Ann Heymann
harpist
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A master in the performance and traditions of the Gaelic harp, Ann Heymann continues to spearhead the instrument's revival. Among other things, Mr. Heymann is the first modern harper to interpret and perform the compositions of Cormac MacDermott, an Irish harper at the Elizabethan court. Under the name "Clairseach" (Irish for "Gaelic harp"), she and her husband Charlie perform a broad spectrum of repertoire--from traditional and historical to her own compositions--throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Their collaboration extends to giving presentations on topics such as Gaelic harp mythology and the performance of medieval bardic poetry. Ms. Heymann is frequently asked to lead workshops and masterclasses. Her definitive solo CD "Queen of Harps" documents the virtuosic capability of the Gaelic harp. Current projects with her husband include investigating the symbiotic relationship between the harp and Gaelic bardic poetry; religious chant of the Celtic rite; medieval monophonic dance music; the presentation of Gaelic oral narrative poetry; the role of the clairseach in palliative care; and completing their investigation into the metallurgy of historical clairseach stringing.