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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

▶ SEBASTIAN. An animated film by Vlad Marsavin

sorry can't embed this one --- its worth a look!

▶ La Ruta del Trompe, 4ta Temporada - 2017 playlist


La Ruta del Trompe, 4ta Temporada

La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - NAMASTÉ (subtitles, untertitel, sous-titres, उपशीर्षकहरू)
La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - ATENTO AL LUBU (subtitles, 字幕)
La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - FUKUNAWA (subtitles, 字幕)
La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - SE FORJA (subtitles, Субтитры)
La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - UNA TEORÍA (subtitles, 字幕, Субтитры)
La Ruta del Trompe 2017 - VERANO EN SIBERIA (subtitles, cубтитры)

(so far)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

▶ vargan B M T

vargan B M T - YouTube
Published on Jun 6, 2017 by 69afin
1 Якутский хомус Тарабукина; 2 Байкал Венгерский дормб Силади ; 3 Якутский хомус Мальцева.

added to playlist "#KhomusWeekly 02"

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Norwegian Munnharpe Festival :: 15-17 September | Norsk Munnharpeforum

Munnharpefestivalen 2017

blir på Nesbyen, Hallingdal frå 15. til 17. september.

Set av denne helga nå! Vi kjem med meir informasjon etter kvart.

Norwegian Munnharpe Festival, 2016

The Norwegian Munnharpe Festival has been organised every September since 1995. Most often the 3rd weekend of the month. The location varies – we try to get local groups / musicians / bands / voluntary organisations help us organize things (usually full board). This means that the Norwegian Jew's Harp Forum is free to concentrate on putting together concerts and workshops. We teach the munnharpe at all levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced, and 'master class.' We focus on traditional Norwegian melody playing, but sometimes we also teach rhytmic/percussive munnharpe as well. Then there can be shorter workshops on «tunes from the British Isles» or «multiple Maultrommeln» (playing on two or more harps – Alpenraum style). Often there are talks on «all things munnharpesque» (expression coined by the late John Wright)

Then there are the concerts: Friday night focus is on the music tradition of the local area; Saturday night is on all/any munnharpe traditions we can muster – England, Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Norway, etc. After the concerts there are the jams, beer, and informal get together.

On Saturday there is also the annual general meeting, annual report, accounting, budget and action plan.

This year's festival will be in a very small town, Nesbyen, which is on the Oslo-Bergen railway line.
– the above thanks to Bernhard Folkestad

Den norske Munnharpefestivalen 2017

blir på Smedsgården Hotell, Nesbyen, Hallingdal frå 15. til 17. september.

Last ned programmet her.

På kurset med Sigbjørn Solbakken i hallingspel blir låtane Fru Stenersen og Trulseguten brukt. Du kan laste de ned eller høyre på dei ved å klikke på linken.

Studentar og medlemer:              NOK 500
Ikkje medlemer:                          NOK 700

Rabattert pris ved betaling før 1. september til konto 2320 15 35565:
Studentar og medlemer:              NOK 450
Ikkje medlemer:                          NOK 600

Påmelding til kasserar Sigbjørn Solbakken, epost: eller SMS: (+47) 48232746.

Dei som melder seg inn i Norsk Munnharpeforum når dei kjem, betaler som vanlege medlemer. Dei betaler NOK 300 for medlemskap for resten  av 2017 og heile 2018. Som alle andre som melder seg inn gjennom året, får dei alle nummer av medlemsbladet «Munnharpa» frå 2017 som bonus.

Overnatting på Smedsgården Hotell:

Pris pr. person i dobbeltrom:  NOK 1525
Pris pr. person i enkeltrom:    NOK 1825

Pris inkluderer middag fredag kveld - frukost, lunsj og middag laurdag - frukost og lunsj sundag.

Det finns også 2 rom har 4 senger, 2 leilegheiter med 5 senger, og ei hytte med 4 senger.
Bestilling (vis til avtale med Norsk Munnharpeforum):
Tlf.      (+47) 32068125
Mobil. (+47) 90991610

LINK: Norsk Munnharpeforum

see also: #KhomusWeekly Jew's Harp Newsletter: Fotos: Musikkhelg og Smikurs 2016 | Dates for 2017 | Norsk Munnharpeforum

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How the jaw harp became a commodity in Great Britain and Ireland: Michael Wright’s book about the jaw harp | The DAN MOI Jaw Harp Blog ♫

How the jaw harp became a commodity in Great Britain and Ireland: Michael Wright’s book about the jaw harp

“The Scottish and Irish integrated the jaw harp into their music culture, the English did not,” writes Michael Wright in his book about jaw harps in Great Britain and Ireland, which was published in 2015. Even though the English didn’t play the jaw harp that very often, since the 18th century at the latest England was one of the largest jaw harp manufacturers and exporters. In his detailed book about the British and the Irish “jews-harp” the jaw harp expert Michael Wright contributes important information about the economic and cultural history of the widespread instrument. On what trade routes did the jaw harp get to England and who bought it? Why became Birmingham the center of jaw harp manufacturing? Who built the instruments? Why is the jaw harp in English called jews-harp? The book is recommended for jaw harp lovers and beginners, but also for experts. It provides the basics of the instrument, uncovers several correlations in the European history of the jaw harp and invites to look into the numerous references from archives about the culture of the instrument and its depiction in the fine arts, architecture and press.

more :: how-the-jaw-harp-became-a-commodity-in-great-britain-and-ireland-michael-wrights-book-about-the-jaw-harp/

The DAN MOI Jaw Harp Blog ♫

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ancient Trance Festival :: 11 -13 AUGUST in Germany

And we're looking forward to see you in Taucha/Leipzig/Germany from August 11th to 13th 2017.

