David and I played by invitation for President Obama, Speaker Boehner and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. I wish I could start everyday with Pipes and Drums? David and I played a short program with Irish Eyes are Smiling, Danny Boy and the Lepreachan. David has one of the rare soaring voices and playing with him felt like being on a cloud (ok, I am harpist so I can use an angel metaphor!).
We got great coverage from the LA Times to the Huffington Post
Video of Mia and David playing for President Obama
What is better than playing harp all summer?
Well, that is easy-Playing harp all Summer in a beautiful French Villa with International harpist and improviser Susan Allen and learning how to turn improvisation in to composition. The real world functions like this-some show or movie needs original cleared harp music in about 2 hours. Recorded professionally and ready to go… I was really lucky that I had studied with Susie because otherwise when I got the call I would not have been ready.
I am going to write more, but the course is reasonably priced and includes harps (most places charge), amazing food and some of the best views in the world.
Here is the link-
Hope to see you there!!!
I am really excited to announce that I am now head of the harp department at Xaverian High School. The boys have an eight person harp ensemble that is amazing and a lot of fun to conduct. Although usually I just sit down and play because they don’t really need me to shake a stick at them .
Cormac and Mia playing at the Irish Arts Center
Traditional vs Modern- Irish Harp Master Class
The ultimate touring musician’s nightmare-flying in over the Atlantic and your instrument is lost in transit! Cormac de Barra who is from a long line of Irish harpist had just this experience. Luckily he found local NYer Mia who lent him her CAMAC electro for his gig that night.
This Master’s Class is a result of conversations between Cormac who plays with Moya Brennan (the voice of Clannad) and teaches at the renowned Irish festival and school Cairde na Cruite and CALARTS alumni Mia’s work arranging harp for rock and avant-garde audiences.
Students will spend time with each instructor. Cormac will help students learn by ear and tailor the workshop to suit their interests by exploring dance tunes, harpers’ airs, slow airs and song airs. Mia will explore rhythm patterns, extended tech and practice tips to give a clean performance. All skill levels welcome!
At 7 pm a concert featuring electric and acoustic harp duos with Cormac and Mia.
Even if you do not take the class, you can enjoy the beautiful sounds of the harp at the evening performance!
Sun Oct 23rd, Master Class from 2-5:30, Performance 7-8 pm: Workshop- $50 general / $45 members, students, seniors Concert-$18
Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
*includes performance admission
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Cormac playing and talking about Carolan
I am delighted to be playing the amazing John Cage piece In a Landscape for the opening of the Black Mountain College Show at the Loretta Howard Gallery. I am also going to play a few of Brian Eno’s pieces, Nymphs and 2 new compositions. I did a google search for my favorite Minimalists, but none of them have pieces for harp or they just don’t have them published
Amazing music with inspiring painting-what else is there to do on a Thursday night?
Black Mountain College
Opens September 15, 2011
Opening Reception September 15, 2011 6 – 9pm
Loretta Howard Gallery
525-531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Tues – Sat 10am – 6pm
The B side of my single is the song Misirlou. I am really excited that it is going to be used in a BRAVO tv series next season! I can’t tell you which one, but it is going to be amazing fun. Misirlou
I am finally please to present my first real record! I have arranged the surf classics Apache and Misirlou for harp. Instead of going ProTools Dave Schuman and I set up a bunch of fancy mics and then I sat down and played everything straight through.
The photography is by my friend Hillary Hess and was done on real Film with no Photo Shop edits.
I should have a store with items for sale, but I am always more excited about creating. You can download everything on Itunes The vinyl 7 inch is $5 with $2 for postage. Please Paypal me and I will send you a record!