Right: 'Sweltering Night' and 'Bulgarian frenzy' with Världens Band at Musicport in October 2016
International Bagpipe Day was celebrated on 10 March once again all over the world with events in Greece, France, Spain, the USA and England among many other places. Personally, I celebrated by shooting a short video in the medieval town of Lincoln and then going to the first ever Newcastle Piping Festival organised by Andy May and the Northumbrian Piping Society with the support of other piping societies from the British Isles.
Bonnendis has been recording their first album and playing various concerts at Bath Spa University (15 March) and Saint Ethelburga's in London for a Celebrate Life Event (26 March). Amaraterra has also kept busy with sold out Jamboree nights. The next event will be on 1 April with tickets already selling fast! Världens Band was nominated once within the top three Best World Music Band for the Swedish World and Folk Music Gala which was won by the fantastic Tarraband.
Lecturing in non-Western Pop Music at University of Lincoln has also been a lot of fun the last few weeks and I even had the pleasure of Charu Hariharan from Världens Band skyping in during the Bollywood class to answer the students' questions. Research-wise, a bilingual article written for the Musique & Technique journal was published online on 21 March. Focusing on elements of research developed during my postdoc within the Sorbonne-Universités GeAcMus project in Paris, it is entitled: 'An interdisciplinary study of the 1832 conical Boehm flute: history, geometry and acoustics'.
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...
The New Year started with a bang and Amaraterra is completely in the limelight this month. Our regular residency at Jamboree will resume on 9 January, negotiations with the British Museum are underway, the Al Jazeera documentary we recorded the sound track for will be aired (link to come soon!) but first and foremost we will be recording for our BBC debut, a whole show dedicated to us on World on 3. After a great show on Resonance FM with DJ Ritu (A World in London), World Scatterlings will be recording for an upcoming album.