The Hurdy-Gurdy, a presentation
An informal and entertaining talk on the history of the hurdy-gurdy from its appearance in the 12th century to the present day. It will include a demonstration of how this stringed instrument with key box, wheel and crank handle works to create its unique musical sounds. With the playing of short pieces from the historical past to the European folk tradition I will show how this music has inspired new compositions.
The talk will then progress into the realms of improvisation from “pastoral” ambience to creating sonic moods and trance-like melodies with the use of electronics and effects. Questions and enquiry are welcome throughout the whole presentation.
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