Why not? Liberation? Distance?
Please read the vision page to better understand what is below.
Lindsay believes that concerts are special ceremonies that serve special functions.
We go to concerts to be enriched by the experience of participating in
them as listeners. We may want to hear a new interpretation, or a new
idea, or be challenged by a piece or artistic idea we don't yet know.
We can use listening to music as a mental challenge to develop self
discipline. This can be through playing or perception of music (finding
structures, understanding absolute musical practices).
Lindsay tries to create and present music which somehow provokes us to
think of recontextualisation, and through this to model the process of
believing in the possibility of the unexpected and unlikely. This is a
kind of conceptual blend. Lindsay comes from a tradition where
music is ften omposed to mark an event. Taking thi sfurther, we can
write music to tell a story either from history or from literature, and
create a union of aristic forms between at least two domains which
communicates in a fuller way, either a statement or a provocation or a
reflective work. These contrasting forms can also be amodel for our
self of today and the version of ourselves for tomorrow, and help
create an actual mechanism for becoming the successes we want to be.
Bagpipes and the orchestra don't usually go together... Why not? They
can.This is a metaphor for people doing and achieving things which we
so often believe just don't go together.
We also go to concerts in order to be able to escape our day to day
lives and devote a moment just to listening and engaging with the
artwork. Every concert must have a moment of timeless calm, and
moment of unbounded joy, of a whole array of emotional states. During
listening and playing we can exercise consciousness of emotion through
engaging musical rhetoric with performance/reception. It is this
consciousness and engagement with both rhetoric/musical devices and
emotion at the same time that allows us to navigate our emotions and
thus guide ourselves onto a positive and stable path.
Through escaping our day to day lives we can see ourselves as we are,
and as we aspire to be, from a safe distance. This gives us a moment to
plan the pathway between who we are today and what we dream of for a
So a concert is a model of a journey - why not dare to dream of what we
can achieve, then take a moment to step back and contemplate the
improbable or the impossible, so that we can plan the pathway and start the journey towards that better tomorrow.
Music (art) makes us human.
Lindsay plays bagpipes of various types and composes.
You can expect to hear, Great Highand Bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, Scottish
borderpipes, Galician Gaita, Medieval bagpipes, rauschpfeif,
His compositions combine many different paradigms and genres:
Symphony, Opera, Suites, string quartet, piobaireachd, mantroch,
strathspeys, jigs and reels, chamber music, sonoristic works with
extended tehniques and works in the traditional sound pallete.
Lindsay favours instrumental combinatons:
- harp and smallpipes (with his wife, Irena, who is a harpist)
- bagpipes and string quartet
- bagpipes and chamber orchestra
- bagpipes and symphony orchestra,
- ...all of the above by themselves.
Lindsay is an optimist and encourages listeners to come to concerts
with an open mind, an open heart and a willingness to be optimistic, to
take optimism away from the event and nurture it.
wants you to leave his concerts with a feeling of hope, hope that you
can look forward to making your dreams come true, hope that you will
always find the strength to make those dreams come true, and the
distance you need from the storms of life to be able to find your way
to that better tomorrow you dream of.