Harp teacher and performer, webmaster and creator of the Celtic Harp Page at www.celticharper.com, composer, arranger, and all around music junkie. I currently direct the Hurly Burly medieval ensemble, and perform with a number of other groups including the Stringwood Trio. Along with several kinds of harp, I also play piano, recorders, clarinet, drums, penny whistle, and guitar.
Ever wonder why your teacher insisted you learn things like harmonics, tremolo, trills, près de la table, and all those other harpy effects? This arrangement is a good example. And yes, all the effects she uses are also perfectly doable on lever harp.
The piece is Sweet Blues by Bernard Andres, performed by Ruth Boyajian during a Focus on Youth concert at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver.
Great arrangement, stellar playing. And she flips levers like a boss. I won’t be buying a newsprint dress anytime soon (awesome though hers is), but this has definitely inspired me to get back to some of my more jazzy repertoire.
Of all the questions we get asked via the CHP, how to get a harp on a limited budget tops the list. From the renaissance of the folk harp that began in the 1960’s, to now nearly seven decades later, the breadth and depth of choice for harp players in terms of instruments and music has expanded dramatically. Unfortunately, a good harp is still not a cheap harp, no matter how you look at it. Good instruments require time, careful worksmanship and decent quality materials, and the harp is no exception.
Thankfully, there are ways to get a good working instrument on just about any budget, with enough patience and dedication.
Creative Harp Collective International 2013
July 16-20, 2013
Summer Harp Workshop
Classes include: Harp Solo Performance Coaching, Body Awareness at the Harp, Use of Harp in Therapeutic ways, Vibro-Acoustic Harp Therapy, Music Theory related to the Harp, Improvisation, Studies in Rhythm, Yoga, NIA Dance, Meditation Techniques, Basics of learning to play
The 2013 Earth Day (Peace Day) Harp Circle tunes are up on Chubby Sparrow. The first is a duet version of Come Give Me Your Hand, with chords and notes for lever harp. The second is a slow air based on The Bays of Harris, with lyrics modified from Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Evensong” (also with chords).
Everything in the “Free Music” section of the Chubby Sparrow site is free to download, print and/or listen to (please remember to include all acknowledgements and copyrights when printing). Feel free to photocopy and/or share any of the tunes (non-commercial use only please).
Top-notch performances by Jordi Savall, Rolf Lisevand, Perdo Estevan, and Arianna Savall. I instantly fell in love with the larger of Arianna’s two period replica harps. It’s not easy to find video of medieval harps in concert where the sound mix does them justice, but the balance is perfect in this one.