A Breton Finn, another one Swedish. A Czech Breton, another one Swedish. A Swedish American, a Japanese American, an English Icelander, a Karelian Finn, a Belgian Swede, etc. Is the Nordic Harp Meeting the rendez-vous of travellers? One can find there those who are looking for something, and having found it one day want to share their discovery. Many things here seem to come from the past – the origins of instruments such as harp, lyre, hummel, langspil, and all the instruments which all of a sudden gave an authentic aspect in a present too rushed – but, in Järna, we are in the present.
Lise Enochsson: Two weeks ago at the Nordic Harp Meeting a group gathered for a workshop on "physiotherapy for harpists", a pretty ambitious workshop title from the arrangers, but which was actually a condensed and hands-on (feet-on!) version of the plan for this article series.
In the previous article (Instrumental technique 1: breathe), we've become aware of our breathing and explored ways in which we can free it up. Next, we can become more aware of our habitual posture and try some small adjustments. If you really get into feeling how you normally carry yourself, you may find some surprising tendencies.
Last week-end, during the Nordic Harp Meeting in Järna, Andy Lowings gave a lecture on the Golden Lyre of Ur. This article tells this amazing story of the reconstruction of an instrument a few thousands years old. It was published last October in the online magazine Harpes Mag. We would like to thank Didier Saimpaul for letting us publish it here and Andy for generously sharing this adventure.