Monday, June 18, 2018

Festival of Nomadic Culture | 22 to 24 of June | Astana, Kazakhstan

The Spirit of Tengri project together with The Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan within celebration of the 20th anniversary of Astana
the Festival of Nomadic Culture
Nomad Way
From 22 to 24 of June 
The Amphotheatre on the embankment of the River Esil

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

new release: Cätlin Mägi's "Mu pill parmupill"

Cätlin Mägi's new album is out!

Minu kaua tehtud kallike "Mu pill parmupill" nüüd iTunes'is ja Spotify's!
My new CD: My Harp- My Heart is available on iTunes and Spotify!!!
Attention, attention!
My Long-made sweetheart "my pill p love pill" now on Itunes and Spotify!
My new CD: My Harp- My Heart is available on iTunes and Spotify!!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Who is Olena Uutai? Britain’s Got Talent 2018 semi-finalist and Russian professional throat singer

When Simon Cowell asked her why she made the long trip to England for the show she replied "I want to share my culture with the rest of the world…"
OLENA Uutai is through to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent - but she might already have won the prize for most unique act.

"Olena Uutai's audition on Britain's Got Talent was aired on May 12, 2018…
"She then performed her throat singing routine in which she played the jaw harp (khombus) and made whinnying horse noise…"

…At first the judges seemed bemused by her act but by the end they were amazed and Alesha Dixon said: “I absolutely love you, you’re other worldly, you’re like a stallion goddess!”
Olena made it through to the next round and will perform in the live semi-finals. 
more: Who is Olena Uutai? Britain’s Got Talent 2018 semi-finalist and Russian professional throat singer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

names of khomus, vargan, jews harp …

#khomus :: it has many names and forms! For over 1,100 names, see


Netherlands: mondharp, mondharpje, mondtrom, mondtrom­mel,  muyl­tromp, mond­­tromp, mondtrompje, moel­­tromp­, moeltrompje, muiltromp, muil­trom­pje, troemp; Jeudy tromp and Joodse harp [last two are litteral translations of the word Jew’s harp], trompen [= to play on the Jew’s harp] jeugd­tromp [= youngster-Jew’s harp], snorre­ding[etje] [= roaring thing], bromijzer [= droning iron; translation from the German word Brummeisen], Oink-beest [= a beast that just says ‘oink’, a metap­hor from a Dutch fairy-tale by Nie­man/Zuider­veld, 1972], Gedach­ten­ver­drijver [= thoughts dispeller, metaphor used by Phons Bakx. 1992; is a translation into the Dutch by the archæologist Jaap Ypey (1917-1986) from the Italian word scacciapen­sie­ri, p. 215/1976 ]; Zorgenverjager [= dispeller of worries / also by Jaap Ypey, p. 215/1976]; speelke, speeltje [both from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, the area of birth and childhood of the author of this nomenclature];
Friesland: mûl­har­pe
Belgium, Walloneye/Wallonie (= Wallony): gawe, giww-gaww, gaww, gaw; [to play the Jew’s harp: gaw’ter, gawî, gawyî, gawté ; a Jew’s harper: gawteû], epinette, tromba d’amore [historical/ironical names, Van­der­heij­den/Lemahieu], harpe juive [litteral translation of Jew’s harp], trompe-des-petit-enfants;
Belgium, Vlaanderen (Flanders): [general use] mondtrom; [from the past centuries:] teuter, tromp[e], speel­trom­pje, boerentromp [= farmers-Jew’s harp]; Brabant: troemp, troem­petrompken
France: rébute [15th century], reberbe [16th century] guimbare [obsole­te]; bombardepetite Lyretrompe d’Allemagne [last three in a publication from Nancy, 1779]; guimbarde, trompe, trompe-laquais or trompe de la­quais [ob­so­le­te], joue, Jeu trompe [= play-trompet], crancran, trompe de Béarn, gronde [obsole­te],rebube, rabube, épinette [ob­so­le­te; 1780, Laborde], trompe Juive [litteral translation of the English Jew’s harp] … … and many many more … … … 


thanks to Хомусчут Андрей!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

▶ Варган (большая октава СОЛЬ2/G2) Jew's harp Vegvisir

Варган (большая октава СОЛЬ2/G2) Jew's harp Vegvisir - YouTube
Published on Apr 12, 2018 by drevurad древурад

