Michael Grey: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 2

Published: July 31, 2012

We continue our exclusive interview Michael Grey, one of the most prominent and successful composers of Highland bagpipe music of the last 100 years. In Part 1, Grey discussed his piping roots and inspirations, and the early years that formed his interest in composition. In Part 2, he delves into the inner-workings of his creative mind, the challenge to be creative within a tradition-based folk-artform, and his desire to push his own musical boundaries. In this installment, Grey makes a strong correlation between the art’s most traditional music, piobaireachd, and the rich opportunities presented by the pipe band medley format.

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