Erik Ask-Upmark
  Rhett Barnwell
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nikolaz Cadoret
  Dominique Dodge
  Madeleine Doherty
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Patrice Fisher
  Laurence Furr
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Rachel Hair
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Nancy Hurrell
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Joanna Mell
  Sam Milligan
  Maire niChathasaigh
  Jocelyn Obermeyer
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Karen Peterson
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Tomoko Sugawara
  Anne Sullivan
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring
  Janet Witman
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
2018 Presenters    Ask-Upmark > Eisner

Erik Ask-Upmark

Fueled by his interest in medieval history and fantasy literature, Erik Ask-Upmark started playing folk music when he was a teenager and took up piano and harpsichord. His friend built a small harp and asked him to try it out and he was hooked. At the same time he took up the Swedish bagpipe. Nordic music became his passion and lead to his solo debut album "Heaven's Polska", which was critically acclaimed and the first CD in Sweden ever featuring only Nordic music on solo harp ! Erik has has earned the coveted title of "Riksspelman" (Master musician of the Realm in Sweden) and also plays the Baroque double harp with ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen and Ensemble Mare Balticum. He performs early music and Nordic traditional music both as a soloist and with his groups Svanevit, Dråm and Falsobordone. He lives at the tip of Sweden and is just about an hour from Copenhagen and has given concerts and workshops across the Nordic countries and Europe as well as the West Coast and Rio de Janeiro, among other places. This is his first East Coast trip and we welcome to his first Somerset!

Presenter website: Erik Ask-Upmark


Medieval Music
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Silly Harp Tricks
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Swedish & Nordic Music 101
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Swedish Repertoire Builder
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   


Rhett Barnwell

Musical fluency characterizes Rhett Barnwell, who is at ease playing organ, cello, piano and French horn as well as classical and lever harp. His musical focus, no matter what instrument he is playing, composing or conducting, is on music for sacred, healing and meditative purposes. Within that primary focus he has made a special study of Gregorian chant. Rhett has toured with solo sopranos Victoria Lawson and Claire Teuber, has performed and taught at a wide variety of festivals, including Spoleto, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Historical Harp Society and CD review editor for the Folk Harp Journal. He has many CDs and books available as well as his entrepreneurial venture (with Julianne Ford and Coralie Olszta) Harp Couture – a division of Seraphim Music that offers a line of fashions and accessories for the harp. Somerset collaborated with Rhett in 2015 to bring his Liturgical Harp Conference to the festival. Seraphim Music will have a table in the Exhibit Hall as well so you have plenty of opportunities to chat him up during the weekend.

Presenter website: Seraphim Music


Anything Goes: Arranging and Composing
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Compleat Harpist
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Go for Baroque
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Gregorian Chant on Harp
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

The Heavenly Harp Sunday Special (all day add-on event)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9am-9pm   More Info   

Play for Church Without Losing Your Religion (Heavenly Harp Sunday Special)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 2:15-3:15pm   More Info   

Sacred Ensemble Experience (Heavenly Harp Sunday Special)
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 1:15pm & 7pm   More Info   


Debbie Brewin-Wilson

“My Muse, tho' hamely in attire, May touch the heart." said Robert Burns. There is nothing ‘hamely’ about Debbie’s artistry as a musician and singer, and the combination of these skills with her passion for Robert Burns results in music that echoes ‘the wood note wild’ as Burns describes the natural and unpretentious singing he liked best. An experienced performer and teacher, Debbie’s repertoire also includes many traditional Scots ballads and Scottish jigs, reels, and strathspeys as well. She is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, her current congregation being in nearby Sparta, NJ. To date, she has three solo CDs, Dream of Caledonia, Roots and Wings, and Love Came Down at Christmas, a mix of original and traditional songs. Cofounder, with Kathy DeAngelo of the Harper’s Escape, she was on staff at the Escape for all of its 24 years and co-authored the Escape tunebooks, Ten Years of Tunes, Another Ten Years of Tunes and The Parting Glass). Debbie has also published three song and harp arrangement collections: Burns for Bairns and Wood Notes Wild and her newest Harp of My King, a compilation of Celtic Tunes New & Old for Christian Worship, which also includes a CD companion. She created our Basically Beginning program in 2009. This year, she and Carol Thompson have collaborated to produce our first Beginner's Boot Camp on Thursday. This year she will also be doing the Beginner group for the Harpers' Escape at Somerset Sunday program.

