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

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.

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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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.

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

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!

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.

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

With the Orchestra Henri IV, Paris, el 22 de junio de 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).

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 !

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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