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Doromb.com is a website focused on Jew's harp (Doromb means Jew's harp in Hungarian). The main language of the site is Hungarian, but on this page you can find detailed info in English. (The whole site won't be translated, sorry.)
If you like Google translated version, here you go! (The currencies work a bit weird, though: All the "big numbers" are in Hungarian Forint, no matter if Google puts a Pound or a Dollar sign before it.)
6th International Jew's Harp Festival - Application
The next Jew's harp festival in Kecskemét will be held between 16-19 September 2010. You can register if you want to play there, hold a workshop, attend the conference and give a presentation, sell your own handmade Jew's harps. Just CLICK HERE and fill in the form. Deadline is 15th July 2010. Conditions of performances will appear later on this page. See you in September in Kecskemet!
This is an online store where you can buy professional Jew's harps handmade by the master, Zoltán Szilágyi. You wont understand the text, but the videos will give you a clear picture. With the currency changer (on the left side), you can check out the the prices in GBP, USD or EUR. Shipping is around 10-15 Euros for 2-5 instruments, but it depends on the destination and the weight.
BUG!!!: If you change currency to EUR or USD the shipping cost will be in Hungarian forints but the currency will be USD or EUR. Eg: "Standard shipping: 1000 EUR". Do not be intimadated! This is a bug. Shipping is around 5-15 Euros as stated above. We will not charge this extreme cost in any case, no worries! - working on the solution, thanks for understanding.
The News section of the site gives you the lates info about whats going on in the Jew'h harp world and mainly in Hungary. If you are interested in international news, visit Tran Quang Hai's blog in English and Fench. For German speakers I highly recommend the Austrian Jew's Harp Association site. Even though the international news will be translated into English on Doromb.com, too, so stay with us!
About the Jew's Harp in General
Since there are great sites out there in English about the history of the instrument, I dont attempt to go into details, but in a very tiny nutshell: It's one of the oldest instruments in the world. It's said to be derived in South-East Asia thousands of years ago, but today it's spread all over the world. It can be made out of metal - these sound the most powerful, bamboo, wood, bone, plastic. Those that are made of two parts, a frame and a spring, are classified as heteroglot Jew's harps should be touched against the teeth and sound stronger. The Szilágyi Jew's harps that you can see in the Dorombshop belong into this category. Those that are carved out of the same piece of material -idioglot- are to be touched against the lips and sound softer. Dan Mois belongs here.
Jew's Harp Tutorials
It is very easy to make a sound with the Jew's harp, it gives you very quick satisfaction, you will enjoy playing it straight away. This is a short written introduction, but on Aron Szilagyi's YouTube channel you can find many tutorial videos, ideas.
Hold the instrument at it's bow shape in your left hand with the twanger sticking outwards. Open your teeth ca. 10mm wide and press the frames against your teeth so that the sprng can vibrate between your teeth and the arms of the Jew's harp. Pluck it straight forward. You can intonate with the movement of your tounge.
This was very-very basically described, indeed. Check out the videos!
This site is edited by Áron Szilágyi with the aim of acquainting the Jew's harp to as many people as possible. This is a virtual meeting point for those who are interested in this instrument, who want to learn more about it or want to spread knowledge as well.
Some words about him:
Áron Szilágyi was born in 1977 as the first son of Zoltán Szilágyi, the only one Jew's harp maker in Hungary. He could play the instrument, when he was three but strated to take it seriously at the age of 16.
Since 1997 Áron has been an active member of the international JH movement and has been a regular guest of the international festivals. At these festivals he was deeply inspired by the different styles and playing techniques of the other virtuoso players. Especially learnt a lot from the Swiss Anton Bruhin. His creativity and extravaganza with this instrument has given Áron a great push in developing his own style. He also got a deep inspiration by the spiritual JH music of the Yakut Spiridon Shishigin.
He is a Board Member of the International Jew's Harp Society, member of the program committee of the International Jew's Harp Festivals, organizes the annual Hungarian Jew's Harp Festival (which is an international event). Besides the Jew's harp events, he is the president of the Eurokult Association that organizes world music and youth festivals. He is the director of the Leskowsky Collection of Musical Instruments which is the largest independent public musical instrument museum of Eastern-Europe.
Plays in and manages two bands: Airtist (www.airtist-music.com) and Navrang (www.navrang.hu).
Has played and taught the Jew's harp in many countries. Aron was nominated to the Prima Primissima prize, that is awarded to those who maintain and rethink cultural heritage or achieved great results in sports etc.
Married, father of two beautiful kids.
On the site you can find extracts of great Jew's harp CD's. Some of them are fully downloadable, thanks for the permission of the authors. You can also find Jew's harp related YouTube videos embedded. "Háttérképek" - means Wallpapers. These are large size Jew's harp inspired images sent by creative users. You can also send your, just attach them to an e-mail to aron-at-doromb-dot-com. (Min. size 1024x768, max file size 5 MB). If there are enough images, we will pick the "Image of the month". The artist will get 10% discount on the items from the Dorombshop.
Jew's harp festival ("Dorombfesztivál) Here you can find the reports of the previous Hungarian Jew's harp festivals and news from the international JH events.
The Doromb.com website is run by
Aural Művészeti Vállalkozás
Talfája köz 52/B, Kecskemét 6000
Edited by Aron Szilagyi
Images: If you intend to use any of the images of the site, no problem, but don't modify it and just mention that the instrument is made by Zoltan Szilagyi and photo is by Aron Szilagyi. If you need high resolution image for an article, let us know and we will be happy to send you. e want to encourage you to get inspired by the "Jew's harp theme" and send in wallpapers. Sounds: the MP3 soundfiles of the doromshop can be used, modified freely as long as its not public. As soon as you want to use the outcome, ask permission and mention in the credit: doromb.com, player: Aron Szilagyi. You are the most welcome if you want to share your Doromb related music, we will publish it on Doromb.com.