Talia Rose brings music to families

Weaving a multi-cultured tapestry through harp playing, storytelling, prayer and guitar-flute interludes, Talia Rose uses her gift as a weapon against dreary vibes.

"I am dedicated to bringing beauty and music to the planet through my performance and through the one-on-one work I do with people," said Rose

Rose started playing music at the age of five.

As she grew older, she played in every venue possible, from bars to concert halls, even on the street.

It was when she heard Celtic harpist Allan Stivell, a French musician, that she became enamored with the harp.

"I was just a poor, itinerate musician in the '80s who became obsessed with this music," she said. "And I remember once I was working retail, and I heard this music and just followed it down the hall, down the stairs and there he was, playing in the street.

"I remember asking him, 'is it hard to learn?' and he just laughed and said, 'No, not really," recalled Rose.

"Later on, returning to Ashland, I ran into an old friend, John Taylor, and I asked him what he'd been doing with his life. He said, 'Well, you know what I've been doing is building harps.' I was surprised and told him how much I'd been wanting to learn and he said, 'Well, we'll have to get you one,' and three days later there was a knock at the door."

This began Rose's career as a harpist. She worked hard to pay Taylor back for his creation and now owns several harps.

She has performed around the world, blessing locations, telling stories and soothing the masses.

She has an album out, "Mother of All," and an LP of a second album, which she is working on expanding.

"I view this work as an Earth tapestry," she said. "A Native American ceremonial expression, 'Mitakwe oyasin' ('we are family') comes to mind.

"What I love to do, what I see my mission as is to bring music into families," said Rose. "This used to be very alive in our culture, but with all of the influences of technology, it has diminished. I've enjoyed bringing this back for people."

Right now, in addition to teaching both harp and guitar classes, Rose's key project is Earthkids Choir.

"I'm trying to get kids together to sing songs about the earth," said Rose. "All kinds of musical influences should be used; from Native, to hip-hop to rocking out with the kids. It's all singing about joy." Rose is incorporating a handful of her current students, as well as her own 11-year-old son.

"I think that the most important thing about the project is to simply start," said Rose. "Just getting the kids together, just getting the joy and validation going. "&

166;Maybe there's an album in it, down the road."

Rose is planning her third trip and tour of Ireland, a place she sees much of the roots of her music as coming from.

"The past has been very interesting. The Celtic lands are very deep to my heart," she said. "I keep getting called back to this deep home place for me and the music to play."

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