Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Melodia – 11 Compositions for Melodic Jaw Harp" | Mark Growden

This collection of compositions is for the open/closed glottis, high register, melodic technique of jaw harp playing, as can be found in the traditional musics of Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Sicily, Estonia, and Rajasthan. In Russian and English. включает в себя перевод на русский язык.


Mark Growdon - "Melodia - 11 Compositions for Melodic Jaw Harp" - Swirly Music - Serving Composers and Consumers of Printed Music

Thursday, October 4, 2018

San Francisco Jaw Harp Choir

Structured like a community chorus, all are welcome to join, regardless of prior jaw harp playing experience. We’ll teach you how to play! Don’t own a jaw harp? No worries. We have inexpensive mouth harps available for purchase and an instrument library from which , you can borrow with a small deposit. Our goal is to develop a body of work that we can record and perform at regional venues and jaw harp festivals near and afar.

The Jaw Harp Choir will be led by award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor, and music educator, Mark Growden. Mark has been playing jaw harp since the mid-seventies and recently authored the book Melodia - 11 Compositions for The Melodic Jaw Harp. Mark has extensive experience as a music director and music educator.

San Francisco Jaw Harp Choir

The San Francisco Jaw Harp Choir Begins! (Facebook event page)

#KhomusWeekly Jew's Harp Newsletter: "Melodia – 11 Compositions for Melodic Jaw Harp" | Mark Growden

Friday, September 21, 2018

Cracking the code: recordings, transmission, players, and smiths in the Norwegian munnharpe revival: Ethnomusicology Forum: Vol 0, No 0

Academic research –

Though it operates on the margins of the Norwegian folk music scene, the munnharpe (jew’s harp) revival has been active since the 1960s and today boasts an active network of festivals, musicians, and blacksmiths. After contextualising the instrument’s position within Norwegian folk music and outlining the history of the munnharpe community, I explore the transmission and revitalisation of the munnharpe tradition, suggesting that a large part of the revival’s success lies in the availability and accessibility of archival recordings. I examine the transmission of playing technique and repertoire amongst musicians, then compare it with instrument building transmission amongst blacksmiths, analysing how the dynamic between munnharpe players and makers has shaped the instrument’s musical and material spheres. Tracing the symbiotic relationship between archives, recordings, players, and makers, I argue that this interplay has been central to the revival in both its past and present iterations.

Cracking the code: recordings, transmission, players, and smiths in the Norwegian munnharpe revival: Ethnomusicology Forum: Vol 0, No 0

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

▶ Dirtwire - Jawharp Trio Jam in Bali

Festival Jiná Dimenze • Brumle Festival


Festival Jiná Dimenze 2018

 · Hosted by Brumle

(english below*)

1.ročník unikátního festivalu o brumlích pro brumlisty a všechny dobré lidi.
FJD18 - festival brumle
První část - edukativní blok
Přednáška Petra Jasinčuka o brumlích
Přednáška Aldany Duoraan + workshop
Muzikoterapeutický vstup Evy Motyčkové s praktickou ukázkou
Přestávka - velká
openMIC – (prostor pro začínající hráče) zde je možno se přihlásit přes info@brumle.cz (heslo openMic), prostor 5min/os. Možnost 10 slotů. K dispozici profesionální vybavení včetně mikrofonu (se stojanem).
Přestávka - velká
Druhý blok - koncerty brumlistů a brumlistek
Aldana Duoraan - jakutský khomus
Bratři Vankové
Trolíla a Jugo
Ivo Charitonov a spol.
Brumlista a projekt Nigunatica
Doprovodné programy
Catering paní Miriam
Pivovar Antoš
(((v jednání vegetariánské bistro)))

Prodejní stánek brumlařů Šešulků (hlavní sponzor)
(((Prodejní výstava obrazů Lucie Mösser)))

//// Pokud máte zájem participovat na FJD18, neváhejte nás kontaktovat na info@brumle.cz 

