Way back in 2004, one of the violin players in the BBC SSO decided that a return to his roots was long overdue. A native of Ardrossan, Alastair Savage had grown up as a folk fiddler, famously winning The Double (both the Ayrshire and National sections of the Land O' Burns Scots' Fiddle Competition) in 1986, before going on to study classical playing at the RSAM in Glasgow and then the Royal Academoy of Music in London. Alastair heeded the call of the traditional tunes that had started him off as a musician, and, together with his great friends Euan Drysdale and Iain Crawford, The Alastair Savage Trio was born.
As well as playing those written by the fiddle greats of yesteryear, Alastair had been writing his own tunes for years, inspired by various experiences and the land and cityscapes around him. Four albums have been recorded so far, along with many festival appearances.
"Hearing the raucous and the wistful tunes of Alastair Savage, I’ve never felt so proud to be Scottish; his music is so invigorating and soulful" – Kate Clarkson
7:30pm Gibson Hall, Dollar FK14 7DU
According to Jazz Scotland, Rose Room are “the hottest ticket in Scotland right now”, playing Swing jazz in the gypsy style, following in the footsteps of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Led by virtuoso fiddle player and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with Scottish Opera Orchestra), the band features a star line-up comprising Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon of ‘Moon Guitars’ (double bass), Celtic Connections’ award-winners ‘Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm.
Don't miss ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last Scottish Jazz Awards!
Dance around the living room to their sound.Concert programme
Originally from Romania, Daniel came to study in Edinburgh under Graeme McNaught for a school gap year, and has retained close links with Scotland since. A multiple first prize winner worldwide, a notable highlight was playing on-stage alongside Lang Lang.
“Only one word can adequately describe this performance...Sensational! Particularly exciting was the sense of devilry that permeated the faster variations, in which the notes glittered and dazzled like showers of diamonds.” Michael Traub, UNISA Competition.
“A name to be shouted from the rooftops... a young man whose staggering virtuoso credentials easily match those of the young Horowitz, Cziffra and Rosenthal...” John Humphreys, Chairman Dudley International Piano Competition.
Ayman is a Scotland-based classical guitarist with worldwide presence, performing in the Middle East, USA, Africa and Far East. Originally from Damascus, he studied in Spain and USA. Notable highlights have been a concert to standing ovation at NY Carnegie Hall as winner of Artists International’s Special Presentation Award, and the world premiere of Olympus (concerto for guitar and orchestra) by Evis Sammoutis and the Syrian premiere of Rodrigo’s two masterpieces Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Andaluz.
Ayman is involved with many charities working to help refugees and people affected by the war in Syria. His repertoire includes works with Spanish, Latin American, Classical, Middle Eastern and Modern flavors. He plays an instrument made by Egyptian luthier Jean-Paul Haggar.
3:00pm Gibson Hall, Dollar FK14 7DU
"When the gates of Heaven are thrown open, I’d tears in my eyes. Best of all, Tomas had engaged a wonderful young soprano, Emily Mitchell, for the all important solo part in the last movement. If I say that she reminded me of a young Lucia Popp, I can give no higher praise." wholeelephant.co.uk
Born into a musical family, Scottish soprano Emily Mitchell, was immersed in music from an early age. She began her formal classical training at the RCS in Glasgow under the tutelage of Margaret Aronson. She is a Live Music Now! artist with her accompanist Geoffrey Tanti and is a regular performer with Scottish Opera.
Emily has an extensive concert career ranging from opera to solo recitals to oratorio. She sings regularly with the Dunedin Consort and is broadcast on radio.
With another singer and accompanist Emily will take us through some of her repertoire highlights.