Since many years the Japanese busker and multiinstrumentalist Byon Kay is touring China, Thailand, Japan, Australia and Europe. He uses a loopstation, mouth harps, nose flutes, thelevi rattles, overtone flutes and other effect instruments to amaze people and to make them dance. DAN MOI was talking to Byon Kay about his approach to play mouth harp.
Anyone who plays a Kalimba regularly will certainly have noticed that the instrument begins to sound "inharmonic" or "weird" over time. Then the moment has come when you ask yourself, "What's going on here and how can I bring it back to its original condition?"
After reading this blog post, you'll have the know-how you need to make your Kalimba sound clean again.
One week at the Marranzano World Fest in Catania/Sicily
This year, the team around the musician and ethnomusicologist Luca Recupero managed to organise another edition, the 12th. This year's festival motto: Exploring the boundaries between language and music.
Impressions from one week in Catania ;)
Jaw harpist Kian Wind from Leipzig remains musically alive and active despite limited opportunities in pandemic times. You can meet him busking in the streets of Leipzig, he works on new songs, released the album Kid Covid 2020 and he streamed a live concert worth listening to on April 24, 2021. We publish here the recording of the concert and an interview with him by Andi Rietschel.
Steev Kindwald is playing the Indian double flute Alghoza for 20 years now. Only after 20 years “one is able to make the instrument sound well”, said his master in Rajasthan once. Steev plays the double flute several hours per day. He says, it is so much more than merely playing and practicing the instrument. Playing the Alghoza is a state of being, a way of life. Helen Hahmann interviewed Steev Kindwald (who also is a recognised expert for asian mouth harps) in the summer of 2019 at DAN MOI in Taucha, Germany.
Steev Kindwald unites diverse cultural influences as a musician and instrument maker like no one else. He absorbed a huge part of his playing technique on the double flute Alghoza and different mouth harps in Asia, mainly in India and Southeast Asia. He also takes his inspiration from old instruments from museum collections or even archaeological excavations. Steev had a chat with Helen from Dan Moi about his encounters with instrument makers in Asia and furthermore about his approach to making bamboo mouth harps.