April Newsletter

I just sent out my April newsletter – you can read it below.  If you’d like to sign up to get emails from me, here’s the link!

Cheers, Josh


Hello everyone,

It’s been much too long since I last wrote! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to 2015.

Let me tell you about some upcoming concerts!

On Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30 pm in Victoria, BC, I’ll be performing for the Oak Bay Music matinee series.

Here’s the program:

Concerto for Harp in B flat, Handel (1685-1759) edited and cadenza by Grandjany
Für Elise, Beethoven (1770-1827) transcribed Josh Layne
Rhapsodie, Grandjany (1891-1975)


Autumn Labyrinth (2013), Josh Layne (1977- )
Prelude Op. 12, No. 7, Prokofiev (1891-1953) Salzedo edition
Hamabdil, Bantock (1868-1946), with Erik Abbink, saxophone
Baroque Flamenco, Deborah Henson-Conant (1953- )

Lots of great music! I’m particularly excited about the Grandjany Rhapsodie – a fantastic piece and it’s been years since I last performed it. I’m also really looking forward to Bantock’s Hamabdil. I just had a rehearsal with Erik the other day and baritone sax and harp sound terrific together, such a rich sound!

I sat down with (series organizer) Erik a few weeks ago for an interview – you can read it here: http://oakbaymusic.ca/an-interview-with-victoria-harpist-josh-layne/

If you’re in Victoria I hope you can make it out!  Details on the concert can be found here: http://oakbaymusic.ca/in-concert-harpist-josh-layne/

For those of you up-island I’ll be performing in Nanaimo the day before – Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm.

The concert takes place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and is a fundraiser for their new hall building fund.  I’m sharing the concert with Seattle based baritone Craig Nim. I’ll be performing the Grandjany Rhapsodie, Handel’s Concerto in B flat, and Deborah Henson-Conant’s Baroque Flamenco.

Get in touch with St. Paul’s for more information!

Rio Bound!

On May 8th, 10th, and 11th I’ll be performing at the 10th edition of the Rio Harp Festival.   I’ll be playing:

Concerto for Harp in B flat, Handel (1685-1759) edited and cadenza by Grandjany
Autumn Labyrinth (2013), Josh Layne (1977- )
Prelude Op. 12, No. 7, Prokofiev (1891-1953) Salzedo edition
Rhapsodie, Grandjany (1891-1975)
Für Elise, Beethoven (1770-1827) transcribed Josh Layne
Baroque Flamenco, Deborah Henson-Conant (1953- )

I’ve had a wonderful time performing in Rio de Janeiro the past two years and I’m looking forward to being there again soon!

Another live stream concert – soon!

Once I get back from Brazil I’ll be doing another live-streaming concert – I will keep you updated!

I’m also looking at visiting Europe this summer – want me to come and perform where you live?  Drop me an email :)

The return of the Sunday Spotlight

In an effort to do more with my blog, I’ve brought back my Sunday Spotlight series – every Sunday I’m posting three interesting (hopefully!), music related links.  Here’s an archive of the year to date: http://joshlayne.com/blog/category/sunday-spotlight/

Harp Tuesday and introducing Slow Motion Monday

I continue to make Harp Tuesday episodes and, born out of episode 90, I’ve started a new series called Slow Motion Monday. The idea behind it is to show a short, close up clip of my hands playing something, and then show it again at 1/6th speed. No commentary, and quite easy for me to make. And hopefully fun/useful to watch! On the weeks when I don’t do a Harp Tuesday episode I’ll be posting a Slow Motion Monday video instead.

Here are the first 3 episodes:

And here are the Harp Tuesday episodes I’ve published since last I wrote:

I’ll close with a picture of spring in Victoria!


All the best,

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