“THORN IS POISED TO EMERGE AS A RADICAL HARPIST, COMPOSER, AND INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS INNOVATOR” 

-ALEXANDER VARTY, GEORGIA STRAIGHT

RECENT RELEASES

The Years In Between (2021)


Earth Leaps Up
(Feb 2020) from piano/harp duo The Giving Shapes

Flowers For Your Heart (2019), Elisa Thorn’s HUE

Jouska (2017), from avant chamber-pop group Gentle Party

Stilts (2021), Elisa Thorn w/ Laura Swankey & Michael Malis

 

The Other Side (2019), Elisa Thorn’s HUE & Laura Swankey

Selenotropic (2019), avant pop from Elisa Thorn

I Could Be My Listening (2020), Like the Mind

PROJECTS

The Years in Between

Flowing through different scenes and spaces, the 26-minute piece is a
MEDITATION  /  ABSTRACT NARRATIVE  /  EXPLORATION recorded with Elisa’s Camac DHC and Lyon & Healy 85E harps, a Boss RC-300 looping pedal, and GarageBand.

Gentle Party

Gentle Party is an avant chamber pop ensemble that pioneers a unique, expansive sound distinct to the quartet’s West Coast roots.  Elisa is joined by Jessicka (voice), Meredith Bates (violin), Shanto Acharia (cello).

The Giving Shapes

Elisa is joined by pianist Robyn Jacob, bringing together their innovative & subversive compositional techniques in a tightly arranged, beautiful collaboration.

HUE

HUE tackles two artistic objectives: firstly, how to create music that is both abstract and accessible; and secondly, how to lead a band with harp in a way does not compromise sensitivity with it’s boldness, or aesthetic beauty with it’s curiosity.

Like The Mind

Like the Mind is a new instrumental ensemble led by Meredith Bates made up of six award-winning female musicians from Canada and Sweden. Peggy Lee (cello), Lisa Ullén (piano), Meredith Bates (violin), Lisen Rylander Löve (saxophone), Elisa Thorn (harp), and Emma Augustsson (cello).

PAST PROJECTS

Star Triptych

Featuring Toronto musicians David Riddel (guitar) and Laura Swankey (voice), Star Triptych bridges improv, composition, extended techniques & electronic effects to capture and communicate beauty.

Jazz Bras Dot Com

Jazz Bras Dot Com is loud, soft, edged and curved. The trio is completed with Laura Swankey (voice) and Jessica Ackerley (guitar).

Written on the Body

Part of the Vancouver Park Board’s Artist Studio Residency program, this project the relationship between movement an music with Dayna Szyndrowski (percussive dance).

Selenotropic

Selenotropism is plant growth in response to moonlight. With Justin Devries on drums and Jeff Gammon on bass, this music explores how to integrate the harp as the backbone of a band without it being the ‘elephant in the room’.