Herman Vandecauter and ukulele enlightenment

For some time now, Herman Vandecauter has been giving the world an education in the possibilities of various stringed instruments, including the ukulele.  Here’s his latest entry on soundcloud, an original composition called “Instantanea.”  About three months ago, he posted this piece there, a suite that Johann Joseph Vilsmeyer wrote in 1715 for violin, which Herman arranged for tenor ukulele.  Herman is the perfect artist for soundcloud; the wave forms emphasize the care with which he articulates each note of each piece, at the same time they illustrate the flow of the melody.

He also is a mighty presence on YouTube.  In this video, he plays his composition “The Russel Falls”:

Herman maintains several ukulele-oriented sites.  There’s Ukulele News, an English-language blog with reports on our favorite instrument.  And Ukulele Belgium, which is similar but partly in Flemish.  He’s on Twitter, and Tumblr, and a couple of years ago he posted some interesting photos on Flickr.  His classical guitar site is worth checking regularly, as well.  So he’s quite a busy gent.

Herman Vandecauter is at it again

Another lovely piece of Baroque ukulele from fotb Herman Vandecauter.

Herman Vandecauter, “Meusette d’Argenteau”

Here’s one of our favorite ukulelists, Herman Vandecauter:

Ukulele Video of the Year 2009

At his great blog Ukulele Hunt, FotB Al Wood is running a contest for Ukulele Video of the Year 2009.  Today he posted the ten finalists:

Ukulollo – Ravel’s Bolero
Ukulelezo – Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
uke3453 – ma-i-na-ku-ma-na
U900 – Diamond Head
tUnE-YaRdS – Hatari
Dent May – Love Song 2009
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me
John King and James Hill – Larry O’Gaff
Todd Baio (doogey9) – I’m a Uke-aholic
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap Hop History

I posted my five nominees earlier.  None of the videos I nominated made the cut (>sniff<) though I did nominate Ukulelezo for a different performance.   Here are a few that didn’t make either list, but that I hope aren’t forgotten:

The Bobby McGees, We Never Sleep/ Go, Tiger, Go!  If you were to quantify the amount of joy this video expresses and divide it by the resources that went into making it, you’d probably find it was the most economical thing posted on YouTube all year.   

Rocky and Balls, I Heart You Online.  Also very joyous, and sweet. 

Herman Vandecauter, The Nightingale.  Shows that the ukulele and the lute have a lot in common. 

Arborea, Beirut.  A haunting little tune.  I’m big on “haunting.” 

U900, Walk Don’t Run