French electric harpist is latest female music pioneer

Laura Perrudin is a composer, singer, producer and song-writer. A harpist, she is the first musician in the world to play an electric, chromatic harp, which was constructed especially for her.

“I grew up in a house full of music, especially jazz, and other styles which aren’t normally associated with the harp, but that’s what I wanted to play,” she said.

“I used to listen to a record before bed, so I went to sleep with music, the vibrations of it played a big part in my development.”

Both the classical and the Celtic harp have inbuilt musical constraints, she said, and she wanted to explore all styles of music including electro, hip hop, chanson and jazz.

“I wanted to combine them all, and playing jazz on a ...

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