Jazzharp.org newsletter - February 2012
'The most valuable and enjoyable harp read out there'
- Jade Barnaby, Melbourne, Australia

Contents of this newsletter
- IJHF activities coming up in Europe & USA
- Global Jazz Harp Calendar highlights
- Spotlight on: Adele Girard
- New Release: Brazilian Rhythms for the Harp, by Medeiros/Braga
- Gadgets: AppTime! - Soundhound & iImprov Fundamentals
- YouTube tips: Riza Printup & Cristina Braga

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IJHF activities coming up
We've been invited to teach basic jazz, blues and improvisation for harp and perform at some great 2012 events:

In March, we'll be at the 'Harpdag' in Waregem, and teach 1 half day workshop on blues and improvisation for harpists with no jazz experience at all, plus a part 2 with tips & tricks for a cool and more coherent solo.
info: www.zingendesnaar.nl
Camac Harps will be celebrating their 40 years of harp making with a festival in Ancenis on May 25 - 27. They have put together a wonderful program covering all angles and corners of the harp. As we can expect of Camac, they invited a variety of jazz players including Edmar Castaneda, Rossitza Milevska, Brenda Dor-Groot and Sabine Meijers (IJHF), and the Berklee College Jazz Harp Ensemble. more info on www.festival-harpe-ancenis2012.com, or better yet, read this Harpblog item.
Early July, we will join the International Harp Workshop in Italy. The IHW is a wonderful 10 day harp retreat at the Crea Sanctuary, 443 metres above sea level, organized by teacher in residence Laura Sofia Caramellino. Participants get 4 individual lessons including a masterclass by Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, a course of 5 collective lessons on jazz and improvisation by the IJHF, two Feldenkrais Method lessons, and more. The course is limited to full participants, plus listeners. download PDF with more info here
In the last weekend of July, the 12th annual
Somerset Folk Harp Festival will be on in Parsippanny, NJ. A fun festival with an incredible amount of workshops. This year, the program includes a special focus on jazz harp.
On Thursday, there will be an all day Jazz & Blues Harp Special by the IJHF. On Friday we'll teach an 'A Taste of Jazz Harp' explorer workshop and on Saturday we will get groovy with 'Gear Up Your Harp', about mics, amps, and cool effects like chorus, delay and wah-wah.
Other jazz, blues & improv classes at Somerset include 'Blazing levers' and 'Elements of improvisation' by Maeve Gilchrist, 'Blues Harp: Walk on the wild side' by Martha Gallagher, 'Sound Decisions on Amps and Sound Gear' by Michael Grupp-Verbon, jazz arranging of hymns and pop tunes by Frank Voltz, and improvising classes by April Vega.
more info on www.somersetharpfest.com
Global Jazz Harp Calendar - HIGHLIGHTS
For a wide range of events, festivals and workshops in the jazz harp scene, visit the full Global Jazz Harp Calendar @ jazzharp.org.

Cristina Braga
is in Europe again. For those of you who can make it to Redange (Luxembourg), or Halle or Rain (Germany) this week: enjoy!
Deborah Henson-Conant is touring west and central US this month. Catch her if you can!
Edmar Castaneda will be releasing his new album Double Portion @ Blue Note, NY in a few weeks, and play in The Netherlands with trumpet player Eric Vloeimans on March 29, before heading to the 31st Edinburgh International Harp Festival in Scotland.
On February 25,
Monika Stadler and Uschi Laar are performing and teaching in Lommel, Belgium.
Lori Andrews and Carol Robbins are to be seen around LA, while Rossitza Milevska is playing in France, and Park Stickney is hopping between Europe and the USA as usual :-)
And where do YOU play?
Do you give or organize a public jazz harp performance or workshop, or do you know of one that's not listed in our Global Jazz Harp Calendar yet? Let us help you spread the word to real harp enthusiasts, and help us to provide a comprehensive list of events. Shine on our calendar - submit your event here!
Spotlight on: Adele Girard
The sweethearts of swing

Adele Girard, born in 1913, was one of the first jazz harpists ever. She was the daughter of an opera singer and a violinist, and classically trained. After many gigs and engagements, both as a singer and as a harpist with various jazz orchestra's and musicians such as Jack Teagarden (who's name you might recall from writings about Caspar Reardon), she ended up playing with jazz clarinettist Joe Marsala. They got married, and being specialized in Dixieland and swing, they became known as 'The sweethearts of swing'.

'For the first time, my primary responsibility was as harpist rather than vocalist, and it is positively frightening what I didn't know about jazz.'

There are 2 nice articles on Adele that we'd like to tell you about:
Adele Girard, Jazz Harp Originator is on jazzvirtuosa.blogspot.com. This blog is, as the writer says, 'A celebration of women in jazz'. It also contains the articles 'Dorothy Ashby, Jazz Harp Innovator', and 'Alice Coltrane, A Journey in Spirituality'.
The Sweethearts of Swing, Adele Girard and Joe Marsala is originally published in 'The Mississippi Rag' and can be read online on the website of the University of Pittsburgh. This is a very unique article, written by mr. Attenberry based on almost six hours of interview tapes. Since Adele's health wasn't strong enough for a full interview, her daughter took Attenberry's questions and follow-up questions, and taped her mothers answers as health permitted. The last recording was completed only five weeks before her death.

'...we often played until 2:00 or 2:30 in the morning.'
New release: An Apostila of Brazilian Rhythms for the Harp
by Cristina Braga & Ricardo Medeiros
Do you want to delve yourself into the complexity and fun of Brazilian rhythms? Now there is a book especially made for harpists!

This book by Brazilian jazz harpist Cristina Braga and jazz bassist Ricardo Medeira contains training exercises for mastering seven basic Brazilian rhythmic patterns: Bossa Nova, Samba, Baiao, Marcha-rancho, Chorinho, Frevo and Maracatu. It also includes improvising suggestions and sample compositions. Great fun and a fine teaching tool for pedal harpists.

Available worldwide in the Jazzharp.org webshop:
buy here
Gadgets: lots of fun, lots to learn
This app listens to a song for a maximum of 30 seconds, then tells you the name of the song, the artist and the album, along with links to lyrics and tour dates. Plus it lets you play the song on Spotify or check it out on YouTube right away. The other way around, if you say the name of an artist, it will give you song previews, lyrics, videos, bios, tour dates, etc. etc. It's fun, useful... and free!
iImprov - Fundamentals
This is the most basic app in the iImprov series. A great tutorial of jazz improvisation containing 7 lessons full explanation of theory with sound bites, a chord and scale finder, an ear training tool, and Jam-A-Long tracks that let you select the key and tempo yourself. Even the introduction text is very educational and nicely written.
Definitely worth the 5 bucks (or 4 euros)!
Youtube tips
Riza Printup
Harpist Riza Printup is playing jazz alongside her husband and trumpeter Marcus Printup. Here's a nice recording of their band playing Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' at the Asheville Jazz Festival 2011.
Cristina Braga
A beautiful just-harp-and-bass version of Carlos Jobim's Insensatez (How Insensitive) by Cristina Braga and Ricardo Medeiros, with an intro lasting 2 full minutes. When the song is nearing its end, you'll be able to witness their intense communication. (advice: catch them live some time:-)
Thank you for listening! Sabine Meijers & Brenda Dor-Groot | iJHF
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