The Celestial Harp at Forest Woodhenge July 17, 2010
The Forest Woodhenge is three kilometers into the forest along rough unmaintained paths that cars cannot navigate. Only Jeeps and trucks can make it in.
OM……. Wild Blackberries on the way in!
Walking in the last part up to Forest Woodhenge!
Approaching Forest Woodhenge.
Forest Woodhenge just before setup!
Peter Rivington, kindred spirit and one of the photographers
Bill Frey, kindred spirit, performer and owner of the Woodhenge.
Robin Armstrong at the edge of the henge.
Peter Elliot kindred spirit and video man!
Setting up the stand.
Bringing the Celestial Harp in its case.
Taking the Celestial Harp out of the case.
The Celestial Harp on its stand in the middle of Forest Woodhenge.
The Celestial Harp installed. Forest Woodhenge was designed and built to represent the I Ching and the Zodiac. The Celestial Harp was Built to play the I Ching Hexagrams and the Zodiac. This performance represented a merging of similar consciousness through two different and revolutionary mediums. One measures the light and the shadows, while the other expresses sound and silence. Both the Forest Woodhenge and the Celestial harp took many years to design and many more years to build.
Setting up the microphone.
Robin tuning the Celestial Harp.
Robin approaching to do sound check.
Checking the sound settings.
Celestial Harp is tuned and ready to play..
A little rehearsing.
A clear sky but rain is in the forecast.
Video sound checks!
Video sound checks! Peter Elliott listening.
Jesse Footit and his run in with a bee!
A little dancing and the bee was gone, at least for the moment.
A little more practice.
and now we were ready to start the performance.
“Invocation”: Robin blow on Cow Horn and everyone enters the woodhenge, spiraling inward.
“Spectrum” Robin playing the Celestial Harp.
Our presence was noticed.
“Horoscope of the Moment” This piece was composed to play the horoscope of the moment. Robin was playing the sounds and rhythms of the moment and observing the shadows of the Sun’s performance through Forest Woodhenge.
“Pyramid Vibes” This was a percussive piece using hands to play the corners of the Celestial Harp. The square shape of the Celestial Harp outer bridge was made to represent the pyramid which also has a harmonious association to the woodhenge.
End of the part one.