Tara Minton – jazz harpist/vocalist

about+meTara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation as an gifted performing artist and educator.

Tara and her trio/quartet have played some of London’s most iconic venues including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The 606, The Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs, The Pheasantry, Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, Le QuecumBar, The St Pancras Old Church and Brasserie Zédel. Tara has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe over the past eight years as well as playing The Rockwood Music Hall in New York in 2015 and shows at The Paris Cat in her home town of Melbourne whenever her schedule permits. In 2018 Tara appeared with Björk on “Later… with Jools Holland” and had the privilege of touring with her to Barcelona to play Primavera Sound. This year Tara recorded with Tom Walker and appeared with him on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and The BBC One Show. She has opened concerts for SuRie (The UK’s 2018 Eurovision contestant) and Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden.

Tara’s debut UK album “The Tides of Love” was released on the 6th of April, 2016 to a sold out concert at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. It is distributed through Discovery Records and is available to stream on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

Tara is endorsed by Camac Harps and plays a Camac Big Blue electric harp. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the Camac family and has given many concerts and workshops for them over the past eight years. In 2017 Tara won a scholarship to study a Masters of Jazz at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is the proud recipient of the Andrew Loewenthal Award given through the Tait Memorial Trust.

Aside from live performance, Tara is passionate about music education. She conducts workshops in jazz harp with her trio and gives private lessons in harp and voice. She founded “The London Jazz Harpers” alongside Brenda Dor-Groot and Zannah Evans, organising regular meets and harp jams to promote a culture of improvisation within the harp community.

“I recommend her highly, to everyone interested in an artist whose musical expression is equalled only by her warmth and integrity. ”
— Jakez Francois, Director of Camac Harps
“Amazingly talented ”
— Tom Walker
“An astonishingly gifted performer who grabs hold of music by the scruff on the neck and won’t let go.”
— Tim Boniface (Arranger, Composer, Jazz musician, Priest.)
“Tara is a wonderful musician and songwriter. The concert with her trio presenting her new album was stylish and heartwarming. All three are fantastic musicians who clearly love what they do and shared their emotions with an enthusiastic audience. They make you feel like you’re part of the family. ”
— Gabriella Dall’Olio, Head of Harp, Trinity Laban College of Music.
“Minton’s voice is clear, strong and pure and conveys a great deal of sincerity – ‘February Forever’’s verse has a tumbling flow of confessional lyrics that clearly owe a debt to Joni Mitchell, whose influence can also be seen in the swooping multi-register melody and the carefully thought out complexity of the arrangement…with the harp taking on the role usually given to the piano, adding an attractive space and lightness. ”
— Eddie Myer, Jazz Views
“Minton’s set was at once relaxing and strangely invigorating, a performance which danced along the line between comforting warmth and intense heat. What really made the evening was not Minton’s blessing of a voice, nor her equally talented drummer and bassist, but the captivating enthusiasm that all of the performers brought. Her storytelling between songs left you with the impression of that one fun family member who you can’t wait to see at Christmas.”
— Sam France , Mancunian Matters<img