It is five o’clock, Paris awakens – new music video released!

  • 08/04/2016

Myriam Darme and Maia Darme (Ensemble Traversées) perform a flute and harp duet cover of “It is five o’clock, Paris awakens” (Il est cinq heures, Paris s’éveille), iconic 1968 French song by singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc.

Trio harp, flute and clarinet in Nabeul

  • 19/03/2016
Trio harp, flute and clarinet in Nabeul

Maia performed for the first time in an exciting new instrument combination: a harp, flute and clarinet trio. Flutist Valerie Altwegg, clarinetist Caroline Felfel and Maia premiered their program (and in Maia’s case discovered a new city) in Nabeul, Tunisia, on Tuesday 22 March 2016 at 6:30pm.

Berceuse espagnole

  • 17/11/2015

Maia joue ‘Nana’, une vielle berceuse andalouse transcrite par Manuel De Falla. De Falla fait figurer la mélodie, que sa mère lui chantait enfant, dans sa ‘Suite populaire espagnole’ composée à Paris en 1914. Musique enregistrée au Studio Art[]ensemble de Tunis — rien d’autre qu’une petite harpe troubadour electro-acoustique de 22 cordes et une voix. Vidéo par Aymen Bachrouch.

Performing Tchaikovski’s superb harp cadenzas

  • 05/11/2015
Performing Tchaikovski’s superb harp cadenzas

Maia will soon be joining the Tunisian Symphony Orchestra for a concert dedicated to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, featuring many gorgeous, flowing and virtuosic harp cadenzas. Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 8pm at the Tunis Municipal Theatre.

Autumn video: Aquaharp by Animusic

  • 14/09/2015

Maia Darme performs Aquaharp, by Animusic, on a real harp.

Animusic is an American company specializing in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. They produced three DVDs of computer-generated music videos featuring self-playing instruments. Aquaharp, written in 1999, is one of their first pieces. In the original Animusic video, an imaginary 26-stringed harp connected to pan flutes, tubular bells, a violin and a cello is played by levitating tear-shaped picks. The harp sits in the middle of a room filled with a foot of water and opened to the night sky. The lighting of the scene changes as underwater lights react to the music and water gently ripples in the background.

Music composed by Wayne Lytle for Animusic (http://www.animusic.com). Video by Kevin King

Traversées is back in France for a concert by the sea

  • 30/07/2015
Traversées is back in France for a concert by the sea

On 15 August 2015, the flute and harp duet Traversées will take Bassin d’Arcachon residents for a sail through centuries of music of various styles.

Throughout the evening, Maia and Myriam Darme will present their instruments, perform favorites as well as their own arrangements of the latest songs, introduce the style and context of each piece and provide a wealth of delicious anecdotes. Suitable for all ages.

Oud, nay, guitar… and electric harp!

  • 09/07/2015
Oud, nay, guitar… and electric harp!

Maia will be guesting at two exciting jazz / world music concerts in Tunisia this weekend, featuring Fadhel Boubakar on the oud, Ahmed Litaiem on the nay and on the guitar. Come along for out-of-the-ordinary evenings of crossing borders and traditional North African music with a jazz twist.

Saturday 11 July at 10pm at Saf Saf (place du Safsaf, La Marsa)

Sunday 12 July at 10:30pm at L’Agora Theater (5, Avenue Taïeb El Mhiri, La Marsa)

Newly Published Arrangement for Flute and Harp Duet

  • 30/06/2015
Newly Published Arrangement for Flute and Harp Duet

Profs Edition published Myriam and Maia Darme’s arrangement of Mozart’s famous Turkish March for flute and harp duet. Click here to buy the score online. Myriam and Maia Darme perform together as Ensemble Traversées and collaborated on a series of arrangements for various levels. Watch this space for new duets!

Summer is Coming – New video – Rumba

  • 27/05/2015

Harp, percussions, and memories of Cuba. Harp by Maia Darme, percussions by Dominique Blanc, video by Aymen Bachrouch. Music from Les Ilets, by Bernard Andrès

Bernard Andrès, born in France in 1941, is a much-loved composer, renowned for his colorful and inventive pieces for harp and chamber music ensembles. He published Les Ilets, a suite of folk dances, in 2000. Les Ilets includes five separate pieces: Baion, Mambo, Reggae, Samba and the Rumba performed here. They can be played as a harp solo, but the composer suggested the addition of ad lib percussion.

Celtic Tales in Tunisia

  • 14/05/2015
Celtic Tales in Tunisia

Maia performing Celtic Tales by Jean-Philippe Vanbesalaere with the Tunisian National Orchestra at the Theatre of Tunis on May 10th, 2015.