*** V průběhu měsíce se bude program dále vylepšovat. Díky za schovívavost. Brumlista

Hudební Klub Dimenze, Studio Dimenze, Šešulka - brumlař, Radio Relax....
Chetě být dalším sponzorem? Napište na info@brumle.cz

* ENGLISH (google translate) ----------------------------------

1st year of the unique festival of bubbles for brumblers and all good people.
FJD18 - festival rumble
First part - educational block
Petra Jasinčuk's lecture on the bubbles
Lecture by Aldana Duoraan + workshop
Eva Motyčková's music therapy entrance with practical demonstration
Break - big
openMIC - (room for novice players) can be logged in here via info@brumle.cz (password openMic), space 5min / os. Possibility of 10 slots. Professional equipment including microphone (with stand) available.
Break - big
Second block - concerts of brumblers and brumlistek
Aldana Duoraan - Jakut Khomus
Brothers Vanková
Trolley and Jugo
Ivo Charitonov et al.
Brumlista and the Nigunatica project
Accompanying programs
Catering to Mrs. Miriam
Antoš brewery
(((in vegetarian bistro)))

Sales stand of the Šešulků brumlařů (main sponsor)
(((Lucie Mösser Sales Show)))

//// If you are interested in participating in FJD18, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@brumle.cz

*** During the month, the program will be further improved. Thanks for the condolences. Brumlista

Music Club Dimension, Studio Dimenze, Šešulka - brumlař, Radio Relax ....
Do you want to be another sponsor? Write to info@brumle.cz

Festival Jiná Dimenze | jina-dimenze.cz
Oficiální skupina portálu brumle.cz a místo pro výměny znalostí, dovedností a názorů. Pokud máte rádi brumle, pak jste zde vítáni ;)
The official brumle.cz portal site and the place for the exchange of knowledge, skills and opinions. If you like the brumble, then you are welcome here;)

Festival Jiná Dimenze | jina-dimenze.cz

Brumle - Facebook

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Research on the ancient production of "Ribebe" (ie. Jew's Harps) in the high Sesia Valley (Valsesia in Italian) | Alessandro Zolt‎

(Italian below)*
My name is Alessandro Zolt, and for years I have been conducting, through my studies in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Turin, a research on the ancient production of "ribebe" (ie Jew's Harps) in the high Sesia Valley (Valsesia in Italian), in particular in the towns of Riva Valdobbia and Mollia.
In Italy the common opinion sees this instrument as tied only to the tradition of South Italy and the Italian Islands, but the Jew's Harp was actually very used throughout Northern Italy and, in fact, also produced, as domenstrated by this case of Valsesia.
After having dedicated my thesis to this story, I am now working on a publication together with Prof. Alberto Lovatto, who first dealt with this subject in the early '80s.
If everything goes as planned, the book will be ready in 2019! We hope to bring to light this unfortunately forgotten aspect of the musical history of Piedmont!
The history:
From the 16th century (the first document attesting the phenomenon in the Valley is from 1524) to the nineteenth century the local forges, located in some fractions of Riva Valdobbia and Mollia (the most famous one was Boccorio), produced industrial quantities of Jew's Harps of excellent quality (according to the treaties of local history, official statistical documents, local documents that contain the commercial orders and finally the local oral tradition), which were exported even overseas through ports such as Genoa, Livorno and Lisbon, as well as of course throughout Italy and throughout Europe through commercial hubs like Novara and Milan. In local statistics we talk about a million and a half instruments produced per year in times of greater production and marketing.
The production began to decline in the second half of the nineteenth century until it died out completely around 1890, the last Jew's Harp blacksmith in Valsesia died around 1907 without having transmitted the art of manufacturing these instruments to anyone.
In Valsesia the instrument was very present and used in popular music. A late 19th century plaster statue of a Valsesian sculptor (Giacomo Ginotti) suggests there was also a virtuosic "alpine" way of playing it: that is, the use of two instruments simultaneously. The only place where this same style has been attested are the Austrian Alps, where there is another ancient production center of Jew's Harps, which is still active in Molln.

