Iain Copeland is coming in to talk to Aunite Liz re a new project – BARÁTOK Independent World Music
Hungarian for ‘Friends’ or ‘Kindred’.
Barátok is a musical collaboration between Hungarian Violinist Zoltan Lantos and Scottish musician Iain Copeland.
Cottiers 28 th September 2016
Iain is best known as a musician, artist, designer, musical director and producer. He has played with a wide range of bands such as The Peatbog Faeries, Session A9, The Unusual Suspects, Sketch and Babelfish and has produced albums for The Peatbog Faeries, Ewan Macpherson, Pipedown, Andy Thorburn, Amy Geddes and Sandy Wright among others.
As a session musician, Iain has played with the Supremes, The Shirelles, The Crystals (of Motown Fame) He spent 6/7 years with the pit band in the Pavilion in Glasgow where he played and supported many of Scotland’s best known artists.
Iain has successfully toured throughout the UK, across Europe, in North America, the Far East and Australia. He has set up many bands, jazz clubs, music festivals, recorded and produced CDs, recently set up Braevalla Press to publish books, has been instrumental in setting up radio stations, supported the development of young musicians and artists, worked on community projects and has worked as a tutor in prison. Iain runs his own recording studio in Dunvegan on Skye where he is currently finalising production by artists recently signed to his record label Skye Records.
Is a violinist who is at home in musical cultures from across the globe — but has forged a sonic language all his own. He appeared on the Eastern-European jazz scene while studying at the Music Academy in his hometown, Budapest. But shortly after earning his degree in classical violin, Lantos embarked on a remarkable musical journey. Drawn to experimental and eastern music, he traveled to India in 1985 to study classical Indian music. There, the “biology” of a single note — the life of the inner, unheard and unplayed sound (“Anahata Swara”) is of the utmost importance. In India he discovered what became the focal point of his musical life: the experience of existing in a living moment, the art of improvisation.
While studying at Glasgow University, Lyall’s abilities in composition and piano playing were recognized with the award of the Goudie Prize for Composition. He also explored the field of electronic composition, arising from which was his project, ‘Tilting Ground’, broadcast by the BBC in 1993, and the formation of an electro-acoustic trio, Green Room. Much of his work after leaving university, however, found him concentrating on playing the piano. His musical interests are wide and his repertoire ranges over classical forms and contemporary jazz, including free improvisation. He was soon in demand as one of Scotland’s leading accompanists, working with many artists from the UK, Scandinavia and the USA. These include Tony Scott, Arild Andersen, Steven Osborne, Tom Bancroft and Jon Christensen, Joe Maneri, Laura MacDonald, Martin Kershaw, Rick Margitza, Petter Wettre, Tore Brunborg, and Joakim Milder. In 2003, Lyall was pianist and assistant conductor for the Garlton Singers and the same year was pianist with East Lothian Concert Opera. Among many television and radio broadcasts Lyall has made are ‘Threads’, a 1988 work for bass clarinet and computer generated sound that was commissioned by Musica Nova, and ‘Suite For Jazz Quintet’ (1991).
Studied Jazz at the City of Leeds’ College of Music for 3 years and graduated with a 1st class Diploma – he also won the prestigious ‘Eric Kershaw Memorial Prize for Guitar’ at the end of each year (1984, 1985 & 1986) – the only student ever to do so. After Leeds moved to Londowhere he worked with many Jazz groups, musicians and singers including: Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O’Higgins, Ray Warleigh, Guy Barker, Laurence Cottle, Paz, Jim Mullen, NYJO, Iain Ballamy, John Parricelli, Charlie Rouse (saxophonist with Thelonius Monk), Gary Husband, John Etheridge, Richard Bailey (drummer with Jeff Beck on ‘Blow by Blow’), Salena Jones, Trudy Kerr, Jacqui Hicks & Alan Barnes. And jammed with many great visiting musicians like Kirk Whalum (saxophonist with Whitney Houston/Take 6/Larry Carlton/Luther VanDross) in clubs like the 606. In 1988 joined Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, with Jon Hiseman on drums, and both toured and recorded with that group until 1995 including appearances all over Europe, Scandinavia and also in the UK where they played many times at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. During his time in London he also joined Jazz/Funk legends Shakatak and worked with that group for over 2 years which included two tours of both Japan and South Africa and many Festival appearances alongside artists like George Benson the Yellowjackets and Curtis Stigers