Within the framework of the exhibition "Babel" presented at the Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole and the exhibition "Migrations" in the Musée de Bretagne (see the article dedicated to this subject), Lise Enochsson and I were programmed for the closing concert of the season at the Champs Libres of Rennes. In this extract filmed by Johann Guillon we play, in order, a march followed by a set of Gavotte Pourlet, a traditional Scottish air translated into Swedish Calum Sgaire and a traditional Breton air N’em es ket nameit ur blank.
Retiring early from a specialised medical career, the Irishman Derek Ball can now devote himself full-time to composition. His repertoire includes solo instruments pieces, chamber music (like his Songs and Stories of Caílte's Time for Celtic harp and speaker, created by Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Séamus mac Gabhan) as well as larger works for symphonic orchestra and operas. Particularly present on the Irish contemporary music scene, his music has been programmed by the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and performed in the United-States. Derek Ball is a composer who does not hesitate to combine the Celtic harp with any kind of other instruments, voice and even computer.
This video is an extract from my concert on the 9th of May 2013, at the Leerdam Cultuurcentrum Go (Netherlands). The first tune is Jag tänker så titt; a norwegien scottish which I originally arranged for my band based in Scotland. The second tune is a composition: Hosing the Flowers with a Honky-tonk piano influence at the end. These two tunes have recently been recorded and will be part of a new music book to be published soon. To stay informed of their release, sign up to the mailing list here. Thanks to Liesbeth Meijer for this great live video and to Leo Heijdra for editing it: (more…)