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10th Harmonica Masters Workshops

Trossingen, November 4th - November 8th 2015


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 10th time at the beginnng of November 2015 on the new campus in the heart of Trossingen, the fully renovated site of the former Hohner production facilities.


News 09-15-15

The workshop with David Barrett is now fully booked and we are unable to accept further registrations for this class.

We still have a few vacancies for the workshops with Steve Baker, Joe Filisko and Marko Jovanovic. Baker has long been a cornerstone of the European harmonica scene and enjoys a worldwide reputation thanks to his groundbreaking instructional books and pioneering playing. Jovanovic belongs to the new generation of players who grew up with this and are now taking their own direction. Register now for the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2015 and secure your place at the most enjoyable educational event in the blues harmonica player's calendar!

Places are also still free for the workshops for acoustic blues guitar with Joe Filisko's duo partner Eric Noden, and for Cajon with Martin Roettger, long-time accompanist of Abi Wallenstein and Steve Baker in BluesCulture. Both are master players with many years of experience, both as top professional musicians and as highly regarded educators.

We look forward to welcoming you to Trossingen for the 10th Harmonica Masters Workshops and wish you a wonderful time enjoying the classes, sessions and concerts, as well as exciting exchanges with both instructors and fellow students!


           Eric Noden                                                                                 Martin Röttger

News 07-20-2015

Harmonica Masters Concerts with special guests

Saturday November 7th, start 8pm

The Best of Modern Blues Harmonica

Big Pete Blues band feat. Alex Schultz
David Barrett
Marko Jovanovic

In addition to performances by HMW instructors David Barrett and Marko Jovanovic, the 2nd Harmonica Masters Concert on Saturday November 7th will feature appearances by two further blues artists of international stature.

As our backing band for the evening we've been able to engage the Big Pete Bluesband, fronted by Dutch singer and harmonica player Pieter "Big Pete" van de Pluym. Pete came to prominence as frontman of the Lester Butler Tribute Band, a homage to the late Red Devils singer which toured successfully in the USA and Europe. Thereafter he released the highly acclaimed solo CD "Choice Cuts" on Delta Groove Records, which received excellent reviews worldwide. In Trossingen Pete will be joined by the great Alex Schultz, one of the most highly profiled American blues guitarists. Schultz toured for years with harmonica legends William Clarke and Rod Piazza, and can be heard on their finest recorded work.

The evening kicks off with David Barrett, followed by Marko Jovanovic. Both will be accompanied by Alex Schultz and Big Pete's rhythm section. Alongside his groundbreaking work as a harmonica teacher, David Barrett is a highly regarded performer and studio musician. He was nominated for a Grammy for his contribution to John Lee Hooker Jr.'s CD "All Odds Against Me" and appears regularly in the San Franciso Bay area, both in clubs and at open air events. His concert in Trossingen will once again demonstrate his mastery of West Coast blues harmonica in all of its facets.


David Barrett                                                                                                     Marko Jovanovic

After moving to Berlin in 1999, Marko Jovanovic has made a name for himself as an accomplished professional player in a wide range of genres. Whether with blues acts such as Lars Vegas & the Love Gloves or Ryan Donohue, the West African singer Miriam Hassan or Balkan guitarist and singer Branko Galoic, Marko shows himself to be one of the finest players of his generation, a consumate harmonica artist who can move freely between traditional and modern styles, as well as an experienced performer.

After the break, Big Pete will join his bandmates for a set of his own material. Following the success of the Lester Butler Tribute Band, Pete has worked with numerous internationally acclaimed blues artists including Mitch Kashmar, Monster Mike Welch and Hook Herrera.  His powerful, authentic harp and convincing vocals have rightly earned him the reputation as one of the best younger blues performers from the Benelux region. Together with Alex Schultz' brilliant guitar work, this show promises some serious blues pyrotechnics.

Big Pete                                                                                           Alex Schultz

For the subsequent Grande Finale, all HMW instructors will take to the stage under the direction of David Barrett for the notorious closing session with the band and play both themselves and their audience into blues harmonica heaven.

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