The virtual pedal harp looks like a concert pedal harp, but with no soundboard or sound of its own. It has a MIDI interface that allows the player to trigger sounds from any MIDI hardware or software instrument. This recording features original solo performances on this unique instrument.
Biography: Bruce Kurnow, currently residing in the San Francisco Bay area, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, stringed harp, harmonica and the Gu Zheng (Chinese harp). He received the Minnesota Music Award in 1984, 1987 and 1988 for harmonica and in 1989 for harmonica, harp and keyboards. He is an active recording artist, musician, composer and producer and has compiled an impressive list of credits.
Bruce toured the United States and Canada and recorded three albums with the country-rock group Mason Proffit from 1971-1973. (Mason Proffit reunited in 2003 and is touring and recording again.) He performed with groups including Passage (inducted into the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame), The Doug Maynard Band and Consort and as a soloist in Minneapolis, MN from 1965-1971 and from 1973 until his recent move to the Bay Area. He is in demand as a studio musician and has played on over 125 albums with artists/groups such as Paul Shaffer, Jevetta Steele, Ann Reed, Phil Upchurch, The Steeles, Terri Nunn, Doug Maynard, Tom Prin, and Lorie Line's Pop Chamber Orchestra. Bruce toured the country with Lorie Line for seven years and was Chief Audio Engineer of her recordings Open House and The Heritage Collection, Volume II. He also formed Bruce Kurnow Productions, a recording studio and music production company located in Northern California. In 1994, he and his wife, Karole, formed the record label Switchback Studios, Inc.
As a solo recording artist, Bruce has forty-two recordings to his credit. Switchback Studios, Inc. has released the following titles from the Portraits of Nature Series (1994) by Bruce Kurnow: Forest Reflections, Mountain Mysteries and Lake Impressions, a collection of romantic favorites called The Nature of Love (1996), Harmonicaland (1999), Pachelbel's Christmas (2001), Peaceful Piano (2002), Here and Now (2003), Holidays in Harmonicaland (2005), DreamSounds (2006), Songs of Earth and Sky (2006), Earth Rhythms (2006), Inner Journey (2006), Max & Bruce Kurnow Live in Palm Springs (2006 duo recording with his father featured on stride-style piano), Live in Palm Springs, Vol. II (2008, again featuring his father Max), Healing Harp (2007) and Peaceful Dreams (2009). Bruce also recorded Harp: Christmas Instrumental (1998) and Relaxing Harp (1999), Peaceful Harp (2004) and Relaxing Christmas Harp (2006) for Compass Productions' Target stores Lifescapes series. He also teamed up with guitarist Bobby "Stinger" Schnitzer to record Full Circle (2006) and with guitarist Dean Magraw to record Healing (2009) for New Folk Records.