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Music For The Book Of Deer (Strangeness And Charm)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

This synaesthetic experience originated in a medieval illuminated manuscript, ‘The Book of Deer’, from Aberdeenshire. Original pages were projected onto a screen behind the five musicians. With woodwind (including bass clarinet and midi wind synthesiser), keys, brass, percussion and guitars, they played an exciting 12 movement suite using traditional and electronic techniques. I knew it would be a really great night when the bass guitarist brought out his bow! Personal favourites were ‘A Prayer For The Soul Of The Wretch Who Wrote It’ – a maelstrom of unusual noises and rhythms, and ‘Dancing In The Margin’ – a sound representation of the intricate marginal pen work. Words and pictures are not enough; go hear ‘The Book Of Deer’.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]