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Albrechtsberger: Concertos for Jew's Harp & Mandora

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Composer: Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Conductor: Hans Stadlmair
Performer: Dieter Kirsch

On this CD:
1. Concertino for jew's-harp & mandora in E
2. Concertino for jew's-harp & mandora in F

Review of a music fan from South Whitley, Indiana USA

The first time I heard this recording was on my local PBS station and I was'nt sure what I was hearing. My Grandfather taught me to play the Jew's harp when I was eight or nine years ole and I only thought that this instrument was for what we called a hillbilly band. I took my Jew's harp with me into the army and while stationed in Paris France I played with a country band and became the main attraction when I took out my Jew's harp from my pocket and began to play. I am a classical music lover but until I heard this recording thought that there was no place for the Jew's harp in classical music. I now play along with the orchestra and thouroughly enjoy it . Can't wait to get my own copy so I can aggitate the rest of the family and teach my grandchildren the versatility of the Jew's harp.

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The Karnataka College Of Percussion: River Yamuna

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According to the specialists one of the best recordings of J-harp playing in South India. With morsingist M. V. Sampathkumar on 9 of the 12 tracks, sometimes in the backfront but often in the front. Remarkable speed and rhythmic precision. Various instruments: percussion as well as vina, violin, bamboo flute and voice. Also a track with a unique morsing trio using J-harps pitched to different keys.

Kirsten Braten Berg: From Senegal to Setesdal

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Editorial review of Paige La Grone

Born of a chance backstage meeting, From Senegal to Setesdal marries the golden tones of Kirsten Bråten Berg (Norway's premier folk vocalist) with European mouth harp and the West African do-do (mouth-bow) and djembe (drum) player Kouame Sereba. Along with kora, Solo Cissokho's 21-stringed harp, Berg and her cohorts have created a sound of stunning grace and authenticity, performing traditional European melodies, West African lullabies, and a handful of folk tunes that are a mellifluous conjoining of elements rather than the overwrought fusion one might expect. Each member of the quartet sings, and while Berg is assuredly the best-known vocalist, the throaty tones of the men complement her richness with contrapuntal melodies, at times flowing seamlessly from one tongue to another. But the secret ingredient here is the presence of dual mouth harps, each providing rich texture, ambient drone, and mystical vibrations, each note a bread crumb on the path toward home.

Review of tracy@imageinfo.com from new york

this cd exemplifies world music and the synergy of two seemingly exclusive cultures. the mouth harp brings a vibrational stage which is beautifully adorned by singing voices, high and low.this music is pure delight.

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Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nations Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval:To a Finland Station

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Review of Joe Pasko from Albany, NY USA of Paige La Grone

By the time Dizzy recorded this album, his trumpet chops clearly weren't what they once were, not that he sounds bad here - 'cause he doesn't. Sandoval, on the other hand, is such a Gillespie disciple that this album is like listening to the elder-statesman Dizzy of the 80's playing with the young-buck Dizzy of the original be-bop era. Amazing chemistry - when they play in unison (track 3 for instance), it reminds me of a Herb Alpert record (Aplert's trademark sound, of course, was created by double-tracking his own horn). Another surprise: although not credited for it on the sleeve, Dizzy also blows some funky jew's harp on three or four cuts. (I remember Dizzy's cameo on the Cosby Show, in the 80's. He portrayed the school music teacher of one of the Huxtable daughters, and in that episode treated us viewers to an excellent jew's harp solo. Up until that time, I never knew that Diz was an avid jews-harpist!)

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Tuva, Among The Spirits: Sound, Music And Nature In Sakha And Tuva

Various Artists

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Here is not much of Jew's harp playing, but this CD really exellent because it with connection of nature sounds.
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Editorial Review of Derek Rath

Thanks to the astonishing clarity of modern recording techniques, this remarkable CD documents the oldest form of music making, which producer-recorders Ted Levin and Joel Gordon refer to as "sound mimesis," or the art of imitating natural sounds through music, as practiced in Tuva. With a variety of musicians, including members of Huun-Huur-Tu and other regular folk musicians and farmers, these 19 tracks were recorded outdoors on location (with the exception of two recorded in a small living room). Musicians and singers interact with the sounds of wild and domestic animals and environmental sounds like streams, the wind, and bird song. Throat singing and xomuz echo the harmonics of a babbling brook, upturned igil (fiddle) and doshpuluur (lute) replicate the effect of a wind harp with the breeze caressing the strings, and horsemen chant in the saddle, picking up the rhythm of galloping steeds. These and many other examples illustrate a living animist tradition where the boundaries between sound and song have no clear definition; indeed, the very term "music" as the Western world interprets it has no equivalent, and Tuva, Among the Spirits may well make you reassess the latent music in your own environment.

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Genghis Blues [SOUNDTRACK]

Ondar & Pena

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Not much of jew's harp playing, but it is wonderfull compilation of Tuvinian and American music. As for my, this disk is GREAT!!!
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Editorial Review of Chris Nickson

More than just a record, this is also the story of the journey of Paul Pena, a fine blind American bluesman who learned Tuvan throat singing well enough to win a contest in Tuva. His solo tracks, especially his take on Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," are the real blues deal, but this record truly takes off when Pena and Ondar duet. The blues and the eerie, often-guttural sounds of throat singing make a natural match, one that simply bewitches with the clear overtones and melodies, while the guitar and Tuvan banjo offer simple, but very plaintive, accompaniment. About the only misstep is the inclusion of the Cape Verdean "Tras d'Orizao," which sticks out like a sore thumb from everything else. Get that out of your system, and the rest is pure magic.

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Khomus

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Oh! Pay attention! It is true music from Siberia!

On this CD:
1. Altai Tunes
2. Beg Argamaka
3. Spring Awakening
4. Koro Chetynde and many of tracks more :)

 

Genggong: Balinese Jew's Harp Orchestra

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On this CD:
1. Gegindeman
2. Tabuh Telu
3. Tangis
4. Gong/Gongan
5. Kondokan Jalan
6. Angklung
7. Katak Ngongkek
8. Gelagah Puhun
9. Selandung
10. Dongkang Menek Punyan Biyu
11. Tabuh Enggung


The Jew's Harp World
Svein Westad


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Hungarian Live Electronic Works

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Composer: Endre Olsvay, Bela Farago, et al.
Conductor: Miklos Sugar, Bela Farago

On this CD:
1. Allegory, for jew's harp & tape
2. Lux perpetua, for flute, trumpet, synthesizer, sampler, cello, typewriter & narrator
3. L'EAR-A, for ensemble
4. J. J.'s Games, for flute, cello & synthesizer
5. Nereid, for ensemble
6. ChambEAR Music, for ensemble
7. Dreams, for ensemble

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