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An harp in the mine (Italy)

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By: Carlo Piccinelli

Savoulx on Google Maps.
The search of particular places where to play the harp remaining in close contact with nature in unusual environments and places, brought Sandro Reina, mountain expert and passionate of the harp, in the ancient abandoned chalk mines of Savoulx (small village in the Alta Valle di Susa in the municipality of Oulx). The mining site, recently made safe with the possibility of guided tours, has been the place where Sandro experimented with the sound of the harp in the huge rooms, dug by hand at the end of the nineteenth century by miners who extracted the chalk minerals brought downstream to be reduced to dust and used in constructions. In the semi-darkness of the mines, the arpeggios and the evocative sound of the harp bounce and amplify on the bare rock walls in the total silence. A place and a way to look for the pure sound of an instrument that is certainly not easy to play but that for those who play it and those who listen to it, produce unique and unforgettable sensations.
Useful links for more informations:
Tourism office Oulx: www.turismo-oulx.it/