Thursday, 12 March 2015

gravity harps and more

OK - not harps as such, but.....  a fascinating video interview with Andy Cavatorta, talking about the new instrument he's creating which is a magnetised piano-harp




Andy is the creative genius behind the Gravity Harps which he built for Bjork's Biophilia Tour which featured Zeena Parkins on harp.







Wednesday, 11 March 2015

David Watkins on a steam train

Oh my goodness!! A lovely article in The Journal & video about David Watkin's father, Donald Watkins who was a locomotive pioneer and amongst other things, designed the dead man’s handle safety device for train drivers.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/prof-david-watkins-pays-harp-7621136







It was seeing David Watkins in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank when I was 6 that made me decide that I wanted to play the harp. The next day I drew a little picture of him playing the harp at the concert and my mum sent it to him. He was so kind and took the trouble of sending me a signed photo and kept up a little written correspondence with me for a while always making the effort to reply to the fan letters I sent him. Lovely man, a true gentleman.

Playing at the zoo

Another lovely little news item, this time about therapeutic harpist and zoo volunteer, Teri Tacheny who plays once a month at her local zoo for the primates, big cats and polar bears. Teri says the Guerrillas show the most appreciation!

Click on image for video.