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I Always Wanted to Play the Harp: Karen Peterson
Type: Demo Level: Beg. When: Fri. 10-11am Where: Festival Lobby
Have you ever said to yourself "I always wanted to play the harp"? Experience a harp first-hand, literally. This is a 45-minute workshop offered to any of our daily Visitors or non-harping companion guests as a "get acquainted" session. Robbin will talk about playing the harp and demonstrate how you can get started. Several harps will be provided for everyone to try out. Ask questions. Get Answers.
I Always Wanted to Play the Harp: Robbin Gordon-Cartier
Type: Demo Level: Beg. When: Sat.10-11am Where: Festival Lobby
Have you ever said to yourself "I always wanted to play the harp"? Experience a harp first-hand, literally. This is a 45-minute workshop offered to any of our daily Visitors or non-harping companion guests as a "get acquainted" session. Robbin will talk about playing the harp and demonstrate how you can get started. Several harps will be provided for everyone to try out. Ask questions. Get Answers.
Improvisation without Fear: Nikolaz Cadoret
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: Room 11
Improvisation should be the most natural way to express yourself in music. For many though, it is also often frightening, especially if you're not used to playing without sheet music! Jump into this workshop and Nikolaz will have you playing melodic-harmonic improvisation (on chords) through modal improvisation (based on traditional material) to free improv--all by ear, of course! This workshop will move at lively pace.
Improvising on Latin Dance Tunes: Patrice Fisher
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: Room 10
If you've ever wanted to jump in at a jam session or impel your listeners to get up and dance this workshop is for you! Be more than background music. Patrice will show you a few simple Latin rhythms and easy standards that can help break that stereotypical image of harp being musical wallpaper. Everyone will enjoy playing different parts of the rhythm, harmony and melody to create a richly syncopated musical landscape. Some sight-reading but "by ear" players should have no difficulty in picking things up.
Irish Dance Music Nuances: Maire niChathasaigh
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm Where: Salon 4
Explore the wide repertoire of the Irish dance music tradition and learn the nuances of its special rhythms and phrasing characteristics from a master player. Maire will share the tradition and how to approach its harmony and accompaniment that are most authentic. Highlighted in this workshop are the fingering techniques needed to effect the ornamentation that wil give the tunes their lilt. Simplified written music will be provided but the workshop will be taught by ear so you can truly get the nuances of the sounds. Recording devices welcome.
Irish harp music of the 17th & 18th centuries: Maire niChathasaigh
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: Salon 1
There were many harper/composers in Ireland who were just as popular as Carolan who left behind a beautiful legacy. Find out who the Connellans, Lyons and Burke were, among others, and learn some of their brilliant music. Sight-reading helpful but not required if you bring your recording devices.
Irish Session: Event
Type: Level: Any When: Saturday 10pm Where: TBD
An "after hours" activity. Open to all. Bring musically appropriate instrument or just come to listen.
Irish Slow Airs: Grainne Hambly
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: Salon 4
Just because they're called "slow" airs doesn't mean that they are easier to play than dance tunes. Anyone who has ever heard Gráinne play an Irish slow air, knows that these beautiful pieces defy written music transcription. Gráinne will take you through the fine art of interpreting and learning an Irish slow air and getting the nuances that make these pieces among the most challenging in the Irish tradition to get just right. This workshop is taught by ear and no written music will be provided. Recording devices will be your off-line memory.
Japanese Folk Songs: Tomoko Sugawara
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg-Int When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: Room 6
Japanese folk tunes are sometimes a bit sad, but beautiful. Most of the Japanese favorites are about the seasons. In this workshop you will learn beautiful melodies and use easy chords to mark the seasons.
Labyrinth Finger Experience: Janet Witman
Type: Harps optional Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: Room 2
You might be familiar with a labyrinth as a walking meditation. Learn the history, music application and guiding nature of an ancient ritual that leads to a center of expression and being. Breathe, listen and follow a Finger Labyrinth while meditative harp music is played. Harps optional. Bring notebook and pencil.
