As we explain on our new website, we particularly love to sponsor festivals, and indeed to organize them ourselves as well. At the heart of this is always our annual Camac festival, a kaleidoscope of our favourite things...
- Making harps - the Camac festival features our largest special exhibition of the year.
- Hearing the best harpists of the day, in as many different musical styles as possible.
- Providing the best client service we can - throughout the festival, our finest technicians are on hand to service your Camac harp for free.
- Speaking French. The Camac festival always takes place in a French-speaking region, celebrating the amazing work of French and francophone harpists beyond the capital
Between October 17th and 19th, 2014, our festival will take place at the Palais des Congrès in Perpignan. Together with the all-day exhibitions and harp services, we're looking forward to a stunning programme. Emma Wauters, Katrina Szederkényi and Anaïs Gaudemard, winners of some of the most important recent competitions (Godefroid, Szeged, Israel) will open the festival, in concert on Friday, October 17th. Anaïs Gaudemard, winner of the 2012 International Harp Contest in Israel, will give a masterclass, before the focus turns from classical to jazz, with a workshop with Marcella Carboni.
The festival's now trademark "Harpélidoskope" Saturday night concert will start classically, with the Atlantic Harp Duo. I say "start classically", but the Atlantic Harp Duo's programming is never exclusively classical. They interweave narrative, dance, poetry, images and all kinds of multimedia, to create fascinating stories that will leave you longing for more! They will be followed on Saturday night in Perpignan by Ameylia Saad's Trio Keynoad: Ameylia (lever harp, vocals), Christian Fromentin (violin, gheytchak and saz), and Nicola Marinoni (percussion). Describing their music as "world néoclassique", their programme is called "Moires et Mouvances", "Ripples and Circles", and is a musical journey from the island of La Réunion, across the Sahara, over the eastern Mediterranean, and towards the coastlines of the Celtic lands. Harpélidoskope will conclude with pop harp and jazz from Marcella Carboni and her harmonica duo partner, Max de Aloe. Marcella and Max have, incidentally, recently released their debut album - which you can find out about, and buy, here.
Sunday is a lever harp day, with a workshop and concert from Yvon Le Quellec and Michel Foulon. Their two-harp duo will traverse the Celtic lands and Celtic soundscapes: from Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, with flute, bagpipes and Yvon Le Quellec's original songs.
All concerts, workshops, masterclasses and harp services are entirely free of charge but are subject to individual reservation. To book your places, please email email@example.com, or call us in Mouzeil on +33 2 40 97 24 97.
We look forward to seeing you there!