WORKSHOP (Wendy & Josef): Folk tunes from the Heart of Europe
In this workshop, you will learn some of our favourite tunes from former Czechoslovakia (mainly from the regions Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), where nearly every dance tune also has 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.
Born in Czechoslovakia but living in Sweden since many years, Josef is also the founding father of the Nordic Harp Meeting: In 2008, after having just been to a harp gathering in Prague, he felt the need to bring together those in Fennoscandia who play harp, kantele, lyre and other weird nearly-forgotten instruments at one place to teach tunes to each other and exchange ideas, and he realized this idea by organising the first Nordic Harp Meeting in Lund. He has been involved in almost every subsequent edition (except the one in Estonia in 2017) and he is also maintaining this website.
At the Nordic Harp Meeting 2018, Josef gave a lecture about the historical evidence of harps & harp music in the Nordic countries. He included also a brief overview of other musical instruments which are or have been called something with “harp” for historical reasons in the Scandinavian languages – including the lyres depicted on Norwegian stave churches.