Hello Donna! Thank you so much. It’s a big kind of you. I am playing when I am invited to play. It’s so hard for Harpists in Sweden, it’s not popular instrument at all. And the classical music is not supported so much.
Hello dear Sylvia! Thank you so much for your thinking about me. I had left my country with nothing with me, only the dresses I had it on me. But I got a gift from Madam Susan McDonald and Salvi harps, they collaborated together to send me a Salvi harp, and Willy Postma participated too in helping me. I did play some solo concerts and playing with an academic orchestra. But there is no real job in harp. I am obliged to leave the harp and find another profession.
A man in my area who had the same good teacher that I had, married a lovely soprano singer and they made quite a few recordings together, of lighter music such as popular, melodic pieces, folk songs, carols, rather than strictly classical. The recordings sold well and now they tour yearly as well. They do very well financially because their concerts attract largely older audiences who prefer well known melodic pieces. Perhaps if you make a recording or two with someone who sings or plays a solo instrument such as violin you could share enough of the melody and not simply accompany.When they tour they each modify their speaking a bit from the stage, to include a bit about the area in which they play-the ball team there, or the weather, or recent local news, etc, with some humor as well so the audiences warm up to them and want them back next year.Just an idea in case it may help you to stay with your harp. Glad you posted again!
Love your recording. That is a beautiful song! So glad to hear that you are well and still playing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Take care of yourself, and never stop playing the harp, Basel.
Hello Dear Catherine! Thank you so much for your supportive words. I am trying to fight with the Harp playing. My new life is so hard in music, in a new country. But I am trying. I will start a job not in music soon. As there are no real job for me in music in Sweden. I will keep trying.
My regards and best wishes for you and your family. And to every one here.
Love your playing, and I have thought about you several times when I heard of all the problems in Syria. I’m so glad you are safe, and that you have another harp to play. Hope you find time to wedge playing in somewhere — even though you can’t make a living doing it in Sweden. My best to you….
Dear Mr Sara: I loved your song. It was beautiful & expressive. You obviously love it.
I’m new here & know nothing of your situation, but many harpist are working with such interesting instruments like hang drums. If you could find someone to work with, it may get you going, again. Additionally, there’s a revival of 40s & 50s jazz & swing. Perhaps with a cello?
Good fortune to you & a happier New Year. Jennifer