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Offline nicolas olmos

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Mendes Harmonica Trio
« on: August 20, 2011, 12:45:41 AM »

Last  June,  Youtube   has  included  more videos of the famous  portuguese armonicists
                     MENDES HARMONIca   TRIO
They play Mozart and  Beethoven  music

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011, 03:27:38 AM »
They play Mozart and  Beethoven  music

And this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FeRLhua_0E

Anyone know what key the pen is in?

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011, 08:23:36 PM »
I really like their "Stars and Stripes"  although there is a phantom player on the piccolo part in the last section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WkoGEVxiyw

Interesting techniques from the bassist.

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 05:10:05 AM »
I really like their "Stars and Stripes"  although there is a phantom player on the piccolo part in the last section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WkoGEVxiyw

Interesting techniques from the bassist.

Bill

Wow, Bill! That was great! So many nice things in that performance, including a chromatic that sounded like a piccolo for a while. It's so complex (I think so, anyway) that it seemed out of synch in some places. I'll have to watch it again.

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 06:25:33 AM »
I think I know why it looks out of synch in a few places: because they spliced in those (great) closeups from other parts of the song.

But again, it's a super performance.

Barry

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2011, 10:15:14 AM »
I think I know why it looks out of synch in a few places: because they spliced in those (great) closeups from other parts of the song.

But again, it's a super performance.

Barry

I'm not so sure that it's spliced.  I know that bass part fairly well and the lady is spot on the difficult parts when they show the closeups.  At one point you can catch sight of the second cameraman in the background.  What is not shown is that there is a second (unseen) chromatic player, OR the part is dubbed in with the rest of them to make it a quartet minus one live body. ;)

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2011, 03:48:25 PM »
Interesting, Bill.

Why would they do that? I mean, aren't they good enough without another player?

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2011, 04:09:42 PM »
Well, in the last section of Stars and Stripes you need two chromatics.  One plays the melody and the other plays the piccolo part.  It's not possible to play both parts on one chromatic.

Technically, the last time through the last section you need a third chromatic for the trombones, but I've never heard anyone do it that way on harmonica.

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 07:09:28 AM »
Thanks for the info, Bill.

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 06:15:33 AM »
Well, in the last section of Stars and Stripes you need two chromatics.  One plays the melody and the other plays the piccolo part.  It's not possible to play both parts on one Chromatic.

Technically, the last time through the last section you need a third Chromatic for the trombones, but I've never heard anyone do it that way on harmonica.

Bill
Yes, clear to hear. However they do it, it sounds very convincing.

Does anybody know more about this musicians? Such experienced players, but there are very few information to find about them (neither recordings except of Youtube).

Greetings
Dieter

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Re: Mendes Harmonica Trio
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2013, 09:19:15 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=C4nDeYTTQt4&NR=1

I just discovered them today.  What a beautiful sound.  I wonder if they are still performing.  As the earlier post says, there does not seem to be much information about them on the web.
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 03:17:01 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=C4nDeYTTQt4&NR=1

I just discovered them today.  What a beautiful sound.  I wonder if they are still performing.  As the earlier post says, there does not seem to be much information about them on the web.

Yes indeed. And I like their "bookend look."
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2013, 08:21:35 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CTA8-mFAqI

I never thought the bass harmonica could sound so good.  Or look so good either.   :)
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