Photo by Anna Maxwell NSP Studios
Blaire is a founding member of the chamber group Hats + Heels, a quirky duo of bassoon and harp that focuses on storytelling. Their innovative performances are infused with a variety of art forms and technology that help us weave colorful tales ranging from comedic to heart-wrenching, educational to ludicrous, and exploratory to enlightening. Some pieces are original works for bassoon, harp, and narration/theatrics, while others have been arranged and thoughtfully paired with words, images, fashion, or movement. They aim to engage audiences through the universal intrigue of an entertaining story, while allowing space for individual interpretation and emotional expression.
As teaching artists, H+H present hands-on workshops to students of all ages, diversity and arts backgrounds, by designing interdisciplinary and engaging performances. With the mindset that performances tell a story, they coach students through the process of designing a concert - starting at the brainstorming phase and concluding with stage presence and presentation skills.
Hoping to expand their musical repertoire, H+H commission new works, encouraging a diverse group of composers to incorporate elements beyond the musical realm. In addition, the duo love to collaborate with other artists and work to think outside the box when parroting poetry, acquiring artwork, highlighting history, teaching theatrics and venturing in vogue.
Hats + Heels
Chants d’arrière-saison, Bernard Andrès
Eastman Community Music School, 2019