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Alice Giles is one of the world’s leading harp soloists. She won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively both in recital and with orchestras in Europe, America, Australia, and Israel. She has given many premiere performances, has commissioned a complete program of new works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Artistic Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has also commissioned many new works by Australian composers.
Tunde Jegede is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who is uniquely placed between the worlds of Contemporary Classical, African and Popular music. He is a prolific Producer/Song writer and has worked across several genres both as a performer (Cello, Kora, Piano and Percussion) and producer.
Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over fifty premieres. The first ever harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a cultural diplomacy program through the U.S. State Department, she was also the first harpist accepted to the Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. A UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, she received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, and AT&T Foundation scholarships. She holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d’Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. She has played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Edgefest Fringe Festival, and Texas Music Festival.
She performed the premiere recording of Steve Horowitz’s Entertainment Tonight and has written articles for The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine. An in-demand clinician, she averages a dozen university workshops or masterclasses per season. She performs with the new music harp and saxophone group Admiral Launch Duo, four-time residents of Avaloch Music Institute. She teaches at the Diablo Valley Arts Academy, is a 2017-2018 UC Davis artist-in-residence residence, and is a featured artist at the 2017 Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento. Her teachers include Joan Holland, Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Giles, and Jessica Siegel. www.harpellis.com
Siobhán Armstrong is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists but she often chooses to place herself at the confluence where ‘historical’ meets ‘traditional’. For more than twenty-five years, she has been rediscovering old playing techniques, aesthetics and lost harp repertory and loves to share this with others, as a performer and as a coach.
With eclectic interests, Siobhán is equally at home playing 17th-century Italian opera in some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, performing as a soloist on Hollywood film soundtracks and gigging at the world's best-known traditional music festivals. She has an extensive collection of copies of medieval, Renaissance and baroque harps including the multi-row Italian arpa tripla and the Spanish arpa de dos ordenes.
Siobhán is an enthusiastic teacher, working with beginner to professional harpists, who play different kinds of historical and modern harps. She also coaches other instrumentalists, singers and chamber-music performers in a wide variety of repertory.
Siobhán has a particular interest in the rediscovery of the early Irish brass-wire-strung harp and plays a copy of the medieval Trinity College harp – the national emblem of Ireland. The early Irish harp died out in the early-19th century after some 800 years, and has been replaced by the nylon-strung Irish or Celtic harp. She founded The Historical Harp Society of Ireland in 2003, spearheading an international revival of the instrument. The HHSI runs the main world event for the instrument in Kilkenny each August: Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp.
Vocal music is one of Siobhán’s primary interests, whether late-medieval Gaelic lays or 17th-century Italian monody, and she feels fortunate to work with some of the best singers in the world to be found in each genre. She therefore has a great deal of expertise in the art of continuo playing i.e. improvising from a bass line, and is invited to play baroque operas and chamber music with many of the leading international period-instrument ensembles and conductors in the field, recording with Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Teldec, Virgin Classics, Erato and Dorian, among others. She also collaborates with some of the most interesting traditional singers and pipers in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, including Roísin Elsafty, Ronan Browne and Griogair Labhruidh.
Siobhán performs internationally: from the Konzerthaus in Vienna, to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Zankel Hall at Carnegie, NY, and at Izumi Hall in Osaka, among others.
Siobhán was born in Dublin and read Music at Trinity College Dublin. She was a choral director and professional choral singer, and played modern Irish harp before she specialised in earlier music. On graduation, Siobhán was invited to Germany to establish a harp class at the Schule für Musik, Theater und Tanz in Stuttgart-Sindelfingen. Siobhán studied early harps at the Akademie fuer Alte Musik in Bremen in the 1990s with Andrew Lawrence King. She now performs, lectures and teaches, mainly in Europe, at third-level conservatories and universities.
With her group, The Irish Consort, she has embarked on a ground-breaking – and Irish Arts Council-supported – project to produce a series of CDs documenting music in Ireland between 1500 and 1800. In 2014, Middlesex University London awarded her a three-year post-graduate research Studentship, which is enabling her to pursue PhD studies in early Irish harp performance practice.
Siobhan would like to acknowledge the kind help of Music Network, Ireland, in acquiring suitable harps for her work.
Jillian LaDage is the fresh voice of Celtic & World music. Fans describe her as "the new Loreena McKennitt" and her songs as a "new wave of Celtic Mythology." Her soaring ethereal & mystical voice takes you on a journey through the pages of centuries long gone to where mystery and legend awaits.
