MakerSpace : Donald WG Lindsay & Friends : Album
A new breed of Scottish pipes, made possible by 3D Printing! Now its time to record a top-drawer album of traditional & original tunes!
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PROJECT SUMMARY :
MakerSpace brings together some of our favourite pipers, traditional musicians, and singers, to celebrate the arrival of the Lindsay System Scottish smallpipes, as a new Scottish instrument, made to play traditional music.
In addition to the pipe-dreamer & maker, Donald WG Lindsay, the line-up for MakerSpace includes pipers Lorne MacDougall, Mark Saul, Jori Chisholm, Brigdhe Chaimbeul, Alana MacInnes, Uilleann piper Calum Stewart, tenor sax player & composer Konrad Wiszniewski, folk singers Alasdair Roberts & Debbie Armour, bassist Dave Marks, experimental musician Paul Baran, vocalist Sajid Sabri, concertina player Mohsen Amini, clarsair Rachel Hair, drummer Mark Scobbie, whistler Kevin Meehan, fiddler Roo Geddes, clarinettist & fellow 3D printed instrument developer Alex South, Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison, and vocalist Lavinia Blackwall.
New compositions are currently being created for the chanter, by composers including John Purser, Ross Ainslie, Matt Seattle & others.
The Lindsay System Chanter Version 2.0 is the fruit of maker Donald WG Lindsay's 2014 Kickstarter titled "Dreaming Pipes", and has existed in its current form since October 2015.
Developed at home from 2014-15 using desktop 3D printing, the chanter does what was fairly considered impossible for Scottish pipes of any kind. Without the use of any keywork, it provides the traditional Scottish smallpipes with a musical range comparable to the Irish Uilleann pipes, the Northumbrian pipes, the traditional flute and the whistle, while importantly preserving the fingering system and techniques within the core traditional range.
The chanter has a familiar voice, but a new breadth of as-yet unexplored musical possibilities. Help us to explore these to the full, by supporting this album project, and enjoy some of the many & varied rewards on offer here!
Project video : Martin Forry Photography
Soundtrack : "Chanter 2" (Donald WG Lindsay 2017) : Recorded by Neil McDermott, at The College of Piping, Otago St, Glasgow and featuring : Donald WG Lindsay (Lindsay System Scottish smallpipes), Konrad Wiszniewski (Tenor Saxophone, Low D Qwistle), Rachel Hair (Clarsach), Roo Geddes (Fiddle, Viola).
Musicians Biographies :
Here is some more information about some of the musicians participating in "MakerSpace". This list is growing & will be added to as time goes on.
Lorne MacDougall : Pipes : Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians. He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into television and film scores with credits ranging from “Brave” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, to “Doctor Who”, “Thunderbirds” and “Whisky Galore” as well as many exciting Scottish and Gaelic projects. His musical talents have brought the attention of such luminaries as Academy Award Nominated composer John Powell describing him as “clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of a being a piper”. Most recently he recorded the bagpipes for Thomas Newman's score for "Victoria and Abdul" released this Autumn starring Dame Judi Dench (see LorneMacDougall.com for more).
Mohsen Amini : Concertina : Mohsen Amini from Glasgow, Scotland is a fast growing name in the traditional world. Boasted by the Herald as a “Virtuoso” and by BBC Scotland as a “Force of Nature” he’s creating a massive impact on the music scene today. In 2014 he co-founded multi-award winning trio, Talisk, who after only two months of formation won a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and shortly after won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Their debut album Abyss was shortlisted at the 2016 MG Alba Trad Awards as Album of the Year, the same awards where they were crowned "Folk Band Of The Year in 2017"! Mohsen also founded acclaimed supergroup Ímar at the start of 2016. They, in the space of two years managed to go viral with videos excessing 1 million views and stack up an impressive 15,000 likes on Facebook, an unheard of feat in the traditional music world. This provided a great platform to launch their award nominated album Afterlight ( **** Irish Post) and even managed to have them nominateed as "Live Act of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Alongside launching Ímar in 2016, Mohsen was crowned the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. With this in hand he’s performed in all around the world and appeared regularly on a variety of BBC shows such as, Radio Scotland, Radio 2, Music day with Bryan Burnett and BBC Alba. More recently Mohsen has gigged and toured with RURA, Barrule, Mec Lir, been named a finalist in the Daily Record ‘Young Scot of the Year’, named in The List's Hot 100 and became the first ever musician to be nominated as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Trad Awards, 'Musician of the Year' in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and win the ‘Young Traditional Musician of the Year' all in the space of one year!
