Mariea Antoinette is a rare and beautiful bird....a courageous torch bearer and new pioneer for the harp. When we first met, some years ago at Berks Jazz, this radio host was struck by her serenity. Her performance with the group, Jazz in Pink, was beyond stellar. Which makes her music that much more authentic. It rings of new truth. Exciting beginnings. A blend of elegance, sweet soulfulness, classical and the best of Pop and Jazz hybridity. How this amazing woman is able to make her fingers fly to deliver a musical message is beyond what most of us can fathom :-O
Mariea is a San Diego native, fully entrenched in the atmosphere of sun, sky and sea. She ventured into Arizona for her Masters in Harp Performance - and has been all over the world - but San Diego is her base. It suits her well. She has played at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra - as principal harpist - since 2007.
Her performances have placed her in front of the President and First Lady, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx (a huge Grammy celebration), "Vanity Fair" Magazine, Ne-Yo, U.S. Attorney General Kamala Harris, and a LITANY of other events and super stars :)
Our guest - visitng at four p.m. Eastern, one p.m. Pacific - credits a special teacher for her expertise. The Russian artist, Elena Mashkovtsena. The tools that Mariea was given have taken her to places that she probably never expected to see. But maybe she did - there is an assurance about her that tells you that ANYTHING is possible. Her commitment is this: to break the boundaries for the harp. To enable the instrument to become "front and center." If anyone can do this, it's Ms. Antoinette. One listen to her new album, "Straight From the Harp", and you'll believe that she can F-L-Y. That Beautiful Bird is SOARING!
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