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1st jazzharp.org newsletter!
You know what we did last summer... Salt Lake City
spotlight on: Maeve Gilchrist
World Harp Congress
Guinness Book of Records at the WHC
New releases
Jazz & pop harp course in Rotterdam, NL
New at jazzharp.org: articles: Deborah Henson-Conant on playing and composing

1ST JAZZHARP.ORG NEWSLETTER!

Hi everyone! We hope you all had a good start of the year 2008.
2008 will be an important year for jazz harp.
It is the year in which the iJHF will further shape its organization and go fully operational, after the successful but nonetheless difficult struggle of birth in 2007.
Over the past months we developed our businessplan, expanded the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board and the Board of Affiliates, jumpstarted fundraising, and did some publishing and a whole lot of networking.

2008 will also be the year in which many of us will get a chance to meet up: at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in July (see below).

Many jazz harpists are presenting new projects in 2008, and many other harpists are taking their first public steps as jazz harpists.

To get you in the mood, we have gathered some newsitems and articles for you in this first newsletter! We hope you’ll enjoy reading, and don’t forget to forward to your friends, (fellow) students, etc. so they can become a member too!

YOU KNOW WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER

In August 2007, the iJHF was launched at the Lyon & Healy International Jazz & Pop Harpfest in Salt Lake City.

salt lake signAfter ShruDeLi Ownbey of Lyon & Healy Harps generously introduced us, initiators Sabine Meijers and Brenda Dor-Groot presented the new foundation. Then, Advisory Board members of the first hour, Felice Pomeranz and Park Stickney, performed the actual launch. Many harpists subscribed to our newsletter. The first Affiliates came on board and helped us out that week.
In the years to come, we aim to provide you with a platform for inspiration, information, fun and communication, so we can together give the development of jazz harp a real boost!

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Megan Metheney wrote a review of her experiences at the Harpfest and was kind enough to share it with us. Read it here

Competition winners in the lever harp division were: Maeve Gilchrist (1st prize), Christine Van Arsdale (2nd), and Lori Rasmussen (3rd). The pedal harp division was won by Rizpah Lowe, with Motoshi Kosako and Virginia Rogers as 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
Read the first in a series of interviews, with Maeve Gilchrist.

photo: Lori Andrews & Bart Samolis at Harpfest

WORLD HARP CONGRESS

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From July 17 until July 24, 2008, the 10th World Harp Congress will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. To our pride, quite some jazz harpists are part of the programme, so if you want to catch them all, start arranging your trip asap!
You will be sure to hear Edmar Castaneda, Maeve Gilchrist & Deborah Henson-Conant, and others.
Info and registration: www.worldharpcongress.org
Ps. Don’t forget to visit the iJHF stand while you’re there!

GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS...

Convinced and ready to book your ticket to Amsterdam?
Then take this opportunity to play some jazz yourself at the World Harp Congress!
How? By joining the '500 harps ensemble' World Guinness Book of Records attempt.

Several harpists/composers wrote or arranged a piece especially for this huge harp orchestra, amongst them Ortiz, Kaska and Rosetty.
Deborah Henson-Conant rewrote her New Blues specially for this event, renaming it "The Guinness 500" A Bebop Blues for 500 harps (4-harp ensemble & Solo Electric Lever Harp). Always wanted to play with Deborah? This is your chance!
More info and subscriptions: www.harp.eu

DON'T FORGET

check the global jazz harp calendar at

www.jazzharp.org !

JAZZ & POP HARP COURSE IN ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

The Music department of Codarts, university for the arts, has recently started its 3rd jazz harp course.
This course is aimed at students, harp teachers and other professional harpists looking to learn the basics of jazz & pop harp playing. Next to Park Stickney, they also got Dutch harpist/composer/arranger Rosetty on board.
To get informed early when plans for the next course are being made, write an email to info@jazzharp.org and we’ll forward your request.

NEW AT JAZZHARP.ORG

Check the articles section in our online jazz harp library for a great and inspiring article on jazzharp and composing by Deborah Henson-Conant, as recently published in the American Harp Journal.

the international Jazz Harp Foundation:

enriching the jazz world with harp

and the harp world with jazz

CONTRIBUTE YOURSELF!

News, calendar items, articles, and graphic material for our website and newsletter are very welcome!
To be mentioned in the next newsletter, contributions should be submitted by May 1st, 2008.

Want to officially join us and offer structural help? Become a member of the Board of Affiliates.



THANKS FOR LISTENING!

iJHF, Sabine Meijers & Brenda Dor-Groot



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MARCH 2008 NEWSLETTER


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1st board meeting in Paris, February '07
l.t.r.: Matt Marvuglio, Brenda Dor-Groot, Felice Pomeranz, Sabine Meijers


THIS

could have been your ad

spotlight on: MAEVE GILCHRIST

In this first ‘spotlight on’ we’d like to present to you:

Maeve Gilchrist

One of the most original and virtuoso lever harp players around, and only 22 years old!

‘It’s every musicians'

duty to try and evolve

and create new sounds'

On our website, you can read an article on Maeve that we wrote a few months ago for the Dutch folk harp magazine.
read the article
Especially for this newsletter, we conducted an interview with Maeve as a 1st prize winner of the competition at the Lyon & Healy International Jazz & Pop Harpfest last summer. read the interview

‘Jazz is

a wonderful tool

to expand the

horizons of many

kinds of music.’

NEW RELEASES

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sheet music:
The
Dirty Laundry Rag

by
Park Stickney



The Dirty Laundry Rag is an original ragtime piece for pedal harp by Park Stickney.
As it involves many pedal changes, it's aimed at the advanced (or intermediate but very brave) player.
This piece works very well as an encore!
A two harp version is in the works and will hopefully be published soon.
Order your personal copy from your local harp store or through www.jazzharp.com



afterhourscd:

After Hours

by
Lori Andrews

In case you didn't know Lori Andrews yet, this is your chance to taste her music! However, do try to get to see her live sometime too, she is great fun and high energy!
Order from your local harp store or through www.jazharprecords.com


littlehandssheet music:
Little hands get the
Blues

by
Melinda Johnson


Jazzy fun for the novice.
A collection of ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie arranged for beginning to intermediate harpists.
Suitable for both celtic and pedalharp.
Order your personal copy from your local harp store or through www.fixed-wing.com
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