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International days of the Nyckelharpa at castle BURG FÜRSTENECK (Germany), more than a course of playing... Nyckelharpa workshops with Marco Ambrosini, David Eriksson, Magnus Holmström, Ana Alcaide, Didier François, Jule Bauer, Annette Osann, Johannes Mayr. Nyckelharpa concert, conference. Keyed fiddle, key fiddle.

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14th International Days of the Nyckelharpa 2017
at castle
BURG FÜRSTENECK (Germany)

October 5 - 8, 2017

6th October, evening: Conference on "Recent Developments"
7th October, evening: Nyckelharpa Concert

… more than just a weekend of playing!

Nyckelharpa Builder and Bow Maker
Exhibition, consultation, trying out of different instruments
Small on-site repairs and attaching new bow hair

Holger Funke, Gemany
Aurélie Georges, France
Johannes Mayr, Germany
Annette Osann, France
Earl Holzman, US
Amrey Schaffeld, Germany
David Eriksson, Sweden
et al.

Prior notice 2018:
15th International Days of the Nyckelharpa, 4 - 7 October 2018

The nyckelharpa (Schlüsselfidel, viola d’amore con chiavi, keyed fiddel) is a string instrument played with a short bow and keys that change the pitch. Its resonance strings contribute to its unique sound. From Late Middle Ages the nyckelharpa emerged in Europe. However since the Baroque Period it has only been played in Sweden mainly around Upland as a folk instrument. Thanks to innovative musicians in Sweden, especially Eric Sahlström (1912-1986), and inspired musicians in continental Europe, the nyckelharpa is being rediscovered all over the world and being used in many musical styles.

This invitation is intended for people from everywhere with all levels of nyckelharpa experience (as well as people motivated to learn) to play, share experiences, and take lessons together.

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Instruction will be given mostly in English. Additional languages are possible depending on the teachers. Some help with different languages is usually available by participants in the single workshops..

We are planning (subject to alterations) :

  • Workshop for beginners and slightly advanced players
    (Some instruments are available for rent at a fee of € 50. Please don't forget to tell us at time of registration if you need one.)

    • Jule Bauer for complete beginners
    • Annette Osann for nyckelharpa players between beginners and advanced level
      • Handling the nyckelharpa
      • Fundamentals of using the bow
      • Use of the left hand
      • Easy repertoire


  • Continuous Workshops with special topics for advanced players
  • (These courses are designed to enable themed work and require basic playing skills. For less experienced players participants should attend the more appropriate workshop given by Marco Ambrosini.)

    • Magnus Holmström and David Eriksson
      • Swedish folk music and different playing techniques for nyckelharpa

    • Marco Ambrosini
      • Early music

    • Johannes Mayr
      • Continetal folk dance repertory, stylistic features, dance-oriented interpretation and accompanying patterns

      For the above workshops please specify your preferred workshop when filling the application (and possibly a second choice workshop, if your first choice is already full.).

      The following special workshop must be pre-booked and contains pre-workshop personal preparation:

    • Didier François
      • Swing and improvisation
      • This course is aimed at the more advanced nyckelharpa player and requires preparation using previously sent tasks, sheet music and audio files.
      • To make it possible for us to send you the tasks and for you to do the preparation we ask for early application for this workshop to evers@burg-fuersteneck.de . The number of participants is limited.


  • In addition:

    • Short workshops with the other teachers for even more sharing, amongst others:
      • Annette Osann: Care and maintenance of the instrument and simple repairs
      • Aurélie Georges: Care and maintenance of the bow and simple repairs
      • Olena Yeremenko: 1. Eastern European Music, 2. Special ornamentation on nyckelharpa
      • The themes of the other short workshops will be set and announced during the weekend..

    • Conference on recent developments (Friday, 6 th October, evening) ,
    • Public nyckelharpa concert (Saturday, 8 th October 8:30 pm, free entrance)

    • Free playing together and sharing of experience
      • Playing in different groups
      • and in different styles

    • Exposition about the nyckelharpa ( Holger E. Funke - Manesse-Instrumenta , Poeta Magica )
      • History of the nyckelharpa, from the mora to the e-harpa
      • Exchange with the nyckelharpa and bow makers
      • Opportunity to try out
      • Repairs
      • Consultation service

    • Forum for instrument makers
      • Exchange of experience among the participating builder and presentation of their own developments
      • Discussion of different instrument styles and their implications building and acoustics
      • Exchange with the teachers and participants of the playing workshops to their requirements of the instruments
      • Visits of participants in the exhibition
      • Expansion of the own network in the nyckelharpa scene
        The number of places for instrument and bow makers is limited, early application is recommended.

Planning and overall management: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers

The nyckelharpa teachers:

Marco Ambrosini , Eifa/Hatzfeld (Germany), studied violin and viola, theory and history of music and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. In 1982 he founded the famous ensemble " Oni Wytars " together with Peter Rabanser and in 1991 the "Katharco Consort" together with Katharina Dustmann. He works as a soloist and composer in many international ensembles for early and contemporary music. He was the pioneer for nyckelharpa in continental Europe. In 2012, he published a book of daily exercises for the nyckelharpa.
More at: www.ambrosini.de

Jule Bauer , Karlstein (Germany), took part in the European Nyckelharpa Training at the Scuola di Musica Popolare in Forlimpopoli (Italien). She studied the science of music at the J.W.Goethe University (Frankfurt). She has played with different early music, folk music and world music groups for several years. In 2013, Jule published her comprehansive nyckelharpa handbook "Playing Nyckelharpa . Nyckelharpa spielen" written both in English as in German.
More at: www.sonnenklang.de

