Harp Tuesday episode 149

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Harpist in a Tree mini-episode: Oceanside Improv and unboxing a Thomas Heaton calendar

Come along with me as I head outside to unbox a calendar from one of my favourite YouTube photographers – Thomas Heaton

I bring my electric harp along and do a couple short improvisations.

I had a lot of fun to putting this together, hope you enjoy! Sorry for some of the substandard audio.

Make sure to check out Thomas’ YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfhW84xfA6gEc4hDK90rR1Q), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heatonthomas/) and website (https://thomasheaton.co.uk/)

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Announcing “Harpist in a Tree”!

Excited to have launched my new video series, Harpist in a Tree, with a live stream event showcasing the first episode! Watch the episode or the individual music videos below:

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Happy New Year!

In what has become a yearly tradition, here’s my 2019 New Year’s Improv:

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First Harp Tuesday episode of 2019!

In honour of my traditional New Year’s Improv I did a Harp Tuesday episode on improvisation:

Plus check out my last Slow Motion Monday video of 2018:

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8 years of Harp Tuesday – livestream celebration event!

Harp Tuesday turned 8 on Nov. 30th, 2018! Come help me celebrate in this live stream. Dec. 23rd at 12:30pm PST/ 3:30pm EST/ 9:30pm CET. Bookmark the link above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3QFDRJCPgM)

I’ll launching a new music video series – I’ll share some behind the scenes footage and we’ll watch three (or more…) new music videos together!

I’ll also answer questions on air and tell a few stories. I hope you’ll join me live!

(but if you can’t, don’t worry, the stream will be available to view afterwards).

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New Harp Tuesday and Slow Motion Monday episodes

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Cyprus – Fall 2018 tour part 2

Time to finally continue my blog about my fall 2018 tour :)

After Paris, I flew to Cyprus:

This was my first time there – such a different landscape than the Pacific Northwest. I had a few days to explore the island – ended up renting a car and got to drive on the “wrong” side of the road – exciting and stressful, hah. Visited the Baths of Aphrodite and The Tomb of the Kings, among other sites:

One of my most vivid memories of Cyprus is the heat – it was around 34C most days. I was told I was lucky I wasn’t there in August, which had been unbearably hot this year. Still, to me, at least, this felt pretty hot!

(Indiana Jones, eat your heart out :) )

From there to Nicosia, the capital of Greek Cyprus where I was to do a concert and a workshop. Maria Yerosimou is a Cypriot harpist who set up everything.

There aren’t a lot of harps on Cyprus – Maria always wanted to learn but had to go to Greece and the UK in order to study harp. After living in London for a number of years she’s back on Cyprus and doing a lot to create opportunities for people to learn the harp and grow a harp community. She, her husband and family were wonderful hosts, including showing me more of the island:

Had a fascinating experience of attending a classical Greek tragedy – performed of course in the original Greek. An actress friend of Maria’s had invited us and I thought it sounded like an interesting thing to try. I decided to go in not reading anything about the plot… In the end, while I might not have known exactly what was going on, the acting was top-notch and I could easily understand what was being emoted. Periodically sections would be sung instead of spoken – reminding me of listening to opera without understanding the words.

The setting was wonderful as well – an ancient outdoor courtyard turned into a theatre space. All-in-all a rather magical experience.

Finally, my concert on October 2nd. A well attended and enthusiastic audience at ARTE music academy made for a good start to my tour!

From there, on to Sofia, Bulgaria! Look for that in my next blog post – I’ll leave you with a few more photos:

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