Stephan Haluska Harp
Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, and improviser based in Cleveland, OH. His music for harp examines the instrument’s unique textural, harmonic, and percussive qualities. Much of his music focuses on blending traditional and non-traditional harp playing through extended techniques, preparation, tools, electronics, and effects pedals.
The harp has developed a mystical identity in western culture as the sound of angels in heaven, magic, and dream sequences. Considering these stereotypes, Haluska attempts to expand the instrument beyond its preconceived notions, creating new roles and opportunities for it, and to (de)mystify the harp.
Haluska performs original compositions, improvisations, arrangements, and standard repertoire weaving between classical, jazz, and experimental genres, often blending them together. Haluska plays in solo settings and collaborates with a number of other artists and groups.
Haluska holds an MFA in Harp Performance with a concentration in Improvisation from Mills College and a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Bowling Green State University. He currently works as a freelance harpist performing at concert venues and private events around the Cleveland area and beyond. He teaches harp at The Music Settlement in Cleveland and the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.