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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

IRELAND 100: William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Sunday, June 5, 2016 7:30 PM

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

This dynamic concert includes Irish repertoire performed in new ways and incorporates traditional Irish instruments, bridging cultures and blending the conventional with the cutting-edge.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
U.S. premiere
William Close & The Earth Harp Collective

The Earth Harp-Celtic

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective perform the US premiere of The Earth Harp-Celtic, a dynamic concert with conventional instruments as well as unique and elaborate instruments created by Close, a finalist on TV's America's Got Talent. The performance includes Irish repertoire performed in new ways and incorporates traditional Irish instruments, bridging cultures and blending the conventional with the cutting-edge.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1-1/2 hours, with no intermission

William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Close's work explores the connection between architecture and music--taking inspiration from the Frank Lloyd Wright quote "architecture is frozen music," he creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument.

William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His installations and performances have been experienced by audiences throughout the world, stretching to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, the Famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, and been played from Hong Kong and India to the Lincoln Center. He also holds the Guinness Book of World Records Record for the World's Longest Playable Stringed Musical Instrument.

For IRELAND 100, Close will create a special Earth Harp to fill the Hall of States. Visitors will be able to view this stunning installation (free, no tickets required), as well as hear it played during daily short performances. Learn more about his Earth Harp installation.

Watch and Listen

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer