A bit like the Edinburgh Festival, the Odyssée de la harpe is another harp festival that succeeds year after year. It's a festival based at the conservatoire in Bourg-la-Reine, to the south of Paris, and we're very proud to say it's all about the blue harp. If you're interested in reading more about its history, our much-loved, former rédactrice-en-chef Florence Lédi has a great piece about it here.
There is always a pedagogic element, run by a conservatoire as it is; there's always a huge amount of new music for one short weekend, and there's always great concerts. This year, we're looking forward to new arrangements for student harp ensemble plus other instruments, followed by Camille Heim's duo with double-bassist Léa Yeche, Les Encombrantes. Harp and double bass is not only a combination I've been longing to hear for ages, but "Les Encombrantes" - "the cumbersome ones" - must surely also get the Best Ensemble Name prize this year. Saturday, May 24th will conclude with rock harpist Lena Woods and her Northern Lights Quartet - also with a pedagogic element, as they will also be performing with some lucky students from the Bourg-la-Reine conservatoire. On Sunday, May 25th, L'Odyssée de la harpe 2014 will welcome a particularly special event - Isabelle Moretti and Edmar Castaneda, in duo!
It won't surprise you to hear that reservations are compulsory for Isabelle and Edmar's concert, and they are a good idea for all events on the festival programme. Please book your tickets on + 33 1 41 87 12 98, or email: [email protected]