Deborah Henson-Conant

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What can you EXPECT at a Deborah Henson-Conant show?

On a snowy night, wind so strong the house was shaking, I uploaded a 90-second clip of great audience Live-Show quotes to promote my next show: The CLOSING concert at the Cardiff CAMAC Harp Weekend in Wales, Sun. March 5th at 5PM. (More info, videos AND a link to BUY TIX: http://www.hipharp.com/blog/15503)

But really …. I spent two hours obsessing over what text to put on it.

It’s surprising to me what I struggle with – including pockets of profound shyness it can take hours – or decades to pull out of. Whenever I talk about it people are surprised – as if I couldn’t possibly struggle with shyness because of how I appear on stage – which is one place I feel completely at home.

I finally called my best friend Celeste and my creative buddy, Karen and they talked me through it. Celeste said – “Just stop the video and say ‘What can you expect at a DHC show?’ because that’s what the video tells you.“ Karen said, “Just work like a plumber” meaning, just get it done and stop emotionalizing it.

So here it is! Watch it and share it with friends – especially friends in the UK!

As an artist, it can be tricky to describe what I do.

Yes, I play the harp, but not because I set out to play the harp.

Yes, I sing, but not because I set out to sing.

Yes, I move on the stage and tell stories, but not because I set out to move or tell stories.

Yes, I invented a new kind of harp, but not because I set out to invent a new kind of instrument.

To say all those things is almost like talking about meal by describing the pots and pans and utensils you use to cook it – all of them essential, yet the value, the experience, the moment of human connection, the reason we want great pots and pans, is the indescribable moment of connection when the music, or book, or art comes alive.

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And that’s the one thing it’s SO hard to describe, or break apart – so I’m exploring all of it — the pots and pans, the descriptions from the press and from the audience, the images, the sounds …

And here’s why I’m thinking so much about this right now (even more than usual):

I’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone for the past 3 years building my online Hip Harp Academy, working full time in my studio to build both the content and the back-end of an academy that can teach creativity, improvisation and the principles of how music works. It’s full of passionate musicians now, from all around the world, and I meet with them every week.

And now that the Academy is on its feet I feel like my life as a performer is a burrowing animal poking up above the ground. Next weekend, on Sat. Feb. 18th is a rare live show in the Boston-Area where I live – and Kaitlyn, my videographer, and I have been using the opportunity to create a series of videos to try show what my shows are like – and how I do what I do.

Here are the videos we’ve been working on:

Pick your favorite and let me know why it works for YOU – just add a comment to the YouTube video. Then share it with a friend! And then come to the show!

TRAILERS: •        20-Second Trailer: https://youtu.be/hILnB8Cymoo •        The Press Says it All (Press Quotes): https://youtu.be/ReMh1WPHKsw •        What Can you Expect at a Show? (Audience Quotes): https://youtu.be/bxtWFa2s6kw •        Inside Brubecker (a trip inside one of my tunes and how it’s all put together): https://youtu.be/G2Ge547OA6M •        60-Second Trailer: https://youtu.be/xwtLHj0P69Y •        2-minute artist DemoReel: https://youtu.be/IQ4oAYagvgE

TECHNIQUE VIDEOS: •        1-Handed Bossa Nova (Juanitos – 2-min Technique Video): https://youtu.be/LtSoXyqWEJo •        The Forearm Strum (Strum-Tune – 2-min Technique Video): https://youtu.be/TyMP6GGqfqc •        The Looper Pedal (Dogs of Somerville – 2-min Technique Video): https://youtu.be/Qj71TTglojE •        DHC’s Electric Harp & Gadgets:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCt9b38sMbE

A longer show-clip of an impromptu moment based on an audience question:

•        How to Sing the Story of A Harp (Impromptu in Concert):  https://youtu.be/Z9W7UcEyeJE

I can’t wait to see you at the show on Sun. March 5th to close out the CAMAC Harp Weekend in Cardiff!

 

Demo Video

This 2-minute video gives an overview of DHC’s performances fusing music and story, symphonic shows, one-woman shows and the educational outreach.

