Harpist Lavinia Meijer Presents THE GLASS EFFECT At National Sawdust On October 14
International harpist Lavinia Meijer, known for finding new sonic possibilities for the harp, brings the instrument into genres where it is not usually heard. And, audiences can expect this when she performs her own adaptations of Philip Glass pieces - including music from Koyaanisqatsi and several of his Etudes - alongside new works written specifically for her on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm at National Sawdust.
Collaborating with everyone from Iggy Pop and Sufjan Stevens to Nico Muhly and Ellis Ludwig-Leone, in The Glass Effect, Lavinia brings her wide-ranging abilities to bear. The Glass Effect is a dazzling display of contemporary harp work that will expand one's perception of the harp's place in contemporary music.
Lavinia's Concert Grand harp provided by Lyon & Healy Harps, Chicago.
For tickets and more information, please visit https://nationalsawdust.org/event/lavinia-meijer/.
Program for The Glass Effect:
P. Glass (1937) Theme from Koyaanisqatsi (arr. Lavinia Meijer) 4'
P. Glass (1937) Etude 1, 5, 12 (arr. Lavinia Meijer) 18'
N. Muhly (1981) A Hudson Cycle (2005) (arr. Lavinia Meijer) 3'
B. Dessner (1976) Suite for Harp (3 movements) written for Lavinia Meijer 12'
P. Glass (1937) Metamorphosis II, IV 12'
N. Frahm (1982) Ambre 4'
O. Arnalds (1986) Tomorrow's Song 3'
E Ludwig-Leone (1990) Simpler Language (USA premiere) 6'
P. Glass (1937) Etude 16, 17 (arr. Lavinia Meijer) 15'
More About Lavinia Meijer:
Harpist Lavinia Meijer is an exclusive Sony Classical International Artist who has performed in some of the leading concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Bronfman Auditorium Tel Aviv, and the Seoul Arts Center.
Meijer is passionate about broadening the possibilities of the harp. She experiments with electronic music, theatrical music, jazz, and avant garde work by composers like Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Garrett Byrnes, Paul Patterson, Carlos Michans, and Konstantia Gourzi, and has collaborated with artists such as Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Sufjan Stevens, and Ludovico Einaudi. She is one of few classical artists to have had an impact on European rock album charts. In addition to being awarded two gold albums, her Channel Classics recording of Metamorphosis/The Hours achieved platinum sales. Her many recordings feature music as varied as Händel, Bach, Scarlatti, Takemitsu, Dessner, Muhly, Piazzola, Ravel, and Debussy. Her next album, due for release in the Spring of 2019, is a collaboration with French DJ Maud Geffray, originally performed in Paris and subsequently broadcast on France TV's Culturebox channel.
Future plans include projects as diverse as a performance of Kaija Saariaho's harp concerto at the Concertgebouw with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Netherlands and Ludovic Morlot, a commission from Bryce Dessner, tours in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a re-invitation to Philip Glass's Days and Nights Festival.
She also had the honor of being invited to perform at the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Lavinia is an Ambassador for Save a Child's Heart.