Development of new music with the Aidan O’Rourke Trio
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This project builds on the exploratory sounds and forms of Aidan O’Rourke’s two recent EPs: 2015’s Music for Exhibition and Film (EP Series 1.0) and 2016’s Imprint (EP Series 2.0). Now Aidan and his trio (John Blease, drums and Graeme Stephen, guitar) will continue fine-tuning a new ensemble language that tests the grainy parameters and common grounds between folk, jazz, improvised and electronic music.
Aidan O’Rourke is a fiddler, composer and producer at the centre of the modern Scottish folk revival. He grew up in Argyll and pioneered a new sound in traditional music with the supergroups Blazin’ Fiddles and Kan. In 2005 he co-founded the trio Lau, described by the Guardian as “a remarkable band — the most musically adventurous trio in British folk”. Lau have released five critically-acclaimed albums and several collaborative EPs, have been awarded Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards an unprecedented four times and have curated four Lau-Land festivals as a platform for experimental musicians from around the world.
Aidan was named Musician of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards in 2014. Under his own name he has released three solo records and two experimental EPs: the latest is called Imprint, a collaboration with composer/electronic artist Anna Meredith, pianist Tom Rogerson and drummer John Blease.
“Confident free-thinking music that will enthrall.”
“O’Rourke’s music – both his writing and playing – is unfailingly strong and imaginative” (The List)