Praise te the Lord . Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord . Praise the the Lord .
On Saturday she will embark on an epic 3,500km pilgrimage walk from Ireland to Rome.
Travelling through Ireland, Wales, England, France, Switzerland and then Italy, she hopes to arrive in Rome in September, and will include altitude walking over the Alps.
If that isn’t enough, she will be carrying her harp (seen here and named Sean) all the way on her back.
Last night I was at @debarras_clonakilty to watch, listen and document her ‘Pilgrim’s Goodbye Party’ where she told stories of her last 2,500km walk with Sean to Santiago de Compostela in 2010, and played some beautiful music on her harp.
Happy to perform with her harp in return for ‘bed&fed’ along the route, she will also be performing in Canterbury in May where I hope to catch up with her again.
I`m Gorchakov Sergey (Yar Tur), the craftsman and founder of the workshop “Baltic Psalteries”. I was born in St. Petersburg in 1988 and my early career was working as a car mechanic repairing cars as well as selling them. In 2009 I finally decided to leave the big city and relocate to the countryside.
It was here I started to study the old traditions, crafts and culture of ancient peoples. At folk festivals I met people studying folk art, met llya Ahrameev, which had a huge impact on my future creative life.
My immersion into the world of an ancient culture largely occurred through contact with Ilya. He shared with me his experience and knowledge and played a major role in creating the workshop “Baltic Psalteries”.
In 2010 I made my first psaltery as a gift to my sister. I had never previously held the psaltery in my hands. The first instrument I made was from old photographs. In 2011, I made two tools by drawings Mehnecova. In the beginning of 2012, I met the famous master of psaltery Sergey Shamov. After this I was managed to produce my first high quality tool. At one of the festivals in 2012, I had the idea that i would love the psaltery to be made available to everyone. I wanted to make this tool at 5-6 times cheaper than tools from other craftsmen, while not inferior in quality to the more expensive counterparts. The psaltery is an amazing instrument. It`s easy to learn but very rich in its possibilities. This instrument has a long history, but until recently it was not available to everyone. For this reason, I decided to find a way to move them in the nation to combine a low price with high quality. I finally managed to do it!
Due to the existence of our workshop the psaltery became available for everyone. We managed to make a big shift in promoting the psaltery tradition.
Now the psaltery can be played by everyone!
#day191 - post recital note learning of some new music! Starting the entirety of the Debussy Danses, so here’s some VERY early reading / note learning of the first movement. Obviously, need to solidify notes, pedals, and articulations, but this video brought my gesturing to my attention - a little too enthusiastic for this sacred movement.
#day190 - clip from the recital! I feel good about a large majority of what I played, but I know what will definitely need more work before performed again. Please excuse the coughing audience - the performance was held at the Judson Park retirement home. Enjoy this clip of the opening of Ballade, featuring a stable measure 5!
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I don’t get swayed by anybody’s opinions but I do feel a weakness I possess is my habit to give in too easy. When I’m working with musicians I trust and respect their suggestions on what to do with my music however, I am always under the assumption that I couldn’t possibly know better than them. I just give in, even though my gut says something else and I end up hating myself for it later. This self doubt is definitely something that’s comes to bite me in every aspect of my life." - @nushlewis ( Harpist / Singer / Songwriter at Nush Lewis | Founder at @offsetlive) ————————————————————————shesaid.so is carefully curated network of women working in the global music industry. This month we collaborate with them and introduce the shesaid.so India division. If you are a woman and aspire to pursue a career in music or would like to support and contribute to give something back then you can join their facebook group here:
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