I'm Ahya Simone and I'm an internationally acclaimed harpist/composer/filmmaker. Right now, I am in need of a new concert grand harp.
I've been playing the harp for 12 years- receiving my Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in 2014 for Harp performance. I have also performed alongside artists such as Kelela, Juliana Huxtable, Tunde Olaniran and Kelsey Lu.
Receiving an electro-acoustic harp will allow me to play both acoustically, as well allow me to play easily with amplifications, a quality sound for recording sessions, add electronic effects, perform in larger rooms, and create innovative on-stage soundscapes .
In order to decide on a harp, I also must travel to harp showrooms and try them out before buying. I will need to travel from Virginia, New Jersey, and Chicago to test multiple harps out. I am looking to make my goal as soon as possible to finish my début Electronic R&B EP, and to enhance my live performances and collaborations.
It would really mean a lot to me to know you support and believe in my art to help me continue exploring the harp outside of classical music. If you help me reach my goal, I will give a free 30 min virtual concert on my new instrument at a later date!
See price breakdowns and check out some of my work below. Please share this fundraiser on your social networks! Every little bit helps!
Thank you all so much in advance for supporting Black Trans Women artists.
To find out more about my story and some of my work :
Fqchronicles (director,writer actress)
Treasure From Tragedy to Trans Justice
Price Break Downs:
Harp Strings (2 sets) : $1000
Harp accessories: $2000
Travel and lodging: $2000
Harp regulation for one year: 1000
Effects pedals (3+) - $500-700
Insurance for 5 years: $2000
If I make $20,000 in addition to my goal, those proceeds will go towards my gender affirming surgeries. Any funds beyond that will go to the Cass Tech Harp and Vocal Program in Detroit,MI.
Cass Tech Harp and Vocal Website