BEN CREIGHTON GRIFFITHS, Welsh Harpist made his international debut in 2004 at 7 years old, winning 2nd prize in the 1er Concours International de Harpe in Nantes, France. Since then, he has been performing in the UK, He has given many international concerts touring to Brazil, Canada, The Caribbean, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Netherlands & Spain. In 2012 he released his first Jazz CD "An incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp Music". His first sheet music publication "Home work from Julian" is an original blues composition for the harp. Ben has published or collaborated on a further 16 scores, including 8 titles in his Jazz Harp Series. http://www.bjcg.co.uk
Latin jazz harpist, PATRICE FISHER favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is a graduate of Tulane and Wolf Trap and lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980’s. She has also appeared at numerous international jazz festivals with her group, “Arpa,” in locations such as Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Patrice has 15 CDs of original music, the latest being "Resilience." She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. Patrice regularly performs a guest artist with many international jazz musicians in Germany, Brazil, Canada & Guatemala. Patrice is a Certified Music Practitioner and uses improvisation to play for patients in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and hospices.
“An unexpected delight!” raves David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper says "There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a classical gig in the morning and a music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa."
|MARTHA GALLAGHER, Jazz/Pop lever harpist, brings a lifetime of music experiences and explorations to the harp; Blues/Jazz diva, folk/trad. musician, rock singer, classical flautist, songwriter and composer. A popular teacher and performer, she is self-taught on the lever harp, with an eclectic approach to the instrument and music that students, as well as music-loving audiences, find refreshing and inspiring. For more information, go to http:// www.adkharper.com/|
|BECCA BABIN is a professional harpist and music teacher living in Baton Rouge. She began studying piano and singing in the school choir at the age of seven. In high school, she studied harp and guitar and continued her harp study at Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, with a harp concentration. She is well-versed in many styles including classical, pop, rock, folk, and jazz. http://rebeccababin.com|
Rebecca participates in the Baton Rouge music scene. She plays upright bass, harp, and sings with the Wilder Janes, a quartet of female songwriters who focus on acoustic music and lush harmonies. In her private studio she teaches piano, harp, guitar and bass to both children and adults.
RACHEL VAN VOORHEES, the Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, enjoys a unique career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. An artist of great versatility, she is as comfortable performing with orchestra as she is playing Celtic music or taking a solo with the jazz group, Diversity, which she co-founded with Charles Neville. She studied at the Juiiliard School; Purchase College; the Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, France; and has a Masters degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Fox Award for highest scholastic average. Ms. Van Voorhees studied the harp with Marcel Grandjany and theory with Nadia Boulanger. www.rachelvanvoorhees.com
LUKE BRECHTELSBAUER is a New Orleans eclectic harpist, who performs regularly with Helen Gillet and Wazozo World music group, Luke is a Celtic Harper from Sioux Falls, South Dakota . He studied with Anna Vorhes. He has traveled, the world performing in Glasgow, Scotland, Shanghai, China & Brazil. He is also a professional clown and a bagpiper. Here is a youtube link of Luke playing "Lullaby of the Leaves"... with lots of lever changes: