20 September 2014
I spent this week with Ensemble Thing, producing their preview performance of Independence by John De Simone.
The work explores the cultural identity of its composer, a half-Scottish / half-Italian raised in England but now resident in Scotland, whose grandfather was a founder of the Scottish National Party.
After rehearsals at the RCS, the performance took place at the Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow on the night before the independence referendum.
The work blended electronic bagpipe drones, traditional Scottish tunes and John talking about his family and their role in the SNP. It was all held together by some great playing from the band.
Like the referendum itself, we had a pleasantly large turnout!
The piece will be performed again at the Sound Festival on Saturday 1st November at 1pm in Aberdeen Art Gallery. Like the independence debate itself, this isn’t over!