The Distil Showcase will return again to the Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday 8th April 2016 at 8pm. The concert showcases the new and exciting music of traditional music composers. We are very lucky to have Mr McFall’s Chamber as our resident house band once again. You can buy tickets for this fab night of music here!
Ailie Robertson has written music called Haven. Here’s some information about it.
On Nov 17th, the first refugees from Syria arrived in Scotland, with many more to follow in the coming months, fleeing war, destruction and death. Similarly, throughout history, thousands of Scots have been forced to abandon their homes and travel across the world to find a new life, leading to a wealth of songs and tunes about exile, homesickness, travel and hope. I would like to research and write a piece of music that ties together Syrian and Scottish traditional music, to celebrate the two cultures, and hopefully find common ground between them. The music of Syria largely emanates from the country’s capital Damascus and the largest city Aleppo. Syria has long been one of the Arab world’s centers for cultural and artistic innovation, especially in the field of classical Arab music. The city of Aleppo is known for its muwashshah, a form of Andalous sung poetry popularized by Sabri Moudallal. Dabka and other forms of dance music are also popular and native to the greater region. I hope to write a piece that will celebrate and interlink these two seemingly diverse cultures, and recognise that, as much as we can offer haven and safetly to the refugees, the people of Scotland also have a wonderful opportunity to learn about, and embrace a new culture, and new friends.
You can read about all the composers here.