HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pacific Harp Project is making it's debut at the Blue Note in Waikiki with two shows on Monday, October 31st at 6:30pm and 9pm. Tickets start at $15 and there are Kama'aina discounts available.
Praised for their "engaging jazz…with scintillating plays of light and subtle colors" by DownBeat Magazine, Pacific Harp Project's emergence on the jazz scene has surprised listeners with a unique sonic experience. By incorporating classical harp music into the realms of jazz, pop, and fusion, this groundbreaking group "leads the listener to the conclusion: The harp has been unchained and left to go wherever it is guided." (AllAboutJazz.com)\
Pacific Harp Project (PHP) was founded in 2014 and released their self-titled debut album in December, 2015 with a sold-out concert. The album won the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and received positive reviews from DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Weekly, CD Hotlist, AllAboutJazz.com, The Aquarian Weekly, TheJazzPage.com, Midwest Record, LA Jazz Scene, Honolulu Star Advertiser, and ASX.com.
PHP formed when harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward teamed up with acclaimed jazz musicians Noel Okimoto (vibraphone), Jon Hawes (bass), and Allan Ward (drums). Bledsoe Ward approaches jazz harp from a new perspective, leaning on her experience in classical performing, composing, and arranging. CD Hotlist notes: "Megan Bledsoe Ward has a solid grasp of the jazz idiom—she's not a dabbler or dilettante…When she ventures into the very dangerous territory of arranging classical pieces in a jazz style, she comes out the other side not just unscathed but triumphant." The result is an innovative collaboration in which the musicians delight in working together and captivating audiences at each performance.