On the subject of articles in other publications, Jakez is interviewed in Didier Saimpaul's lever harp magazine, Harpes Mag. This interview is about our levers, which we are proud to say are the choice of independent artisan harp makers all over the world.
The end of April is a busy time for harp events, even by our standards. Some of us will be at L'Académie Camac in the South of France; there is the Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon, and we are also looking forward to being in Uppsala for the Fifth Sweden Harp Days! Our usual exhibition and regulation opportunities will be accompanied by three days of masterclasses and concerts across a classical spectrum of concert harp, lever harp, and chamber music. The long weekend will begin with an evening recital by the Atlantic Harp Duo, whom we had the pleasure of hearing at the Dutch Harp Festival not so long ago. Isabelle Perrin - newly Scandanavia-ized through her new position at the Norwegian Academy of Music - will give a masterclass on the Saturday. Anne Postic, who among many other things was our Camac Voice of March, will conclude the event with another masterclass, this time for the lever harp.
The Sweden Harp Days have long been organized in collaboration with Gertrud Schneider. It was Gertrud who built up the class at the Uppsala music school, where the days will take place. "I am Swiss, and it was love that originally brought me to Sweden, forty years ago", she explains. "At the time, there was no harp at all north of Stockholm. But while you might think you're heading into a desert, if nothing exists before you, in fact it can be easier to build something up. I began teaching because people were fascinated by the harp, and in any case the orchestral work was already covered by colleagues in jobs. When I started the class, I had four pupils, and when I retired, there were seventeen. Building up the class also lead to setting up classes in other music schools. And the more pupils you have, the more likely it is that some will turn professional, continuing to develop the harp scene.
One thing that was very important in building up my harp classes was a system of affordable harp rental. First of all, it was a new idea in Sweden that you could begin to learn classical harp, on a lever harp. It was a relatively new idea for me too: before I went to Sweden, I attended a workshop by Lake Constance, in order to explore the possibilities of the lever harp for teaching.
Using lever harps, it was possible for my music schools to subsidise the harp rental and make it the same price as renting a violin or clarinet. That's very important, as then parents do not have to dismiss the harp as an object only for the rich.
It was also by the shores of Lake Constance that I first met the Camac team. I'm now on my second blue harp - I bought my first soon after this meeting, in the mid-eighties - and it is very useful to me in my freelance work. I use it for events, for outdoor concerts, and everything where some amplification is your friend.
I am very happy to be organizing the Sweden Harp Days once again. We are always delighted by the visiting artists, and by the opportunity to try new harps and have our existing ones overhauled. I also hope no ash cloud will descend this time, as happened in 2010! The harps made it to Stockholm, but nobody else did...we got on with the exhibition ourselves, and sold the harps to each other!"
It took more than a puff of smoke to stop the Camac harps travelling to Sweden
Jakez, and David Rescher-Dobek from the Harfengalerie Camac Berlin will be at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, between March 12th - 15th. If you would like to go, talk to Jakez and David, and explore our harp exhibition - we also have thirty twenty-eight FIFTEEN FREE DAY PASSES to give away! Please email [email protected] to receive your voucher code, and avoid having to spend 29€ at the Messe box office.
You will find us in Hall 3.1, stand F46.
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Serial N° B203, year of manufacture 2001
Price: €17 000
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We are looking forward to partnering a long weekend in Beaune at the end of this week. Over three days in the heart of Burgundy, the Journées de la harpe will present a variety of concerts and masterclasses from many of our favourite artists. The Milevska Trio, winners of no less than five recent jazz prizes, will give both a concert and a masterclass, as will Duo Perpetuo, the harp-violin duo of Béatrice Guillermin and Frédéric Moreau. Nikolaz Cadoret, star of the lever harp firmament, will give a recital, and there will also be an intriguing musical animation by the group Fest Tilia. The festival will conclude with a concert by the classes of the regional conservatoires, led by Dorothée Cornec.
The Beaune harp days feature a Camac exhibition throughout, in the Chapelle Saint-Etienne. For booking, please contact the Conservatoire de musique et de danse: +33 3 80 24 56 94, [email protected]
The famous Hospices de Beaune, where we will be listening to Duo Perpetuo. Photo: Christophe Finot
Jakez has just completed a mammoth flight from Santiago via Paris to Shanghai (thank you, Air France, for upgrading him on the Shanghai leg! You chose well: anyone who works for Camac Harps is a very grateful, deserving and well-behaved upgrade candidate).
In Shanghai, we are currently exhibiting at Music China 2013. Music China is both a huge exhibition and an interesting conference - if you are in Shanghai this weekend, we would be delighted to welcome you to our exhibition booth: France E3 G15.
Jakez will be at Expomusic, São Paulo, between September 18th - 22nd, 2013. This is the first time we have held an exhibition of our harps in Latin America! Futher exhibitions are also planned in Paraguay and Lima before Christmas, so keep an eye on our calendar for more details.
As Jakez flies into the Brazilian sunshine, we're sitting in the rain listening to Cristina Braga's new album: Samba, Jazz and Love. A gorgeous mixture of jazz trio, Cristina's lovely voice, blue harp and vibraphone: order it now from Enja.