She performed on an antique Erard harp belonging to the orchestra that was being played for the first time in almost 60 years.

Ensemble Traversées in concert, South West France mini-tour

  • 29/04/2015
Ensemble Traversées in concert, South West France mini-tour

Maia will be back to France soon for an exciting series of concerts in the Aquitaine region with the ensemble Traversées (flute and harp) as well as Dan Jones on guitar.

Thursday 14 May, 8pm, Carignan : flute and harp, Ensemble Traversées
Thursday 14 May,11h45, Mios : flute and harp, Ensemble Traversées
Saturday 16 May, 8pm, Mussidan : guitar, flute and harpe trio (European Night of Museums)
Sunday 17 May, 6pm, Bertric Biurée : guitar, flute and harpe trio

 

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A New Electric Harp

  • 05/04/2015
A New Electric Harp

In addition to her pedal and lever harps, Maia is now playing a black Camac electric harp. French harp manufacturer Camac built the first solid-body electric harp in the 1980s and this model, launched in 2010, is the latest development of the instrument.

The harp has 32 piezoelectric pick-up microphones, each one placed at the base of a string. Each microphone is mechanically coupled to its string, reacting to the pressure variations induced by the string’s vibrations. This technology is the most effective way to amplify a harp on large, loud stages, enabling clear, consistent tone throughout the entire range of the instrument without problems of feedback or bleed from other instruments.  Maia uses effects pedals with her instrument in the same way that electric guitarists would, altering in real time the sound of the harp. Of primarily carbonfibre construction, this harp weighs only 5kg, with a harness which allows Maia to move about while playing.

“I have been performing for a couple of years on a small wooden lever harp turned electro-acoustic. It is great for travelling, it is light and fits in the overhead luggage compartment of airplanes. I really wanted to use effects pedals and play my harp like an electric guitarist would, so I set it up with 3 pick-up microphones inside the soundboard. I also had a strap on it to play standing up on stage, something harpists are not used to doing. This home-made system worked well and allowed me to perform a variety of styles (pop-rock, experimental, hip-hop…), but my new harp takes it all to the next level. It is almost the same weight, I can wear it as well, I play the same kind of music and use effects and looper pedals in the same way than I did before. The difference is that it has more strings (including more bass; I can finally play a bass part!), a better sound quality and a more even sound, and the hassles of playing loudly with other instruments are gone. It is a solid-bodied instrument though, so there isn’t much sound when I’m not plugged in.”

Introducing the Antique Erard Harp of the Tunisian National Symphony Orchestra

  • 23/02/2015
Introducing the Antique Erard Harp of the Tunisian National Symphony Orchestra

Maia is currently in Tunisia, putting back into shape the antique pedal harp of the National Symphony Orchestra. It was built more than 100 years ago, in 1908, by none other than the house of Sébastien Erard. Erard invented the ‘double action’ mechanism that allows harpists to change keys and play chromatic alterations. His system of 7 pedals with 3 positions each (flat, natural & sharp), patented in 1810, was met with immediate success and is still used today — albeit with mechanical improvements. Although the house of Erard stopped producing harps in 1959, their instruments are still very much sought after.

The harp was bought by the Orchestre de la Radiodiffusion Française à Tunis in 1948 and had not been played since 1956. It is a Gothic model, named after its richly sculpted golden column. The soundboard is narrow (as was the case for all harps at that period), which means the sound is not as loud as that of modern, wider concert harps. On the other hand, it has a very precise attack and rather defined timbre, especially in the bass. The wood of the harp is relatively well preserved. The mechanism however suffered from the wear of time and needs work.

Maia is now based in Tunis although she will be travelling frequently to other countries to continue her concert work. In Tunisia, she will continue studying Arab and Berber traditional musics and investigating ways of transcribing them for her instrument.

Opening up to New Musical Styles

  • 27/01/2015
Opening up to New Musical Styles

Recording electro-pop/hip-hop at Asylum Records studio (producer Dr. Linus, collaboration with Mary Boyoi) and at 360 Media studio (producer Ivan) in Juba, South Sudan.

Merry Christmas from the Recording Studio!

  • 03/01/2015
Merry Christmas from the Recording Studio!

Back in France for some holidays, Maia dropped by the Studio 504 in Bordeaux, France, to record a few harp & flute duets with Myriam Darmé.

An Article in Culture for Friends Magazine

  • 12/12/2014

Click HERE to read the article about Maia published in the magazine Culture for Friends.

