Mary Lattimore

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Mary Lattimore
Born1980 (age 4142)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Genres Experimental
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, harpist
Years active2007–present
Labels Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey, Three Lobed Recordings

Mary Lattimore (born 1980) [1] is an American classically trained harpist based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her solo work and collaborations with fellow Philadelphia musician Jeff Zeigler, she has performed with prominent indie musicians including Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, and Steve Gunn. [2] [3]



Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, [4] Lattimore was raised in western North Carolina. [5] Her mother was also a harpist, and so Mary learned to play the harp when she was 11 years old. She was not very interested in it at first, but this began to change as she got better at it. [6] She studied at the Eastman School of Music where she worked on the college radio. [7]

Musical career

One of Lattimore's first musical activities was her contribution to the Valerie Project, which released its self-titled debut album in 2007. This album was intended to be an alternative soundtrack to the film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders . [4]

Lattimore released her first solo effort in 2012, a self-titled cassette, on Fred Thomas' Life Like imprint. The following year, this album was re-released by Desire Path Recordings [8] as The Withdrawing Room. [4]

In 2014, Lattimore and Zeigler released Slant of Light on Thrill Jockey. [2]

Also that year, Lattimore received a Pew Fellowship grant, which she used to travel around California and Texas; while doing so, she recorded the album At the Dam, which was released on Ghostly International in 2016. [5] The album's title was taken from an essay about the Hoover Dam in Joan Didion's 1979 book The White Album . [9]

On 18 May 2018, Lattimore released the album Hundreds of Days , which received critical acclaim. [10] [11]

Lattimore's harp work is featured in an episode of Atlas Obscura released in 2021. [12] [13] On Steve Gunn's album Other You (Matador, August 30, 2021) she contributed to “Sugar Kiss,” an instrumental duet. [14]


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