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Equilibrium (Drake Music Scotland)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2016

Equilibrium Ed2016

Little did I realise, when I stepped into St John’s Church, that I would see the most innovative music show so far, but that’s what happened tonight. Traditional Scottish music ensemble Equilibrium’s members are a mixture of able-bodied and disabled musicians on equal terms – conductor Rhona Smith uses technology linked to the other members’ monitors to overcome limited physical movement. There were both traditional and digital instruments and an excellent singer; many pieces were their own compositions – what great tunes. They’ve had to deconstruct Trad music and reassemble it in a way that suits the digital instruments – they can’t use a strict tempo – but the skill, inspiration and artistry that made this performance so enjoyable took my breath away.

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