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The 2016 International Harp Festival will be held at the beautiful San Damiano Retreat Center in Northern California. We will bring together many of the harp community’s best clinicians and performers. Our mission is to educate and inspire you and to connect you to harpists from around the globe.

The festival will include One Day Intensive workshops as well as numerous 1 - 2 hour workshops. Topics include healing harp, Celtic and world music, liturgical harp, improvisation, and much more.

You will have time throughout the day to shop for harps, music, and accessories, and meet and mingle with other participants, the performers, and facilitators.

Every evening you will enjoy concerts featuring harpists performing The Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, World Music, Folk and Classical repertoire.

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Friday, May 27 • 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Touch & Tone Technique

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This workshop will introduce the basics of Cheryl Ann Fulton’s Touch & Tone Technique™.  Her approach treats the harp as primarily a melodic, not percussive instrument, with an emphasis on putting breath in the fingertips and playing from one’s center.  It gives the player the ability to truly play legato phrasing on a plucked string instrument.  It also enables the harpist to play with a full, rich tone and extensive dynamic range with no tension, stress or blockage.  She will teach several of her Touch & Tone exercises, including the “Scoop” and  “Wave” how they are connected to breath, explain her concept of horizontal gravity and how to use it for playing the harp, and demonstrate the biomechanics involved in keeping the finger, wrist, elbow and shoulder joints completely open and relaxed while playing. Many of the exercises are like "yoga for the hands."  We will look at specific musical examples to experience how this technique aids in deeper connection to music and expanded expressive capability.

The Touch & Tone Technique™ helps eliminate tension, develop healthier ways of playing, and deepens individual expressive capabilities and connection to the harp.  It also harmonizes the physical work on technique with the aesthetic goals of creating expressive music on the harp.   The result is the delight in finding how to bring the best tone out of any harp with a more relaxed approach to playing using the least possible effort for the greatest possible result.  Harpists at all levels will find value in this workshop.

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Cheryl Ann Fulton

Recognized worldwide as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has had internationally successful performing, recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1986. She is America’s premier performer of historical harps, and one of the few harpists in the world to play triple harp, medieval harp and contemporary lever harps. Her solo performance for the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva... Read More →

Friday May 27, 2016 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

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