….as recorded on Flickr. Since then, I have used my hurdy as a bass drone instrument, using a cello string on it. One of this year’s songs is shown here. It featues Maressa from England, me, Mark Hoogslag, from Holland, my hurdy which I built in Poland, and we wrote and recorded the song in my present home town of Regensburg, Bavaria.
Hurdy-gurdy workshop, Lissberg, Germany, 9-12 May 2013
From Thursday, 9th May until Sunday 12th May 2013 hurdy gurdy workshops will be taking place in Lissberg / Ortenberg, Germany (approx. 50km north-east of Frankfurt am Main). As the workshops start Thursday morning, it’s best to arrive Wednesday (8th May) in the evening.
Tutors: Ina Lemm, Hendrik Ardner, Gerhard Ganz, Ron Winkler, Peter Streng and Cliff Stapleton.
In the eveningsthere will also be some talks and presentations as well as live music. Cliff Stapleton will be performing a solo programme on Saturday evening.
Always wanted to learn to play bagpipes or hurdy gurdy? Whether you are advanced player and want to deepen your love? This may be during Spring Weekend. During the weekend of 6-7 April in Sint-Michielsgestel there hurdy gurdy and bagpipe workshops for beginners and advanced. Daytime courses, evening music and performances.
No instrument? No problem! Participants in the beginner groups can borrow an instrument.
The weekend starts Saturday, April 6 at 10.00 and lasts until Sunday, April 7 at 17:00. Saturday is from 20:00 and balfolk music for and by students and teachers, including the Flemish group Cecilia . Non-participants in the workshops also welcome!
- Combined Workshop - Greet Wuyts This workshop is open to all instruments. Greet Wuyts is renowned teacher of accordion and plays in the Flemish group Cecilia. In this workshop the focus is on teamwork, harmony and the danceability of the music.
- Hurdy-gurdy advanced : Matthias Loibner (full) Participants take a look behind the scenes at the virtuoso Matthias Loibner. This great player from Austria with his unique playing style is a challenge for the experienced players.
- Hurdy-gurdy intermediate : Thomas Hoste Thomas is an experienced teacher hurdy gurdy. Previously he taught at our Saturday courses and he also plays in the group Cecilia. In this workshop, students immerse themselves in techniques and embellishments.
- hurdy beginners : Cor Westbroek (full) Always wanted to play hurdy gurdy? This is your chance! This workshop is designed for beginners, those that the instrument may still discover. With this discovery is the fun comes first. Start playing with simple but beautiful melodies with the hurdy-gurdy. No instrument? A loan instrument is included in the course.
Bagpipe courses also on offer.
Overnight and subscribe For participation in the workshops are of course the cost of overnight stays (in 4-person rooms) and accommodation (lunch, dinner, breakfast, coffee and tea in between) included.
Special offer beginners: Preparing Morning March 16
In order to extract more value from the beginners group, we offer the participants an additional preparation morning: The preparation morning on March 16 in Zeist from 10:00 to 12:00.
For professional and advanced amateur hurdy gurdy players wishing to explore the 18th century repertoire and technique for the instrument. Classes will focus on style, ornamentation and Baroque forms. A harpsichordist will be present, allowing some course time to be spent working on the solo repertoire with basso continuo.
Registration is limited to 10 participants, and will be confirmed by email, upon payment of the course fees (250 CHF).
Tuning is c/g, at A=415.
Course will be taught in English, French and German.
The Dutch association for hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes has announced the next series of Saturday courses for the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, running from November through to next May. Courses are available for beginners and advanced players of both instruments, as well as joint sessions. Beginner’s instruments are available to hire.
Hurdy-gurdy beginners: Joop Aalbers. Discover the possibilities of the instrument and experience the fun.
Hurdy-gurdy advanced: Roald Keuning. Elaboration and refinement of melodic and rhythmic techniques.
Drone Music in bandstands: Ine Blom. Development of a joint repertoire to be played at the end of the course at a number of bandstands.
Bourbonnais Revival: drone with a capital D: Jonneke Jorissen and Cor Westbroek. Joint course for D-tuned hurdy gurdies and bagpipes.
On 31 August, Dutch streaming music site, Concertzender, had an hour-long show devoted to hurdy-gurdy music. An archived recording of the show is available on their site here (click the small speaker link towards the top of the page).
They say “This episode of Metamorphoses about unusual instruments is an hour long focus on the hurdy-gurdy. Often the instrument has been maligned as a simple melody instrument that was merely suitable to accompany dancing. However, the instrument was in the distant past used by the troubadours to accompany their songs and classical works were composed for it. The hurdy largely disappeared from the stage, afterwards remaining only in some countries like France. In recent decades there has been a revival, in which the construction of the instrument, the playing technique and repertoire went through a revolution.”
The show features the following set:
Malicorne - Le Branle des Chevaux (trad) Le Bestiaire - Ballon Noir 082303
Blowzabella - The New Hornpipes (D Shepherd) A richer dust - Osmosys OSMOCD010
Emilio Cao - Estreaba o horizonte (Coa) Cartas Marinas - BOA Do FolDF005
La Ciapa Rusa - Suite di Monferrine (trad, Martinotti) Antologia - Robi Droli RDC015
Vizöntö - Springdance (Kiss) Best - Pan Records 145 CD