On instruments

All musicians have a special bonding with their instruments. For instance, if I tell you about a guitar called Lucille you will automatically think of BB King. But it does not take to be a top musician to have that bonding. No matter the instrument one plays, most of us keep the first one that fell into our hands when we started, the one we produced the first notes with (many times sounding like a very angry cat, or worse), or have passed to someone with the wish that “it will serve them as good as it did to me”. I keep my first plastic practice chanter and the first cheap whistle I got, even if I don’t play them anymore because their sound does not cope my needs anymore. Also, we may have a few instruments, but there is always one (or a few) that we like to play the most and that we make sure we use in special occasions; sometimes it is because it has a sweeter, more mellow sound, sometimes is because you have been playing it for so long that you feel fully comfortable with it. You know how to make it sound in such a special way, and it knows you and makes it easy for you to play. You just go along well. You spend time tuning, preparing the instrument, oiling bores, waxing, making it yours. This is why if these instruments is stolen, it hurts way beyond the material value loss. They are a partner in stage, rather than a tool you use to make music.

It is not a coincidence that many times, most of these instruments have a proper name associated: Ibanez, Gibson, Hardie, Graham, Overton, Nebra, Varela, Seivane…Some of them are now well stablish companies, and some are artisans that make instruments under commission. Nevertheless, they all have something in common: the great care they have when making the instruments. Because it is not only important to have a quality instrument, it is also important to have someone to go to when you have any issue with the instrument, someone who is experienced and, if possible, who has actually made the instrument, as they will know better than anyone why each part has been made the way it is, and the best way to solve any issue that may present. When you are purchasing a new instrument that you know you will play for years, you do not only want someone who provides quality stuff (although you certainly want that, too!) but someone that will understand your needs as a musician and that will make the best instrument for you; also, that person that will advise on the best reeds/strings/etc. for their instrument. Because you are not only choosing an instrument, you are choosing the post-sale service and the trust on the luthier that will do any repairs needed with time, the trust of asking “where this weird sound comes from?” and knowing they will know about the instrument well enough to give you an answer or to fix whatever needed. And you are also asking for some imagination: “What you are asking me is not the usual stuff, let’s see how this can be done”. When you are buying an instrument you are not only buying a well-shaped piece of wood or metal, you are buying all the work behind it, and also all the work that will be done with it in the future, for as long as you decide it will share your path.


La City of Barcelona Pipe Band a La Sonora

El pasado marzo tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer y compartir escenario con Capercaille y RIU dentro del concierto Escòcia & Catalunya: Camí de la llibertat musical. Fue una gran experiencia poder ver tocar a los dos grupos, justos y por separado en vivo. Además los chicos de La Sonora nos incluyeron en su programa ;)
Lo podéis ver aquí (en la segunda parte del programa) (en catalán)

El passat març tinguérem la oportunitat de conèixer i compartir escenari amb Capercaille i amb RIU, al concert Escòcia & Catalunya: Camí de la llibertat musical. Va ser una gran experiència poder veure tocar als dos grups, junts i per separat, en viu. A més, l'equip de La Sonora ens van incloure al seu programa ;)
El podeu veure aquí (a la segona part del programa)

Last March we had the chance to meet and be on stage with Capercaille and RIU in the Escòcia & Catalunya: Camí de la Llibertat Musical concert. Is was a great experience to be able to see both bands, separately and together, playing live. Also, the team of La Sonora included us in their program ;)
You can watch it here (second part of the program) (in Catalan)



El sábado 5 de mayo estuvimos en el II Encontro de Gaitas del Centro Galego de Barcelona. Salimos encantados tanto por el trato como por los demás participantes en el evento. Un gustazo poder disfrutar (y aprender) de su música.
Aquí os dejo el video de nuestra actuación que grabó Jrcasan :)


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Conrad J.Daubanton
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