Harmonica Masters Workshops
The Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany were founded in 2003 by Steve Baker in cooperation with the town of Trossingen and the Hohner Musical Instrument company and he has been musical director ever since. They are now organised by Michaela Kitzke from the Hohner Conservatory. The 13th edition of the no. 1 educational event for blues harmonica in Europe opens its doors again at the end of October 2019 on the new campus in the historical heart of Trossingen, the fully renovated site of the former Hohner production facilities. As well as four days of classes with world class instructors, the Harmonica Masters Workshops also offer a full evening program of concerts and open sessions. All classes and performances take place on site within easy walking distance of each other. The choice of instructors has always been a mainstay of the concept. Every year, Steve has brought together some of the world's leading harmonica educators to join him in teaching the Master Workshops at this event.
Harmonica customizing pioneer and leading authority on blues harmonica styles Joe Filisko has been on the team from the very beginning and master educator David Barrett has been involved since 2006. In 2019, David will be taking a year off, but has promised to return in 2020. And after taking a break in 2018 in order to concentrate on his duties as musical director, Steve Baker will again be teaching a full class in 2019.
Reflecting the very significant role that the platform has come to play in the field of online musical education, we are pleased to welcome a true Youtube star to our team in 2019. Indiara Sfair from Brazil has thrilled millions around the world with her videos and will be teaching her first European class at the Harmonica Masters Workshops this year.
And following the success of his first class with us in 2018, star player Greg Zlap from Paris, France will be joining us again this year.
The international character of the Harmonica Masters Workshops has always meant that the majority of the classes have been held in English. As the HMW take place in Germany, in 2015 we decided to offer a Master Workshop in German, taught by Marko Jovanovic, director of the Harmonica School Berlin. His class has proven to be a great success and Marko will be with us for the 4th time this year.
In 2019 we are very happy to announce that we have been able to engage Alligator Records recording artist and harmonica maestro Dennis Gruenling to teach a class on Blues Chromatic - a great chance to study with one of the modern masters of the instrument.
We will once again be offering a class for beginning and intermediate players under the guidance of former Harmonica World Champion Riedel Diegel. This is aimed at people who have previously participated in Riedel's beginners classes, either at the HMW or in the Conservatory, or who don't feel up to joining one of the Master Workshops (language: German).
As in previous years, in 2019 we offer a class for acoustic blues guitar with Joe Filisko’s duo partner Eric Noden. Eric is an exceptional practitioner of traditional guitar styles and his class offers students a unique opportunity to learn from a modern master. The majority of the classes will take place in the Trossinger Musikschule, located in the former Hohner Conservatory building, which has been extensively renovated following storm damage and now offers optimal teaching conditions. Concerts and sessions take place as always in the unique atmosphere of the Kulturfabrik Kesselhaus, the former factory power station located a two minute walk away on the other side of the campus and now a listed building. It isn't just our world class team of instructors, or the concerts and sessions, which make the Harmonica Masters Workshops such an unforgettable event. It's the combination with that remarkable cameraderie which makes the international harmonica community so special, and four days of total immersion in one of the pivotal locations in the history of our instrument, which ensure a unique experience that continues to attract new students every year and brings back many people again and again for their annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of the harmonica.
Trossingen is located in beautiful hill country on the edge of the Black Forest, not far from the A81 motorway. The town has a railway station (Trossingen Stadt) and is also within easy reach of the international airports in Stuttgart and Zurich (Switzerland). Accommodation is available nearby in categories ranging from budget to 3 star hotel and everything is accessible on foot. There are also parking facilities for mobile homes on the outskirts of town. From Thursday to Saturday, an inexpensive lunch will be available for participants on the campus (please register for this on arrival) and there are numerous restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity.
The Harmonica Masters workshops start with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Wednesday October 30th and end with a chill-out breakfast from 10am - 2pm on Sunday November 3rd. Register now to be part of the harmonica event of the year 2019!
We look forward to welcoming you to Trossingen,
Steve Baker & Michaela Kitzke