PRESS RELEASE - Run Through Oct. 25, 2015
GRAMMY®-Nominated Electric Harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) be returning to Asheville Altamont Theatre on Oct. 25, 2015.
She strides on stage like a rock-star, with a futuristic, 32-string silver triangle. An instrument invented specifically for her.
She’s the harpist your parents never warned you about — the world’s premiere electric harpist.
DHC uses a looper pedal to layer sounds and create rhythmic grooves and improvises over them. She combines styles and genres, focusing on styles that offer opportunities for physical expression -- like Blues, Flamenco and theater-inspired music. "All my work is about invention - on the spot, in the moment - and the combination of story and music with physical gesture you can actually hear." she says.
Henson-Conant collaborated with French harp builders, CAMAC, to develop the world’s top-selling electric harp, the "DHC-Light," an 11-pound carbon-fibre instrument she wears - and she's the world's leading player and coach of this innovative instrument.
THE ALTAMONT THEATRE is an intimate listening room for the serious music lover with a great sound system and the best acoustics in town. Originally built in 1895, it’s the winner of the 2011 Griffin Award for Adaptive Re-Use, the combination of "old" and "new" gives the theatre its identity. With huge storefront windows, the original hardwood floors, you would never know this building was not originally made the way you see it today.
BRIEF ARTIST BIO
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer, performer and coach to passionate harp players worldwide.
On stage she performers solo concerts, one-woman shows and as a soloist with orchestras. She combines musical genres and performance styles. Her music ranges from Blues to Flamenco, played on a custom-built 32-string electric harp that was invented specifically for her, and named after her, the "DHC-Light." Her shows shows combine music, humor and theater, with a voice that's been compared to Carly Simon and stories that harp on the good things in life.
As a composer, her concertos and solo works are performed by orchestras and soloists around the globe. As a coach and mentor, she works with musicians who want to create their own shows and find the power of their own unique creative voices.
Guitar legend Steve Vai calls her the "Jimi Hendrix of the harp." The New York Times credits her with "reshaping the serenely Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the Blues." She’s debuted with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, and jammed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Bobby McFerrin and jazz great Doc Severinsen.
WHO: GRAMMY® Nominated Electric Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant
WHAT: Solo Show "Hip HARP - Deborah Henson-Conant"
WHEN: Sun. Oct. 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
WHERE: The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801
TIX INFO: $27 General / $32 day-of-show (Group Tix also available)
BUY TIX: http://TheAltamont.com/hip-harp-deborah-henson-conant
BOX OFFICE: (828) 348-5327
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.HipHarp.com
THEATRE WEBSITE: http://TheAltamont.com
ARTIST'S PRESS CONTACT: Beatriz Harley, 781-483-3556 / 617-821-7291, info@HipHarp.com
MORE INFO: http://www.hipharp.com/publicity.html
HI-RES IMAGES: http://www.hipharp.com/pressphotos.html
• Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/HipHarp
• Blog: http://www.hipharp.com/blog/
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/HipHarpist
• YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/HipHarpist
For more artist info or to schedule an interview, contact:
Beatriz Harley, 781-483-3556, HipHarp@HipHarp.com