Latin music techniques & fun effects: Alfredo Ortiz
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: Room 6
Latin American harp traditions include many unique and fun special effects. Even if you've never heard these terms before, you'll learn muffling techniques, muffled glissandi, Paraguayan "trino" (mandoline-like effect) and more. If you're interested in pop or jazz or looking to do something with your own compositions, this workshop will expand your technique repertoire with these interesting effects. Even beginners will be able to master some effects right away while understanding others to put them into practice in the future.
Lunchtime Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: When: Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-1pm Where: Festival Lobby
Pick up lunch at the Grab & Go station, have a seat, relax & enjoy the music!
Manx to the Max: Rachel Hair
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: Room 5
The mysterious island in the middle of the Irish, the Isle of Man, is the smallest of the Celtic Nations, but in recent years has been making waves in the Celtic Music scene. The Claasagh (Manx Gaelic for harp) has been undergoing a recent revival on the island, so come help further the cause and learn some of the tunes from the island in the process! Add some Manx tunes to your repertoire. Tunes will be taught by ear, with music provided at the end of the workshop.
Marvelous Modes: Joanna Mell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: Room 8
You've probably heard harpers talking about modes but are wondering what they are and why you'd want to play them. Take this workshop with Joanna and learn about the 7 modes, their unique characteristics and how they sound. You'll be playing chord progressions, built on modes, that will enhance your repertoire. Sight-reading helpful but not essential
Medieval Music: Erik Ask-Upmark
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: Room 7
You don't have to have a historical harp to play in this workshop! Erik will take you through European music from the 13th to 15th centuries and show you how to adapt it to the harp. Sources will include the Spanish song collections Cantigas de Santa Maria and Llibre Vermell, as well as music of the troubadours and maybe even a piece from the Nordic countries.
Medieval Sacred Music. Alleluya!: Nancy Hurrell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: Room 2
The soaring, mystical music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) written a thousand years ago has special resonance in today’s complex world. Learn how to improvise a meaningful accompaniment shadowing Hildegard’s timeless vocal lines. Create harp accompaniments for ancient hymns from the 14th century Laudario di Firenze, with their catchy melodies and interesting rhythmic patterns. All harp levels and singers welcome.
Modes Demystified: Maeve Gilchrist
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: Room 11
You've heard harpists talking about playing in different modes and have always wondered how they are different than keys, haven't you? Maeve will demystify modes and put them into musical context that will broaden your harmonic understanding and open your ears. Walk through the scales with her and find out how useful they are.
Modal Improvisation: Kim Robertson
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: Salon 4
There are 7 basic diatonic modes and this workshop is a right-brain, creative approach to using modes as a foundation for improvisation. Discover what makes each one sound unique and ways to use them to improvise. Kim will teach you simple but effective one- and two-hand patterns to creative beautiful improvisations and you learn how to create more personalized arrangements.
Music for Shabbat & Jewish Weddings: Sunita Staneslow
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: Salon 4
Do you play for nursing homes and want to reach the Jewish audience by playing music from their childhood? Do you play for hospice or an Alzheimer's unit and want to bring back warm memories of the family sitting around the Shabbat table and singing? Do you play for Jewish weddings and want music that is more traditional? Then, this is the workshop for you. Sunita will share new tunes and give tips for playing in a more authentic style. Learn what music is appropriate for different occasions. Or just come and learn some beautiful melodies that work for the harp.
Music of Thomas Moore: Janet Witman
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: Room 1
Explore the life, times, poetry and music of Ireland’s “national poet”, Thomas Moore (1779-1852). His mid-19th century collection, Irish Melodies reflects his passion for the land of Eire, which the harp represents in his poetry, “My Gentle Harp”, “The Harp of Tara Swells” and “The Minstrel Boy”. Hear some lesser known works, “Vale of Avoca”, “Avenging and Bright” and the stories behind his words. Janet will perform and share some of her arrangements of her favorites!

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Updated 5/29/18
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