ONES TO WATCH

Lara Somogyi

In September this year, we had the pleasure of inviting harpist and Spitfire friend Lara Somogyi to Spitfire HQ for a very special performance and interview. 

Lara Somogyi is a Los Angeles-based harpist and solo artist. Using electronics, looper and FX pedals, she has cultivated a unique, fresh sound, forging a new artistic identity for the instrument, showcasing its versatility and inspiring the next generation of harpists.

Lara was invited to Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers studio to compose and improvise material to picture for the Blue Planet II score, featuring Radiohead. She was also recently brought on board to work with neo-classical label Erased Tapes, where she recorded Ben Lukas Boysen’s album Spells with Nils Frahm, which aired on BBC Radio 6 with Mary Anne Hobbs. Lara worked closely with Ben to shape the sound of the harp, meticulously processing the instrument through layers of tape delays.

As an active live artist, Lara is called upon for her signature combination of electro-acoustic harp and FX pedals, as well as her improvisational skills and compositional arrangements. She recently performed live with artists such as Anderson .Paak, Bazzi, and Josh Groban, and on the BBC with Guy Chambers’ Secrets of a Pop Song.