• Formed in the balmy climes of the Caribbean, The Transatlantic Hot Club was founded by Ben Creighton Griffiths (Harp) and Adrien Chevalier (Violin) in 2013 whilst both performing at ‘Journées de la Harpe’, a festival that takes place on the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Anne, and St Lucia, and in French Guyana. Apart from having since returned to that festival,  the group has been featured in many of the foremost jazz venues and festivals of the United Kingdom over the past decade. Their sound is a heady mix of gypsy and jazz influences and they present a unique force in terms of jazz harp today.

    We are delighted that as they embark on their Summer tour, they will make a stop at the Espace Camac, bringing all their colour, fire and irresistible rhythm to the Parisian evening! Confirm your attendance here: June 8, 7pm-  Don’t miss it!

  • Sylvain Blassel and Nikolaz Cadoret are both masters within their respective musical spheres. Blassel as conductor, performer, analyst and teacher; Cadoret as Breton traditional musician, improvisor and innovator. You can hear them both, as well as gaining from their vast expertise at the Camac Harp Days in Munich (15-17 June 2023)

    In addition to an unmissable solo recital by Blassel, and a dynamic trad’modern performance by Cadoret, both artists will give masterclasses and courses.  Please download the full programme to find out more – don’t miss this opportunity, both to hear and learn from two outstanding French artists !

    Camac Harp Days at the Institut Français, Munich, 15-17 June 2023

    Ms. Julia Becker, Managing Director, Camac Harps Germany: 030 21 97 11 76 – [email protected]

  • Ircam is one of Paris’ most iconic musical centres: a place considered a temple to the intersection of music and electronic innovation.

    Commissioned by that institution, and after an intense period of collaboration , Parker Ramsay (harp) and the American composer Josh Levine present Anyway : a new work of ambition and stunning dimensions.

     Drawing on fragments of such richly ornamented pieces as Froberger’s Tombeau(1652) de Froberger sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher,the American composer Josh Levine imagines a musical monument akin to those that emerged from composers of 17th century France. 

    As befits Ircam, complex electronics, tunings and techniques of distortion will ‘destabilise the timbre and intonation of the harp’. Combined with external sounds from nature, the harp and electronics will work in symbiosis with the space itself, to create a fascinating musical whole.

    To our great pride, the premier will be achieved using our Camac Big Blue, taking its place at the cutting edge of musical innovation as it was always meant to.

     Complementing this premiere are Michael Jarrell’s Offrande, and a further premiere by David Fulmer, incorporating a chorale by J.S. Bach.

    This concert is part of the ManiFeste festival (7 june- 1 july). Click here to reserve your tickets direct from the venue.

    (Photo: Tatiana Daubek)

    Parker Ramsay plays Josh Levine at Ircam. Photo by Tatiana Daubek
  • Collegium 21 is that rarest of birds: a competition open from beginner to advanced levels, entirely dedicated to contemporary music. It is a fantastic chance for even the youngest harpists to experience the music of living composers – and even work with them face to face in masterclasses.

    Held every two years, the competition takes place in two stages. In 2023, the first stage will be on June 3 and 4 at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional in Paris. This first weekend is the masterclass one, where competitors can work on the set pieces with their composers. The competition publishes videos of all the masterclasses online, in the wish to diffuse the experience of new music as widely as possible. 2023’s invited composers are Kaija Saariaho, Martin Matalon, Ivane Béatrice Bellocq, Alexandros Markeas, Séverine Ballon, Hélène Breschand, Gregory Vajda, Fuminori Tanada, Liao Lin-Ni, Grégoire Rolland, Alexandre Jamar and Jean-Yves Bosseur.

    A couple of weeks later, June 17-18, the competition itself takes place in the same location.

    The most senior prizes also offer some super professional opportunities. The Marius Constant Prize will be engaged to perform with the Ars Nova ensemble, and mentored by its harpist to prepare a world premier of a new work. The Prix ProQuartet offers a further engagement in Paris during the 2023-24 season.

    All information is available on the competition website.

    Collegium21 2023
  • The virtues and principles of the French school of harp-playing remain world famous; a byword for excellence at the harp. Therefore, we take great pride in supporting our friends at the Hong Kong Harp Chamber, as they present two of France’s greatest harpists, Isabelle Moretti and Mélanie Laurent. This will take the form of  a week-long Camac academy, wherein these two supreme artists will work with students both in masterclasses and in private lessons; they will share their expertise based on years of precious experience.

    This week of inspirational teaching will be crowned with a concert, a chance to experience these musicians in practice, under the banner of the prestigious ‘French May’ Arts Festival. This recital will be preceded by a chance to discover more about French harp artistry, with a lecture on the history of French harp making with Jakez François.

    We urge you to get in touch with the Hong Kong Harp Chamber in order to reserve your place for this unmissable opportunity.

    Isabelle Moretti and Mélanie Laurent in Hong Kong 22-30 June 2023
  • An early Christmas Present for lovers of the harp!

     We look very much forward to visiting Sallaumines this December! This will be a wonderful oppurtunity to work in courses with Quentin Vestur (celtic harp) and hear him in performance with Duo Ogma: a highly unusual combination of Celtic Harp and the Handpan (played by Titouan Gautier).

     There will also be performance opportunities for the young harpists of the region, overseen by the excellent Catherine Dubois (who is teacher of harp at l’école de musique de Sallaumines); of course there will be an exhibition of our instruments every day, too! 

     Call 03 21 67 00 67 to make your reservation. If you wish to book a free regulation for your Camac harp, all you need to do is email [email protected]

    See you there!

    Sallaumines, Collection Hexagone, December 2023
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