Laurence Furr bought a Celtic harp in 2013. After a few lessons, he worked on certification as a therapeutic musician. He is now certified in two accredited programs through the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. He works in this capacity at JPS Health Network, the county hospital for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas. He plays therapeutic music on the Celtic harp and Native American flute in all departments of the hospital, including Surgery, ICU, NICU, Emergency, Trauma Unit, all Critical Care Units, Cancer Unit, and Psychiatric Unit. This work has become his passion and sacred calling.
While recording his first album, Deep Peace, in the studio, Laurence realized that the Celtic harp had become an extension of himself and that the studio was his new home. As he plays, he visualizes and hears the overtones that are created in a cappella singing of Gregorian Chant in large cathedrals and tries to emulate this sound on the Celtic harp. His style of playing is to create a beautiful melody and to allow the overtones to create harmonies as they wrap around themselves. His melodies are inspired by people, places, fragrances, and color. He has since recorded Upon the Corner of the Moon, and the soon to be released, Portraits.
Dr. Laurence Furr is Cantor and Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, TX. He has a B.M and M.M. in Pipe Organ performance from the University of Texas Arlington and Texas Christian University. His Ph.D. is in Humanities with an emphasis in music and art history. While working on his Ph.D., Dr. Furr was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, studying harpsichord at the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain.
He enjoys traveling, reading, trying new wines, drinking single malt scotch and spending time with his spouse and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frasier Furr. He considers northern New Mexico his spiritual home.