Mia Theodoratus is a composer, improviser and harpist. Her goal is to express life through the harp using classical technique infused with the dynamics of free bop and the rhythm/feel of rock.
When Mia moved to NYC she joined formed Vardo with singer Dawn McCarthy and began playing in clubs like CBGB’s, Coney Island High, the Cooler and the Mercury Lounge with radio shows on WFMU and WKCR. Mia has composed music for the Flight of the Conchords on HBO, Rubicon on AMC and Million Dollar Listing on Bravo.
Her arrangements of rock songs for harp are driving, rhythmic and use a full sound scape of electronics. Current groups performing in NYC and around the world are Adam & Mia, NYC Harp Orchestra and as an Electric Avant Celtic duo with Michael Evans on percussion.
She is featured talent in events like LifeBall 2010 in Vienna, Austria (Club Sandwich Stage), Dueling Harps at the Abron Art Center, NYC and Walt Disney Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, and The National Shakespeare Oedipus Cycle presented in Athens, Greece, Irish Arts Center and numerous club performances all over the world.
David O’Leary and Mia were invited to play for the Irish Prime Minister and President Obama by the House Speaker in March 2011.
She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Irish Arts Center and Mozartinia conservatory.
As a musician she has worked with Charlie Hayden, Roscoe Mitchell, Leona Naess, Ray Chew, Antony & the Johnsons, Susan Allen, the Citizen’s Band, Baikida Caroll, Brandee Younger and Avery Brooks.
Electric Silver – 2014
Celtic Harp, Irish Songs – 2012
Apache b/w Misirlou – 7 inch vinyl 2012
Swirl – 1999
Soft Focus – 7 in vinyl, Gagarin Records 2012 and LP on Sahko Recordings Dec 2012
Hanuman Sextet – 9 meals from Anarchy 2009
Leona Naess Thirteens – 2008