12th May 2017
Sean Shibe brings together acoustic and electric guitars, ancient and modern traditions in his new project softLOUD, set to premiere at East Neuk Festival, Fife in June and then return to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Having discovered a body of 16th to 18th -century Scottish music for lute and guitar, Sean saw an opportunity to pair these short and delicate pieces with more forceful contemporary electric guitar music inspired by his native Scotland and the USA, telling a human story in the process.
He explains: “In the early, soft works we have gentle and sweet pieces, growing LOUD through what is essentially an anti-nuclear protest song, Farewell to Stromness. The show ends in a cathartic outpouring of grief and anger – slowly wailing, ancient, grieving LAD was written after the death of a friend of its composer Julia Wolfe, and David Lang’s Killer is abrupt and ironclad in its fury. Given recent political and social turmoil and – perhaps particularly for Scotland – national soul-searching, I felt driven to reflect on this state of affairs in music, from the standpoint of a millennial.”