Distil is a biannual gathering of different musicians, mainly rooted in folk and traditional music, who are interested in expanding their creative horizons into other areas of musical practice. With various commissioning opportunities available, an increasing number of musicians are becoming interested in creating music that goes beyond the boundaries of a 32 bar tune, the norm in traditional Irish and Scottish music.
Established in 2002, Distil allows musicians to work with experienced practitioners from other music worlds: jazz, orchestral, contemporary, in a mutual exchange of ideas and experience.
There are two main events which embody Distil: a weekend long residential course, which takes place in New Lanark in Autumn and the Distil Showcase in Spring. After the residential, the attendees have the choice to compose a piece for a chamber orchestra. This music is then performed at the showcase in The Tolbooth, Stirling, by McFall's Chamber.
Read more about Gráinne's experience of Distil here.
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