht’s
I have played together with Christopher Grafschmidt in the orchestra “Badisches Zupforchester”, and I know several of the players of this orchestra. So I enjoeyed it very much to watch this set of videos.
Participación de Mandolinen und Guitarrenorchester Mandolinata Karlsruhe en el XIV Festival Internacional de Instrumentos Populares de La Rioja 2011, organizado por la Sociedad Musical Esmeralda de Pulso y Pua de Logroño
Pieza grabada en la Iglesia de Santa María de Agoncillo.
Enrique Granados – Tres Danzas Espagnolas
Kurt Schwaen – Abendmusik
Pietro Mascagni – Intermezzo aus der Oper Cavaleria rustica