C7 Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist : Calum and Màiri Macleod


THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL 2022 MONDAY EVENING CONCERT

 FUNDED BY: CREATIVE SCOTLAND

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SPONSORED BY: THE EDINBURGH BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY

SUPPORTED BY: THE ISLE OF LEWIS BRANCH OF THE CLARSACH SOCIETY

 PERFORMERS:

Calum and Màiri Macleod

http://www.mairimacleod.co.uk

https://macleodmusic.bandcamp.com/album/leam-fh-n

 

Sharmanka Suite by Maeve Gilchrist

https://www.maevegilchristmusic.com

 Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear)

Edinburgh-born harper and composer, Maeve Gilchrist, was commissioned in 2021 by the EIHF and The Clarsach Society to write a piece in celebration of the 40th Festival and the 90th anniversary of the society. We are pleased at last to be able to present the premiere of this piece, written in collaboration with Sharmanka, the groundbreaking theatre of Kinetic sculpture in Glasgow - Sharmanka Suite (Death and the Polar Bear).

As a child, Maeve was introduced to the transportive world of Sharmanka, created by Russian sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya, and light and sound designer Sergey Jakovsky. As the years have gone by, memory and imagination have blurred together manifesting in a slew of memories: chimerical creatures, whirring engines, grinding, clanging, metallic sounds and the simultaneously humorous and grotesque wooden figures.

This suite, featuring Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Su-a Lee (cello), Aidan O’Rourke (violin), Ruth Nelson (viola), Fergus McCreadie (harmonium) and pre-recorded sounds and visuals from Sharmanka, takes its satirical tone from Bersudsky’s art, lightly playing with the juxtaposition of light and dark, life and death and the irrepressible life force that connects us all.

After a polarising couple of years, this piece is intended to suspend reality, if only for a few magical moments, and bring us to a different place. Together.

Màiri & Calum Macleod - ‘A Golden Sun in Splendour’

In their second appearance together at the EIHF, siblings Màiri and Calum explore the wide variety of connections between the Clàrsach and their first language, Gàidhlig (Scots Gaelic). Over the years their musical focuses have gone in drastically different directions, constantly breaking boundaries between styles. Here is a rare opportunity to witness and enjoy the mixing of their considerable musical talents in instrumental and vocal music.

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    • 11 April 2022
    • 120 minutes
    • George Watson's College Concerts
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