Ancient Trance -
ist ein Austausch von Musik-Kulturen. (English below)*
Die Maultrommel als eines der ältesten Instrumente der Menschheit wird mit ihrem Klang zum Mittler zwischen den unterschiedlichsten Stilen einer jungen, internationalen Musikszene.

Auf den Spuren der Schamanen verbinden sich verschiedenste traditionelle Sounds – und führen über die alten ethnischen Wurzeln zu sehr moderner ekstatischer Weltenmusik.

* (google translate): Is an exchange of music cultures.
The Maultrommel is one of the oldest instruments of mankind with its sound as a mediator between the most diverse styles of a young, international music scene.
In the footsteps of the shamans, a variety of traditional sounds are combined - and lead to very modern ecstatic world music through the old ethnic roots.

Ancient Trance Festival - Facebook

Ancient Trance Festival 2017 (Facebook event page)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fotos: Musikkhelg og Smikurs 2016 | Dates for 2017 | Norsk Munnharpeforum

20. – 22. mai på Gjøvik

Instruktørar på smikurset var Stein Terje Mathisen, Sven Håkon Jørgensen og Alexander Sørnes.

Konsert med Grove Horn

Munnharpefestivalen 2017

blir på Nesbyen, Hallingdal frå 15. til 17. september.

Set av denne helga nå! Vi kjem med meir informasjon etter kvart.

The Munnharpe Festival 2016
Text and photos: Mona Ottesen*

In 2016 Bykle in Setesdal was the scene of Norwegian Munnharpe Forum's (NMF) annual mouth harp festival. The location changes from year to year, and so do the participants, although of course there are many regulars. It's in the bylaws that the festival should not be in the same place every year. In this way, perhaps more people have the opportunity to join, and some may even have slightly shorter distances to commute. For some people that does not really matter: those who have travelled farthest come from England and Russia.

As in previous years the programme this year was packed with exciting music from capable artists, new and emerging stars, workshops led by experienced munnharpe players, pleasant company and swapping of both tunes and mouth harps.

The weekend started on Friday with pleasant company and a good bite at Bykle Hotel. After dinner festival continued one floor up, where both festival goers and locals enjoyed a meeting with Kirsten Braten Berg, her daughter Sigrid Berg and munnharpe virtuoso Sigurd Brokke. It is not unusual that such tunes resound in the walls because Setesdal Spelemannslag often organize folk music pubs in the hotel. They were also the co-organizer of this concert.

The next act was Olkhon Gate Duo, consisting of Irina Bogatyryova and Vladimir Markov; they had a very nice performance. Coming from Moscow and Irkutsk they had travelled the farthest of all festival participants. They live so far apart in Russia that the time difference between them is five hours. After the concert volunteers played to dances on both munnharpe and fiddle, and many had the chance to enjoy a good fling on the dance floor.

Saturday started with a good breakfast, and music courses continued towards lunchtime. Then we got a great lecture on setesdal music by Gunnar Stubseid and Hallvard T. Bjørgum. Afterwards there was a short stroll to the museum Lislestog where the Handicrafts team had an exhibition and Folke Nesland demonstrated munnharpe forging. Some used the opportunity to play a melody in the great outdoors, and tunes and harps were also swapped here. Some had even a brief tour of the venerable old Bykle church across the road.

The courses continued until five, when the annual meeting in Munnharpe Forum took place. After a good dinner in the evening it was time for another concert, and highlights came in a row, including Sigurd Brokke, Sudan Dudan and Erik Røine. The latter was also appointed Honorary Member of Norsk Munnharpeforum. The evening concluded as always at the festival, with volunteer concert and open mic, then late night jamming for those who still had something to give.

– translation kindly provided by Bernhard Folkestad

Norsk Munnharpeforum

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

▶ Оҕо өй-санаа, ис турук өттүнэн сайдарыгар тугу билиэххэ нааданый. Сандал саас (21.04.2017)

start at 12m58s

IX International Jew’s Harp Festival and Congress | 15-19 FEB, MOSCOW

IX International Jew’s Harp Festival and Congress - FACEBOOK
The official page of the IX International Jew’s Harp Festival and Congress (IX IJHF). 15-19 February 2018, Russia, Moscow.

Общие положения IX Международного фестиваля-конгресса варгана: даты проведения, учредители, оргкомитет, основные направления работы и прочая информация общего характера.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

22nd North American Jew's Harp Festival; 10-12 August; Cottage Grove, OR

The North American Jaw Harpists are proud to host the 22nd North American Jew's Harp Festival! All are welcome to join the FREE festivities! We will have a "meet and greet" at the Axe and Fiddle (next door to the Armory) on Thursday the 10th of August, followed by workshops and concert performances on the 11th and 12th! 

*** We are currently seeking jaw harp performers and workshop instructors. Please feel free to contact any of us with inquiries :)

22nd North American Jew's Harp Festival (Facebook event page)

The North American Jaw Harpists on Facebook (under construction)

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