HAVING wowed audiences at An Tobar, Mull and the CCA, Glasgow earlier this month, Angus Lyon and Duncan Lyall continue the ‘3G’ – ‘Infinite Reflections’ tour in September for another six double bill concerts of these Celtic Connections New Voices Commissions.
The Celtic Connections New Voices programme provides emerging composers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their new music. ’3G’ and ‘Infinite Reflections’ were first performed at Celtic Connections Festival, premiered in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and then revisited at a special double bill concert in 2013 where studio albums of each piece were launched.
The next stage of the tour takes the nine strong band on an epic journey starting at Carnegie Hall, Dumferline on the 3rd September before heading to Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh on 4th, Plockton High School on 5th, Lyth Arts on 6th and finishing the Scottish leg at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 7th September.
The tour finishes with the only date outwith Scotland at St Pancras Old Church, London on the 10th September.
Gordon MacLean, of An Tobar, said of the sold-out performance: “The audience in An Tobar were honoured to witness the opening night of the tour by Angus Lyon and Duncan Lyall playing their new compositions 3G and Infinite Reflections.
“Listening to these outstanding musicians at close quarters revealed the obvious joy in tackling complex music which ranged from funk to folk with loads of beautiful atmospheric sections in between.
“The two pieces were very different in character but worked brilliantly together to fill a whole evening. Impossible to pick out favourites from the band – they were properly inspirational and it really felt they gave us way more than we paid for!”
Angus and Duncan are joined by a stellar line up featuring seven top Scottish musicians – Ali Hutton, Innes Watson, Chas MacKenzie, Alyn Cosker, Patsy Reid, Iain Sandilands and Fraser Fifield.
Duncan Lyall explains: “This tour sees us teaming up with the same band using the same musicians on both pieces, so we’ve made a few alterations to the music to suit the musicians we are working with. So, it is going to be a bit of adventure musically as well as on the road.”
This project is being supported and coordinated by Glow Arts a Glasgow based arts company that project manages a variety of programmes to support arts and provide access to high-quality arts events.
Jennifer McGlone, manager, says: “The idea behind the tour was to take these new works to audiences that had not had the opportunity to experience them live as they had only been performed in Glasgow during the festival.
“Due to the size of the ensembles and the composers diaries it would have been difficult for them to achieve this without support from Creative Scotland.”
This is a one-off special tour that shouldn’t be missed.
More information about the tour is available at www.glowarts.co.uk and video at http://vimeo.com/101339621
Notes to editors:
Glow Arts – Glasgow based arts Company that supports organisations and individual artists to develop their creative ideas. The company provides project management, consultancy, events management, fundraising and evaluation services as well hosting a range of concerts across Glasgow.
‘Infinite Reflections’ – Duncan Lyall – The work is a soundtrack to an infinite number of stories. While writing the music Duncan drew inspiration from memories, and cultural references that resonated with him. He explored experiences of friendship, adventure, surrealism, love, loss, determination, grit and happiness. Narrative is omitted in the hope that the audience will create a story of their own.
‘3G’ – Angus Lyon – This new instrumental triptych 3G evokes the overlapping experiences of three generations, from grandfather to grandson, exploring the cyclical interplay of tradition and modernity. “The idea behind this music was to explore the notion that a lot of who you are comes from those who went before you. Like each generation of a family, these three parts of music have their own individual voices and ideas but are ultimately influenced by what’s happened before. So much has changed in the space of only a few generations and I wanted the music to represent that transition in the style and attitude of the different parts.”
Creative Scotland – Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. It distributes funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
Celtic Connections – Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 15 January – 1 February 2015, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. Celtic Connections is programmed by artistic director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie), Donald Shaw, and features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music.
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