Jeremy harman, cello
Boston-based cellist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Jeremy Harman is always exploring shifting musical terrain with a continual desire to evolve as both an artist and a person. Drawing from a diverse pool of stylistic influences including contemporary classical, modern jazz, folk, metal/hardcore, post-rock, downtempo electronic, and free improvisation, his musical path has taken him across the globe in venues ranging from concert halls and art galleries to carnivals, street corners, bars, clubs and d.i.y. house shows.
Jeremy's project Long Is The Walk has just released it's debut album Spirits + Ghosts, a hauntingly hypnotic collection of songs and virtuosic instrumentals which weave together coming-of-age tales of an individual struggling to hold on to dreams and purpose as the naivete of youth fades and is replaced by an obsession with the finite nature of time and of life. Harman has stepped out as a songwriter and created a compelling sonic realm that is equal parts earthy and ethereal. Fleet-fingered acoustic guitar ostinatos pulsate throughout, layers of cello spend as much time chugging viscerally as they do whispering ominously, and lush, understated vocal harmonies bring to mind Bon Iver and Andrew Bird, all set against the backdrop of the tight jazz-tinged rhythm section of drummer Jens Ellerhold and upright bassist Joey Pierog. The end result is a dream-like mixture in which raw grit repeatedly gives way to atmospheric beauty.
Jeremy is the cellist for the NYC-based Sirius Quartet who have spent the past few years playing shows abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Malaysia and closer to home at Merkin Hall, Shapeshifter Lab, The Lily Pad, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, The Issue Project Room and other venues for forward-thinking music and art. Recent collaborators include Tracy Silverman, Uri Caine, Rufus Reid, John Escreet, Linda Oh, Billy Martin, Peter Stan, Ivo Perelman, and Matthew Shipp. He also appears frequently with instrumental chamber music/indie-rock alchemists Cordis, including a spot on NPR's Mountainstage and shows throughout the Eastern US.
As a freelance cellist, Jeremy has been fortunate to cross paths and share the stage with an extremely wide range of artists including Quincy Jones, John Williams, Pinchas Zuckerman, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Bennett, Sir Elton John, Sting, Lady Gaga, DeVotchKa, Debbie Harry, Mark Ribot, Mary J Blige, and Peter Gabriel in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, House of Blues Boston, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kodak Theatre, Walt Disney Hall, and The Newport Jazz Festival.
Also spending much of his time in the studio writing arrangements and tracking strings for other artists, Jeremy has worked in some the most in-demand studios in Boston and NYC including Electric Lady, Systems Two, Futura, Mix One, Zippah, Spin, and East Side Sound.
Harman was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied cello at the UMKC Conservatory before moving to Boston to attend the Longy School of Music; his teachers were Carter Enyeart and Terry King, respectively. He currently works as a freelance/session musician and music teacher in the Boston and NYC areas.