David Eriksson, Tobo (Sweden), comes from Vsterbotten in the north of Sweden but now lives in the north part of Uppland. He is a member of several bands and constellations and he frequently appears as a guest artist in many different kinds of bands and genres. He is a professional nyckelharpa player and he studied at Eric Sahlstrm Institute for nyckelharpa, and continued with a Bachelors degree and pedagogy degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is a Riksspelman, has won the Swedish championship in older traditional nyckelharpas, and has received several other scholarships and awards. 2016, he won the worldchampionship with the kontrabas harpa. Beside the bands, he works as a teacher, composer, writer and a freelance musician and he is a nyckelharpa maker, too.
More at: www.massivet.nu
and www.lyy.se

Didier François , Antwerpen (Belgium), studied violin, composition and Jazz in Brussels and Amsterdam. He has performed on violin and nyckelharpa with Stefane Grappelli, Gabriel Yacoub, Michel Risler, Armand Amar. He has composed for ballet, film and theatre, is a sculptor, and he has been teaching for many years.
More at: www.didierfrancois.be

Magnus Holmström , Sigtuna (Sweden), is a professional nyckelharpa player and an experienced teacher. He studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo and at the Royal Collage of Music in Stcokholm. In 2004, he won the Worldchampionships with “Gammelharpa” (old style nyckelhapra) and in 2006 both with “Gammelharpa” and modern nyckelharpa. In 2006, he also won the award; “musician of honour” at Burträsksvängen and in 2008 the Bror Hjorth Scholarship.
More at: www.magnusholmstrom.com

Johannes Mayr, Breitscheidt (Germany), musician and instrument maker. He has been active for more than 20 years as a folk musician with accordion, nyckelharpa, organ, contrabass and vocals. Having grown up with Bavarian-Swabian folk music, he has mastered and practiced many styles of classical, medieval, folkmusic of various styles (from modern to completely traditional, from French-Breton, Irish-English to Scandinavian). Musicians at Cassard (Traditional Music of Tomorrow), La Marmotte (folk celtique) and the Trio Larsson / Mayr (nordic folk). He also teaches various workshops. Johannes Mayr is a graduate of the European Nyckelharpa Training. Since 2012 he has specialized in the Nyckelharpa building with his own workshop.
More at: www.johannes-mayr.de

Annette Osann , Dole (France), is a trained violin maker, and since 1998 specialized in building nyckelharpas. After various ensemble activities for early and traditional music as a cellist and nyckelharpa player she is using the nyckelharpa today mainly in Baroque music. 2005, foundation of the duo Arcangelo with Juliette Thiebergien (baroque cello), and since 2009, chamber music. Cooperation in the duo nyckelharpa and organ with Elise Rollin (organ). Since 2013, together with Caterina Other, Jule Bauer and Susanne Brameshuber founding of "Nyckelharpa quartett", 2014, founding of the ensemble for Renaissance and Baroque music "Le Insolite Note".
More at: www.annetteosann.fr

Olena Yeremenko, Warszawa (Poland), was born in Ukraine in an artistic family. She started playing violin at the age of four and graduated later the conservatory in Lviv. After studying she turned her interest into European traditional music and co-founded the Burdon Folk Band. She has also taken part in numerous projects in Ukraine and Poland She has recorded Telemann’s Polish Dances with The Orchestra of Age of Plague and cooperated with Gardzienice Theatre Group as a leader musician and an actress. Recently, she has taken part in a progressive rock project „Ichthyander Dad’s Only Dolphin” and joined Polish early music group “Dancerye”. Olena's experience in playing Central and East European tunes allowed her to draw a unique timbre out of the nyckelharpa voice when playing Bulgarian, Moldavian or Ukrainian music. She easily connects styles of different folk music styles with modern ways of musical expression.
More at: www.soundcloud.com/olena-yeremenko

Overall direction: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers

The

International Days of the Nyckelharpa at BURG FÜRSTENECK

starts on Thursday, 5h October, 2017 with dinner at 6:30 pm and ends on Sunday, 8th October, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

On your registration form please tell us the level of your nyckelharpa experience.An indication of special interests and/or requests will help us prepare a program suited to your expectations.

Fee € 330 - € 380 € (self-assessment including acommodation and food)
This fee includes all tuition and program, accommodation at the castle and good and optionally vegetarian food.

Discounts = reduced fees for young people and low-income
For young persons up to 26 years of age, there is a course fee reduction of 40 percent.
People on a low income and are in receipt of statutory social benefits or only have a comparable low income can be granted 30% discount on request (proof required). Rental charges remain unaffected. Please indicate at the time of registration and provide proof. No discount can be granted retrospectively.

Registration online (Please select your desired workshop and use the "Comments" box to request the hiring of an instrument)
Or send an email to bildung@burg-fuersteneck.de

Concert videos of the 12th International Days of the Nyckelharpa in 2015 can be found at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yE45cf_qrY&list=PL9sbBy_bX9n3yYxtX-MqRzemCyvh2UgDp
(Many thanks to the artists and to Bernd Segnitz, who produced the videos.)

European Nyckelharpa Training
www.nyckelharpa.eu

was started at BURG FÜRSTENECK in cooperation with
the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy),
the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany)
the Eric Sahlström Institutet (Sweden)
If you are interessted, please write us (evers@burg-fuersteneck.de) . A new group will start soon.
More Information can be found here

CADENCE
"CADENCE – Cultural ADult Education and Nyckelharpa Cooperation in Europe – Teaching music to adults with special emphasis on the nyckelharpa (key fiddle)“ www.cadence.nyckelharpa.eu

ENCORE
"ENCORE – European Nyckelharpa Cooperation – ORchestral Experience - between European folk music and contemporary compositions"
www.encore.nyckelharpa.eu

 

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