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Harp Talk Radio Series Podcast
Interviews and music from some of the world's best harpists.
Episode 11: Deborah Henson-Conant
March 17, 2013 04:01 PM PDT
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy nominated artist, who sings & plays the harp, tells stories and composes symphonic music. She has made her own path, composing since age 12. She first studied classical harp, then she developed her own style, combining blues, swing and Latin Jazz, with storytelling and humor. Deborah has toured with the Boston Pops, premiered her own orchestral compositions, played at jazz clubs in Germany and Celtic festivals in France. In 2007, her one-woman show, Invention and Alchemy, debuted on PBS and was nominated for a Grammy award.
You can hear Deborah Henson-Conant perform and teach at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend, June 6 through 9. For more information, go to www.neworleansjazzharp.com.
This HarpTalk program was sponsored by a grant from the American Harp Society and produced by the New Orleans Chapter. Our host is Patrice Fisher and our audio engineer is Carlos Valladares.
You can find out more information about Deborah Henson-Conant at www.hipharp.com.Episode 10: Ismael Ledesma
November 03, 2012 03:48 PM PDT
Ismael Ledesma is a Paraguayan composer, & harpist.
In 1982, he travelled to Paris in order to join a circle of Latin American musicians, like “Los Guayakies” with Pedro Leguizamon, “Los diablos del Paraguay” with Pedro Ramirez, and “Los Tupi” with Rubito Luna, among others.
Ismael has made 13 CDs with different producers: French, German, Swiss and Paraguayan.
He also takes part in Paraguayan events, such as the Festival Paraguaype and the World Harp Festival in Asuncion.
September 09, 2012 07:58 PM PDT
Louise Trotter grew up in a musical family. Her father was a high school band director and he built her first harp by hand. She had musical training in piano and harp since early childhood, with more advanced studies at Texas Women's University and with Mildred Dilling in New York City. She was harpist with Beaumont Symphony, and Baytown Symphony for a number of years. Her interest in modern harmony led to studies with the leading pop and jazz artists in the country.
March 16, 2012 08:34 AM PDT
Barbra Bailey Bradley, originally from Canada, holds degrees from the
Returning to the harp has redefined her musical career. She has recorded two
In addition to solo work, she performs with and directs the Heatherwood
You can find more information about Barbra at http://www.beeharp.com/.
You can contact her at email@example.com.Episode 7: Sadie Turner, Classical Harpist
September 22, 2011 09:44 AM PDT
Sadie Turner, 1st prize winner of the American Harp Society’s National
March 28, 2011 01:21 PM PDT
Christa fell under the spell of the harp during her first lesson at 16. Two years earlier,
January 17, 2011 06:40 PM PST
In 2007, Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz was invited to compose a piece to be premiered on July 22, 2008, during the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Originally composed for four harps or harp ensemble, the piece was performed by 232 harpists, breaking the Guinness World Record of the largest harp ensemble to date.
In April, 2009, performing his own compositions, he was one of the winners of the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions of the Southern California Chamber Music Presenters Consortium.
On July 19, 2009, twelve 5th grade harp students of Lou Anne Neill (harpist of the Los Angeles Phlharmonic), from Moffett Elementary School, performed Alfredo’s composition PAISAJE, during the Opening Night Gala of the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Symphony, for an audience of over seventeen thousand.
Internationally acclaimed by the critics, soloist of the "arpa paraguaya" (Paraguayan harp), a composer, author, educator and recording artist, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz considers his "most important concert" playing the harp in the delivery room during the birth of his second daughter.
