For a thousand years, across Europe, North Africa and much of the Near East, rural people danced to, performed rituals with and treasured the music of their indigenous bagpipes, once one of the most ubiquitous of folk instruments. But now the bagpipe is most often thought of as a uniquely Scottish instrument, a circumstance largely due to the British Army's use of Scottish regiments as the vanguard in their creation of the British Empire.
This program introduces listeners to the bagpipes of many cultures, along with a bit of the folklore associated with this powerful, beguiling and almost shamanic instrument. Learn about the piping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Croatia, Georgia and Turkey. The pipes of these countries range from grand in size to petite, and in sound, volume and timbre from strident to suave. The pipes themselves are marvelous cultural icons to look at; each is unique and chosen to represent a particular type, or family, of instruments.
Kevin Carr is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who plays with the Hillbillies from Mars, Wake the Dead and Les Têtes de Violon. He has traveled the world collecting stories and music for forty years, and has taught at numerous dance and music camps across the country.
Funded in part by the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Need a ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, March 14
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]