“An otherworldly collection that brings the harp centre stage”
The Sunday Times
“Swinging, brave and sexy”
London Jazz News
Tara Minton is an Australian born harpist, vocalist and composer. She is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps and holds a master's degree in jazz performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sought after as both a harpist and vocalist, Tara has worked with Björk, ESKA, Stan Sulzmann, Ester Wiesnerova, Faris Ishaq, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars and the Australian World Orchestra. She leads her own original project as a harpist/vocalist and sings with “The Blues and Roots Ensemble” - a London based nine-piece band celebrating the music of Charles Mingus. Tara has been working with Ed Babar and David Ingamells as long term collaborators and friends for many years.
In 2020 Tara released her critically acclaimed album ‘Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid’ exploring themes of climate change and mer-myth. She consolidated the album's success with an intimate duo album released in January 2022 - ‘Two For The Road’ with bassist Ed Babar. The album was produced by Geoff Gascoyne and features Stan Sulzmann on tenor saxophone. Last Summer Tara made her Ronnie Scott's headline debut, her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall and was featured soloist in a special show celebrating the music of Burt Bacharach recorded live at Ronnie Scott's for broadcast on the BBC.
Tara is a passionate music educator and advocate for the harp in jazz and improvised music. She was invited back to the Guildhall at the beginning of 2023 as a guest artist working with the jazz department and has given masterclasses in jazz and improvisation at many of the country’s top music colleges. She co-hosts 'The Jazz Podcast' with saxophonist Rob Cope, which was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2022.
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