"I didn't know a harp could do
that!" is a remark often heard at Laurie Riley's concerts. Her
energetic playing of numerous styles of music (including Celtic,
South American, Swedish, Spanish, other ethnic, soft jazz, blues,
soft rock, folk, Pop, and her favorite classical pieces) explores
the full range of capabilities of the double-strung harp. A
professional musician since the age of ten, she has toured
throughout the United States, and in Canada and Ireland.
Laurie has been interviewed on
National Public Radio's All Things Considered; she has accompanied
The Chieftains in concert, and her music has been featured on
American Airlines and in the well-known Narada Collections. She was
the first American harpist to be invited to judge and perform for
the prestigious International O'Carolan Festival in County
Roscommon, Ireland (1997), and has toured throughout the US and in
Canada since 1985.
She has recorded many albums of
harp music, authored numerous books, and made several instructional
videos; all are available on her website. She also judges harp
competitions and leads workshops.
"As a musician, I am gratefully
aware that I hold in my hands the experience of music as a metaphor
for life, which is offered as a gift to all who gather to listen."
Ms. Riley can be reached at:
PO Box 1563, Sedona AZ 86339