HUCKY & HARVEY's recent Royal Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand was an overwhelming success and probably the biggest ever PR campaign for a single concert
HARVEY: Recorders - Khlui - Wot - Pan Pipes - Ocarina (known as Xun in China) - Clarinet - Soprano Saxophone - Mandolin - Cuatro - Psaltery (mediaeval plucked zither) Drum, Shakers and Rattles - Irish Whistles - Chinese Bawu Reed Flute - Melodica
A note from Richard Harvey
" Throughout my life I have sought to combine to the two great loves of my Life...... music and travel... striking a good balance has not always been easy! The last decade has kept me very busy scoring films (Animal Farm, Jane Eyre, Defence of the Realm, Arabian Nights and most recently of course the epic "Suriyothai") locked away in a darkened room with my piano and piles of blank music paper waiting to be filled in!
Well ...now I've decided to escape for a while.
Through an excellent series of co-incidences I managed to enter the world of Khun Hucky Eichelmann, the most eminent classical guitarist in South East Asia. We struck up a great rapport at once and teamed up to give concerts as Hucky and Harvey. Some witty soul kindly called us "the extraordinary two man orchestra"!
Before the time when composition became such a big part of my life I used to play solo flute concerts in small churches and chateaux in the southern part of France. Ever since those days I've been totally hooked on the idea of taking music to out of the way places and to people who might have never had a concert in their town or village.
Well now, with one guitar case and a suitcase full of flutes, panpipes, whistles, things banged, plucked and bowed ... plus a couple of flight tickets, with Khun Hucky's help I can achieve that ambition.
I can now look forward to sharing music with many wonderful people in the future...
the Hucky and Harvey project is on the road!! "
- Richard Harvey -
- PRESS REVIEWS -
FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW , Worldwide (December 27, 2001)
- Hucky and Harvey ....... favourites at the Thai royal court -
Both are world class, but stuck on the musical language of the East. Together they purvey a musical hotchpotch of East and West, an alchemy of styles that is difficult to pigeonhole.
.... ever since their first joint concert in Germany in 1996, they have sometimes been dubbed "musical ambassadors between East and West." In fact, they are fluent in many musical languages.
THE BANGKOK POST, Thailand (January 31, 2001)
HUCKY & HARVEY toured in triumph all over Thailand.
Their "Silk and Bamboo" performance has been met with a tremendous susccess. The "amazing two man orchestra" provoked enthusiatic responses from sell-out houses, each of their performances completely booked and ending with standing ovations.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ADVERTISER, England (August 9, 2000)
Stunning guitar and recorder work. Two first class musicians.
No one's ever played the guitar like that. I hadn't known anyone else to get such flowing tone or use such brilliant fingerwork - and I've heard Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.....
NEUE RUHR ZEITUNG, Germany (October 1999)
Celebrated "Gitarreros" - Festival of standing ovations
... a truly memorable performance by Hucky Eichelmann and Richard Harvey.
Standing ovations crowned this evening.
BADISCHE ZEITUNG, Germany (October 1999)
The Crowning Finale of the MarkgrÃ¤fler Guitar Festival. The quintessence of exclusive quality and versatility. Solo and in Duet through a world exhibition of musical cultures. Samples of subtle string art with overwhelming technique and emotional depth.
Breathtaking tempi ....... From Irish Folk, Dance Music of the Renaissance up to a cheeky but stylish culture mix with flying changes of instruments, the two presented such an enjoyable "Listening Show" that several encores were unavoidable. An evening of superlatives with two true universal geniuses.
RICHARD HARVEY has scored countless television dramas from Jane Eyre and Game, set and match to Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H. and more than twentyfive feature films. He has also written a haunting viola concerto and a massive "eco-musical", Plague and the Moonflower, blending conventional orchestral forces with Andean musicians and electric instruments.
He has won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for TV music written in collaboration with rock star Elvis Costello and his guitar composition, Concerto Antico, has recently been premiered in concert and recorded on CD by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Richard's musical career led him via recorder lessons at the age of four to first clarinet with the British Youth Symphony Orchestra and on to the Royal College of Music. Before he was 20, he had formed the internationally successful folk group, Gryphon, with which he toured three continents, played 30 different instruments and recorded five albums. Now in his mid 40s, Richard is a prolific composer, an occasional conductor and a performer on a vast collection of instruments - blown, plucked, keyed, bowed, beaten and programmed!
He has made several classical albums, including the Classical Record of the Year Italian Recorder Concertos, which show breathtaking fluency and exhilarating woodwind technique.His most recent work for the big screen was the celebrated landmark in Thai movie history "Suriyothai" over two hours of music including the hit song "Now and Forever".
The name Hucky Eichelmann requires little introduction for Asian audiences, his unique and dazzling guitar style has long been delighting his loyal and ever-increasing audience in the region.
The international press has dubbed him as "Musical Ambassador between East and West" and a Bangkok Magazine labeled him the "Musical Ambassador for His Majesty the King of Thailand". An official tribute from the palace described him in glowing terms as an "indefatiguable champion of H.M. the Kings music" after he recorded and published CANDLELIGHT BLUES. He had the great honor to be invited to stage several Royal Command Performances for His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej and for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
Though holding a master degree in classical music, Hucky started very early to develope his own repertoire of great diversity bridging the Cultures of East and West as well as the Classical with the Folkloristic and the Serious with the Popular. A cross-cultural highlight was his work with Pandit Ravi Shankar who, in collaboration with Hucky, re-composed his popular Sitar Concerto No.1 for guitar & orchestra.
Other great artists Hucky had the honour to collaborate with include Richard Harvey, George Winston, Nina Corti and Carlos Bonell. He also played alongside such guitar greats as John Williams, Paco PeÃ±a, David Russell, Jorge Morel, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet und Juan Martin. He thrilled audiences during the world's most prestigious guitar festivals in Great Britain, Singapore and Australia. He was privileged to be invited to perform at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City - a rare honour for an instrumentalist.
In the words of Pandit Ravi Shankar:
"When I heard Hucky's guitar playing a few months ago in Los Angeles, I was extremely impressed and admired his virtuosity and mastery in playing different styles apart from playing the strictly classical. He is a sensitive and wonderful musician. He has my blessings.
Mr. George Winston, GRAMMY AWARD winning pianist (April 9, 1998)
"Hucky is a great guitarist, arranger, interpreter and composer. I really love his Asia album. He looks deeply into the soul of many cultures. He is truly a world citizen musically and plays with great heart and soul."
CLASSICAL GUITAR, London (December 1999)
His very first notes showed us that his command of the guitar was 100%. No fluffs and no missed notes, just sheer musical paying. Tonight our expectations, not often met, were graciously satisfied... the playing was beyond reproach.
I urge you to see this man. You won't hear his like anywhere else.
SILK and BAMBOO - THE CD -
by HUCKY eichelmann & richard HARVEY
This long awaited new C.D. is the first offering from the Duo. Two vastly experienced performers who through their travels have become true musical citizens of the world.
This collection emphasises the serenity of music and how, across centuries and nations music can create calmness and evoke the beauty of nature. From Equador to Korea and spanning 6 centuries Silk and Bamboo is a fitting collaboration for Hucky and Harvey who between them have made music with Ravi Shankar, Sir Paul McCartney, John Williams and Elvis Costello.
Classical guitarist Hucky has never been on better form and the silken sounds of his guitar blend beautifully with Harvey's large array of Bamboo flutes, panpipes, Irish whistles and ocarinas.
A wealth of musical experience has been distilled into this debut C.D. Prepare yourself for beautiful music, brilliantly played and perfectly recorded
SILK and BAMBOO (released on January 1, 2001)
AMI MC 2001-06 (cassette)
THE SPIRIT OF SURIYOTHAI (released on March 20, 2002)
Title Hit Song "NOW & FOREVER" performed by HUCKY & HARVEY
AMIMC 2002-08 (cassette)
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3. Llaki Shungulla
4. Parting at Yang Guan
5. The Lark in the clear air
6. Il Lamento di Tristano/Rota
9. The Coulin
10. Distribution of FLowers
14. Chau Yuan song