After an extremely successful International Bagpipe Conference at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, with speakers from France, Ukraine, Poland, England, Ireland, the USA, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria and of course Scotland, it is time to turn our thoughts to International Bagpipe Day 2016. A few communities have already announced their events and many more are to come. Don't forget to share it either by email or on the International Bagpipe Day Facebook page!
Bagpipe Gatherings and music around the world
An unusual event: music at the Stonehenge with the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band
Filming will be starting for The Bagpipe Maker's Baby.
Bagpipe session organised by the Northumbrian Pipers' Society in Morpeth.
THE Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay in Canada are once again celebrating IBD!
Bagpipe gathering in Heraklion
Open mic session in Lorient
Iranian pipers are supporting International Bagpipe Day this year again with a photo contest.
Iranian bagpiper Mohsen Sharifian is in Europe these days. Check out his Facebook page for videos and to know where he will be next!
Pipe Major Chukwu Oba Kalu coordinator and founder of bagpipe music society of Nigeria, and Scottishpower pipe band Nigeria has told us that they will be celebrating in style in Abuja. Their goal is to 'revive bagpipe music in Nigeria
The bagpipe group Guirab, formed by twenty young Palestine musicians based in a refugee camp in Tyr, Lebanon, has now been active for 20 years and will be celebrating International Bagpipe Day this year.
Talks and music at Texas Tech University
The International Bagpipe Organisation presents the
Third International Bagpipe Conference
26-28 February 2016
Hosted by the National Piping Centre, Glasgow
Organised in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University with the support of the Bagpipe Society, the Lowland and Border Piping Society, the Piobriaech Society and the William Grant & Sons foundation.
Call for Papers
Abstract submission deadline: 15 November 2015
Programme Committee: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Dr. Joshua Dixon, Dr. Andy Letcher, Dr. Susana Moreno.
Conference address: National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW
The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Third International Bagpipe Conference to mark International Bagpipe Day 2016 (10 March), a celebration of the world’s bagpipes and bagpiping traditions. Following the success of the previous conferences, the upcoming event will spread over three days, starting on Friday evening with an opening concert and ending at Sunday noon. The National Piping Centre in Glasgow will host the event, organised with the support of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Glasgow, the Bagpipe Society, the Lowland and Border Piping Society, the Piobriaech Society and the William Grant & Sons foundation.
The conferences are a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music experts, instrument makers, folk musicians, dancers and music lovers. This event is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes both today and historically. All three days are open to the general public and bagpipe enthusiasts are more than welcome to attend.
Friday 26 February 2016
The conference will be launched by an opening concert hosted by the National Piping Centre. We are excited to announce the participation of the Belgian Bourdon Collectief with two baroque musettes, the brilliant Scott Wood Trio and a Bulgarian kaba gaida feature.
Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February 2016
The conference will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February 2016. Bagpipe specialists from all over Europe will exchange knowledge about their instruments, music and culture. A social evening with a ceilidh (British folk dance) and an organised open mic will be held on Saturday evening.
We will consider papers that have a direct link to bagpipes, touching on themes including:
Interested participants are to submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words complete with an institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by 30 October 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to a large amount of applications the previous years, abstracts from people who are applying for the first time or who presented in 2012 will be prioritised. This is to encourage a wider scope of presenters. We do however encourage as many people as possible to attend the conference, regardless of whether they are presenting or not.
Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2015.
Limited travel grants are available to help support international travel costs for speakers. Please indicate if you are interested in your accompanying email.
Before I met Jean-Cristophe Maillard, I had heard a lot about him. It seemed that for a while we led parallel lives albeit few decades apart: he went to the same high school as me (Lycée Francois Premier) where his father used to teach music; he studied music and musicology at the Sorbonne, like I did; and his master's dissertation was supervised by Pr. Edith Weber who also happens to be my uncle's godmother. I am lucky enough to have a manuscript of it at home.
I had heard his name many times and was eager to meet one of the world's only experts in the musette baroque. When I finally did meet him in Antwerpen in 2010, he was more than I expected: not only a wonderful musician but a warm and generous person always up for a laugh. He told me how he used to get told off at home for his antics at the Sorbonne after Pr. Weber would phone his parents up to tell them what he'd been up to.
Over the next 5 years, we met a few times at music and ethnomusicology events. In 2014 I was extremely honoured to have him as a presenter at the second International Bagpipe Conference where he talked to us with incredible enthusiasm about the 'Sublimation and personification of the bagpipe in French baroque opera : aspects of the musette in the lyric repertoire between Lully and Rameau'.
His kindness went further and a year ago he wrote a wonderful piece about the conference in the French music journal Pastel, spreading the word in France. I am very grateful to him for this very positive article and it was very important to me to know that I had his full support in this international bagpipe venture.
Jean-Cristophe Maillard was a wonderful man, a talented musician and a great expert. He died due to complications after surgery in the night of the 12 July. He will be sorely missed by the bagpipe community. Our thoughts go to his friends and family.
The funeral will be held on 17 July at 9:45am at the Eglise sainte Thérèse (12 rue Belle Paule, 31500 Toulouse).
We are currently working hard with the National Piping Centre for setting up IBC 2016.
But first, IBD 2015 is round the corner with lots happening in the world!
Glasgow - The National Piping Centre will be live streaming a concert online. Watch out for the video on their website.
London - There will be a bagpipe concert/session in London at 14 Bacon Street venue (Shoreditch), one of the best places around. Pipers who want to get involved and play a tune or two alone, email email@example.com
SOAS Radio - Bagpipes Galore podcast on SOAS Radio will be publishing a special edition with recordings from around the world. Get involved and suggest recordings or send a recording of yourself playing the pipes! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester - Chester pipers are organising an IBD session with many different pipes at the Cross Keys.
Berlin - Swedish piper Olle Gällmo is playing for a Bal Folk at the Haus der Sinne in Berlin, Germany. The band Sunday Jam will also be playing with Matthias Branschke on the pipes.
Athens - The Greek pipers will gather for a picnic on Philopappou hill opposite the Acropolis. Their slogan is "in days like these, all we need is each other", so feel free to join them!
Santorini - La Ponta, the tsambouna centre in Santorini is celebrating International Bagpipe Day.
Budapest - Hungarian pipers are joining the festivities by celebrating IBD at their regular club event.
Iran - Iranian bagpiper Mohsen Sharifan has organised concerts and a bagpipe competition which ends on 10 March. Many photos can be found on their instragram page.
Thunder Bay - Canadian pipe band THE Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay have a whole day planned with fun piping events, including a radio appearance, a photo competition and an evening performance.
Texas - Texas Tech Uni will be carrying out a bagpipe programme during the day and Carlos Nuñez will be performing in the evening.
Chicago - Patrick Cannady will be playing the uilleann pipes at Johnny O'Hagan's. Why not join him for a tune and a drink?
Detroit - The Purcell Irish Pipers of Detroit will be celebrating in style with uillean pipes.
Minsk - Belarus is celebrating Spring and pipes on 11 March in Minsk with a big folk dance.
Leuven - Belgian pipers have got together and are organising a symposium focused on bagpipe education around Europe. Their event is online here.