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HarpFest 2019: William Jackson

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 9:00 AM


Welcome Each year we bring to West Michigan a clinician who will lead all who come into new dimensions of harp playing.  In the past we have had workshops from some of the most well known and loved harp teachers in the country, including Dennis Rybicki, Rhett Barnwell, Frank Voltz, Serena O’Meara, Sunita Staneslow,  Kim Robertson, and Angi Bemiss.  The opportunity to study exclusively with one master harpist for a day and a half is a rich experience.  Come and spend time with William Jackson as he shares his knowledge of Scottish harp at HARPfest 2019.                                                                          Presenter Internationally known composer, harpist and multi-instrumentalist William Jackson has been at the forefront of Scottish music for many years. In 1976 he was a founding member of the top Scottish band Ossian. In addition to performing, William has gained a substantial reputation as a composer, known for combining traditional and classical music, with such major works as The Wellpark Suite, St. Mungo, Inchcolm, and A Scottish Island to his credit. In 1999 his composition 'Corryvreckan' from the album Inchcolm was included on Fiona Ritchie's favourites collection, "The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Volume 1." William's music is featured on many BBC and other Television productions; he is in demand as a composer of sensitive music, and increasingly as a producer. He directed and performed the music for "Battle of the Clans" for The History Channel, and produced and recorded the music for a new six part series about Scottish National Trust properties for Scottish Television.  William's performance on harp, whistle and bodhran is featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture starring Robert Duval and Michael Keaton, which was filmed in Scotland. (Sounding Strings)                                                                          Exhibitor Kelly Yousoufian, Michigan Harp Center, www.michiganharpcenter.com, will be on hand for your harp needs.  Contact her ahead of time if you have a specific request.  You may rent a harp for the workshop from Kelly. michiganharpcenter@gmail.com 248-288-4277                                                   Concert William Jackson will perform in concert on Friday evening at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is no charge for workshop participants.                                                   Schedule William Jackson is offering the following workshop presentations: Note on All workshops: Tunes will be taught 'by ear', with written music provided at the end of the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device. The pace and level of each workshop can be tailored to suit the needs and interests of the participants.                                Friday September 13th 2019 8:30am: Registration 9-10:30am: Workshop 1                         Arranging Pipe and Fiddle Tunes for Harp Ideas on how to select tunes from non-harp instrumental collections, and decide how to arrange and perform them. How to create interesting arrangements - intros, bridges and "outros"! A useful source of ideas on how to expand your Scottish repertoire and develop creative arrangements. 10:30am:  BREAK Shop at Michigan Harp Center 11-12:30pm: Workshop 2                                   Scottish Ornamentation Learn about the different types of ornamentation used in Scottish music, and how to add appropriate ornamentation to strathspeys and Gaelic Airs. 12:30-2:30pm: Lunch, shop, walk the land, rest and practice!  2:30-4:00pm: Workshop 3                             Accompanying Other Instruments Some approaches to accompanying other instruments. The modes used in Scottish and Irish traditional music will be discussed and ideas for playing in sessions and improvising chord patterns will be covered. 4:00pm: Break 4:30-5:30pm: Harp Circle 5:30pm: Dinner 7:30pm: Concert                                 Saturday September 14th 2019 8:30am:

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