It was a year ago ! On the 11th October 2015, at the Espace Glenmor in Carhaix, more than four hundred people came to celebrate the official launch of the Breton Harp Anthology (Antologiezh Telenn Breizh). Among them, twenty-two contributors to the anthology came (in alphabetical order): Nolwenn Arzel, Anne Auffret, Hoëla Barbedette, Dimitri Boekhoorn, Dominig Bouchaud, Nikolaz Cadoret, Jakez François, Muriel Isambert, Florence Jamain, Soazig Kermabon, Tristan Le Govic, Françoise Le Visage, Mael Lhopiteau, Cristine Mérienne, Pierre Nicolas, Soazig Noblet, Nolwenn Philippe, Anne Postic, Gwenola Roparzh, Clotilde Trouillaud, Quentin Vestur and Marie Wambergue.
The Collectif ARP was created a year ago by Clotilde Trouillaud, Cristine Mérienne, Alice Soria-Cadoret and Nikolaz Cadoret. It was built on a simple idea, to develop their harp activities together. Tristan Le Govic joined them a few months later and Nathalie D’Alcantara, Jean-Yves Cadoret and Philippe Dos accompany them in their projects.
The launch of a new Celtic harp competition by Camac harps was announced at the end of last year on Harpblog. Once again, it has not only created the sensation in the harp world but it will also sustain the excellent level reached by the young musicians. The competition will take place in a very symbolic venue in the heart of Brittany: Pontivy, a very well known city for having hosted another Celtic harp competition for many years within the prestigious Kan ar Bobl. The first edition of Dasson an Delenn (The Resonance of the harp) will be held on the 23rd and 24th of May at the Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Pontivy.
Harp on Wight is a new born harp festival which will be held on the Isle of Wight (England) from the 24th to the 30th of November. The idea to create an event promoting the harp came to Anna Sacchini while she was attending the International Celtic Harp Meeting of Dinan (Brittany) last year.
Since the launch of this blog – or blogs with the English and the French version – many things became redundant with my main website. This is now fixed with the complete rebuilding of this one.
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.
Just over a month after the Kristianstad Öresund HarpHelg (read the post about it), Sweden is again the stage of another harp event. This year, the Nordic Harp Meeting will be held from the 31st October to the 3rd of November in Järna. Erik Ask-Upmark, international harp player and organiser of the coming edition, and Josef Berger, harp player and founder of the Meeting, tell us about what is one of the most original events dedicated to the harp: