Celebration of the Chromatic Harmonica - Chromatic Weekend
All are welcome and attendance at the weekend is free, however, a donation to the artists will be much appreciated. See below for how to do it.
Details are still subject to change, but are now unlikely to be major.
How to Attend
Or if you wish to manually enter the Zoom Meeting ID and passcode, these are: Meeting ID: 947 4539 6025; Passcode: 684590
How to Donate to the Artists
Just click the PayPal button above and it takes you to the PayPal page where you select or enter the amount you wish to donate, select ‘Chromatic Weekend Artists’ from the drop-down box and click ‘Donate’.
You can get things underway right now by entering our event raffle, below, for a chance to win a brand new chromatic harmonica and other great prizes. Our thanks to our sponsors Easttop, Hohner, Kongsheng, Seydel and Suzuki for their great raffle prizes. We will be holding the draw mid-afternoon Sunday.
We will be holding Chromatic jams as the last event of the day on both Friday and Saturday evenings. You will have the opportunity to play along with some pre-prepared tunes or play your own tunes. You will find backing tracks and scores on the Chromatic Jams page.
Neil Warren has prepared a video, see below, or on the Chromatic Jams page, giving details
Video of Friday Running Order and rest of the Weekend Running Order
All times are UK BST = GMT+1
Click on the artist’s name to read about them
Friday 18th June
Saturday 19th June
Sunday 20th June
Masterclass Leaders - in alphabetical order
Sunday 20th June at 1:30 pm
Harmonica as a Life Story
Dror Adler started out in a duo with his brother, Danny, in 1962, and The Adler Trio was born in 1963, playing mostly light classical. The Trio performed at top festivals for 52 years becoming one of the best known harmonica groups. Dror produced Most of the arrangements, and played chord.
Dror’s sound innovations had revolutionized harmonica groups sound, and his microphones for Chromatic and bass harmonicas are used by the world’s top harmonica ensembles today.
The Adler Trio disbanded in 2015, and today, Dror is performing as a chromatic soloist.
Saturday 19th June at 12:00 midday
Modernising the Harmonica
Cy Leo (Ho Cheuk-yin) is a chromatic harmonica virtuoso, composer and singer-song writer. By the age of 19, he had garnered 17 international titles, including Solo World Champion twice at the World Harmonica Festival 2009 and 2013. He has toured over 70 cities since his graduation from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016. He has collaborated with local and international stars including Joey Yung, Ruel, Ichika and Cory Wong.
In 2021, Leo was awarded a full scholarship from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music And Dance Fund to study at New York University master program of Jazz Performance.
Saturday 19th June at 2:15 pm
Hermine Deurloo, born and bred in Amsterdam, was smitten by the jazz bug at an early age. After completing her alto saxophone studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory she received a chromatic harmonica as a present and was hooked.
She is in demand as a soloist and session musician, having played on various film soundtracks. Hermine has played with the Metropole Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and with distinguished musicians such as Toots Thielemans, and others.
She has toured the world in the last seven years as a member of the Willem Breuker Kollectief, giving worldwide concerts and releasing CDs and DVDs.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June at 3:30 pm
Chromatic Harmonica Maintenance Masterclass.
Rick will be bringing his expertise to the Chromatic Weekend over two sessions. He will show participants how to service their chromatic harmonicas and will cover any topics raised by the attendees.
Rick Epping is a Californian who now lives on the west coast of Ireland, where he has submerged himself in the traditional music of the Emerald Isle.
Rick was the Harmonica Product Manager for Hohner USA for 18 years and played a pivotal role in rejuvenating the quality of their harmonicas. While at Hohner, he also developed the XB40, the all-bending harmonica.
Rick is an expert customiser of harmonicas and is the ‘father of embossing’, after he came up with the idea of reducing reed clearances to improve the responsiveness and volume from the instrument. He has just released a series of harmonica maintenance videos on YouTube.
Sunday 20th June at 6:30 pm
Making Melodies Your Own
Will Galison is an American jazz musician, best known as a harmonica player. He is also a producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Raised in New York City, he switched from classical piano to guitar at age eight, inspired by the Beatles. Discovering jazz in high school, he went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he took up the harmonica.
With Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder as role models, he has performed at the Village Gate and Blue Note clubs with legends Jaco Pastorius and Jaki Byard, and led his own group at Preacher’s Cafe in Greenwich Village. Will has played with Sting, Carly Simon and more and performed Gordon Jacob’s “Suite for Harmonica and Orchestra”. He recorded soundtracks for films such as The Untouchables and Baghdad Café. His harmonica is also heard on television and in countless commercials.
