Meet Jill Rogoff
“Remember, Mama, whenever I’m sick or if my arm hurts or my leg hurts or if I have a cough or if I have hiccups or something like that, or if I’m in trouble– you need to bring Nonna to me to sing her songs.” — N., Jill’s eldest grandson
“Jill is the most astonishing musician I’ve ever heard.”
“A magical singer with an extraordinary repertoire.”
“I love the music you write and the tunes and also the stories that go with them.”
“I know as simple fact like I know the sun will come up tomorrow that any time I miss a Jill Rogoff concert, I miss something beautiful and uplifting. I so enjoy the glory of her voice. I so enjoy her harp. Not many times in life do we get to hear such music.”
“Your voice is beautifully magical and has a wonderful timbre. Like faery music played on butterfly wings.”
“Your voice is crystal clear and like a bell, extremely beautiful with your harp playing.”
“Jill, thank you for honoring us with your lovely musical talent. I was so intrigued by the graceful movement of your hands as you played the harp, and the expressive lyrics of your songs.”
“Your concerts sound great – I am not surprised your public cheers. What a gift! Fantastic! A wonderfully versatile lady singer.”
“Jill, you always make the walls sing!”
“Love your singing.” — Joe Newberry
“I’m always embraced by the voice and the variety of music. I find it soothing, emotional and always interesting. I frequently play different discs depending on how I’m feeling at the time.”
“Jill’s music is so delicate…It’s utterly different from what you usually hear these days.”
New Zealand-born Jill Rogoff specialises in traditional music — particularly British Isles/Celtic and Jewish — and early music (from early medieval times onward). She is also a singer-songwriter, therapeutic harper, arranger and unofficial musicologist.
Her music covers 1,400 years, which is why she always invites her audiences to sit down. While she has sung in venues where the audience has numbered thousands, she much prefers more intimate venues, where the music she sings and plays and the stories she tells with the lyrics travel from her heart and soul to those of each listener. She elaborates: “I’m inviting my audience into my personal world: they are guests in my spiritual home. My music is for people who can forget the rat-race for a while, and who are prepared to put aside the questionable musical and artistic values continually being thrust at them through so many different media. My music is neither commercial nor trendy; it has no use-by date. Much of it is introspective and quiet, but I always delight in offering surprises.”
“What a brave and bold concept, executed wonderfully. [Jill's] vocal performance is very strong. Really enjoyed listening to this terrific project.” — Acoustic Rainbow
Jill’s eighth and ninth albums — For Healing (JR007) and Harp Music for Babies (FNN31102010) — were released in 2013 and present part of her therapeutic repertoire — respectively for adults and young children. Check the Albums pages for information and ordering details.
“Really subtle and beautiful, and SO soothing.” “Stunningly beautiful.”
“Your CD… is wonderful, you go from strength to strength. It is getting a good deal of airing in this holiday season.”
“I am loving every second of the healing music.”
It is now possible to download The Celtic Cradle, Across the Narrow Seas, The King’s Well, The Voice of the Wanderer, A Lone Voice, For Healing and Harp Music for Babies. See the respective Albums pages for ordering details of disc formats.
News flash! Upcoming release: Jill’s tenth album, Still Life (JR008) is in the mastering stage. It will feature some of her own songs, harp tunes and poetry-settings, traditional songs and a sprinkling of contemporary pieces by other singer-songwriters.Watch this site for ordering details in the coming months.
So far, Jill has posted seven music videos on YouTube, representing her albums For Healing, Harp Music for Babies, The Voice of the Wanderer, The Celtic Cradle, A Lone Voice, Across the Narrow Seas & The King’s Well. You can also check them out on the Music Videos page here (under Words & Music).
Jill sings and plays for her living, and arranges her own concert schedule. She is available for concerts (both public and private), school concerts, illustrated lectures, workshops and therapeutic harp sessions. You can set these up by clicking on the appropriate button under the relevant section. There are also quick links for this on the left-hand side of this page.
If you want a lesson in singing, stage craft, help with pronouncing languages, folk guitar or lever harp, you can also contact Jill directly.
In addition, you can join Jill’s mailing list. Wherever you live, if you want to be informed when she releases new albums or gives a concert in your vicinity, send her your full name and contact information.
If there’s something missing from this site that you’d like to see Jill add, you can “Like” her professional Facebook page and chat with her there.
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Site last updated November 29th, 2015.