Graduation Day!

I can hardly believe that my Master's Degree is finished! I graduated with a merit (in the UK that's 2nd best!!) Here are a couple of pictures from the amazing day (which also happened to be my birthday!)

MA Final Recital in Jazz Performance ... a Success!

Yesterday was my final recital in jazz performance! I don't think I have ever felt so great after a gig before. I was so lucky my aunt came to watch and I had some friends/family watching from Concert Window. Though it was a bit terrifying at one point the only face in the audience I could see were those of the adjudicators! 

It was an amazing afternoon, and I hope I'll be able to play there again. The bass player and drummer were superb. I think trio is the way to go for jazz harp now - it's a bit more intimate. I have to say, I much preferred playing my clarsach in the hall. It rang out beautifully :) I have to wait until July 2nd to receive my final grade, though! Hopefully I'll have some pictures coming up online soon! 

Thank you everyone who tuned in (live or via Concert Window), to anyone who has helped me move my harp(s), and helped me improve musically. A huge thank you to my parents for their generous support and constant encouragement! I can't believe I will soon have a master's degree!! 

Final Recital for MA in Jazz Performance

I can't believe it - I have almost finished my Master's Degree in Jazz Performance! My last official assignment is my final recital performance, which is a week today! It is a part of the RWCMD's Amser Jazz Time Weekend Festival. There's going to be so much music going on, so if you are in Cardiff I would highly recommend visiting this website for more information. Darius Brubeck, John Taylor, and Get The Blessing will also be performing that weekend - be sure not to miss them! 

My recital is going to be the 17th of May at 3 pm (UK Time) in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at RWCMD - but if you are not in Cardiff, I am going live streaming, again! Click here for more information. Concert Window makes it so easy :) A special note - the concert is completely free to watch online and in public, but if you tip $30, I'll give you a one hour harp lesson (saves you $15!) If we are not in the same location, I will happily teach you via Skype! 

I'm very excited to be playing with two great musicians, and will be sharing my interpretation of celtic and jazz music for the first time in public. Hope to see you all there or online!


The Long Winter ...

is nearly over! We haven't had it as bad in the U.K. as you all in America have, though. It's been fairly mild. The past few months I've been spending in my practice room (to avoid the rain as much as possible) and am excited to show what I've been working on! This Friday I'll be performing at RWCMD's Jazz Time starting at 5:30 pm! The set is going to be all jazz tunes that I've been learning by ear, and I'll even be playing a little bit of percussion on the harp! If you're in the area, I'd love for you to stop by and check it out.

Also, my E.P. is finally beginning to turning into a reality. We'll be recording late this month, and I can't wait! I've had a great time designing the liner notes and working on the arrangements :) More information on that as the date comes closer.