Yes that's right, Eurovision. No, not Scotland, Montenegro. Courtesy of a mutual friend, Slobodan Trkulja, I was introduced to Sergej Ćetković and the rest of the story resulted in this:
Surely in with a chance?
Only a year or so now to go before Scotland has it's own Eurovision song to worry about...another reason to vote YES perhaps
"filed under adventure" Esotero reviewed in the Sunday Herald 19th January 2014
...gigs coming up in the Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow in which I'll be performing
Esotero, the new album by Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen is available to purchase now
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The new album from Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen
Have a listen to the Nordanians Extended (if you like), the whole set from our recent gig at Tonejazz Festival in De Toonzaal in Den Bosch :
Oene van Geel - viola,
Mark Tuinstra - guitar,
Niti Ranjan Biswas - tablas
Fraser Fifield - pipes, low whistles, soprano sax,
Maarten Ornstein - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet,
Jörg Brinkmann - cello.
I'm not sure how long it'll stay there, but it's there at time of writing so get it while it's hot.
A phone picture of the gig during the first tune which didn't involve Maarten nor me, an old synagogue I think I'm correct in saying...in case it helps the listening experience
concert van The Nordanians Extended volgden een muzikaal pad, dat slingerde van opwindend, funky, swingend naar melancholiek en humorvol. De moeilijke maatsoorten werden makkelijk. De Schotse pipe-speler Fraser Fifield kleurde prachtig met zijn melancholieke fluit-geluid, en speelde in het laatste stuk - ja inderdaad - ook nog doedelzak!
The Nordanians is een trio van musici die in Amsterdam-Noord wonen (en daar de omgeving onveilig maken - zie video...). Af en toe speelden ze met een 4e musicus, als gast. Voor deze gelegenheid vroegen ze drie gastmusici tegelijk en zo werd het dus een sextet met Oene van Geel - altviool (VPRO/Boy Edgarprijswinnaar 2013), Mark Tuinstra - gitaar en Niti Ranjan Biswas - tabla’s (en dit zijn de musici uit Amsterdam -Noord, Nordanians) en drie gasten: Fraser Fifield - pipes, low whistles, sopraan sax, Maarten Ornstein - tenorsax, klarinet/basklarinet, Jörg Brinkmann - cello. Een opname van 19 -5-2013 in De Toonzaal in Den Bosch, gemaakt door Micha de Kanter.
(in rough translation)
The concert Nordanians Extended followed a musical path that meandered from exciting, funky, swinging to melancholy and humorous. The difficult signatures were easy. The Scottish pipe player Fraser Fifield colored beautiful with its melancholy flute sound, and played in the final stretch - yes indeed - also bagpipes!The Nordanians is a trio of musicians who live in the north of Amsterdam (and infest the area - see video ...). Occasionally they played with a 4th musician, as a guest. For this occasion they asked three guest musicians at once and thus so it became a sextet with Oene van Geel - viola (VPRO / Boy Edgar Prize winner in 2013), Mark Tuinstra - guitar and Niti Ranjan Biswas - tablas (and these are the musicians from Amsterdam-Noord, Nordanians) and three guests: Fraser Fifield - pipes, low whistles, soprano sax, Maarten Ornstein - tenor saxophone, clarinet / bass clarinet, Jörg Brinkmann - cello. A recording of 19 -5-2013 at The Showroom in Den Bosch, created by Micha de Kanter
1st performance of 'Of Gauls and Gaels' at Jazz Sous Les Pommiers festival went well...
The J-Word Tour Apr/May 2013 with Trilok Gurtu, Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu...
photo by Sean Purser
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So this is the new version, sparse in it's design, and thus farewell to the last one which, with all it's refinement, I never really did understand how to use. I'm on top of this one though, inshallah, and look forward to it becoming the central hub for all my musical activities and musings, kind of like how a website should be? The views expressed within shall be not be impartial nor deferential to any particular person or persons, unless deemed a good idea at the time.