Congratulations to Malin makes Music who has been nominated in Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Malin Lewis of Malin makes Music the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I am a multi-instrumentalist and Smallpipe maker currently studying piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have just released my first tunebook – Malin makes Music featuring 50 of my own compositions.
My musical and personal identity have always been intrinsically linked. Much of the music I write is about gender and perception of purpose and place. My favourite things in music are those that I don’t fully understand. I think there is beauty in the unknown and I look to explore this in my work.
Over the past two years I have been working alongside Donald Lindsay to make the first wooden version of his ground breaking two octave Smallpipe chanter.
This has informed much of my work as I make, play and write music for this new instrument.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
The Scottish music scene is a community with a strong sense of place, heritage and cultural identity. Growing up in Ardnamurchan and on the Isle of Skye, this scene was always a big part of my life and I was drawn to it more and more as a form of self-expression. My favourite part of performing and writing music is creating meaningful connections with other human beings.
Any particular career highlights?
Making my first set of Scottish Smallpipes at fourteen and making the world’s first wooden Lindsay System Chanter which is going to be exhibited in the National Piping Centre museum.
26 June 2020 – Winner of Feis Rois and Scottish Natural Heritage open composing competition “In Tune With Nature”
31 March 2020 – Featured on BBC Radio 4 “Eighteen”- ‘Unravelling the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18-21-year-old artists across the globe’
25 January 2020 – Celtic Connection – Recital Room – City Halls
Two Octaves – Malin makes Music with Ali Hutton, Shona Mooney and Jarlath Henderson
14 August 2019 – National Piping Centre, Glasgow
Two Octaves – Malin makes Music with Ali Hutton and Jarlath Henderson
Premiere of Two Octaves. Commissioned by the Lowland and Borders Piping Society.
3 February 2019 – Celtic Connections – Strathclyde Suite – Glasgow Concert Hall
Bogha-frois LGBT+ Voices in Folk
What are your plans for the future?
In 2021 I am very excited to be going to study piping at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under Petri Prauda. I anticipate this will have a huge influence on my future music making!
Ali Hutton, Shona Mooney and I plan to continue developing our collaboration and will record an album.
In 2022 I graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and then who knows…
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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