Hello anyone here,
I am Triona from Aue, Erzgebirge (i.e „Ore Highlands“ in Upper Saxony, about 10 miles from the Bohemian border and about 25 miles from Klingenthal, the home of the oldest harmonica factory in the world still manufacturing.
), famous for the football team of Wismut Aue, mining on uranium ceased by 1990.
Born in Stuttgart (DE), mother tongue is Svabian (a south german dialect), foreign languages: German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, and on non-professional level Czech, Polish, Danish, French, Italian, and a little bit of several others.
My first harmonica 1970.
I found it accidentally in the dormitory of a festival, where anyone has forgotten it.
I have it still, although it’s not really playable any more.
Here it is:
Thanks to the unknown. I gave away a quite new harp to a musician of the State's Ensemble of Rwanda in reward decades later. He was a drummer - like entirely all of the ensemble - and he was so mesmerized about that little instrument, which he had never seen or heard before, after I had played a little session with a couple of the heavy drummers. (And I can tell you - these drums are exorbitantly loud! You must have a good breath to keep on with these.
Here a sample in session cast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVVLhzJH0os
Full orchestra contains at least 40 of these.)
I hope that will do. But I don't know, whether the harmonica became a more spread instrument in Rwanda since that time.
I play mainly rhythmically accentuated, mostly more or less improvised folkmusic (of all countries, but mainly German, Alpine, Bohemian, Moravian, middle- and eastern European like Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, Scandinavian, recently also Irish, Scottish, Breton) on diatonic harmonicas - recently increasingly using slide diatonics and diatonic bass.
A quite good description might be “High-Speed-Polka” – just wild dancemusic. With pleasure medieval (yes, I know there were no harmonicas in the middle ages
) and other ancient stuff like baroque etc too; reggae, experimental sounds, punk etc and any wild mixture of all of these, as well as ballads; but very rarely blues. (With the last there are 1000 and 1 doing better than me.) Many like my music, some not.
my favourite harmonicas:
SEYDEL Fanfare, 1847, Session Steel and brass (preferably low and extra low tunings), Concerto, Sampler
TOMBO Major Boy + Minor Boy (old series preferred), Pocket Bass (diatonic)
HOHNER Chordomonica II, XB-40, recently (but not yet very good) Vineta, CX-12, chromatic double bass
Recently Brendans Irish Session Harp, Slide Diatonic (Paddy-Richter-10 hole).
Other Instruments and musical activities:
Jaws harp, overtone flutes, fujara, didgeridoo, khaen, singing, yodel, beatbox / mouth percussion, recently (but not yet good) overtone singing – all in all more or less related among each other.
Acoustic percussion (wood, metal, drums, talking drum, bodhran, friction drum etc)
Because of lack of time and too less activity in exercise still on beginners level: bagpipes, diatonic hand harmonica, mandolin, bouzuki, full drum set. That concerns my new Asia-Bend too. (More about this and special questions following in a separate thread).
Translations from Swedish and English into German (mainy) and vice versa and intermediate too, other languages in preparation (here especially singable translations of song lyrics).
Writing and processing of song lyrics, on request with pleasure for others too. Please contact me, if there is any need. (Short texts for private use for friendship; fully professional / commercial requests on larger translation jobs like technical texts, scientific essays, PR-texts etc for a fair price, VAT invoice possible.)
Only rudimentary knowledge in reading notes and musical theory. I try to improve that. But singing and playing on sight is not. Anything by ear and memory. If there is no record on sound carrier available, studying on sight is only note by note on the Bontempi.
Dancing (oriental dance, folkdance, irish and highland dance), folkloric costumes and festivals, medieval, viking and celtic festivals, history (music and common), building and inventing musical instruments.
Because of working stress (service and maintenance mechanic for machines / car-shop equipment) as well as sometimes lacking activity in exercise and steadiness I did not achieve the step from pure amateur to half professional level at least, although having tried some times. (Not counted here some succesful experience as street musician.)
I have rudimentary stage equipment, some poor recording equipment too. But simply playing music for a number of people (without a micro) is one thing. The ability to use stage equipment properly (nowadays mainly digital) is wholly another thing. Especially when constantly being at war with electronical devices and computers.
But essential to me is to keep the joy. And to be able to give some joy to some people every now and then. I consider this the most important.
I think that must do for now.
I hope, that was not too much for a beginning.
Here some links to videos with me, to give a short impression of my music.
I hope the one or the other might like it:
no records on any slide diatonic available yet – sorry,
soon come I hope
last edit: adjustment of the search request
new edit: search request cancelled.
Now I have a TOMBO Contrabass and newly I could order a SUZUKI SSCH-56