"Beautiful music!"--United Airlines In-flight Music Service
Anne Roos' Celtic harp music has flown around the world on United Airlines. Anne has played for dignitaries, such as the Lord Mayor of Dublin Ireland. And her performances at concerts, corporate events, wineries, festivals, and weddings number in the thousands. Anne Roos has played her eclectic mix of music on the Celtic harp for a gazillion years.
Listen to an early episode to NPR's "How to Do Everything", and you'll hear co-host Ian Chillag play Anne's version of "Stairway to Heaven", saying "Anne plays what is without a doubt the finest Celtic harp version of 'Stairway to Heaven' ever made.'" Funny, because there may be no other recorded versions of this tune on the Celtic harp out there.
Her live TV performances have received thousands of views on YouTube. Anne's good-natured versatility on the harp has won the hearts of TV anchors, who seem to find great delight in placing Anne in odd situations to play the harp--inside an elevator for live elevator music, and inside a shower (no water running!).
Anne is comfortable playing the harp just about anywhere--on stage in front of large audiences and for small, intimate gatherings, such as house concerts. Not the picky diva, she can perform with a finely crafted wooden harp, or a state-of-the-art lightweight, ten-pound carbon fiber harp, which can go places that no harp could go before. "I'm waiting for someone to ask me to play harp in a hot air balloon!" she says.
Anne's love of music dates back to childhood, when her father would take her to the Hollywood Bowl to experience the L.A. Philharmonic perform their annual summer programs. "I remember those magical nights, where I'd lie my head down on my dad's lap and watch airplanes zigzag far above overhead while listening to classical music." Anne loved it so much that years later, while attending UCLA, she worked in the Hollywood Bowl Box Office as her summer job. "My favorite part of that job was spending lunch break watching rehearsals."
Here attraction to English and Celtic music blossomed as a child and young teen at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Fair, the nation's first Ren Faire. She sang in madrigal groups, performing period music in period costume. And then came the Celtic harp...
While employed at an incredibly stressful job, Anne serendipitously met the foremost harpist and arranger Sylvia Woods at a booth filled with little Celtic harps at a Winter Solstice Festival. "I needed an outlet. That job was driving me crazy." So, Anne signed up for a rental harp and began taking private harp lessons as a creative outlet. Next, she took music theory courses at UCLA, and Anne eventually taught music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Anne continues to teach: She offers Celtic harp lessons to anyone in the world via Skype.
Her ability to play a wide variety of music on the Celtic harp is what sets Anne apart from other musicians. Her repertoire ranges from the expected--traditional Celtic, Early, Renaissance, folk, world and classical music--to the unexpected--modern popular music, including Broadway standards, movie themes, country, and Disney themes. Then there's the uber-unexpected tunes that often cause jaws to drop when Anne plays them: tunes by the Beatles, Metallica, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. Her skilled renditions and flexibility make Anne a popular and much sought after musician for all types of events. She particularly enjoys being challenged with audience requests.
Anne's six commercially available albums are unique--Several of them are packaged as little books with CDs tucked neatly into the back page. She recognizes that her listeners enjoy reading about the background of the music on her CDs. Anne also collaborated with an ensemble of musicians on these albums, and she looks forward to playing with other musicians on stage. "It's fun to hear the creation of music organically, just for a specific performance. I love to see how the Celtic harp will blend with other instruments."
Anne is also a published author and considered a wedding music specialist with her book "The Musician's Guide to Brides: How to Make Money Playing Weddings", published by Hal Leonard Books as a manual for any musician who wants to keep their calendar filled with weddings and receptions. This user-friendly guide includes hundreds of tips for both the professional and novice musician. Anne also counsels and mentors musicians and entrepreneurs to help them make a living by gigging.
