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 26, July 2014
At the Sydney World Harp Congress 2015, I was pleased to present Pacific music with my beautiful Samoan sisters in Suga & Aniva; it is always a special meeting. Big respect to director Alice Giles and the harp community for all their hard work bringing it together. Lovely to meet and hear so many wonderful harpists. In this picture you can see us all sitting down, the last piece of our evening jazz concert, and I'm playing my harp sideways inspired by Joris Beets' electric harp. Thanks to Creative New Zealand Pasifika Arts for supporting the journey.
Monday 21, April 2014
Ok, I am very excited about my first pictures in an exhibition. I call these Light Scores for Resonance Music, and they are photographs of light on concrete & algae. They're musical scores with directions on how to perform them. And there are some found objects which parallel the images. I'm delighted because it shows music as Light in two dimensions, and as Matter in three dimensions. @ Matchbox Studio on Cuba St, Wellington.
Thursday 01, May 2014
It's been an intensive and exciting month editing and mixing in David Long's studio in Owhiro Bay. After a rigorous selection process we've emerged with an album that is surprising and we think, beautiful. The combination of Richard Nunns' taonga puoro, David Long's eclectric banjo effects and my red harp creates unexpected dimensions. But the project isn't finished yet. We are making this into an installation work, and the next stage, which is filming, now begins. We acknowledge and appreciate continued support for this project from Creative New Zealand Arts Council.
Friday 14, March 2014
A wonderful week making music with Tyssia Gatuhau, beautiful songwriter of New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna . The week included performances, recordings for upcoming albums of Tyssia and Kalaga'la and a photo shoot with renowned photographer Jules Hmaloko, who took the photo you see here. We also gave a concert for children in hospital, remembering Tyssia's daughter. Special thank you to artist/producer Ela To'omaga, Patrice Kaikilekofe and the lovely crew of Association-de-Siapo.
Saturday 15, February 2014
'Upeti Jewels' launches a new collaboration between Ela To'omaga and Natalia Mann. In the exhibition entitled "Fa'amanaia / To Adorn" the two artists make a first step in exploration of the space of beauty and connection. To'omaga, a jeweller, weaver and sculptor, combines traditional Polynesian weaving technique - upeti - and form - mask - with contemporary material - copper - and expression. Mann's component, a short piece using harp and porotiti, explores the idea of sonic ornament in response to To'omaga's creation. Exhibited at the Artspace, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, NZ. Photo courtesy of Linda T.