- Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble 2015 Holiday Performances * Saturday, December 12 – 1 – 2 pm. Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble’s sneak preview of their 2015 Holiday program at Omega Salvage in Berkeley. Pick up a sandwich or pastry and a cuppa something from one of the wonderful local eateries while enjoying the holiday […]
- BAYHE Alumna Liza Wallace performs in Harp Festival in Chile January 2012 The cueca dancers took their final bow and I entered to play for a sea of faces from all over Latin America. On January 26th, 2012, I performed in the Festival de Arpas al Sur de Chile, an international annual harp festival in […]
- Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble’s “California Celtic” Spring Season This Spring, the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble will be learning and performing a unique program of Celtic music. Dubbed, “California Celtic”, all the pieces have been composed by their Director, Diana Stork. You wouldn’t notice that these pieces are not traditional unless you heard their […]
- BAYHE graduate Amelia Romano teaching harp in South Africa
Harpists Tour to Save the Ancient Redwoods
EXCITING NEWS! BAYHE and alumnae, along with professional harpists Diana Stork, Portia Diwa and Liza Wallace will be TOURING in Humboldt County June 29 to July 5 to present a program of harp music from around the world to raise awareness of the need to save the ancient redwoods. Performances will feature music inspired by nature, with an emphasis on music about trees and forests. The purpose of the tour is to protect and restore the precious remaining old growth redwood trees and to share the beauty of the harp. Proceeds of concerts and performances will be donated to Save the Redwoods and local groups to help support their conservation of the redwood forests. Stay tuned for more details!
Latin harp classes for beginners at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, sponsored by MCMF
Instructor: Jasmine Low
Jasmine Low is a harpist from Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains north of Montana. Music and adventures have continually shaped her life. She started playing piano at age 6 and then took up the harp at age 15. A deep love and appreciation for music grew out of those early years of practice and performance. In 2000, she and her family moved to Mérida Mexico for a year to learn the language and culture of the Mexican people. While the Mayan ruins, the language, and the local food were memorable, it was the warmth of the Latin American people that captured her heart. She is currently studying Latin American music with harpist Diana Stork and music theory at UC Berkeley. She is passionate about creating community amongst people of different backgrounds and cultures and is excited to share music with us at the MCCLA.
March 2016-May 2016
BAYHE Member Anna Boser attended the historic Brian Boru Millenium Festival in Co. Limerick, Ireland August 2014
Photo of our large group of harpists performing Janet Harbison’s “Lion of Ireland” at the Limerick Cathedral
The Brian Boru Millennium Festival in Co. Limerick, Ireland, was the experience of a lifetime. Living and collaborating with harpers from all around the world for a week in an enchanting place like Limerick was fabulous! Sleeping, eating, rehearsing, performing, and partying all week was absolutely exhausting, and absolutely exhilarating! The Irish Harp Center was beautiful, and Janet Harbison is such an inspiring woman who somehow is able to run the harp center, and put on such a grand festival as the Brian Boru Millennium. It was an honor to meet her and work with her. Being surrounded by so many talented, fun, creative and interesting harpers was a wonderful and educational experience. Working together to build something as grand as the world premiere of Janet Harbison’s beautiful piece, “Lion of Ireland” was something I will never forget.
Member Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble, Berkeley, California
New CD Innisheer, by Members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble and BAYHE Alumnae
New CD Innisheer, by Members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble and BAYHE Alumnae
The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble’s new recording, Innisheer features arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes along with a number of original Celtic-inspired compositions by Director Diana Stork. The CD also includes performances by some of BAYHE’s illustrious alumnae.
With Diana’s careful support and supervision BAYHE members were a part of every stage of this CD: choosing the music, arranging it, rehearsing, then recording it. After this stage, there were many hours of listening back to the tracks to pick the best one. When that was completed, two BAYHE members were chosen to go into the studio with Diana to edit and mix the tracks (there was only room in the editing studio for 4 people). After another week of more listening and more choices, the girls and Diana went into the studio for final edits, mixes and then mastering. Along the way, the girls chose the cover and graphics. The last stage was choosing the duplicating house and in less than 3 weeks, they had CDs in hand. If you’d like a copy of Innisheer, contact our office. Or look for us this Fall on CD Baby.
MCMF Director Diana Stork & Portia Diwa tour SE Alaska
In March, Diana Stork and Portia Diwa brought multicultural harp music to towns throughout SE Alaska. Sponsored by MCMF and the Alaska Folk Festival, Diana and Portia taught 6 workshops to children in schools in the Juneau-Douglas area, as well as one in the small town of Haines. Many of the students had never seen a harp before! Moving their harps through snowstorms, loading them onto ferries in 20 degree weather, & driving an SUV on icy roads was quite an experience–happily a safe one! Some of the many highlights of their tour were playing in the Shrine of St. Theresa 40 miles out the road from Juneau surrounded by spectacular beauty and utter stillness, playing harps on the ferry from Juneau to Haines, and teaching classes to the attentive children at Glacier Valley School which had received awards for their music programs.
Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble Alumni News
Summer 2013 – Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble alumnus Liza Wallace just returned from Mexico where she has been performing and studying for the last month. She started out the trip in Durango performing in the Festival Latinoamericano de Arpa Durango. This annual festival hosts performers from all over the Americas including Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile, and Colombia. Liza represented the United States with her diverse repertoire of Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Classical music. Her concerts included a performance of El Concierto de Aranguez by Joaquin Rodrigo in a beautiful Mexican Cathedral and her own compositions and arrangements at the Ricardo Castro Theater in downtown Durango.
Liza then traveled to Mexico City to study the traditional Son Jarocho music from Veracruz. She took lessons with Pedro Sosa and Balam Ramos Cruz, two excellent arpistas. The style of harp playing is extremely virtuosic, focusing on intricate fingering patterns in the right hand juxtaposed with a syncopated but continuous bass line. Liza also went to see several concerts of traditional Mexican harp music which of course all included La Bamba!
and joining Liza…
another Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble Alumnus, and former BAYHE assistant Director, Amelia Romano and her group StringQuake returned from a successful two weeks in Mexico. During their stay they recorded 8 tracks for their new album and enjoyed busking daily in Ciudad de Mexico and Durango. They performed in the Festival Latinoamericano del Arpa in Durango for the Gala Inaugural in Theater Ricardo de Castro and were featured as the main act Friday, at theater Victoria, reaching over 1000 people,total. Their music was well received in the parks, plazas and theaters and are excited to release their new album this Fall.
20th Annual Festival of Harps Concert Video
The Multi-Cultural Music Fellowship (MCMF) provides support for interactions between World Musical Traditions with a focus on the harp. Our goal is to increase appreciation and respect for different cultures through musical communication.
Our Festival of Harps(sm) concert series, begun in 1990, is a series of concerts and educational outreach programs featuring the harp. The vision for the Festival is to bring the different races, styles and periods together on one stage—showing the basic unity of the human spirit through the harp. The Festival of Harps brings together master musicians from places as diverse as Paraguay, Ireland, China, Germany and Peru.
We believe it is natural to love and respect people whose music has moved and delighted you. Every culture expresses itself through music. When you learn how to appreciate another culture’s music, you learn what is most precious to people who are very different from you, and soon that essential beauty becomes precious to you as well. Melody, harmony, rhythm, the ebb and flow of tempo and dynamics, have a universality that transcends language, customs and politics.