Jillian has taken the Celtic world by storm achieving success as both a touring artist, recording artist, songwriter and voice coach. She is currently on hiatus from touring after struggling with chronic illness and being diagnosed with Lyme Disease. She plans to tour again one day but is unable to say when. As for now, she is continuing to focus on her healing, songwriting and helping other vocalists achieve vocal freedom.
Mary Doumany is a cross-genre artist who incorporates influences from many styles and traditions to create her works. Trained as a classical harpist and composer, she regularly traverses the genres of jazz, contemporary and folk music.
Mary's live solo performances feature her singing with the harp. Improvisation is her passion; it informs her approach to text writing and image making as much as it does her music: "To create, is to be free. For me, the act of creation is meditation in action".
North Carolina, USA
Sue Richards is a traditional Celtic harper; she studied classical harp as a teen at Oberlin College and then Ohio State University. When she discovered Celtic harps, she turned to the Irish and Scottish music of her heritage, winning the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times. She has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Queen Elizabeth of England, and sat in with the Chieftains Irish band. She currently teaches in her home studio and directs the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin, Ohio. She has taught and performed at most of the major Celtic harp festivals in the US, and has toured with the HARPA Ensemble in Norway and Scotland. She regularly performs and records with Ensemble Galilei, a group of five musicians specializing in Celtic and early music. She has three solo recordings on the Maggies Music label (www.maggiesmusic.com), and three books of arrangements of Celtic music for harp. She also has published a book of her own compositions, “Morning to Midnight.”
Sarah Voynow began playing the harp in Hawaii and began formal music studies three years later at 9 when her family moved to Ogden, Utah. She received Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Music of Arts degrees at The Juilliard School under Susann McDonald and later, Nancy Allen. Sarah played and recorded with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony, chamber music with Columbia Artist Management and various Broadway shows. She has won several awards including 1st prize at the Lyon and Healy International Jazz/Pop Harp Competition. Sarah is one of the first harpists to work with recording engineers to design her own electric-acoustic concert harp using individual transducers on every string. Sarah has taught at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Preparatory and Extension Divisions in addition to maintaining her private teaching practice in San Francisco.
Aedan started music at age 7 with piano. After over 15 years of classical piano training, she found and instantly fell in love with Celtic music and the Celtic harp. Transitioning from classical to Celtic was difficult since the Irish tradition is taught by ear, and Aedan was formally "paper trained." She initially struggled with hearing the chord structure and modes until she figured out a little secret, which she hopes to share with you in her VHS3 workshop.
After 30 years of specializing in Celtic music, Aedan's soul lies in the heart of the mystic (and misty) islands of Ireland and Scotland, and her music transports you to their otherworldly realms. An award-winning harper and step dancer, Aedan studied harp and music in Ireland from the masters at Cairde na Cruite. She is also a vocalist, and embraces harp, voice and dance in her performances. Her innate musical instincts and love of the music brings a magic to her performances that will draw you in and transport you to other worlds and times.
Aedan has performed in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area for radio shows, public television, Irish and Scottish music festivals and many other events. She is also the harp coach for Mayim Bialik on "The Big Bang Theory."
As a Certified Music Practitioner and Reiki Master, Aedan uses music in hospitals and group meditations.
In early 2016 Aedan founded the "Celtic Harp Orchestra of Southern California" or CHOSC. The goal is to promote the Celtic harp and it's music. All harp players in the Southern California area are welcome to join.
In 2010 Aedan wrote, directed and produced a Celtic Halloween show, called "Samhain, The Story of Halloween." With a full traditional band, dancers, singers and narrator, the show has run every year with rave reviews and sold out shows. This year the hope is to live-stream the show for those that can't make it.
Info can be found at https://celtic-rhythms.com/samhain
Aedan also arranges and composes.Her music books and CD's can be purchased through her website.
Angel Tolosa is a composer, arranger and performer of Venezuelan Harp. His style has a universal flavor, an encounter with various music genres around the world.
Angel's musical career began at an early age, and he has given concerts, workshops, published books, videos, given lectures at universities, arts schools, symphony orchestras, arts centers in various cities of France, Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica , Panama, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, Paraguay, England, Brazil, Italy and Venezuela. His biography is published in "The Latin American Harp and its new sound" as one of the more important Latin American harpists of today.