Culture for Friends Article

Harp Studies Are Taking off in the Dominican Republic

  • 29/11/2014
Harp Studies Are Taking off in the Dominican Republic

Four years ago Maia was living in the Dominican Republic, playing with the national orchestra and advising on the development of a harp curriculum at the national school of music. Today the dream has come true and the country not only has a new concert grand harp but also a brand new program for the development of harp studies in the Dominican Republic.

An African Twist

  • 03/10/2014
An African Twist

Oryema Okot from the Luo tribe in South Sudan gives the bardic harp a new dimension, playing it like an adungo harp, as seen in the foreground.

New Adventures in South Sudan

  • 17/09/2014
New Adventures in South Sudan

Maia recently dived into a new adventure by taking her bardic electro-acoustic harp to South Sudan. Pictured above, the harp wrapped in its cover after a presentation at a school in Juba, the capital.

School juba

More than 30,000 Views on YouTube!

  • 22/08/2014
More than 30,000 Views on YouTube!

A year ago, Maia created a channel and started posting harp videos on youtube. They now have more than 30,000 views! A heartfelt thank you to everyone.

There will be more coming soon… Subscribe to Maia’s youtube channel HERE if you don’t want to miss them!

Advocating Live Music in Tripoli, Libya

  • 18/05/2014
Advocating Live Music in Tripoli, Libya

Maia is proud to be contributing to Tripoli’s reborn live music scene. Here is a picture from a concert at the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli a few days ago, with artists from all over the country.

Libyan TV

  • 12/04/2014

Fuad Grittli is a Libyan singer-songwriter, radio host and frequent guest on Libyan television. Maia played with him on a number of occasions. HERE is one of their appearances (an extract from the TV story is available online in arabic).

Libyan TV Screen Shot

Music in Libya, a Few Pictures

  • 17/03/2014
Music in Libya, a Few Pictures

Jamming, practicing and recording in Libya with the small electro-acoustic ‘bardic’ harp.

La SEGA, Video Games Music for Orchestra

  • 26/02/2014

A few months ago, Maia indulged her inner geek and gave a hand to friends at La SEGA on two recordings. Videos of the session are now available online.

La SEGA (Société des Écrituristes Gamers Arrangeurs) is a group of French composers and musicians from the Paris Conservatoire who write / arrange and perform video games music for orchestra.

Video games lovers, check out their work on Youtube, Facebook or Twitter


Happy New Year 2014 from Libya

  • 28/01/2014
Happy New Year 2014 from Libya

Maia recently relocated to Libya with a small electro-acoustic bardic harp (pictured above). She will be based in Tripoli for several months to study Arabic and Berber traditional music and of course jam and perform along the way!

J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto

  • 09/12/2013

The Italian Concerto (“Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto”: Concerto after the Italian taste, or Concerto in the Italian style) is a three-movement concerto for harpsichord solo composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1735 as part of the second volume of Bach’s Clavierübung (Keyboard practice), together with the French Overture BWV 831. Both pieces are Bach’s interpretations of popular musical forms of the day.

An Italian concerto relies upon contrasts between the full orchestra and a small group of instruments which act as soloists. Bach imitates this effect on the two-manual harpsichord by using the lower (“forte”) manual on the harpsichord as the “full orchestra” and the upper (“piano”) manual as the “soloists”. The right hand generally takes the role of soloists, with the left accompanying and occasionally adding some more melodic material. In fact, this is one of the few works by Bach which specifically require a 2-manual harpsichord.

Played here is the first movement in F major. Although it lacks a tempo marking, it is always played Allegro (fast). It is composed in ritornello style, meaning a theme particular to the movement returns time and again.
Recorded live in Paris, France, 2013.

October in Residence

  • 08/11/2013

Maia spent October touring in Morocco with the Orchestre Philarmonique du Maroc before relocating to the “Sans Plomb” (Ivry-sur-Seine, France) for an artistic residency with the wonderful artists of the Collectif Infini.

Here is a video of Appalachian Swing, the soundtrack to the anime Calvaire Fruité. Calvaire Fruité is a collective project that involved many artists of the Collectif Infini. You can watch the short movie here. Music composed by cellist Liam Morrissey.

Next stop is Libya, where Maia will be playing a small bardic harp. But more on that later.

An Exciting New Release !

  • 21/09/2013

Here’s the result of a fun session at Studio 504 : Maia and Myriam Darmé’s take on the last James Bond’s theme song, Skyfall. They arranged Adele’s song into a flute and harp acoustic duet. Two flutes are being played here, a concert flute and an alto flute in G (which gives a lower, mellower tone).