Jamming with Steve Vai

In 2012 I toured to 28 countries in nearly 100 shows with guitar legend Steve Vai. This is a short clip of me jamming onstage with Vai.

 


 

“Classical Gas” with Mason Williams

In 2012 I shared a concert with legendary composer, comedian, writer and guitarist, Mason Williams including this version of Williams’ classic hit “Classical Gas”

 


 

“My Vai Homework”

In 2012 I went on tour with legendary guitarist Steve Vai, but first … I took an online course in the guitar techniques of Steve Vai at Berklee School of Music’s Online School (yup, I took an electric guitar course on my harp). This is one of my homework assignments.

 


 

DHC’s Electric Harp & Gadgets

A casual look at my electric harp and effects pedals, from my studio

 


 

Behind the Scenes Movie for the “Invention & Alchemy” project

We won a Grammy Nomination for “Best Classical Crossover Album” for my 2007 original symphonic project “Invention & Alchemy.” The disc includes this wonderful 20-minute “Behind the Scenes” documentary by filmmaker Rick DiGregorio.

 


 

DHC’s Solo in Seattle (on tour with Steve Vai)

This is a fan video of my solo during the Steve Vai “Story of Light” tour 2012. This was taped in Seattle, one of the nearly 100 shows I played with the incomparable Vai on his 2012 world tour.

 


 

Muchas Manos (with percussionist Robert Schulz)

This is a version of my piece “Muchas Manos” — for harp-four-hands … and mallets. This performance was part of the chamber ensemble performances to prepare for my Grammy-Nominated symphony project, “Invention & Alchemy” – it was performed at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA (Don’t expect hi-fidelity video from this one).

 


 

Belinda (What a Lovely Tree)

This is a song I wrote about my favorite tree in the Boston area. I wrote an arrangement of the song for the Arlington High School chorus and we were scheduled to perform it in concert when we learned that the tree was about to be cut down. We met at the tree and sang the song — this is a video of that performance.

Deepfelt thanks for this video to Arlington High School chorus teacher Cheryl Christo and videographer Mike Chvany.

The tree was decimated early Thanksgiving morning, soon after we recorded this.

 


 

Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde ROCK (with Tim Archibald)

A crusty harpist and her uptight butler turn into their own alter-egos with a little help from a magic potion in this short experimental Tim Archibald and I made in my old basement studio in Davis Square, Somervile (MA). I edited it with the first version of Adobe Premiere, and the sound was so bad it was unusable, so Tim, harpist Kyle Oppenheimer and I improvised to the silent movie during a show we did at the Somerville Theater (MA), , taped that and added it as the sound-track.

 


 

Press Photos

These are DHC’s officially press photos. Please credit photographers

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Audio

These are Audio Clips of DHC as a performer (versus works of hers as a composer)

“Way You Are Blues”

This is a little upbeat Blues I wrote for my sweetheart … to sing to me.


“The Nightingale” (Orchestral Version)

This is a song for harp, voice and symphony – a memory of my mother’s voice – from my album “Invention & Alchemy”


“Caught in the Act”

This is a track of upbeat, contemporary Jazz from my days on GRP jazz label.


“Congratulations, You Made it this Far”

A song for all those birthdays you wish you never had


“Love Gone Bad”

This is an unreleased rough cut from my next album – about love that’s ready for the garbage heap


“Merceditas”

This is the 2nd movement of my harp concerto “Soñando en Español” – with symphony orchestra (from the album “Invention & Alchemy”)


From “The Frog Princess – and Amphibious Allegory”

An original story for actress and symphony premiered by the Buffalo Philharmonic (this version is from my CD “The Frog Princess”)


Bios

Deborah Henson-Conant is a GRAMMY®-Nominated recording artist and the world’s premier electric harpist. She’s known for her high energy shows with orchestra and on solo stages, her evocative singing voice, her fusion of music and theater – and.for transforming the classical concert harp into a “Street Harp” – a powerful, fully electric instrument a seventh of the size of a concert harp and fully electric. Her playing ranges from full-out bluesy to heart wrenching ballad. This is a feel-good, outside-the-box, bring-the-folks-you-love kind of show for audiences of all genders and ages- folks who want to celebrate what it means to passionately follow your own creative path.

