If you haven’t heard Mikaela Davis before, then you’re in for a real treat. This harpist from Rochester is currently honing her craft at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, an expansion to an impressive resume that includes starting the harp in 3rd grade and spending four years in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. To simply describe Davis’s sound, her voice is stunning and her musical talents are humbling.
She occasionally returns to her hometown to grace us with a show, and luckily we’re in for an exceptional evening of music when she shares the stage with Shara Worden at the Bug Jar on Saturday, January 14, opening for a My Brightest Diamond solo performance. If you’re in the area, this is sure to be a show that you won’t want to miss.
The video is of Davis covering Sufjan Stevens’ “Casimir Pulaski Day” from his Illinois masterpiece. It’s a wonderful rendition that possesses enough similarity to pay tribute to one of her influences and enough of her creative arrangement to showcase her musical prowess and claim the song with a style of her own. You’ll want to return to this one again. I promise.