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.

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.

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.

New Video : Toccata by G. Connesson

  • 10/04/2013

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


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