The Breton harp anthology, Antologiezh Telenn Breizh, is out. This is a unique collection of three music books dedicated to the Celtic harp featuring the best harpists in Brittany (in alphabetical order): Nolwenn Arzel, Anne Auffret, Hoëla Barbedette, Brigitte Baronnet, Yann Bertrand, Dimitri Boekhoorn, Dominig Bouchaud, Aurore Breger, Nikolaz Cadoret, Grégory Cappoen, Georges Cochevelou, Jakez François, Armelle Gourlaouën, Muriel Isambert, Florence Jamain, Gwenael Kerleo, Soazig Kermabon, Mariannig Larc'hantec, Tristan Le Govic, Anne Le Signor, Françoise Le Visage, Mael Lhopiteau, Cristine Mérienne, Martine Millet, Myrdhin, Pierre Nicolas, Soazig Noblet, Kristen Noguès, Nolwenn Philippe, Anne Postic, Hervé Quefféléant, Pol Quefféléant, Gwenola Roparzh, Alan Stivell, Vinciane Tronson, Clotilde Trouillaud, Quentin Vestur and Marie Wambergue.
Sharp lines, pure elegance of shapes carved in matter, interlacing and dragon sculptures at the top: Richard van Rhijn's harp seems to come straight from the heart of Celtic legends. And like in legends, a secret surrounds the magical instrument. Eighty centimetres high, the smallest harp played on stage during the recent Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique has a name: Airéelle1. Twenty-five kilos but only nineteen metal strings. One more clue to decipher the undecipherable: the harp is made in stone. (more…)
Created in 2003 by the Comité des Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (CRIHC – Committee of the International Celtic Harp Meeting), driven by Myrdhin and Zil, Ti an Delenn (the Harp House) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Storefront of the summer festival but also resource centre, exhibition hall, meeting place and shop, the Harp House organises events all along the year. Hélène Chapillon and Ingrid Malot are the two permanent staff members of this unique place in the world which was created thanks to support provided by the city of Dinan.
In one week, the 30th edition of the Dinan Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique will be launched (see the post dedicated to this subject). The artistic director and founder of the festival, Myrdhin, gave us an interview in which he talks about the creation of the Rencontres, the important years and the present edition.
Retiring early from a specialised medical career, the Irishman Derek Ball can now devote himself full-time to composition. His repertoire includes solo instruments pieces, chamber music (like his Songs and Stories of Caílte's Time for Celtic harp and speaker, created by Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Séamus mac Gabhan) as well as larger works for symphonic orchestra and operas. Particularly present on the Irish contemporary music scene, his music has been programmed by the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and performed in the United-States. Derek Ball is a composer who does not hesitate to combine the Celtic harp with any kind of other instruments, voice and even computer.