Alfredo was born in Cuba. When he was eleven years old he immigrated with his family to Venezuela. Four years later he began studying the Venezuelan folk harp with his school friend Fernando Guerrero. A year later he became a pupil of Alberto Romero on the Paraguayan harp. Just two years after his first harp lesson, he began medical studies in Medellín, Colombia, began performing professionally and recorded his first album. Music supported his medical studies until graduation. Five years later he moved to the United States to continue studies of Music Therapy. Two years later he married Luz Marina Otero. For eight years from the time of his graduation from medical school, he worked in the medical field as well as a harpist and recording artist, until his wife became pregnant. In order to have time for his growing family, he then decided to dedicate his life only to them and to his first love: the harp.Episode 4: Barbara Belew
July 13, 2010 02:09 PM PDT
A veteran member of McNeese’s music faculty, Miss Belew is a graduate of Hardin- Simmons University (Abilene, Texas) and Indiana University, who has taught piano and harp, as well as courses in pedagogy and literature of the two instruments. She has coached both MSU’s harp ensemble and that of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Harp Society. Barbara founded the first American Harp Society chapter in Louisiana in 1972. She was the Southern Regional Director of the AHS from 1973 to 1979. She has played harp in the Lake Charles Symphony and several other area performing organizations, including Baton Rouge Symphony, Rapides Symphony and the opera in Beaumont, Texas. Miss Belew maintains active membership in the AHS chapter, the Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association, Louisiana Music Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, honorary/professional organization for women educators. She recently was named to the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in America. Barbara was the founder of the McNeese Summer Harp Camp in 2000.
May 16, 2010 12:40 PM PDT
Mary Radspinner began harp studies with Jeanne Henderson in the Milwaukee Public School System. Jeanne provided many kids with the opportunity to learn the harp who may have never had the luck otherwise. Mary credits her love of music and the harp to Jeanne, a wise teacher who imparted many different styles of playing to her students, preparing them for all kinds of work in the music world.
She also studied string bass and voice. In 1977 she earned degrees in applied harp and music education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. During the next 10 years she taught elementary general music, elementary band, high school orchestra, choir and music theory. Mary free-lanced in Houston for 11 years, playing an average of 4 events per week, and during that time she served as substitute harpist with the Houston Symphony and second harpist with the Houston Ballet Orchestra.
She has served as president of the San Jacinto Chapter of the American Harp Society, SW Regional director of the American Harp Society, and president of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. She chaired the International Folk Harp Conference held in Galveston in 1998. Mary is the immediate past president of the Scottish Harp Society of America. She served as editor-in-chief of the Folk Harp Journal for a six-issue interim.
In 1993 Mary and her husband John Gill opened Melody's Traditional Music & Harp Shoppe, a harp specialty store in Houston, TX. In 1999 Mary and husband John established Afghan Press, specializing in harp music publications. Afghan Press is named after John and Mary's beloved Afghan Hound, Melody. (1987 - 1998).
Mary instituted the harp events at the TX Scottish Festival in Arlington, and has chaired the harp competition events for the Houston Highland Games. She was a winner in the Florida Summer Harp Seminar pop harp competition in 1994, and is the 1995 Texas champion Scottish harper. She performs and gives workshops throughout the country on harp techniques for relaxation, ensemble ideas and improvisation.
March 29, 2010 08:50 AM PDT
Known for her bold interpretations and diverse repertoire, Dr. Yeung has performed in festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She has won top prizes at the Nippon International Harp Competition, Lily Laskine International Harp Competition, American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, Anne Adams Awards, and Ruth Lorraine Close Awards. To her credit, Dr. Yeung is the only person to simultaneously receive first prizes in the two highest divisions of the American Harp Society National Competition and Prix Renié. As a winner of Artists International, Dr. Yeung premiered her transcription of the Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She has premiered numerous compositions, including multi-media works at World Harp Congresses in Dublin and Amsterdam, and the National Flute Convention in New York City. She has made recordings for the Innova, Fons, Albany, and Cadenza labels.
March 29, 2010 08:39 AM PDT
"Imagine a red haired Celt from Brittany, just out of a Broceliande tale, with a voice that hovers somewhere between the high registers of Kate Bush, the purity of Sinead O Connor and the mysticism of Enya and you’ll have a good idea what this remarkable young harpist, arranger of traditional songs and original songwriter sounds like.”
Singer and Harpist Cecile Corbel was born in Brittany, in the Finistère, at the very west of Europe. In her teens, after learning the guitar, she discovered the Celtic harp. The young Breton composer and singer now shares her « pop folk Celtic » music with her musicians in France and abroad.
The New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society recently received a grant from the American Harp Society to produce a series of radio interviews with harpists. The finished interviews, with related music clips, will be broadcast on the Harpestry radio program of KRVS in Lafayette, LA and other National Public Radio stations. The series will also be available on the internet at www.harpsociety.org.
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