Jazz harpist brings trio to arts center stage for final show in Blissfest series
Maeve Gilchrist will perform Saturday, May 11, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. (Courtesy photo / May 9, 2013)
Still in her mid 20s, Edinburgh-born Celtic and jazz harpist, singer and composer has performed all over Europe and North America. She put together her alternative string trio after being inspired by the rich and innovative string sounds the new acoustic scene had to offer. Along with her regular collaborator, bassist Aidan O'Donnell, Scottish Jazz Awards recipient, Gilchrist is joined by fiddler Duncan Wickel of the John Doyle Band. The Maeve Gilchrist trio performs original music and breathes life into traditional songs.
At an early age Gilchrist was accepted into the City of Edinburgh Music School where she spent seven years studying classical piano, clarsach (Celtic harp) and vocals. From her early teens, she was an in-demand member on the traditional music scene in Scotland where she performed at events such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament, the Celtic Connections Festival and the International Edinburgh Harp Festival. At 17, Gilchrist received a full scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied jazz and world music, alongside a career as a professional musician and teacher. Recent performance highlights include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the World Harp Congress, Celtic Connections Festival, the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and the ICONS Irish Festival. She has collaborated with some of the most celebrated contemporary musicians on the scene today such as Darol Anger, Vardan Ovsepian, Kathy Mattea, Tony Trischka and Esperanza Spalding.
Gilchrist released her album "Song of Delight" on the Adventure Music Label in 2010 and is currently working on two new recording projects.
Gilchrist is currently based in Boston and tours regularly with her trio using her Scottish roots with the colors and freedoms of jazz to produce a fresh new sound. Gilchrist also plays with the legendary fiddler Darol Anger's new All-Star Band and has a duo project with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss. Her solo project is called "The Ostinato Project," an exploration of the harp with a focus on each hand working as an individual voice.
Tickets for The Maeve Gilchrist Trio concert this weekend are available in Petoskey at the Crooked Tree Arts Center and Grain Train Natural Foods Store, and online at www.blissfest.org.