Nothing fancy yet.
I'm making 2006 / Year of the Dog into a year of service. So I'll be playing at meditation circles (& drumming circles!), Touch Foundation events, and bedside at nursing homes. Also experimenting with massage CDs which are available for sale at the CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach.
I've been taking my harp to a drum circle and it's been a lot of fun. I'm going to get to fulfill a fantasy of mine - playing harp to accompany bellydance! I made up a piece for it called Majnooneh.
Here is an exercise I did for class. It was supposed to be done live, so it's one raw take - unedited. It's an example of modulating between modes. Perhaps you'll get different emotions from the different sections. (notes)
Okay, this was a challenge: To take my signature riff - as used for meditations - and give it some tension. I call it Pursuit, and it's pretty un-harp-like.
Then there is an exercise in varying tempos. It's similar to part of my massage CD, but without the ocean waves or the binaural in the background.
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Vigil for Suzanna Byrd Norwood - November 19, 1922 - July 22, 2006
With my Aunt Suzy in her final illness, there was a sound struggling to come out of my harp. I got the news that she had passed at about two in the morning (my time). This was recorded in one take at three AM, so it's pretty raw. Afterward, I couldn't play for days.
And now she's sleeping in the hand of God...
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timothy at roseharp dot com
Last updated July 27, 2006