The instrument:
The Jew's Harps of Valsesian manifacture are generally small (an average instrument is: 5.5 cm length x 3.5 cm width) compared to the homologues from southern Italy or from Sicilt and Sardinia, the have a longish shape and they are nearly always punchmarked with symbols or initials, which identified the blacksmith, and very often have decorations punched on the "frame". Also in Valsesia (like everywhere else in Europe) those who possessed the instrument used to carve a shoe-shaped box to carry and protect the instrument.
Name of the instrument in Piedmont:
In Valsesian Piedmontese: Ribeba or Ribèbba in the upper valley and Arbebola in the lower valley.
Other names attested in Piedmont, mostly taken from eighteenth and nineteenth century dictionaries: Bebola, Aribeba, Cirimia, Ciurumia, Arbeba, Rbeba, Sanförgna, Ciampòrgna.
In Occitan: Aribebo, Arbebo, Champorgno.
In the Walser language of Alagna: Trumpa.

Mi chiamo Alessandro Zolt, sono originario di Alagna Valsesia e da anni sto conducendo, attraverso i miei studi in Antropologia Culturale ed Etnologia presso l'Università di Torino, una ricerca sull'antica produzione di "ribebe" (ossia scacciapensieri) in Alta Valsesia, in particolare nei paesi di Riva Valdobbia e di Mollia.
Contrariamente all'opinione comune che vuole questo strumento legato solamente alla tradizione del Meridione e delle Isole italiane, lo scacciapensieri era usatissimo in tutto il Nord Italia e, appunto, anche prodotto, come lo dimostra questo caso valsesiano.
Dopo aver dedicato la mia tesi triennale a questa storia, sto lavorando adesso ad una pubblicazione assieme al Prof. Alberto Lovatto, che per primo se ne occupò negli anni '80 pubblicando la prima (e per adesso unica) opera dedicata a questo fenomeno.
Se tutto va bene, la pubblicazione sarà pronta nel corso del 2019! Speriamo di riportare alla luce questo aspetto purtroppo dimenticato della storia musicale del Piemonte!
E chissà che le "ribebe" non tornino a suonare da noi!
La storia:
Dal XVI (il primo documento che attesta il fenomeno in Valle è del 1524) al XIX secolo le fucine locali, collocate in alcune frazioni di Riva Valdobbia e Mollia (la più famosa era Boccorio), produssero quantità industriali di scacciapensieri di ottima qualità (stando a quello che rivelano trattati di storia locale, documenti statistici ufficiali, documenti locali che contengono le ordinazioni commerciali e non ultima la memoria popolare locale), che venivano esportati addirittura oltreoceano attraverso porti come Genova, Livorno e Lisbona, oltre che ovviamente in tutta Italia e in tutta Europa attraverso snodi commerciali come Novara e Milano. Nelle statistiche locali si parla di un milione e mezzo di strumenti prodotti per anno nei momenti di maggiore produzione e smercio.
La produzione cominciò a calare nella seconda metà dell'800 fino a spegnersi del tutto attorno al 1890, l'ultimo fabbro morì attorno al 1907 senza aver più tramandato l'arte di fabbricare questi strumenti.
Nella Valsesia lo strumento era diffusissimo e usato nella musica popolare. Una statua in gesso di fine '800 di uno scultore valsesiano (Giacomo Ginotti) suggerisce ci fosse anche un modo virtuosistico "alpino" di suonarlo, ossia l'utilizzo di due strumenti simultaneamente. Alpino in quanto l'unico luogo dove è stato attestato questo stesso stile esecutivo sono le Alpi austriache, dove non a caso vi è un altro antico centro di produzione di scacciapensieri, tuttora attivo (precisamente a Molln, dal 1600 circa).
Lo strumento:
Materialmente parlando, gli strumenti di fattura valsesiana sono generalmente di piccole dimensioni (5,5 cm x 3,5 cm in media) rispetto agli omologhi dell'Italia meridionale e delle Isole, con forma allungata e hanno la particolarità di essere quasi sempre marchiati con simboli o iniziali, che identificavano il fabbro, e molto spesso possiedono decorazioni punzonate sul "telaio". Era poi usanza di chi possedeva lo strumento intagliare una custodia a forma di scatolina o di scarpetta per proteggere lo strumento.
Nomi dello strumento in Piemonte:
In Piemontese Valsesiano: Ribeba o Ribèbba in alta Valle e Arbebola in bassa Valle.
Altri nomi attestati in Piemonte, in gran parte tratti da dizionari settecenteschi e ottocenteschi: Bebola, Aribeba, Cirimia, Ciurumia, Arbeba, Rbeba, Sanförgna, Ciampòrgna.
Aribebo, Arbebo, Champorgno in Occitano.
Trumpa in Walser Alagnese.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Norsk Munnharpefestival :: 21.-23. september 2018

