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EAH (aka Erika “Eah” Herren) has been playing the Celtic harp and the piano professionally since 1997, both solo and with various groups, at a wide range of events. Eah plays many different styles of music, including jazz, Latin, folk, classical, world music, rock, hip-hop and of course her own original music, which spans across all of these genres.
Eah has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the US and Central America. She is based in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, while spending a lot of her time in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing and recording.
Eah is a dual citizen of Sweden and has spent many years studying music there, at Karolinska Skolan. Furthermore, she has studied music at Mills College, Sierra College and San Francisco City College. Besides the harp and piano, Eah is also a singer and has been playing the guitar since 1993. She began composing her own music at the age of 11 and has been busy creating and recording music ever since.
Eah has been playing the harp at weddings since 1997. She is very professional and always receives many compliments from her wedding clients and their guests. She frequently works with DJ Goyo of Uptempo Productions. Besides being a DJ, he is also a stand- up bass player and percussionist. Together they provide all of the music for the wedding. Eah usually begins by playing a selection of classical and folk songs, during the half-hour prior to the ceremony, while the guests are arriving. She then performs the specifically chosen pieces for the ceremony. DJ Goyo then joins Eah at the end of the ceremony, after the kiss, to provide several lively, celebratory pieces on the harp and drum. The two then continue playing for the cocktail hour, providing a jazz/Latin set. In addition they frequently play another set during dinner. They alternate with live music and recorded music throughout the evening. DJ Goyo typically acts as the MC for the wedding, announcing speakers and the various activities. He then fills the dance floor, while spinning a wide selection of great dance music. Unlike many DJs these days, the majority of the music he plays is on vinyl records. DJ Goyo has been spinning records professionally since 1995. For more info on how to book him, visit www.djgoyo.com
Parties, Events and More
Eah performs at art exhibits, auctions, dinner parties and much more.
Besides being involved in many recording projects of her own, with various bands, Eah also works as a Studio Musician, recording tracks on harp, piano, guitar and vocals.
Eah has performed with various groups, at festivals and in venues across the US and into Canada. In San Francisco, where she keeps the busiest, she has played at such clubs/restaurants as The Independent, Cafe du Nord, Amnesia, The Hemlock, Hotel Utah, El Rincon, 12 Galaxies, Brunos, The Super Club, El Rio, Ireland’s 32, Ziryab, We Be Sushi and more…
Music for the Elderly
Some of Eah’s favorite performing experiences have been at assisted living homes for the elderly. She plays both the harp and piano (when available), while singing on many of the songs.
Eah also offers relaxing music for the sick and dying, providing a calming atmosphere for their visiting friends and family members. She has also been a part of numerous memorial services.
Children’s Tea Party and Birthday Party
Eah creates a lovely atmosphere for a Child’s Tea Party or Birthday Party. Besides playing on the Celtic, folk harp, she often brings along a small, African harp, which children love to play on. In addition she brings the guitar and various percussion instruments, for group sing along and games, to provide a joyous, musical experience.
See Eah’s extensive list of songs:
Eah has taken a music teacher training course at Mills College, in Oakland, California, based on the work of Orff-Schulwerk. She leads group music classes and teaches private music lessons on harp, piano and guitar, while also incorporating singing into her lessons.
She has visited several schools as a guest artist, bringing various musicians together, performing on uncommon instruments, to bring an exciting and interactive experience to the children. Once, while asking the children if they had any questions, a young boy asked “Why are you not here every day!”
Eah has taught music in Sweden and has also held group music sessions at both schools and orphanages while traveling in Belize and Guatemala.
Eah approaches teaching from many angles. She has always enjoyed music theory and likes to pass on her wealth of knowledge. However, she believes that music is first and foremost a feeling experience and therefore sees it as a priority to feel the music before the necessity of reading it.
To aid in learning to read and write music Eah encourages her students to compose their own songs, something she herself loves to do! She finds that many students, some still quite young, get very excited about their own compositions and have written some wonderful songs.
Eah has studied drumming and sees rhythm as a very basic and important element in music. She guides her students through rhythm exercises and allows them to put together their own rhythm patterns.
Eah strives to combine a classical and theoretical training with a more hands on, spontaneous approach. Most importantly music is meant to be fun and to feel good! When a student is approaching practice as pleasure, rather then a chore, they will naturally want to continue playing for a lifetime. Of course a healthy dose of discipline is required. If a student is taught both how to read, compose and improvise music, they can alternate between a disciplined study and light-hearted play, and in so doing keep the musical experience fresh and exciting!
EAH AND COLLABORATORS
Amerus is a musical project started by Eah Herren (harp, guitar, keyboards) and Mihai Algiu (drums) -the initial core of the the group that later developed into a four piece band with Paul Beebe (bass) and John Wibberley (guitar). 6 months later, Mark Shaffer joined the Amerus project as bass player, and Paul B switched to lead guitar.
Infused with a wide variety of influences – ranging from world beat, acoustic rock, classical music and progressive metal, Amerus is developing its unique sound within the range of atmospheric alternative indie rock with pronounced minor tonalities and complex composition line – all the while resting on groovy, tribal, rock/dubstep drum beat that makes one’s body and inner being want to move, to participate in the inner journey created by the five.
Eah & DJ Goyo
Erika “Eah” Herren and Gregory “Goyo” Talbot have been performing together at weddings and dinner parties for the past five years. Goyo accompanies Eah on standup bass and percussion. Then after the live performances Goyo keeps the party going by rocking the turn tables. Goyo has over 18 years of DJ experience under his belt.
Amethyst Sound is an awe inspiring project, exploring the ambient and healing sounds of the harp, voice and various percussive instruments. Frankieman “Jungle” Cepeda accompanies Eah on instruments such as the handpan, kalimba, didgeridoo and percussion. He typically begins the performances by opening sacred space, through the use of singing bowls and chimes.
Blue Rabbit is a seven piece band consisting of harp, cello, a trio of female voices, guitar, keyboard and percussion. Blue Rabbit has performed at the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto and South by South West music festival in Austin, Texas. They have won several “best band” and “best song” contests in both the the US and UK. See Blue Rabbit videos on youtube at: Blue Rabbit – Covering the Pixie’s song Hey and Blue Rabbit – Freezing a Frame
Eah is in the process of recording an album with her band Vintage Souls. They combine Celtic harp, cello, drums, guitar, bass, keys and vocals, contributing to a dynamic and melodic sound. Vintage Souls music is in the genre of Ambient Indie Folk Rock and has been described as “delicately intense.” They consider themselves Global Citizens, singing in both English and Swedish, and are inspired by Elemental Beings sprouting from nature’s eternal womb.
Eah has performed with the talented singer/songwriter Amesela on various occasions, including her Record Release Party for the album “Tiny Skin”.
Eah has composed music for the documentary film soundtrack, Abyssinian Journey, released in 2005. She performed solo and together with The Gedamay Ensemble. The film depicted life in Ethiopia and the music wove together instruments from both East and West.
Eah has composed and performed music on the harp for the hip-hop album
“The Organic Equation”, which was released in 2006. Professor Pitt wrote the lyrics and provided the organic rhythms for this exciting project! Check out ourProfessor Pitt & The Organic Equation – Meditation video:
Another inspiring project, Afrandeah, whose instrumentation includes harp, percussion, didgeridoo and vocals have both recorded and performed.
Eah has also done recordings with the band XOLINGO, lead by the singer/songwriter Jeanie Garden.
Eah has also been featured on the recordings of Sonia Cotton
(www.myspace.com/soniacotton) and Kacey Johansing (www.myspace.com/kaceyjohansing)..