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Influenced by Jonathan Cope, Vladiswar Nadishana, Vladimir Markov, and Áron Szilágyi, Petr is one of the most enthusiastic members of the Czech jew’s harp community. He is organizing public and personal workshops and wishes to popularize the instrument. In 2018, he organized the first Czech jew’s harp festival called “Festival Jiná Dimenze” (Festival of Different Dimension). He plays within a band called Nigunatica. IJHS Board member since 2020.
Anthropologist and ethnomusicologist from Turin University, his researches focus on folk music, popular instruments and organology. He made an important study of the jew’s harp in Valsesia and is currently working on a book with Prof. Alberto Lovatto on the Valesia ancient jew's harp traditions and production. His ongoing research centers on alpine musical instruments and their presence in ethnographic and other museums. He is also musician and plays jew's harp, accordion, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, and whistles. He plays in some musical groups: Autre Chant, Kitchen Implosion, and Tradhuo. IJHS Board member since 2020.
Expert in the following fields: world history and ethnomusicology of jew’s harp, instruments in collections, and visual representations. Promotion of the instrument through courses, lectures, publications, organization of concerts, and cultural mediation in museums or in schools. IJHS Board member since 2006.
SAKHA REPUBLIC (Yakutia)
Performer of traditional genres of folklore of the Sakha people. Singer of the tradittional Sakha circular dance oһuohai. Titles: The Master of the Wolrd Culture (2007), Achiever of Culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2016), Khomusist-improviser (2012). At Yakut Music College named after M.N.Zhirkov she teaches disciplines: solo singing, traditional khomus playing, khomus chamber class, class of round dance oһuohai. Ex-soloist of the Ayarkhaan ethno-group. She defended her master's thesis Toyuk of Prilenskiy regional tradition: metrics and rhythm". Sings with the Kyl Sakha Yakut music ensemble. Songwriter. In order to develop khomus music, she started from 2020, an open competition "Dyierei, khomuhum!"("Sing, my dear khomus") among khomusists of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
She is a teacher of Russian language and literature at the Kytanakh secondary school named after I. V.S. Yakovlev-Dalan in Churapchinskiy district in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia and khomusist. Varvara is interested in the study of folklore, the life and work of the first Sakha jew's harpist, Luka Nikolaevich Turnin.She writes poetry and scientific articles on the literature of Yakutia. She is fluent in the traditional manner of playing the khomus. In 2017, she worked on the editing of the book dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the khomusist L.N. Turnin "The Great Khomusist, Companion of National Culture L. N. Turnin". Author of a mini-photo album in English dedicated to the life, work and legacy of L.N. Turnin.
Khomus enthusiast and folklore artist, songwriter, singer and khomus teacher from Yakut Music College named after M.N.Zhirkov, Russia. She was nominated in 2014 for the Best New Artist of the Etigen Khomus Music Contest of Sakha Victoria radiostation with her song “Biir tygen” (“Moment”) which was released on iTunes to be the first song in the Sakha language uploaded on iTunes. Nadezhda did study khomus playing and music in Yakut Music college named after M.N.Zhirkov and pursue artistic and music education career. In 2018, she won the contest for scholarship of the first professional khomusist of Yakutia Luka Turnin. In 2019, Nadezhda was invited to tour in Germany, to give concert performances and khomus workshops. Her research is aimed at the folklore of the Sakha people and the peoples of the North-Eastern Siberia, khomus music and traditional Yakut singing. Currently, she is conducting a research of musical and cultural heritage of the first professional khomusist of the Sakha people and USSR Luka N.Turnin. She joined the staff of the Peoples of the World Khomus Museum and Center in January, 2021.