Originally from Chicago, Thorn moved to Canada to study at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Music in Harp performance. Since graduating in 2011, she has become a sought after addition to the creative music scene as a harpist and composer. Known for her use of extended techniques, electronic effects, and unconventional uses of the harp, Thorn is active in many projects including Gentle Party, Hildegard’s Ghost, Star Triptych, and Red Moon.
In 2014 she was awarded an Early Career Development Grant for a year long mentorship with Dr. Lisa Cay Miller from the BC Arts Council to study composition. She attended the 2015 International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre, a residency at Spread Art in Detroit in spring 2016 and most recently was selected for the Trading Places Project for a residency and performances in Montreal with guitarist Tony Wilson.
Thorn has been featured in Dances for a Small Stage, Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Greece), BC Buds Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, Suoni Il Per Popolo Festival (Montreal), Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Free Arts Festival.
She released her debut album, Hue, in January 2017. It has been lauded as “smart, contemplative, progressive” (Georgia Straight) and “unique and creative” (Vancouver Sun). In March 2017, her project Gentle Party will be releasing an album under the Phonometrograph label.