"The Earth Harp is the longest playable stringed instrument in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater into a giant instrument.
The famed Earth Harp is one of hundreds invented by installation artist, musician, and visionary William Close, who plays the strings with violin-rosin-covered gloves, running his hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones. The Earth Harp earned William a finalist slot on the TV show "America’s Got Talent" where he received massive praise and admiration from fans and all three judges.
Close’s 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’s strings have stretched to the top of the Seattle Space needle, to temples in Vietnam, in the famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Grand Theater in Shanghai and the Coliseum in Rome. Additionally, it has draped over amazing architecture in Hong Kong, India, and the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in the United States."
Close and the Earth Harp Collective will be at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m on Thursday, January 21. Tickets start at $30. Phone 412-456-6666.