She’s a Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and a theatrical flair. And she’s bringing her harp to the ultra-intimate Showroom of HarpsEtc in Walnut Creek, CA. Upclose an personal? OHHHHH yeah!
Her Saturday show in Walnut Creek is nearly sold out and they’ve just added a 2nd show on Thursday, May 21. DO NOT MISS THIS!
If you’ve never heard Deborah Henson-Conant (aka DHC) there’s no way to prepare you for the show. She pulls sounds from the strings you’d never expect to hear from the instrument St. Peter hands out at the Pearly Gates: Blues. Jazz. Flamenco. Distortion.
And then there’s the looper pedal — a double-jacked foot-pedal that lets her record music on the fly, building rhythmic layers that over and over until she’s created an almost symphonic bed of sound she improvises over.
Poetic dissonance, movement, story and song — all pulled from the 32 strings of an instrument she wear like a massive bronze bow-and-arrow, the electric harp that’s named after her, the “DHC-Light.”
“From the moment she set foot on stage, I was captivated by DHC. She’ll tell a story, ask the audience a question, and people will actually respond! Part of her appeal and magnetism on stage is her ability to be completely honest.” Allison Volk (Los Angeles, CA)
THE INSTRUMENT …. is her own Invention!
Once upon a time DHC played a hulking 6-foot-tall concert harp, like you see at the back of the orchestra. But she really wanted the freedom to move around the stage – and the freedom to be able to travel with her instrument.
She had a vision of an electric harp she could strap on like an electric guitar, and put in the luggage hold of a plane. She created a prototype and took it to Europe’s most visionary harp builder, Joel Garnier.
For the next 20 years Joel’s company, CAMAC harps, worked with DHC to create the harp of her dreams. The result is the world’s leading electric harp, named after Deborah, the “DHC-Light,” an 11-pound carbon-fibre instrument that can soar over an orchestra – and that she even took on tour with legendary Rock guitarist Steve Vai for a world tour in 2012.Take a harp. Shrink it down. Strap it on. Plug it in. Deborah Henson-Conant 5/21/15 Walnut Creek, CA Click To Tweet
CONCERT – THU. MAY 21
WHAT: Solo Concert with Deborah Henson-Conant
WHEN: Thu. May 21, 2015 • 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Harps Etc. Showroom Walnut Creek, CA
And if you play the harp (as a surprising number of people are now starting to do!) – register now for Deborah’s Sat. May 23 “Playin’ the Blues” workshop at HarpsEtc.com Showroom. Get more info on the workshop here.