Jazzharp.org newsletter - August 2013
'The most valuable and enjoyable harp read out there'
- Jade Barnaby, Melbourne, Australia

Contents of this newsletter
- Jazz Harp Camp with Park Stickney, August 18-24
- Double your 2013 jazz harp education and double your discount!
- Spotlight on: Rossitza Milevska
- Pre-launch of the Harping-minus-one play along CD
- IJHF's report from Somerset Folk Harp Festival, babybites and...
- App tip: Discover jazz giants and gems
- Youtube tip: Rossitza Milevska playing Jobim

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Coming up: Jazz Harp Camp with Park Stickney
August 18-24, 2013
Valeyres, Switzerland

Late sign-ups! Register now, there are only a few places left to this great and intense week of jazz harp learnings with no one less than Park Stickney!
Pamper yourself with this course, not only for the great food and beautiful Swiss surroundings, but to learn or refresh the basics of jazz theory and harmony, and to enrich your harp playing with some jazz harp technique. In the second half of the Jazz Harp Camp you can indulge in playing with Dino (bass) and Gigi (percussion), Parks very own rhythm section, two jazz greats who will work with you!
Esther Sévérac, a great Swiss harpist and jazz harp devotee, wrote an article about the Jazz Harp Camp in 2011 for the Swiss Harp Association. Especially for the Jazz Harp Foundation she made a translation in English. Read it here.

Inspired? Register through Park's website
Don't forget to check out the Double Discount offer below! If you sign up for Park's Jazz Harp Camp
and the IJHF Jazz Harp Academy & Festival, you can profit from both their original Early Bird Discounts.

Can't make it to Park's Jazz Harp Camp this year? Then get some inspiration by downloading his Dirty Laundry Rag as a PDF and start practising it at your home today! The Park Pages in the shop:
Double your jazz harp learnings: go to Park's Jazz Harp Camp & the Jazz Harp Festival and get Double Discount!
Want to enjoy the feeling of being a jazz harp student in full swing? Park and the IJHF give you a headstart by offering a Double Discount on your Jazz Harp Education program! Sign up for both events and you can still use both of the original Early Bird discount offers. Mail us at info@jazzharp.org and we'll tell you how to get it.
Spotlight on: Rossitza Milevska

French/Bulgarian jazz harpist Rossitza Milevska will be teaching and performing at the Jazz Harp Festival & Academy this Fall. Time for us to get in touch with her and get some questions answered to inspire you.

Read the interview here:
Here's the official bio:

Also worth a read, an article by Helen Leitner about Rossitza and the Milevska Trio winning two prestigious French Jazz contests. Read the article on Camac's
Harping-Minus-One play along CD

This Fall, the official version of The Very Basics of Jazz & Blues will be published and this comprehensive method for jazz harp beginners will be accompanied by a play along CD we just recorded this summer.
The play along CD puts you in a band with some great musicians who recorded a bunch of songs especially for harpists to improve on improvisation, rhythm, and interpreting jazz standards. There is a melody example track with band accompaniment for each song. Up tempo songs even have extra tracks at a slower practise pace. Then, you're invited to sit in with the band, play along freely and try out your own improvisation ideas!

Do you already own a copy of the workshop publication of
The Very Basics? You can upgrade this booklet now by buying the CD in our webshop. It will be separately available until the 1st of November 2013 and comes with lead sheets and additional instructional inserts.
IJHF's report from Somerset Folk Harp Fest, babybites & free workshop stuff
by Sabine Meijers

This year's Festival was bursting at the seams with a dazzling line up of great harpists and an uncountable amount of workshops. Kathy DeAngelo, the organiser of all this great harp stuff definitely broke some records this year! Another record breaker is Louise Trotter, teaching no less than 5! workshops in 3 days, dance at the Fiesta and glow in her performance, all at age 91! I am proud to have been a witness of her getting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the stage of the Somerset Harp Festival.

Jazz, Blues and impro enthusiasts could enjoy, laugh and blink away a tear with Martha Gallagher, melt into a world of marvelling soundsculptures with Maeve Gilchrist and get a kick out of the rhythms of dancer Nic Gareiss and many more.

The first day in Somerset turned out to be one of those special lifetime moments.
It was the day that my great Jazz Harp Foundation companion Brenda, who I missed dearly during the Festival, gave birth back home in the Netherlands to a beautiful little son. Reason enough to treat everybody to an old Dutch newborn tradition: crispbakes with blue little 'mice' (see picture on the left for further explanation;)). Congratulations to Brenda and family!

The IJHF conducted 3 workshops for students of all ages and from all corners of the US: Harping from Lead Sheets, Theoretically Speaking, and Jam Together! Workshops materials of
Harping from Lead Sheets are available for download at our website especially for you. We have secretly hidden them in Kurt's Corner; Kurt is on holiday now, somewhere between Belgium and France, getting mentally ready for all the Jazz Harp girls and boys that will engulf Leiden for the Jazz Harp Festival this Fall. So he won't notice anything;) Just follow this very secret link to Lesson #2: http://www.jazzharp.org/kurtscorner-lesson2
App tip: Discover the jazz giants and gems
The History of Jazz - an interactive timeline

Ok, we admit, it's going to cost you a bit to get this app. But oh, is it not an amazingly mighty app! Browse through the beautifully designed pages, read a bit in the biographies and listen to the music. Bios are from Wikipedia and videos from Youtube, but it's all brought together here making it easy and fun to explore.
The History of Jazz - an interactive timeline is developed by 955 dreams and you can find it in the app store.
Discovr - an interactive music map
Once you've found some tunes you like, you might want to discover some more songs in the same genre! Through
Discovr you can find the musical lookalikes of
your idols and maybe create some more! It shows the connection between bands and artists, you can read about it and listen. Search for your favorite artist or band and the app will make it a 'hub' and show other artists and bands related to your favorite, including tons of information about bios, blogposts, youtube videos, etc.
Discovr - an interactive music map is developed by Filter Squad and you can find it in the app store.
Youtube tip: Rossitza Milevska
Rossitza Milevska with the Milevska Trio playing O Morro Nao Tem Vez
from Antonio Carlos Jobim:
We love it! You too? Come and listen to more of Rossitza, live @ the Sunday afternoon concert at the
Jazz Harp Festival & Academy this Fall.
You also might want to see this interview by Helen Leitner with Rossitza for CamacCam at the World Harp Congress 2011 in Vancouver:
Thank you for listening! Sabine Meijers & Brenda Dor-Groot | iJHF
International Jazzharp Foundation info@jazzharp.org