In February, 2011, I traveled to Barinas, Venezuela, where I was a guest of Señor Elvis Piñero and his daughter Lorelvis.
Here is a gallery of photos from that period.
It was in Venezuela, in 1991, that I first encountered the harp as a folk instrument. I carried harps to El Salvador in 1994, with Companion Community Development Alternatives, a group involved in reconstruction after their civil war. The name, "harping for harmony," was inspired by Potters for Peace.
After a lifetime of different roles and careers (among them anthropologist, small businessman, bureaucrat, agricultural educator, father, and grandfather), I now regard myself as primarily a harper for harmony and a K-12 substitute public school teacher in West Virginia.
- John Lozier, Executive Director, Harping for Harmony Foundation.
Harping for Harmony Foundation is a 501(c)(3) exempt charity in the State of West Virginia, established in 1994. Donations are tax-deductable.