Aislinn Gagliardi has an ear for music. As a youngster she studied classical piano, and in her teenage years took up the harp, studying extensively with classical harpist Alison Attar. Aislinn explored her Irish heritage by studying with various Irish and Celtic harpers, including spending a semester abroad at the University of Limerick. This trip provided an opportunity for Aislinn to work with renowned Irish harper Fionnuala Rooney, significantly influencing Aislinn's playing style. Aislinn continued widening her musical scope at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, honing her skills on the pedal harp with Ann Lobotzke, and performing with UWM's Symphony Band, Choir and Collegium Musicum, an early music ensemble.

With a B.F.A. in Inter-Arts (music and dance), an interdisciplinary major in Ethnic Studies and a certificate in Celtic Studies, Aislinn finds herself coming full circle as a sought-after teacher and performer. She has given workshops at the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music (MIFSM), the


Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, and the Great Lakes Harpers (GLH) 2006 Regional Conference. She has also taught private lessons at Chicago’s World Folk Music, and currently teaches from her private Chicago studio.

While Aislinn is in high demand as a solo performer (she has performed at the Milwaukee Irish Fest and Chicago's Celtic Fest, and has opened for Irish vocal legend Karen Casey), she is equally sought after as a member of duos and trios, frequently performing around Chicagoland with fiddler Teresa Shine, among other musicians. On top of all of this, she can be found lending her elegant touch to private parties, weddings, receptions and other special events around the city. A proud Chicagoan, Aislinn was honored to perform at Chicago’s 9/11 Day of Remembrance at City Hall in 2010.

As a recording artist, Aislinn has proved herself to be a valuable collaborator in many styles of music, ranging from Irish to classical to contemporary. Most recently she composed and recorded a soundscape for Wannapa P. Eubanks’ dance concert Coin Story (2010). New projects are always on the horizon, so be sure to check in and see what Aislinn is working on!

Sussie B. Nielson after rain (2004) -
Excerpt Rince Philip A' Cheoil / As I Lay Dreaming (Trad./T.Goddard, song & reel)
Crane Under Water cachectic (2009) - Excerpt Pathetic (Adam Janowski and Aislinn Gagliardi)
Latinisé Outerlingual (2010) - Excerpt Un Bel Di (Puccini)

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