Alasdair and Natalie’s 20-year musical journey reaches its zenith in their most recent release, SYZYGY. The coming together of two elements without losing the individual characteristics of each - this has always been their goal, and they bring two distinct but complementary musical minds to the task. Comprised of completely original music, half Alasdair’s and half Natalie’s, this album showcases the duo’s continuing compositional direction towards the ultimate combination of minimalism and richness, sophistication and vigor - tunes based in the tradition but firmly rooted in modernity.
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SYZYGY: "the joining of any two entities without losing the individual characteristics of either one." Check it out - this word has SO many meanings - derived from the Greek and Latin words describing a state of "conjunction". The word will whisk the enquiring mind down the proverbial rabbit hole and into the realms of astronomy, mathematics, biology, computers, Jungian philosophy and symbolism; gnosticism, yin yang, rhythmites, tides, and the subtle metric power of a poem - and then, most surprisingly perhaps, one is led to confront the concept of the "Caledonian antisysygy" - a condition claimed for Scotland by G. Gregory Smith in 1919 to describe the clash of extremes at the heart of the Scottish mind and character - a fine topic of conversation over the course of a wee dram!
While none of the above was on our mind while writing and playing this music, the word kept calling to us as a way to describe what we strive for in our fiddle and cello duo of over 20 years. This, our sixth album together, marks a culminating point on our musical journey. The compositions are original, shared equally, and enable us to celebrate our contrasting backgrounds, experiences and world views while engaging in a dance-like celebration of two instruments in deep and playful conversation, seeking moments of both sophistication and vigor while relishing the ancient and modern. The tunes are rooted in tradition as always - weddings and newborns, bicycle mishaps, Scottish landscapes and Nordic heroes, Broadway and family, myths, jesters and troubadours - and then there's that antisyzygy again- a "zigzag of contradictions"!
15 brand new tracks and the total running time is 1 hour. So, lie back and think of SYZYGY, or get up and dance and celebrate the idea of the coming into alignment of opposing forces everywhere.
We have played for many of you in lots of wild & wondrous, crazy & beautiful, far-flung parts of the world and we can't wait to come back and visit!
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