Brandee Younger, Harpist
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Bio: A versatile musician who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. Performing mainly on a concert grand classical harp, Brandee Younger is often heard performing jazz, classical and hip-hop in a seemingly effortless manner.
Best-known for her limitless drive, Brandee remains in high demand and attracts the attention of today's most well-known artists, producers and groups. As a classical harpist, she has performed with an array of orchestras including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Soulful Symphony, Ensemble Du Monde, Camerata New York and the Red Bull Artsehcro, a "non-conformist" orchestra. She has worked & recorded with a number of jazz luminaries including Ravi Coltrane, Nat Reeves, Charlie Haden, Reggie Workman, Kenny Garrett, Rashied Ali, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Geri Allen, Jack Dejohnette and Steve Wilson, as well as with a host of New York City's top, young jazz musicians. In hip-hop, she has worked with several producers, including Ryan Leslie on the album of Bad Boy© recording artist, Cassie and 'Finding Forever', the number one album of Hip-Hop recording artist, Common. She effortlessly performs in many diverse genres, due to her proficiency as an artist and all around musician, not just as an instrumentalist.
A native of Long Island, Brandee grew up in Hempstead and Uniondale, New York where she began her harp studies as a teen. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance and Music Business at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and her Master of Arts in Harp Performance from New York University. Currently, Brandee resides in New York where she freelances as a soloist, and performs as part of The Workman String Summit, led by bassist Reggie Workman and the Laura Kahle Quintet, led by composer and trumpeter Laura Kahle.
Brandee teaches privately in New York and is on the harp faculty of the Hartt School Community Division, at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
To find out more about Brandee Younger, visit her websites: www.brandeeyounger.com/ or www.myspace.com/brandeeayPiano & Harp Planar Wave System (4000)