Apr. 21: Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne in Concert
Oct. 5-7: Harp Seattle 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.


Delight in Simplicity: The Advantage of Limitations
Martha Gallagher
It’s easy to think of what you can’t do as opposed to exploring what you already know. Challenge your imagination by learning a slow, simple tune to help you identify potential stumbling blocks. Discover how less can be more as you learn tips, tools, and techniques for overcoming them as you create your own beautiful arrangements. These principles also apply to small harps on which you might want to do more but feel limited by their size. For beginner harpists or anyone with a small harp (22-27 strings or lap harp).

Creating Music for Therapeutic Settings
Lisa Lynne
Learn chords and progressions you can use in therapeutic settings and how to choose appropriate music for any situation. Practice improvising in any key and get tips for playing music in medical settings. Share ideas and experiences and look at look at the current climate of music in hospitals and hospices. Included is a slideshow presentation on the history of Harps for Hearts, a successful fifteen-year program that places harps in hospitals throughout southern California. For all levels.

Tips for Arranging Traditional Music
Aryeh Frankfurter
Learn easy, useful tips for creating evocative arrangements with movement, lift, phrasing, and dynamics. Create intros, bridges, and outros as you work from tunes that you can easily add to your repertoire. Aryeh also shares his approach to the left hand and shows you how to apply these techniques as you play. For advanced beginner to intermediate level players.

Injury Prevention
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Improve your awareness of how you play and perform so you can better facilitate difficult passages, techniques, and other aspects of your playing. Learn to correct bad habits and prevent tendonitis. For all levels.

Travels with My Harp
Margaret Betts
In 2011, Margaret received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the culture and practice of harp in fourteen countries across Asia, Europe, and South America for twelve consecutive months. Margaret brings her research and findings to Harp Seattle 2018 with a one-of-a-kind presentation that includes a slide show of incredible photos to document her experience. Participants also discover a variety of techniques used by harpists around the world to improve musicality, including tips for stretching and breathing, how to conduct historical research, how to study scores, and how to exercise “mental practice" away from the harp. If you're planning a trip abroad or simply want insight into how harpists around the world approach their instrument, this workshop is for you!

Regulating & Maintenance of Lever Harps
Ray Mooers
Ray demystifies lever regulation. Try it for yourself as he demonstrates this simple process that can be done at home. Learn to use the tools available and do it yourself!

Swedish Tunes for Folk Harp

Aryeh Frankfurter
From brooding marches to joyful polkas, the music of Scandinavia is not only rich and moving but easily accessible to lever harpists. Dive into the striking sounds of Nordic music by exploring several Swedish tunes and emerge with new tunes and ideas for your repertoire. For advanced beginner to intermediate level players.

The Soul is the Song: Improvising in Sacred Settings
Martha Gallagher
The beauty and power of improvisation is at home in sacred and liturgical settings. Learn the art of timing in a worship service, adjusting seamlessly the length of a selection, and orchestrating the right atmosphere and energy for the service. Explore ways to use melody, harmony, rhythm, and tempo to start improvising right away. For all levels.

Latin and South American Rhythms
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Explore the unique rhythms, poly-rhythms, and syncopations from several countries, including habanera, conga, cumbia, tango, zamba, joropo, polca paraguaya, and cha-cha-cha. Develop ideas for creating your own rhythmic accompaniment patterns for other types of music. Learn how to minimize left hand effort during repetitive rhythmic patterns. For all levels.

Playing by Ear and Composing
Lisa Lynne
Free yourself from the written page and unleash your creativity! Explore chord templates, progressions, and keys for improvising. Learn how to read and write simple chord charts, how to transpose on the spot, learn a song by ear, communicate with other musicians, and take a solo in any key. For all levels.

Take a Harp on the Wild Side: Beginner’s Blues I
Martha Gallagher
Discover the wide world of blues music played on the lever harp. Learn the form and structure of blues music and improvisation, rhythm (including some percussive techniques), and how to create a groove. Add to your toolkit new techniques that you can apply long after the workshop is over, such as working levers with ease. For advanced beginners to intermediate level players with little or no blues experience.