Short Blurb

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Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and theatrical flair.

Brief artist bio

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Deborah Henson-Conant is a GRAMMY®-Nominated recording artist and the world’s premier electric harpist. She’s known for her high energy shows with orchestra and on solo stages, her evocative singing voice, her fusion of music and theater – and.for transforming the classical concert harp into a “Street Harp” – a powerful, fully electric instrument a seventh of the size of a concert harp and fully electric. Her playing ranges from full-out bluesy to heart wrenching ballad. This is a feel-good, outside-the-box, bring-the-folks-you-love kind of show for audiences of all genders and ages- folks who want to celebrate what it means to passionately follow your own creative path.

Slightly less brief artist bio

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Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and a theatrical flair.

She’s intimate, inventive, spontaneous and bigger-than-life – and she pulls sounds from the 32 strings of her custom-built electric harp that you’d never expect to hear from the instrument St. Peter hands out at the Pearly Gates: Blues. Jazz. Flamenco. Distortion.

She uses a foot-pedal to capture musical phrases on the fly and loop them together, building a pulse of sound an rhythms she improvises over, and tells stories of her own improbable life as she strides the stage strapped onto her harp like a musical centaur.

Poetic dissonance, movement, story and song – she pulls it all from the world’s most cutting edge harp, built for her by the CAMAC company and named after her, the “DHC-Light.”

She’s opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, toured with the Boston Pops as a featured soloist and with guitar legend Steve Vai as a rock harpist. Her music special “Invention & Alchemy” appeared on PBS Stations throughout the US and she performs her own solo shows in theaters and concert halls around the world.

Quotes

“Imagine the talented love-child of André Previn and Lucille Ball.” Scott Simon, NPR

“She may look like an angel, but she plays devilishly well.” Joan Rivers

“Virtuoso out-of-the box harpist Deborah Henson-Conant is known as the rockin’ bad girl of the harp world. She took the ancient instrument off its pedestal, cocked it on her hip, and made it play everything from Mexican cantina music to Brubeck to gut-bucket blues and sounds like Van Halen.” NPR: On Point Radio

“Born to entertain … dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting. Her program shows that the harp is at home with flamenco and Latin American music as it is with Arabic and Celtic music. Henson-Conant is astonishly deft at imitating those styles with orchestrations that are as fresh and exuberant as her stage personality.” Jerry Young, Austin American-Statesman

“A combination of Leonard Bernstein, Steven Tyler and Xena, the Warrior Princess.” Ed Siegel, Boston Globe

“Whatever it is that transfixes an audience, she has it.” Catherine Peterson, Boston Globe

“Reshaping the serenely Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the Blues.” Gene Santoro, New York Times

Press Releases

DHC’s PLUCK Harp Cabaret at the Regent Underground

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Four Shows: Aug. 10 – 13 at the Regent Underground in Arlington, MA 7 Medford Street  ~  Arlington, MA CLICK HERE to buy LIVE Ticket NOW! No time to buy now but want to get reminders? Click here to get on the First-to-Know List CLICK HERE to come Virtually via CONCERTWINDOW.com […]

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Deborah Henson-Conant at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival 2016

=============== PRESS RELEASE – Run Through July 12, 2016 =============== Cape Cod Jazz Festival presents: Deborah Henson-Conant: “A Night under the Stars” (electric harp, voice & story) Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 8:30pm Wequassett Resort on Pleasant Bay, 2173 Route 28, Harwich, MA 02645 FREE & Open to the public – More info: 800-225-7125 / […]

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5th Annual LOSE YOUR BLUES Show at TCAN – Press Release

=============== PRESS RELEASE – Run Through Jan. 9, 2016 • Live Show in the Boston-Area:  BUY TICKETS for Sat. Jan 9 at Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) • Livestream from your Livingroom: Get on the artist’s Livestream Guestlist =============== On Sat. Jan. 9 at 8pm Grammy-Nominated performer Deborah Henson-Conant brings her annual “Lose Your […]

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THIS WEEKEND: Asheville, NC – What kind of woman does THAT?

