Dear chapter members, It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your AHS Seattle vice president these past two years. I have enjoyed working closely with my fellow board members and ex-officio members, and meeting many of you at our various programs, events, and meetings. While I am sad to end my term, I am pleased to be leaving the board in extremely capable hands, and I look forward to the wonderful offerings planned for the coming year. See you soon! Chryssa Deliganis
Spotlight on Tamara Dobranic:
I first became interested in the harp shortly after my 50th birthday and it was love at first touch. I wasn’t at all confident that I was up to learning to play, but the warm tones and resonant feel of the instrument drew me to it. When I discovered that even mistakes sounded good I was hooked. I was fortunate to connect with Susan McLain who has been my teacher and guide in learning first the lever harp and more recently the pedal harp. I currently have an early 1930's Lyon and Healy that sounds wonderful and makes me very happy.... I sometimes play by firelight, savoring the feel of the music.
Sunday, May 6 2 PM – Spring chapter meeting/student recital/tour/raffle at Dusty Strings’ factory in Interbay. Details in Bits and Pieces. Wednesday, May 9, 9pm Carol J Levin plays with Leanna Keith, flute, an improvising duo exploring intersecting loops, at Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave, Seattle. Friday, May 11, 8pm Carol J Levin plays in the Harry Partch Festival, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle. This is the first night of three devoted to works by, and new works inspired by, Harry Partch (1901-1974). Partch developed a 43-pitch just-intonation scale and invented instruments and notation for his body of composed work. A set of the instruments he created is housed at the UW, and this concert opens with his two brief Greek Studies, in which Carol plays the Harmonic Canon (akin to koto or zither) in duo with Bass Marimba.
Saturday, May 19, 8pm Carol J Levin plays with Christian Pincock's Scrambler at the Ballard Jazz Festival, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5216 20th Ave NW, Seattle. "Scrambler makes a musical mess by combining large quantities of jazz, several cups of classical music, a tablespoon of folk and a dash of sound effects, whisked together through a conducted improv sign language called Soundpainting. Some of Seattle’s finest improvisers contribute their own unique diverse flavors, blended in real-time with Pincock’s hand-signed gestures." Sunday, May 20 4:00 Ben Albertson will play the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). The concert will be held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Tickets at http://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/sogo-1805/ Monday, May 21, 7:30pm Carol J Levin plays with Christian Pincock's Scrambler at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle. (See May 19) Saturday, May 26, 8:00 pm Carol J Levin joins a group celebration of the work of Miles Davis at the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival, 8310 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle. Monday, May 28, 2:00 pm The Likes Of trio plays the Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. The Likes Of is an experimental trio with roots in jazz, classical and improvised music. Members are Carol J Levin, electric harp, Jenny Ziefel, assorted reeds, and Schraepfer Harvey, percussion. Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 PM Ben Albertson will perform the Debussy Dances at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington with the high school orchestra. $5 at the door. Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 Cascades Harp Retreat near Sisters, Oregon. A packed weekend of workshops for pedal and lever harpists of all levels. Special guests Kim Robertson and Phil and Gayle Neuman (early music specialists). Instructors: Hilary Smith and Laura Zaerr. 541- 757-8313 or https://centraloregonharpist.com/high-cascades-harp-retreat/ Wednesday-Saturday, June 27-30 43rd American Harp Society National Conference at The University of Redlands, Redlands, California. Opening concert by virtuoso Emmanuel Ceysson. Theme is “Back to Our Future.” Lectures, workshops, panel discussions and concerts celebrating the legacy of the Northern California Harpists Association (the precursor organization to the AHS), the contributions of legendary California harpists and composers from A to Z, including Anne Adams, Kajetan Attl, DeWayne Fulton, Alfred Kastner, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and the list goes on! There will be ensembles for young harpists and for adult harpists; master classes and workshops with Metropolitan Opera Principal Harpist Emmanuel Ceylon, performances of the music of 20th Century composers Lou Harrison, Alan Hovhaness, Conrad Susa, David Watkins, and more, a delightful exploration of all it means to work in the Hollywood studio milieu, a hands-on historical harps museum opportunity and multiple experts presenting on the cultural and musical influences of Latin artists in southern California. www.ahsconference.org. July 22- August 5 Marrowstone Summer Music Festival at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Three divisions: Pre-college, University, Fellowship (advanced 18-25). Harp lessons, coaching, orchestras, master classes. Harp instructor: Catherine Case. https://marrowstone.org Friday, July 27, from 3:00 to 4:00 and from 5:00 to 6:00, and again on Sunday, July 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 and from 4:00 to 5:00. Patti Warden will once again be accompanying the art at the Renton Annual Art Show, held at the Renton Community Center. This is a juried, well- respected exhibit. Admission is free. Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 Magical Strings Summer Harp (& Dulcimer) Camp 2018 at Magic Hill overlooking Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington. Lessons, workshops, harp history, harp circles. Explore the happy relationship between the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer. Rentals available. Instructors: Philip and Pam Boulding. Participants may camp in the pasture near the studio or make reservations at nearby B&Bs and motels. email@example.com or 253-857-3716 Friday-Sunday, September 14-16 in Port Townsend, Washington. Harps in the Glen, a 3-day harp retreat in a peaceful, rural setting with instructors Kim Robertson & Sunita Staneslow. Limited enrollment, adults only. Bring your lever or pedal harps. Five to six hours of activities daily with workshops, master classes and optional ensemble playing. The focus is on musicality and expression combined with practical tools to improve technique for any level. http://www.sunitaharp.com/2000/01/harps-in-glen-with-sunita-kim.html, firstname.lastname@example.org