After Hangzhou, China, the 11th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival (APHF) will take place from the 2nd to the 7th of August, at Hsinchu, Taiwan. It will be the most important harmonica event of the year. This biennal Festival is usually the appointment of the Pacific countries : China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Philippines, India, Polynesia, Thaïland, Hawaï, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, USA, and others participants from around the World. The organizing committee proposes a lot of activities to be held in a palace hotel located in the center of this traditional and cultural city. Among others activities, a world harmonica competition, including several categories and opened to all ages (children, juniors, adults) is proposed . The competition in Kuala Lumpur (2012) had gathered 2817 participants, ensembles included. Others activities at the program this year : an international concert, open stages, workshops, seminars...
French harmonica players are wishing a successful 11th Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival to the far east harmonica players.
Information : http://www.hapa.org.tw/aphf &
Photo c/o APHF organizing committee Published June 6th 2016
ARMOS Concert The ARMOS quartet have been highlighting the qualities of the chromatic harmonica since 2004, with a particulary rich repertory from classic music to jazz and variety, including compositions of Pierre Rochat talented harmonica and violin player. The other artists of this quartet are Gérard Margnoux, Dominique Lannes (both chromatic and distonic), and Pierre Augier guitarist.
This concert will take place in "Notre Dame du Bon Secours Chapel", 68 rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris, at 7.30 pm.
Your are invited to a final orchestral participation for the last piece "Tous Ensemble" (composed by Pierre Rochat). If you are interested you just have to choose one voice out the 4 proposed on the music sheet, herewith.
Concert organized to the advantage of the association "Les Petits Frères des Pauvres".
Tickets 10€ Published May 12th 2016
Harmonica in the Paris Opera
Paris Opera Garnier was born in 1875... For the first time in its history it will host a musical instrument born also in the 19th century, the harmonica of Antoine Leroux, very talented harmonica player. This event will happen from March 19 to April 1st. Twelve performances during which Antoine Leroux will play the Tchaikovsky's 'Waltz of the Flowers' (from The Nutcracker).
A world premiere in this Opera Garnier, historical monument, as the Carnegie Hall in New York, classified National Historic Landmark, in wich Larry Adler and Buddy Green obtained a triumphal success, without forgetting Claude Garden at Boston with the Boston Pop Orchestra.
Many prestigious venues, contributing to getting exposure for our instrument to the general public.
Published March 10th 2016
Tokyo Convention AJHF 2016
The AJHF convention (All Japan Harmonica Federation) will take place in the hotel « Lungwood Nippori », Tokyo, April 23th and 24th.
On Saturday 23th : Traditional Opening Concert at the « Yaruto Hall Theater » (Higashi-Shimbashi), Tokyo, in collaboration with « Japan Harmonica Arts Association ».
Sunday 24th : Convention general meeting during which Jean Labre will inform on the situation of harmonica in France and Europe, followed by a meeting seminar and an instrumental master class ; stalls will be selling different harmonica trademarks, CD, DVD, various publications, etc. To finish with the traditionnal Convention Dinner Concert. Guest Jean Labre.
For more information contact : Published March 9th 2016
Iran 1st Harmonica Festival
"If all the guys of the world wanted to join hands..."
Welcome to our Iranian friends who are joining us in our harmonica world. Our instrument has no borders, let's rejoice in it.
It is in Téhéran city, Iran Republic, that will take place, April 28th, the first harmonica Festival, harmonica being henceforth recognized as a full-fledged instrument on our planet. This is on the theme of chromatic harmonica, held by Soban Heidari talented player, that the Festival runs, inviting the public to discover an instrument mixing perfectly with the local folklore and classical music.
Harmonica players from France are joining me to wish you and your dynamic leader Soban Heidari a very happy festival
France Harmonica Founder President Published March 5th 2016
Harmonicas de France Orchestra
This famous orchestra conducted by Pierre Couteau had just taken a new dimension by merging with the group « The Lutéciens » of Paris. The Lutéciens became recently an association under the leadership of its new president Jean Saquy.
The new Harmonicas de France orchestra will participate, during two days in seminars and masterclasses, ending with an evening concert, at 9pm, on March 18th at Cozes 17120, and the 19th at Pons 17800, France.
