Seduced by Harps
(February 22, 2014, Belgium)
Dutch Harp Festival
(February 26 - March 2, 2014, The Netherlands)
Edinburgh International Harp Festival
(April 4-9, Scotland)
(May 1-31, Brazil)
World Harp Congress
(July 20-26, Australia)
Somerset Folkharp Festival
(July 31-Aug3, USA)
Jazz Harp Academy 2015
Jazz Harp Festival 2016
(October 6-9, The Netherlands)
Information on a selection of festivals and educational events can be found here.
See our Global Jazz Harp Calendar for a more extensive listing of individual concerts, workshops, and further events.
Seduced by Harps
February 22, 2014 (Belgium)
The Seduced by Harps International Harpfestival in Lommel, on the border of Belgium and The Netherlands, is celebrating its 10th edition this year.
The event is bringing a broad range of styles and genres. It features harps from all over the world and from early to modern times. Talented newcomers are confronted with well established performers.
This year's festival will start out with three concerts on historical locations. Robin Huw Bowen will play Welsh traditional music in the intimacy of a neogothic chapel. The German sisters Johanna and Elisabeth Seitz will perform in the salons of an eclectic mansion. Johanna plays historical harps, Elisabeth plays dulcimer and other related instruments. The afternoon will be concluded by the virtuoso Paraguayan harpist Lincoln Almada, mixing the rhythms of the Guarani indians with styles from Colombia and Venezuela together with the Argentinian barock guitarist Evangelina Mascardi.
The evening concert in Cultural center De Adelberg will open with young talent selected by Harpe Diem: 11-year old Evelien Vaneysendeyk and 17-year old Lise Vandersmissen. Then, Dutch top harpist, most recent winner of the Bloomington harp competition, and artistic director of the Dutch Harp Festival Remy van Kesteren will take the stage. The world reknown Colombian Latin Jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda will tighten the festival's star line-up, melting euphoric jazz improvisations with Latin-American rhythms with an incredible drive.
Details on locations and ticket sales can be found here:
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Dutch Harp Festival
February 26 - March 2, The Netherlands
Singer-songwriting is nowadays most often done on guitar. However, in the past it were the harpists that captured peoples’ imagination with their music and song. The Dutch Harp Festival is hosting a special event to revive this primal role of the harp, blending the old with the new: familiar faces from 'The best Singer Songwriter from The Netherlands' competition will be joined by today’s best harpists and together they will inspire each other to new heights. The concert will be presented by Giel Beelen, one of The Netherlands most popular radio hosts. One great singer-songwriting harpist we will be hearing for sure: Emily Hoile from Scotland, currently enrolled at The Juilliard School in New York.
Check out www.harpfestival.nl for the many other inspiring and unconventional concerts.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL
April 4-9, Scotland
One of our favorite festivals for sure. This is where you go to learn folk music and many other styles. No specific jazz workshops or courses this time around, but you could of course consider private lessons with Maeve Gilchrist, Corrina Hewatt, or Catriona McKay. Plus... we will be there with a full range of methods, CDs, sheet music, and... surprise... even electric harps!
Stay on the premises of the beautiful Merchiston Castle School, and make sure not to miss the late night sessions, programmed every night!
IX RIO HARP FESTIVAL
May 1-31, Brazil
Every year, there is a full month of harp programming in Rio de Janeiro, litterally from the 1st until the 31st day of May. Harpists from all over the world are brought to Brazil to perform here. The concerts are daily and free, and held on the most diverse and important sites of Rio de Janeiro. The idea is to highlight good quality music, regardless of its background, school or era, from medieval music to European classics, from romantic to impressionist, from modern to contemporary Brazilians. Habiba will be one of this year's performers, returning after a succesfull appearance last year.
WORLD HARP CONGRESS
July 20-26, 2014, Australia
More jazz harp specific info will follow soon
SOMERSET FOLK HARP FESTIVAL
July 31 - Aug 3, USA
Of all harp festivals we know, Somerset has the broadest and most consistent Jazz Harp programming, and we are proud to be part of it for the 3rd year in a row!
Their motto is 'Narrow Your Focus, Expand Your Horizon', and you can indeed go either way with the enormous amount and variety of workshops offered. As for jazz, blues and improvisation, you can learn from Martha Gallagher in 'Beginning the Blues', 'Lady Sings the Blues', and 'Joy of Songwriting', from Maeve Gilchrist in 'Blazing Levers' and from the undersigned in 'Jazz & Blues Demystified', 'Harping from Lead Sheets', 'Gear up your Harp' and a true Jazz Harp Ensemble.
JAZZ HARP ACADEMY 2015
In your backyard? Or in Asia?
Or does Asia happen to be your backyard?
In that case: contact us at email@example.com. We're looking for collaboration with harpists, educational institutes and entrepreneurs to brainstorm and develop distinctive opportunities for a multiple day Jazz Harp Academy in Asia. Organisational centipedes, spin doctors, fundraising pro's, patrons of the arts, please join in this international jazz harp collaboration and make the Jazz Harp Academy happen in Asia.
JAZZ HARP FESTIVAL & ACADEMY 2016
October 6-9, The Netherlands
Leiden, The Netherlands, will for one week be the hub of the jazz harp world.
We expect to present a broad and eclectic range of artists. There will be lots to learn for all levels, activities for participants of all ages, extraordinary concerts, and hopefully as good an atmosphere as we experienced at the 2013 edition.
Mark your calendar for the 1st week of October.
Plan your trip to Europe right then.
Practice till you drop or prepare to plunge in.
Make sure to be part of it!