An evening of music (and dancing) from the tutors of our our 2018 Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipe Weekend:
Hurdy-Gurdy: Matthias Loibner (Austria), Cecile Delrue-Birot (France), Joel Turk (UK)
Bagpipe: Julien Cartonnet (France), Callum Armstrong (UK)
Matthias Loibner (Austria) is a prominent hurdy gurdy player and composer. Teaching himself at first, he later studied under Barbara Grimm, Valentin Clastrier, Riccardo Delfino, and Gilles Chabenat. He won 1st Place at the 1994 Concours des Vielles et Cornemuses (Hurdy Gurdy and Bagpipe Contest) in St. Chartier, France. He now performs professionally, records, and teaches hurdy gurdy technique.
Cecile Delrue-Birot (France) – Bio to follow.
Joel Turk started playing the Hurdy Gurdy twenty years ago. He was making a living busking, after spending a year studying Indian classical music – he was broke and somebody said that a hurdy gurdy was “a licence to print money”. They lied. What was true however is that it took Joel all over western Europe, playing at festivals, going to out of the way places and meeting musicians from all over the continent, swapping stories and music. He settled in France and spent a few years playing on the Bal circuit with Red Dog Green Dog, Zef and various ephemeral outfits whilst working as a hurdy gurdy teacher for the Ecole de Music et Danse des Landes. Joel still loves playing music for dance and divides his practice between this and more contemporary technique nerdism which he does in a small dark room where no one can hear him. He believes that the inherent restrictions of the instrument are the key to its limitless potential.
Callum Armstrong is an experimental piper who enjoys exploring the possibilities of the pipes. He won the solo prize in 2014 and the ‘Petite Formation’ Prize in 2015 with Cellist George Pasca at the ‘Son Continu’ Festival in France. Callum has recently collaborated with Julian Goodacre to develop a smallpipe chanter with almost 3 octaves, and is currently working developing a technique for the ‘double Scottish smallpipe chanter. Amongst Callum’s current projects are learning and developing reeds for ancient auloi and learning the Musette de cour.
Julien Cartonnet (France). Bio to follow, in the meantime enjoy a video of Julien performing with Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette.Book now