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Release of the IJHS NEWSLETTER

Release of the IJHS NEWSLETTER


The International jew's harp Society is proud to announce the first issue of its new NEWSLETTER series.

From November 2023, the new IJHS newsletter series is called BOING. It is edited by Áron Szilágyi, who has redesigned the layout. 

BOING aims to disseminate quality information on all matters relating to the jew's harp worldwide. 

For the record, between 2003 and 2012, the IJHS published 14 newsletters. Since issue 5, they have been edited by Michael Wright.

After a hiatus, the IJHS committee has decided to relaunch a newsletter which should appear twice a year.

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My good and faithful friend Bernard

My good and faithful friend Bernard

Yakutian master player Spiridon Shishigin remembers master jew’s harp maker Bernard Lalanne-Cassou through his personal memories after his sudden and sorrowful disappearance. On February 20, 2023, Bernard Lalanne-Cassou, a lover and connoisseur of the jew’s harp, a jew’s harp player, a master jew’s harp maker, a renowned entomologist, a true friend and a very kind person, left us forever.


The IJHS JOURNAL #7, the new issue of the Journal of the International Jew's Harp Society is finally published!

The issue has been presented and distributed in a very limited printed edition at the Festival and Congress of the International Jew's Harp Society in Berlin (July 27-30 2022), the digital edition is yet freely available on our website for the members of our Society.

How to access the journal: the MEMBERSHIP to the International Jew's Harp Society gives access to all the past publications, including all the numbers of our Journal. If you're not subscribed yet, do it now and get your ...

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