2019 is full of promise with projects and ideas coming to fruition. The first is the creation of Vellamo Quartet, fusing baroque and folk music with three fantastic Swedish musicians with a huge list of credentials to their names, but more importantly enthusiasm and warmth for this project I've been nursing for years. First rehearsals in February! Bonnendis is going on a mini international tour to launch our first album (17-20 April 2019). Official launch date: 17 April at Balabam, London. Things seem to be cooking on the Världens Band front, but no official details to share as of now. At University of Lincoln, a new semester is about to start with a great bunch of enthusiastic students. The big project will be putting on the second edition of Nebula Festival as part of the 3rd years' module I lead. The Guild Sessions are still going strong with a fantastic Spring season, starting tonight. We put on a fantastic annual banquet with the Near East Collective just before Christmas and sold out. We're already planning next year's big event. Finally the Global Sound Sessions are going strong with music from Spain (Leo Power and Pablo Dominguez), Nepal (Namlo) and Italy (Amaraterra). It's going to be a fun few months!
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...