In this episode we kick it off with an inspiring quote about playing mind games with coworkers and then dabble in some actual” news banter about Pope fashion and drug violence in Latin America. The Jew’s harp, sometimes called by its more politically correct name, the jaw harp, is a simple musical instrument which uses your mouth to echo the sound. It relies on a rigid metal frame and a small metal reed which players flick to create vibrations. You can add some personal twists to the instrument, but the basic shape and design are fairly simple to make if you have the right tools and equipment available to you.
If the soul of khomus-performer merges with the energy in the reed of khomus, live music is created, and its waves have truly thaumaturgic power and unveil the opportunities of human body. Hereof A.E. Kulakovskiy, great son of the Sakha people, wrote in his poem, hereof trump experts are talking about now”.
There are a number of ancient artifacts that can be cataloged as mouth harps. As recently as 2018 scientists found a mouth harp thought to be around 1,700 years old in the Altai mountains of Russia that still can be played. This specific artifact was made of bone, which helped it last for thousands of years in it’s location. There are other mouth harp artifacts thought to be as old as 2,500 years old found throughout Europe and Asia. Though these artifacts are not the oldest instruments found, such as 43,000 year old flutes made from bone in Germany, these mouth harp artifacts show our long history with these instruments.
Jaw Harp or politically incorrectly known as jew harp, is thought to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world; a musician apparently playing it can be seen in a Chinese drawing from the 4th century BC. Despite its common English name, and the sometimes used Jew’s trump, it has no particular connection with the Jewish people or Judaism.
Dependence and political events such as wars or civil unrest led to many guild families becoming impoverished. The emergence of newer musical instruments and the rationalization of production methods also caused the abandonment of many former workshops – the Mollner Jaw Harps were made by hand in several family businesses until after the Second World War.
If it’s a Saturday or Sunday, you can get on a swift boat (Восход or Ракет) for a one day trip to the Lena Pillars Nature Park (Ленские Столбы), an impressive set of stone pillars along the rocky coast of the Lena River. The boat will set out from the river station pretty early in the morning and will return around 10PM-11PM in the night. It’s probably better, though, to set up the trip in advance with a Yakutsk tour agency (probably through your hotel, unless you’ve got a good command of the Russian language ), since the riverboat cruises only go out if they get enough passengers, and it’s possible that they might not have enough on one day to make the cruise profitable.
They put all the presents that they got, together, and divided them among their whole party equally. The Indians after the goods were divided, was very merry; they play’d on the Jews harps & danced for us for Beads that we gave them. They behaved well to us.
Norwegian craftsmen really preserved skills of craft of their khomus-munnharpe. The executants treat with due care their traditions of playing the munnharpe. They do a lot for keeping and developing of this art. Norwegian khomuses are very ariose. But I think they are ‘k for accompaniment of dancing, for reproduction of dancing melodies. As for improvisation, well Yakut khomuses suit it more. Though there are a lot of similar sounds in our language.
However, when I got a little bit calming down, some questions arose in my mind. Is it really popular melodies like “Arty-Saiyr” (which is played by even the beginner of the khomus) played during a kamlanie? When I look at the scene very closely with doubtful eyes, I noted that the movement of Dezhit Tozhu’s right index finger and the sound of the khomus are not perfectly synchronized (though attempted with some effort). This means that the music on the sound track is not the one recorded during the film shooting, but recorded separately (most probably afterwards). Moreover, it is impossible to know that the music was played by her or not — it could be someone else’s fantasy that was played to accompany the picture.
The pleasure here is that most of the tracks on this album are of a medium form length, over 6 minutes but under 10, this gives us the listener plenty of time to walk among the tones of excellence provided by the duo, one of these moments is this offering which I adored, Emotion Trance. A moody and reflective offering indeed, Baum manifests his classy brilliance on a harp that really tugs at the heart strings, while Mikuskovics pushes that emotive quality to the next level with sublime performances on Native American Flute, Khomus, Horn Pipe and Ocarina, now this is what you call multi instrumental genius at its very best.
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