shofarblowing1What could be more natural than doing a meditation on the Jewish shofar service for great highland bagpipes?  Nothing, if you ask me.  Nothing could be more natural.

When I heard the amazing Matthew Welch play with Dither a few years ago, my heart was set on working with him.  Since I began writing him a piece around the time of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, the many sounds of the shofar  (the ceremonial ram’s horn played for certain Jewish holidays and events) were in my head and heart while I was thinking about the pipes.

 

Tekiah refers to one of the kinds of sounds a shofar makes in the service and it’s the primary motive you’ll hear Matt play.  Both shofar and bagpipes illicit a curiously strong emotional reaction from me, and the material of the piece plays into those feelings.

Every sound you hear is either live Matthew Welch or pre-recorded Matthew Welch that I’ve mucked with a bunch using Digital Performer.  It was so much fun to work with him!