Monday, August 14, 2017

▶ Beginning Sound – Wuhan Kouxian Exhibit | China, August 2017

Wuhan Kouxian Exhibit - YouTube
Published on Aug 14, 2017 by ZaDiscs
The Beginning Sound, an exhibit of kouxian (jews harps) at the Hubei Provincial Museum, with Chen Zhipeng, Wen Li (Inner Mongolia), and Randy Raine-Reusch

Hubei Museum exhibit on performances on jews harps

Fan Ziye, who owns most of the collection, Wen Li, Randy Raine-Reusch

Ma Gougou, An Yuge, Wen Li

Randy Raine-Reusch 

Wen Li in her exhibit

more photos – (Facebook) Beginning Sound - kouxian exhibit in Wuhan | Randy Raine-Reusch

special thanks to Randy Raine-Reusch 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Announcing the dates for the 6th World Mouth Harp Festival of India!

Announcing the dates for the 6th World Mouth Harp Festival of India!– From the 9th to the 11th of FEBRUARY 2018, we will gather together again from around the world to teach, learn, perform, and share at our same beautiful location in Arambol, Goa, India.

The World Mouth Harp Festival of India is a grassroots project conceived with a mission of establishing a platform for Mouth Harp players and musicians of all kinds from countries worldwide to connect, share, teach, and perform. Showcasing the versatility of this instrument through a diversity of musical genres including presentations of both traditional and contemporary styles of playing, together with providing opportunities and inspiration for creative collaborations between musicians, the continuing vision of the World Mouth Harp Festival of India is to establish popular recognition for the Mouth Harp as a contemporary musical instrument in our society today.

Unlike commercial music festivals where artists are booked as entertainment and tickets are sold to the general public to cover necessary expenses, at the conceptual core of the World Mouth Harp Festival of India is a community platform of skill-sharing and personal involvement. Everyone is invited to participate in this project, either by performing, teaching, organizing or simply attending, and each person is a contributor to the spirit of the festival in one way or another. Therefore, general admission to all concerts, workshops and presentations remain free of charge with no tickets for sale and no financial sponsors.

Come, join us on February 9th, 10th & 11th, 2018, for our 5th annual festival in Arambol, Goa!

World Mouth Harp Festival of India (Facebook)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

▶ Erkin Art ~ Эркин Алексеев. "Өбүгэ утума, иэйии ситимэ" & "Эркин Алексеев. Поздравление на хомусе / Erkin Alexeev. Gongrats on the khomus"

a conversation on Facebook regarding the Yakut solstice celebration – "Yhyakh"*
Erkin Art #KhomusWeekly :: #Хомус #jewsharp... - Khomus Weekly Jew's Harp Newsletter • #KhomusWeekly
* includes photos, videos and details thanks to Хомусчут Өндөрөй and Zoya I. Ivanova 

{regarding the structure}: Хомусчут Өндөрөй –
It is Sakha (Yakut) traditional calender, wooden desk with painted spiral, with holes for every day of the year, the tied plug is reentered next hole every morning. Represented as fence with poles and gates for months and seasons, the centre is huge shaman drum which in turn represents moon calender (31 horns round the frame), with worship temple (Urasa) on drum top.
...Besides, this calender also represents Sakha holy tree Al Luk Maas. Every year a big Olonkho Isiakh is being celebrated in another region, and the Tree is being constructed there. Usually it's a wooden carved construction... 
Zoya I. Ivanova could help you with more detailed information about Sakha sacred matter, she even wrote a book exactly on Sakha calender.

Zoya I. Ivanova –

It's not simple to explain in short comment the ancient Faith and the astronomical knowledge of the Sakha people.

Basically, the calendar of the Sakha people, as well as their mythological World Tree - Aal Luuk Mas (the Axis of the World), had the up
per and lower worlds, and in the lower world in the representation of the Sakha people, even the Sun and all his inhabitants moved in the opposite direction. The account of days of the “dark” half of a month, under the decreasing Moon, in an ancient calendar of Sakha was kept in the opposite direction, the same way were estimated months in the “dark” half of a year.
So, necessary to look at the ancient calendar of the Sakha in 3D measurement, instead of in 2D (in flat).

The symbol of the World Tree – Sarga - ritual pole and the hitching post for the horse. 

Sarga that included in the ancient Sakha's calendar used in the ancient time as astronomical instrument - a sundial (gnomons). 
There are the proofs that the ancient northern people invented cosmic clock and a calendar many millennia ago.
It was developed by northern shepherds habitually used the circumpolar stars, seen every night rotating round the North Pole, as the night clock. They serve as the night timer for them until now. 
Ancestors of the Sakha people lived naturally and constantly feeling "the starry sky above their head and the moral law within them” (Immanuel Kant). It is possible to understand the scale of feelings of the person who has the live moving stellar sky as a dial of the hours. In such conditions, the relationship with the eternity, with the life and death, with ancestors and with moral purity had to be clear and daily. 
The stellar sky served the northern people as a clock, a compass and a calendar. 

Natural long observation of the shining stars in the dense darkness of the cold sky, at the annual rotation of the Big Dipper around a fixed Pole Star had to reproduce a swastika form in consciousness of ancient ancestors of people.
As far back as 1901, Zelia Nuttall recognized the role of the Big Dipper in the whirling logs or swastika design so common in American Indian artifacts. The review of her article “The Fundamental Principles of New and Old World Civilizations” from the Archaeological and Ethnological Papers of the Peabody Museum of Harvard University, notes that Ms. Nuttall suggested that the swastika symbol was “believed to have originated in the revolution of the stars of Ursa Major about Polaris….”. A swastika which often meets in design of historical artifacts of American Indians, it is the image of the Big Dipper in its movement, round the Pole Star, within all four seasons of the year. The Big Dipper, according to the ancient Mississippians, is part of a great Astronomical Bird - birds, a snake and an elk, who met together in spinning round the Portal of Heavens, round the Creation Cave. 

As we see, the Sakha people related with the American Native people not only genetically, but also with this universal symbol of infinity and the movement of space, a force and an creation, a fertility and a creative potentiality. The word 'swastika' in translation from a Sanskrit means 'wellbeing’.
The symbol of a swastika is known from time immemorial and in cultures of many people means the Absolute. Other symbol of the Absolute is the World tree - our native Sarga - Aal Luuk Mas or the Axis of the World. 

You can find more in my book here:
"Sakha’s Sarga, Totem Pole and Stone Age Megaliths are from ‘One Family’: The Life of the Yakut (Sakha) Family ...Stories of Great-Grandmother"

or here


Sakha Culture / Yakutia @ #KhomusWeekly - YouTube PLAYLIST

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

▶ Instructional videos playlist | UUTai series & more

instruction playlist at #KhomusWeekly Youtube channel

this playlist currently includes the first 6 videos of Olena Podluzhnaya's instructional series, as well as 5 videos by Varvara Stepanovas. these are all of the Yakut style of play. this list will grow and include others as well! -- for now, at the end, the only other video is by Bebbcorp Harpery.