(english below)*
Norsk Munnharpefestival blir arrangert på Valdres Folkemuseum på Fagernes 21.-23. september 2018. Det blir kurs og seminar, som du kan melde deg på til berik-a@online.no

Det blir også konsertar:
Fredag 21. september 20.00 
Thov Wetterhus og Kjellbjørn Karsrud 

Munnharpevirtuos Thov Wetterhus og levande folkemusikkleksikon Kjellbjørn Karsrud speler konsert saman. Dei vil gje dykk gode historier og drivande spel frå Numedal og Valdres. Konserten går som ein del av Norsk Munnharpefestival.

Inngang: 200/100,- Arrangør er Valdres Folkemusikkarrangement http://www.hilme.no/hilme-aaret-rundt.aspx

Laurdag 22. september 21.00:
Jubileumskonsert i regi av Norsk Munnharpeforum med
Erik Røine, Anders Røine, Nils Røine, Ånon Egeland, Hans Hulbækmo, Hallgrim Berg, Sigurd Brokke og Jon Bugge Mariussen. 

Vel møtt til Fagernes og Norsk Munnharpefestival!

Munnharpefestivalen blir arrangert i samarbeid mellom Norsk Munnharpeforum, Valdres Folkemusikkarrangement, Valdres Folkemusikklag og Valdresmusea.

*English (google translate) –

Norsk Munnharpefestival will be hosted at Valdres Folkemuseum at Fagernes 21-23. September 2018. There will be courses and seminars, which you can sign up to berik-a@online.no

There will also be concerts:
Friday, September 21, 20.00
Thov Wetterhus and Kjellbjørn Karsrud

Munnharpevirtuos Thov Wetterhus and live folk music icon Kjellbjørn Karsrud play concert. They will give dive good stories and driving games from Numedal and Valdres. The concert is part of the Norwegian Munnharp Festival.

Entrance: 200/100, - Organizer is Valdres Folk Music Arrangement http://www.hilme.no/hilme-aaret-rundt.aspx

Laurday September 22 21:00:
Anniversary Concert under the auspices of Norsk Munnharpeforum with
Erik Røine, Anders Røine, Nils Røine, Ånon Egeland, Hans Hulbækmo, Hallgrim Berg, Sigurd Brokke and Jon Bugge Mariussen.

Well attended to the Fagernes and the Norwegian Munnharp Festival!

The Munnharpefestival is organized in collaboration between Norsk Munnharpeforum, Valdres Folk Music Event, Valdres Folkemusiklag and Valdresmusea.

Norsk Munnharpeforum Website

Munnharpa Facebook Group

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New album – ORGANIC DOROMB by Áron Szilágyi

