Dimitri Boekhoorn always surprises us with his versatility as a musician. On stage, with a dozen harps, of different times, sizes and sounds, with wire strings (brass, bronze, steel), horsehair, ancient gut, in synthetic materials (nylon, carbon), historical harps from the Middle Ages or modern instruments created from scratch, he travels time, space, and music. He still surprises us when he presents a real mystery: a harp with golden strings. Answers from him:
The Irish and the Highland Harps by Robert Bruce Armstrong is an exceptional document published at the beginning of the 20th century. Now available online, it is also downloadable from the archive.org website. The numerous illustrations and plates of early harps reinserted in their historical context such as the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival followed by the work of Bunting, completed with some arrangements of music by the author himself give both musical and historical perspectives to this book.
For more than one hundred and fifty years the theory of evolution has ignited passion among its supporters, evolutionists, and its opponents, creationists, but never has so much literature on the subject been published as today. Among the scientific theories that have revolutionized our understanding of the world, the one written by Charles Darwin in 1859 in his book "On the Origin of Species" is certainly one of the most debated. While it seems difficult to dismiss string theory as a model of universal understanding of matter, the model of evolution as proposed by Darwin seems an abyss into which the scientists of the world plunge.