Selected styles

15Aug
The harp is a great addition to the traditional selection of instruments involved in jazz. One of Brenda's main goals as a harpist is to get this point across both by playing and by spreading the word. Together with Sabine Meijers, she has founded the International Jazz Harp Foundation, with the ...
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16Aug
Digging deep, climbing high... What if you play the harp (not the harmonica..), and you love the blues? You give in and buy a guitar... or you bend over backwards and do it on a harp! Brenda got herself a solid body electric harp and found a guitar teacher willing to explore the blues-ness of the ...
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15Aug
Driven by the urge for a direct and honest connection with her instrument ànd her audience, Brenda started to explore the possibilities of pure improvisation. No limits, no boundaries, no rules other than maintaining a certain tension, breathe, and connect with the harp and the ...
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Highlighted Collaborations

04Nov
Vision Improv is a musical love affair between a bassoon and a harp. Marieke voor de Wind (bassoon) and Brenda played together for the first time in 2008. Their instant musical connection and interplay made them realize what playing music actually meant to them, and how they could get closest to ...
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21Aug
Harpzz is an eclectic harp duo, in which Brenda collaborates with fellow harpist Sabine Meijers.As they run the Jazz Harp Foundation together, jazz is naturally part of their repertoire. But they also enjoy tango and classical repertoire.They do like to present the harp with an original twist, like ...
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21Aug
A new collaboration, and I very much looking forward to our performances together!Isabella has a great personality and a mesmerizing voice. I love that she can beautifully sing a classical opera aria with appropriate force and vibratos, and minutes later be velvet-y and grooving in a jazz song. ...
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Bio

Brenda started playing harp at the age of 7.
At the Rotterdam Conservatory (nowadays called Codarts University of the Arts), where she started studying with Teresia Rieu when she was only 13, she developed a very solid base both technically and musically.

After graduating Bachelor in Music in 1998, Brenda received a grant to study in Germany with Prof. Helga Storck, where her performance skills and orchestra playing were brought to a higher level. This resulted in her winning the auditions for both the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in the Summer of 1999.

Brenda concluded her classical training by returning to Codarts, where she refined her technique and musical sensitivity under the guidance of Godelieve Schrama.

Parallel to her classical music education, she made several escapades to jazz harp by taking lessons and workshops with Park Stickney, Deborah Henson-Conant and Carrol McLaughlin. Since 2005, Brenda is actively involved in the world of jazz harp. Both in playing and in spreading the gospel: together with fellow harpist Sabine Meijers she founded and leads the international Jazz Harp Foundation.

Through the discovery of a strong and intuïtive musical connection with fellow musicians Marieke voor de Wind (bassoon), Sietse van Gorkom (violin), and, ultimately, herself, her journey continued into the field of free improvisation.

Most recently, she has been reïnventing her playing on the traditional acoustic folk harp. This development has been catalyzed by a temporary but inspiring collaboration with Turkish musicians presenting contemporary compositions and improvisations based on Middle Eastern, Balkan and West African folk music.

As a free lance musician, Brenda has the luxury to be able to integrate all the above mentioned genres into her professional life. At any given time, one might find her performing jazz in a classy combo, presenting the French impressionists in a church recital, playing the blues at the corner jam, improvising with a bassoonist and a painter or a story teller, grooving with a DJ at a club or corporate event, or teasing tradition as a folk harper with a twist.

Brenda regularly teaches improvisation and basic jazz & blues workshops in The Netherlands and abroad with Sabine Meijers for the Jazz Harp Foundation. She is also available for private lessons and as an instructor at educational events like the upcoming 2015 edition of the International Harp School of Island Mountain Arts in Canada.

Brenda is an amateur singer, violin and cello player, and mother of two boys currently in competition on hitting the toy piano keyboard with a drum stick as effectively and patience-stretchingly as possible ;)

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27Nov
Music at the crossroads of life Playing at funerals and memorials is wonderful. By playing live, I can help to ease the tension at these often emotionally difficult events. Also, depending on the specific requests of my clients, I can select repertoire and play in such a manner that my music ...
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27Nov
The Jazz Harp Foundation is founded in 2007 by fellow harpist Sabine Meijers and me, to advance jazz harp education and promote jazz harp worldwide. For more info, check www.jazzharp.org.
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27Nov
Experience the harp up close and personal! Over the past years, I have enjoyed presenting the harp in private concerts to couples, extended families, companies, rotaries, etc. A private concert can take place in your home, at an event location, a museum, or even a restaurant. It can be presented ...
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21Aug
Great for festivals, concerts and clubs: Jazz harp, in various combinations or solo the Real Blues Harp Band Violin&Harp Improvisations on beat based music the concepts of Vision Improv At request, solo recitals are possible as well, whether as a public or a private performance. I do ...
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21Aug
Those who want to learn about the basics of jazz, blues and improvisation for harp are welcome for private lessons in my studio in Rotterdam, NL, or by Skype. I am available for more 'traditional' harp teaching as well. By this, I mean teaching technique and more classical and folk oriented music ...
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21Aug
A unique musical concept for your business event? Awe your guests with an original act? Contact BlueLuna for bookings: www.blueluna.nl / +31 (0)346 250055
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Brenda Dor-Groot 
Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31(0)6 4058 7484

brenda@dorgroot.com

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