Weekly Roundup - 19 Dec 14

Hi reader

I am very happy because this week I managed to dedicate more time to the Mandolin Tuner blog so you will find many new articles to read, videos to watch, discs to listen and tabs to play!

... a new "Chris Discography" section has been created where I am gradually adding my recordings of the past, presence and future!  This is a chance to introduce you to Greek Kantadas, a unique Greek music genre that consists of melodic songs performed with mandolin orchestras and choirs. Also you will find in this section my latest recording (2014) with "Mandolinarte", the Plucked Strings Orchestra I play the octave mandolin with as well as "Libermando", my planned recording for 2015!

...a new artist has been added in the Mandolin Tuner database. This one is from Japan and his name is Toru Izumi. Japan has a very active mandolin "community" and they focus more on the Italian repertoire.

...two Christmas mandolin tabs have been added. I started with the basics, so I selected "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

...a collection with Christmas Discs has been added with nice mandolin music you can enjoy!

So, here are links to the new articles in the blog for this week:

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Agrambelli (Η Αγράμπρελη)- A beautiful Song from Mandolin Orchestra & Choir of Fotis Aleporos

Agrambelli (Η Αγράμπρελη)- A beautiful Song from Mandolin Orchestra & Choir of Fotis Aleporos

Agrambeli Although I am Greek, I have spent thousands of hours (yes, really) during the last two years writing about the mandolin without focusing on Greece. I did that on purpose to point the multi-cultural history and nature of the mandolin. But now, it is time to present the Green Mandolin Tradition, as I really believe it deserves it. The best …

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Kantades Fotis Aleporos

The Best Kantades from Ionian Islands - F. Aleporos Mandolinata

The Best Kantades from Ionian Islands (~1983) This is an old recording with Fotis Aleporos Mandolin Orchestra & Choir. I played the octave mandolin with this orchestra from 1976-2007. I was surprised to find that the CD is now being sold in Ioanian Islands (Cephalonia, Corfu etc.). I bought a copy myself during the summer of 2014, while on vacation at …

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Mandolinarte (2014) - Plucked Strings Orchestra of Athens

Mandolinarte (Demo) Track Name Audio N. Piovanni - From the soundtrack of the movie "La Vita e Bella"Νίκολας Πιοβάνι - Απο την μουσική επένδυση της ταινίας "Η Ζωή είναι Ωραία" Manos Hadjidakis - From  "La Gioconda Smile" - Μάνος Χατζιδάκης, από  "Το Χαμόγελο της Τζοκόντας" A. Vivaldi - Trio Sonata N. Piovanni - From the soundtrack of the movie "La Vita e …

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Toru Izumi

Toru Izumi

Toru Izumi Toru is a virtuozo in Japan. Japan is very "mandolin active", focusing in the traditional Italian mandolin music with contests and concerts and Toru is an active musician in his country, but also a multi-instrumentalist, playing also flamenco guitar.   Biography Copied from Arte-Mandolinistica (see external links below): Born in 1988, he started mandolin in Doshisha Kori Junior High …

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Izumi Toru

Zigeunerweisen / Izumi Toru (Mandolin) , Fujii Yumi (pf)

About Zigeunerweisen Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20, is a musical composition for violin and orchestra written in 1878 by the Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. It was premiered the same year in Leipzig, Germany. It is based on themes of the Roma people, and in the last section the rhythms of the csárdás; this section uses a theme previously used …

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Jingle Bells - Mandolin Tab

It's time to enjoy Christmas. The second Christmas mandolin tab is another all time classic, the song "Jingle Bells". Enjoy below the mandolin tab with lyrics and chords (work in progress). Remember to look up chords at the mandolin chords section of theMandolinTuner, here. Enjoy! Here is the tab: options width=670 space=12 font-size=12 tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3 strings=4 time=4/4 key=G notes …

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Christmas Card

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Mandolin Tab

It's time to enjoy Christmas. We start with an all time classic of course, the song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Enjoy below the mandolin tab with lyrics and chords. Remember to look up chords at the mandolin chords section of theMandolinTuner, here. Enjoy! options width=670 space=12 font-size=12 tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3 strings=4 time=3/4 key=G notes :4 0/3 $.top.$ $We$ …

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Amazon.com- Rhonda Vincent- Beautiful Star- A Christmas Collection- Music.clipular

Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection - Rhonda Vincent

1. Christmas Time At Home
2. The Christmas Song
3. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
4. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
5. Christmas Time's A Comin'
6. Let It Snow
7. Silent Night
8. Oh Christmas Tree
9. Winter Wonderland
10. Jingle Bells
11. Away In A Manger
12. Twelve Days Of Christmas


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Amazon.com- Butch Baldassari, Evergreen- Evergreen-Mandolin Music for- Music.clipular

Evergreen-mandolin Music For Christmas Butch Baldassari

1 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings
2 Do You Hear What I Hear
3 What Child Is This
4 Angels We Have Heard On High
5 The Little Drummer Boy
6 Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
7 Joy To the World
8 Silent Night
9 It Came Upon A MidnightClear
10 O Little Town of Bethlehem
11 Away In A Manger
12 O Holy Night
13 The First Noel
14 Deck The Halls
15 We Wish You A Merry Christmas


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Amazon.com- David Grisman- David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas- Music.clipular

David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas (David Grisman)

1. What Child Is This?
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. Respighi: Ancient Aires And Dances
4. The Christmas Song
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
7. White Christmas
8. The Flower Carol
9. Winter Wonderland
10. Silent Night
11. Auld Lang Syne


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Amazon.com- Inez Lancaster- Snowed In With A Mandolin On Christmas Day- Music.clipular

Snowed In With A Mandolin On Christmas Day - Inez Lancaster

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2. Silver Bells
3. I Saw Three Ships
4. O Holy Night
5. Skater's Waltz
6. O Come, Little Children
7. March of the Wooden Soldiers
8. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
9. Joy to the World
10. White Christmas
11. Pat-a-Pan
12. Silent Night
13. We Three Kings
14. O Come, All Ye Faithful


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Amazon.com- Peter Ostroushko- Heartland Holiday- Live at the Fitzgerald- Music.clipular

Heartland Holiday: Live at the Fitzgerald by Peter Ostroushko

1. La Luna
2. Medley: The Holly and the Ivy/Oj, v Petrivochku/A Hazdo, Hazdo
3. Carol of the Drum
4. Girl from the North Country
5. Dobryj Vechir Tobi
6. Oj, Syvaja Zozulen'ka
7. Brazilian Choro Medley
8. I Wonder as I Wander
9. Oi Tunjuska
10. Wandering Boy
11. The Christmas Bells of Belfast
12. Shchedryk(Carol of the Bells)
13. Bright Morning Stars
14. Stille Nacht(Silent Night)


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Solo Swing Christmas by Brian Oberlin

Solo Swing Christmas by Brian Oberlin

1. Sleigh Ride
2. All I Want for Christmas Is You
3. Winter Wonderland
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. Let It Snow
6. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
7. Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
8. Mele Kalikimaka
9. Mary's Boy Child
10. Frosty the Snowman
11. White Christmas
12. Here Comes Santa Claus
13. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
14. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy


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A Mandolin Christmas, Karen Mal & Will Taylor

A Mandolin Christmas, Karen Mal & Will Taylor

1. O Come O Come Emmanuel/i Saw Three Ships
2. Hark the Herald Angels
3. In the Bleak Midwinter
4. Joy to the World
5. Angels We Have Heard On High
6. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
8. O Little Town/ The Holly and the Ivy
9. What Child Is This
10. Coventry Carol
11. The First Noel
12. O Christmas Tree
13. Jolly Old St Nicholas
14. O Come All Ye Faithful
15. Away In a Manger/ Silent Night
16. We Three Kings
17. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
18. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
19. Auld Lang Syne


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Modern Mandolin Quartet: The Nutcracker Suite and other arrangements from Delibes, Faure, Llobet & Vivaldi

Modern Mandolin Quartet: The Nutcracker Suite and other arrangements from Delibes, Faure, Llobet & Vivaldi

Selections from everyone's favorite holiday ballet, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, newly arranged for mandolin ensemble.
Other plucked string arrangements on this disc include new interpretations of Llobet's Four Catalan Folksongs, Faure's Pavanne, Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, and Delibes' Sous le Dome Epais. The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to introduce audiences to the modern mandolin family of instruments and  to increase the repertoire of original and arranged music for the instrument.

 

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I hope you've enjoyed these videos, discs, tabs and articles. There are definitely more to come. Thanks, and best of luck to you!

Cheers!

 

- Chris with http://www.themandolintuner.com