Harpist/composer Josh Layne has been called a ‘harp genius’ and a ‘consummate musician’. As a performer he has given solo recitals across Canada, the US, and in Europe and South America as well as giving performances of five of the major harp concertos.
Josh’s performance of the cadenza from Handel’s Concerto for Harp has received over 150,000 views on YouTube. Josh has been praised for both his virtuosity and the sensitivity of his playing. He has released four CDs of solo harp music, most recently Passage: music for solo harp (2013) which includes his own original compositions plus music by Bach, Beethoven, Fauré, and Renié .
Josh started composing in 2005. His solo works for harp Passage (2005) and Rhapsody (2007) were both selected and performed at the Sonic Boom festival of new music in Vancouver. Passage, Rhapsody, and Poem for solo harp (2012) are all part of Josh’s latest CD – “Passage: music for solo harp”.Other compositions include Cotton Butterfly (for harp and double bass or cello) and a chamber work called Une nuit dans la forêt
In the fall of 2010 Josh started a biweekly video series on YouTube called “Harp Tuesday”, where he talks about various aspects of playing the harp – from your first lesson, to in-depth looks at advanced music. His channel has now had over half a million views. You can find him on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/joshlayne77.
Lahna Lampson has been playing the harp for more than ten years and performing on it, within her local community, for almost as long. She loves to busk and has enjoyed playing at many fundraisers. She took her grade 8 harp exam two years ago and teaches beginner to intermediate harp. Lahna is in her second year studying Applied Theatre at the University of Victoria. She plans to take a masters education in Drama Therapy.