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William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

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Gold Circle tickets include William's new cd "Behind The Veil" to be picked up at the venue, night of show.




William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument, The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Other instruments designed by Close include The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar and The Wing Harp.


William Close is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Earth Harp Collective. The group works with Close’s unique designs to create music-based stage shows that push the envelope of the musical experience. Close’s work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. He has developed two "Symphonic Houses" working with architects to build the musical instruments into the architecture turning the house themselves into musical instruments.


William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His multidisciplinary approach to sculpture, music and installation art blossomed into a new genre of music making designs. His installations and performances have been experienced and adored by audiences throughout the world.




The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. It was developed by William Close in 1999.


The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater, concert hall, architecture or landscape into the instrument.


The long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves. The player runs his hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones.   The Earth Harp derives its title from its first installation. The strings ran from one side of a valley 1,000 ft. across to the other side, turning the earth into a giant harp.


Combining sculpture, installation art and music, the Earth Harp has been installed around the world exploring the


relationship between architecture and music.   Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “Architecture is frozen music”, William Close has strung the Earth Harp to hundreds of world-renowned buildings including the Space Needle in Seattle, the


Coliseum in Rome, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center to name  a few. In addition, he has strung temples and historical sites from Hong Kong to Vietnam and India to South Africa, “freeing” the music from these iconic structures. William has developed two "Symphonic Houses" working with architects to build The Earth Harp into the architecture, turning the houses themselves into musical instruments.




These are just a few of the over 100 original musical instruments designed and built by William Close. Each of the instruments is at once a stunning sculpture and a beautiful sounding musical instrument. All of William’s instruments are used in the various live shows and recordings, creating a highly unique visual and sonic landscape.










William Close and The Earth Harp Collective’s much anticipated album, has just been released. This album reflects the heart of their sound. Lush Rock/Classical fusions, inspired original tracks & fresh interpretations of beloved covers such as the Who’s


“Love Reign O’er Me.”  The brand new cd will be included with each Gold Circle Ticket purchase and can be picked up at the venue night of show.


"The Earth Harp is one of the five coolest things about Coachella" - Rolling Stone Magazine


"A powerful sonic experience and an arresting visual image" - New York Times


“You turned this whole theater in to an instrument, that’s originality. I made  my career on originality and I bow to you” - Howard Stern


William Close & The Earth Harp website