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United States - California - SF

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Diana Rowan

Music That Moves Between Worlds: Tales from the Harp

Currently performing worldwide and recording both as a solo artist and collaborator, harpist Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have "unusual power and beauty." Her latest album "As Above, So Below" reflects recent travels in Asia and PhD research into the unusual harps of Ethiopia and Persia - the original harps. Combining both virtuosic technique from classical training and soulfulness from immersion in folk traditions, Diana explores the borders of the harp's voice.

Born in Ireland, she lived, performed and studied on the East Coast, in Europe and the Middle East before choosing Berkeley, California, where she received her Master of Music (MM) degree. Each country left a strong impression on Diana's music, which interweaves Celtic, Eastern European, Near Eastern and classical arts and mythology. Besides performing everywhere from the Australian Harp Festival to Washington DC's Smithsonian to Eastern European cathedrals, Diana teaches to advanced level and can be heard on many CDs and soundtracks for film and TV, including her three solo albums Panta Rhei, The Bright Knowledge, and upcoming As Above, So Below. She splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Eastern Europe, pursuing a PhD in harp composition at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Diana believes strongly in the healing power of music and plays often in hospitals and healing centers.

"Which is first - breadth of repertoire or musicianship? No matter. The sum total will titillate even the most jaded audience. Diana is an astounding harpist - playing pieces that range from inspired traditional-based tunes to improvisational skin-prickling scats. Consider it a blessed time, to have this music seep into your being." Anne Emerick, Wisteria Ways concert series, Oakland CA