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SoftLOUD (Sean Shibe)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

“I can’t compose, but I can program” said virtuoso guitarist Sean Shibe, referring to the computer-generated aspects of his extraordinary musical arrangements. The LOUD section, he continued, was about expressing political anger; before lifting me off my feet with his arrangement of Wolfe’s composition ‘Lad’, originally scored for nine bagpipes, relentless in its increasing intensity and volume, and so weird I became fascinated by it. The soft part of ‘softLOUD’ was hauntingly lovely; gentle, wonderful acoustic explorations of early and modern melodic works. These ranged from lute music to Maxwell-Davies – sometimes the guitar barely whispered, and to play so quietly for an audience takes courage. He combined meticulous technique with an avant garde soul – go hear him!

theSpace on Niddry St, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]