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The Other Bagpipes: Exotic and Lesser-Known Piping Traditions of the World

EVT 548
May 3
7:30 pm (Doors 7:00 pm)
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
Status: No Registration Required
For a thousand years across Europe, North Africa, and much of the Near East, rural people danced to, performed rituals with, and treasured the music of their indigenous bagpipes—once one of the most ubiquitous of folk instruments. Now, the bagpipe is most often thought of as a uniquely Scottish instrument, a circumstance largely due to the British Army’s use of Scottish regiments as the vanguard in their creation of the British Empire.

This program aims to introduce listeners to the bagpipes of many cultures, along with a bit of the folklore associated with this powerful, beguiling, almost shamanic instrument. The piping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Estonia, Sweden, Iran, and Tunisia will be represented. The pipes of these countries range from grand in size to petite, and in sound volume and timbre from strident to suave. The pipes themselves are marvelous cultural icons to look at—each unique, and each chosen to represent a particular type or family of instruments.

Kevin Carr, Traditional Musician

Kevin Carr has performed music of traditional cultures for more than forty years. He currently performs as a member of Wake the Dead, a Celtic/Grateful Dead jam band; with Hillbillies from Mars, an eclectic dance band; with Ospa, playing Basque traditional music; and with his family band. He also performs as a storyteller and has released several recordings of his storytelling.

Brian Rice, Percussionist

Brian Rice is a performer, educator, and recording artist adept at numerous musical styles ranging from classical and jazz, to Latin, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian, to contemporary and experimental music. He performs with Cascada de Flores, Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, Wake the Dead, The Berkeley Choro Ensemble, Samba Rio, and Potaje, among others.
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