East Coast concert “trailer”

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East Coast Adventures!

Hi all,

I’m excited about an upcoming trip to the East coast of the USA. First, I’ll be attending the Somerset harp festival. This is a 4 day (July 21-24th) celebration of the folk harp, with tons of workshops and concerts. If you’re attending, lets connect!

From there, after spending a little time in NYC I have a workshop plus a concert in upper New York state on Tuesday, July 26th. Presented by the Central New York State chapter of the American harp society, the workshop starts at 4pm and I’ll cover fingering, scales, and phrasing/dynamics. The concert will follow at 7pm. Email Sherj to reserve your spot in the workshop, or just show up for the concert!

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Then I have a few free days before I make my way towards Philadelphia – do you live in NY, NJ, or MA and are interested in setting up a last minute house concert or workshop? Send me an email!

On Sunday, July 31st I’ll be performing outside of Philadelphia at St. Andrew’s church, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro, New Jersey (organized by one of my Skype students!)

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And finally I’ll be spending August 1 and 2 in Chicago, visiting Lyon and Healy. If you’re in Chicago and want to hang out, let me know!

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YouTube milestones! (700,000 total views)

I know I’ve been pretty quite recently in terms of blog posts/facebook/YouTube, etc. Keeping busy, though! (See my next post for info about my upcoming East Coast adventure).

In the meantime, I reached a couple large numbers on my YouTube channel – I now have over 700,000 total views and my video of the Grandjany cadenza for the Handel Harp Concerto has over 200,000 views! Pretty cool. Thanks to everyone who has watched and here’s to one million views before too long!

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May newsletter

Hi all, I sent my May newsletter out awhile ago and forgot to post it here! (And of course you can subscribe here to get my newsletter delivered right to your inbox)

Harp and Organ, East Coast trip, Harp repair
Josh Layne, Harpist

Hi all,

It’s been awhile since I wrote and I have lots to share! A visit to the East coast of the US this July/August, a harp and organ concert in Victoria coming up this Saturday, and a tale of my harp and a broken link…

Lets start with a concert that I’ll be performing in Victoria on Saturday, May 28th. I’ll be performing with organist Jim Hill, plus four singers. We’re doing some harp and organ duets, the Brahms “Four Songs” with Jim playing the French horn part on the organ and a medley of music from the Fantasticks. (If you don’t know the Fantasticks, it’s the world’s longest running musical and is scored for harp and piano – super fun to play!)

I’ll also be performing the Walter-Küne Ogegin Fantasy

I’m looking forward to it and I hope to see some of you there!

The concert is part of St. Matthias’s Music in the House series. 7:30pm, Saturday May 28th. Tickets are $15/$10 available at the door or call 250 598-2833 to reserve tickets or for more info.

Somerset Harp Festival (July 21-24) is a huge folk harp festival that happens every year in Parsippany, New Jersey (near New York). I’m attending this year and looking forward to it – if you’re there and see me, please say hi! And while I’m in the neighborhood, I’m setting up a few concerts and workshops. Will keep you updated, but I can also use your help – if you’re on the East coast (or vaguely in the region) and would like to help set up a concert or workshop, let me know!

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I was invited by my friends at the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra to join them for their tour of Southern BC at the start of May. A great group of young musicians, and some fun harp stuff on the program! I have a brother who has toured most of BC with various bands, but for me, despite having lived most of my life in BC, I’ve seen very little of it outside of Victoria and greater Vancouver. So it was fun to visit a bunch of towns in Southern BC. I was particularly struck by a sense of how vast Canada is – huge amounts of space and really very few people living there.

I had a great time, but on the day of the last concert, the link on my G action broke :( This connects the action from disk to disk, and with it breaking I could no longer get any G sharps (apart from the lowest G). One technician I talked to said this was only the third case of a broken link she’d come across – it happens, but it’s pretty rare. Unfortunately, to fix it involves removing the entire action. So right now my harp is on its way to Chicago (hopefully arriving today or tomorrow) to be repaired…

It’s been pretty stressful, but hopefully it all works out. Will keep you updated :)

And finally, lets catch up on some YouTube postings:

I’ve uploaded a couple videos from my concert in San Jose in February. Here’s Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s beautiful Songs of Nymphs

And Deborah Henson-Conant’s fantastic Baroque Flamenco

And a recent Harp Tuesday episode plus a couple Slow Motion Monday episodes:

That’s it for now!

Cheers,
Josh

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Harp and Organ concert this weekend!

I have a concert coming up this Saturday with organist Jim Hill, plus four vocalists. The concert is part of St. Matthias’s Music in the House series and takes place at 7:30pm, Saturday May 28th. Tickets are $15/$10 available at the door or call 250 598-2833 to reserve tickets or for more info. St. Matthias Anglican Church, 600 Richmond Ave, Victoria, BC

We’ll be performing harp and organ duets, the Brahms “Four Songs” with Jim playing the French horn part on the organ and a medley of music from the Fantasticks. (If you don’t know the Fantasticks, it’s the world’s longest running musical and is scored for harp and piano – super fun to play!)

I’ll also be performing the Walter-Küne Onegin Fantasy

I’m looking forward to it and I hope to see some of you there!

 

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Slow Motion Monday ep. 10

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Harp Tuesday – looking at Songs of Nymphs part 1


The first of a two part look at Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s beautiful harp solo “Songs of Nymphs”. Written for Erica Goodman in 1988 with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, Songs of Nymphs is made up of four songs, or movements:

Prelude
Reflection
Ritual
Freedom

I love playing this work, and recorded it in 2001 on my CD Masterworks for Harp

I just uploaded a live performance of Songs of Nymphs, which you can watch here

You can buy the sheet music here: https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/13668

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Songs of Nymphs live concert video


A live performance of Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s beautiful harp solo “Songs of Nymphs”. Written for Erica Goodman in 1988 with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, Songs of Nymphs is made up of four songs, or movements:

Prelude
Reflection
Ritual
Freedom

http://www.mozetich.com/

This performance is from a concert in San Jose, California on Feb. 27, 2016

I love playing this work, and recorded it in 2001 on my CD Masterworks for Harp

You can buy the sheet music here: https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/13668

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