Deborah Henson-Conant

A stunning, intimate SOLO SHOW from the master of electric harp, voice & looper

Sat. Nov. 14, 2020

REGENT THEATER LIVE!

LIVE in Arlington, MA – LIMITED SEATING
LIVESTREAM Unlimited Worldwide

7:30 pm EST: DHC LIVE at the REGENT
A Pandemic Birthday Celebration
PLUS! A special KID Show at 10:30 AM

“Dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting.”(Austin American-Statesman)

She strides on stage like a rock-star, strapped into a futuristic electric harp, with 32 multi-color strings.

You’re watching the woman who changed the way the world sees the harp: Deborah Henson-Conant – known as “DHC”  — and this is the instrument she invented: the “DHC Electric Harp” – now played by harpists throughout the world.

On-stage she plays music from Blues to Flamenco, she sings and she talks to the audience. For the first time since the pandemic began, she’ll be performing LIVE on-stage with very limited theatre seating – and unlimited livestreaming tickets.

She’ll be performing TWO Birthday Concerts at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA – Sat. Nov. 14, 2020, a family show at 10:30am, and an Evening performance at 7:30pm. Both shows will be LIVESTREAMED Worldwide, so you’ll be able to join in from wherever YOU are!

A performance complete with theater sound, lights and plenty of room to move & perform, so for livestream attendees, this will be different from the Facebook LIVE events she’s been performing from her studio. If you can get there LIVE, grab your tickets now. Seating is extremely limited. Strict social distancing and masks are required in the theatre.

She sings like a gospel singer with a hint of an Irish lilt. She writes quirky songs such as “Belinda,” a Spanish-flavored love song about a willow tree. … She acts in character and costume, tells stories and cracks up an audience with insightful observations about aging, record sales and lugging around a harp…Oh, and she certainly does play a wicked harp.” Grand Rapids Press

 

PRESS RELEASE for this SHOW (click to open)

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Deborah Henson-Conant LIVE at the Regent, LIVESTREAMED Worldwide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Run through Nov. 14, 2020
MEDIA Contact: Joy Monteverdi / info (at) hipharp.com
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She strides on stage like a rock-star, strapped into an electric harp, with 32 multi-color strings. Outside, the world is still in pandemic, but with masks and social distancing we can step inside the magic of a live performance with a revolutionary performer. 

Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”) is known as the world’s master of the electric harp – in fact, the instrument is now named after her: “The DHC Harp.” She’s the woman who changed the way the world sees the harp. 

She’s a Grammy-Nominated artist for her work creating original musical stories with full symphony orchestra, and on Nov. 14th at 7:30pm, DHC brings her remarkable instrument, her voice, her stories and her looper pedal to the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, for an intimate show with a lot of social connection – and physical distance. 

For the first time since the pandemic began, she’ll be performing LIVE on-stage with very limited theatre seating – and unlimited livestreaming tickets.  A performance complete with theater sound, lights and plenty of room to move & perform, for livestream attendees, this will be different from the Facebook LIVE events she’s been performing from her studio. 

If you can get there LIVE, grab your tickets now. Seating is extremely limited. Strict social distancing and masks are required in the theatre.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/xwtLHj0P69Y

WHO – WHAT – WHEN – WHERE:

“She plays stuff you just wouldn’t think could possibly come from the instrument that St. Peter hands out to new arrivals at the pearly gates.” (Grand Rapids Press)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST:

If you’re thinking ‘’Celtic Woman” or “New Age Background music,” you’ve got it wrong.  DHC was the first female instrumentalist on the GRP jazz label in the 90’s. Her original music is inspired by Blues, Jazz, Latin, Folk, Flamenco and Musical Theater. It’s enhanced by her use of a looper pedal to create spontaneous soundscapes, layer upon layer, building them in front of the audience in real time – and then using them as a bed for virtuosic improvisation.

DHC is a 2-time winner of the prestigious Massachusetts Artist Fellowship award – an artist who continues to reinvent her style, her music and even her instrument.

As a technical innovator, DHC has collaborated for more than two decades with the world’s cutting-edge harp company, CAMAC harps in France, to develop what’s become the most popular electric harp in the world, a 32-string carbon-fibre wearable electric harp named after her, the “DHC.” In her TEDx talk “From the Harp” she tells the story: https://youtu.be/EOtEkRtk5IA

She’s toured – internationally with her one-woman shows, in collaboration with symphony orchestras like the Boston Pops and Baltimore Symphony, and with legendary musicians like guitarists Steve Vai and Mason Williams. She opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Steven Tyler. 

She’s been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, NBC Today Show — and her original music special, “Invention & Alchemy” appeared on PBS stations throughout the US. 

Since the start of the pandemic, DHC expanded her international online harp academy, Hip HaRp Academy, where she coaches a membership of over 150 harpists learning from Australia to Europe to the Americas, and she’s been participating in online harp festivals and events, as well as connecting with audiences through LIVEstreamed studio events. 

“Virtuoso out-of-the box harpist…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…” (NPR: On Point)

“Her gorgeous storytelling is as theatrical as it is musical.” (Boston Globe)

MORE INFO ABOUT THE VENUE
The Regent Theatre in Arlington is Henson-Conant’s hometown theater. Since 1916, this venue, just outside Boston, has been hosting film, theater, live music & family events in art deco digs.

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Who IS Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC)?

Grammy-nominated electric harp legend, singer & composer, Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”), is an extraordinary musician and storyteller who’s changed the face of what a harp can be. Forget the 6-foot tall instrument at the back of the orchestra, DHC has shrunk it down, strapped it on and plugged it in: a one-woman tour-de-force – in a solo show at TCAN. Check out her TEDx talk

“Deborah Henson-Conant is a one-woman dynamo, a visionary harp virtuoso with a sense of humor, a flair for showmanship, a gorgeous voice, and a jazz artist’s love of adventure.” (The Toledo Blade)

A world-class artist, she’s toured internationally with her one-woman shows, and in collaborations with symphony orchestras like the Boston Pops and Baltimore Symphony – and with legendary musicians like guitarists Steve Vai and Mason Williams.  She’s opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Steven Tyler. She been featured in major media from NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to NBC Today Show — and her original music special, “Invention & Alchemy” appeared on PBS stations throughout the US.

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

If you’re thinking ‘’Celtic Woman” or “New Age Background music,” you’ve got it wrong. DHC was the primary female instrumentalist on the GRP jazz label in the 90’s. Her original music combines Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Latin and World music, using a looper pedal to create soundscapes that support virtuosic improvisation.

Her voice has been compared to Carly Simon and Joan Baez, the impact of her revolutionary playing style has been compared to Chuck Berry and Elvis.

Her signature instrument, the 32-string “DHC Electric Harp” she invented, is now played by harpists around the world. In her hands, it becomes the underpinning for stories of romance, food, failure, life – spoken and sung from the harp.

“She plays stuff you just wouldn’t think could possibly come from the instrument that St. Peter hands out to new arrivals at the pearly gates.” (Grand Rapids Press)

What does the audience say?

What does the press say?

“Dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting…” Austin-American Statesman

“It’s her dazzling range and depth of technique, combined with a warmly engaging energetic stage manner, that ultimately makes this such a memorable show …” (SW Metro – Edinburgh, Scotland)

“Virtuoso out-of-the box harpist…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…” –NPR: On Point

See her once and you’ll never look at a harp the same way again.

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