 

Presenter website: Debbie Brewin-Wilson


Beginners Boot Camp
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 10am-4:30pm   More Info   

Beginners Boost #1
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Beginners Boost #2
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Celtic Service
Level: Any Type: When: Sun. 8am   More Info   

Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner group) (all day add-on event)
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9am-9pm   More Info   


Nikolaz Cadoret

nicolas carter Nikolaz's appearance is underwritten in part by Camac Harps.

Nikolaz has many diverse musical inspirations and his playing has been touched by seemingly disparate genres. He was born in Brittany and became deeply immersed in its music from an early age, having started playing harp when he was XX. He's no stranger to pedal harp either and graduated from the Zürich Musik Hochschule and has done solo harp gigs all over Europe, including with the Komische Oper Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Opernhaus Zürich orchestras. Nikolaz has not rested on the laurels of winning several prestigious international competitions because he's not content to stand still musically. He expands his harp credentials with immersion into improvisation and collaboration with numerous bands on Celtic, pedal and electric harps. He's comfortable on them all and has a number of CDs with bands and solo. Nikolaz now lives in Brest and teaches harp at the Brest Conservatoire in Brittany. We thank Camac Harps for sponsoring Nikolaz's first appearance at Somerset.


Presenter website: Nikolaz Cadoret


Breton Music Introduction
Level: Beg. Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm   More Info   

Breton Music: the Next Step
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Electric Harp & You
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Improvisation without Fear
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   


Dominique Dodge


dominique dodgeSinger and harper Dominique Dodge of Vermont and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is making her second appearance at Somerset. Deeply grounded in the music and song traditions of Cape Breton, Ireland, and Scotland, Dominique has a passion for melody-driven dance music and responsive, rhythmic accompaniment, as well as for songs, airs, and 18th century harp music. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dominique has an MA from the University of Limerick in Irish Music Performance and a BA Honours in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. She is also a dedicated learner of Scottish Gaelic. As well, Dominique has extensive experience in traditional arts education and maintains a busy and vibrant teaching practice. She has been performing, recording and teaching traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic for over ten years. She has been a teacher at the New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts (NHSSA) as well as OSAS (Ohio School of Scottish Arts ) and has been an instructor with the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington VT, with a guiding hand on the Young Tradition Vermont youth group. We asked Dominique back to once again direct our Youth Harp Program, now in its 6th year.

Presenter website: Dominique Dodge



Youth Harp Program: Day 1 Meet & Greet
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Thurs. 1-2:30pm   More Info   

Youth Harp Program: Day 2
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Youth Harp Program: Day 3
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Youth Harp Program: Day 4
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Youth Harp Program: Ensemble I
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Youth Harp Program: Ensemble II
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

 
Madeleine Doherty

Madeleine DohertyMadeleine Doherty works full-time as harpist, singer and composer in Dublin and has a ‘Harps for Healing’ program providing therapeutic harp music for healthcare facilities in Ireland. She has over twenty years experience arranging songs with harp accompaniment for the entertainment and corporate sectors and has six albums of original harp music and a Meditation DVD of harp music filmed in Glendalough, County Wicklow. She studied classical harp in college and has Irish harp and voice background from her school days in Ireland. Madeleine is also a qualified harp therapist, having completed her studies with Bedside Harp. This is her first appearance at Somerset.

Presenter website: Madeleine Doherty



Singing & Accompaniment
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   


David Eisner


david eisnerDaivd Eisner is a long-time "folkie" whose passion for acoustic music makes him one heckuva great sound technician and why he's been our sound guy since 2008. As the founder of the Institute of Musical Traditions and the House of Music Traditions in Takoma Park, MD, David has been an integral part of the folk music scene in the Washington DC area for decades. He's been on the board of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW ) since 1984 and is regularly recognized by the Washington Area Music Association for his contributions to the music community as a sound engineer, concert producer and business executive. We're having Dave reprise his really popular workshop he's done for us on sound gear and how to be heard!



Sound Decisions on Amps & Sound Gear
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

 

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