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Berklee World Strings ft Louise Bichan - Ian (Live at Berklee)

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Louise Bichan performs her composition "Ian" with Berklee World Strings. The ensemble is led by four-time grammy-winning Berklee faculty member Eugene Friesen. Bichan wrote "Ian" for her album "Out of My Own Light." The composition was arranged by Ben Knorr.
In 2013, Orkney fiddler and photographer Louise Bichan embarked on a unique musical and sentimental journey, between her native northern isles and coast-to-coast Canada, in the footsteps of her late paternal grandmother Margaret, née Tait (1925-2008). The result is "Out of My Own Light," a suite of beautifully wrought, brilliantly captivating chamber-folk compositions, inspired by Bichan’s travels and wider family recollections, together with Margaret’s own diaries and correspondence.
When she stepped aboard the Ascania, bound for Montreal, in May 1950, Margaret was a woman truly torn between two lovers: a dashing local farmer – her family’s approved choice – and a young engineer she’d met when at college in Aberdeen. Margaret’s anguish over this dilemma, impelling her escape from a much-loved but remote and tight-knit home community, is palpable in the diary entry she wrote a few weeks earlier:
“I’m so darned restless and unhappy these days just can’t make a decision one way or another. If only I could get right away for a while I’m sure it would help. I’ll never get out of my own light while I continue here.”
"Ian" was composed for one of the two suitors, the Aberdonian man, whose hand in marriage she ultimately declined.
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BERKLEE WORLD STRINGS
SOLOIST: Louise Bichan – Orkney, Scotland
CONDUCTOR: Eugene Friesen – Bellows Falls, Vermont
ARRANGER: Ben Knorr – Calgary, Alberta
VIOLIN 1
Serena Harnack – Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Louisa Byron – Waseca, Minnesota
Audrey Budington – Sanborton, New Hampshire
Seoyeon Im – Seoul, Korea
Connor Foubister – Portland, Oregon
Kathleen Parks – Newburgh, New York
Fernanda Perera – Tokyo, Japan
VIOLIN 2
Cynthia Pei Hua Lin – Taipei, Taiwan
Ruah (Yeonsong Kim) – Jeju City, South Korea
Ya Yuan Hsu – Taipei, Taiwan
Cansu Ozuryek – Istanbul, Turkey
Hannah Baker – Somerville, Massachusetts
VIOLA
Gerson Eguiguren – Quito Ecuador
Jennifer Frantz – Beaver, Pennsylvania
Cecilia Cook – Liberty, Missouri
Wan Ching Chou – Taipei, Taiwan
Brendan Klippel – Queensbury, New York
CELLO
Aodan Collins – Portland, Oregon
Cristobal Cruz Garcia – Tijuana, Mexico
Caitlin Thomas – Leonia, New Jersey
Yuezhang Liu – Beijing, China
BASS
Victor Gonzalez – Rancagua, Chile
Marcelo Macgagnan – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Giuseppe
HARP
Tatyana Phillips – London, England
CUATRO
Maurizio Sala – Valencia, Venezuela
KANUN
Tony Barhoum – Shefa-'amr, Palestine
Recorded by Alex Rodriguez
Mixed by Andres Gonzalez Cardona
Mastered by Jonathan Wyner
Video by Regina Crisosto Jequier
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