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New England Mandolin Ensemble - Sip a Little New

By Mandolin Cafe
August 17, 2007 - 9:10 pm

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New England Mandolin Ensemble - Sip a Little New

New England Mandolin Ensemble - Sip a Little New

The New England Mandolin Ensemble is proud to announce its debut CD, Sip a Little New. The music includes jazz, classical, and traditional folk music sounds, and features both intricately-composed and improvised music for four mandolin-family instruments.

The New England Mandolin Ensemble is dedicated to revitalizing this traditional American format by exploring new directions as well as old. Its members come from diverse musical backgrounds, from jazz and classical to bluegrass and folk music traditions around the world. All are seasoned performers and teachers who are exploring contemporary paths for mandolin, as well as maintaining meaningful connections to tradition.

NEME founder and director August Watters is a mandolinist and professor of ear training at Boston's Berklee College of Music. The New England Mandolin Ensemble features some of today's leading mandolinists, including classical mandolin icon Marilynn Mair (Roger Williams University), multi-stylistic virtuoso Jim Dalton (Boston Conservatory), and mandocello specialist Mitch Nelin.

Personnel:
August Watters: Director, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello
Jim Dalton: mandolin, mandocello
Marilynn Mair: mandolin, mandola, mandocello
Mitch Nelin: mandocello

Selections:
East of Here
Ishi
Nostalgia in Times Square
Ginga do Mane
Minor Swing
Carolan's Cap
Rocky Road to Dublin
Aurora Borealis
Bwambe
Minuette
Sip a Little New
I Remember Clifford
To a Wild Rose

Release date: August, 2007

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