Monday, April 17, 2017

John Wright - The Frost is all over by Le Rêve de l'Aborigène on SoundCloud

John Wright - The Frost is all over by Le Rêve de l'Aborigène | Free Listening on SoundCloud

John Wright is one of the acknowledged world masters of the instrument most commonly known as a Jew's harp. The small metal or wood instrument… [] …has variations throughout the world, and much of Wright's career since establishing himself has been spent not only studying these instruments, but collaborating with various international players. Wright did not become interested in his native folk music until attending the College of Art in Wolverhampton. At first he tried singing, but became interested in the Jew's harp after hearing BBC archive broadcasts of earlier players such as Angus Lawrie and Patric Devane. Eventually he would make the acquaintance of Lawrie, who would teach him quite a few tricks on the instrument... 

John Wright obituary

18 Sept. 2013 | The Guardian
My brother John Wright, who has died aged 74, was recognised as one of the world's finest virtuosos on that most underrated of musical instruments, the jew's harp (or jaw harp, though John never liked that name). An internationally admired musician, and a great shanty singer and fiddle player, he also played a key role in the reconstruction of working medieval musical instruments.
John was born in Leicester to Len, a butcher, and his wife, Millie. After attending Wyggeston Grammar school for boys, he went on to Wolverhampton College of Art and had a brief career in teaching before becoming a professional musician. In the 1960s he began a lifelong passion for the jew's harp and tracked down early recordings of the instrument at Cecil Sharp House, London, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, seeking out traditional players in the British Isles...

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Monday, April 10, 2017

▶ The Adventuress talks about Karinding | Karinding Sadulur

"The Adventuress" (Fiona Callaghan), with Karinding Sakulur

The Adventuress talks about Karinding - YouTube
Published on Apr 10, 2017 by Fiona Callaghan
This is my journey about studying more about the Sundanese culture especially about Karinding and the group of people called Karinding Sadulur who preserves the Sundanese culture and promote karinding.

Location: #Tasikmalaya
Videographed by Zebugh Abdul Jabar II
Video edit by Fiona Callaghan
#vog #theadventuress #fionacallaghan #karinding #karindingsadulur

Thursday, March 30, 2017

▶ Khomus player Fiodorova Natalia - YouTube

Khomus player Fiodorova Natalia - YouTube
Uploaded on Jul 18, 2009 by jewsharper
Fiodorova Natalia is nominated as "charming sounds khomus player" on competition "Khomus Kuo" in Jakutsk in 2009.
Федорова Наталья номинирована как "хомусист чарующих звуков" на конкурсе «Хомус Куо 2009» в Якутске.

▶ Udagan | Saydyy Kuo Fedorova

Udagan is an international ethnographic music fusion group. Udagan in it’s native language translates to ‘She-Shaman’. The music of Udagan as an entity captures the rich shamanistic universe of the far North inside a musical universe spanning tens of thousands of miles and reaching back millenia, into places existing on the edges of understanding.

The core of Udagan is Saydyy Kuo Fedorova from the North Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Oscar South, a contemporary performer and music creator in the UK.Saydyy Kuo is a specialist of the unique Sakha instrument ‘Khomus’ as well as a master of diverse Sakha vocal styles. She has brought these elements together and forged them into a precise vision, making an international impact through her performance which captures not just the essence of it’s origin, but also the imagination of it’s audience.
more: Udagan - UNIVERSE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

▶ Svein Westad (Eng) - Documentary

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

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

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, 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:

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
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 :)

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!

(Facebook) The 5th World Mouth Harp Festival of India

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Pirigan (Nada) Kawung Saeran & Karinding Kawung Saeran - Edoy Ngalagena of Karinding Sadulur

Pirigan (Nada) Kawung Saeran - Edoy Ngalagena Karinding Sadulur - YouTube
Published on Jan 6, 2017
Pirigan (Nada) Kawung Saeran - Edoy Ngalagena Karinding Sadulur
Nada dasar dari cara memainkan Karinding dari bahan bambu dan Kawung Saeran/Pelepah aren khusus. Empat pirigan (Nada dasar) dari karinding yang dipelajari dan dikembangkan di Karinding Sadulur dan Lingkar Sekar (Lingkung Karya Seni Karinding) Tasikmalaya. *
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* (google translate) The basic tone of the play karinding of bamboo and Kawung surprising / special palm fronds. Four pirigan (basic tone) from [] who studied and developed in the Karinding Sadulur and Lingkar Sekar (Lingkung Art Karinding) Tasikmalaya. *

Karinding Kawung Saeran - Edoy Ngalagena dari Karinding Sadulur (English below **)
Interpretasi dari ragam jenis Karinding yang kini populer atau dikenal dengan bahan bambu. Dengan mengikuti sumber sejarahnya Edoy Ngalagena mencoba memperkenalkan Karinding yang terbuat dari bahan Pelepah Aren/Kawung (Palm Midrib) Kawung Saeran, bukan Kawung/pohon aren yang biasa diambil sarinya untuk dijadikan bahan pembuatan gula aren. Tetapi jenis pohon Kawung yang tumbuh secara liar dan cukup langka adanya. Sesuai dengan tekhnik cara pemilahan bahan dan cara pembuatannya juga berdasarkan pada sejarah Karinding yang turun-temurun yang berasal dari tanah sunda daerah Ciampanan-Cineam Kabupaten Tasikmalaya. Hasil dari penelusuran dan sumber sejarah karinding tersebut Edoy Ngalagena tidak hanya membuat karinding dari bahan bambu tetapi ia kini mencoba mengembangkan Karinding yang dibuat dari bahan pelepah aren saeran yang sekarang sudah dimiliki oleh para komunitas karinding lain disekitar daerahnya dan diluar daerah Jawa Barat hingga ke Kyoto-Jepang. Dari bentuknya yang terbilang unik karena dari struktur jarum getar karindingnya lebih jari satu, yang pada umumnya hanya satu. Tentunya dengan khusus dari cara pembuatannya pun tidak membedakan nada atau suara yang dihasilkan sama dengan jenis karinding lainnya dan bisa pula diatur hasil nadanya sesuai kebutuhan untuk disesuaikan dengan tangga nada lagu yang dimainkan.
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** (google translate) Karinding Kawung wonder - Edoy Ngalagena of Karinding Sadulur  –
Interpretation of the various types of attack are now known or popular with bamboo. By following the history Edoy Ngalagena try to introduce immoral made of palm fronds / Ci (palm midrib) Kawung surprisingly, not Ci / palm tree that used to be taken for the juice of sugar manufacture. But Kawung tree species that grow in the wild and there is quite rare. In accordance with the techniques of how to separate the material and also how to make it based on the history of the attack hereditary from tone-area Ciampanan Cineam Tasikmalaya. The results of the search and the historical karinding that Edoy Ngalagena not only made of bamboo karinding but he is now trying to develop the attack made from palm fronds of wonder that is now owned by the community karinding and other regions around the outside of the West to the Kyoto- Japan. Of shape is unique because of the structure of the vibrating needle karindingnya over one finger, which is generally only one. Of course, with a special way of making even not distinguish tone or sound that is produced by the same type of karinding an


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