The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is one of Scotland's foremost traditional music organisations. The Orchestra was formed in 1980, deriving its origins from Fiddlers’ Rallies which were – and are – held throughout Scotland. After one of these Rallies, a group of enthusiasts met to consider the formation of an orchestra which would draw its members from "a’ the airts" and would form a cohesive, vigorously rehearsed group of musicians.
Richard Egarr is a British keyboard performer and conductor. He received his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. His study with Gustav Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical performance. Egarr has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ intabulations to Dussek and Chopin on early pianos, to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano.
Julian Rachlin is a Lithuanian-born violinist and violist. Rachlin, who is Jewish, was born in Vilnius on December 8, 1974 and immigrated in 1978 with his musician parents to Austria. In 1983, he entered the Vienna Conservatory and studied violin in the Soviet tradition with Boris Kuschnir, while also receiving private lessons from Pinchas Zukerman. His career as a child prodigy began with his first public concert in 1984.
This is a quite unique collaboration, an unexpected one between the italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seeds. They first met during the realization of Ingiuria, a theatre pièce and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, "A Quite Life". That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground.
Julia Kent is a Canadian cellist. Kent was born in Vancouver, Canada, and studied the cello at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is probably best known as an original member of the all-cello group Rasputina. She left Rasputina in 1999, and has played cello with a variety of artists and ensembles since then, most notably with Antony and the Johnsons. She released a solo album, Delay, in 2007, an EP, Last Day in July, in 2010, and her latest solo record, Green and Grey, in 2011. Official site: http://www.juliakent.com
Gabriel Yared (Arabic: جبرائيل يارد) (born 7 October 1949) is a Lebanese-French composer, best known for his work in French and American cinema. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, his work in France included the scores for Betty Blue and Camille Claudel. He later began working with American film directors, winning an Oscar for his score for The English Patient and a nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.
Classical guitarist, composer, singer-songwritter, innovator of the 19 string arch harp guitar, James Kline is an artist who constantly renews and reinvents himself. As a classical guitarist he studied in Spain under a full scholarship from the Spanish government. There he won a number of international awards, including the Ramirez Prize of Santiago de Compostella and the Tarrega Pize of Benicasim.
Kathleen Ferrier (1912
A master of ethereal delicacies, Melbourne’s Wintercoats aka James Wallace combines his chameleonic compositional talents and profound arrangement dexterity to create aural artworks of fragility and grandeur. His debut self-released EP Cathedral adventured through sweeping and idyllic vocal harmonies underpinned by brash and heavily reverbed string loops. A search of his rawest emotions; through the endurance of despair, Cathedral was the idealization of tension and tranquillity, a release of inhibitions and a philosophical exploration of love, lust and social complacency.
James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. Last's trademark is arranging pop hits in a big-band style; his series of "party albums" is equally well-known. Over the course of his career, he has sold well over 100 million albums. Last learned how to play piano as child, switching to bass as a teenager.