The last six months have been extremely busy, both on the academic and musical fronts. We launched Bonnendis' debut album, From the mountains and the sea, on 17 April 2019, followed by a mini tour in the UK, Holland and Belgium where we made new friends and discovered beautiful venues. Amaraterra has been going strong with concerts at SOAS concert series, at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and for Lau Land's afterparty in Aberdeen on Friday 7 June as well as the usual Balabam gigs in London. I didn't manage to make it to the Blowout this year, but Jane Moulder, the Bagpipe Society's journal editor, decided to feature me on the Chanter's cover, which made me very proud. Thank you Jane!
Academically, I presented at the annual British Forum for Ethnomusicology and have won one of three the Barbara Barnard Travel Awards to attend the International Council for Traditional Music biennal world conference, which will take place in Bangkok in July. Even better, the panel I am part of was selected to be presented in a plenary session. Daunting, but exciting! The semester is winding down at University of Lincoln, with great concerts given by the students, including a successful Nebula Festival on May's first bank holiday.
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!