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Michael O'neill


  • Type SACD
  • Label Songlines
  • UPC 0774355240526
  • Catalog number SGLSA 24052
  • Release date 06 November 2006
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About the album

This record is the culmination of composer-performer Michael O’Neill’s interest in expanding the highland piping tradition into new realms of sound and expression – four works composed over the last 15 years for pipes and various percussion instruments (taiko, djembe, tabla, Tibetan and Chinese cymbals, etc.). Each piece takes a different approach. Within the apparently restricted expressive range of the bagpipes O’Neill has brought forth a wide variety of moods, the results of a passionate response to the unrealized potential of a deep tradition. “Imagine the amalgam of hurdy-gurdy drones, tablas, and Braxtonian Ghost Trance Music. Or think of a highly idiomatic LaMonte Young-styled expression, a music of eternal return played with vernacular instruments from two different cultures…Hypnotic, bewitching, unexpected.”
—Signal To Noise

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