Roland Kirk was a prolific musician who brought the bagpipe to jazz in the late 60s. Since he had already introduced several non-traditional instruments to the jazz scene, this was no surprise to his fans. His main instrument was saxophone.
Kirk was born 1936. He lost his sight at the age of two. He was educated at the Ohio State School for the Blind. It was there that he learned music and started playing saxophone and clarinet in the school’s band. By the time he was 16, he was already performing professionally with his own group in the local clubs. He recorded his first album, Triple Threat, in 1956 at twenty. After touring with Charlie Mingus in 1961 and performing solo in Germany, he formed his own band, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and The Vibration Society.
Soon after, this blind musician became a jazz legend. During his career, when someone asked if his blindness was a handicap to his career, he usually replied that he was just a musician who can’t see too well. Kirk eventually learned to play a whopping 40 musical instruments. He often reconfigured them so that he could play more than one simultaneously, which he became known for in the music industry.
His musical repertoire included gospel, jazz, blues, and top hits. He plays bagpipes on Slightly Latin, released by Limelight in 1966; Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata on Atlantic, 1970; and Prepare Thyself To Deal With a Miracle, Atlantic, 1973. He often played bagpipe selections at live performances. His mastery of a technique called circular breathing allowed him to play without pausing for breath. This was a boon to him when he used jazz phrasing on the bagpipe. Listen to his “Bagpipe Medley” on Rhapsody for free.
Undaunted by a stroke in 1975, he continued to play several instruments. He performed and recorded until his death in 1977. Fans and colleagues keep his music alive. They continue to spread the Bright Moments (a much-loved original composition) that he gave the world through the bagpipe and other musical instruments.
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Mother’s day is may 11 and what better way to show mom your love than serenading her with music from a full bagpipe band. The Ogden Legion Pipe Band, dressed in full highland regalia, in Calgary Alberta offers to visit local mothers for a personal piping performance.
The Mother’s Day event is one of the main fundraisers for the decorated band, which was formed in 1972 as a Calgary area youth pipe band with members ages eight to 18 years. Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Ogden Branch No. 154 in southeast Calgary, the Ogden Legion Pipe Band has become a top-caliber band that competes nationally and internationally. It has been the Grade IV provincial champions for the past five consecutive years and has also won major awards and honors in Canada and Scotland.
Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Pipes and Roses event will help to send the Ogden Legion Pipe Band to Glasgow, Scotland, in August 2008 to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships.
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Amazing Grace was extremely successful in its debut, with box office receipts showing the movie has made more than $14 million in its first four weeks. We are extremely pleased with the number of movie goers who have seen this amazing story in theaters.
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Caber Records proudly announces a song featured in a new movie. The Christian Broadcasting Network has used our rendition of Amazing Grace. This will be used for the new movie “Amazing Grace”. See CBN site for further details.
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The only thing we love more than the bagpipes are Christian holidays. We wish all of you great happiness during these holidays. Music is the voice of god.
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