“Alina Bzhezhinska… a modern-day supremo, is the among the best contemporary harpists” Evening Standard
“…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.” ★★★★★, The Times
The sound of the harp has always held a special place in the world of jazz, and that’s down to the work of two artists alone; Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.
Despite both using the same instrument, their musicality and approach to the craft differed immensely. Ashby’s sound ranged from the trad to the plaintive, with standout albums Hip Harp, Afro Harping and Django/ Misty, plus The Swinging Harp of Dorothy Ashby (which turns 60 this year), across her oeuvre showcasing the harp’s versatility.
By contrast, the harp for Coltrane worked as an extension of her profound spirituality, whilst also indulging her avant-garde tendencies as heard on her magnum opus, Journey in Satchidananda.
Putting together the bespoke show will be London based harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her collective Hip Harp.
Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp
Tony Kofi – Saxophone
Mikele Montolli – Electric Bass
Adam Teixeira – Drums