"An otherworldly collection that
brings the harp
- Sunday Times
“As well as playing a mean harp, Minton also provides ethereal vocals on what is
an accomplished collection of performances.”
- Jazz Collector
- London Jazz News
Sunday, September 17th, 2023
Tara Minton Quintet
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Our first artist performing at 2023's Roman River Festival is harpist/vocalist/composer extraordinaire, Tara Minton.
Tara is a true original. Devoutly "team Ashby", she plays the harp in a way that defies the fluffy stereotype, expressing a rich melodic and harmonic language with influences from Thelonius Monk to John Taylor and Esperanza Spalding.
Through a curtain of strings Tara sits and sings you into another place. No one who hears her perform walks away untouched. She has that strikingly rare entwinement of harp and voice, but in her case there’s something more at work: a talent made to plumb depths and scale heights.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Tara moved to the UK in 2011. A passionate music educator and advocate for the harp in jazz and improvised music, she has a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is Professor of Jazz Harp at the London Performing Academy of Music.
Tara’s first album, 2016's The Tides of Love, is a tumbling, yearning, swooping collection of songs that reveal a broad gamut of influences. Her latest release, Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid - which draws heavily on influences from Debussy and Ravel - addresses sea themes, environmental spoilage, and feminine mermyth.
A jazz record with a fluid ECM sound, it’s a work which illustrates just how far Tara has travelled from her formative years in Melbourne, those mercurial early days in London, and from the towering balladry of her first album.
Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid is a louche, sprawling, charismatic affair, quite unlike anything you'll have heard before. And it’s apt that it should deal with the sea, for Tara’s harp resembles its diversity, while her voice captures its unhampered power and depth.
Well established as both an improvising harpist and vocalist, Tara has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Björk, Miranda Mulholland, Stan Sulzman, Tommaso Starace and Toni Kofi.
When not sitting behind her harp, Tara sings with The Blues and Roots Ensemble, a London-based nine-piece celebrating the music of Charles Mingus.
To see Tara live is to witness an overflowing of musicality and truth, spilling forth from strings and lips, a siren song that speaks directly to the human soul.
Tara Minton (Harp/Vocals), Tommaso Starace (Soprano Saxophone), Phil Merriman (Piano), Ed Babar (Double Bass), David Ingamells (Drums).
- Moths and Giraffes
“Tara Minton’s creative route teems and glistens with individuality, while
that ‘prog’ side of her personality will be watched and encouraged!”
- AP Reviews
“The unlikely but magical missing link between Barbra Streisand and Dorothy Ashby.” – Jazzwise
+ Syrian Kitchen
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm