Friday, December 4, 2020

Bagpipe Jazz

Bagpipes are associated with Scotland. 

Their music has strong connections to Gaelic culture and there are roughly two main styles of music played on the bagpipes, Ceòl Mór and Ceòl Beag. 

In Gaelic, this means 'big music' and 'little music'. Ceòl Mór includes the pibroch style, a slow, more classical form of traditional bagpipe musical while Ceòl Beag includes things like jigs, reels, strathspeys and slow airs  the type of stuff that gets people on the dance floor. 

But bagpipe jazz is something else! 

Watch this lady rip a sick jazz bagpipe solo – I can honestly say I've never heard the bagpipes sound better:


Gunhild Carling (right) is a Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. She plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder, string instruments (such as banjo, ukulele and harp), and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics. 

And she’s famous for playing three trumpets at the same time! 

We've had a really good response from the WSD community here in Malaysia to produce promo videos for the World Speech Day event next year. 

This latest clip is from Safura Atan:


She’s a member of Shah Alam Toastmasters Club and a champion speaker. 

I like everything about her speeches – unvarnished words, well-turned phrases and emphatic sentences – the whole caboodle. 

It’s so true – her decorous language, her epigrammatic expressions and her warm pesona are all wrapped around a voice that is one mellow melange of pure pleasantness. 

#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday

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