Sharon met Dave Thormahlen in 1984 and it changed her life. Dave had already built his first harp when they met. Sharon (who was working at Head Start) played guitar and Dave played mandolin and they formed a duo playing at local restaurants. As Dave's business grew they began attending harp conferences and at the Tacoma: ISFHC conference Sharon was inspired to begin playing the harp. She also began helping more with the Thormahlen Harp business by taking care of customers, stringing the harps, ordering supplies, managing the website and so forth. Sharon has published 16 books of original and traditional tunes for the harp. She graduated from MHTP (therapeutic harp program) in 2002 and plays for hospice patients. Sharon and Dave perform together and give workshops at harp conferences and tour around the western United States.
Dr. Furr works as a therapeutic musician at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. As a Certified Clinical Musician and Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, he plays at the bedside of patients in every department and unit of the hospital. His primary time is spent in Surgery, ICU, Trauma Unit, Critical Care Units, Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency, and Oncology. He plays both Celtic harp and Native American flute in these 20 minute sessions. He also works as a therapeutic musician for Vitas Hospice - playing for patients in the Inpatient Unit located at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.
Erik Ask-Upmark studied musicology and music history in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is a professional performer of the Celtic harp, Baroque double harp, and the Swedish bagpipes. His love of traditional Irish music led him to the Celtic harp, which in turn led him to arranging Scandinavian folksongs on the harp. Erik has earned the title of "Riksspelman" (Master Musician of the Realm) in his native country of Sweden. He divides his time between early music and Nordic roots projects, both as a soloist and with his groups Svanevit, Dram, and Falsobordone.
Vicente studies and performs on medieval, early clairseach and Celtic harps. His research includes repertoire, technique, and expressive performance practice. He has performed and presented workshops and courses in the Canary Islands and mainland Spain, France, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Paraguay, California. He has two recordings: Sleep at thy Fairy Music and The Toutching of the String. He is both dedicated to renaissance and early Irish /Scottish music.His latest CD, “The Toutching of the String,” presents his beautiful arrangements and transcriptions of Scottish and Irish music of the 17th and 18th centuries for early clairseach and late renaissance harp . Vicente’s CDs were described as “…exquisite….his mastery of both the Celtic Clarsach and the Renaissance Harp are evident in his elegant phrasing and delicate ornamentation. Complimenting this are the subtle counterpoint and inner voicing in all his arrangements.” (Murray Simmons)
Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments in performance, exceptional teaching, pioneering therapeutic music in hospitals, and originating interest in ergonomics for musicians, Laurie is known internationally. She has toured, adjudicated and taught for over 30 years. She is best known for her work on the double-strung harp and the lever harp, and is also a multi-intrumentalist.
Nathania began her konghou studies at China’s Shenyang Conservatory of Music with Professor He Hong, and studied Western Harp with Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, Principal Harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Nathania has performed at many major theatres. In May 2017, Nathania was the first Konghou player to attend the Global Musician's Workshop held by Yoyo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. As the first and only Canadian learning the Konghou, she strives to contribute to the cultural bridge between China and Canada, while expanding the knowledge of world music in her multicultural motherland.
Jocelyn Obermeyer, a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, began her musical interests in 3rd grade with the organ and piano. Shortly thereafter, she took up the clarinet and continued on to graduate from the Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet. Also, having studied the flute and saxophone with an emphasis on jazz, she had the opportunity to tour with some greats of the world's greatest jazz musicians; Louie Bellson, James Moody, and Phil Wilson.
Just about six years ago, one of Jocelyn’s friends was touched deeply by therapeutic harp music and shared her experience with Jocelyn. Being touched by the profound peace and calm her friend experienced, Jocelyn decided to learn the harp so she could do this type of therapeutic work. She studied with Suzanne Balderston, Alla Yashneva, and Christina Tourin. She graduated from The International Harp Therapy Program. She now mentors others in the program worldwide.
Jocelyn serves the harp community as a Board Member of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation and a Board Member of the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians. She plays therapeutic harp at many locations across the Valley.
