Jazz Harp Festival & Academy news - June 2013
Hi Everyone!
Welcome to the first in a series of Jazzharp newsletter specials about the upcoming Jazz Harp Festival & Academy, we have lots of interesting activities, festivities and concerts, just start reading and get your fingers ready for October!

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The Jazz Harp Festival & Academy 2013 will be held in the beautiful city of Leiden, The Netherlands, October 11-13, 2013.
In addition to the traditional 2- and 3-day Intensive Courses, we are now offering workshops, specials, open mics, a jam session, multiple concerts and a great expo, turning the Academy in a true Festival this year.
The international harp faculty includes
Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist and Rossitza Milevska, supplemented by an array of Dutch musicians and other professionals.

Join the Academy and be sure to improve your
jazz, improvisation and performance skills, or choose from our workshop programme and dip into singer-songwriting, blues, pop, arranging, publishing, etc.

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Deborah Henson-Conant - grammy nominated jazz & blues harpist, singer-songwriter, storyteller, composer and one-woman orchestra
Maeve Gilchrist - singer-songwriter, world class vocalist and folk harp player, Berklee College of Music instructor
Rossitza Milevska - harpist, pianist, composer, multiple award winning jazz harpist
Kurt Schwab - IJHF in-house jazz education professional, saxophone player, experienced jazz teacher and band & session leader.
Johan Clement - established jazz pianist and jazz piano & harmony teacher at Codarts university of music.
Rosetty - harpist/pianist/composer/arranger, long time principal harpist of the Metropole Orchestra, also referred to as the 'world leading jazz-orchestra'
Habiba - talented and upcoming harpist/singer-songwriter of great originality
Ghislaine Maclaine Pont - seasoned harp teacher and Dutch jazz harp pioneer
Annemarie van Dijk - accomplished harp teacher and folk & jazz harp advocate
Inge Frimout-Hei - innovative harpist and harp teacher, composer and music publisher
Igor List - intellectual property & copyright law specialist
10% off Intensive Course, Workshops & Specials booked in June!
more info | register now

2-day Intensive Course
Saturday October 12 / 9.30 - 22.30
Sunday, October 13 / 9.00 - 18.15

Beginners group
Level: somewhat experienced beginners (a few years of harp lessons, but not necessarily experience in jazz, playing from chord charts or band playing)
Main faculty: Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Kurt Schwab

Intermediate group
Level: intermediate harpists with some knowledge of chords.
Main faculty: Deborah Henson-Conant, Rossitza Milevska, Kurt Schwab

Subjects (includes choice of several festival workshops as well)
Hands-on Jazz & Improvisation
| Hands-on Harmony | Combo lesson | Rhythm | Get physical with your harp | Listening to jazz | How-to-survive-a-jam-session crash course | Jam Session | Strings of Passion | choice of New Blues or Combo lesson | choice of Harpomania or A taste of singer-songwriting | Gear up your harp | Concert Maeve Gilchrist & Rossitza Milevska
3-day Intensive Course
Friday, October 11 / 9.30 - 22.15
Saturday ,October 12 / 9.30 - 22.30
Sunday, October 13 / 9.00 - 18.15

Intermediate group
Level: intermediate harpists with some knowledge of chords.
Main faculty: Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Kurt Schwab

Advanced group
Level: advanced harpists with some experience in playing from chord symbols or accessible knowledge of 7th chords.
Main faculty: Deborah Henson-Conant, Rossitza Milevska, Johan Clement

Subjects (smaller variety than 2-day course, but digging deeper)
Hands-on Jazz & Improvisation
| Harmony | Bass line workout | Melodic workout | Combo lesson | Rhythm | Get physical with your harp | Listening to jazz | How-to-survive-a-jam-session crash course | Jam Session | Strings of Passion | Gear up your harp | Concert Deborah Henson-Conant | Concert Maeve Gilchrist & Rossitza Milevska
workshop descriptions & fees | buy now

Saturday, October 12

> Write a pop song (for 8 to 11 year olds) - by Habiba
> Arranging popular music - by Rosetty
> New Blues - by Deborah Henson Conant
> Gear up your harp - by Brenda Dor-Groot and others
> Publish your music - by Inge Frimout-Hei & Igor List
> How-to-survive-a-jam-session crash course - by Kurt Schwab
> Jam Session - with Jazz Harp House Band led by Kurt Schwab
Sunday, October 13
> Strings of Passion - Lecture Performance by Deborah Henson-Conant
> Listening to jazz - by Kurt Schwab
> A taste of singer-songwriting - by Habiba
> Harpomania / A taste of pop harp - by Ghislaine Maclaine Pont &
Annemarie van Dijk
Deborah Henson-Conant
with special guest Olga Shishkina playing the electric Kantele

On Friday night, Deborah Henson-Conant, the American 'First Lady of the Electric Harp', is expected to awe and entertain the crowds in the beautiful Aalmarktzaal. Deborah is a true performance phenomenon, jazz & blues harpist, singer-songwriter, story teller, composer and one-woman orchestra.
Deborah will rock, groove and swing both as a soloist and together with the Red Limo String Quartet (well known from Kyteman's HipHop Orchestra). You can help us make this evening unforgettable by donating to and help further our upcoming crowdfunding campaign (kick-off September 1 - keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter!).
The Jazz Harp Festival is also proud to present Olga Shishkina as a special guest to Deborah Henons-Conant's show, in collaboration with Koistinen Kantele.
Olga is a very talented and internationally upcoming Russian player of the electric Finnish kantele, another member of the family of plucked instruments, having undergone a technical development in recent years similar to that of the harp.

An exciting and for sure very inspiring concert!
Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 8.15pm
Tickets available in the
Jazzharp.org webshop
Maeve Gilchrist & Rossitza Milevska
Maeve Gilchrist is a superb singer-songwriter and folk harp player with Scottish roots, currently living in Boston, USA. She was raised in a true folk music environment and schooled as a professional harp player and a jazz singer. She has recently become part of the world-class faculty of Berklee College of Music, the famous contemporary music institute. Expect an exquisite mixture of jazz and Scottish folk music.
Rossitza Milevska will present a set of true jazz on the electroacoustic pedal harp. Her thorough classical harp training and jazz piano education are topped off by a most spontaneous and funky-edged way of playing and performing. Born in Bulgary, she nowadays lives in the south of France, where her trio has recently been the winner of various important jazz awards.

The 'Harpbreakers', led by Deborah Henson-Conant and formed especially for this occassion, will open this Sunday afternoon concert.
Sunday, October 13 @ 4.15pm
Tickets available in the
Jazzharp.org webshop
The Jazz Harp Festival & Academy offers various ways to present your business to a new and unique audience, both at the Festival itself and in various ways of communication and collaboration. We would be happy to explore the options with you. Please contact us at
A 'regular' newsletter including the Spotlight On, Gadgets, Youtube tips and other steady items will follow soon.
For now, thank you for listening, and we hope to meet many of you in Leiden this fall!
Sabine Meijers & Brenda Dor-Groot | iJHF
International Jazzharp Foundation info@jazzharp.org