Latin American Harp & Music

Daniela Lorenz, Harp

Latin American harp music

Daniela Lorenz has made the music of the Latin American harp accessible to European and international audiences. She has been performing across Europe and South America for two decades and has showcased Latin American harp music on numerous albums.

The Paraguayan harp is Daniela’s preferred instrument, which allows her to convey a unique musical culture in a virtuoso manner. This special harp with its impressive ring and the music associated with it, its interwoven, lively rhythms and touching melodies fascinates and inspires audiences worldwide. Thanks to its fiery temperament, contemplative passion and brilliant virtuosity, Latin American harp music is particularly varied and replete with different subtleties.

Originally baroque and sacred music, the sound of the Latin American harp has developed over the centuries through a mix of diverse influences on the continent: the cultures of indigenous peoples, populations of African slaves and their descendants, and the constant European influence on an extremely diverse musical culture.

The subtle poetry of Latin American origins, and stories from local narrative cultures shape many songs. These are carried by rhythms, harmonies and lines of melody whose roots lie in Indian, African and European musical traditions.

The Paraguayan harp

Baroque harps (named Arpa Colonial and Arpa Misional) were introduced to the continent by European missionaries between the 16th and 18th centuries and have become an important part of musical identity and culture in Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and the countries of the Andes.

The Paraguayan harp is the most mature and sophisticated of the Latin American harps, both in terms of playing and its construction. These are made from light Paraguayan cedarwood and strung with 37 nylon strings, which are plucked on the fingernails. This brings a simultaneously brilliant and clear as well as warm sound to the instrument.