International Pedal Harp
The Italian Dora Scapolatempore wins the First Prize of Tierra 47_Competition with an improvisation on Francisco Tárrega’s piece Capricho Arabe (Spain).
Dora Scapolatempore | Italia
Work: Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega | Spain
César Secundino Méndez | Mexico
Work: Caribe by Michel Camilo | Dominican Republic
Rosanna Moore | Great Britain
Work: El cant dels Ocells, Traditional song | Spain
- Harpists from all over the world have participated in Tierra 47_Competition sending a video with an improvisational piece based on a theme of Spanish, Portuguese or Latin American origin.
- The Tierra 47 Artistic Committee -integrated by harpists Maryén Muñoz, Marcela Méndez and Susana Cermeño— have reviewed all the videos received and preselected ten works.
- From the ten-video preliminary selection, an international jury composed of four harp and improvisation maestros have determined a First, Second and Third Prize.
- The winners were announced on October 21, 2017 during the Tiera 47 Closing Concert.
Improvisation, both free and structured, explores new methods of extending the pedal harp’s voice to develop new languages and challenge the current stereotype of the instrument. The aim is for the pedal harp to better respond to the wide variety of contexts available in current times, both in Solo performances and in collaboration with other instruments.
Tierra 47 grants harpists the freedom to express themselves and to explore in their own language.
Tierra 47 _ Competition challenges the limits imposed on audience and performers alike by the persistent use of harp repertoire that has been excessively sanctioned by tradition. Typically, the pedal harp is characterized as an instrument limited to, in the words of jazz harpist Park Stickney “sweet glissandos and quiet plucking”.
Tierra 47_Competition has been sponsored by Tequila Clase Azul, which has handcrafted the trophies in collaboration with Mazahua artistic communities in Mexico.
Clase Azul has committed to carry out, indefinitely, the trophies for the following editions of the Contest.
Maryén Muñoz, Artistic director of Tierra 47 Internacional Harp Festival, will travel to Italy, Mexico and Great Britain to personally deliver the trophies to the winners of this first edition: Dora Scapolatempore, César Secundino Méndez and Rosanna Moore.
In addition to the trophies, Clase Azul sponsors the following cash prizes:
First Prize: 1,000 euros
Second Prize: 700 euros
Third Prize: 500 euros