Dipper Malkin

Thu 5 Apr, 7.45pm

The Forge

  • Tickets: £15.50; Over 65s, under 16s and f/t students £13.50 (includes £2 booking fee)

Dipper Malkin are a captivating duo who are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication.
 
"A potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians who have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. Dipper worked in The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood, and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Malkin was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics.    
 
The duo provide a new lease of life for the viola d’amore, an instrument from the baroque period with seven bowed and seven sympathetic strings. They realise that they are the lucky benefactors of previous generations’ invention, celebrating their inheritance through every note, whilst avoiding the trap of complacency by offering their own inventions.
 
“The greatest compliment we could think to pay to our ancestors, those responsible for this rich and fascinatingly idiosyncratic tradition, is to elevate their repertoire. We look outwards for inspiration and aim to present work on a par with contemporary classical music in terms of its intrinsic artistic value. Produced to the highest standard and as thrilling and accurately executed as improvised jazz, but most importantly rooted in our tradition.”

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