The mother of invention ~ harpyness

Monday, 9 June 2014

The mother of invention

Listen up (I'm on my soap-box here) harpists have being doing pretty amazing things with the instrument for a very, very, very long time. Alice Coltrane (1937-2007) anyone? You just have to watch Harpo Marx (1888-1964) in action on YouTube to know that he was pretty awesome in his day, and is still awesome now!!

The harp does not need "re-inventing", nor is it a "girlie" instrument. There are plenty of guys out there playing harp.

It's a pretty damn cool instrument that can do rhythm, melody and bass and just about anything else you can think to do with it too. It's no longer unusual to see a harp in a band, and being played in just about every genre of music.

We don't need to re-invent the harp, we need to discover what is already out there.

(I'm off the soap-box now!)

I was blown away when I saw these videos of Zeena Parkins online. She is an awesome musician, doing some incredible things musically - it just happens to be on a harp.  :-)

and here she is with the brilliant Björk

and here she is talking about contemporary music using graphic scores

and excerpt of piece with percussion

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