Latin American Harp Techniques
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Expand your potential for playing pop, jazz, and Latin harp with techniques such as mini-glissandi, muffled glissandi, muffled bass patterns, trino (a mandolin-like effect), and some of Alfredo’s own approaches to playing. As with all of Alfredo’s classes, emphasis is placed on learning to play with minimal effort. For all levels.

Recording Your Music
Aryeh Frankfurter
Recording your music and sharing it is essential to developing your musicianship and professional aspirations. Every musician should record themselves, whether at home or in a professional studio, demo CD or download cards. Cover all the bases of recording, including basic recording techniques for harp, pointers about copyright law, and the stages of recording from tracking, mixing, and mastering, to the final, packaged product. For all levels.

The Alexander Technique for Harpists
Cathy Madden
The Alexander Technique is a great tool for harp players who sense they are causing harm to their bodies in how they play or who simply want to break free from tired habits. Rediscover your whole self through exercises and discussions designed to help you move in coordination with your creative intentions. Harp not needed but encouraged.

Performing with Confidence
Lisa Lynne
Everyone gets nervous performing in front of others, whether on stage, at a wedding, or simply playing background music at a venue. Explore the roots of nervous energy and its physical sensations when it comes to performing in front of others. Share stories and experiences of stage fright and approaches to rising above your nerves so you can give your best performance every time. For all levels.

The Art of Busking
Aryeh Frankfurter
Busking, or street performing, can be as easy as setting up your harp in a public place and playing. Being a successful busker, however, is an art that requires creating visibility and financial success. Learn how to attract an audience and provide them with opportunities to support your music. Discuss common mistakes, challenges, and how to make the best of every situation. For all levels.

Getting Your Music Out into the World
Lisa Lynne
Discuss the many aspects of today’s music business landscape so you can dive into marketing and promoting your music. This workshop reveals strategies for getting gigs, writing press releases, blogging, creating a website, and getting the most out of social media. Learn about online venues for sharing your music that you might never have thought of, and how to bring your music to your community. Think outside the box in this open forum with real-world advice on maximizing opportunities! For all levels.

Harp Circle
Monica Schley
Gather in the round and share a tune while participate in this time-honored tradition.

Celtic Jam
Tudy McLain
Jam on Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton, and other Celtic tunes. All instruments are welcome, as well as song suggestions.

Open Forum
Ray Mooers
Ask questions and learn about such topics as harp construction, maintenance and repairs, humidity and dryness, strings, tonewoods, and the company’s history.

All That Jazz
Martha Gallagher
Marvelous music from the 1930's, '40's and '50's comes alive in this workshop where no jazz harp experience is necessary. Discover the sounds and pieces characteristic of the era and the techniques and tricks to play them. Achieve with ease and panache new chord possibilities for songs heard in many wonderful, old movies. For intermediate to advanced harpers.

Creative Business Strategy for Harp
Monica Schley
Ever thought of quitting your day job, or moving it to part time? This class is about making more money in music. Customize a business plan that highlights some of your best skills on the harp and your favorite musical interests. Create a strategy to diversify your music business and earn more income. Learn the nuts and bolts about marketing and promotion, while focusing on an array of opportunities like: recording; teaching; publishing; YouTube; Facebook; Bandcamp; harp therapy; writing; e-books; transcription; performing; weddings; corporate events; workshops; trade shows; residual income; funerals and more... Discover how to create a unique business strategy (tailored to you!) and to project your goals from present state into fruition. Please bring a notebook.

Master Class
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
Get hands-on coaching from Alfredo as you explore a range of concepts in this lively and welcoming master class. Apply new concepts to your playing, such as special effects, Latin American rhythmic styles, accompaniment patterns, and injury prevention. For all levels. No need to practice ahead of time. Sheet music provided.

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