All you need to know about the Hands-free chromatic Harmonica
You will learn about the history and characteristics of this revolutionary instrument. Different styles of music will be discussed and performed.
Enrico plays guitar and sings in addition to playing harmonica. He studied classical guitar in Italy in the 1970s before taking up the harmonica and discovering jazz. This led him to move to New York where he played in clubs such as The Blue Note and Birdland before earning a Masters’ degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. Enrico has performed extensively in festivals and clubs in Europe and the US as well as recording with many top jazz players. He is one of the best-known players of the Hands-Free Chromatic Harmonica.
Slim (Slide Man) Heilpern
Clean Mic'ing & Processing Techniques for Chromatic Harmonica (Live & Studio)
We’ll be covering microphone types, polar patterns, and various techniques for capturing and processing your harmonica sound the way you’d like to hear it, be it live or in studio. Along the way, there’ll be a demo comparing five different recording configurations, examples of what many of the pro players are currently using, signal chain examples, a demo of basic processing techniques in a digital audio workstation, as well as a Q & A session.
California-based multi-instrumentalist Slim Heilpern (AKA Slide Man Slim) began his chromatic harmonica journey in 1959 at age 5 and has played the instrument professionally since 1978 both on the road and in the studio. Along the way he’s been featured on the main stage at SPAH on multiple occasions and produced the 2009 West Coast Jazz Harmonica Summit concert and DVD. He currently enjoys performing and recording with Penny Hanna, his partner in musical crime for the last 48 years.
Getting the most out of your chromatic harmonica performance
How to develop a successful interpretation of a popular song or cover version. Phil will take well-known pop songs, including Bridge Over Troubled Water arranged by Phil Hopkins CW2021 (click the title for a pdf of the score), and click backing track for its backing track, and take you through the steps needed to turn the basic melody into a convincing performance either for recording or for an audience. This will involve looking at the style required for each song and discussing the way to phrase the melody, use vibrato, introduce some improvisation and vary the instrument’s tone. On-screen sheet music will be used to accompany the session and links to the backing tracks used will be available afterwards
Phil had chromatic lessons with Tommy Reilly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since then he has played harmonica for many London theatre productions including Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), Gone With The Wind (New London Theatre), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre) and the London premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (Donmar Warehouse).
Phil has played harmonica in many different settings including the ITV show This Morning, in concert with the London Sinfonietta, on tour in the USA with Phil Coulter and Liam Clancy, and on CD with Leon Redbone. He plays in the UK jazz group The Toots Project.
The Phil Hopkins Orchestra played some lovely melodies,including Dancing with Wolves.
Musicality: Tunes, Tudes and Tips.
Thaddeus has made available on his website for low-cost purchase and download three chromatic harmonica tracks, in time for the Chromatic Weekend. A total of 6 tracks: 3 tracks with harmonica melody and solo with full instrumentation and production, and versions of the same 3 tunes as backing tracks without the melody that folks can play along to. Lead sheets are also made available as a pdf for download.
Thaddeus Hogarth was born in England and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies. A multi-instrumentalist he brings a diverse set of musical influences. As an original recording artist, he leads a The Thaddeus Hogarth Band in delivering a collection of serious funk-rock R&B tunes that make you stop, listen and groove. His chromatic harmonica playing, is reminiscent of early era Stevie Wonder. Thaddeus is author of the Berklee Chromatic Harmonica Method: Foundations for Jazz.
How I Practice Difficult Melodic Lines
Filip Jers received his Master Degree of Fine Arts in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2011. He was the first harmonica player ever to study there. He became double world champion on harmonica at the age of 18 at World Harmonica Festival 2005 in Trossingen, Germany. Since then he has worked as freelance musician, with studio sessions and teaching harmonica.
Olivier Ker Ourio
Paris-based musician, composer, band leader, and highly-regarded soloist, Olivier Ker Ourio has established himself as one of the world’s premiere chromatic jazz harmonica players. Acclaimed by critics as the true inheritor of Toots Thielemans, OKO is a highly demanded soloist as much as a great composer and project leader.
His compositions on his 11 albums combine lyrical melodies with invigorating rhythms and inventive harmonies. Emotionally expressive, warm and inviting, Ker Ourio’s music is committed, fresh, and melodic — and above all, straight from the heart. His latest album, “Singular Insularity”, was released in 2020.
Harmonica basics and Bossa Nova
Isabella was already fascinated by the chromatic harmonica as a child. Although she has learned the piano, percussion and singing, her main interest has always been chromatic harmonica. She has been teaching the instrument since 1997 and played weekly concerts before Covid. She has played in the large Musikvereinssaal, in the Wiener Konzerthaus, and also in Chicago and North Korea. One of her students became world champion in 2013 at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen.