William Close and his Earth Harp returned to The World’s Best stage with a beautiful Beethoven and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” medley in hopes of advancing past Naturally 7.
Last night, Wednesday, Feb 27h, William Close battled Naturally 7 in The World’s Best: The Battle Round. William Close played an old world masterpiece by Beethoven that transitioned into The White Stripes’ rock song “Seven Nation Army”. Close performed in the category group music and went up against Naturally 7 with an a cappella rendition of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”.
The World’s Best
CBS’ high-profile global talent competition reality series The World’s Best premiered immediately after the Super Bowl LIII last Sunday. The World’s Best is a reality talent competition television series produced by Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. The show features international performers being evaluated by three judges—Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill, as well as an international panel of 50 experts in various fields of entertainment.
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.