Camille and Kennerly Kitt

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Camille and Kennerly Kitt
Camille and Kennerly Kitt Promotional Picture For A Harp Duet Video.jpg
Promo picture for an electric harp duet video
Other names Camille and Kennerly
Harp Twins
Kitt Twins
Occupation Harpists, Actresses, Arrangers
Years active 2009–present
Website Official Website

Camille and Kennerly Kitt are American identical twin actresses and electric/acoustic harpists, who compose, arrange, and perform as The Harp Twins. The Kitt sisters have released over 50 singles online, as well as three physical cover albums. As actresses, the Harp Twins have appeared in several films.

Biography[edit]

The twins began playing piano as children, followed by the harp in junior high school. They earned money for their first harp by taking on jobs such as babysitting and dog-walking in order to show their mom they were serious about playing the harp. Their first harp was a pre-owned lever harp.[1]

Both sisters hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance and graduated with highest honors at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music;[2][3] however, although they were trained classically, the Kitt twins' true musical passion is arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duets.[4] They are also third-degree black belts in Taekwondo, and former Taekwondo instructors.[5] While sparring, Kennerly broke two of her fingers, whereas Camille required stitches in her face as the result of a puncture wound sustained while holding a board that Kennerly was breaking; these incidents made them decide to stop practicing martial arts, focusing on the harp instead.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Camille and Kennerly dressed as elves while filming a video for their The Lord of the Rings soundtrack medley

Camille and Kennerly comprise an internationally performing rock harp duo, commonly referred to as the Harp Twins; they are best known for their duet arrangements of contemporary songs from artists including Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Guns N' Roses, U2, Coldplay, and Journey,[6] as well as music scored for video games, films, and television.[5][7] The Harp Twins have posted 69 music videos on YouTube totaling over 25 million views with over 200,000 subscribers as of July 2015.[8] Their cover of "Stairway to Heaven" alone garnered nearly two million YouTube hits as of August 2013[9] and their version of "Fear of the Dark" received over 2.5 million views as of July 2015.[8]

Bailey Johnson, writing at the CBS News "Feed Blog", described their arrangement of The Cranberries' "Zombie" as an "elegant, wistful and an excellent tribute".[10] Huffington Post arts reporter Mallika Rao said of their Game of Thrones theme arrangement: "Yes, there have been other attempts to cover Ramin Djawadi's haunting tune before, but this one is now the only one."[11] Megan Bledsoe, in her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Harp Performance dissertation[12] remarks that while groups like Harptallica and the Harp Twins provide a new perspective on previous instrumentation choices within these genres, she notes that "the resulting sound of these ensembles, which very closely resembles any harp duet throughout history ... ultimately perpetuates the angelic, calm, feminine stereotypes of the instrument."[6] However, United Kingdom-based heavy metal music magazine Metal Hammer has an alternative assessment of the Harp Twins. In a "Hot New Band" feature on the Harp Twins entitled "Harp Attack", Metal Hammer remarks: "Rather than turn their attention to obvious, classically grounded territory, The Harp Twins have made a name for themselves covering the likes of Iron Maiden, offering classics like Fear of the Dark a fascinating new lease on life."[13]

In October 2014, the Kitt sisters performed and represented the United States at the 8th annual World Harp Festival, in Asunción, Paraguay, which brought together more than 30 national and international artists.[14]

Camille and Kennerly perform on Venus “Classic” Concert Grand pedal harps[15] and Lyon & Healy “Silhouette” Electric lever harps.

Acting[edit]

