Ulla van Daelen is considered the ambassador for the harp: "Simply amazing - we have never experienced the harp like this!"
With her virtuoso and soulful harp playing she has enchanted her audience in a unique way for decades! Her compositions are inspired by jazz, pop, folk and of course classical music in its most lively form! On her new album "Mandala" Ulla van Daelen presents her wonderful diversity as a composer and interpreter for the first time at Stockfisch!
Ulla van Daelen was already improvising on the piano at the age of five and won her first awards at the age of ten, when she participated in Germany’s most respected Youth competition “Jugend musiziert”. As early as the age of twelve, she discovered the harp to be her dream instrument, winning her first award for harp six years later. Engagements at numerous opera houses and concert tours in the United States and Japan followed.
Ulla van Daelen was then appointed to the position of solo harpist of the WDR Radio Orchestra. She is known to defy any attempt of categorization into a specific genre, and she began to develop new sounds and rhythms for the harp, drawing inspiration from frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with renowned jazz musicians and the WDR Big Band as well as with artists of the pop and world music genre.
She is one of the most popular examples for innovative harp music to date.
Super-Audio-CD Hybrid: SACD Stereo + CD-Layer
SFR 357.4100.2 • total time 57:05
• release date Sep 25, 2020
"The harp has never been heard so varied - so rhythmic, so lively, so full of amazing motifs and ideas. Ulla van Daelen replaces an entire orchestra and makes you feel like you are in a concert hall, but sometimes also like in a rushing forest by a clear stream - simply put: wonderful." Elke Heidenreich
Ulla van Daelen began to develop new sounds and rhythms for the harp, drawing inspiration from frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with renowned jazz musicians as well as with artists of the pop and world music genre. She has since repeatedly been invited to be a guest soloist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, she has accompanied the Young Tenors on their Christmas Tour and has recorded with famous artists such as Vince Mendoza, Charlie Mariano and Lalo Schifrin.