February 23, 2016 |
Takashi Yoshimatsu's Dream Colored Mobile is either extremely beautiful, pensive and meaningful, or extremely beautiful, pensive and absolutely vapid. No matter how you feel about the piece, it was valuable for saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham on Saturday night to have programmed anything by the contemporary Japanese composer, notable for writing the music for the 2003 TV anime remake of Astro Boy , and as rare as hen's teeth in our town. Wintringham, now on the Astral Artists roster, is going to be fun to have around.
September 16, 2013 |
When Emily Safko plays "Traveling Through Blarney," the sound of her Irish harp caresses my heart. It impresses judges, too: In August, the Medford sixth grader took first place in her age group at the All-Ireland Festival of Music (Fleadh Cheoil) in Derry, Northern Ireland. "I was so happy," Safko, 11, says, grinning. "My legs felt like jelly, like I was going to collapse. " Instead, she brought home the cup named for Turlough O'Carolan, the harpist and esteemed 17th- and 18th-century composer of traditional Irish music.
March 16, 2011 |
EVERY YEAR we give an annual mention to "The Bachelor" (a/k/a "Twenty-six's Company," "Desperate Housewannabes" or "Cathouse") and it almost always goes like this: Even though "Bachelor" Brad ("Help, someone stole my personality!") Womack claimed that he was looking for a spouse, he and Emily , his final rose receiver, have already broken up. "Emily is not able to forgive Brad for what she considers cheating week after week with other girls," an in-the-know producer told popeater.com.
February 12, 2011 |
Though long treated like the frosting layer of any given orchestration, the harp is emerging - along with other instruments not in the symphonic front row - as a new creative frontier for young composers, thanks to the likes of Elizabeth Hainen. The glamorous Philadelphia Orchestra principal harpist gave a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital on Wednesday that was mostly new music because that's what is most available. But unlike some such programs, the hits were considerable and the misses still worthwhile vehicles for Hainen's subtle variation in color and masterly differentiation between background and foreground effects.
December 2, 2010 |
FISHTOWN HARPIST Mary Lattimore is just back from Los Angeles, where she recorded on Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore 's solo album. They recorded at Beck 's house in Malibu. Lattimore, Moore and violinist Samara Lubelski stayed nearby at the home of Mike D . from the Beastie Boys . Lattimore and Lubelski perform with Moore and Bill Nace Dec. 18 at the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut). Tickets available at R5Productions.com. Lattimore, 30, has been quite busy recording lately.
November 20, 2010 |
If career narratives unfolded with unerring justice, Ann Hobson Pilot would have been ours for the last five decades. But as it was, after being introduced to the instrumental love of her life, the harp, at Girls High and the deepening of her studies at Settlement Music School, Pilot left Philadelphia for the Cleveland Institute of Music. She substituted for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and became principal harpist of the National Symphony. But the chief beneficiary of her talent was the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 1969.
October 21, 2008 |
Gillian Grassie is describing the inspiration for "Silken String," the tune that landed her among the finalists in the prestigious New York Songwriters Circle Contest: "I actually dreamed it," she says, in a faint phone transmission from a rest stop in South Carolina. "I had this apartment in West Philadelphia, and I woke up one morning with this image - 'I'm in love with a man from the North Country' - and the melody. "I wasn't in school at the time," says the 22-year-old junior at Bryn Mawr College, "but playing music full time, so I had the luxury of going right to my harp and working on it for two hours.
November 18, 2006 |
Though she is tagged a fluttering eccentric in "freak folk" circles, singer-harpist Joanna Newsom proved to be something more during Thursday's sold-out show at First Unitarian Church. Newsom is far removed from the confines of any circle, no matter how freaky. The word freak, which has chic currency, seems limiting when applied to her. With her piercing warble, Newsom's vocals displayed hints of Bj?rk at her character-actress best. Newsom, however, while taffy-pulling the nicely metered phrases of "Bridges and Balloons," never came off as histrionic, unlike the Icelandic wonder.
February 28, 2006 |
Back in the days of telephone party lines, I coexisted with a household that included a teenage harpist, allowing me to eavesdrop as she explained the instrument to her friends before phoning in a recital - literally. Trivial as that sounds, such a chance harp encounter probably put me ahead of many who attended the Astral Artistic Services recital by harpist Bridget Kibbey on Sunday at the Trinity Center for Urban Life. Though derived from civilization's oldest instruments and the source of music's most ethereal sounds, the harp is unfairly perceived in the spirit of after-dinner mints - more a postscript to a musical experience than the real thing.
June 28, 2005 |
Onstage at The Fantasticks at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, there's musical history on the periphery: harpist Walter Pfeil. Soon to turn 80, the trim, dapper, bearded Pfeil performed with the original cast of the forever-running musical 45 years ago at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village. Pfeil was only a temporary replacement during the original harpist's vacation in 1960. But he wasn't an anonymous pit musician; this chamber-size musical makes the harp a key part of the show's atmosphere and is as visible as the onstage characters.