2019 workshops & lectures

There will be more workshops and lectures at the Nordic Harp Meeting in Gjøvik than the 7 described below (but these are the only ones for which we have received a description so far):

Erik Ask-Upmark: Fun with scales in Nordic folk music (workshop)
Yes, yes, I know – playing scales sound about as inviting as root canal work. But it doesn’t have to be! Erik will show you how to easily set your harp in a specific scale, or “key”, or “mode” – you will also learn the difference between these terms – and learn how to instantly get that “Nordic” sound in your playing! You’ll learn different modes from different regions and what separates them – and experience the totally different flavours they each create. We will also try out some improvisation in the Nordic style! Remember to bring a recording device/app.

Gøril Ramo Håve: Langeleik Tunes from Telemark, Norway (workshop)
The tunes from this region were long forgotten, until a few langeleik players, Gøril among them, dug into the archives and brought them back to life.
Suitable for all instruments!

Niss Stricker: Danish Dance Tunes from the Beginning of the 18th Century
In this workshop we will be playing the dance music from my home island of Funen (Denmark) and Lolland. The 18th century saw a proliferation of dances like the menuet where the melodic line is sometimes wonderfully long and very suitable for the harp. This workshop will be centered on menuets from the manuscript of the Bast Brother and the book of Rasmus Storm, one of the most enigmatic traditional fiddlers from the 18th century.
For the intermediate player. Expect left-hand workouts and a focus on dynamics and ornamentation to embellish and breathe life into the melodies.

Rebecca Harrison: Nordic Tales (workshop)
Everyone is a storyteller, this workshop aims to help you see your own talents. Starting with the frame work of a Norwegian Medieval ballad, you will develop a story using techniques presented in the workshop.  If participants are interested, we can set additional workshops in the free time to further develop the stories and discuss using harp as a storytelling tool.   Please note, we are building the stories and discussing them in small groups, you won’t have to stand up and speak to an audience.
Level:  No experience necessary.
Please bring: Your imagination and creativity 

Tim Rohrmann: Strange Music and Strange Places – Northern Stories from a Travelling Harper (workshop)
Tim invites you to an inspiring journey to special places all over the Nordic countries. He melts Celtic and Nordic influences with fragile sound patterns o his very personal style, and shares his approach to improvisation and composing new harp music.

Tone Hulbaekmo: Norwegian Harp and Lyre (lecture)
The mother of the Renaissance of the Norwegian Harp will play and tell about how she works with the Norwegian harp and lyre, how she explores their possibilities with various scales, ostinatos etc., and how to create your own “tradition” and playing style on an extinct instrument.
Tone will also teach tunes from her repertoire (but not within this lecture, but rather in the open space of the programme).

Václava van der Meijs & Josef Berger: Folk Tunes from the Heart of Europe
In this workshop, Václava and Josef will teach some of their favourite tunes from former Czechoslovakia (mainly from the regions Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), where nearly every dance tune has also lyrics (mostly about love, death, alcohol, or a combination of the three).
We will be teaching the tunes and the accompaniment on harps, but in fact other instruments are welcome too. All tunes will be taught by ear, but sheet music can be provided afterwards.
Level: For the intermediate or advanced musician.