Beginner Harp with Caroline Mackay
Caroline Mackay creates a space where the mystery of Harp and the magic of Voice become one. Tender Celtic ballads and spirituals, lively Latin rhythms, original works and Classical arrangements are part of her diverse repertoire. She has recorded 7 full-length CDs of original music produced by her Indie Label, HIGH SPIRITS MUSIC.
For 20 years, Caroline has performed in a multitude of venues from great Concert Halls, Cathedrals and Festivals to intimate House Concerts, Galleries and Chapels. She has played her harps through Canada, the US, England, Switzerland and New Zealand. Currently, directing the Okanagan Harp Orchestra and playing in a Harp & Cello duo are her inspiration for composing new music.
Besides her performance career, Caroline is the Director of The High Spirits Music Harp School, creating a systematic new curriculum and inspiring hundreds of students over the years to learn this unique instrument, then to share the music in their neighbourhoods. She has a great rapport with groups of children and teens, while also specializing in the adult learning community. For 17 years, HSMusic has hosted Annual Spring Harp Workshops in southern BC.
“exquisite music …what a wonderful rich tapestry of inspiration flowed through you, making it all look so effortless and blessing us with indescribable beauty.”
Intermediate Harp with Tristan Le Govic
Originally from Brittany, Tristan Le Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur). The attraction to music will never leave him.
During his studies he gained numerous prizes and nominations that emphasize the recognition of a talented and accomplished musician. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him as one of the leading Celtic harpers today.
During his time living in Ireland, then in Scotland - where he was appointed Celtic harp instructor within the City of Glasgow - he developed a deep sense for Celtic music both in a solo repertoire or with big names of the music world. For the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival (2011), the harpist Corrina Hewat invited him to take part in the performing of her masterpiece The Song of the Oak and The Ivy with Mary Macmaster, Wendy Stewart, Heather Downie and Bill Taylor.
Tristan Le Govic created his musical diversity by performing with other musicians such as the accordionist Samuel Le Hénanff, harpists Rachel Hair and Ailie Robertson or Enez trio, a band mixing Celtic music with jazz colors, founded with Stuart Macpherson (bass) and Roy Shearer (percussions). Introduced to the Nordic music by the Swedish singer Lise Enochsson, he developed a unique repertoire of Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp whose result was the recording of the CD Elva.
Recognizable by his sense of rhythm and harmony, his style is popular among the public and critics alike. Singer, storyteller, virtuoso musician, he founded his repertoire in the tradition and also with his own compositions. In perpetual movement, his world opens the gates of an extraordinary diversity. For the public, he is an enchanter.
He is the publisher of The Breton Harp Anthology, a unique collection of three music books featuring the best harpists in Brittany (Alan Stivell, Kristen Noguès...).
Intermediate Harp with Sunita Staneslow
Sunita Staneslow has played in concert halls and pubs from New Zealand to Tel Aviv. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Sunita is classically trained although her passion is traditional music. She specializes in both Jewish and Celtic music and has become widely known for her creative and accessible arrangements for the harp. She is a frequent performer and instructor at major North American harp festivals. In 2013, Sunita taught at the Southeastern Folk Harp Weekend in Asheville, the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in New Jersey, the Capital Harp Retreat in Madison, the Harp in Worship Conference in Sioux Falls. Sunita is a regular instructor at the Island Mountain Arts International Harp School in Wells, BC, Canada.
In July of 2000, Sunita moved from Minnesota to Israel with her husband and two kids. She now lives near Tel Aviv and has a busy teaching studio and performing career. In addition, Sunita works once a week as a therapeutic harpist at the Schneider Children’s Hospital.
She has released 13 CDs on several labels of Jewish, Celtic and classical music and published fourteen books of her arrangements of music for the harp. View her latest concerts on YouTube and follow her on Facebook! Sunita’s life is filled with travel and adventure. You can find her walking her dogs by the sea, competing in triathlons and in 2015, biking across Europe on a tandem bicycle with her husband!
Advanced Harp with Màiri Chaimbeul
Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Described by Folk Radio UK as "astonishing", she is known for her versatile sound, which combines deep roots in Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique.
Màiri has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as North America, was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musicians of the Year and twice participated in Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where she attended with full-scholarship, and was awarded the prestigious American Roots Award.
Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with fiddler Jenna Moynihan, progressive-folk group Aerialists, the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio, the Jacob Matheus Group, and legendary violinist Darol Anger & The Furies. She is featured in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh's BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port.
Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport Cropredy Convention, Glasgow's Celtic Connections, Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota, and Gent Festival of Flanders. Màiri is honored to have played with artists including Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage, Zakir Hussain, Kuljit Bhamra, and AR Rahman.
Cello with Morag Northey
Morag Northey has lived a balance of excellent training and experience in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy. Her philosophy is actively represented through her educational choices: a Masters degree from University of Calgary with violinist, music icon, and dedicated teacher; Tom Rolston, an Undergraduate Performance Degree with well-published master teacher and pedagogue Phyllis Young, where she worked five years in the University of Texas at Austin’s world-renowned teacher training String Project. Northey holds an Associate of Arts in pedagogy and performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College with cellist and pedagogue; James Hunter, has completed the Toronto Professional Orchestral Training Program and attended numerous masterclasses and residencies at the Banff Centre under artists such as Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. At an early age Northey studied cello with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music.