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Jazz & Pop Harpist

 

Amanda has always had a love for jazz and after obtaining a Masters in Jazz in 2013, she has become well-respected as a jazz harpist and musician.
After supporting Jamie Cullum and consequently meeting Dannii Minogue, Amanda was invited to arrange and record the track ‘I’ll be home for Christmas’ in Strongroom Studios, London. It was the start of her career in jazz and pop and her unique style has resulted in her being in great demand for recordings and session work. In 2015, she was invited to be a headline act at Edinburgh International Harp Festival with her trio The Whiting on the Wall as well as performing at International Jazz festivals in Hamburg and Johannesburg with Jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra. In 2015-16 she performed at Union Chapel London, Jazz Cafe ( Camden), Pori Jazz66 (Finland), Ghent Jazz festival and London Jazz Festival.

Amanda is also the Jazz harp teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and co- author (with Tony Robinson)of a series of new Jazz harp books on the syllabus of Trinity College, London.

In July 2018 Amanda earnt her place on the Keep an Eye Summer Jazz Workshop in Amsterdam studying with the most incredible line-up of jazz musicians including John Riley, Dick Oates and Justin Dicioccio

She is currently working on a new CD and furthering the repertoire of jazz harp music.

 

Listen

The Whiting on the Wall – Jazz Trio

The Whiting on the Wall

“A fresh new sound that transports you to afternoons of sunshine.” The trio of harp, bass (Deej Williams) and drums (Tony Robinson) manage to capture the perfect atmosphere. Appearing in Hay and Brecon festivals in 2013, the trio are in high demand throughout the country. 2015 saw the trio as a headline act in Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

 

Amanda and Tony Robinson Duo

 

 

See the Video page for more (In a Sentimental Mood, All of Me)

And something different?

Deborah Henson-Conant

In April 2010, Amanda was honoured to be asked to perform with legendary jazz harpist Deborah Henson Conant in Carnarfon. ‘Danger Zone’ – a small jazz concerto with orchestra, was about an experiment into the ‘strapless evening gown’ and Amanda played the role of a mad scientist. “Amanda’s talent, commitment, and above all her willingness to fully involve herself in the process of collaboration, epitomises the power of the composer/performer relationship. She then sat down and poured her heart and soul into the performance.  And the audience absolutely loved her.” Deborah Henson-Conant

Amanda has performed in Miss Moneypenny’s in Birmingham, improvising over the DJ, leading the way for harp music being incorporated into dance music.

She has also recorded an improvised track ‘Pass-On‘ for the up and coming film director Pablo Magee. Recorded individually, the harp was layered on a bass and drums track to which saxophonist John Altman (who played with Bob Marley, Hendrix, Prince and Sting) added his unique sound.

The harps…

As a jazz harpist, Amanda plays an electro-acoustic 47 string Lyon and Healy and 44 string Camac Blue with AER amplification.

 

And what the jazz critics say:

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
(Islington Assembly Hall, 15 November 2016. EFG London Jazz Festival. Review by Patrick Hadfield)

Whiting’s harp, full of flowing, cascading notes, similarly couldn’t help draw comparison to Alice Coltrane: the harp is a rare instrument in jazz, and Alice Coltrane one of it’s pioneers. In the Gondwana Orchestra, the instrument was used to great effect, adding another layer of texture.