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.

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

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.

New Video : Toccata by G. Connesson

  • 10/04/2013

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

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).

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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