William Close and The Earth Harp Collective back in China for another fantastic performance.
William Close and his Earth Harp Collective were back again in China this week. William Close played with a complex setup of The Earth Harp strings in Chengdu, China, in the Sichuan Province close to Tibet. William and the rest of his collective were already in China earlier this year for a television performance on the Chinese TV show “Beyond” with Chinese singer Lucy.
William Close: “It is so great to bring the Earth Harp to other cultures around the world in a spirit of connection and collaboration. The Earth Harp is making efforts to string the world together!!”
WILLIAM CLOSE AND THE EARTH HARP
William Close is an installation artist, musician and visionary who has developed over one hundred new musical instruments including the famed Earth Harp. The body of The Earth Harp rests on the stage while the strings travel over the audience, extending up to 1000 ft. in length, and attach to the back of the venue, turning every space into an instrument.
William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago and his work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. The Earth Harp has been installed in some of the most iconic destinations in the world such as The Coliseum in Rome, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in the US, The Seattle Space Needle, the temples of Vietnam, Grand Theater of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, The Dhow Harbour in Qatar, and major US festivals like Coachella, Bumbershoot, Burning Man and Lightning In A Bottle.
THE EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE
William is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Earth Harp Collective, an internationally renowned performance group that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, dancers and aerialists.