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With Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), Kit Downes (piano/harmonium) and guest director Simon Blendis (violin)

Aberdeen Music Hall

Sat 9 Nov 2019
Union St
AB10 1QS

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Caird Hall

Sun 10 Nov 2019
City Square

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SWG3 Galvanisers

Tue 12 Nov 2019
G3 8QG

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Assembly Roxy

Wed 13 Nov 2019
2 Roxburgh Place

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Air, rock and sea; space, time, change and hope: exploring the political and environmental elements of our nation and world with fiddler Aidan O'Rourke and pianist Kit Downes, and guest director Simon Blendis.

Elemental is a performance centred around a new piece for harmonium, piano, fiddle and string orchestra by Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes – two musicians with an embarrassment of accolades, and a taste for musical pioneering.

Their new commission, There is no beginning, fuses the visceral energy and haunting beauty of Aidan’s traditional Celtic roots with wisps of jazz, folk, ambient and classical.

It's also inspired by a poem, Edwin Morgan's Slate: a love-poem to a politically-and-environmentally battered Scotland. Surrounding their tender reframing of the poem's messages will come a clutch of contemporary works that similarly speak to us of all things elemental – space and silence, sea and air – intertwined with melodies echoing an ancient Scotland.

Elemental is supported by The PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Organisations

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