Earth Harp maestro strikes a chord with fans

 01 Feb 2014 - 1:39

Close playing the 22-string Earth Harp at Katara Drama Theatre on the second day yesterday. His final show is tonight.


DOHA: For 90 minutes, American musician William Close astonished hundreds of fans at Katara Drama Theatre as he played the largest stringed instrument in the world on Thursday and yesterday.
Tonight, the America’s Got Talent 2012 finalist is set to mesmerise the audience for his last performance in Qatar, using the Earth Harp he created 15 years ago. A unique musical instrument, the harp has 22 strings set up on the floor of the stage and extended up to the middle of the theatre. 
Wearing cotton gloves, Close moved from one string to another to create melody that enthralled hundreds of fans of different ages and nationalities.
The strings which extended above the audience created an interactive mood in the performance further accentuated with the lights which flashed in sync with the music.
Close said the Earth Harp is a unique instrument whose structure was inspired by the beauty of nature and his surroundings. 
His love for music combined with skill in art drove him to create over 50 unique musical instruments. Aside from creating musical instruments and performing on stage, Close also shares his gift teaching others to make instruments.
Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said the aim of the show was to diversify Katara’s presentations to suit various tastes of the people.
“We are keen to make Katara a place where different innovations come together from different parts of the world with the aim of exchanging experiences to bridge the gap among peoples and cultures.”The Peninsula