I am a harpist and harp therapist (CCM, CTHP), a graduate of the Harp for Healing program and the International Harp Therapy Program. These programs are accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians and certify their graduates to play live therapeutic harp music for individual patients in hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities, among others. I also hold my Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (VAHT) certification and am a "Touching Through Sound" sonologist/sound therapist trained by Emmanuel Comte of the Centre Medson. I am a member of Jonathan Goldman's Sound Healers Association and have more than 20 years of study in piano, harp and voice. My passion is combining intentional sound and music with yoga, aromatherapy and colour/light therapy for a multisensorial experience that is deeply healing for mind, body and spirit."
Amy Turk began her harp studies aged seven with Ann Hughes-Chamberlain, a former pupil of the legendary Lily Laskine, and completed a masters degree under the tutorship of Karen Vaughan at the Royal Academy of Music.
Amy grew up with a love of a wide variety of music thanks to her parent's record collection, and could be found listening to Grieg or Rachmaninoff as readily as Genesis, Led Zeppelin or Dire Straits. In her teens she became enthralled by transcription, arranging, composition and music technology, and spent much time performing and recording with her brother, drummer/guitarist Ben Turk, in various projects including power metal band Sorcerer’s Spell, and their own duo project Ben & Amy, under which they released two surrealist pop albums, Science (2007) and The New Food To Eat (2009).
Having consolidated her skills at the Academy, Amy now arranges classical, pop, rock, film and video game music for her channel on YouTube, where she has already received 5 million total views. She is also currently writing an EP of original solo material, due for release in 2018.
Destiny Muhammad is a Recording/ Performing Artist | Band Leader | Composer & Producer. Her genre "Celtic to Coltrane" is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience.
Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony and Smooth Jazz Artist Gerald Albright, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire, and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined for 'Women in Jazz' Concert series, the AfroSolo/ Yerba Buena Gardens Concert Festival, Sunday’s in the Redwoods Concert, Fest Sundiata and SFJAZZ Tribute to Alice Coltrane's epic album Impulse Release 'Journey in Satchitdananda'
Destiny is the Principal Harpist for the Eddie Gale Inner Peace Orchestra, the Oakland Community Orchestra and performs with The AWESOME Orchestra.
The Destiny Muhammad JAZZ, following in the footsteps of jazz harp master Dorothy Ashby (who recorded with everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Frank Wess to Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder), the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio is a sleek and soulful ensemble designed to showcase Muhammad’s soaring vocals and transporting string work. Whether interpreting jazz standards or her original tunes, Muhammad turns every piece into a soulful adventure.
Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco Jazz Ambassador, ASCAP Songwriter Awardee, and Judge for The West Coast Songwriters Contest and Northern California Entertainers Music Awards Female Jazz Artist of the Year.
An award-winning musical artist performing worldwide, Dr. Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty. She integrates global musical traditions with fluency and reverence. Born in Ireland and raised the child of an Irish diplomat, Diana has traveled, lived and performed on six continents. As a natural outgrowth of this inspiration, her music interweaves global music, art, spirituality and mythology.
Deepak Ram is a versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher.
Deepak's first love is north Indian classical music. Indeed, he is an accomplished soloist. He is a delightful and captivating performer, combining technical mastery with personal charm. He has performed in the United States of America (where he is currently based), South Africa, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Turkey, Taiwan and Holland and had the honor of accompanying his teacher, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Geneva, London and Paris.
Deepak began his formal training in bansuri and tabla under Sri Jeram Bhana in South Africa in 1975. Two years later he was off to Mumbai, India, to study flute under the late Sri Suryakant Limaye (India's master flute maker); he simultaneously spent a short time under flautist, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. It was in 1981 that his dream was realized when he became the disciple of the celebrated flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, with whom he continues to study from time to time. During this period he also studied tabla under Sri Yashwant Padhye and music theory and voice under Pandit Rajaram Shukla. Deepak earned a Masters degree in Music (MMus) from Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1996 for his thesis, “Exploring Syncretism Between Indian and Western Music Through Composition”.
Deepak's versatility is apparent in his numerous collaborations with musicians of various genres. These include performances with jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff and the popular South African band Tananas. On January 1, 2000, Deepak performed with South African musicians like Sibongile Khumalo and the Rwandan diva, Cecile, on Robben Island in South Africa's Millennium Concert hosted by presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Deepak has 9 solo albums to his credit and as a session musician can be heard on over 60 albums. His bansuri can also be heard on movie soundtracks, such as “The Fast And The Furious”, “Matrix Revolutions”, “India, Kingdom of the Tiger”, “Stealth” and “Before The Rains”.
