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ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL  : La PIVA EMILIANA
Posted by admin on 2011/12/24 0:10:00 (6272 reads)


Piva Emiliana



The piva emiliana

The piva emiliana is a sweet sounding, mouth-blown, two-droned bagpipe of medium volume, pitched in G and it is experiencing a promising revival in northern Italy.
The instrument was to all intents and purposes extinct by the 1960s. Today there are several teachers, a couple of makers and about 150 players, and interest is steadily increasing. And one or two professional traditional music groups have incorporated the piva emiliana in their touring line-ups.

Until the 1960s, the piva, the traditional north Italian bagpipe, was used in formal occasions like weddings and was a part of everyday life. But the customs and way of life changed, and the piva was put aside in favour of the fiddle and accordion.
The main feature of the piva that makes it unique among other northern Italian pipes is the chanter: the number of holes and their placement.
The old piva emiliana chanter had seven fìnger holes on the front and no thumb hole on the back. Probably the old instrument had only eight notes, an octave, in one key, but Franco Calanca found he could cross-fìnger one additional low note.
Both drones are cylindrically bored and fitted with compound reeds. The larger drone, with a flared bell rests on the shoulder and the smaller drone hangs over the player's arm.



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ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL  : Sarah Muir
Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (4995 reads)


Sarah Muir


Year of birth: 1992
Place of birth: Campbeltown
Occupation: RSAMD Student
Year of joining Inveraray District Pipe Band: 2009

Sarah learned her piping from Ian Mckerral and Jim Henderson throughout her time in the Kintyre Schools Juvenile Pipe Band. Willie McCallum is her greatest piping influence.
She likes to play badminton in her spare time and notes the under 18 badminton championships 2009 win as her most noteable non piping achievement to date.
Sarah states cheerios and Irn Bru as her favourite food and drink, not together though.
First in the under 15 and under 18 pibroch competitions in Cowal, Inveraray and Strachur are her most noteable piping prizes so far.
Sarah Muir recentely won the Highland Society of London-sponsored award,for pipers aged under 22 years. The victory followed up success in Glasgow’s Pipe Idol competition
Next year Sarah said she wanted to qualify for the silver medal at the Argyllshire Gathering.



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ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL  : Will Woodson
Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (3125 reads)


Will Woodson


Will Woodson is an emerging voice in Scottish traditional music, specializing on the bellows-blown border pipes; he is also an adept Highland piper and whistle player. Based in Glasgow, he is currently completing the second year of a master’s degree in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Recent performances include an appearance on BBC Alba’s Piping Live! program showcasing Will alongside his musical partner, fiddler and guitarist Andy Lamb.


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ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL  : Chris Ross
Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (3480 reads)


Chris Ross


Christopher began his piping career at the age of 10 under the strict instruction of P/M Iain Mackinnon (Scots Guards) whilst also receiving tuition at school from Niall Stewart. He was a very successful competitor during his time in the Junior Competitions, however took a back step to explore other styles of piping, playing with musicians such as the world renowned Harmonica Player, Donald Black.
Chris is currently in his 2nd year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying a BA in Scottish Music (Piping). He currently receives tuition from Captain (Ret’d) Stuart Samson and Allan MacDonald, continually broadening his repertoire and exploring different styles of piping.
Chris’s ultimate goal is to be a teacher and World Class Piper. His biggest influences are Glenn Brown, Stuart Liddell and Angus MacColl.


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ITALIAN SPRING PIPING SCHOOL  : Franco Calanca
Posted by admin on 2011/12/22 22:50:00 (7327 reads)


Franco Calanca


Born on 5th of October 1966 in Ferrara
living in Castello di Serravalle, near Bologna.
pipemaker, scholar and performer


is responsible for the revival of the traditional north Italian piva emiliana which fell into disuse following the Second World War.
His pipe making began when, in 1988, working from the evidence of a few surviving instruments, he reconstructed this instrument.

He then began taking the music back to the people of the pivas former domain. It was taken into the repertoire of his traditional music group, Lanterna Magica; it has been played in concerts, presented at festivals and promulgated through performances and workshops in the schools, working on a project called “l’aria nel sacco” (the air in the bag) with Teresio Testa, another musician-researcher from Bologna.

In 1999, he made an album Al ballo con la piva, with the group's guitarist, Piero Negroni.

At the same time, Franco Calanca was active in the formation of the Bagpipe Interest Group, which focuses on the great Highland bagpipe.
Franco Calanca has also successfully begun making Great Highland Bagpipes as well as Scottish small pipes, and has become widely recognised as the person to go to in Italy for repairs or good, locally-made Scottish pipes. .. and, of course, for the piva emiliana.

Since from the 2007, with the folk group “Pive nel Sacco”, is the main organizing responsible of the annual “Piva Raduno” Festival (Piva Gathering Festival)


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