Chris Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California, who currently lives in Mainz, Germany.
I am really impressed by Chris's passion for the classical mandolin and when we first communicated I spent days listening to and enjoying his performances and his compositions. Chris is dedicated to music and the mandolin and this...
I love Cyprus! (Performing at Ancient Kourio)
by Chris on July 10, 2016
It is summer time! And summer time is great for giving concerts in open theatres, especially in Greece and Cyprus!
Following a rehearsal during a hot day in June (an adventure that I described here) I flied to Cyprus for three scheduled concerts with MandolinARTE and Alkistis Protopsalti, to mark the beginning of our summer tour!
The team consisting of MandolinARTE,...
Do You Know Chris Acquavella? - DB60
by Chris on July 9, 2016
Chris Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California, who currently lives in Detmold, Germany. He graduated First Class Honors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England. Chris studied mandolin performance with Alison Stephens and composition with Andrew Poppy. He performs classical repertoire on both modern and baroque...
Takashi Ochi (1934-2010) - DB59
by Chris on July 2, 2016
30. Oktober 1934 in Imabari; † 14. November 2010
(Translated from Wikipedia)
Takashi Ochi was born on Oct. 30th in Imabari, Japan. He got his first mandolin lesson at the age of 13. in 1954 he studied the Italian and English language as well as economics at the foreign-language university of Tokyo. At the same time...
Do You Know Choro Das 3? - DB58
by Christos Rizos on June 25, 2016
Choro Das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group that consists of three sisters ,and their father:
Corina on the flutes,
Lia on the 7-strings guitar
Elisa on the mandolim, clarinet, banjo and piano
their father Eduardo on tamborine
The band plays Brazilian Instrumental Music, and their main style is Choro music, an instrumental music genre that emerged...
Rehearsing at 39 Degrees Celsius (102.2 F)
by Christos Rizos on June 23, 2016
First of all, I want you to know that it was hot. Really hot. Even for Greece.
39 degrees celsius is hotter when carrying two musical instruments to go to rehearsal, my octave and the Liuto Cantabile.
(Hint: I love air-conditioning!)
The rehearsal was with...
Do you know Ricardo Sandoval? (Venezuela) - DB57
by Chris on June 18, 2016
Classically trained musician, Ricardo Sandoval nurtured from a young age of the musical tradition of Venezuela, through encounters with musicians from different backgrounds and learning rhythms, songs and popular melodies of their country.
After graduating from the University Institute of Musical Studies (IUDEM) of Caracas, conducts advanced studies at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen...
New Lead Mandolin is Here
by Christos Rizos on June 16, 2016
A new lead mandolin from Richard Morgan just arrived all the way from Tasmania to be included in ExtraordinaryInstruments. I was very happy and curious to see the new instrument that Richard has made, especially as it is the first of its kind. Smaller body but big sound. Ha!
The mandolin arrived in a small...
My Name is Christos Geia sou! I’m a mandolin aficionado. I live in Greece. I am obsessed with Calace, Vivaldi, Bach, but also Hadjidakis, Piazzola, not to forget Jazz, Choro and mandolin orchestras. Welcome to my adventures!