Malin Lewis is an award-winning piper, fiddler, composer and instrument-maker from Ardnamurchan and Skye. They marry deep traditional roots with adventurous innovation – not least as maker of a unique 2-octave version of the Scottish smallpipes. Malin studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, plus took an ERASMUS sojourn at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy (exploring everything from extinct Finnish bagpipes to free improvisation). Recent projects include an all-improvised collaboration with beatboxer extraordinaire Jason Singh, and a Piping Live! double bill with genre-busting New York outfit Blarvuster.
Here, Lewis premieres Halocline (named for the layer between bodies of fresh and salt water), a sequence of compositions reflecting on the liminal spaces between its creator’s outer and inner worlds. Featuring smallpipes, whistle, fiddle, bouzouki, kantele, saxophone and percussion, it promises “moments of weirdness, moments of joy and moments of beauty”.