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Saturday, October 12, 9.30 - 22.30 (registration 8.30-9.30) 

Sunday, October 13, 9.00 - 18.15 

(full schedule below) 


Level beginners:  

somewhat experienced beginners (several years of harp lessons, but not necessarily experience in jazz, playing from chord charts or band playing). 

Main faculty beginners: 

Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Kurt Schwab  


Level intermediate: 

intermediate harpists with some knowledge of chords. 

Main faculty intermediate: 

Deborah Henson-Conant, Rossitza Milevska, Kurt Schwab  




Saturday, October 12, 2013 

08.30 - 09.30 arrival/registration 

09.30 - 10.30 Hands-on Harmony  

11.00 - 12.30 Get physical with your harp  

12.30 - 13.30 lunchtime & open mic 

13.30 - 14.00 Rhythm / body percussion 

14.15 - 15.15 choice of Combo lesson or New Blues  

15.30 - 16.30 Gear up your harp  

19.30 - 20.30 How-to-survive-a-jam-session crash course  

20.30 Jam Session 


Sunday, October 13, 2013 

09.00 - 09.45 Listening to jazz (Kurt) 

10.00 - 11.00 Hands-on jazz & Improvisation  

11.15 - 12.30 choice of Singer-songwriting or Harpomania/pop harp 

12.30 - 13.30 lunchtime & open mic 

13.30 - 14.45 Strings of Passion 

16.15 Afternoon concert with Maeve Gilchrist & Rossitza Milevska 


Further info on the lessons: 


- Hands-on Jazz & Improvisation (Maeve / Rossitza) 

Each with their own background and experience, the harp teachers will work with you on various aspects of jazz and improvisation. This could cover various styles, melody, chords, rhythm, larger structures (like form) and smaller ones (patterns, riffs), levers, pedals, etc. 


- Hands-on Harmony (Maeve / Rossitza) 

The focus of this subject is to develop knowledge of chords and learning how to use them. An essential part of playing jazz on the harp.  


- Combo lesson (Kurt / Maeve / Rossitza / Deborah) 

This important lesson, supported by a bass player and a drummer to practise with, covers various aspects of playing in a jazz combo. What is your role as a harpist? When do you play a solo and when the accompaniment? Which parts of the chord, patterns, etc. will work well, and which ones are better left to others (e.g. the bass player)? Intro's, endings, counting off and communication within the band are all possible ingredients for a combo lesson. You won't have to jump in unprepared: songs that might be used will be sent to you ahead of time and some will also be covered in other lessons. 


- Rhythm (Gigi Biolcati) 

Useful and lots of fun. Exciting and relaxing at the same time. Altogether. No harps needed. 


- Listening to jazz (Kurt) 


- Get physical with your harp (Deborah) 


- How-to-survive-a-jam-session crash course (Kurt) 

Optional voor festival visitors, obligatory fun for Intensive Course participants. 


- Jam session 

You are expected to be present, and encouraged, not forced, to play. 


- Strings of Passion (Deborah) 

Lecture-performance. Popular 'special' for festival visitors, obligatory subject for Intensive Course participants. 


- New Blues (Deborah) 

Separate workshop on the festival, optional subject for Intensive Course participants. 


- Harpomania, A taste of pop harp (Ghislaine Maclaine Pont / Annemarie van Dijk) 

Separate workshop on the festival, optional subject for Intensive Course participants. 


- A taste of singer-songwriting (Habiba) 

Separate workshop on the festival, optional subject for Intensive Course participants. 


- Gear up your harp (Brenda and others) 

Amplification & effects. 



The course fee includes entry to the Sunday afternoon concert. We recommend to get a ticket for the Friday night concert as well, at a special reduced rate (see registration form). 

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