The orchestra conductor is Pierre Couteau attended by Charles Le Croller leader of "The Luteciens".
Information: Published March 4th 2016
Festival Harmonicas de France 2016
This Festival will take place in Montlhery 91310 France, May 20th to 22nd.
The Festival proposes :
- Friday 20 : 7pm, welcome dinner/concert at the restaurant « Le Liceas », 22 Bel Air street, Z.I. L'Eglantier, Lisses 91045.
- Saturday 21 : Cultural Center Michel Spiral Montlhery,
9am, open Championship Harmonicas de France, 2pm Open stage, 3pm, masterclass Antoine Leroux/Mario Scillia.
8pm, Gala Concert, featuring : Duo « Guit'Harmo », Nami Miyata, Antoine Leroux and « Duo Romance ».
- Sunday 22: association Yearly meeting.
Welcome to our Festival
Please, don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information :
firstname.lastname@example.org tel : 09 82 55 54 36 Photo poster H2F Published February 11th 2016
The Batofar is a boat with a lighthouse fixed in the middle of her bridge. It's a place for artistic meetings, where artists are submitted to an applausemeter system at the end of their show. Having obtained a great success in last December, the group Armos has been asked by the dynamic team of the Batofar, to play again on February the 20th, at 7pm.
Armos ensemble have been highlighting the qualities of the harmonica since 2004, with a particulary rich repertory from classic music to jazz and variety. The players are : Pierre Rochas, Gerard Margnoux, Dominique Lannes (chromatic/diatonic) and Pierre Auger (guitar).
The Batofar is docking at O'Sullivans Backstage, 92 boulevard de Clichy, 75018, métro Blanche. Paris.
Welcome to the Batofar Photo c/o Armos Published February 10th 2016
Francfort MUSIC MESSE 2016
"Musikmesse" in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the leading international tradefair for musical instruments, sheet music, music producers and marketing. Most harmonica brands are ready to welcome you in their booths, among them : Hohner, Seydel, Tombo/Lee Oskar, Susuki, Hering, etc.
For over 30 years, a lot of enthusiastic visitors from around the world have been coming to this largest and most important international meeting place for the musical instruments industry. Here is where artists are celebrated and here is where the younger generation is inspired to make music.
Experience this unic spirit from April 7th to 10th 2016, where everything is about music and musical instruments. From pure craftsmanship to digital music production, from business contacts at the trade fair stands to performance in front of visitors on the numerous stages.
Spirit of music.. Vibrate to the rhythm of the world !
Information : www.musikmesse.com
Photo Jean Labre Published February 5th 2016
Trossingen New Harmonica Museum
Our old Harmonica and Accordion Museum will be closed definitely Sunday November 29th 2015.
The new one at the new place Bau V in the former Hohner plant will be opened at the end of April (maybe early May) 2016. "Please cross fingers" Martin Häfner dixit...
We will have a "last hurrah" in the old museum's building on Sunday Nov. 29th with master harmonica maker Günther Bayer and some live music. Just before the old museum opens the last time (1.30 p. m.) a come together in our new rooms with flea market and information around the museum's project. (11.00 a. m.)
The evening before, Saturday Nov. 28., 7.00 p.m., we'll have a very special concert for the benefit of our new permanent exhibition: Walter Buchinger (Austria) and Rainer Schubert (Germany) will play with a team of 25 musicians a Chordomonica Concert to celebrate "50 years Chordomonica" and two more anniversaries. 50 years harmonica in outer space (Dec. 16 1965) and the 50th anniversary of Director Ernst Hohner's death (the famous grandson of founder M. Hohner who died on October 16th 1965).
If you cannot join the good bye events end of November 2015, come to visit the new museum and our many events next year.
We hope for donations of fans and enthusiasts worldwide to get the missing equipment and to be able to re-finance the high costs of this new "Mecca" for harmonica/accordion-history interested people.
Springtime 2016, when the opening date is fixed, we will have a big ad. campaign. I'll keep you updated.
Best regards (I'm glad to see some of you these days at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen)
Director German Harmonica and Accordion Museum
Contact: Photo c/o Hohner Trossingen Published November 10th 2015