Passionate people interested in the Celtic harp met from the 9th to the 13th of July, for the 31st edition of the Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique of Dinan (Brittany). Amateur-harp maker and founder of the online magazine Harpes Mag’, Didier Saimpaul gave a workshop on harp technical drawings.
CelticHarpBlog: Here is the second part with answers to the questions about instrumental technique. A question comes up quite regularly about the exercises to practice. Are there any exercices we should do before, during and after a practice session?
Ten artists have contributed to Elva. Seven musicians: Tristan Le Govic (Celtic harp & vocals), Lise Enochsson (vocals), Stuart Macpherson (bass), Roy Shearer (drums), Per Nord (drums), André Le Meut (bombarde) and Pascal Lamour (biniou). To this list, we gladly add Olle Grane (mixing and mastering), Johann Guillon (graphics) and Erik Enochsson (photos). Ten instruments can be heard: Celtic harp, two voices, bass, drums, tabla, udu, derbuka, bombarde and biniou. Though the album wasn't recorded in ten days – as one might expect when you start a list of recurring numbers – but rather in a much longer period, however, it has been realized in ten different places in Brittany, Scotland and Skåne (Sweden).
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.
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.
CelticHarpBlog: Hi Lise. At the beginning of this article series, we invited readers to send us any questions they had relevant to a physiotherapist's perspective on instrumental technique. Among the questions we got, many were very specific to certain physical aspects of the posture whereas your articles so far talk mainly of general aspects. What is the idea behind this approach?
After the article on the Hara, it seems important to present a concrete example of what can be achieved mastering this technique in the service of art. In the following video, Miyoko Shida makes an impressive live performance on Spanish television, creating a giant mobile which relies on the weight of a feather. Between meditative dance, poetry of gesture and true physical prowess, the expression of her concentration reflects a perfect mastery of the Hara.