Under Construction



It has been a while since I’ve posted something since I have been busy preparing myself for my final master-recital. That will take place on the 23rd of may in Tilburg. If you would like to stay updated on that topic please check my facebook-page regularly since this site will be under construction.

It appears that the ‘easy sign up’ tool has been hacked. If you have signed up for this in the last couple of weeks please send me an e-mail or a personal message to make sure your information is saved.

This is not the only reason to do some maintenance. Maybe you have already seen some new photo’s with the electric harp so this website is ready for a little make-over.

Please stay tuned: Follow me on facebook and instagram if you don’t already to stay updated. As soon as I have completed the masters-programme in the next couple of months I will be working on some cool new projects for the summer!




Jazz Harp Acadamy

It has been a while since I have posted some news because I have been enjoying my new harps and new gear (I think that is a good excuse…;). There are a couple of nice gigs coming up so if you want to see and hear the electric harp don’t forget to check the gig calendar every now and then since more info and gigs are coming up!

Another big announcement I can make is that I will be giving two workshops at this years jazzharp-acadamy! So if you want to learn some very practical jazz basics sign up for one of the courses and I will see you on the 15th of october in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. For more info click on THIS LINK.

Since we are working together with other harpfestivals that will take place that very same weekend why not stick around a little longer? There are also combo-tickets available.

Many thanks to Sabine Meijer from the dutch jazzharpfoundation and camac harpen Nederland for supporting me as a jazzharpplayer!

Here is a silly little harp-joke to say goodbye for now………



A big harp-family and a little loss

Lucky, lucky me! Not only did I recieve my electric harp but on the same day (this was not planned!) I went to Germany for a chromatic harp. That means I got two harps in one day! This might sound excessive but all of my harps have their very own quality and purpose. The chromatic harp is for my research I am currently working on to find out whether the chromatic harp (that was very popular in the baroque era) can be a solution to chromatic issues within jazz. But this is a whole different topic.

Have you whatched me unpack the biggest box ever? Click this link.

The electric harp is amazing. I could only imagine how it would look like and as soon as one has gotten over the shocking color at first (because it is bright!) one can not help but fall in love with it. The sound was the biggest surprise and the only thing I can say right now about that is that it is even better than I could wish for and it is LOUD 😉


But there is not only good news. On my ninth birthday my parents gave me a puppy. She was a white malthese we called Daisy. She was there for my very first harp performance and still alive and kicking when I played on my electric harp for the first time. That means she has lived for fifteen years! She was a major part of our family and although we are very sad, we are also very happy that she lived a long, healthy and happy life right up to the very end when she decided that it was time to go.







2016 starts out good!

2016 starts good with two things: The first is the succesful crowdfunding campaign which collected more than expected! All €5275,- will be spent directly on the electric harp and I want to thank you all for donating so generously. I also want to thank Laura Douma for making the video and Eibe Gerhartl for making flyers and being supportive in general.

The second exciting thing is that I am now a guest blogger for the Jazzharp Foundation! Click here to read the blog. I hope you will enjoy reading and maybe get to know more about me and my career and education in general.

I wish everyone the best for 2016, may it be filled with jazz!




Thanks to many of you the crowdfundcampaign is already succesful. But you can still donate untill december 31. So if you haven’t already, make sure you do. Even a small amount can make a big difference to me.

You can donate trough this link: https://voordekunst.nl/projecten/3854-carina-backhuijs-jazzharpiste-1

Thanks to the many donations my christmas will be a very merry one and 2016 will have a great start.

Merry christmas to you all and I wish you all a healthy and fun 2016!



3, 2, Harp…..Take off!

After two days of technical difficulties with both my crowdfund page and this webpage my crowdfund page went online this morning. After months of preperation we launched yesterday and we finally went online this morning. From right now until the very last day of this year (December 31st, 2015) you can help me out by donating through the voordekunst.nl site. If you already donated or if you can not donate, you can help me out by sharing the link with your friends, family and colleagues or e-mail me with other cool initatives to help me raise enough money to buy my electric harp. Of course you will get something in return for your kind donation. Hopefully I can thank you very soon for your kind help, so please be that good samaritan and you’ll hear from me very soon!

To see a list of what you might get in return, please go to the crowdfunding website by clicking on the following link:


If you want to know why?:


Voor het voetlicht

Zet 7 november in uw agenda! Dan speel ik samen met Eibe Gerhartl op dit culturele festival. Wij spelen in Waalwijk in Hooisteeg 2, een prachtig omgebouwd atelier waarvoor Conny Stevens zo vriendelijk is geweest haar atelier beschikbaar te stellen. Het is zeker de moeite waard even een kijkje te nemen op haar website www.la-coquille.org.

Kaartjes kosten €10,- in de voorverkoop, verkrijgbaar bij: Atelier Winterdijk 30b, Hooisteeg 6, kunstencentrum Waalwijk, online op www.deleest.nl, en €12,50 aan de deur. U krijgt erg veel voor uw geld want met één kaartje kunt u zes voorstellingen bijwonen! Op de flyer kunt u zien wat u allemaal kunt gaan zien en beluisteren.

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Many of you already know I will soon start my crowdfunding project for my electric harp. For those who don’t know yet, this is why I desided to start this scary but also inspiring project: Despite the fact I succesfully completed my study with an electric harp I am stuck. I often play in a band, or any other kind of jazz or pop formation, which works out very well except for one thing: No one can hear me……..I really mean no one…..The audience can’t hear me, my band can’t hear me and to make it slightly worse: I can’t even hear myself and al of this is pretty important since it’s music. You can view it like I am a guitarist, that needs electric AND acoustic right? It is exactly the same for me, different harps are different sounds and in my field of expertise I need both. It will certainly help me to fulfill my dreams and ambitions that are all about being one of the band, playing the festivals and cool TV shows, etcetera.

So how can you help?

It is not possible yet to acually donate money. But for now you can be a good Samaritan by signing up with your e-mail adress on the left, spreading the word, book me for a gig or e-mail me with cool suggestions.



How to stay updated

Well, that’s pretty easy. Just sign up in the sidebar to be the first to know about concerts and of other exciting projects. At the moment I am quite busy with a very exciting project you will hear of very soon if you sign up. You will not only be the first to hear of the project, you may even be very helpful doing so!

So please sign up for more news!

P.S. The picture is a hint 😉






Live – recordings

I have been updating my website today and I am proud to announce that finally I can share with you the live-recordings of my final exam! Many thanks to Björn Even and Eibe Gerhartl for making it possible and enjoy! You can find the tracks here.