Jew's Harp Play Applicant:
Obmann Dr. Franz Kumpl für den Österreichischen MaultrommelvereinProvince:
Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Vienna
The playing of the Jews harp is one of the oldest music practices of mankind and particularly common among the Asian Turkic people as well as in Europe. The Jews harp is a bordun instrument, which is made out of different metals and bamboo. For this reason, different centres of unique production and styles of play have emerged over time, each of which has grown historically and become embedded in the regional folk culture. Molln in Upper Austria can be named as an example of such a centre. Here, a style of play named solo instrument has developed, where two or more instruments of different voices complement each other in an innovative, musical way.