From the bottom of her harp: contemporary women artists finding their song 

Three artists share their insights on working with a traditional instrument to forge new collaborations and audiences.
Jen Valender, still from ‘Artist as Animal’. Image: Supplied. The top half of a harp stands out among a field of golden flowers with a tree into the distance. She is seen holding the harp.

Mary Lattimore’s eyes shine as she tells ArtsHub that for her, music has been ‘a mix of structure and freedom’. The LA-based, critically acclaimed contemporary harpist recently performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre, in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist, Benjamin Skipper, and violinist, vocalist and composer, Eric Avery. The program described the billing as ‘classical virtuosity collides with avant-garde innovation’, a fitting description of Lattimore’s unconventional career trajectory, as a classically trained harpist with a twist. Earlier this year she was at the Sydney Opera House, working with guitarist Paul Sukeena.

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Leila Lois is a dancer and writer of Kurdish and Celtic heritage. Her poetry, essays and reviews have been published in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada by Southerly Journal, LA Review of Books, Honey Literary Journal, Right Now, Delving Into Dance and more.