Harp Classes

October 5 - 7

What is Harp Seattle? Harp Seattle is a three-day festival at Dusty Strings Music Store & School in Seattle, WA for harpers of all levels to participate in an event that has been part of the folk harp community for over a decade. Workshops by seasoned presenters are crafted to enhance the skills and knowledge of players at all levels so there’s something for everyone. Two evening concerts at Dusty Strings are included with registration: Friday, October 5 with Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne and Saturday, October 7 with Martha Gallagher and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz.

Register before June 1st and save $50! Registration includes an all-access pass to the weekend’s workshops, concerts, and happenings. Cost before June 1st $295. Cost after June 1st $345. Register online, by phone, or in-store. (Harp rentals and extra concert tickets available. Registration does not include room and board.)

Please check back here regularly as new information is frequently being added!

About the Artists

Aryeh Frankfurter. For more than twenty years, touring musician, record producer, and recording artist Aryeh Frankfurter has delighted audiences around the globe with passionate, enduring, and evocative music. His uncommon approach to Celtic and folk harp music and command of the Swedish nyckelharpa have earned him accolades from The International Folk Harp Journal, Alternate Music Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Classical Guitar Magazine, among many others. He’s performed for Prince Charles and Lady Camilla Bowles Parker, an audience of thousands at Dalhalla Amphitheatre in Rattvik, Sweden, at Sweden’s Musik Vid Siljan, as well as countless festivals, fairs, conferences, and music camps as both a performer and teaching artist. His music has been syndicated on Public Radio International (PRI) and he’s shared the stage with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, Barbara Higbie, and Liz Story. “A gem among the San Francisco musician scene,” writes Bay Area Folk Harp Society Journal.

Workshops: Tips for Arranging Traditional Music, Recording Your Music, The Art of Busking, Swedish Tunes for Folk Harp

Lisa Lynne. Multi-instrumentalist Lisa Lynne gained world-wide recognition for her original music featuring Celtic harp after making television appearances on NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta, and the award-winning PBS special, Alone in the Wilderness. Lisa’s unique approach to life and business, as well as her groundbreaking work in therapeutic music programs, earned her the attention of The Wall Street Journal and in 2011 Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of LA’s fifty most inspiring women. A Windham Hill recording artist, she also owns her own production company and recording studio, Lavender Sky Music, and divides her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her passion for music therapy led her to start the program Hands-on-Harps to place musicians in hospitals, and she became the first musician-in-residence at City of Hope National Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Lisa’s recordings have surpassed a million in sales, placed in the Top 20 Billboard Charts (her CD, Hopes and Dreams, reached #6), and she holds top spots in the Celtic, New Age, and World Music radio airplay charts. Her new book, How to Succeed with Self-Produced Concerts, is on sale now through her website.

Workshops: Creating Music in Therapeutic Settings, Playing by Ear and Composing, Getting Your Music Out into the World, Performing with Confidence

Martha Gallagher. Singer-songwriter Martha Gallagher defies expectation with her instrument of choice, the folk harp. “My vision of the Celtic harp is expansive,” she says. “This incredibly versatile instrument gives voice to the wonderfully diverse music that sings through the heart of my very being.” Martha seeks to “acknowledge and honor the harp’s rich history, while at the same time exploring its ability to speak with a contemporary musical voice.” She’s shared this vision through performances and original works for over thirty years, including tours throughout the U.S. and Canada; appearances on BBC Television and Good Morning Arizona; sharing the stage with six-time GRAMMY® winners The Chieftans; either teaching or performing at American Harp Society National Conference, Somerset Harp Festival, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Conservatory, among many others. To date Martha has produced seven CDs of original music on her indie label, Singing Strings. In 2011, while touring Dusty Strings’ manufacturing facility with co-owners Ray and Sue Mooers, Martha noticed some abandoned wood pieces in the corner. Ray referred to them as “the orphans,” pieces of tonewood that did not have the requisite matching pieces to make a harp. Martha envisioned an “orphan harp” built out of a variety of tonewoods and, after some persuading, Ray and the team set about designing and building one out of pieces of maple, bubinga, and black walnut. The story of the first Orphan Harp inspired Martha’s piece, “The Orphan’s Odyssey,” which premiered at Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Martha continues to perform on this harp (who’s since been named Hope), as well as arranging and performing her original works with symphonies and ensembles.

Workshops: All That Jazz, Beginner's Blues, The Soul is the Song: Improvising in a Sacred Setting, TBD

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. Internationally acclaimed composer, author, educator, recording artist and soloist Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz has recorded over forty albums and is the winner of a Gold Record in South America. Born in Cuba, he immigrated with his family to Venezuela when he was eleven years old. Four years later, he began studying the Venezuelan folk harp with a school friend and soon after, the Paraguayan folk harp under Alberto Romero. During his first year in medical school in Medellin, Colombia, he began performing professionally and recorded his first album. Music supported his studies until graduation in 1970. In 1975 he moved to the United States where he continued working in the medical field as well as a harpist and recording artist until his wife, Luz Marina, became pregnant, in 1978. In order to have time for his growing family, he then decided to commit himself full time to both his family and the harp. Since then, he’s performed at the World Harp Congress, International Folk Harp Conference, Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Somerset Folk Harp Festival, and American Harp Society Conference, among many others. With a multicultural repertoire that covers folk, classical, and popular music from many countries, as well as his original compositions, Alfredo has given concerts all over North and South America and Europe, as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey, and the Czech Republic. Throughout it all, however, he considers his most important concerts to be playing in the delivery room during the births of his second daughter and his two younger grandsons.

Workshops: Latin and South American Rhythms, Latin American Harp Techniques, Injury Prevention for Improved Learning and Performance, Master Class

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