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Q and A with Edmar Castañeda

Q and A with Edmar Castañeda

Colombian-born harpist Edmar Castañeda released his seventh album, Family, on May 21, featuring a blend of original compositions and traditional Colombian songs with his wife, Andrea Tierra, as guest vocalist. We talked to Castañeda to learn more about the inspiration...

Q and A with Mike Baldwin

Q and A with Mike Baldwin

Instrument maker Mike Baldwin has released Harp Making in Late-Georgian London, available from Amazon and Bookshop.org. Through historical papers, 19th-century etchings, and patent drawings, Baldwin explores the contributions of less-familiar instrument makers to the...

Q & A with Stephanie Curcio

Q & A with Stephanie Curcio

Stephanie Curcio's new book, American Harpist: An Historical and Personal Journey, is now available from Stephanie Curcio Publications. We caught up with Curcio to find out what inspired her project. What was your personal motivation for writing American Harpist? I...

Q and A with Heidi Lehwalder

Q and A with Heidi Lehwalder

A Harpist's Guide to Effortless and Organic Playing, a new method book by Heidi Lehwalder, is now available from Vanderbilt Music. Lehwalder, who was the last student of legendary pedagogueCarlos Salzedo, gained fame in the harp world by winning a prize at the...

Q and A with Jana Boušková

Q and A with Jana Boušková

Jana Boušková’s new album Má vlast, released on Supraphon on May 14, interprets the great music of Czech composers for solo harp. Boušková has transcribed the music she loves to make it shine on her instrument. With music from Smetana, Dvořák, and Suk, she pays homage...

Q and A with Catrin Finch

Q and A with Catrin Finch

Catrin Finch is sharing advice on how to achieve technical prowess in her latest book, Harp Academy. After years of forging a career in performing, touring, composing, and collaborating with other musicians, Finch has decided it's time to share her wisdom with the...

Q and A with Mallory McHenry

Q and A with Mallory McHenry

Mallory McHenry and her duo partner, flutist Karen Baumgartner, were selected as Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Class Notes artists for a second year. MPR's Class Notes program chooses chamber groups to perform educational programs in classrooms across Minnesota....

Q and A with Josh Layne

Q and A with Josh Layne

Josh Layne is combining his love of music and the outdoors in his latest YouTube series, Harpist in the Wild. The series showcases various picturesque locations near Layne's home in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Layne brings his small electric harp to these...

Q and A with Lara Somogyi

Q and A with Lara Somogyi

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard of Netflix's hit series Bridgerton. If you're anything like us here at Harp Column, you may have noticed something unusual in the background of one of the opening episodes: a harp. Who is responsible for the...

Q and A with Jessica Browning

Q and A with Jessica Browning

Jessica Browning is making waves for her diverse career performing on a sailboat. Her journey began in 2018 when she and her husband Pierre bought a 33-foot sailboat and prepared it for safe travel with two harps. They set sail for Martinique from France while she was...