I’m about to submit my bio for the Steve Vai “Story of Light” Tour Program book. Wanna give me some 11-th hour feedback? Does it describe the me you know (assuming you’ve seen my shows)? Is it fun to read? Do you get a picture of what I do and why I’m on stage with Vai?
When Deborah Henson-Conant (aka ‘DHC’) slings her signature carbon fibre electric harp, she defies definition and shatters convention. She’s a diversely talented GRAMMY®-Nominated composer/performer who fuses virtuosity and verve, classical discipline with Rock ‘n Roll showmanship playing an instrument as funky and rule-bending as she is herself. With her 32-string ‘DHC Light’ – the harp invented and named for her – she bends notes like a rock guitarist, scat-sings with the melodies, finger-slides the strings to screaming distorted high notes – then lays back into the lush, rich, sweeps of sound you can only get from a harp.
The Boston Globe calls her “a cross between Leonard Bernstein, Steven Tyler and Xena, Warrior Princess.” The N.Y. Times credits her with “reshaping the Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the Blues.” Grab a free MP3 of DHC’s most requested tune and follow her real-life adventures in Steve Vai’s band in her ‘Rock-Harp Diaries’ blog at HipHarp.com.
DHC has opened for Ray Charles, starred in her own music special on PBS, created five original one-woman musicals, toured Europe with her trio, written 25 electric concertos for harp and symphony, and released over a dozen solo albums – and with the ‘Story of Light’ tour she’s realized her long-time fantasy of joining a rock band — never dreaming it would come true with the legendary Steve Vai, who discovered her on … you guessed it … YOUTUBE.