It has been an eventful few months with a busy schedule.
Research-wise, our co-written article on the control of the bagpipe bag was selected as technical area pick by the musical acoustics committee of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and it is free for download until August 31st. I was also the recent winner of the 101 Research competition organised by University of Lincoln where Early Career Researchers were invited to explain their research in 101 seconds with one prop or one slide. Woop!
Now that the university duties have wound down, it's time for some serious touring with Världens Band and Amaraterra. We will be sharing wild Southern Italian beats with audiences in Mallorca for the revived Cançons de la Mediterrània (Ses Voltes, Palma) as well as on the Isle of Wight on the main stage of Rhythm Tree Festival.
The summer will also be busy with a great Världens Band tour that will take us around Sweden and Denmark.
As many of you know, I created and have been running the International Bagpipe Organisation since 2012. This year's event will happen in Mallorca and thanks to the hard work of an incredible team of volunteers, it's promising to be one of a kind. If you are planning on attending the three-day event (9-11 March) in Palma, Mallorca, do not delay in getting your ticket!
BUT despite months of planning, we are still a few thousand pounds short so we've decided to launch a crowd funding campaign to help fund this unique event.
Whether you're a bagpipe fan, a drone music lover or just plain curious, it would be wonderful if you considered lending your support to the cause so that we can continue piping on in the future...
Your help will be an immense boost and earn our (and especially my) eternal gratitude!
Here is our campaign...
Bonnendis at Saint Ethelburga's, Amaraterra at Jamboree and a free Improvisation workshop at the university of Lincoln with Valia Calda, a busy month amongst teaching about Bollywood Music, the music of the Arab Uprisings and Indigenous Australian Pop Music!
And coming up soon is Amaraterra's first gig of the year at our favourite Jamboree venue. I hope to see you there to celebrate in our usual wild Southern Italian style...