Ensembles

Band-Re
‘A relaxed and beautifully crafted exploration of Gaelic culture’ Bobdunshire.com

‘Both artists are master musicians in their own areas, and they clearly love working together and sparking off each other. Their blend of instruments, cultures and eras is enchanting, presented with integrity and authority’ Footstompin.com

Band-Re are Barnaby Brown (vocals, Scottish smallpipes, triplepipes, whistles) and Gianluca Dessì (guitar, Irish bouzouki).
Gianluca Dessi of Sardinia found Barnaby Brown of Scotland playing the triplepipe by a bronze-age fort and has been coaxing him back into the 21st century ever since. As Band-Re the duo plunder the indigenous classical traditions of their native isles to weave a contemporary sound. “Bandre” is the vocal version of the most exciting embellishment in pibroch, and the duo Band-Re run riot with Scottish, Sardinian, Arabic, and Balkan art, challenging boundaries and intoxicating listeners with their improvisatory, in-the-moment music making.

Swagatam
‘Both skill and sensitivity’ Calcutta Telegraph

Swagatam is a new collaboration between two of the richest classical music traditions on the planet, uniquely blending the mouth music of India and Scotland. Barnaby Brown performs with Prakriti Dutta, who has distinguished herself as one of the most promising Dhrupad vocalists of her generation. The oldest existing Indian classical music tradition, Dhrupad is the most pristine form still alive today; it traced its origin to the Samaveda, and first mention as fully evolved form in the late 15th century musical text Man Kutuhul. Trained by legendary Dhrupad master Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar in West Bengal and now Edinburgh-based, Prakriti has released two CDs and made acclaimed appearances on BBC2 and BBC Scotland. Swagatam are completed by live accompaniment on the x

                                                                                            Coracle

Coracle is a newly-founded medieval branch of Concerto Caledonia. They developed the programme “Triplepipes, Lust & Spilt Blood” which they performed at the 2009 Edinbugh International Festival.

The 4 Pipers

‘Magical is the only word to describe the wonderful tapestry of sound’ The Living Tradition

‘Wonderful blends of texture and timbre. With material chosen from many areas, contexts and periods, the result was a very varied, entertaining and satisfying evening of music… an imaginative and enthralling show’ An Piobaire

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a similar type of bellows-blown bagpipe with a sweet and harmonious tone was used in Scotland, Ireland, England and France.  A major revival of this traditional musical relationship, The 4 Pipers are Pauline Cato on Northumbrian pipes, Mick O’Brien on Uillean pipes, Francois Lazarevitch on French musette and Baroque flute and Barnaby Brown on Scottish chamber pipe.In the picture, pipes, voices and flutes are joined by Javier Sainz on two historical harps: the wire-strung clarsach of Ireland and Scotland, and the bray harp of Renaissance Europe.

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