New Breton pibroch project combines Highland pipes with flutes and guitars
Highland piper Xavier Boderiou of Brittany has made a name for himself with bands, solo competition, chanter manufacturing and reedmaking, and now he’s moving into “experimental music” in a new recording that combines pipes with flute and guitars in modern renditions of five classic piobaireachds.
Morenn showcases Boderiou with fellow Bretons Sylvain Barou and Jacques Pellen on flute and guitar. Boderiou says that the CD will be released in February, if all goes to plan – and the plan includes crowd-funding to subsidize the work.
“This unique project combines pipes, guitars and flute with a hint of experimental music around a centennial repertoire,” Boderiou said. “The result is surprising, nebulous, vague: Morenn.”
Boderiou said that the tunes featured on the album are “Clan Campbell’s Gathering,” “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart,” “In Praise of Morag,” “Glengarry’s March,” and the ground of “The Park Piobaireachd No.2.”
Creative interpretations of classic piobaireachds are not new, but in the last year there has been a surge in interest, with both the Grade 1 ScottishPower and Inveraray & District pipe bands spotlighting ceol mor in significant concerts.
Boderiou is a member of the Grade 1 Bagad Cap Caval of Brittany, and has also played with the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University Pipe Band of Vancouver. A year ago he introduced four models of new pipe chanters, and he also manufactures popular RedWood drone reeds. He also competes regularly on the Scottish solo piping circuit.
Boderiou added that Morenn in Breton langage means “mist, haze.”