(Hurgarian below)* 

My new solo album, Organic Doromb is out now. I'm verry glad about it. It is made of Jew's harp sounds only (ok, there is an overtone flute, a fuyara and a bit of voice too, but these are marginal), but the whole thing sounds quite electronic. I have cooked something new made from the sounds of one of the oldest instruments along with my friend, Praczas (Rafał Kołaciński). //Huge thanks to Praczi.// There are two tracks with raw, single Jew's harp. I'd like to share some thoughts about the song, "Ketten" (that means duo or the two of us). I recorded this song with my brother, Barnabás Szilágyi in 2011 in New York. We had no plans. We just stood in front of 1 Neumann mic and just let it go, let it flow. What you hear on the album is the first take, single track, first attempt, instictive play as I had to leave for the airport 15 mins later. Of course, we'd played this groove in different forms before, but this time our neurons joined. Enjoy the music, be open, it's quite different from everything that I'd done before. Pretty soon you can find the album on all online music stores, but it seems Google's electro-gnomes were the quickest to digest the bits: https://play.google.com/…/Szil%C3%A1gyi_%C3%81ron_Organic_D…
If you want to hold in your hand (I recommend, it feels nice), you can order from my shop or in the US from CD baby (soon): http://doromb.com/…/…/szilagyi-aron-organic-doromb-cd-detail

* A minap megjelent az új szóló lemezem Organic Doromb címmel. Nagyon örülök neki. Csak doromb hangokból áll össze (valamint egy tilinkó, egy fujara és énekhang, de ezek elenyészőek), viszont meglehetősen elektronikus hangzása van. Az egyik legősibb hangszerből, annak hangjaiból főztem Praczas (Rafał Kołaciński) barátom segítségével valami újat. A lemezen szerepel két teljesen direkt, egyszáldoromb dal is. Ezek közül a "Ketten"-ről mondanék pár gondolatot. Ezt 2011-ben vettük fel testvéremmel, Szilágyi Barnabással New Yorkban. Semmi terv nem volt. Odaálltunk 1 db Neumann mikrofon elé ketten és ami jön, hajrá. Ami a lemezen van, az az első és egyetlen próbálkozás volt, mivel 15 perc múlva indulnom kellett a géphez. Természetesen ezt a témát játszottuk már többször is, ilyen-olyan formában, de itt volt az, hogy a neuronjaink egymásba kapcsolódtak. Hallgassátok szeretettel, ér tőle megriadni és lebutateknózenézni. A kis elektro gnómok szorgoskodnak a háttérben, így minden online felületen fent lesz, de a gugli villanyrabszolgái a leggyorsabbak: Google Play: https://play.google.com/…/Szil%C3%A1gyi_%C3%81ron_Organic_D…
Fizikai formában innen, és itt is lehet kérni rá filctollas szívhezszóló személyes üzeneteket is: http://doromb.com/…/…/szilagyi-aron-organic-doromb-cd-detail

Szilágyi Áron: Organic Doromb - Music on Google Play

Szilágyi Áron | Organic Doromb | CD Baby Music Store

Doromb.com - Minden, ami doromb - Doromb.com - minden, ami doromb (Jew's harps)

Áron Szilágyi on Facebook

Saturday, July 14, 2018

23rd North American Jaw Harp Festival • 10-11 August, 2018 • Cottage Grove, OR, USA

23rd North American Jaw Harp Festival will be held once again in Cottage Grove, Oregon on 10-11th August 2018!! As always it is FREE and open to the public! We will have many live performances, workshops, Band Scramble, vendors, and a raffle! Show your interest and stay tuned for more details!!

THU Aug 9 - MEET & GREET @ The Axe & Fiddle - 5:00 PM-8:00 PM 

FRI Aug 10 - OPENING CONCERT @ The Armory - 9:00 PM-12:00 AM

SAT Aug 11 - ALL DAY FESTIVAL!! @ The Armory - 11:00 AM-10:00 PM


23rd North American Jaw Harp Festival (Facebook event page)

Welcome, jaw harp players and friends! We are a small collaboration of Jaw Harpists from all over the U.S.
Join our group and help us grow. NAJH unite!

The North American Jaw Harpists - Facebook

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


The Spirit of Tengri - Facebook

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 www.antropodium.nl/Duizend%20Namen%20Mhp%20NOMENCLATUUR.htm


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 … … … 

see www.antropodium.nl/Duizend%20Namen%20Mhp%20NOMENCLATUUR.htm

thanks to Хомусчут Андрей!

Monday, April 23, 2018