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Sadly due to serious health reasons Angelika is no longer able to participate in this tour, Thomas Loefke will perform instead his solo program.
Northern Isles Soundscapes –
Harp music from the Celtic Northwest – concert with slideshow.
Islands in the North Atlantic, like Tory Island – the Irish island of legend and myth, the Hebridean Island of Staffa or the wild archipelago of the Faroe Islands situated between the Shetlands and Iceland. Originally these 18 islands were settled by Irish monks, then the Vikings took over. Dramatic coastal landscapes with cliffs, many hundreds of meters high, lush valleys, fjords and lakes set the mood on the islands. Light, colours and weather change by the minute on these mountains in the sea habitated by 50 000 people, 80 000 sheep and millions of birds.
These are the places where Thomas spends a considerable amount of time every year to compose music. Dramatic coastal landscapes, the wide open space of the Atlantic ocean and the ever changing sky reflect in the pieces of music written there.
The tunes are accompanied by photographs Thomas took during his travels to the islands and in his solo programme these “Northern Isles pictures” are part of the show.
Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland’s leading harp players – Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue. In 1992 he recorded his first album. The 2nd album Norland Wind followed 1996, released by the Irish top class label Celtic Heartbeat. Besides his work with Norland Wind, he also tours with Riverdance violinist Máire Breatnach, Cello/guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, pianist Lutz Gerlach, and as a soloist.