Alisa Sadikova, classical pedal harp

Alisa Sadikova, at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music
School. There’s some debate as to the actual title and composer of this piece in the YouTube comments, but consensus seems to say that it’s “La Source” by Albert Zabel (rather than The Fountain by Grandjany). Truly impressive playing either way. Hopefully young Alisa gets to have some ordinary kid time in between all the crazy hours she must be practicing. She certainly seems to be playing with her whole heart on this one.

Hurly Burly Spring Concert, May 25 in Peterborough, ON

Hurly Burly (Peterborough’s early music ensemble) will be revisiting the animal theme in their upcoming spring concert on Sunday, May 25th. As the Facebook event page says, “Hurly Burly’s annual Spring concert goes to the dogs… and fleas… not to mention birds and a missing sheep!” We’re having lots of fun with the songs, and hope you will enjoy them too! It will be our trademark blend of early and late period pieces, with mixed instruments and voices.

Animal, Vegetable, Madrigal: an Afternoon of “Beastly” Songs and Dances
Sunday May 25th, 2:30 p.m.
St. John’s Anglican Church in the Guild Hall

99 Brock Street (just east of Water Street in Peterborough)
Tickets available at the door
(And yes, there will be the usual home-made refreshments during the intermission!)

Hurly Burly main group site: http://hurlyburlyensemble.wordpress.com/
May 25 Concert Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/544264745688966/

Early Music Concert (with Arianna Savall on period harp)

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 – Purcell Fairest isle & Rondo

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/

October-November Harp Events in the US

HARP WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

Oct. 5-719th annual Harpers Escape Weekend, New Brunswick, NJ

Oct. 26-28Southeastern Harp Weekend, Ashville, North Carolina

Nov. 2-4Seattle Harp Symposium, presented by Dusty Strings

HARP CONCERTS (courtesy of the Sylvia Woods Harp Center)

Legends of the Celtic Harp: Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
Patrick Ball’s website
October 2012 – Anchorage and Valdez AK and Shoreline WA |
November 2012 – Toledo and Port Clinton OH, and Detroit MI

Patrick Ball
Patrick Ball’s website
October 2012 – Winston-Salem NC, Norfolk VA, Rockaway Twp NJ, Cumberland RI and Canton CT
November 2012 – Palm Beach, Tequesta, Jupiter, Loxahatchess, Belle Glade, South Bay, Boynton Beach, Pahokee, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Boca Raton, and Wellington FL

Grainne Hambly and William Jackson
Grainne Hambly’s website
William Jackson’s website
October 2012 – New Brunswick NJ and Midlothian TX

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay – Live 2010

A truly rockin’ set on Scottish harp and Shetland fiddle. The track is “Isflak” off the CD “White Nights”.  Check out the lever arrangement on Catriona’s harp.  More videos here.