=============== ?PRESS RELEASE – Run Through Oct. 25, 2015 ?=============== This Sunday, Oct. 25 one of the most inventive humans you’ll ever meet brings the instrument she created to one of the sweetest little listening rooms in the U.S. to give you the adventure of a lifetime into the world of her musical imagination. She’ll […]

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PRESS RELEASE: What kind of woman does THAT? (Fall 2015 Shows)

=============== ?PRESS RELEASE – Run Through Oct. 25, 2015 ?=============== What kind of woman wears a harp?  What kind of woman plays Latin rhythms and Blues riffs, dances around the stage while wearing the harp — and melds stories with sounds you never thought you’d hear coming from a harp: Latin rhythms, Blues riffs, Flamenco strums. That woman is “DHC” – Deborah […]

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DHC returns to her Jazz roots on the Cape (Press Release)

=============== PRESS RELEASE – Run Through July 1, 2015 =============== Cape Cod Jazz Festival presents: A Night under the Stars at the with Deborah Henson-Conant Wed. July 1st, 2015 at 8:30pm? Wequassett Resort on Pleasant Bay, Chatham, Massachusetts 02633 FREE & Open to the public More info: 800-225-7125 / http://www.wequassett.com/jazz/ Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) conceived the […]

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A Life Transformed at Maine’s “Celebration Barn” (Press Release)

=============== PRESS RELEASE – Run Through June 20, 2015 ============== Grammy-Nominated composer and electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) travels all over the world with the electric harp she invented — but it all started for her at “The Celebration Barn” in South Paris, ME where she first came as a student of the Barn’s founder, […]

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Circle of Friends – with Harp -in Concert – Apr. 25, 2015

       Sat. Apr. 25, 2015 • 8pm Deborah Henson-Conant in Concert at “Circle of Friends” • Franklin, MA Grab Your Tix Now! Sat. Apr. 25  in Franklin, MA – Grammy-Nominated singer/instrumentalist Deborah Henson-Conant brings her renegade harp, wicked sense of humor, gutsy set of vocal chords and theatrical flair to the intimate “Circle of Friends” […]

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Harp & Soul – Harpist Stretches into the Blues

Press Release – Run Thru Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 Tix: http://bit.ly/TCAN-2015-DHC Every year Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) performs her Annual “Lose Your Blues” concert at TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick) in the Boston area – a full night of Blues on harp and voice. You could call it a night of Harp and Soul.  […]

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Lose your Blues – with a 32-String Electric Harp

The lead-up to the Holidays is intense –then it all deflates in the cold days of January when the Blues hit you hard.  That’s why I always brings my Annual Lose Your Blues show to the Boston Area just after New Year’s. =============== Lose your Blues – with a 32-String Harp Electric Harpist & Singer […]

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Blues Harp with a Twist

For Immediate Release – Run through Jan.11, 2014 Click to Buy tix or keep reading below! Contact: info@hipharp.com  Deborah Henson-Conant – TCAN – The Center for Arts in Natick Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 – 8pm       Deborah Henson-Conant: Hear the term “Blues Harp” and most people think “Harmonica” — but I play Blues on a 32-string HARP. Not […]

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Anti-Holiday Antidote—Let’s HARP on it.

For Immediate Release – Run Through Nov. 15, 2013 Contact: info@HipHarp.com Purchase Tickets Now: For Immediate Release – Run Through Nov. 15, 2013 Contact: info@HipHarp.com Purchase Tickets Now: For Immediate Release – Run through Jan.11, 2014 Contact: info@hipharp.com – Purchase Tickets Now Christmas is coming up, but shortly after, the New Year Blues hits. It’s […]

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SOLO One-Woman Show at the Katharine Hepburn Theater

For Immediate Release – Run Through Nov. 15, 2013 Contact: info@HipHarp.com Purchase Tickets Now:   Harp & Soul: Electrified The wild-woman of the harp brings her solo show to the beautiful Katharine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook, CT Grammy-Nominated electric harpist & vocalist Deborah Henson-Conant is bringing her solo show to “The Kate” in Old […]

