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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.

Please visit our website for full event information, schedule, and FAQs.

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Sunday, May 29 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Improvisation Immersion LIMITED

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How are some musicians able to just sit down and start improvising music 'out of thin air'?

How do others take a simple tune and spin it into an entire piece?
Are they just more 'creative' than others? Or do they have skills that anyone could learn?
This full-day workshop will help you take the techniques and skills that you already have right now, at this moment, and turn them into something that lets you truly express yourself ... spontaneously through the use of improvisation.

In this Full-Day Workshop You’ll Learn:

  • 5 ways to enhance each piece you’re already playing – right now - without having to improve your harp technique

  • The 4 essential tools you need to create a convincing solo improvisation on any simple melody without doing any preparation in advance

  • 3 fun, simple musical jams you can use when someone says “Let’s Jam” (or when you start saying it!)

  • How to modulate from one tune (and key) to another – and how to use that modulation as a moment of creative expression

  • How the basic principles of Music, Theater & Movement Improv can work together to broaden your expressive range no matter what your technical level is so you can be more expressive with the music you already play by engaging your body, and truly listening to what you’re playing learn skills

  • How to take your musicality and performance ability to a whole new level without having to ‘get better at the harp’

This workshop is for you if you want to:

  • Know how to break away from the written page

  • Know how to be more responsive musically to any situation you’re in – from a Blues Jam to a bedside in hospice

  • Know how to break out if you’re feeling stuck

  • Experience the freedom of simply sitting down and playing without having to ‘worry’ about the notes

  • Know how to communicate a sense of relaxation (even if your stomach is churning and your hands shaking!). Audiences in concerts and care settings NEED to feel this first to truly hear your music. And more importantly by doing this you will be able to hear and play your music better too!

  • Express your musical story without having to learn anything new on the harp. We spend so much time working on finger technique, speed, coordination and agility – but or bodies and voices need the same attention. Using techniques learned in movement and theater improvisation we’ll learn to express more before even touching our first note on harp.

  • Learn the power of theatrical communication when the space before your piece begins and when your piece ends is just as important as the space in a melody is to the notes.

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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant ("DHC") is a GRAMMY©-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. Her signature instrument is an 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the CAMAC... Read More →

Sunday May 29, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge
  • Level All
  • Harp Required? Yes

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