Blog: Something Old + Something Old = Something New

Blog: Something Old + Something Old = Something New

May 1, 2012

Inventive Math

I have been practicing something really old and I have been practicing something else really old and together something new is emerging. It’s called the Creative Harp Collective International and takes place in Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. It’s an exciting adventure with my friend and colleague Anita Leschied from Windsor, Canada.

The first old thing is the harp itself.

The harp is an ancient instrument. It’s possible that it could be more than 5,000 years old. It gives me chills to even ponder it’s history! As soon as there was a bow and arrow for hunting, there was probably a harp that came from that invention. Clearly there’s a reason why this instrument has been used and recognized in ceremonies and healing practices, in salons and care facilities and in orchestras and chamber ensembles. There is something about the sound of the plucked string, the direct contact of the physical body to touch and move a medium into vibration that produces a mystical, magical response.

The second old thing is yoga.

Now that’s REALLY old too. The first known writings of civilization, the Hymns of the Vedas, contain the basis of Tantric (yogic) spiritual practices and the healing arts of Ayurvedic Medicine from 4500 – 2500 BCE. The practice of yoga postures that we are familiar with in the west today are only about 150 years old. We are just beginning to experience the life affirming practice of yoga in all its variations.

Three Days.

For three days these two seemingly disconnected forces will merge into all things harp. Together, Anita and I will give attendees a new prospective on the instrument, changing how you think about playing, what motivates the practice, how to bring out the best creative aspect of yourself, the connection to technique and the connection to Self.

Nurture and Connect

I am thinking of this adventure as appealing to all harpists. It’s for youths, adults, kids. It’s for experienced performers, teachers, and those that have recognized or would like to experience the healing benefits of the harp. It’s for pedal harpists and lever harpists and it’s for beginners that have never played and always wanted to play. Advanced harpists with or without physical problems could use this experience in the collective as a way to improve their performance level, concentration, technical skills and prevent the physical body from injury. In other words … to nurture the body-mind connection. So to this end, you can chose what classes you want to attend. You can go to a harp therapeutic session, or attend a technique and performance class. Perhaps theory and improve is intriguing to you or yoga and creativity.


Definition of COLLECTIVE
1. Assembled into or viewed as a whole.
2. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision.


Our musical experiences are enhanced by life experiences too, so we have added an excursion to the breath-taking islands of the Fathom Five National Park and plenty of time for reflection and practice, all with woods and water, sun and moon steps away. Our Collective will have evenings of harp music making featuring our special guest, World Renown Jazz harpist Christa Grix performing in an historic Anglican Church setting and a final concert of all our Collective participants. The sweet village of Tobermory offers good restaurants and galleries, pizza and shopping and people watching by the beautiful sailboats and yachts.

I’ve always wanted to have a place where harpists could practice and study in an inspired setting. Nurturing a kind of synthesis with the instrument and one’s surroundings. Getting back to that primordial practice if you will. The Creative Harp Collective is a place of considered learning, without competition, in a totally supported environment. Our musical journey in our lives can be enhanced and nurtured within ourselves so that we can fully express our music through ourselves, to others, being creative, joyful, healing, and having lot’s of fun.

Practicing love, always, always, love.


Click here for more information and join Anita and I, whether you play the harp or not, in Tobermory.