Graceful Music: Harpist & Pianist

Los Gatos , CA


Los Gatos, CA US 95032 (map)




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Alice Yau is an accomplished harpist, pianist, and organist who plays for weddings and special events in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area. Her distinguishing services to provide... Read more
Alice Yau is an accomplished harpist, pianist, and organist who plays for weddings and special events in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area. Her distinguishing services to provide unique music for your ceremony includes musical blends, ethnic music, and original pieces.

Alice loves playing for weddings and events, and it shows in her work. "Sometimes I can’t believe that I’m being paid to do something I enjoy so much," she says. "I love playing for weddings because people are happy, the music I play is beautiful, and I have the honor of being a part of such an important day in peoples’ lives." She offers in-person consultations, a service others relegate to a demo cd or a repertoire list. She enjoys the emotional connection with each bride and groom before playing for their event.

Because Alice is such an accomplished musician, the couple has a lot of flexibility in the music that they select. Musical selections are not limited to a short list, but rather, the repertoire list is a springboard for musical ideas for the ceremony. Alice is able to play a variety of styles, create her own arrangements, as well as create medleys and blended music (where different songs are ’fused’ together) which makes for unique music that is not available anywhere else.

Alice is constantly on the search for new music that would be appropriate for wedding ceremonies. "I love coming up with fresh ideas, and I love the new ideas that come from brides," Alice states. "Sometimes, when the couples and I get together to brainstorm, we come up with something that we might not have come up with on our own."

Another unique service that Alice is able to provide is the variety of instruments offered. Alice offers the harp, piano, or organ, and couples can even have two or more instruments in the same ceremony. This truly is an distinguishing service that few musicians are able to offer.

Her personal touch, coupled with the exceptional caliber of musicianship, makes her a highly regarded and a much sought-after event musician. Read less
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What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo
What instruments does your group play?
Flute, Harp, Organ, Piano
What is your usual attire?
Black or dark dress.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
I'd be happy to set up a no-obligation consultation at my home studio so you can hear all the instruments in person.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
An hour or less.
How much space do you usually require?
A flat, shaded area approximately 5'x5'.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes, if the location is beyond 20 miles from my home studio in Los Gatos. There may also be additional fees for particularly challenging locations and venues.


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My fianc and I just booked Alice for our May 30, 2010 wedding. In addition to being hugely talented, she was friendly and informative during our trial, which was a bit longer than 1.5 hours! Alice knows a great deal of her repertoire by heart and is willing to learn new pieces if given enough lead time. I researched several other harpists in the South Bay and her prices were the most reasonable she prorates her hourly charge after the hour minimum. Ill be sure to update this post after the wedding. Hope this information is helpful!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
I am not one to review very often but with my experience with Alice at our weeding is one review that I simply have to write. From the moment you meet with Alice you feel at ease she is like family. Most people have sample recordings that you listen to but Alice is able to play ANYTHING and I do mean ANYTHING from memory! She is a true professional but with a warm personality. On our wedding day she was completely organized and set up. When I say she is low maintenance and completely worry free you can understand how important that is to have on your wedding day! Her musical talent is off the charts! It is one thing to play music and quite another to play “beautiful music” and everything Alice played for us was exceptional and lived up to her name! My wife is an accomplished pianist and therefore knows Music. So when I say she was as thrilled I am with every aspect of working with Alice and her Graceful Music you know it is coming from a professional. Often people use priceless with many things but I can honestly say that our experience with Alice was “Priceless” and worth double or triple what we paid you can not go wrong with Graceful Music.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Alice is an absolutely INCREDIBLE musician and worked closely with us in creating the perfect music selection for our wedding day. I loved meeting with her and hearing her suggestions as we described what we envisioned. Clearly had a ton of experience! She knew so many pieces and it was amazing to see her just play them from memory. She was so professional, dependable and responsible that we didn't have to worry at all about any of the musical parts of our wedding. I'd HIGHLY recommend her!
Services Used: Ceremony Music


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