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Mandolin Mondays #227 w/ Special Guest Oskar Reuter

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Swedish mandolinist Oskar Reuter stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play some original Swedish folk music on his lovely Vaña F5 Master Model built by Miroslav Vana in 2012.



Oskar Reuter is a prolific musician and educator based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His main focus musically is Nordic traditional and contemporary music, and can be found playing guitar, cittern, nyckelharpa, in addition to the mandolin.

Over the years, Oskar has played different instruments in numerous Swedish folk bands. Most recently he's been playing nyckelharpa in a duo called Oskar & Jonathan. Last year they released a beautiful self titled album. Definitely worth a good listen: https://open.spotify.com/album/6BJGx4tpWzeOwE9o7Y8Ohb

Here's a word from Oskar about the composition and mandolin in this video, "The tune is called 'Arpeggiopolskan' and I wrote it a couple of years ago when I needed a tune to practice arpeggios in 3/4 and not in 4/4 meter. I play on a Vaña F5 Master Model and I love it! Its a wonderful F-style mandolin built by Czech master luthier Miroslav Vaña. The mandolin has a Adirondack (red spruce) top and American red maple back and sides.
It's one of the best mandolins I've ever played and I recommend all of you to check out Vaña instruments." http://www.vanamandolins.com/

Be sure to connect with Oskar at the following links below for more information about his music:

https://oskarreuter.com/
https://www.instagram.com/oskarreutermusic/
https://www.facebook.com/oskarreutermusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR5...mbTRdb9wtq4HQ/

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Nicely played, Oskar. Great tone and touch. Check out that left hand work position next to the fingerboard, folks. That's how it's supposed to be done.
  2. Joe Dodson's Avatar
    Beautifully played. I'd like to learn more about nordic/N. European traditional music. Love the wallpaper.
  3. EvanElk's Avatar
    Nice piece, well played
  4. Joe Bartl's Avatar
    A good piece, well played, of course. Thanks. I'm curious about the sound: impressive tone and sustain, how much of this is due to electronic pickup vs. mandolin acoustics? If I put a pickup on one of my mandos, would I be surprised by tone and sustain?

    Joe
  5. Clement Barrera-Ng's Avatar
    Excellent video. Also super excited to find another nyckelharpa player to listen to. The 'Panna mot Panna' album is just fantastic.
    Updated May-11-2020 at 9:01pm by Clement Barrera-Ng
  6. Jan Skovajsa's Avatar
    Oskar, thank you for the beautiful piece of music.

    I really love music of Oskar's trio called Indiefolktrion.
    They say about themselves that they play original energetic, melodic and playful music with elements of traditional Swedish music, improvisation, baroque and pop.
    The trio consist of Oskar on the mandolin, Erik Dahl on the piano and Viktor Turegård on Double Bass.
    They recorded an album called 'Indiefolk' a few years ago.
    By the way Oskar plays this particular 2012 Váňa F5 Master Mandolin on the album.



    You can find two more tracks from the album here:
    https://soundcloud.com/erik-dahl/sets/indiefolktrion

    If you want to listen to this whole beautiful CD, you can find it here:
    SVALKA RECORDS https://svalkarecords.com/produkt/indiefolk-cd/
    SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2i...gHJJvA5mQd6Itk
    APPLE MUSIC https://music.apple.com/us/artist/in...rion/976971453
    AMAZON MUSIC https://music.amazon.com/search/indiefolktrion

    Enjoy listening :-)
    Updated May-11-2020 at 7:55pm by Jan Skovajsa
  7. Jan Skovajsa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Bartl
    A good piece, well played, of course. Thanks. I'm curious about the sound: impressive tone and sustain, how much of this is due to electronic pickup vs. mandolin acoustics? If I put a pickup on one of my mandos, would I be surprised by tone and sustain?

    Joe
    As I remember the tonal qualities of this mandolin when I tried in in person I'm quite sure this is natural acoustic tone of the instrument (that there is no pickup or any sort of sustainer used on the recording). Am I right, Oskar? Would you please share with us what equipment did you use to record it? Thank you!
    Updated May-11-2020 at 7:56pm by Jan Skovajsa
  8. darylcrisp's Avatar
    well, that was pretty spectacular. the player and mandolin sounded great together. as noted, that left hand movement is to aspire to.

    thank you Oskar
    d
  9. Alfons's Avatar
    Well, I wish I could pop out a tune that beautiful whenever I need to practice something!
    Great tone, great chops, and a fine piece.
  10. Bert Deivert's Avatar
    Nice Oskar! Cheers from Kallsta'!
  11. Jan Skovajsa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Bartl
    A good piece, well played, of course. Thanks. I'm curious about the sound: impressive tone and sustain, how much of this is due to electronic pickup vs. mandolin acoustics? If I put a pickup on one of my mandos, would I be surprised by tone and sustain?

    Joe
    I received a few messages from the people who were confused so I will write it also here to make this clear: this IS the natural tone of this mandolin. It's confirmed! Powerful, concrete and rich with plenty of natural sustain. NO pickup was used.