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Scottish Flute Trio

Scottish Flute Trio

It might be all quiet in the Central Belt, but the cultural flurry up North continues this fortnight with the launch of sound 2008, which sets its musical stall in Aberdeen this October.

Now in its fourth year, the multi-genre festival will feature two themed weekends for the first time: one dedicated to the saxophone and the second to classical and electro-acoustic music. Of the 70 events taking place, highlights of this year's four-day programme include appearances by Rob Hall, Andy Scott and Martin Kershaw. Electro-acoustic talent Kim Cascone will also be on-site to showcase her musical wares.

Classical world premieres come courtesy of Sally Beamish, Pippa Murphy and Thea Musgrave, and world-renowned Finnish fiddler Pekka Kuusisto (pictured, right) also makes a much anticipated appearance with the Scottish Ensemble.

A wide range of recitals, workshops, master classes and community events completes the line-up, and there’s a strong dance element to proceedings too: danceLive! will create a multi art-form extravaganza in the North East in conjunction with the programme.

'sound has continued to grow since its inception, expanding both its repertoire and geographic spread,’ said Festival Co-ordinator Fiona Robertson.

'This year we are thrilled to be able to offer a showcase for some of the world's leading classical and electro-acoustic musicians and to celebrate the saxophone as both jazz and classical instrument.

'Particularly exciting this year is the addition of new venues including the recently refurbished Salmon Bothy in Portsoy, and Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, where we’re holding both the community saxophone day and the concert with Andy Scott and Charlotte Harding.'

Ian Smith, Head of Music for the Scottish Arts Council, who help fund the event, said: 'It is difficult to believe that sound has only existed in its current form for three years, as it has become in that short time a significant member of the Scottish festivals circuit, and is an excellent example of how to inspire community involvement at all levels.'

sound 2008 runs from Tue 21 Oct-Mon 17 Nov. See www.sound-scotland.co.uk

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