Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

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Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter
Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa and more…

Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter are a multi-instrumentalist duo with Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Bouzouki, Cittern and more. They hail from Oregon and tour extensively, both having successful recording and performing careers built from years of street performing and a background as rock musicians. They have performed with some of the biggest names in folk and acoustic music and have sold well over a million albums combined. Audiences are spellbound and enchanted with their unique show of breathtaking music both Traditional and original, with wondrous stories and humor entwined.

(additional biographies below and workshops offered)

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. She performs regularly as a solo artist, with Aryeh Frankfurter, Patrick Ball, The New World String Project and the Windham Hill tours. She was recently named one of the 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles Magazine.

Aryeh Frankfurter’s  musical endeavors began at the age of three when he undertook classical training on the violin. His progress enabled him to study under various master violinists, including concert master of the Chicago Symphony He participated both as a violinist and violist in a series of chamber music ensembles under the tutelage of internationally renown cellist, Bonnie Hampton, pianist Nathan Schwartz, teachers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the late violinist Ann Crowden of the Crowden School of music in Berkeley, CA. Aryeh’s musical development led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres, particularly Celtic folk music. At the age of fifteen Aryeh was introduced to the Celtic harp, an instrument which has become the focal point of his musical inspiration and expression. Over the interceding years Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments including electric violin, viola, cello, guitar, cittern, mandolin, lap dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, bowed and plucked psaltry, penny whistle, baroque flute, recorder, percussion and more recently the Swedish Nyckelharpa. He works full-time as both a performer and audio engineer. He has 18 albums to his credit and two books. He tours full time as a solo artist, with Lisa Lynne, The New World String Project, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours.

Workshops offered by Lisa & Aryeh (detailed info below)

Lisa Lynne
Beginning Harp for newbies (with harps provided)
Music for Therapeutic settings
Playing by ear and composing
Getting your music out into the world

Aryeh Frankfurter
Swedish music for the Celtic harp
Swedish and Norwegian music for all instruments
Arranging Traditional music on the harp
Recording your music                                                                                               The art of street performing

Lisa Lynne – Beginning harp for newbies with harps provided (West coast)  
A workshop for everyone that has any interest in learning to play the harp! Simple but beautiful songs and patterns will be learned. We will learn basic melodies as well as learn to improvise some of our own! No musical experience necessary to enjoy this fun and empowering workshop. I can bring up to 15 harps of all sizes.

Lisa Lynne – Creating Music for Therapeutic Settings   

A unique slideshow presentation on the history of “Harps for Hearts” an 11 year program that has been successful in placing harps in hospitals and creating programs throughout Southern California.We will learn some useful harp chords and progressions for Therapeutic environments, the art of improvising in any key and choosing or creating appropriate music for every situation. We will share ideas and experiences in playing for hospitals or hospices, and look at the current climate and opportunities for training and tips for playing music in medical settings.

Lisa Lynne – Playing by Ear and Composing  

We will learn how you can free yourself from the written page, and understand chord progressions and keys that will always work for improvisation. We will learn how to read and write a simple chord chart, transpose a tune on the spot, learn a song by ear, communicate with other musicians and take a solo in any key. We will learn one or two of my compositions as I share how each was created.

Lisa Lynne – Perform with Confidence / Getting Your Music Out Into The World: 

We all have experienced various levels of stage fright. We will share stories and tips for overcoming those shaky hands when playing for others. This is an open forum where we can get answers to many questions about the many aspects of the business. Getting gigs, promoting your music, creating visuals, writing a press release, websites, blogging, and navigating social networks. Learn what it takes to share your music in unique venues you might have never thought of. Real world advice and open forum on how you can think outside the box and maximize your opportunities. You will come away with many new ideas on how to get involved in your community and expand your musical horizons.

Aryeh Frankfurter –  Swedish Tunes for Celtic Harp:

In this workshop, I will share with you some of my easy and useful tips for creating and developing interesting and evocative arrangements. I will share my approach to the left hand; how to create intros, bridges, and outros and some useful ideas to create movement, lift and apply phrasing and dynamics to any traditional tune. We will then learn some lovely Nordic tunes that work well on the harp and apply these techniques as we go.

Aryeh Frankfurter – Tips for Arranging Traditional Music

In this workshop, I will share some useful tips for creating and developing interesting and evocative arrangements. We will try various approaches to the left hand; how to create intros, bridges, and “outros”. I will share some useful ideas to create movement, lift, phrasing and dynamics to traditional tunes. We will take a couple of very easy tunes everyone can play and apply these ideas to show how they work.

Aryeh Frankfurter – Basic Recording

Every musician should record themselves at home or in a professional studio. From a demo to a final packaged CD, sharing your music on the Internet or just to listen and learn about your own playing, recording is essential to developing your musicianship and professional aspirations. We will go over basic recording techniques for the harp; we will discuss a few salient copyright laws; and go over the basic techniques of creating a good recording for the harp. If time permits we will also discuss the stages of recording from tracking, mixing, mastering, and producing a final packaged CD.

Aryeh Frankfurter – The art of street performing 

Being a street performing (or busker) is as easy as sitting down in a public place and playing. Being a successful busker is an “art” which requires creating visibility and financial success. How to attract an audience and provide them them with ample opportunities to support you and your music. We will discuss common mistakes, challenges and how to make the best of every situation.