4th Annual Chrome Noir Wrap-Up

by Saïs Kamalidiin

The 4th Annual Chrome Noir Harmonica Summit was held on Wednesday, September 26th on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. The CNHS remains the first and only annual event ever based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area dedicated solely to showcasing America's finest harmonica artists. This year’s Summit was the most well attended, well received event of the four that have been presented so far. The three previous Summits have featured the talents of harmonica artists Jia-Yi He, “Harmonica” Phil Wiggins, Dave Kaplan, Jackie Merritt, Alvin Nesbitt, The Capitol Harmonica Club, Allen Holmes and Enrico Granafei.

This year, The Summit featured guest harmonica artists Julian Davis and Brandon Bailey. The Howard University Harmonica Collective (performance ensemble), Chrome Noir (who performed at the 2011 SPAH 48th Annual National Harmonica Convention in Virginia Beach, Virginia) began this year’s event with a performance of "Lascia Ch’io Pianga" by G.F. Handel and "Chanson Triste" by P.I. Tchaikovsky (with Saïs Kamalidiin on chromatic harmonica lead) followed by a performance of an original composition featuring young harmonica artist Pamela Johnson who was accompanied by guitar professor Gerry Kunkel. Guest harmonicist, Julian Davis presented a crowd-pleasing performance, dedicating a soulful version of "My One and Only Love" to his mother. Harmonica historian and performance modernist Brandon Bailey concluded the annual event with a tremendous display of harmonica/digital wizardry while dispensing some much appreciated harmonica history to the primarily college-aged crowd.

Next year, the Fifth Annual Summit takes place on Wednesday, September 25th 2013. Harmonicas Forever!!!

All the Best!!!
Saïs Kamalidiin Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Interim Chair - Department of Music
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
(Summit Founder/Producer)