I love it to enchant people with musical stories of wonder and mystery. The harp IONA is perfect to accompany my performances. IONA is so light, that I can carry it on a strap directly on my body and thus I can move around with the harp easily, even dancing. It feels like I am creating music 'through' myself. People are enchanted by this ‘Lightness of Being’.
It’s a pleasure and a nice surprise for the audience to experience harp music in such closeness. The sounds are immediate and like a tender embrace they are touching us gently, they are sharing a smile within a little melody. For a moment they make us aware of the inner peace and friendship with ourselves and others, and they give us the courage start something new. That is what I want to share.
The people in the audience have the impression, as if they were part of the performance - and they are indeed. Their looks in the eyes show how they are emotionally involved: open, smiling, amazed, surprised, quietly enjoying, holding hands... depending on the situation, always different, never the same. It is a moving process into another dimension and with words hardly to describe. You only can feel it - magical moments, or simply human moments.
It all started in 2007, when the harp maker Bernhard Schmidt developed this small celtic harp model. Light as a feather and dainty, its full sound surprised me. Inspired by Peter Dawkins stories about the Island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, we called the harp 'IONA'. It is a symbol of the Otherworld and my music is inspired by this spirit.
“This land of many dreams still yield its secret, but it is only as we seek, that we truly find.
To reach the heart of Iona is to find something eternal.”
Read more in my brochure MAGIC of IONA
Here is the English translation of the brochure.
This is an invitation, to embark on a journey filled with the poetry of sound, together with Christine Högl and her Celtic harp “IONA”. Her music, inspired by the beauty of nature, has an air of original Celtic magic. One is easily enchanted by the charisma of Christine and the charm of her graceful harp. With sensibility she creates a delightful atmosphere through her breathing music. We switch off and follow her with pleasure along the path of her music.
It all started in the summer of 2007, when the harp maker Bernhard Schmidt, developed a small model of a Celtic harp. Light as a feather and dainty, its full sound surprised me. At the same time I met the geomancer, philosopher and author Peter Dawkins in Renata Caddy’s “Garden of Heaven – Nandan Van”. He told us about the Scottish Island of Iona and its special magic. I was fascinated and deeply impressed and when my husband asked the next day, what name we should give the harp and I immediately said: ”IONA!”. This name came to me like the greeting of an angel and intuitively I knew, that it was exactly right. A journey is beginning. . . .
With its tender sound IONA is winning my heart, and for me as a harpist, it is offering something special: IONA is so light, that I can carry it on a strap directly on my body and thus I can move around with the harp easily, even dancing. I am enchanted by this “Lightness of Being” when IONA provides me with wings of music in its own loving way.
I also visit my friends out in nature with its sounds in the warm season – the birds, trees, flowers, the wind, the streams, the lakes and the ocean - how wonderful! Mother Nature has the most beautiful melodies just waiting for us: Be still and listen . . . that is the gateway.
With great joy I am sharing this heavenly gift. It is a pleasure to experience these subtle harmonies. These sounds are immediate and very near, like a tender embrace they are touching us gently, they are sharing a smile within a little melody. For a moment they make us aware of the inner peace and friendship with ourselves and others, and they give us the courage start something new. That is what I want to share.
Just as it had been with my visits to the “Coast of the Legends” in Brittany, this journey with and to “IONA” for me is like coming home into the landscape of my soul. I am beginning to sense a parallel between the mystic island of Iona and the Celtic harp IONA: both I experience as being an oasis of dynamic stillness, where the deep connection of human being and nature is still alive.
Soon I will go on a journey to the Island of Iona with my harp, and I am full of anticipation. May the island accept my guest’s present of music and grant me its Gaelic blessing for it.
With best wishes