Anne Roos authored another book, too-This one for brides. The Bride's Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable, also published by Hal Leonard Books, is the book for brides who
Written By: Traditional English Hornpipe--Arranged by Anne Roos
She Moved Through the Fair
Written By: Traditional Celtic
Stairway to Heaven
Written By: J Page & R Plant
Anne’s CD projects demonstrate quality musicianship and versatility. Anne’s albums are unique--Her recent releases are actually little books with CDs tucked neatly into the back page. She recognizes that her listeners enjoy reading about the background of the music on her CDs.
Anne’s latest collections include music that she has arranged and performed over the past decades by request. “Velvet: Timeless Standards on the Solo Harp” contain melodies that will bring you back to the days of old movies, Broadway musicals, and televisions shows, dating back from the early 20th Century all the way to the early 1970s. And when you hear Anne’s “Blue Jeans: Modern Pop on the Solo Harp” album, you’ll think, “ I didn’t know anyone could play those songs on a Celtic harp!” It includes classic rock, heavy metal, R&B, country, and even a bit of new age music—Ballads that may bring back memories of school days, long-lost friends and teenage crushes. Both of these recordings contain a combined 50 tracks of your favorite songs.
“A Light in the Forest”, is her most technically beautiful recording to date. It was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, and is perhaps the first folk/world/Celtic CD to be available in this format. The disc contains music of the Celtic Harp with a small ensemble performing music about the woods and the creatures that dwell within them—fairies, trolls, nymphs, leprechauns, witches, bears, and more. It’s packaged in a 31-page hardcover book describing the folk history and legends of these creatures and the tunes.
Anne arranged and recorded a special Celtic wedding music CD called “Haste to the Wedding,” in direct response to the many requests she received from brides and grooms. “Haste to the Wedding” is popular with couples looking for romantic music to accompany their wedding festivities. It includes traditional Celtic music played on solo harp accompanied by an ensemble of traditional instruments. This CD is enclosed in a 48-page hardcover book containing vintage color images, Celtic toasts, blessings, legends, wedding traditions, and recipes.
“Mermaids and Mariners” features traditional and original music of the sea, arranged by Anne for both solo Celtic Harp and harp within a small ensemble. The beautiful sea ballads and shanties are packaged inside a 24-page hardcover book containing a bounty of illustrations and tales about life at sea and the lost loves of those who sail on its waves and swim at its depths. Selections from this recording have been featured on United Airlines Inflight Music Service.
One of her earliest projects, “Through the Mist,” features original New Age flute and harp duets, with flutist David Blonski. This recording is enhanced with soothing environmental sounds woven into the selections. This recording remains a favorite among massage therapists and yoga enthusiasts.
Anne’s Celtic Harp can also be heard on a number of recordings available through the Siddha Yoga Foundation in South Fallsburg, New York, featuring music based on Indian ragas. She has recorded as a guest artist on many other projects.
Her recorded music is also available for licensing. Anne Roos is an active member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and her published music can be licensed through the Harry Fox Agency (Anne Roos is an ASCAP publisher).
Anne's recorded music and CDs can be sampled and purchased at her website, www.celticharpmusic.com
Anne's repertoire is incredibly diverse. You'll find her complete list of music on her website. A typical set can range from one hour, to several hours (with breaks at each hour). Anne includes plenty of storytelling in her programs, and adds a bit of gentle humor, too.
SAMPLE CONCERT PROGRAM
Solo Celtic Harp
Two Hours in Length
Planxty George/Twa Bonnie Maidens (traditional Celtic)
Romantic Traditional Irish Music selections:
Star of the County Down
The Gentle Maiden
Give Me Your Hand
Greensleeves (Francis Cutting)
Romantic Classical Music:
Chopin Prelude & Waltz Brillante
La Dona Mobile
Set of Fairy Tale Music (traditional Irish):
Fairy Child/Fairy Queen (Turloch O'Carolan)
King of the Fairies
The Golden Castle
Forest Nymph Songs
More Water Music:
The Water Kelpie (from the Isle of Mann)
Romantic Seagoing Music:
Arran Boat/Sky Boat Song
The Princess Royal/Miss McDermott
More Seagoing Music: