Miniaturised Concertos | Cut, Strike, Grip, Throw Duncan MacLeod

Cut, Strike, Grip, Throw.

Duncan MacLeod
Recording, Digital Editing & Mastering Chris Lewis

This work is a response to the ornaments used in the ancient Highland Bagpipe music known as Pibroch, the names of which give this work its title. In Pibroch the primary function of these ornaments are to provide variation of a repeated ground and are played at such a fleeting velocity that one can barely perceive their pitch and rhythmic qualities. This work looks to zoom in and magnify on these very qualities as a means to demonstrate that they are well-defined entities of sprite like beauty.

Commissions by Philip Cashian, Colin Riley, Katharine Norman, Andrew Poppy and Naomi Pinnock, for duo, electronics, live processing and ensemble. Maché composers are Ryoko Akama, Leo Chadburn, Helen Papaiouannou, Timo Tuhkanen, Joel Bell, Matthew Rowan, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Simon Vincent, Devon Yasamune Toyotomi, Duncan MacLeod, Dominic Murcott, Emma Ruth Richards, Rich Perks, Andrew Morgan, Rowland Sutherland. Miniaturised Concertos | Maché will be released in Spring 2016 on Metier.

Supported by Arts Council England, Banff Centre, Canada, RVW Trust, Britten Pears Foundation.