Archive for April, 2006
Article here about the recent revival of the piva, the Swiss bagpipe. A Swiss-German musician, Urs Klauser, first reconstructed the “lost” instrument in 1980 from images in church frescoes. Ilario Garbani started making his pivas after his discovery of an old chanter in an old house. The piva was played an in common use up [...]
There is a great quote by Franz Liszt:
“Think 10 times, play once.”
Franz Liszt was a virtuouso. A musician who amazed even his peers at the time (Wagner, Shumman) with his musical abilities. So when someone of such prodigious talent utters such a line, take note. It’s the kind of quote that professional musicians will tack [...]
Tartan Day NYC. Flickr photo of the week. ‘Nuff said.
Scant press coverage of the New York city Tartan Day parade held last week. But, The Village Voice (of all places) recaps the nightlife of post Tartan Day parade festivities, and, well, pretty much sums up the experience for any pipers, drummers, or bands who missed it.
Philadelphia’s Ulster Scottish Pipe Band is embarking on a “Legacy Tour” in memory of long-time PM Thomas Hall, who sadly passed away last year. Tom Hall devoted much of his life to the Ulster band, to the development of Philly area pipers, and to his music and the Ulster band has put together a worthy [...]
Seems the the principal at Dunedin High School either cares too much about his schools pipers, or not enough. Florida papers are reporting on Paul Summa’s decision to forbid the Dunedin High School Pipe Band from playing in competition. For shame.
But apparently Floridians are too much of a hazard since folks have been protesting against [...]
This week has been officially dubbed “Tartan Week” in the New York city area. All things Scottish are featured in and about the tri-state area, culminating in the big cattle-call…er, parade on Saturday the 8th. In a burst of inspiration on the part of the organizers of these events, you can catch modern celtic musician/piper [...]