In 2000, Deepak was awarded Best Instrumental Album at the South African Music Awards for his album “Searching for Satyam”. His previous album “Flute for Thought” also saw him being nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Instrumental Album in the 1999 South African Music Awards. Both these albums as well as “Beauty in Diversity” feature Deepak's compositions and arrangements based on elements of north Indian music. In 2008, The Board of Directors of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in California selected Deepak Ram for the 2007 Award of Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Humanities. Previous recipients of this award include Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
Deepak's knowledge of both Indian and western traditions is evident in his compositions which range from pieces for jazz groups, western flute quartets (flute, violin, viola and cello), choral works and ballets to orchestral pieces. His last work 'SURYA' for classical guitar and bansuri, commissioned by the award-winning guitarist Mesut Özgen was premiered at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Deepak is currently working on music for bansuri and string quartet.
One of Deepak's fortes is his ability to communicate his knowledge, making him an excellent teacher. Most recently, he served as visiting professor in Indian Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lectured full time for four years at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa, and has conducted many workshops in Indian music in the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. He also has several publications to his credit, including an instruction booklet, “Harmonium Made Easy”.
San Francisco, USA
Harpist, singer, and composer Liza Wallace brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she has traveled around the world to study, teach, and perform, most recently touring in Mexico, Brazil, and Germany. She has performed and recorded with such artists as Sir Elton John and Sylvia McNair and has released two albums of her music.
Beth Kollé is known for her beautiful and playable lever harp arrangements of Celtic and Nordic folk music. A seasoned clinician and performer, Beth is known for her entertaining and informative workshops on all aspects of harp playing and performance at major harp conferences. She is also the originator of the HARPA Tours, currently being organized by Jen Narkivicius in Scotland.
Acclaimed recordings, both digital & physical are available on her website https://bethkolle.com/, or through CDBaby.com, iTunes and most other distributors.
Beth’s popular harp books are available at most harp stores, or online at Melody’s Traditional Music (www.folkharp.com) and Sylvia Woods Harp Center (www.harpcenter.com).
Born in 1973 in Tunis, of Breton mother and Auvergnat father, Eve traveled through Senegal during her adolescence. There she discovered the Kora, a cousin of the harp, and bought her first albums of Celtic harp with the famous "Renaissance of the Celtic Harp" by Alan Stivell and the albums of the French-speaking Flemish Katrien Delavier, which still remain today his references.
Paris - 1999, at the age of 27, she began learning the Celtic harp, with her first teacher, Didier Donon, who she met at the Bretonne Mission while still at her first job as a driving teacher. Afterwards, she began her apprenticeship with, among others: Cecile Corbel, Elisa Vellia, Myrdhin, Clotilde Trouillaud, Anne Postic, Janet Harbison and Dominig Bouchaud.
Eve organizes, with the help of one of her students, at the Carmel St Joseph in Paris, unique harp courses in Paris with Cécile Corbel and Anne Postic as guests and teachers.
In 2006, she officially became Eve McTelenn, The lady of the Harp.
She gave her first concert for the film "FINIS TERRAE" in Créteil in March 2006, under the initiative of Patrick.T, President of the Amicale Bretonne de Créteil.
Today, with more than a hundred concerts, medieval festivals, animations, etc., all over Europe (Belgium - Switzerland - United Kingdom - Germany) and 10 albums sold in thousands of copies throughout the world, Eve McTelenn has become a respected artist in medieval and magical circles.
She lends her voice also to the jingles and texts broadcast on the radios: Radio Arcadie and Wicca radio.
From 2012 to 2013, she was the host of the Celtic harp workshop of the Amicale Bretonne de Rueil-Malmaison.
She continues her career with a beautiful career as a teacher of the Celtic harp,
Starting in 2009 in Paris, on Skype, Eve was the first in France to use this system of reaching more people wanting to play Celtic harp, she is now in Brittany (with the organization of internships in Summer Harp School) and in Belgium.
She also participates in the adventure "The Exposition of the Lady to the Unicorn" initiated by Julien Delanssays and exhibited throughout Europe, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom from 2013 to 2015.
2014 was a sabbatical year at the level of foreign festivals, to enjoy the family joys, to work on collections of scores to discover on the site "Lulu" and on the teaching of the Harp in Paris, on Skype and via internships.
