Contemplative Harpist

Because I learned to use harp as a clinical tool (in response to a patient’s presenting physiology), when I use my harp for other events, my preferred style runs along the same course.

I enjoy assessing the setting I’m in as it evolves, discerning what to play in each moment. For example, I may be asked to bring along my harp while cantoring a funeral, but what sort of remembrance service is it? Is it a sudden death with intense grieving? Is it a celebration of someone’s life after a long illness, where there is sadness but also relief? What were the touch points of the sermon or the eulogy, and how can music reinforce those sentiments? These factors can inform what I play even moments before my fingers touch the harp.

Another aspect of my playing is that I use a diatonic, rather than a chromatic, pedal harp. What this means for someone looking to hire me is that I may not be able to play requests that require frequent key modulation. I will often write my own arrangements for such repertoire, but I recommend that we discuss your vision of the event together to see if my style of playing is right for all of it, part of it (such as a peaceful prelude, meditation, or postlude) or if I need to refer you elsewhere.