Workshop: 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.
Storyteller, harper, composer and prolific Danish songwriter Niss Stricker is on a never ending musical journey. With extensive studies in Indian music, Scandinavian ballad singing and Gregorian chant, Niss is always searching for the common human heritage in music: “Music gives wing to the soul, it is a way of urging the spirit soar above mundane worries. All that can be found in a melody.”
His harp studies began in France and since returning to his home country he has given many concerts both at home and abroad. The concerts are a mix of storytelling, singing, and music. Alongside playing the Celtic harp and guitar, Niss has also studied the Indian sitar and Hindustani classical music. He has recorded four solo albums and has just released his fifth, “Soria Moria” (2018).
For more information http://www.nissstricker.dk
At previous Nordic Harp Meetings (2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), he gave workshops on Danish folk ballads and folk dance tunes, on Indian music and improvisation, and on 18th century tunes by Rasmus Storm. Niss was also member of the organising team of the NHM 2011.