While undertaking an independent study in the fall of 2006 surveying the general history of harps, she discovered the Irish wire-string harp, or clairseach in Irish Gaelic. In 2009 she commissioned Triplett Harps of San Luis Obispo, CA to build her 35-string Luna, which is featured in several of her recordings. She is pursuing Gregorian Chant on the wire-strung harp, which is historically a secular instrument, and makes her own arrangements of the Chant in a New Age style in her recording studio. She layers her digitally sampled organ many times to recreate a reverberant cathedral space. Sounds from nature are blended into her work.
Musical influences: Enya, Loreena McKennitt, London Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (She attended concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall while growing up), Benedictine Solesmes chant, the piano music of Chopin, Debussy and Ravel, the French symphonic organ music of Widor and Boellmann, and emerging New Age artists not so well known. She also studied noted wire harpist Ann Heymann's techniques with Celtic folk tunes for some time before she started her own arrangements of chant for wire-strung harp. She has been doing photorealistic drawings and paintings of plants and nature scenes for many years. She is primarily self-taught in this area and started when very young, a few years before starting her piano lessons. Her CD Vox Celeste has artwork for every track in a glossy 16-page booklet and can be seen on her website at www.sherrimatthew.com/artwork.html. Read more on Last.fm.
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