MC & The 7 Pedals, is a band led by Maria-Christina Harper, an award winning, London based, experimental electric harp player. She creates compositions using loop, wah and distortion pedal effects and uses bows and guitar sliders to make the instrument emulate bass, percussive and guitar‐like tones. The band recently released their album “Gluten free” under Valentine Records (UK). The resulting music is cinematic, dreamlike and highly atmospheric as it seamlessly blends traditional and avant‐garde techniques to create mesmerising new forms. The band performs solo, duet or trio depending on the setting.
MC is the first prize winner of the Wales International Harp Competition (2010) performing her own compositions on the electric harp. She studied the harp with an entrance scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.
She has previously performed on Later with Jools Holland on BBC2, at the BBC Radio 1 studios and at the Montreal Jazz Festival. She has also appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the National Portrait Gallery and at many major venues all over Europe.
Additionally, Maria‐Christina has toured or collaborated with many artists including Katie Melua, Soft Cell, Anni Hogan, Alani, Potent Whisper, Jeremy Reed, Pete Long, Richard Strange and Psarantonis.