Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician 2018 and 2019 (PitchKC), and featured on Billboard, NPR.org, NEWNOWNEXT, Pride.com, and GRAMMY.com, singer and harpist Calvin Arsenia has built a reputation for turning the arts world on its head.
Arsenia’s angelic, classically-trained voice soars over audiences, enchanting even the fussiest of fans, beckoning them to join him as he flirts between genres.
But the music is just one part of his prodigious performances, for Calvin believes the art is in crafting the perfect moment. His music is best
served live, with sensational performances and high fashion from the visually striking performer who stands at 6’6”.
Arsenia’s height, energy, and curated environments fill the often intimate spaces he performs in. Brought into 9 countries through public and private grants in less than a decade, Arsenia builds a scene for his audience and for himself, packed with beauty and lasting delight.
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“Jeff Buckley meets Nina Simone with this soul of Sam Cooke, and the sparkle of Bjork on a harp.”
“What may seem like genre-hopping in his latest album, Cantaloupe, is actually Arsenia looking past the boundaries of his gospel background and classical training to find the most direct line of expression to inform our common struggles.”
-World Cafe, NPR
"Arsenia’s music is highly conceptual and genre-elusive, so the show was equal parts opera, symphony, musical theater, rock show, all built around its creator: a charismatic 6-foot-7-inch harpist with natural stage command and knack for gilding gold and painting lilies."
- IN Kansas City Magazine
"In his dark, orchestral-driven cover, Arsenia weaves in and out of the melody with Eurythmics-style dreaminess. The strings pulsate along tight, vibrating lines vacillate between reality and surrealism."
- Popdust – Toxic Single
Arsenia blends his classically-trained voice with jazz and electronic influences, creating a melody that lulls you into his own dimension. Then when you hear his Celtic harp solo, you realize this artist is playing by his rules alone.
- pride.com - Headlights Video