More mad lever-harp skills on display. Some beautiful playing by Lina Bellard at the Concours de Harpe, Lorient.
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.
You can find out more about Tamsin via her website: http://www.tamsindearnley.co.uk/
O’Carolan’s Dream, played by Mark Harmer.
I’m off to play a house concert tonight, and then a relaxed ceili with musical friends next weekend. Feels good to be getting back into the Celtic zone again!
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.
The Harp Consort, with Andrew Lawrence King on harp, performing in York in 2011. And yes, he is indeed using the pinkie of his left hand when he plays! First time I’ve seen that technique in action. For more on the Harp Consort and early harps, you can visit their website: www.theharpconsort.com/
I feel like I should have heard of this group before now. Such a great idea! I wish I was in a populated enough area to start something like this. The mission of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble is “to deliver quality musical instruction on the harp, develop music reading skills and musicianship to at-risk, urban youth.” You can visit their official website at http://www.urbanharp.org/.
Here are some members of the group playing “What a Wonderful World” (the sound is a bit fuzzy but it’s still way cool):
Music to listen to by the fire while the snow whirls outside.
Harp & Arr. by Lee Che-Yi.
"Harpist Catrin Finch takes a musical journey to discover the ancient and fascinating history of the harp in Wales and the world, with interviews and performances from internationally-renowned guests including Alan Stivell, Carlos Orosco, Alemu Aga, Isabelle Perrin and Elinor Bennett." (courtesy of BBC4 and SkitlerRemix).
Old meets new: electroharp played in the midst of extinct volcanoes. Visit rockimmer’s channel for more.