William Close and The Earth Harp Collective at Burning Man 2023

William Close and The Earth Harp performing at Burning Man 2023

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective at Burning Man 2023
William Close, creator / inventor of The Earth Harp and over 200 other instruments, brings the giant musical strings of THE EARTH HARP back to the Playa for Burning man 2023! Close will perform in collaboration with the musical and sound healing organization Sound Garden.
The Earth Harp Collective debuted the instrument in 2011 when William attached the giant strings to the Temple of Transition.
This year, the installation and performances will feature a whole new level of Earth Harp technology. It will be an evolution in both visual and musical designs. The Earth Harp installation will be up all week and concerts will run throughout the week.


Find The Earth Harp Collective at 2 & Encantado st on the Esplanade On the edge of Black Rock City looking out into the vast Playa.
William Close & Adrienne Byrne will be performing Earth Harp sets –
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at Sunset, 7:30 to 8pm.
WHERE: Sound Garden Camp, 2 & Encantado st on the Esplanade.
Also during the Sound Garden Parties along with many other great artists & DJ’s, Thursday night & Sunday Sunrise!
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective at Burning Man 2023


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.


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.