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Park Stickney, jazz harp, with guest artist Jeremy Allen, bass
2022 12th USA International Harp Competition
Friday, July 8, 2022 at 7:30PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Park Stickney, jazz harp, with guest artist Jeremy Allen, bass

Legendary jazz harpist, Park Stickney, presents a program on the electric harp that takes the harp to a whole new realm. Park’s programs evolve “in the moment” on stage and range from classical standards to amazing improvisations. His energy, vitality and humor on stage make him one of the most sought-after jazz harpists of his time. Guest artist and Bloomington favorite Jeremy Allen, jazz bassist, will join Park in several numbers.

About Park Stickney
While attempting to live simultaneously on a farm in Valeyres-sous-Ursins Switzerland, and in Brooklyn, New York, harpist Park Stickney is constantly in motion, giving concerts worldwide, from Adelaide to Zaragoza, solo, or with various collaborations, including the GFI Trio with Björn Meyer and Araxi Karnussian (harp/bass/sax), Héliu with Guo Gan and Frédéric Folmer (harp/bass/erhu) and the world music quartet Modus. Stickney was the subject of a 2018 film by “Plans Fixes” a series which aims to document the French-speaking part of Switzerland through the eyes of regional personalities. He’s appeared on the French television program “La Boîte à Musique,” performed on the QE2, recorded with the “Crash Test Dummies” and Jonathan Coulton, played with young oud students in the West Bank, given concerts in a mine in South- Tyrol, in a thermal bath in Switzerland, in a New York McDonalds, in Sri Lanka, in Hong Kong, in Moscow, Madras, Moldavia... He’s played Broadway pits in NY, toured with the Fantasticks in Japan, played a soldout solo show at the Sennheiser Shanghai Concert Hall, and appears regularly on page 97 of Patricia Cornwell’s novel “From Potter’s Field.” Park teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, and has given masterclasses and workshops at nearly every harp festival that exists. In 2021 he completed a PhD (Giant Steps for Harp: New Approaches to the Pedals), at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. He is also an enthusiastic and spectacularly absent Swiss volunteer fireman.

About Jeremy Allen
Jeremy Allen, a Grammy-nominated bassist, has performed in the United States and abroad with such jazz luminaries as Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, and George Garzone. DownBeat magazine describes his playing as “worthy of Jaco Pastorius.” He has recorded on Origin Records, Cadence Records, Patois Records, Artists House Music, and his own label, Watercourse Records. Well-known in Bloomington, Jeremy recently served as the Interim Dean of the Jacobs School of Music and has taught jazz studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2006.

This event is part of the 12th USA International Harp Competition, taking place June 29-July 9, 2022. The USAIHC is the most esteemed solo harp competition in the world presenting 70+ free solo performances and two ticketed events. More information on the 12th Competition can be found on our website:

Park Stickney is sponsored by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Perry Maull.

Special thanks to the Exclusive Sponsors of the 12th USA International Harp Competition – Lyon & Healy Harps, Inc. and the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Doors will open at 7pm for this general admission event. The estimated length of the program is 90 minutes. Wearing a mask indoors in strongly encouraged. COVID Policy FAQ.