Tasha Smith Godinez - Album Release Concert – The Jazz Lounge

Thu Aug 22, 2024 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
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Tasha Smith Godinez is a lifelong musician. She began her musical studies as a child with both the violin and harp and has continued to dedicate her life to making music ever since. Tasha has studied the harp internationally acclaimed performers and instructors including Isabelle Perrin, Elena Mashkovtseva and Susan Allen.

She holds performance degrees from both San Diego State University (Bachelor's 2005, Master's 2010) and l'Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Corot in Paris, France (2006). Ms. Smith Godinez has held the position of principal harpist for both the Orquesta de Baja California (Tijuana, Mexico) and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (San Diego, California) as well as a handful of appearances with the San Diego Symphony.

A champion for contemporary harp music, Tasha is continuously commissioning and searching for willing and talented composers. She is passionate about breaking the perceived boundaries of her instrument and creating new sound while augmenting the repertoire for the harp.

Outside of her work as a classical musician, Tasha is passionate about jazz and world music. She brings to this music a blend of the many musical influences and abilities creating an interesting and well-rounded playing style. As a composer, Smith Godinez uses the vast array of sonic possibilities on the acoustic, electro acoustic and electric harps to add new and refreshing music to the harp repertoire.

Ms. Smith Godinez is the founder of ENNANGA Records and Publishing. Her published discography on the Ennanga label include solo albums, Postcards from the Soul (2014) and HarpCHICK (2020). She has also released a recording of Michael Byron's solo harp work, In the Village of Hope, on the Cold Blue record label (2015) and a new album of avant-garde music, Metamorphoses, on Centaur Records (2022). Her most recent project, Out of the Desert (ENNANGA 2022), is an album of her own compositions blending jazz, classical and world styles to form her own unique sound.

Tasha teaches harp lessons in San Diego, CA where she is Professor of Harp at the University of San Diego (USD) and Palomar College as well as director of the San Diego Harp Academy