Harpist Lara Somogyi’s instrument training looked set to unravel pretty routinely. As she studied at the revered Royal Academy of Music in London, however, she began gravitating towards improvisation, drawing on colour schemes and visuals as fillips for her creativity. Some chance encounters with former Roxy Music synth player and ambient music pioneer Brian Eno would prove game changing, revolutionising her perception of the possibilities in the world’s sensory interaction with sound.
The curiosity harnessed is now the driving force behind debut album ! soon to be released on Universal Music Group’s Mercury KX label. Blissful, meditative, and daring ambient harp-centred productions, have so far seen the Hawaii-born artist drop two singles from the 8-track record, “ªåcceptances” and “||basis||” and with “hundred00” she lands a trifecta.
“I wrote this piece with a vigour for exploration, and expanse,” she says. “It embodies to me, embarking in wonder, depicted by discovering bold textures on the harp and visually in the desert, weaving exclamatory sonic statements into an emotional and optical tapestry.”
A stunning CV of collaborations follows Somogyi, regarded as a crucial force in Bonobo’s album Fragments, as well as contributing to Hans Zimmer’s Blue Planet II soundtrack, and work with Ariana Grande and Camilla Cabello. However, with !, Somogyi is ready to herself be front and centre, and so too, is her harp.
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