Yesterday my husband and I treated ourselves to a rare delight - a musical concert. One year we saw enchantrees Holly Cole, and this year we were enchanted by musicians of a very different sort. From Jazz to Medieval, live music stirs the soul to dream, the toes to tap, fingers to snap ... I love it!
Winter Harp, a talented group of musicians, features unusual instruments some of which are one-of-a-kinds, patterned after drawings from two or three thousand years ago. Obviously the musicians would have to teach themselves how to stroke out pleasant tones!
They sang, played a variety of instruments, told stories, and held the audience captivated!
I felt myself drawn back in time, to simpler times where all gathered around a fire. I sat, spellbound, as the story teller wove words with voice and inflection in such a way that I scarcely paid any attention to where I was, who was near, what was going on around me - his story telling was a finely polished performance that seemed less theatre more a friend simply sharing a fascinating tale.
"Simply"? No, there was nothing simple about Winter Harp's performance, and yet, compared to today's shows, it was simplicitiy itself. A group of musicians, a few candleabras, a backdrop that transported one to a bleak, mid-winter's night on England's moors, non-amplified instruments, no fireworks, special effects or images projected onto big screens.
The finely woven tapestry of musical tones and stories that speak to our common experiences carried the listeners away for awhile ... If you long for a musical experience that speaks to a deep memory of a common human ancestry of music and story, treat yourselves to one of Winter Harp's performances.
Check them out at www.winterharp.com.
And the career practitioner in me mused on what an unusual career choice, and certainly a "dream job" for those who have attained it! Full of travel, rehearsing, ventures and artists - and lots of one on one time with a beloved instrument!