Крепления язычка изготовлено на три точки по технологий Бурцева Николая Николаевича *

* "Mounts of the tongue are made on three points using the technologies of Nikolai Nikolaevich Burtsev"

Danil Ahmetzyanov

Saturday, March 31, 2018

▶ Вечернее настроение. Хомус. Evening mood. Khomus. Jew's harp. Эркин Алексеев. Erkin Alexeev

Вечернее настроение. Хомус. Evening mood. Khomus. Jew's harp. Эркин Алексеев. Erkin Alexeev - YouTube

Published on Mar 30, 2018 by Erkin Art

English below *

Я часто говорю людям, что в моем представлении в старину наши предки играли на хомусе чаще в пору вечерних сумерек. Конечно Маак писал о том, что некоторые якуты могли бренчать на этом инструменте целый день напролет, но думается таких бездельников было немного. Раньше существовало поверье, что с наступлением темноты на хомусе лучше не играть. Мол, это привлекает злых духов. Но в светлое время суток весь день у саха проходил в нескончаемой работе по хозяйству. И вот, после всех трудов, после вечерней трапезы каждый член семьи лежал на своей лавочке во тьме (так как маленькие окна якутского жилища и дневной-то яркий свет не особо пропускали), освещаемой только светом камелька. И тут кто-нибудь начинал грустно напевать о нелегкой жизни, или же брал хомус и всю свою усталость, нелегкие думы изливал в музыку хомуса. И души исполнителя и домочадцев легчали, светлели...

* google translate:

I often tell people that in my view in the old days our ancestors played on khomus more often during the evening twilight. Of course, Makak wrote that some Yakuts could scream on this instrument all day long, but I think there were few such idlers. Previously, there was a belief that with the onset of darkness on the khomus it is better not to play. Like, it attracts evil spirits. But during the daylight hours all day at the Sakha passed in endless work on the au pair. And now, after all the labor, after the evening meal, each member of the family lay on his bench in the dark (since the small windows of the Yakut dwelling and the day's bright light did not particularly miss), lit only by the light of the fireside. And then someone began to sing sadly about hard life, or take khomus and all his fatigue, hard thoughts poured into the music of khomus. And the souls of the performer and households were lightening, brightening ...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

▶ Wicker Man Highlight Musical Picks - May Pole

Wicker Man Highlight Musical Picks - May Pole - YouTube

• "The Wicker Man" – a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy. The screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual, centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

▶ Gençlerin Tepkisi: Ağız Kopuzu ("The Response of the Youth")

Turkish youth –

Gençlerin Tepkisi: Ağız Kopuzu - YouTube

Bu bölümde tepki veren kişiler
(The respondents in this section / age)
Yağmur - 20 yaşında
Hüseyin - 24 yaşında
Yelda - 19 yaşında
Mert - 24 yaşında
Burak - 24 yaşında
Buğra - 24 yaşında
Gözde - 24 yaşında

Saturday, March 17, 2018

#JawHarpBattle on Facebook !!! –––>

#JawHarpBattle !!! –––> #JawHarpBattle on Facebook

Jaw Harp Battle. Your best harping. If you are a harpist and see this video, make your own Jaw Harp Battle video in one take, mistakes included and post it. No losers in the Jaw Harp Battle, only winners.  

