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The Modern Mandolin Quartet

This ensemble was formed within the mid-’80s because the brainchild of Mike Marshall, an internationally acclaimed mandolin player most widely known for his use David Grisman and Montreux. Marshall wanted ways to provide respectability to a musical instrument mainly known for bluegrass and quaint folk music. Toward this end, he founded a string-quartet-style group offering the extended category of mandolin tools. Marshall and Dana Rath play regular mandolins (which replace violins), John Imholz takes on mandocello (with a variety like the cello), and Paul Binkley stands up the center along with his mandola (the alto counterpart towards the viola). Collectively they interpret well-known traditional functions and premiere recently commissioned compositions of “significant mandolin music.”

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