Natalia Mann is known for her creative and contemporary style of harp playing. She works internationally as performer, composer, collaborator and recording artist in a diversity of genres.
Saturday 19, August 2017
Super excited to launch the Resonance Art Ensemble aka EAR. In collaboration with renowned artist Samuel Tupou, the EAR play live improvised music to his artworks. The ensemble features Natalia Mann on concert harp, Mike Rivett, (young jazz player of the year) on saxophone, and Leon Tussie on drums. We work with Victor Steffensen as he tells stories of cave paintings worldwide; and Bonemap intermedia in experiments with new digital connections. Sio Tusa explores resonance through filmmaking in his experimental premiere on the night, and Lia Pa'apa'a gifts us some food for thought.
Contemporary Pacific Island, Indigenous & Australian artists getting inspired during Cairns Regional Council Multicultural Month.
Saturday 15, July 2017
The National Indigenous Fire Workshop is all about calling country back to health through listening to the land. My foot in is that my partner Victor Steffensen leads the workshop, and I'm always in his ear about resonance music. So he called me out for this one and asked me to do a performance. Working with two young Yuin girls Colleen & Dakota and Indigenous musician Rachel Shields, we discovered the resonance of the Amphitheatre at Bundanon Arthur Boyd Estate, Illaroo NSW. We shared our findings in two workshops.
Friday 25, August 2017
On Thursdays in 2017 I could be found playing the exhibitions at the Kickarts Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns. After playing over a hundred artworks, each one was still different, and all fascinating, surprising journeys. I was joined by singer Deline Briscoe, harpist Tracy-Jane Sullivan from England, and Muso Dave Mulligan. Each player and viewer has a different perspective and these add to the dimensionality of the experience. The process of surrendering to the present moment, to engage with that beyond what you can predict is a powerful experience.
Friday 02, June 2017
Utterance album is out now! Please look under my 'Recordings' tab to follow links. There is also a video installation which goes along with this album. This is an abstract album, free improvisation, environmental work created in Aotearoa. It's moody and a little spooky, but refined and delicate. Certainly for a harp, banjo and taonga puoro album, this one comes out of left field. I'm proud of this work, made with my beloved mentor Richard Nunns and amazing NZ composer my friend David Long.
Thursday 02, February 2017
I will be presenting an online workshop on Technique for the second Virtual Harp Summit. I'll take you through my three essentials - agility, relaxation & adaptability. The Virtual Harp Summit is a worldwide online conference of harpists from around the world, hosted by Dr. Diana Rowan, creative harpist and founder of the Bright Knowledge Harp Guild. If you are a harpist - don't miss this event. It features an interesting and unusual line up from harpists of all disciplines.