Urban Pipes




Erwan Keravec – bagpipe

Urban Pipes is a utopia aiming to show that the bagpipe is a universal instrument. To imagine music for solo bagpipe that does not evoke its cultural origin, music that is only music, with no other function than to be listened to. This project also entails a modification of traditional playing modes, as well as work on how to use the bagpipe sound and harmonic strangeness outside of strictly melodic practice. All this seems paradoxical for a traditional musician like myself. Yet it is the way I have chosen for Urban Pipes, in order to see what kind of music I can envisage for my instrument.

“He plays music specially devised for his instrument –music of austere violence, at the same time grandiose, fundamentally modern and often radical, yet never cut off from its roots.” (Jazz Magazine, 2009)

“Erwan Keravec treats improvisation as a visual artist, as one would treat the blacks in a monochrome, through incisions, rhythm and ways to catch light.” (Jazz Magazine, 2011)

Upcoming performances:
sept 6: baigande-encore-interdite, Aigueleze (FR)
oct 27 : Vienna, AUT

Urban Pipes II (Collectif à l’Envers/Buda Musique/Socadisc, 2011)
Urban Pipes (Buda Musique/Socadisc, 2007)

Past performances: Festival Belluard Bollwerk International (Fribourg, CH), Festival Météo (Mulhouse – FR), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Théâtre de Cornouaille (Quimper – FR), Opéra de Lille, Festival les Musiques (GMEM, Marseille), Why Not (Dijon, FR), Artdanthé (Théâtre de Vanves – FR), Instants Sonores (Scènes Croisées de Lozère – FR), Halle aux Grains (Blois – FR), Festival Pan! (Caen – FR)Sirènes et Midi Net, Lieux Publics (Marseille), Bruisme, Carré Bleu/Confort Moderne (Poitiers), Festival EurofoniK (Nantes), Nuit des Musée (Musée des Beaux Arts de Brest), La Grande Boutique (Langonnet), Lama # 10 (Clohars-Carnoët), Aci e Adara (Université de Pau), CIM (Bar le Duc), Concèrt a casa (Lucq de Bearn), ANCT (Gannat)