Harp music usually conjures up images of ethereal beings gently plucking out an accompaniment for an angelic chorus. But that’s not the sort of harp José Manuel Melo Ortega plays.
The 13-year-old hails from Venezuela. He was born blind, but that didn’t stop him from picking up the impressive string instrument when he was just 3. Ten years later, he’s a respected musician known for putting a saucy spin on an old instrument.
When José plays the harp, it sounds almost like flamenco music. The fingering is so delicate and complicated that it’s easy to forget that José cannot see the strings beneath his hands. His effortless performance just goes to show there are no obstacles that can’t be overcome!
See the artist at work in the video below, and be sure to share this masterful experience with your friends.
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