Hi reader

Happy New Year! 2015 is here, and it is time for resolutions. Here are mine:

... complete my latest unfinished recording project, Libermando. I have defined a list of about 15 songs to record with guitar and mandolin and I am very excited! 

...complete my first online mandolin course for beginners I have been working on since September but never dedicated enough time to realize it. It is about time!

...add at least 50 more artists in the Mandolin Tuner artists database from around the world.

...start a mandolin builders database with detailed information about builders around the world.

...create a dedicated section about mandolin in Greece, so much to add!

...find ways that will encourage other mandolinists participate in the Mandolin Tuner. I already have some ideas, but I need to think more!

...start a kickstarter project that will allow me to help digitize the ~1000 handwritten scores of traditional Greek mandolin music of the Fotis Aleporos mandolin orchestra - the orchestra I performed with for around 35 years, so the Greek music can be played and enjoyed around the world.

I know all these seem too difficult to realise, but I like to have a big plans as they inspire me, and I think you should too!

For the time being, here are links to new info in the blog for this week:

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I.Albenis Asturiya - Olga Egorova

I.Albenis Asturiya - Olga Egorova

You do not have to be famous world-wide to be able to "attack" a masterpiece like Asturias with your mandolin. Enjoy Olga Egorova, arranging and performing Asturias with her F-style mandolin.

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Duo Mandala - Alison Stephens, mandolin & Lauren Scott, harp

Duo Mandala - Alison Stephens, mandolin & Lauren Scott, harp

Mandolin and Harp, a great combination. Enjoy the music and if you like it you can donate towards the Alison Stephens Memorial Fund at www.alisonstephens.com. 

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Gigue in Dminor by J.S.Bach - Alison Stephens

Gigue in Dminor by J.S.Bach - Alison Stephens

Sensitive performance of beautiful music by J.S Bach with a beautiful instrument, a 2008 martin Bowers copy of a 1764 Vinaccia mandolin.   

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Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Hollanda: "Caprichos De Espanha"

Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Hollanda: "Caprichos De Espanha"

A composition from the Brazilian virtuozo, performed with mandolin and piano. Brilliant! 

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I hope you've enjoyed this week's articles. There are definitely more to come. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Cheers!

 

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