Konrad Wiszniewski : Tenor Sax, Low Whistle : Award winning saxophonist and composer Wiszniewski has been wowing audiences across the world for the last 20 years. A recipient of a Parliamentary Jazz Award and numerous Scottish Jazz Awards have made him a sought after player from some of the countries top names including the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, Brass Jaw, The Brand New Heavies, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Texas, The Colin Steele Quartet, Martha Reeves and many more. His joint project 'New Focus' alongside pianist Euan Stevenson on Whirlwind Recordings was nominated for Scottish Album of the year 2013 and garnered great critical acclaim from the UK press (see KonWiz.com for more).
Alasdair Roberts : Songs & Guitar : Born in Germany and raised in central Scotland, Alasdair Roberts is a Glasgow-based musician – primarily a songwriter, singer, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs. Acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as 'one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters', he has released several critically acclaimed albums of his music via Drag City Records over the past two decades. He enjoys a wide range of collaborations and has toured extensively both in the UK and worldwide both solo and with various musical companions. His most recent album, Pangs, was released on Drag City in February 2017 (see AlasdairRoberts.com for more).
Rachel Hair : Clarsach : Rachel, from the Highland village of Ullapool, is a prominent performer in the Scottish Traditional Music scene. A much sought after performer, composer and tutor of the lever harp, she has released 4 critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and beyond, both as a soloist and with the “Rachel Hair Trio”. Now based in Glasgow, a Scottish city renowned for its melting pot of musical and cultural style, Rachel is passionate about promoting the harp, Scotland’s most ancient instrument. She strives to open up fresh horizons for it, removing it from its stereotypical, stuffy ballroom image, whilst always remaining true to her Highland roots. As well as performing as a soloist, Rachel currently performs in a duo with Scottish acoustic guitarist Ron Jappy (see RachelHair.com for more).
Mark Scobbie : Drums : Originally from Dundee, Mark began playing drums at the age of 13, playing in various school ensembles and bands such as orchestras, funk bands, big bands and a steel pans band. Mark graduated with a 1st class honours degree from the BA Applied Music course while also receiving an Alexander Stone Award for excellence in his final recital. Shortly after graduating Mark found himself performing live on BBC Radio Scotland as a competitor in the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2013. Mark is currently gigging and recording with many bands, most notably Mànran, The Scott Wood Band and Fat Suit. With these bands Mark has performed at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and Australia and continues to do so (see MarkScobbie.com for more).
Kevin Meehan : Whistles, Bodhran : Kevin is a young Dublin musician who is an up and coming star in Irish music thanks to his mastery of both the Whistles and the Bodhrán. He has made a name for himself playing with the group ͚Athru͛ who have performed throughout Ireland and Europe and in 2015 released their first EP. Kevin is also finding success with his solo career, in recent years he has been a dominant figure in the Dublin music scene and is currently recording his much anticipated debut solo album at the recording studios of Alan Doherty (Watch Kevin's latest video here).
Roo Geddes : Fiddle, Viola, Piano : Roo is 18 and comes from the west end of Glasgow. Growing up in a classically orientated, musical family, he picked up the violin at the age of seven. At 12, he attended Alasdair Fraser’s fiddle camp on the Isle of Skye and was completely inspired by the music and people he found there. Roo is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a performer and music lover, Roo enjoys an eclectic range of genres; he performs in jazz ensembles, an Americana band, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and multiple traditional groups. By blending all of these experiences, Roo is developing his own musical voice that is both new and unique, whilst respecting the great fiddle traditions and his heritage.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges with bringing together an album of this kind are many. The project will involve a variety of musicians and singers, a shifting line-up from track to track, and a diversity of repertoire.
1) Effective use of studio time. In order to avoid overshooting our budget, which would be easy with a moderately large and fairly diverse recording project such as this, we'll need to make the best possible use of our studio time. We'll achieve this through setting realistic goals for each session, proper preparation of material, charts etc, beforehand. We'll be working with experienced musicians, and with a good understanding of each participant's approach & musicality.
2) The album is envisaged as a series of collaborations, or introductions, between the new chanter, and musicians, tunes and styles of music which have either inspired it, or been influential in its development, or in some cases who have shared in the chanter's journey since it "arrived". For this reason, arrangements will not be set in stone, and will leave room for spontaneity, improvisation and freedom of interpretation. This is important to allow the music to breathe, and to capture something of the spirit of invention and collaboration which defines the chanter project. It will require clear communication, and an understanding of the approach of each of the musicians involved, in order to make this work smoothly.
3) Delivery of rewards : having learned from "Dreaming Pipes", which although ultimately exceeding all of the goals initially set for it, did take a lot longer than initially estimated to deliver, none of the rewards offered for this project will require any further research & development work in order to release. Unlike "Dreaming Pipes", this is not an R&D project, so time should not be lost in the pursuit of unmeasurables.
Aside from the album itself, all rewards will be available to send immediately on the successful closure of the project. The ultimate delivery of the album will necessarily take place later than this, as time is required for the preparation, recording, mixing, mastering, and production of hard copies for release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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