Struck by the unique texture and bell-like twang of three acoustic plucked instruments, the members of the Noble Fowl Trio came together at the Yale School of Music. With the goal of developing a strong repertoire for the instrumentation, they have commissioned new works for the trio by composers such as Nomi Epstein and Lainie Fefferman. Performances include concerts for the Connecticut Guitar Society, British Art Center, Yale Chamber Music Series, and Wicker Park Art Center.
Claire Happel (harp)
Claire Happel has performed in such ensembles as the Berg Orchestra, Ostravská Banda (part of Ostrava Days of New Music), HarpCore 4, City of Prague Philharmonia and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is currently surrounded by jazz musicians, playing for high tea at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. She has attended the Round Top, Courchevel and Aspen Music Festivals, performed at American Harp Society Conferences in Chicago and Tacoma, and has been the Advertising Manager for the World Harp Congress Review since 2002. Originally from Quincy, Illinois, Claire double-majored in harp performance and dance at the University of Illinois and received her Masters and Artist Diploma in harp performance from Yale University, where her teachers were Ann Yeung and June Han, respectively. She received a Fulbright Grant for the 2007-08 year to study with Jana Boušková in Prague, Czech Republic and now lives in Chicago, where she considers Sarah Bullen to be an important mentor.
Jeremy Harting (mandolin/guitar)
Jeremy Harting performs music from baroque to rock on the guitar and mandolin and has played with such ensembles as the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Diesel Lounge Boys, and the Grant Street Scandal. He has premiered several new works and played at events throughout North America including the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival (NY), Acadia International Guitar Festival (Nova Scotia), 92nd St Y (NY), and Pennsylvania Academy of Music Guitar Festival (PA). His performances of popular music with the Clayton Anderson Band have led him to an extensive touring schedule, canvassing Mid-western and Southern states. Jeremy holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Guitar Performance from Ithaca College and Yale University respectively. Currently he is finishing his doctoral studies in Guitar Performance at Indiana University, writing his dissertation on the music of Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra.
James Moore (banjo/guitar)
James Moore is a versatile guitarist with many musical personalities, and a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither. Performing on a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, and home-made instruments, James combines the sensitivity and lyricism from his classical training with a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation. James has performed at concert halls and experimental venues across the US and abroad, including shows with The Wulf (LA), the Bang on a Can Marathon (NY), the Fringe Theater (Hong Kong), the Performa Festival (NY), the Kitchen (NY), the Barbican Center (England), Northwestern University (IL) and the Whitney Museum (NY). In additional to his work with Dither, he is a member of the groups Oliphant, Passenger Fish, Object Colleciton, and Ensemble de Sade, and has performed with Bang on a Can, Alarm Will Sound, Clogs, and members of The National. James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received degrees in guitar performance from UC-Santa Cruz and the Yale School of Music. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.