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Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:12 pm
No harmonica involved. But this guy is ingenious anyway. And he shows a marvellous example how to modify and develop an old and well known instrument - in this case even one from the middle ages. An aspect which is vivid in this forum as well.
He is performing a short concert (live stream) every sunday night since some weeks. The past concerts are visible on his YT channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPMxpb ... s6fKoRPacg
Re: Guilhem Desq
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:40 am
That's a nice video, but we can't talk about modern and innovative hurdy-gurdy playing without a mention of Johannes Geworkian Hellman, who at least for me pushes what I'd had thought the instrument could do quite a bit. As it happens, the duo Symbio, with him and accordion player LarsErik Öjeberget, gave a live streamed concert a few days ago, consisting entirely of original material. They're a really tight duo, and it's amazing they get such a large sound with just the two of them without any looping or extra sound effects; a real two-man band!
https://www.facebook.com/stallet.folkmu ... videos_tab
To relate it a bit more to the topic of this forum: In their tune After the Fire which start around 40 minutes into the concert LarsErik bends notes on the accordion
, a technique which is more commonly associated with harmonicas. He also explains it a bit in the QnA before their final tune. The number in between, Rising, is well worth listening to so don't skip through it.
Re: Guilhem Desq
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:11 am
Oh yes, indeed. The last year I experienced Symbio in concert - and purchased both of their CDs.
Thanks for the link. This about the bending is very interesting. I have heard this some times in the past. But I did not realize that this practically was reed bending. And neither I knew how this was done controlledly. I think I must take one o my accordions and try this. If not intended and controlled - and not fitting into the tune - this usually is considered as a flaw or handling error.
And this used to be - and sometimes still is - considered the same in "classical" and scholastic (mouth-)harmonica playing. This first did change with the upcoming and popularization and the common musical appreciation of the blues, and then academically by players like Howard Levy.
PS: This shows how an off topic suddenly can turn into a kind of on topic some times.