Harfengalerie Camac Berlin will be open from 11AM to 4PM on both December 24th and 31st! So if, like me, you do all your Christmas shopping on the 24th, you know who to call.
Camac France's chief technician, Daniel Piré, is going to be in Berlin between December 14th - 18th. Along with Harfengalerie Camac Berlin's own Mike Dobek, Daniel will be available to regulate Camac and other pedal harp makes, for a special fixed price of €179. Lever harps can be regulated for €49. Replacement parts and other repairs outside the parameters of normal servicing may cost extra, but will of course be discussed with the client in advance.
For individuals, the regulations will take place in the Harfengalerie showroom in the Gardes-du-Corps-Straße 3, 14059 Berlin. For orchestras, opera houses and music schools in the Berlin area it is possible for us to come to you.
Historical harps and single-action Volksharfen are excluded from this offer. If in doubt, contact us to ask!
Please contact David Rescher or Mike Dobek on +49 30 21 97 11 76 / +49 163 717 30 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unser Harfentechniker, Herr Mike Dobek, wird dabei von Herrn Daniel Piré unterstützt, dem Chef-techniker der Harfenbaumanufaktur Les Harpes Camac France. Herr Piré reguliert seit über 20 Jahren mit umfangreicher Fachkenntnis Harfen auf der ganzen Welt und war einer von Herrn Dobeks Lehrmeister während dessen Ausbildung zum Harfentechniker in Frankreich.
Today I've added a Camac diary to Harpblog's sidebar pages, listing Camac's upcoming concerts, masterclasses, workshops, festivals, competitions, exhibitions and regulation tours.
Don't forget that you can contact us at any time to discuss the organisation of a regulation tour to your area, anywhere in the world. You can contact our technicians directly at our Mouzeil workshops, La Richerais, BP 15, 44850 Mouzeil, France, +33 240 97 24 97. You can also use the contact form at the bottom of our "technical manuals" page at www.camac-harps.com.
photo: Yvonne White
It reminds me of when, a few years ago now, Julia Webb's concert harp was stolen from her front garden in London. As I remember it, she'd left it on the path while she took other luggage inside. Two guys came past in a van and thought "we'll have that", loaded the harp into the van in the space of two minutes, and drove off. Amazingly, the harp turned up a week later in Julia's local park, smelling strongly of cigarettes and with a broken string, but otherwise unharmed.
Congratulations to Kerstin Allvin, whose recording of Jacques de la Presle's Le Jardin Mouillé has made it to number 1 of the French Radio Classique charts!
You can download the recording from Virginmegaclassique.fr, or buy the whole album from Amazon. "Sonate et autres pièces de chambre" is a programme exclusively of de la Presle's music, with the Detroit-Woodwind Chamber ensemble (Polymnie POL590452).
Devotee of Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulence, Jacques de la Presle was part of the French musical opposition to Wagner and Stravinsky, and of course it is from this French impressionist period that much of the most important harp solo repertoire comes. De la Presle's elegant, refined music, privileging melody, is always focused on the beautiful. Of his work, de la Presle remarked: "Je n'ai jamais rien écrit qui ne fut pour moi un besoin impérieux de le faire. Je crois que tout artiste écrit pour s'élever au-dessus de lui-même. C'est ce qui est le plus difficile en art." ("I have never written anything that I did not feel I absolutely had to write. I believe that every artist writes to transcend himself. It is this which is the most difficult in art.")
Le Jardin Mouille is inspired by Henri de Régnier's poem of the same name, where the rain-soaked garden eventually "s'égoutte/Dans l'ombre que j'ai faite en moi" ("drains all its rain at once into the shadow I have made within me.")
Meanwhile, in England Four Girls Four Harps have released their second CD, Fireworks and Fables, which also features a lot of French impressionist music, and is also doing well in the media. It was David Mellor's CD of the week on Classic FM at the start of June, was featured in Classic FM Magazine (which thought that, had the CD been released a few weeks earlier, it would have had a good chance at the Classical Brit Awards), and was played on BBC Radio 2 as well. You have yet another chance to hear it this Sunday from 9PM on the Magazine Show.
Thank you to all who've already sent me with news and ideas! It's so exciting that I lept out of bed extra early (like, nine) and seized my computer keyboard to write a HARPBLOG NEWSFLASH.
The Second Moscow International Harp Competition will take place between May 25 - June 5, 2009 (don't forget to check out Harpcomps for our competitions list - I try to keep this up-to-date, although let me know if I've forgotten something)
The French organisation HarpsensemblE are
organising a harp ensemble course, aimed at young harpists, between
April 20 - 22nd in Orléans. Contact HarpensemblE's president Françoise Le Roux for more information at email@example.com, or Download HarpensemblE April Course. CLOSING DATE: February 10th, 2009.
Kathy DeAngelo is directing two events: the Somerset Folk Harp Festival (July 9 - 12, 2009) and the Harpers Escape Weekend (October 16-18, 2009). Contact Kathy on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 856-795-7637.
I've been sent MySpace Links from jazz harpist Arnaud Roy, both his individual page
and that of his group Le feu du dedans, an afro-rock-jazz fusion where
the public also actively take part in creating drawings reacting to the
More MySpace from harpist and composer Agathe Laforge, who has a concert exploring the relationship between the sacred and the secular in early music TOMORROW, February 5th, at 1900 in the Médiathèque at 1, rue Marceau, 93170 Bagnolet.