by Max Newman
“We kind of wanted to explore the more aesthetically non-traditional approaches to playing our instruments.”
This was how harpist Stephan Haluska described his main musical goal on his album Crop Circles, made in collaboration with visionary flutist Robert Dick and released on January 19. The album’s release will be celebrated on Friday, January 26 at 8:00 pm at the Convivium 33 Gallery, when Dick and Haluska will be joined by the Max Hyde-Perry Ensemble in a presentation by the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project.
“Honing into the weirder approaches to what we can get out of a flute and harp duo was, conceptually, the only thing we wanted to do going into this. Everything is improvised,” Haluska said during a recent telephone conversation.
This largely reflects Haluska’s own musical goals. Throughout his career, he has strived to push the boundaries of what the harp can do.