About Vancouver Harpist

Elisa Thorn is a harpist, composer, and teacher based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Thorn is poised to emerge as a radical harpist, composer, and interdisciplinary arts innovator” (Georgia Straight, 2015)

Since graduating from the UBC School of Music in 2011, Elisa Thorn has become a sought after addition to the Canadian creative music scene, known for her use of extended techniques, electronic effects, and unconventional uses of harp. Most recently, she was selected for the Trading Places Exchange for a residency and performances in Montreal with guitarist Tony Wilson in June 2016. In 2014 she was awarded an Early Career Development Grant for a year-long mentorship with Dr. Lisa Cay Miller from the BC Arts Council to study composition. Interested in the intersection between composed and improvised music, she is involved with many projects including Gentle Party, who is releasing an album under the Phonometrograph label in 2017. Her music has been featured in the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Suoni Il Per Popolo Festival (Montreal), Detroit Free Arts Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Greece), BC Buds Festival, and the Sonic Boom Festival. She attended the 2015 International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre, and a residency at Spread Art in Detroit in spring 2016. Additionally, in 2015 she and artistic partner Dayna Szyndrowski were awarded a 3-year long Field House Artist residency called Written on the Body with the Vancouver Park Board, together developing a community engaged arts practice that explores the relationship between music and dance. She is currently working with sound and media artist Scott Morgan, studying music and technology with the assistance of the BC Arts Council.

To download Elisa’s resume, click here