Wilmington Harp Day 2018
September 29, 2018 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Friday, September 28 7:30 PM Cochlea Duo & Liz Pearse, soprano Concert in Beckwith Hall, UNCW
Saturday, September 29
9:30 AM - arrive, set up harps, and tune
10 AM - 12 PM Harp circle workshop with Lindsay Buffington
12-1 PM Lunch and shopping with the Virginia Harp Center
Harp Circle Workshop
Lindsay Buffington’s harp workshop will feature the music of the Swiss harpist Christoph Pampuch. Lindsay will work with harp society members on two contrasting pieces written or arranged Mr. Pampuch : “Kitchen Ragtime” from the book “Blaue Diamanten,” and “Tourdion” from the book “Scarborough Fair”. Christoph’s arrangements are extremely versatile, and they can be played as solos, duos, and trios. His music is accessible to almost any level of harp experience.
Virginia Harp Center
David from the Virginia Harp Center has graciously agreed to bring down music and strings for us to browse and purchase. If you have any specific string, music, or harp requests, please contact David directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, David will be available to fix any minor lever harp problems or buzzes you might have. If you are hoping to have him look at your harp, please email him ahead of time.
Concert featuring the Cochlea Duo and Liz Pearse, soprano
Cochlea thrives on harpist Lindsay Buffington and flutist Chelsea Czuchra’s combined interest in a broad spectrum of music, including original works and transcriptions for flute and harp, as well as a commitment to commissioning new works for this ensemble. Founded in 2013, the Duo is based in Switzerland, and maintains strong connections to artists and presenters in North America. The Cochlea Duo has twice been in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy (2015, 2016) and has recently given performances at the 2016 National Flute Association convention in San Diego, “An Die Musik” in Baltimore, in Lausanne and other Swiss venues, as well as a regional tour in 2016 in eastern North Carolina. Grants received include commissioning funds from the Nicati-de Luze Foundation.
Cochlea’s repertoire includes original music by Toru Takemitsu, Gareth Farr, Astor Piazzolla among others, and commissioned works by Michèle Rusconi and Jesse Jones. Lindsay and Chelsea's performances have been featured on KXLU Los Angeles and Radio X in Basel. Their 2018-2019 concert program “Vespertine” features music by Andy Scott, Jocelyn Morlock, Hamilton Harty, Gion Antoni Derungs, Jesse Jones and Toru Takemitsu.
Upcoming Cochlea projects include the “Little Songbook Project” with soprano Liz Pearse, which features works by Ursula Mamlok, George Crumb and other composers originally commissioned by the Jubal Trio. “Little Songbook Project” will commission new works for the Cochlea Duo and Liz Pearse over a multi-year cycle, by composers including Valerie Coleman and Jesse Jones among others, featuring extant and new poetry. In July 2018, the trio and the composers Pierce Gradone and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon will be in residence at Avaloch Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire. “Book One” of the project will tour North Carolina in fall of 2018, presenting new pieces by Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. As co-commissioners, Cochlea is the recipient together with the Irish composer Ryan Molloy of a 2017-2018 Irish Arts Council grant. This grant is for a collaborative new work by Molloy and the poet Martin Dyar. The new piece, a song cycle entitled “Buaine na Gaoithe,” will be premiered in October 2018 at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland. The trio will subsequently tour Ireland, with performances and workshops at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, National Library of Ireland in Dublin and the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, among others.
What to bring
To participate in the workshop, please bring your harp and printed music. If you have a harp bench and folding stand please bring them as well. Chairs will be available at the school and some music stands. Lunch will be provided.
This event is sponsored by the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society. It is free and open to the public.
About Lindsay Buffington
The American-born, Switzerland-based harpist Lindsay Buffington studied in the USA at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in Switzerland at the music conservatories of Lausanne and Lucerne. Her teachers include Rebecca Anstine Smith and Chantal Balavoine Mathieu. Lindsay holds Master degrees in Music Performance and Music Pedagogy. In addition to having co-founded the Cochlea Duo with the flutist Chelsea Czuchra, Lindsay is also a founding member of Deux en Harpe, a harp duo with the Swiss harpist
Céline Gay des Combes. She is active as a freelance harpist, and performs regularly as a soloist, in orchestras and in chamber music groups. Lindsay has played with the 21 st Century Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester Liechtenstein, the Christoph Walter Orchestra and many others. In addition, Lindsay is an active harp teacher, and she teaches at the music schools in Horw and Hochdorf in Switzerland. Lindsay has been based in Switzerland since 2005, and she currently lives in Basel.