Category Archives: Projects

The Laboratory is Open

Monday I did an experiment.  I asked for listening help to decide which cuts to use on a I fell apart when it did.  I started crying and stomping through the house and eating the cat food. (OK, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Jazz Valentine Project

I have a very special friend, Peter, and I like to make him a very special Valentine every year. Peter is a long-time collaborator whose vision & support led to my Grammy Nominated project “Invention & Alchemy.” If you’ve been … Continue reading

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Tiny Building Blocks

When I’m putting together a show, like the “Lose Your Blues” show coming up this Saturday in the Boston area, part of what’s important to me is the sequence of the tunes – how the flow of the show goes. … Continue reading

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Soñando Today

Today I’m working on Soñando en Español – my 3-movement concerto for harp and orchestra.  I’m meeting with Elise Hemke, the harpist who’ll play it, via Skype tonight.  She’s the first harpist besides me to ever play it and there’s … Continue reading

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Sous-Chef Sketches #1 & #2

I struggle mightily with perfectionism (reminder: perfectionism does not make things perfect – it’s an extreme form of emotional stuttering) But my word of the year is RELEASE. So this is my new journey.  The journey towards creating recordings I’m … Continue reading

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How to Help Promote a YouTube Video

I posted a new YouTube video, told my Facebook tribe and the video got a bunch of views, so of course I got greedy. I asked everyone to “like” it, share it and comment — and they’d say “OK, but … Continue reading

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Auntie’s Eve & My Favorite Aunt

At my show last weekend, I blurted out – to my surprise – that the night before Mother’s Day is “Auntie’s Eve” and therefore everyone should bring their aunt to my show that night, Sat. May 12, in Franklin, MA … Continue reading

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Rehearsing Performance

I’m preparing for an interview with radio host Jacky Ankeles tomorrow morning to talk about my upcoming show at the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA this Saturday, April 21st.  Jacky sent a few questions for me to think about, I  … Continue reading

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Maquettes – “Invention & Alchemy” in Miniature

It was a composer’s Cinderella story:  a CD/DVD project with symphony orchestra and all my original music.  7 cameras, a director, designers, producer, Union negotiations, makeup artists … and did I mention the full symphony orchestra? The video would go … Continue reading

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“Pluck U” Pilot Project Launches!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Nov. 6, 2011 Event) Electric Harp Pioneer Trains a new Generation of Rockin’ Harpists – whether you play harp or not! “I think of it like a cross between test-driving a new Ferrari and bungee-jumping …” (Deborah … Continue reading

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Why the HARP?

I got a set of questions from Betsy Chapman, who hosts “The Morning Show” on WPAZ, a tiny station (“with a big heart!”) in Pennsylvania. WPAZ is co-sponsoring my “Fireworks for the Creative Spirit” next week, so Betsy interviewed me … Continue reading

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Street-Harp Launch & Hendrix with the URO

In the next 7 days I’m doing two very cool things in the Boston Area and  I hope you can be there! Here’s what’s happening: Ultra-Sonic Rock orchestra cameo appearance this weekend (including a FREE open rehearsal tonight!) and the … Continue reading

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CONTEST: Tix for Mother’s Day Eve Show!

HEY BOSTON FANS!!!! We have a handful of tickets to my show THIS Saturday, May 7 – 8pm at The Regent in Arlington. If you can definitely attend, please email your name and phone number to us at info@hipharp.com and … Continue reading

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Capturing the Wild Muse

Using the clock to force ideas out of hiding A blog about artistic process – creating “Electra’s Lyre” for May 7 Neil Gaiman and friends created a 6-song album from start to finish – including writing the songs – in … Continue reading

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The “DHC-Light” Story

PARIS, FRANCE – Nov. 4, 2010 – From CAMAC Harp’s harp log: The “DHC-Light” is CAMAC Harp’s  latest collaboration with strap-on-harp-legend Deborah Henson-Conant. Made of super-light, mega-strong carbon fibre, it weighs just 11lbs, boasts a new lever design, and comes … Continue reading

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“Flute and Harp for Christmas” – musical snobbery gets a come-uppance

[UPDATE: I originally wrote this blog in 2010. Now you can hear the whole album for free and then buy it as a download here] In the mid-’80’s, when I still played a big acoustic concert harp, a quiet-spoken flutist … Continue reading

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The Welsh Rare Bit – An Unusual Opportunity in Wales

Conductor & soloist disrobe after “Danger Zone” In April of 2010 I presented a concert of my music for harp and Chamber Ensemble. The project included a brief residency working with two professional harp soloists (Eleanor Turner & Amanda Whiting), … Continue reading

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“Gurl’s Guide to Amplification”

Go Forth & Amplify! After months of editing, I finally finished the 2nd Edition of the “Gurl’s Guide to Amplification.” Yippeee!!! If you’re wondering what a “Gurl” is, it’s is that part of your brain that sticks fingers in its … Continue reading

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