I am a 'blissful/glissy'harpist. I play ambient harp music and regular other forms of modern music. I play 'lite'classical' music with a string quartet and with a harp ensemble. I also am a mezzo-soprano vocalist and sing many styles of music. Particularly 'kirtan/bhajan' in Sanskrit and Hindi,African-American Spirituals and gospel, Jazz, folk and salsa music. I love all styles of music and adapt my singing and playing to as many genre's of music as humanly possible. I have concertized in many parts of the world and love indigenous forms of music as well. My goal is to keep music as 'fresh and fiery' as possible. I also play keyboards and folk guitar.
Price Range: $250.00 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Insurance: depends on venue requirements - I am covered by MusicPro Insurance
What to Expect
"When it rains, it promises an auspicious event," harpist and vocalist Radha Botofasina assured the audience at Royce Hall Sunday night as she opened a concert dedicated to the memory of Alice Coltrane. After Botofasina set the tone with a soulful interpretation of a piece from Coltrane's sacred music series. LA Times-Chris Barton
'Radha was very responsive, always available for discussion, sought out special requests and practiced new songs to assure satisfaction and was a major addition to my daughters wedding. She played for 2 consecutive hours and we received numerous positive comments from our guests. I am extremely glad we added her to our special day. She enhanced the overall experience and memories of the event and I would strongly recommend her to anyone." Dan Wilson- Tiato Restaurant Wedding
People say they feel very happy or very peaceful after the performances
Available for recordings, yoga classes, meditation retreats, private affairs, weddings, memorial services, and concerts
Radha plays harp on a Lyon & Healy Style 17, a Camac Clio Little Big Blue electric-acoustic harp and a Dusty Strings FH26 folk harp.
During a two-decade long association, Radha Botofasina recorded four devotional albums with the late Alice Coltrane, her spiritual and musical mentor. Alice Coltrane also gifted Radha with her first harp. She awakened an interest in Radha about the harp—the beauty of its harmonics and the freedom of its motion. Radha performs in many venues on harp, such as the Royce Hall at UCLA, The Ebell Club of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Cal Arts,Grand Performances, Mc Arthur Park Lefferts Paviliion, to name a few.
Radha began her vocal studies while a student at Goddard College in Vermont with teacher Joyce Vos-Kadwell. She continued under the tutelage of Martin Lawrence in New York City, with whom she studied for five years. During that time, she also studied jazz piano with the noted player and composer Mary Lou Williams. Through her association with Alice Coltrane, Radha learned how to sing beyond what her "mind" allows and to go vocally and on the harp, where her heart takes her.
Additional Booking Notes
If the string quartet is employed, a professional PA system is required by the promoter. The solo harpist does not require a PA.
Past Booked Events
|September 07, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
The set list can start with the Beatles to Rihanna or in the classical Bach and everyone of the classical composers. Also Jazz and gospel.
Influences & Inspiration
Everyone great music master from the Coltranes to Stravinsky to Ravi Shankar to Yo Yo Ma to African American Spritiuals and American R &B,Soul and Pop music, as well as Cuban salsa music.
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