Camille and Kennerly portrayed "The Merry Christians" in the film Politics of Love, directed by William Dear, and "The Marcelli Twins" in the dark teen comedy blacktino, produced by Elizabeth Avellan. Camille and Kennerly can be seen in the trailer for blacktino.[16] Additionally, the Harp Twins had minor roles in Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Harp Attack (December 2013). Harp covers of rock and metal songs.[18]
Track Length
1. Fear of the Dark 6:22
2. Send Me an Angel 4:20
3. Nothing Else Matters 5:33
4. Paint It Black 3:35
5. Don't Fear the Reaper 4:19
6. It's My Life 2:32
7. Smoke On the Water 3:33
8. Wish You Were Here 3:22
9. Zombie 2:11
10. With or Without You 3:04
11. Sweet Child O' Mine 2:36
12. Highway to Hell 2:21
13. Stairway to Heaven 4:05
14. Dream On 3:47
  • Harp Fantasy (December 2013). Harp covers of video game, anime, film and television soundtracks.[18]
Track Length
1. Game of Thrones Main Title 1:48
2. Star Trek Main Title 2:00
3. Misty Mountains (From The Hobbit) 1:43
4. Mario: Rainbow Road / Dire Dire Docks 2:48
5. Doctor Who Theme 2:02
6. The Rains of Castamere (From Game of Thrones) 2:45
7. Saint Seiya: Mime’s Requiem / Abel’s Harp 2:45
8. The Walking Dead Theme 1:38
9. Final Fantasy: Prelude / To Zanarkand 3:40
10. Silent Hill: Promise (Reprise) / Not Tomorrow 4:56
11. The Legend of Zelda: Ballad of the Goddess 1:44
12. Hedwig’s Theme (From Harry Potter) 2:36
13. Skyrim Main Theme (Dragonborn) 3:04
14. Lord of the Rings Medley 5:14
  • Harp Attack 2 (February 2015). Harp covers of rock and metal songs.[18]
Track Length
1. Dance of Death 7:12
2. Hotel California 4:57
3. Eye of The Tiger 2:40
4. The Unforgiven 4:58
5. Every Breath You Take 3:32
6. House of the Rising Sun 3:04
7. A Tout Le Monde 4:03
8. My Immortal 4:03
9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 3:39
10. Rhiannon 3:12
11. Crazy Train 4:39
12. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) 3:38
13. Carry On Wayward Son 3:16
14. Don't Stop Believin' 2:23
15. Hotel California (feat. Sonido Urbano & Kevin Bartlett) 5:08

Single Releases[edit]

The Kitts have released several of their harp duet arrangements online.

Filmography[edit]

  • Delivery Man (2013)
  • Politics of Love (2011) [19]
  • blacktino (2011)
  • T is for Twine (2011)
  • Super Force 5 (2010)
  • Elephant Medicine (2010)
  • Inside America (2009)
  • The End of Lost Beginnings (2009)
  • Lost Along the Way (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harp Twins 'Game Of Thrones' Cover Earns Chicago Duo Fans' Praise". The Huffington Post. May 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Benders, Sebastiaan (June 2010). "Twee keer zo leuk om harp te spelen als je tweeling bent!" [Twice as fun to play the harp when you're twins!]. Folk Harp Folks! (in Dutch) 17 (2): 6–7. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gemelas del Arpa: 'No sabíamos que teníamos tantos fans en Paraguay'" [Harp Twins: 'We did not know we had so many fans in Paraguay']. Última Hora (in Spanish). October 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "IRON MAIDEN's 'Dance Of Death' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)". Blabbermouth.net. May 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Jones, Anna (May 8, 2013). "Identical Twins Who Play Harp Duets". LA Weekly. 
  6. ^ a b Bledsoe, Megan A. (2012). The Harp in Jazz and American Pop Music (PDF) (Ph.D.). University of Washington. p. 57. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Camille and Kennerly - The Harp Twins". Nintendolife.com. March 6, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Camille and Kennerly". YouTube. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Identical twin sisters become internet hit after covering famous rock hits using nothing but HARPS". Daily Mail. August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Beautiful harp cover of The Cranberries' 'Zombie'". CBS News. March 7, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Harp Twins' 'Game Of Thrones' Intro". The Huffington Post. May 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Our Twenty-third Season! 2014 - 2015". Hawai'i Vocal Arts Ensemble. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "HARP ATTACK!". Metal Hammer (244): 11. June 2013. 
  14. ^ "8VO. Festival Mundial del Arpa se Realizará en Asunción del 3 al 4 de Octubre Próximos" (in Spanish). Municipalidad de Asunción. October 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official Venus Harps website". VenusHarps.com. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "blacktino SXSW Trailer". Vimeo. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Delivery Man (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "Harp Twins ~ Camille and Kennerly". HarpTwins.com. Retrieved March 2014. 
  19. ^ Randeria-Leonard, Shyamal. "Mallika Sherawat Graces Naz 8 Premiere of ‘Politics of Love’". India-West (Ramesh Murarka). Retrieved September 25, 2014. 

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