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Violin Variations (Ian Peaston)

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2017

The fizzing excitement I felt during this interactive performance of electric violin, laptop and iPad made this concert feel far too short. At times I was playing Peaston’s iPad myself, to alter the violin’s sound as it was passed around the audience, which pushed my musician’s soul over the edge. He started with Bach and echo – nice enough – but then things got wonderfully weird with Bjork and looping. By the time he was adding in more electronic manipulations and mashing up Mahler and Radiohead I was beside myself! Peaston has had a distinguished career as an orchestral and chamber musician so he plays incredibly well – if you have any musical curiosity at all then you have to hear this man.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]