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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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World Music [clear filter]
Thursday, May 26
 

1:30pm

Visit the Land of the Celts
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn to play with that Celtic flair. Learn how to play reels, jigs, ballads & other Celtic music, add typical embellishments, arrange music, play easily by ear, and memorize music, all while playing favorite Celtic tunes.

Presenters
avatar for Barbary Grant

Barbary Grant

The power to evoke deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael. Her affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes
 
Friday, May 27
 

9:15am

Globe-Trot with Your Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

The Middle East and Asia have long harp histories, yet approach music very differently than in the West. This workshop introduces you to the dramatic and touching scales, textures, rhythms, forms and ornamentation of music from the Middle East and Asia. Spice up your Celtic arrangements by slipping in some sinuous Middle Eastern rhythms, add poignancy to your ornaments with Asian note bends (yes, they're possible!), finally make sense of Gregorian chant by delving into the free tempo of monophony...this workshop opens up so many new colors and possibilities for your current harping, regardless of what style you play. Come prepared to be inspired!

Presenters
avatar for Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan

An award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both solo and in collaboration, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Her forthcoming album As Above, So Below reflects recent travels throughout Asia, plus Diana’s PhD research in harp composition from... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

10:45am

Intro to the Cross Strung Harp
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a hands-on demonstration of the fascinating world of the chromatic cross-strung harp. Participants will learn about its history in its various forms and will hear musical examples showing how the instrument can play music of all styles with all the “juicy” chords that are often eliminated in lever harp playing. Participants will have the opportunity in class to try playing melodies, chords and scales on a cross-strung harp. Bring a cross-strung harp if you have one, but a few cross-strung harps will be provided if you don’t have one.

Presenters
avatar for John Metras

John Metras

John Metras has played a number of instruments professionally since the 1970s, including the guitar, piano, accordion and harp. As a graduate of Lone Mountain College as a guitar major, he proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland and a teaching credential at San Francisco State University. John taught music in Sonoma County schools for over 30 years, has mentored a number of new music... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Optional

10:45am

Meet the Modes
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you love that medieval sound? Learn the basics of the four medieval modes (Protus, Deuterus, Tritus, and Tetradus): their melodic patterns, cadence structures, how to use modal consonance and dissonance, and the significance of Pythagorean tuning. Therapeutic harpists will find this workshop especially valuable.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Ann Fulton

Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →


Friday May 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes
 
Saturday, May 28
 

10:45am

See You in Scandinavia
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We'll talk about what makes Scandinavian music different from other ethnic music, including modes, melodies and interesting lever settings. Learn two or three exquisite traditional songs from Scandinavia by walking through the dance steps, clapping the rhythms and then playing the tunes on our harps.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé

Beth Kollé performs and presents workshops on harp, flute and pennywhistle, and sings in Norwegian, Swedish and Gaelic. She also teaches Scandinavian folkdance and song at festivals and retreats around the United States. She organized the three HARPA tours to Scandinavian to perform and promote harp-playing in 2006, 2008, and 2013. A fourth HARPA tour, run by Jen Narkevicius, traveled to Scotland in May 2015. Beth has been... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. Francis
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes