David Rescher of the Harfengalerie Camac Berlin has launched an extensive new touring project: Vielsaitig auf Tour! This title is a play on words in German, combining versatility (vielseitig) with lots of strings (viele Saiten) - very fitting, we all agree!
Vielsaitig auf Tour is a series of concerts and workshops in collaboration with professors throughout Germany. This year, we are delighted to be working with Andreas Wehrenfennig, Fabiana Trani, Elisa Mediero, Simone Häusler and Nicole Müller, from Rostock in the far north of Germany, to down on Lake Constance. Together with the host professors, David has invited guest artists Nikolaz Cadoret, Evelyn Huber and Petra van der Heide to give workshops and concerts. These in themselves are versatile. Nikolaz will reveal the dynamism and richness of the contemporary lever harp; Evelyn will be exploring jazz and world music, and Petra will be running her renowned orchestral audition training.
Alongside the days' artistic events, the Harfengalerie Camac Berlin will be holding exhibitions, as well as offering the chance to have your Camac harp regulated.
Entry to all events is free, but it is necessary to book in regulations, and to take part in the workshops. Detailed information and registration forms are available online at the Harfengalerie's dedicated Vielsaitig auf Tour webspace.
Between March 21st - 22nd, we will be in Onex, Switzerland, for a harp weekend with François Pernel and the association Harpes en Coeur. François has composed a Stabat Mater inspired by the music of Gershwin and Bernstein, for: counter-tenor and tenor solo, harp solo, a choir of twelve lever harps and four flutes. The rehearsals are well underway, with the classes of Elise Estavoyer, Sylvie Laville, and Alessia Lepori. The world premier of the Stabat Mater will take place at the Église du Christ-Roi, 6 chemin de l’épargne, 1213 Petit-Lancy, at 5PM on March 22nd.
Throughout the weekend's rehearsals and courses there will also be a Camac exhibition, and the chance to have your Camac harp regulated for free. For regulation bookings and exhibition enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second Cracow Harp Days will take place on March 21st and 22nd, 2015! This is our second festival project with Agnieszka Grela-Fedkowicz and the Szkoła Muzyczna I i II st im. B. Rutkowskiego. The first Cracow Harp Days were in 2010, and included an unforgettable recital by Anneleen Lenaerts of music from her then recent album of Chopin and Liszt.
The 2015 Days will follow the same format of a festival weekend, a balance of concerts and masterclasses, and a blend of classical music and jazz. We are looking forward to hearing Florence Sitruk, Artistic Director of the International Harp Contest in Israel and Visiting Professor at the Cracow Music Academy, who will give a recital, and a day of masterclasses for conservatoire students and young professionals.
We are also delighted to celebrate young Polish artistry with Klara Woskowiak, first prize winner ex aequo of the London Competition 2014. Klara is also the winner of the Slovenian International Harp Competition (2013), and a host of other prizes, collected throughout her studies in Poland with Ewa Jaslar, Paris with Isabelle Moretti and Geneviève Létang, London with Karen Vaughan, and now in Lausanne with Letizia Belmondo and Germaine Lorenzini. Klara will give a lunchtime solo recital, followed by a masterclass for school-age harp students.
On Sunday evening, we will move to the Alchemia club in the Kazimierz district for a concert by Tara Minton with guitarist Tristan McCoppin. Tara is no stranger to Harpblog's pages: we love her soulful and original mixture of jazz, folk and rock and roll, a fabulous ambassador for the blue harp.
Entry to all concerts and masterclasses is free. Please reserve your concert seats or masterclass participation by emailing email@example.com. You can also find all information about the festival in Polish on the Harp Days Facebook page.
On the harp making side, we will hold an exhibition throughout the festival, with a special 20% discount off all strings and accessories. It would be very helpful if you could preorder, so that we know what to bring with us. If you are interested in particular types of harps, it would also be great if you could tell us in advance, that we may plan the exhibition.
You can also book to have your Camac harp regulated, for free, by Camac's senior technician Enric De Anciola. For all exhibition special requests, pre-orders, and regulation bookings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 9th.
We are very happy to be working with Agnieszka again, and hope to see as many of you as we can in Cracow!
Ayelet's String, our partners in Israel, are official sponsors of the Israel Harp Festival in Tel Aviv at the end of December. There will be three days of competitions, workshops and concerts, with free regulations from Ayelet's Nadav Konieczny for the winners in each competition category. Nadav will also be giving two technical workshops - one on regulation, the other on the construction of the harp.
Ayelet's String will also be exhibiting a substantial number of new pedal and lever harps at the event. Jakez will be there too, so don't hesitate to come and find him and Nadav on the stand, for all the answers to your harp questions!
Jakez François with the Atlantic Harp Duo. Photo: Jacqueline Molinié
As has become traditional over the last three years, the fearsome contender to the BBC that is CamacCam (i.e. us, with a camcorder) has been in Perpignan, documenting the festival's every move, cadence and burst of applause. In the video below, ignore the occasional shaky camera angle and dodgy transition, and feast your eyes and ears instead on the wonderful artists, talking about their programmes and their work in general.
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...
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!
Jakez's energy knowing no bounds, no sooner has he completed his exhibition with Gustavo in Paraguay, than he will cross the world to China. He and our Chinese partner, Duoli Wu of Beijing Aria, will be at Music China Shanghai between October 8th - 11th, 2014. Last year, 68,621 visitors travelled from 86 different countries and regions to the trade fair, and it is a great opportunity not only to try some of our finest instruments, but also to catch up with the latest in instrument manufacture in general.
Jakez is going to Paraguay at the end of next week, for the Festival Mundial del Arpa en el Paraguay. Now in its eighth year, this huge festival will welcome artists from Paraguay and also from Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Italy, France and Japan. Edmar Castaneda, the inspiration who began our entire adventure into making llanera harps, will be performing, as will Leonard Jacome, who asked us then to make an entirely electric llanera.
You'll find Jakez on our exhibition stand, together with our partner in Paraguay, Gustavo Arias, and of course a fine selection of our South American harps: the Edmar Castaneda Llanera 35, and the Electro 37 Llanera.
Set in the beautiful World Heritage Site of Saltaire Village, a weekend of harp events will take place alongside the annual Saltaire Festival. Our technicians from Camac France will be at the Early Music Shop, one of our UK partners. We'll be there with an exhibition of lever and pedal harps, and offering FREE services on Camac harps (please book in advance for harp service).
Here is the harp weekend programme, led this year by Eira Lynn Jones, Rhian Evans and Louise Thomson.