Jamie Bebb's "The Harpery" on Facebook

Khomus Weekly Jew's Harp Newsletter • #KhomusWeekly - Facebook

Thursday, March 15, 2018

▶ A. R. Rahman, "Jiya Jale" (Dil Se): Berklee Indian Ensemble (Cover)

A. R. Rahman, "Jiya Jale" (Dil Se): Berklee Indian Ensemble (Cover) - YouTube

A.R. Rahman is a music composer that uses Mouth Harp in his songs, and is best known for his Academy Awards for Slumdog Millionaire track.

A. R. Rahman –
Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner.

Berklee Indian Ensemble | Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA, USA
With members from 42 countries to date, the Berklee Indian Ensemble provides an open and inclusive creative space for musicians from all over the world to explore, study, interpret, and create music influenced by the rich and varied mosaic that is Indian music today. From a Carnatic thillana or a high-adrenaline konnakol conversation to Indo-jazz experiments or qawwali, the ensemble performs an expansive repertoire with the ultimate goal of presenting concerts entirely comprising original student compositions.

Berklee Indian Ensemble - Facebook

Saturday, March 3, 2018

▶ Maria Kulichkina - OLONKHO- 6th International Jew's Harp Festival

Maria Kulichkina - OLONKHO- 6th International Jew's Harp Festival- - YouTube

Olonkho (Russian: Олонхо́, Sakha: Олоҥхо, Kazakh: Олонхо, Bashkir: Олонхо) is a heroic epic tale of the Yakuts and one of the oldest epic arts of the Turkic peoples. The term refers to the entire Sakha epic tradition as well as its central epic.
The Olonkho is still performed in the Sakha Republic. The poetic tales are performed by a singer and story-teller in two parts: a sung part in verse alternates with a prose part composed of recitatives. In addition to possessing good acting and singing skills, the narrator must be a master of eloquence and poetic improvisation. The epic consists of numerous legends about ancient warriors, deities, spirits and animals, but also addresses contemporary events, such as the disintegration of nomadic society. The Olonkhos, varying from 10,000 to 20,000 verses (or more) in length, are sung during a period of up to seven nights. "Nyurgun Bootur the Swift", the best-known, consists of more than 36,000 verses.
Given that each community had its own narrator with a rich repertoire, numerous versions of Olonkho circulated. The tradition was developed within the family context for entertainment and as a means of education. Reflecting Yakut beliefs, it also bears witness to the way of life of a small nation struggling for survival at times of political unrest and under difficult climatic and geographical conditions.
The political and technological changes in twentieth-century Russia have threatened the existence of the epic tradition in the Sakha Republic. Although there has been a growing interest in Olonkho since the Perestroika years, this tradition is endangered because of the very low number of practitioners.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

regarding "this week's edition"

please expect "the Weekly" only once or twice per month

sorry, i am having to limit the amount of time that i am on a computer.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ancient Jew’s harps found in Altai Mountains as musical instruments reappear after 1,700 years

Made from the splintered ribs of cows or horses, one is still capable of making music.

The musical finds were made by archeologists at two sites Chultukov Log 9 and Cheremshanka in Altai Republic. 
Three of the Jew’s harps - also called jaw or mouth harps - from the first site were half-finished.
The other two from Cheremshanka were complete, and one is good enough to make music some 1,580-to-1,740 years after being manufactured by craftsmen in the Huns-Sarmatian period. 
more: Ancient Jew’s harps found in Altai Mountains as musical instruments reappear after 1,700 years

Friday, January 5, 2018

6th World Mouth Harp Festival of India • 9-11 Feb 2018 • Goa, India

The 6th World Mouth Harp Festival of India

Will be held on the 9th, 10th, & 11th of FEBRUARY, 2018
At Jungle Dance Cafe, on Temple Road 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 any kind 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, 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.

The World Mouth Harp Festival of India | Facebook

▶ Cätlin Mägi VIDEO | New album out in February 2018!

Cätlin Mägi uus album “Mu pill parmupill” ilmub veebruaris 2018!

New album "My Harp - My Heart” out in February 2018!

Foto/photographer: Maritta Anton

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