Bio

Jesse Autumn 

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is a musician, artist and writer based in New Orleans, USA. She sings and plays concert harp and double harp - an unusual harp with two parallel sets of strings - piano, harpsichord, glockenspiel, and piano accordion. She's a singer/songwriter in the genre of surrealist chamber folk, composes instrumental minimalist "soundtracks", and arranges world music for double harp and large harp ensembles. She has released two collections of original music, Live EP and Bright Stars, with string arrangements by Grammy-winning producer & cellist Barry Phillips; three albums of world music for double harp and trad folk instruments - California Celt (sponsored by the California Arts Council), The Black Rose, and Uisce (Water); and an experimental album of small compositions, 31 Days of Audio, recorded as part of the art project "Fun-A-Day" 2010. She has appeared on an additional 20+ recordings, including albums by acclaimed Irish vocalist Éilís Kennedy, multi-instrumentalist Shelley Phillips, and numerous recordings on the indie label Gourd Music. Jesse began teaching harp at 17, and has been artistic director for the Santa Cruz Harp Festival since 2003.  She's faculty harp, piano & accordion instructor for the Community Music School of Santa Cruz' three music camps for kids, teens and adults, in addition to teaching harp online and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jesse grew up volunteering with arts organizations as a youth, and as an adult, she has worked in many capacities with non-profits and galleries, including Artspace USA, the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, Cabrillo Music Art & Wine Festival, 418 Project, Tannery Arts Center, Cultural Council Associates, Felix Kulpa Gallery, the Dead Cow Gallery and Dead Cow Recording Co-op, the Attic Gallery, Mill Gallery, Apricity Gallery, Radius Gallery, and the Community Music School of Santa Cruz (where she served as a board member for ten years).  She's collaborated with choreographers, including Sarah Day, Daniel Bear Davis, Ana Flecha, Jonathan Parvis, and Rivera Sun, and her music has been used in dance performances in the USA, Greece, Estonia and Mexico. She's performed with poets, including Coleman Barks, David Whyte and Debra Spencer. Her original music has appeared in commercials, the Santa Cruz Film Festival, short films by creator Ray Sumser, and the full-length documentary film "Inspired by California" directed by Kirby Scudder. When Jesse is not making music, she loves to paint tiny paintings for fun, and has curated art shows of tiny works with 30+ artists. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about her time living in a colony of artists at the Kron House and Dead Cow Gallery, on the site of a historic former leather tannery that became the Tannery Arts campus in Santa Cruz, California. Nowadays, Jesse can often be seen in brightly-colored dresses, riding her turquoise bicycle around the city and enjoying the rich musical culture of New Orleans.