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The Argentina Adventure—A Harmonica Lovefest!
Lee and Sri Oskar recently experienced an unforgettable musical excursion to Argentina, rich with many special moments in Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Diamante. Among the highlights:
Buenos Aires: While visiting Buenos Aires, Lee and Sri had productive meetings with the Lee Oskar Harmonicas Argentinian distributorBreyer Instruments.Many retail stores received visits from Lee, the Breyer team arranged a Lee Oskar Harmonicas clinic and to wrap up his visit in Buenos Aires, Lee was joined by several Argentinian LOH Featured Artists; together they offered a crowd-pleasing show full of unique musical styles and techniques.
Lee was interviewed by many various local and regional media outlets, including this fantastic television segment on“JamSession”with Diego Mizrahi, who joined in for some jam time with Lee.
Rosario: Lee was honored to be invited for his second appearance at the International Harmonica Festival of Rosario. This Festival was founded in 2016 by Lee Oskar Harmonicas Featured Artist,Martin Chemes, whose hometown is Rosario. This year, the City of Rosario presented Lee with the prestigious “Distinguished Visitor” award (Visitante Distinguido de la ciudad de Rosario), recognizing his significant contributions to the music industry, and for his presence and continued support in Rosario. Two other notable awards were presented to honor the festival. One was given by the City of Rosario, which declared the festival "Of Municipal Interest" (De interés municipal), and the other was from the House of Representatives of Santa Fe province, declaring the festival "Of Provincial Interest" (De interés provincial). Both awards recognize the International Harmonica Festival of Rosario as a monumental event for many years to come. In recognition of Martin’s important musical contributions to the festival and to the region, the Syndicate of Musicians from Rosario recognized the International Harmonica Festival of Rosario as a standing festival of Rosario (Declared: De interés del Sindicato de Músicos de Rosario, by Syndicate of Musicians of Rosario) and pledges its support for the future.
Given the huge popularity of the harmonica in Rosario, and Martin’s lifelong connection to the city, Martin and Lee are now collaborating on making Rosario the official Harmonica Center of Argentina!
Diamante: Lee and Sri made their first visit to the Playing for Change Foundation school in Diamante, which is run by the hospitable PFC instructor Patrick Liotta, and where Martin Chemes teaches harmonica workshops on an ongoing basis, and Lee Oskar Harmonicas has donated harmonicas for the attending schoolchildren, as previously reported in our newsletters. Much to Lee’s and Sri’s delight, they were greeted with a special performance arranged by Patrick, Martin and the schoolchildren, including singing and harmonica playing by some of the students whom Martin has taught. To top it off, the children awarded Lee a certificate honoring him as their “Musical Godfather”!
We are pleased to report that in 2019, Martin will continue to work with the PFCF Diamante school and will add additional days teaching harmonica to the eager students!
All in all, this was a wonderful trip spreading harmonica love all over a warm and welcoming country.
Enjoy this video of Lee & Sri's Argentine journey and keep watch for more exciting news in 2019 about the Argentine connection with Lee Oskar Harmonicas!
GIVING THE GIFT OF MUSIC
Harmonicas make the perfect holiday gift for anyone in your life who loves music! From the musically curious, to beginning, intermediate or advanced players and working professionals, all kinds of people find that it’s easy and fun to explore the musical possibilities with the Lee Oskar Harmonicas system, which consists of the standard harmonica tuning and three altered tunings. These different tunings allow you to play many different musical genres and styles, adding variety and artistry to your music. In fact, we have a harmonica for every song you’d ever want to play, and easy-to-follow educational resources to help guide the way. What a gift!
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