Lincoln CenterJEW'S HARP, or Jew's Trump (Fr. Using the clamping system of wing-nuts it is easy to fix in almost any jaw harp and amplify its sound with the bell. Part Three looks the instrument's appearance and use in art, literature and the media, finally considering the many players who have used the instrument throughout its long history.
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.
The first time when I met Tuvan Jew's harp players was more than twenty five years back in 1991, at the 2nd International Congress of Jew's Harp Music in Yakutia (Russia). This event was a kind of initiation for me to step into the world of the Jew's harp more deeply. Not only the Sakha (Yakut) people, there were so many participants from various ethnic groups from different parts of the Soviet Union (it was just before the perestroika) — Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Turkmen, Karakalpak, Bashkort, Khakas, Dolgan, Even, Ul'ch, Udege and so on. Among them, there was a group from the Tyva Republic.
A trio of houses of worship reflects the diverse beliefs and traditions of Alexandria's people through the ages. The elaborate El-Mursi Abul Abbas Mosque is a stunning and ornate work of architecture dedicated to its namesake Sufi saint, entombed within. The Church of St. Catherine serves the Christian population; Alexandria was the third most important city to Christians after Rome and Constantinople. Notably, Alexandria was home to the largest Jewish population in the world in ancient times. Today, Jews are far fewer in number; yet the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue stands proudly.
Afterlife and Home were written for we call the vikings, the touring exhibition that challenges our picture of the viking age. Who were they, how did they live and what did their world look like? These are some of the questions that are being answered in this modern exhibition, with the help of unique objects, exciting design and an intriguing soundtrack.
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