Harpist Brandee Younger, combining classical and nonclassical genres

Posted on: July 20, 2022

Brandee Younger “has spent a long time taking her instrument out of its traditional concert setting, and now she’s bringing it to the courtyard of the Baltimore Museum of Art” in a concert with double bassist Liany Mateo and flutist Anne Drummond, writes Micha Green in Sunday’s (7/17) Baltimore Sun. “While it seems [Younger] has come a long way from hauling her harp to producers’ ‘mama’s basements,’ she is sticking to her longtime goal … ‘You want to make sure that everyone has access to this instrument,’ Younger said, as she prepared for her upcoming performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden on July 24…. Younger started the harp as a flute-playing adolescent collaborating with a family friend, who saw the instrument as a route to a college scholarship. Since then, she’s worked with Lauryn Hill, Drake and Cassie, and has been nominated for a Grammy for her song ‘Beautiful is Black.’ … [At the museum concert], ‘I might rope you in with a nice beat, then segue into something more traditional…. I hope … the audience is both classical music and nonclassical music, and will take something away and hold onto it,’ she said.”