In 2015, Eve created of the site "The Fairy Tv Corner" which promotes the magical-geek-gothic culture.
In 2017 Eve moved to Brest, Brittany, and begins a new adventure as a teacher for the Celtic harp on Skype, and in Brest !
Today Eve is no longer The Lady of the Harp - McTelenn - but just Eve, and will remain a harp in the soul, and will always delight the transmission of knowledge around the Celtic harp....
Née en 1973 à Tunis, de parents Francais (mère bretonne et père auvergnat ) et voyageurs par leur travail, elle traverse pendant son adolescence le Sénégal, où elle découvre la Kora, cousine de la harpe, et achète ses premiers albums de harpe celtique avec le fameux «Renaissance de la harpe celtique» d’Alan Stivell et les albums de la flamande francophone Katrien Delavier, qui reste encore aujourd’hui ses références. Paris - 1999, elle commence, à 27 ans, l’apprentissage de la harpe celtique avec comme premier professeur M. Didier Donon, rencontré à la Mission Bretonne, tout en continuant d’exercer son premier métier : enseignante de conduite. Puis, par la suite, elle fait son apprentissage avec, comme professeurs, entres autres : Cécile Corbel, Elisa Vellia, Myrdhin, Clotilde Trouillaud, Anne Postic, Janet Harbison, Dominig Bouchaud, lors de cours particuliers, stages ou Masterclasses.
Parallèlement, elle a l’idée de créer un site sur la harpe celtique afin d’aider les gens. on y trouvait des informations pratiques sur l’instrument, les cours, les CD, les partitions...
Ce site s’appellera www.breizh-harp.com et restera un site de référence. Ce site sera aussi la première boutique online en France à vendre des albums de harpe celtique grâce à la confiance et au soutien d’harpistes comme le groupe «Dremmwel», Anne Postic, Nathalie Chatelain... Elle organise aussi, grâce à la complicité d’une de ses élèves,au Carmel St Joseph à Paris, des stages de harpe uniques à Paris avec, comme invitées et enseignantes, Cécile Corbel et Anne Postic.
Elle fait la première partie du concert de Cécile Corbel lors du stage de décembre 2009 avec un trio inédit. Elle devient en 2006, officiellement, Eve McTelenn, la Dame à la Harpe. Elle fait son premier concert pour le Film « FINIS TERRAE » à Créteil en Mars 2006, sous l’initiative de Patrick.T, Président de l’Amicale Bretonne de Créteil.
Aujourd'hui, avec à son actif plus d’une centaine de concerts, fêtes médiévales, animations, etc., partout en Europe (Belgique - Suisse – Royaume-Uni - Allemagne) et 10 albums sortis à des milliers d’exemplaires et vendus partout dans le monde, Eve McTelenn est devenue une artiste respectée dans les milieux médiéval et féérique.
Elle prête sa voix aussi pour les jingles et textes diffusés sur les radios : - Radio Arcadie et Wicca radio. De 2012 à 2013, elle est l’animatrice de l’atelier de harpe celtique de l’Amicale Bretonne de Rueil-Malmaison. Elle continue son chemin avec une belle carrière d’enseignante de la harpe celtique, débutée en 2009 à Paris, sur Skype où elle est la première en France à avoir l’idée d’utiliser ce système afin de toucher plus de personnes voulant faire de la harpe celtique,et désormais en Bretagne (avec l’organisation de stages en été - Summer harp school) ainsi qu’en Belgique. Elle participe aussi à l’aventure « l’Exposition de la Dame à la Licorne » initiée par Julien Delanssays et exposée partout en Europe, France, Belgique, Suisse et Royaume Unis de 2013 à 2015.
2014 - Une année sabbatique au niveau des festivals étrangers, afin de profiter des joies familiales, de travailler sur des collections de partitions à découvrir sur le site « Lulu » et sur l’enseignement de la Harpe à Paris, sur Skype et via des stages.
2015 création de ce site - et création du site "The Fairy Tv Corner" qui promouvoit la culuture féérique - geek et gothique.
2017 - Elle déménage sur Brest - et commence une nouvelle aventure en tant qu'enseignante pour la harpe celtique sur skype, et sur Brest ! Aujourd'hui Eve n'est plus La dame de la harpe - McTelenn - , mais juste Eve, et restera une harpeuse dans l’âme, et qui enchantera toujours la transmission du savoir autour de la harpe celtique....