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11th Harmonica Masters Workshops

Trossingen, November 02nd - November 06th 2016


Artistic direction & concept: Steve Baker
Organisation: Hohner Conservatory / Michaela Kitzke

The Harmonica Masters Workshops were initiated in 2003 by Steve Baker in cooperation with the town of Trossingen and Hohner Musical Instruments. Now under the direction of the Hohner Conservatory, the no.1 educational event for blues harmonica in Europe opens its doors for the 11th time at the beginnng of November 2016 on the new campus in the heart of Trossingen, the fully renovated site of the former Hohner production facilities.


News 10-25-2016

Last-minute change in Concert Program, Saturday, November 5th!

Due to an unexpected offer to stand in for the legendary Stevie Wonder, accompanying soul queen Chaka Khan for a series of concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands, Antonio Serrano will have to leave Trossingen on the afternoon of Saturday November 5th. This means he will be unable to perform at the Harmonica Masters Concert that evening. Antonio offers his sincere apologies and hopes that everyone will understand his decision. In order to give people a chance to hear him perform, we have arranged a short showcase appearance during the session after the concert on Friday night.
Antonio's friend and colleague, Brazilian harmonica maestro Alex Rossi, has kindly agreed to perform in his stead at the concert on Saturday. A pioneer of the South American blues circuit, Rossi has performed and recorded with numerous blues legends including Sam Myers, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Joshua Redman, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Guy, Jeff Healey and many more. Unusually, Alex is also an accomplished jazz chromatic player. He recently produced and performed on a CD tribute to the late, great Toots Thielemans with five other world class jazz chromatic harmonica artists including Gregoire Maret, Olivier Ker Ourio and Antonio Serrano. He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the recent award winning movie Nono The Zig Zag Kid, starring Isabella Rosellini and recently released a CD of compositions by Tom Jobim.

News 09.30.2016

Museum Project: German Harmonica and Accordion Museum 25th Anniversary

Birthday Concert and Benefit Auction

Saturday November 5th 2016, 3 - 4.15 pm

In 2016 the German Harmonica and Accordion Museum moved to new premises in Bau V, a listed building on the former Hohner factory site. This year also marks the museum's 25th anniversary since opening to the public in 1991. On Saturday November 5th at 3pm, Harmonica Masters Workshops instructors will give a short benefit concert to mark the anniversary and raise donations for the refinancing of the newly modernized and enlarged museum. Admission is free.

The performance will be followed by a fundraising auction of 25 selected pieces from the museum's collection, which will be sold to the highest bidder. Unusual historic instruments and other rare items pertaining to the history of the harmonica will be on offer for the first time. A unique opportunity for harmonica lovers to bid for vintage instruments and documents in a location which is steeped in their history. All proceeds will go to the museum.

The showpieces of the auction include:

A Hohner Centenary Richter harmonica from 1957 (special Marine Band model) in original case

Further special edition Marine band models, some gold-plated

A unique “Wender” model consisting of 6 “Little Lady” harmonicas in different keys, built by master craftsman Günter Bayer

An original advertising leaflet for the Beatles Harmonica campaign from 1964

Benefit concert and auction are open to participants of the Harmonica Masters Workshops and invited guests only!

Background Information:

Museum curator Martin Häffner and his team have invested an enormous amount of time and energy in moving the museum to its new quarters in “Bau V” on the former Hohner factory site, re-opening on May 10th 2016. The reactions of visitors have been extremely positive. However, despite various donations and subsidies, the new museum could not be financed without taking out a loan. In order to service this loan, the museum is more than ever dependent on contributions and benefit campaigns.

For further information, please visit www.harmonika-museum.de

News 08.22.2016

With over two months to go until the start of this year's Harmonica Masters Workshops, registrations have reached an all-time record. Around 140 harmonica lovers from all over the world have already signed up and most of our classes are fully booked. This speaks volumes for the high regard in which the Harmonica Masters Workshops are held by players and underlines their role as today's premier educational event for contemporary harmonica.

As the possibility of last minute cancellations can never be ruled out, we have set up a waiting list on a first come, first served basis for prospective students who have not yet registered. Please contact Michaela Kitzke at the Hohner Conservatory if you wish to be put on the list, stating your preferred course or courses. In case of a vacancy, we will inform you immediately. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

A few places are still available for the masterworkshop with David Barrett (language: English), beginners class with Riedel Diegel (language: German) and the guitar class with Eric Noden (language: English).

We would like to thank our numerous returning students for their loyalty and support and look forward to seeing you all in Trossingen at the beginning of November!

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