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...
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...
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.
Videographed by Zebugh Abdul Jabar II
Video edit by Fiona Callaghan