Latin jazz harpist, PATRICE FISHER favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is a graduate of Tulane University, the Creative Music Studio and Wolf Trap. She lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980’s. She has also appeared at numerous international jazz festivals with her group, “Arpa,” in locations such as Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Patrice has 16 CDs of original music, the latest being "Happy Socks." She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice also performs Celtic music and is director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. Patrice regularly performs a guest artist with many international jazz musicians in Germany, Brazil, Canada & Guatemala. Patrice is a Certified Music Practitioner and uses improvisation to play for patients in hospitals, schools, nursing homes and hospices.
Denise Grupp-Verbon’s harp journey began at age 11, studying privately for several years with Peoria Symphony Principal Harpist, Marjorie Winters, and continuing with Chicago Symphony Principal Harpist (retired), Edward Druzinsky. After earning a Masters Degree in Harp Performance from Northwestern University, she began working as a free-lance musician in the Northwest Ohio area. Denise performs on both lever and pedal harp and is a highly sought after clinician with a thriving private teaching studio. Her publications include arrangements for both harp solo and harp ensemble, and she has developed several instructional books for both lever and pedal harp. Denise is an Adjunct Music Instructor at Owens State Community College, where she teaches Music Theory I and II, Piano I and II, Piano for Majors, Music Business I and II, along with other assorted music courses. In 2005-2006 Denise was awarded Adjunct Teacher of the Year by The Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges. Read more about Denise at:
Jesse Autumn is a composer/arranger who sings and plays many kinds of harp, piano, accordion and harpsichord. She is one of the foremost American performers of the Double Harp, has released 5 CD’s of both surrealist chamber folk and world music, played on over 20 additional albums, has been teaching harp for 20 years, and has been artistic director of the Santa Cruz Harp Festival since 2003. Her music has been featured in dance performances in Estonia, Mexico, Finland, the USA, and in independent films. She currently teaches in New Orleans and online with FaceTime/Skype.
Read more about Jesse at www.jesseautumnmusic.com
Luke Brechtelsbauer plays the full pedal concert harp & Irish lever harp. He specializes in Brazilian choro on the pedal concert harp, a cousin of traditional New Orleans jazz. Luke is also a traditional Irish harp champion, representing the Eastern US. He composes & plays a bit of Jazz, Pop, Classical, Eastern European & New Orleans music.
In 2007 he moved to New Orleans, to play with cellist Helen Gillet. With Gillet, he played in the traditional French band, Wazozo & Herringbone Orchestra. He won the 2009 Comhaltas traditional Irish harp competition for the eastern US. He has taught harp at the New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend, Lark Camp in Mendocino, CA. http://harpluke.com/
Ginna Paredes is a native of Ecuador. She came to study in the U.S. a few months after she started to perform with the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra.
She started to study harp when she was 19 years old. She studied at Indiana University School of Music and completed her undergraduate degree at L.S.U. She completed a Master’s degree in Harp performance at Texas Tech University and also studied under the Pittsburgh Symphony first chair harpist, Gretchen Van Hoesen.
She now considers Louisiana her home. She has a local music studio in Baton Rouge, where she teaches piano and harp privately.
Ginna has produced several independent concert series in Baton Rouge and she loves to improvise. https://www.harpcenter.com/category/louisiana-harp-teachers
New Orleans harpist CASSIE WATSON takes a vibrant yet soulful approach as she explores a melange of repertoire rooted in Celtic, jazz and classical music. Cassie took an interest in the harp as a young adult and has studied with Gabriella Pinto, Brandee Younger and New Orleans jazz harpist Patrice Fisher.
Cassie composes, teaches, and performs in New Orleans. She also serves as the Assistant Producer of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend and is a producer of the Sirens in the Twilight Music Series for women in music. She performs at a myriad of settings, including the Ace and Ritz Carlton Hotels, and Marigny Opera House. She was featured in the Music Box Village's recent "Alice Lost" production with Tank and the Bangas and Norah Jones. Look for Cassie's debut solo album Naturally. www.cassandharp.com
|REBECCA BABIN is a professional harpist living in Baton Rouge. She teaches private music lessons full time and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays harp, piano, guitar, and upright bass, though harp is her specialty. In addition to obtaining a degree in harp, she loves to improvise, play by ear, and as a songwriter accompany her own lyrical songs. Rebecca is busy in the Baton Rouge music scene. She showcases the harp in two original bands. Hurricane Becca and her Outer Band is a rock band with harp, drums, bass, accordion, trombone, and clarinet. The Wilder Janes is a folk and harmony band with harp, banjo, marimba, mandolin, bass, and guitar. Rebecca often makes guest appearances with many other Baton Rouge musicians playing both upright bass and harp. She is known for her quick ear and her fun yet simple grooves. http://www.rebeccababin.com