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Mitch Landy
El Sobrante, California 94803
United States
Metro Area: Bay Area & Northern California
Booking and Information
Telephone: 510-758-0959
Email: mitch@harpguy.com
Web: www.harpguy.com
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Genres:

  • Classical

  • Pop/Jazz

  • Celtic

Categories:

Harpist, Composer, Arranger, Harp Teacher

Harps:

Pedal, Lever

Performing Since: 1990
Local Travel: 100 miles
International Gigs: Maybe
Also Provide Music Group: Yes
Available with Harp:
  • Flute

  • Singer

Description:

My specialty is pop & jazz solo harp. I don't use electronic effects; I relish the natural sound of the pedal harp, and favor lyrical songs with rich harmonies. I play almost exclusively my own arrangements, and since I don't get my material from the current harp repertoire, there are no doubt some pieces that I alone play.

I do enjoy playing classical music as well. About half my classical repertoire also consists of my own arrangements, and therefore some of the material is unique to me. I welcome opportunities to perform with a flutist: I usually work with Lenora Warkentin, an absolutely first rate flutist and teacher.

I generally employ the Celtic harp for Celtic-theme events and special circumstances.

Biography:

Combining a classical music education (M.A. in musicology, U.C. Berkeley) with an eclectic musical taste, Mitch Landy brings a fresh approach to the harp. Until 1991 a resident of Philadelphia, Mitch was active in that city's Irish music community. It was his immersion in Irish music that exposed him to the magic of the Celtic harp. Before very long, however, he was finding out pieces from the classical literature that could be adapted to an instrument usually associated with Irish traditional music. The next step was the pedal, or concert harp, with its greater facility to handle the key changes and complex harmonies of both classical and pop music.

 

Having won second prize on the Celtic harp at the 1995 International Pop & Jazz Harpfest, Mitch now focuses his talents on the rich harmonic potential of the pedal harp, arranging jazz classics from the twenties and thirties, along with contemporary songs, and improvisation; and of course, classical pieces, including his own compositions. Never limited to the existing repertoire of published harp music, Mitch continues to perform predominantly his own arrangements, and brings a style of his own to everything he plays.

   

In addition to weddings and gala events (both solo and with flutists), Mitch has played solo concerts in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as restaurants, hotels, and tea rooms.

Repertoire Sample:

Note: P means available on pedal harp only

A FELICIDADE - Jobim P
ADAGIO, from "WINTER" - Vivaldi
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' - Waller P
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE - Kern P
ARIOSO, from sonata in Cmin. - Landy P
BLACKBIRD - Lennon/McCartney P
CANON IN D - Pachelbel
CANZONETTA - Mozart P
DARAGOI - Russian folk song
DUET from LAKMÉ - Delibes
EL CONDOR PASA - Peruvian trad.
FIELDS OF GOLD - Sting
FOGGY DAY IN LONDON TOWN - Gershwin P
FRAGILE - Sting
GEORGIA ON MY MIND - H. Carmichael P
GYMNOPEDIE #1, #3 - Satie P
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE - Waller
HOW ABOUT NOW (bossa nova) - Landy P
I GOT RHYTHM - Gershwin
I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU - Stevie W. P
IMAGINE - Lennon
IRISH - (SEPARATE LIST)
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE - Billy Joel P
LA PALOMA - Yradier
LAKE OF SHADOWS - Sinnott & Lunny
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY - Gershwin P
MAID WITH FLAXEN HAIR - Debussy P
MANHA DE CARNAVAL - Bonfa
MEMORY - Lloyd Weber
MERENGUE ROJO - Ortiz
MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT P
MY FOOLISH HEART P
NA LAETHA GEAL M'OIGE - Enya
NOCTURNE - Glinka P
PAVANA & CANARIOS - Milan, Sanz
RIBBON IN THE SKY - Stevie Wonder
SAMBA D'ORFEU / SAMBA DE ORLY P
SARABANDE - Grieg P
SERENADE - Schubert P
SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE - Bach P
SINCE I FELL FOR YOU
SKYLARK - H. Carmichael P
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME - Gershwin P
SONATA in C min. - Scarlatti P
SPANISH DANCES, #1 & 2 - Landy
St. THOMAS - Sonny Rollins
SUMMER MEDLEY - Irish trad.
UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA - Donizetti P
WALTZ FROM "RODEO" - Copland

Desired Events:
  • Anniversary
  • Awards Night
  • Banquet
  • Birthday
  • Casino
  • Christening
  • Christmas Party
  • Church
  • Club
  • Community Event
  • Convention
  • Corporate Function
  • Country Club
  • Cruise Ship
  • Festival
  • Fund Raiser
  • Funeral
  • Grand Opening
  • Hotel
  • Private Party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Reunion
  • Shower
  • Ski Lodge
  • Temple
  • Wedding
Price Range:

$175 - $450

Price Details: See my Website

Visit my Website:

www.harpguy.com

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Reviews

"You provided just the right compliment to the ceremony; we have wonderful memories to think about in the years to come. All our guests commented on the harp music, and what a nice surprise it was to continue hearing you at the reception afterwards. We were fortunate in having you share your talent with all of us."


"Thank you so much fo! r your wonderful playing at our engagement party, you really rocked! We received a lot of compliments about your playing. Hope to hire you in the future, please use us a reference. Thanks again ..."


"Thank you so much for your absolutely beautiful Celtic harp playing at our wedding and reception ... It was very moving for us and for our families to have your Celtic music part of our ceremony. Thanks so much for learning "Ag Croist an Siol;" there wasn't a dry eye in the house.


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