Deborah Henson-Conant

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Deborah Henson-Conant
SAT. NOV 6 - 8pm
Regent Theatre
"Honey, I Shrunk the Harp"

One-Woman Musical Theater
7 Medford Street - Arlington, MA
TIX: $19.50 - $35  781-646-4849
Students $15 - Balcony Seating

About the Show
Arlington Advocate Interview
(Wed. Nov. 3, 2010)
Radio Boston Interview
(Thu. Nov. 4, 2010- 3pm EST)

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This is not your grandmother's harp!

Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, and the world premiere electric harpist. Together with the CAMAC Harp company, she developed the world's first comercially-produced carbon fibre electric harp -- the DHC Blue-Light, named for her.

"I spent the past 2 decades shrinking my instrument from a 6-foot-tall 75lb ornate symphonic behemoth to an 11lb carbon-fibre electric powerhouse. It was a surreal adventure!" says composer & performer Deborah Henson-Conant.

I'll begin my Nov. 6 show with my new piece, “Honey, I Shrunk the Harp!” which the story of that journey in 20 minutes of music and theater. It's a piece that literally strips down the instrument on stage - at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA.

"This is as close as you get to a musical instrument striptease! And that'swhat art is all about: strip away the facade, get down to what's fundamental and then ... watch the creative fireworks begin! I hope you'll be there!" Deborah Henson-Conant

Henson-Conant combines music, theater and spoken word. To get an idea of some of the other pieces that will be featured on her Nov. 6th show check out these YouTube videos:

Demo Overview
Dance with Me
Beck's Blues
The Nightingale


There are many ways to be creative. To be heard. You don’t have to go the standard route.

Come see this Grammy-Nominated artist, who’s taken an unlikely instrument and turned it into the story of her life. Come see what’s possible if you follow your own personal passion ... because you can create a life in music and theater ... no matter what you start with!

Special student balcony seating: $15

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This is a brand new show and it's very visual, so bring your cameras and videos to help us document it! The only caveats are: no flash during the show, and no big or noisy cameras that might distract your neighbors.

Email us to let us know if you'll be taping or photographing so we can arrange a waiver of the theater's no-photos-or-taping policy for you.

And after the show, let us know what kind of footage you got and we'll figure out the best way to get it, edit it and post it! And don't forget to wear your film director's beret!


TWO great restaurants in Arlington have a special Dinner/Show deal with the Regent. For $50 you get a reserved seat and a 3-course meal at either Tryst or Flora restaurant.
Just look for the Dinner-Theatre option when you buy your tickets

For out-of-towners, The Regent has a relationship with the great new ALOFT hotel in Lexington and they've offered the Regent a special price of $89/$99 per night. Here's how to take advantage of this offer: Call the hotel directly at 781-761-1700 and tell them you want the "Regent Theatre" rate.

Check out Punjab, Asian Fusion, Prose, Tryste, Flora, Za and for some spectacular ice cream, The Chilly Cow. There's also a great new Japanese Restaurant (so new we don't know the name!) right next door to the theater. Arlington is a food mecca!

Get the full scoop here - but, in a nutshell:

Location: 7 Medford Street - Arlington, MA - just off Mass Ave in Arlington Center

There's plenty of free parking in the municipal lot across from the theater - it's free after 6pm in general and after 3pm on Saturday.

Public Transport:
Take the T:
Red Line to Alewife then either walk up the bikepath or take either the 79 or 350 bus; or take the GREEN LINE to Lechemere and then take either the 80 or 87 bus
Bus: From Harvard Square, take the 77 to Arlington Center; From Lechemere, take the 80 or 87


Press Release

(Newest PDF Press Release)
WHO: Grammy Nominated Recording Artist & Electric Harpist: Deborah Henson-Conant
WHAT: "Honey, I Shrunk the Harp" A Solo Musical Theater Piece
WHEN: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8pm
WHERE: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
TIX: Tickets are $19.50-$35: Order by phone at 781-646-4849, online
MORE INFO / TO SCHEDULE INTERVIEW: Beatriz Harley: 781-483-3556

About the Show & the Instrument

There’s a new breakthrough technology coming to The Regent Theatre in Arlingont, MA this November. Like many successful hardware devices, this one’s built to interface with the human hand. Likewise, the newest version is both smaller and more powerful than previous models. But it’s not an iPhone, an iPod or even an iPad. It’s a harp.

Grammy nominated composer, vocalist and harpist Deborah Henson-Conant is the world’s premiere electric harpist, and she’s been so instrumental in the development of this new hybrid that the latest model on the international scene, designed in France by CAMAC, is named after her: The “DHC-Blue-Light.”

“ It’s taken nearly two decades to develop this instrument,” says Henson-Conant, who will feature the harness-able carbon-fibre instrument at the solo show Sat. Nov. 6th at the Regent. “My concept was to take everything great about the concert harp and put it in an interface that’s more like electric guitar. The instrument was developed specifically for my performances - shows that combine theater, music, movement and stories – a kind of high-energy solo Nouvelle-Cabaret that requires a lot of physical freedom, and a sound that can range convincingly from ethereal ballads to all-out distorted blues.”

Henson-Conant also uses a loop-pedal which lets her orchestrate layered accompaniments on the fly. “With these two instruments – the harp and the looper -- I can create the impression of a full ensemble – but because I’m solo, I’m completely free o respond artistically, to change the show spontaneously. And because of the harp’s size and weight, only 11 pounds, I can move around the stage freely”

Artist Bio
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer-performer and the world’s premiere electric harpist.? She sings, plays and tells stories in Nouvelle- Cabaret shows that combine styles from Flamenco to Blues.? She’s toured internationally, debuted with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and starred in her own music special on PBS, “Invention & Alchemy.” She's been featured on shows from CBS’ “Sunday Morning” and NBC’s “Today Show” to NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and interviewed by hosts and journalists from Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg and Studs Terkel to Charlie Rose and Joan Rivers.

Press Quotes
“ ... dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting” Austin American-Statesman
“ Striking flamenco sparks from the strings … wrenching distorted bends worthy of Eddie Van Halen … belting gutbucket blues and crooning lullabies … the intense focus commanded by a master storyteller.” Springfield Union-News

MORE ABOUT "HONEY, I SHRUNK THE HARP" in the artist's words:

“Honey, I Shrunk the Harp” combines concert and theater, the Nov. 6th performance at the Regent is the first Boston preview.

I’ve spent the past 2 decades reinventing my instrument, developing new shows, even writing full orchestra scores so I could explore how this new instrument interacts with symphonies. The experience was like a long slow whittling away of everything that wasn't essential and a focus on the fundamental of the instrument.

From a 75-lb ornately decorated symphonic instrument to an 11-lb carbon-fibre electric instrument, the journey was fascinating and sometimes crazy. What I want to show in "Honey, I Shrunk the Harp!" is that metamorphosis, in an almost cartoon-like, iconic way.

- Deborah Henson-Conant (Sept. 2010)

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