Harpist Michela Amici has put together a programme of new compositions for baroque harp and voice that reflect on the times we live in. Central to the programme is A Freedom’s Lament by Amarante Nat, written especially for this edition to a text by the South African writer Julia-Beth Harris.
In this video Michela tells us more about her work.
During her year as artist in residence at Festival Dag in de Branding, Amici works together with composer Amarante Nat, writer Julia-Beth Harris, choreographer and director Peter Leung and mezzo-soprano Georgia Burashko to give shape to a modern-day ‘lamento’. If Ariana could express her feelings today, what would she have to tell us, and how can music and scenography help to convey her message?
Michela Amici (Italy) plays both the triple harp and the classical pedal harp and her repertoire ranges from baroque music to brand new contemporary music. Michela obtained her harp diploma and harp master cum laude at the Conservatory G. Rossini of Pesaro in Italy, and in 2018 completed a Master Specialization in “new audiences and innovation practices” at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. There she studied harp with Ernestine Stoop and mainly focused on performing contemporary music. She also plays the Italian Baroque harp and specializes in historical performance practice with Christina Pluhar. She will release her debut album with mezzo soprano Georgia Burashko in June 2022.