New Music 20x12
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Aidan O'Rourke

TAT-1

Fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke worked with An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre to create TAT-1, inspired by the first transatlantic telephone cable which ran from Aidan’s hometown, Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Newfoundland. As the Olympics brings the world closer together, the cable had the same purpose and for many years carried the 'Hotline' between Washington and Moscow.

 

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

About Aidan O'Rourke

Both as a fiddler and a composer, Aidan O’Rourke ranks with the foremost Scottish musicians of his generation, deeply rooted in tradition while expanding its parameters. A founder member of top UK folk acts Blazin’ Fiddles and Lau, he has also released two solo albums, Sirius (2006) and An Tobar (2008), as well as featuring on numerous recordings by other artists. His original compositions, including a string of high-profile commissions, have won widespread acclaim for their innovative synthesis of diverse musical styles. With his sublime technical and expressive command, forged both from his rich native heritage and an incorrigible appetite for fresh musical adventure, O’Rourke is truly a world-class talent.

However far and wide his musical horizons extend, though, traditional music remains firmly at the heart of O’Rourke’s artistry. “First and foremost, I’m a Scottish fiddler,” he says. “There’ll always be a part of me that just wants to sit down with my fiddle and an old book of tunes. At the same time, I don’t want to give myself any boundaries, and I want to keep learning new things: every day, there’s something else about music that amazes me, whether it’s a particular player or singer, a bit of history, or a new tune. Music isn’t something I ever see myself mastering: I just keep trying to get better.”

 

The Aidan O'Rouke Quintet 

 

 

The performance of TAT-1 by An Tobar at the Tobemory Arts Centre was recorded by the BBC on 8th June 2012 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21st July 2012.

This work is available now on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats. (See below)

 

 

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Special thanks to Creative Scotland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

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