Jew’s harp

Video interview and improvisations

By Gjermund Kolltveit / September 19, 2019 /

I Novgorod, during the  Slovisha festival in August my jew’s harp fellow reseacher Aksenti Beskrovny (Moscow) made an interview with me. I talked about my research – mainly about my work with jew’s harps – but also some other things. I play as well, with Aksenty and Anton Kamenskiy. In addition, Aksenty published the sound…

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New article in new volume of Studien zur Musikarchäologie

By Gjermund Kolltveit / December 11, 2016 /

My article ‘Jew’s Harps of Bone, Wood and Metal. How to Understand Construction, Classification and Chronology’ is based on a paper from the 9th Symposium of ISGMA (International Study Group on Music Archaeology) in Berlin in 2014. It considers the relation between the two main types of jew’s harps: (1) the ‘idioglot’ or ‘lamellate’ versions,…

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Jew’s harps from the Bronze Age!

By Gjermund Kolltveit / April 11, 2015 /

I have now travelled for some days in the Northern parts of China. In Chifeng (Inner Mongolia) we could not find the jew’s harp we were searching for. Today we suceeded more, at the City Museum of Chaoyang (Liaoning), were we saw two well preserved jew’s harps from the Bronze Age, from the earliest phase…

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On the way to China

By Gjermund Kolltveit / April 7, 2015 /

Today I travel to China to give a lecture at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music – and to look at what seems to be the earliest jew’s harps ever found. The jew’s harps are from excavations in the northern part of the country, in the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Liaoning and Hebei. The oldest finds…

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Jew’s Harps in European Archaeology

By Gjermund Kolltveit / November 30, 2013 /

The jew’s harp was one of the most popular instruments in the last millennium. Old lexical truths telling about Vikings, Saxons and Romans playing the jew’s harp are left. These are among the results of my research on jew’s harps. During a period of about ten years I worked with jew’s harps from archaeological contexts.…

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