The Amazon Ensemble is a world music ensemble based in Norway, but with its roots in the Amazon rainforest. The group was established in 2009 in order to rescue the rich musicality from the Amazon indians, coating them in contemporaneous arrangements, with weft of innovative timbres and soundscapes inspired by the forest. Naturally, the group has broaden it musicality and use elements from many traditions such as Indian, Brazilian and Norwegian folk music.

    Led by the brazilian musicians Eduardo Agni and Txai Fernando - both officially initiated in different indigenous traditions of the Amazon - and the norwegian instrumentalist Sigmund Vatvedt, who for years has been working diligently in the study of musical traditions of ethnical cultures. This trio of strong musical cohesion and vast diversity is enhanced by the participation of special guests, master musicians from different backgrounds, united with a common purpose: To share a positive music inspired by the beauty of nature, and to make bridges between different people and cultures, with the universal language of music and art.
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Very nice piece from Eduardo Agni´s first album, Kronos.

written by: Michael Wright
The Guardian, Wednesday 18 September 2013

My brother John Wright, who has died aged 74, was recognised as one of the world’s finest virtuosos on that most underrated of musical instruments, the jew’s harp (or jaw harp, though John never liked that name). An internationally admired musician, and a great shanty singer and fiddle player, he also played a key role in the reconstruction of working medieval musical instruments.

John was born in Leicester to Len, a butcher, and his wife, Millie. After attending Wyggeston Grammar school for boys, he went on to Wolverhampton College of Art and had a brief career in teaching before becoming a professional musician. In the 1960s he began a lifelong passion for the jew’s harp and tracked down early recordings of the instrument at Cecil Sharp House, London, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, seeking out traditional players in the British Isles.

John quickly gained an extensive knowledge of the instrument from also studying the collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and the Musée de l’Homme, Paris. In collaboration with Geneviève Dournon-Taurelle, his research was published in 1978 as Les Guimbardes du Musée de l’Homme. John’s specific contribution was to understand the mechanics and, most significantly, the acoustics of the instrument.

Throughout his career he was fascinated by the study and interpretation of medieval carvings of musical instruments. This led to work on the reconstruction of instruments based on the carvings on the portico of the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, in north-western Spain, a project that culminated with a performance of the reconstructed instruments for the king of Spain. John was involved with a similar project for Chartres cathedral in France.

Working with many different musicians, John recorded award-winning albums ranging from Irish traditional music and the compositions of John Playford to medieval interpretations. Performing with his wife, Catherine Perrier, he travelled throughout Europe and north America. They toured extensively in France, documenting, collecting and recording songs and music from traditional sources. Both played an important role in the revival of traditional French folk music, song and dance.

Always encouraging younger generations to explore their own culture, they also set up the first French folk club, Le Bourdon, in Paris in the 1960s. John and Catherine’s flats in Paris and Angers saw a constant flow of visitors: family, friends of many years and young musicians, all being treated and greeted with great enjoyment.

John is survived by Catherine, me and our brother David.

The magical music of the master Baul musician Paban Das Baul, with his wife Mimlu Sen.
This concert was at the Drammen Sacred Music Festival 2013.

Happy New Year!
Here goes a video of Wang Li, great chinese artist, at the Norwegian Jew Harp Festival 2008.
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Chandra Lacombe & Friends at Nordberg Kirke, Oslo

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