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Defined as "The queen of the electric harp", Kety Fusco continues to surprise and subvert expectations with her new single ‘Shivers’, produced by Francesco Motta and Aris Bassetti, to be released on all digital platforms on May 13th on the international label Floating Notes Records. It is the first excerpt from a new solo album coming out in 2023.

With the addition of Carmine Luvone on cello, the Italian-Swiss harpist launches a new provocation: ‘Shivers’ represents a new form of music, a new genre. Fusco’s harp sings as if it were a voice, the sound box creates the rhythm, the resonant strings decorate the harmony, and the scratchy noises envelop the atmosphere of the composition. According to Fusco: "The search for the instrumental genre of the harp is also about discovering what kind of music and genre you can create with it. Since there is no real musical reference to the world of contemporary pop music on the harp, I have to make attempts to express myself and continue to embrace my idea of the contemporary harp, feeling its vibrations and letting myself be overwhelmed by the shivers that these resonances cause me, and continue to compose and let the world discover a new idea of the harp".

Kety Fusco’s music is a mix of insistence and passion, pop and electronic music, wild dancing, and organic research of experimental music. ‘Shivers’ follows the horror sound-track Music To Make A Dream Come True, released last March as the result of extensive sound research undertaken by Kety on her harp. Music To Make A Dream Come True, accompanied by an esoteric videoclip shot by Studio Asparagus, was the result of sampling sounds from Kety’s harp, which she then published in her personal sound library: Beyond the Harp, Extreme, Extended, Experimental, available to artists, producers and art lovers on the website www.ketyfusco.com. Fusco wants to transform the vision of the harp, moving away from the usual arpeggios and sound carpets, and instead delving into a world of timbres that are never usually associated with the instrument. Kety’s sound research on the harp will continue in autumn with the release of the experimental record The Harp by Kety Fusco Pt. I, made in collaboration with IOSONOUNCANE, the mastering and sound engineer Alessio Sabella, and Aris Bassetti. The record will premiere this summer at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Kety Fusco: ‘Music To Make A Dream Come True’ is the new soundtrack by the harpist and sound researcher, out 4 March 2022 on Floating Notes Records.

Kety Fusco transports us to a new era, one of music to make dreams come true and the subversive sounds generated by her harp sound research. ‘Music To Make A Dream Come True’ is an imaginary soundtrack composed by the Italian-Swiss harpist, to be released on all digital platforms on 4 March 2022 on the international label Floating Notes Records. This soundtrack is the result of a sampling of sounds from Fusco’s harp, collected in a digital sound library named Beyond the Harp, Extreme Extended Experimental, available for artists, producers and art lovers on the musician’s official website.

Fusco destabilises the usual perception of the harp, moving away from the arpeggios and sound carpets that the instrument can easily call to mind, thus entering a universe that no listener would ever think belongs to a harp. Fusco has dedicated herself to transforming the sound of the harp, an instrument rich in sonic possibilities, and wishes to make its innovations available to everyone, not just harpists: "For me, thanks to my technique as a harpist learnt during my academic studies, it would be easy to produce arpeggios and soundscapes, but I don’t like playing easy. Instead, I’m interested in the harp being freed from any taken-for-granted connotations and for any kind of musician to explore it with a more punk approach".

In 3 minutes and 47 seconds of experimental music, ‘Music To Make A Dream Come True’ fuses noise, drones and screams with a magical aura. You can hear the cascades of nails on the strings, followed by vocal resonances emitted inside the harp’s sound box. Nicknamed ‘The Queen of the Electric Harp’, Fusco made exclusive use of the classical harp this time. ‘Music To Make A Dream Come True’ conveys to the world for the first time ever a new sound timbre given by the oldest instrument in the world, the harp, which Fusco has completely revolutionised in style.

The highly esoteric video clip accompanying the track was shot by Francesca Reverito and Riccardo Bernasconi of Studio Asparagus, amidst woods, harps suspended in the air like heretical-mystical instruments, evocations and dances in the grip of possession: "Kety Fusco’s sound research is very evocative and immediately triggers dreamlike images, spirits and presences, sometimes disturbing. We have always been attracted to Genre and Fairytale, which is why ‘Music To Make A Dream Come True ‘immediately ‘spoke’ to us". Fusco confirms the creepy mood of the film: "My dream? To make the soundtrack for a horror film!".

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Kety Fusco is to harp what Helen Money and Jo Quail are to cello.

One year after the release of her debut album Dazed, the young Italian-Swiss harpist and composer Kety Fusco gives us a very personal version of the famous song ‘Gnossienne N.1’ by Erik Satie. In this modern reinterpretation, which Kety has entitled ‘Ma Gnossienne’, the harp is used in an unconventional way to generate sounds that have nothing to do with its classical timbre. The entire sound system is set up with sounds of vinyl scratched on metal strings, objects struck on the soundboard of the pre-sampled classical harp, and analogue effects manipulated live.

Switzerland-based Kety Fusco has embarked on a unique harp sound research. She works with Delta Electric Harps from Salvi Harps, who have taken Kety on as their official Ambassador. Her exploration of harp and effects technology began successfully with the debut of her album Dazed, described by Swiss critics as "a white fly". Kety Fusco has over 80 concerts throughout Europe, and she is working on the first world’s sound library of non-traditional harp sounds.

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