Harp & Vocals – The Blues and Roots Ensemble; Professor of Jazz Harp – London Performing Academy of Music; Director – SpiceJazz Soho; Cohost – The Jazz Podcast
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Ballarat; The Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Tara Minton is an Australian born harpist, vocalist and composer. She is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps and holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tara is well established as both an improvising harpist and vocalist and has worked with Björk, Tom Walker, Miranda Mulholland, “Kitty, Daisy and Lewis”, SuRie, Stan Sulzmann, Tommaso Starace, Tony Kofi and Geoff Gascoyne. She leads her own original project as a harpist/vocalist and sings with “The Blues and Roots Ensemble” – a London based nine-piece band celebrating the music of Charles Mingus.
In 2020 Tara released her critically acclaimed album ‘Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid’ exploring themes of climate change and mer-myth. She consolidated the album’s success with an intimate duo album released in January 2022 – ‘Two For The Road’ with bassist Ed Babar. The album was produced by Geoff Gascoyne and features Stan Sulzmann on tenor saxophone.
Tara is a passionate music educator and advocate for the harp in jazz and improvised music. She was appointed Professor of Jazz Harp at the London Performing Academy of Music in 2021 and has given masterclasses in jazz and improvisation at many of the country’s top music colleges.
Tara is also one of the three Directors of SpiceJazz Soho alongside Paul Pace and Clement Reger and co-hosts The Jazz Podcast with saxophonist Rob Cope.
“An otherworldly collection that brings the harp centre stage” – The Sunday Times
“Irresistibly seductive” – Jazzwise
“Swinging, brave and sexy” – London Jazz News
Last updated 2022