Edinburgh: Queen's Hall, Mon 22 Mar. Psappha, the north of England’s leading contemporary music ensemble make their first trip across the border this month. They are named after a percusSion piece by Iannis Xenakis, and Will perform work by that Greek- born composer at their Edinburgh date.

Following encouragement from Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust, who present the concert, Psappha turn to Xenakis’ chamber music and offer a rare chance to hear P/ekto, a very nOisy piece written in the early 90s. Scored for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, horn, piano and percusSion, P/ekto is extremely complex musrc. Paul MacAlindin, who regularly conducts the ensemble, is charged

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This year’s Edinburgh Harp Festival opening concert brings the latest line- up of Ossian, the group whose records and tours of the 70s and 80s first gave the Scottish harp an international profile

Their harpei, Billy Jackson v- also a composer, music therapist and teacher t is Currently putting a lot of energy into his record company, tvtill Records, which is soon to release four versions of his 'Land Of Light', a song which this year won a national competition for a 'Song For Scotland' Why four verSions”

’lt'll be a budget-price CD of a Gaelic version, an English, an all- instrumental, and ftnally a choral arrangement,’ he explains 'It Will be useful for people who want to learn the song, or use it for film, TV or radio Plus, they'll get to hear other sorts of music that they iniglit not normally be aware of '

There has been a great deal of interest in ’Land Of Light‘ A number of choirs want to perform it, including a Scots Gaelic one in Australia and the Lowland Band of the Scots DiVision ~ a big, loud pipe band With a brass section.

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'In P/ekto, Xenakis splits the players '- into three groups, and the way in which he explores the interplay between them is féiSClltdtlltg,’ says MacAlindin. 'The strings and Wind play purely linear, horizontal music, while the piano plays nothing but chords or vertical music and the perCUSSion plays untuned rhythm.’

Xenakis, now in his late 70s, also trained as an architect and is a completely lone mice in 20th century music. His composition is renowned for its use of mathematical formulae

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