Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

born on 11/11/1953 in Stockton, CA, United States

Links www.hipharp.com (English)

Deborah Henson-Conant

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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant (b. Stockton, California, November 11, 1953) is an American harpist and composer, known for her flamboyant stage presence and her innovation with electric harps.[1]

She describes herself on her website as "cross-genre: jazz-pop-comedy-folk-blues-flamenco-celtic". Deborah performs one-person shows in theaters, concert halls and festivals. She also performs her original music/theatre shows with symphony orchestras. Her performances mix music with theatrical and story elements. She orchestrates all her own music when she plays with symphony and often engages symphonic musicians in unexpected ways.

The soundtrack of her 2006 DVD release, Invention & Alchemy received a Grammy nomination, and the video version began broadcast on American public television in 2007.[2] Her performance series Inviting Invention (2006) presented a series of "performance explorations" that included both musical and non-musical guests collaborating onstage with Henson-Conant.

In 2012, she joined Steve Vai's band for his 2012 tour and album, The Story of Light.[3][4][5]

As you know, a lot of my music is compositional, and there's a lot of arpeggiated guitar parts. They work really well on the harp, especially since it's an electric harp and you can process it. Deborah does a really great job with that, adding those textures. ... I've studied it very precisely. I can't play it, but I understand it. What Deborah has is a little different because she has a strap-on harp with a particular range.

Steve Vai[4]

Henson-Conant now lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Discography

Albums

  • The Story of Light (2012)
  • Invention and Alchemy (2006)
  • Artists Proof Ltd Edition Version 2.1 (2004)
  • The Frog Princess (2000)
  • The Celtic Album (1998)
  • Altered Ego (1998)
  • Just For You (1995)
  • The Gift (1995)
  • 'Round the Corner (1993)
  • Naked Music (1994)
  • Budapest (1992)
  • Talking Hands (1991)
  • Caught in the Act (1990)
  • On The Rise (1989)
  • Songs My Mother Sang (1985)

Compilation appearances

  • New Age Music & New Sounds Vol. 67 - "Liberty"

Videography

  • Invention and Alchemy (2006)

Critical reception

  • "Hip Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant Defies Categorization and Transforms Ancient Instrument", 2007 review[6]
  • "Deborah Henson-Conant brings harp show like none other to Longview"[7]
  • "Who is Deborah Henson-Conant and Whats She Doing to That Harp!?"[8]
  • "Q&A with Legendary Electric-Rock Harpist: Deborah Henson-Conant", 2012 interview with The Berklee Groove[9]
  • "Deborah Henson-Conant brings harp show like none other to Longview"[10]

Instruments

Henson-Conant plays electric harps of various kinds, but primarily plays Camac Harps.[11] The Camac DHC Light Blue electric harp was named after Deborah.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DHC Bluelight. Camac. Retrieved on April 11, 2013.
  2. Hip harpist returns to Maine roots. Sun Journal (June 23, 2007). Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  3. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.. Guitarnoize.com (July 5, 2012). Retrieved on April 11, 2013. The harpist is Deborah Henson-Conant and will be touring as part of Vais band supporting the release of this album later this year.
  4. 4.0 4.1 You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.Bosso, Joe (October 1, 2012). . Retrieved on April 11, 2013.
  5. Henson-Conant, Deborah (May 3, 2012). Im Gonna be in a Rock Band!. Retrieved on April 11, 2013.
  6. Hip Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant Defies Categorization and Transforms Ancient Instrument, PR Newswire, May 3, 2007. URL accessed on April 13, 2013.
  7. Deborah Henson-Conant brings harp show like none other to Longview (February 15, 2012). Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  8. Who is Deborah Henson-Conant and Whats She Doing to That Harp!?. The Daily News. Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  9. Henson-Conant, Deborah. Interview with Caleb Hsu. "Q&A with Legendary Electric-Rock Harpist: Deborah Henson-Conant." December 14, 2012.
  10. Paulu, Tom, Deborah Henson-Conant brings harp show like none other to Longview, February 15, 2012. URL accessed on May 29, 2013.
  11. Henson-Conant, Deborah. Interview with Smitty. "Deborah Henson-Conant Interview." Jazz Monthly Feature Interview.

External links

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