A Few Pop Songs and Soundtracks Covers

  • 31/07/2013

Animusic is an American company specializing in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music (www.animusic.com). This is Aquaharp (composed by Wayne Lytle and featured on their first DVD) on a real acoustic harp. Performed by Maia Darme.

Solo harp cover of French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman’s song Comme toi.

An acoustic harp cover of Lucrezia and Cesare’s theme from TV series The Borgias. Original sountrack by Trevor Morris. Arranged and performed by Maia Darme.

Boieldieu Harp Concerto and Debussy Dances for Harp and Orchestra

  • 03/07/2013
Boieldieu Harp Concerto and Debussy Dances for Harp and Orchestra

With the Orchestra Henri IV, Paris, el 22 de junio de 2013

Where to Listen to Maia in June ?

  • 02/06/2013

Saturday 22 June, 5pm (Chapelle Henri IV, 23, rue Clovis, Paris) : Boieldieu Harp Concerto and Debussy Danses accompanied by the Henri IV Orchestra

Thursday 13 June, 6:30pm (Paris 17è) : harp and flute recital

Tuesday 11 June, 8pm (3 ter rue Mabillon, Paris) : contemporary and improvised music for 2 harps, violin, viola and voice

Sunday 9 June, 2:30pm (La Sirène, 20, rue Dareau, Paris) : Solo harp set (Bach’s Italian Concerto and Connesson’s Toccata) followed by a flute and harp duet, then a newly found piece by French composer Jean Rivier with the orchestra La Note Retrouvée

Sunday 2 June, 2pm (Camac  Showroom,92 rue Petit, Paris), public masterclass followed by a concert by Alice Giles

A Bit of Jazz on Maia’s Harp

  • 28/05/2013

A recording of Maia performing Bernard Andres’ song “Duke” (a tribute to Duke Ellington), on solo harp. The percussive sounds are her hitting the soundboard of the harp while playing.

Buenos Aires Summer

  • 04/05/2013

“Summer” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (a set of four tangos written by Ástor Piazzolla) transcribed for solo harp.

New Video : Toccata by G. Connesson

  • 10/04/2013

Maia perfoming Toccata, a solo harp piece written by Guillaume Connesson (Paris, April 2013).

Announcing the Légende

  • 20/02/2013
Announcing the Légende

Coming up soon… Maia’s harp and Catherine Jacquot’s incredible visuals join forces to tell the Légende.

Impromptu

  • 03/12/2012

The recording of an Impromptu written for Maia by Sarah Wald as part of a series of miniatures for solo harp, and premiered in New York a year ago is now available for everybody to enjoy and download.

Saint-Saëns on the Harp

  • 26/11/2012

Maia playing Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie Op.95 for solo harp in a recital last month.

Playing Félix Godefroid

  • 25/11/2012

Maia playing a Concert Study writen by French composer (and virtuoso harpist) Felix Godefroid in a recital last month.

A New Song by Gotellfire is Out: Top of the Hill !

  • 18/11/2012

Check out how punk sounds on the harp (Top of the Hill, on the Sounds page).

Meet Gotellfire

  • 29/10/2012

Maia worked with Gotellfire on the band’s upcoming EP. We just released one of our songs, which you can already listen to online : Aurora !

Harp and Cello

  • 04/10/2012

Arpeggione Sonata D821 by Schubert (extract from the 1st movement, exposition), transcribed for Cello and Harp. With Liam Morrissey on the cello, Paris 2012.

Narthex by Andres

  • 03/10/2012

Bernard Andres’ harp and flute duet Narthex. An extract of Maia’s Farewell Concert in Canberra, 2009. Recorded by and aired on Artsound fm. Flute: Rachel Howie.

The narthex is an entrance or lobby area opposite the church’s main altar. It is either an indoor area separated from the nave by a screen or rail, or an external structure such as a porch. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper. The purpose of the narthex was to allow those not eligible for admittance into the general congregation (particularly catechumens and penitents) to hear and partake in the service.

Enchanted Dawn

  • 02/10/2012

The Enchanted Dawn, a Ravi Shankar song based on the raga Miyan-ki-Todi, perfomed live on flute and harp. Flute : Floriane Gruson. Recital at the Academie des Jeunes Solistes in Mezin, France.

Salzedo Variations

  • 01/10/2012

Carlos Salzedo’s Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style for solo harp. An extract of Maia’s Farewell Concert in Canberra, 2009. Recorded by and aired on Artsound fm.


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