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Electric Harpist and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

For Immediate Release – Run Through Nov. 9, 2013 Contact: info@HipHarp.comPurchase Tickets Now: Honey, I Shrunk the Harp … and the Orchestra! Electric Harpist performs with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra What if you shrunk a harp, strapped it on and plugged it in? That’s what GRAMMY- Nominated electric harpist, composer and vocalist Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”) will […]

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Flagpole Radio Café – Quick Info

This is a Quick Info page, where you can find out everything you need to know about a Deborah Henson-Conant event.  We created it so WE could find info quickly when we want to post about the show … and then we figured, what the heck, why not share it with you?  Please share any […]

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Sat. Sept. 28 – Flagpole Radio Cafe – Newtown, CT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sat. Sept. 28 – 7pm – Newtown, CT – Buy Tix Now I have a new show in less than two weeks — and if that sounds like it came out of the blue — it did!  In the world of shows and concerts, most are booked months or years in advance.  […]

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Harp gets Hip at the Altamont in Asheville, NC

On Saturday, April 13th I’m playing at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC. And on Thursday, April 11th I’m doing a casual “Meet & Tweet” at the theater, so people can see my harp up close (and even try it on!) – and I can tweet it out to Asheville’s tweetosphere! You can read more […]

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Blues Harp with a Twist (Official Press Release)

Deborah Henson-Conant – TCAN – The Center for Arts in Natick Sat. Jan. 26, 2013 – 8:00 pm – Click to Buy tix or keep reading below! Deborah Henson-Conant:  Hear the term “Blues Harp” and most people think “Harmonica” — but I play Blues on a 32-string HARP.  Not a big 75-pound concert harp like […]

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Angel of Rock Harp flies home to Boston – Press Release 11/16/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. RUN THROUGH DEC. 21, 2012 CONTACT:   Beatriz Harley / Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) – who makes her home in the Boston area – and she’s been on a world tour since August, playing nearly 100 shows in 28 countries and creating musical history as the newest member of Steve Vai’s rock band. You […]

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Harping the Rock World – Press Release 9/26/2012

ELECTRIC HARP joins LEGENDARY GUITAR SHREDDER. DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT – joins STEVE VAI Band and SOLO SHOW ADDED. BOSTON-AREA Solo “Solstice” Show Culminates Tour on Dec. 21st Boston, MA September 26,2012–Grammy-Nominated instrumental innovator, DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT has hit the road slinging her 32-string electric harp into the last place you’d expect a harp: a rock band.  Not […]

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Rockport Music Presents HipHarp at Shalin Liu

=============== PRESS RELEASE – Run Through April 21, 2012 =============== Imagine a harp shrunk to the size of a crossbow. Brushed chrome, with 32 strings. A woman in a sleek black boustier straps it on, plugs it in like an electric guitar and pulls sounds from the strings that you never thought could come from […]

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DHC’s Gettin’ Down in Denver!

Press Release – run until 10/1/2011 Take a Harp ?Shrink it down? Plug it in? Strap it on Deborah Henson-Conant is the world’s foremost electric harpist – but this ain’t your grandmother’s harp! She’s a GRAMMY©-Nominated recording artist, and THE “DHC” behind the “DHC Blue-Light”  –  one of the fastest-selling new harp models in the world! This 11lb carbon-fiber electric harp […]

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“Honey, I Shrunk the Harp!” Solo Show in Seattle – June 20th

Grammy-Nominated Electric Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant Showcases New Instrument The Triple Door Solo Show – 7:30 pm 216 Union St Seattle, WA 98101 TIX: $22 adv/ $25 day-of 206-838-4333 www.TheTripleDoor.net Contact: Beatriz Harley info@HipHarp.com, 781-483-3556 Downloadable Hi-Res Photos for press at: http://www.hipharp.com/publicity.html There’s a new breakthrough technology coming to Seattle in June. Like many successful hardware […]

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