Category Archives: Instruments & Players

New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Cutting edges of violin playing  

Last week we wrote about Malwina Sosnowksi and her adventures in Brazil. When she returned to Switzerland she found herself within 10 days ending up booking a flight to New Delhi and heading off to beautiful India. This time as a backpacker and attached to it, an old and modest but playable violin inside a very moderate but light violin case, both perfectly fitting her violin playing plans for the coming two months. Continue reading New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Cogito Ergo Music – a Question of Method in Classical Music

A reflection about classical music by Mattia Rondelli

Mattia Rondelli is a young  Italian conductor,  who had already many occasions to work on opera concerts, and he is passionate for the Italian composer Giuseppe Sarti. Being asked about the perspective of which classical music is something that no one would eliminate from his life (even for those who never listen to it), this is what he answered: Continue reading Cogito Ergo Music – a Question of Method in Classical Music

Originally posted 2017-03-08 12:00:32.

Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

Rudolf Koelman’s legendary phone conversation with Jascha Heifetz – on video

Rudolf Koelman was one of Jascha Heifetz last pupils. In the eighties and nineties, he was one of the major violin talents in the Netherlands. He studied with Herman Krebbers. Later, as a most beloved student of Jascha Heifetz, the god among violinists, he made his international breakthrough. Continue reading Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

Originally posted 2017-02-28 14:09:00.

History of Fender Electric Guitar: John Mayer and the “Black 1”

John Mayer shows it all in person (video)

Fender Guitar Stratocaster Black 1 review

By Gianriccardo Pera

Everyone who likes Fender Vintage Guitars and blues guitarists knows about the quite famous “Black 1”, the Stratocaster which John Mayer usually plays both for studio recording and live performances. Amongst the scenario of the most particular Fender Guitar icons, this is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated, despite its so rather strange details.

John Mayer's Black 1
John Mayer’s Black 1

Some say it’s ugly, some others think that in the end, the matter Continue reading History of Fender Electric Guitar: John Mayer and the “Black 1”

Originally posted 2017-06-20 15:34:45.

André Rieu – from Pizza Paganini to Johann Strauss Orchestra

André Rieu – “Heringe Biete” concerts and  Johann Strauss Orchestra

By Irma de Jong

I remember André Rieu and his “Heringe biete” (Maastricht dialect for “to bite a haring”) Concerts that he used to organise around Carnival, in the beginning of the nineties in Maastricht his home town. At that time I was working occasionally at the ticket office of the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the

Continue reading André Rieu – from Pizza Paganini to Johann Strauss Orchestra

Originally posted 2017-02-27 12:12:02.

Outclassing Acoustic Nirvana Arrangement

Fantastic playing of acoustic Nirvana arrangement “Smells like a teen spirit” (video)

Back from Cremona Mondo Musica 2017, we found a great guitarist playing a great piece. His name is Gavino Loche, and he was playing an unbelievable version of Nirvana’s hit single “Smells like a teen spirit”.

He is a virtuoso of the guitar, capable of Continue reading Outclassing Acoustic Nirvana Arrangement

Originally posted 2017-02-26 19:00:51.

Ten-string classical guitar – a magic sound

New unexplored expression of sound  ten-string classical guitar (audio)

(Historia do Mar)

Marco Campos is a Brazilian musician and composer and plays a ten-string classical guitar. Apart from his concerts, he composes music for film theatre and ballet. His music, essentially structured on Brazilian rhythms, each year is reaching a greater international recognition. He has a very particular technique and sound, which contains a bit of samba, a bit of classical and a bit of Continue reading Ten-string classical guitar – a magic sound

Originally posted 2017-06-05 17:00:30.

The Most Baroque Stradivari Violin in the world

Setup and playing of a real baroque violin in modern age – (video)

Review of the Baroque Stradivari violin played by Miriam Fried

Last year I was the director in a recording session for iClassical Academy in Italy, to record violin lessons of the Bach solo pieces to be published on the web. The teacher was Professor Miriam Fried, she is a very renown violinist and professor in the States. She came with the instrument she used to play already for thirty years and maybe more, a  genuine baroque Stradivari violin built by the legendary Italian luthier in 1686.

In these pictures, Continue reading The Most Baroque Stradivari Violin in the world

Originally posted 2017-05-29 15:39:29.

DIRE STRAITS acoustic tribute – THE LADYWRITERS

Juan Manuel Ruiz tells about his new band and how to play Dire Straits acoustic tribute with a classical guitar. (video)

When the Spanish guitarist Juan Manuel Ruiz Pardo (one of the teachers for Blackbear Music International) formed The Ladywriters, he joined together two of his musical passions: the acoustic sound and the music of Dire Straits. Being the band a rare case in which the intensity inherent to Continue reading DIRE STRAITS acoustic tribute – THE LADYWRITERS

Originally posted 2017-05-23 15:06:07.

Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

“A great piece of art” Peled serenades with Historic Instrument of Pablo Casals (video)

By Irma de Jong

How the musician and the Pablo Casals cello came together

At very young age, Amit fell in love with a girl that played the cello. He decided to impress her and started learning this instrument as well. His parents gave him a cassette tape of a famous cellist and with those beautiful sounds, he fell asleep every night, Continue reading Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

Originally posted 2017-05-09 10:38:48.