Tuesday, March 21, 2017

▶ Svein Westad (Eng) - Documentary



Svein Westad (Eng) - YouTube
Published on Mar 13, 2017 by 
jewsharper 
"Svein Westad" a video by Vladimir Markov about famous Norwegian munngarpe player.
www.varganist.ru


Fundamentals of Vargan: A Manual of Jew's Harp Techniques by Aksenty Beskrovny




ENGLISH EDITION OF FUNDAMENTALS OF VARGAN
Hello, friends! Recently I've started a crowdfunding project to publish Fundamentals of Vargan: A Manual of Jew's Harp Techniques, on which I've been working for several years. With support of Danmoi.com, the major partner of the English edition, and Michael Steinbach and Petr Jasinčuk, who inspired me to do this project, the English version of Fundamentals of Vargan will be prepared at the same time as the Russian version.

The project is being implemented in the Russian crowdfunding platform, so I prepared a separate page with English description of the project. Follow this link to find all information about the book, and couple of videos from my colleagues: www.aksenty.ru/en

To make a good and high quality translation of my materials into English is my long-cherished dream. So I would be very grateful to anyone who will take part in the development of the project, or will help draw attention to it.

P.S. Also many thanks to Dale Cooper and Deirdre Morgan for translating project description into English.


Fundamentals of Vargan: A Manual of Jew's Harp Techniques by Aksenty Beskrovny


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vargan, Khomus, and Kubyz – the Russian jaw harp landscape is in motion / The DAN MOI Jaw Harp Blog ♫ • ARTICLE with VIDEOS

Vargan, Khomus, and Kubyz – the Russian jaw harp landscape is in motion

Russia is a country with a handful of jaw harp traditions: in Sakha/Yakutia, in the Altai, and in Tuva the Khomus (or Komus) is played; in Bashkortostan the Kubyz is known, and in Western Russia and in the big cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg one can hear the name Vargan. The different terms already indicate diverse cultural links of the instrument. Since the 2000s more and more people remember these instruments again after the mouth harps had been forgotten for many decades. Now several hundreds of people in Russia are extensively engaged with this instrument, and it might be thousands who at least once held a Vargan, Khomus, or Kubyz in their hand. Furthermore there are many mouth harp artisans who produce excellent instruments. These are reasons enough to have a more intensive look at the Russian scene..

READ: Vargan, Khomus, and Kubyz – the Russian jaw harp landscape is in motion / The DAN MOI Jaw Harp Blog ♫ (VIDEOS)


Monday, February 13, 2017

slideshow ▶ Karinding from West Java to California

Karinding from West Java to California - YouTube
Published on Feb 8, 2017

soundtrack: just a practice session, rain (Robert Cherwink​, at about 6 weeks of playing karinding)

photos: RC with his new karinding; Billal Al Shabill​ in West Java (collecting bamboo for celempung, shipping the instruments); RC received the instruments in California – photos of bamboo instruments from West Java with some other instruments of his collection; Billal al Sabill's new son (congratulations!); and Billal Al Shabill with Karinding Mawar. thanks to Anya​ for portrait photos!

for more info see: "New Karinding – from West Java to California!" on the #KhomusWeekly blog at http://khomusweekly.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-karinding-from-west-java-to.html
a little photo shoot with some of my instruments today – especially to acknowledge the addition of my new bamboo instruments from Billal Al Shabill ...

see also –

• Video – first time for Anya to play #celempung, and i finally figured out how to make the #karinding work better! – just in the moment :)
https://youtu.be/ihFstcGYO9Y


update on medical situation and publishing schedule

i am still having some serious physical difficulties. publication of this newsletter is sporadic at this point, and the new issue is small. i will try to add some more content over the next few days. 


  • please visit the #KhomusWeekly Youtube channel for lots of viewing! 

    previous: quick update on my medical situation: i met with my surgeon and he wants to try a course of epidural injections for my neck rather that perform surgery at this point. hopefully this will help to relieve the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders which have literally pulled my shoulder out of place. i have been having some serious difficulty with my right arm, and have not been able or had the energy to spend nearly as much online as i used to
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

РавВаст и Варган - новое знакомство. RavVast & Jawharp - new friends. - YouTube



РавВаст и Варган - новое знакомство. RavVast & Jawharp - new friends. - YouTube

Published on Jan 27, 2017 by 
Olga Podluzhnaya Uutai 
Александр Карнавалов (рав васт) и Ольга Подлужная (варган-хомус и вокал) импровизируют в потоке... Improvisation by Karnash (rav vast) and Uutai (jawharp & vюcal).*

(google translate): Alexander carnivals (equal vastu) and Olga Podluzhnaya (harp-jews harp and vocals) improvise in the stream ... Improvisation by Karnash (rav vast) and Uutai (jawharp & vocal).


Monday, January 16, 2017

The 5th World Mouth Harp Festival of India; Goa, India; February 3 - 5, 2017

 RESCHEDULED for February 10–12



February 3 – February 5, 2017

Jungle Dance Theatre
Bat Wadi Road /Temple Road, 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 3rd, 4th & 5th 2017, for our 5th annual festival in Arambol, Goa!



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