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Jazz Bagpipes Exists and Is Amazing

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all music is improved with the inclusion of bagpipes. Yet, until I heard of it today, I did not know that prudent jazz musicians have adopted the pipes.

This is Gunhild Carling, a performer of many talents. She is most famous for her work with the trumpet (or 3 trumpets simultaneously). In this 2014 performance in New York City, she works her magic with bagpipes. Her actual piping begins at the 1:04 mark.

For another treat, watch Carling playing "Happy" by Pharrell Williams while switching between ten different instruments.

-via Super Punch


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Gunhild is playing the gaita, the Galician bagpipes. This instrument has a larger range and more chromatic possibilities than the Scottish pipes. It is not surprising that it is capable of some jazzy tunes in contrast to the Scottish pipes that are limited in the capacity to produce semitones (some are possible, but not always reliable). As a player of Scottish pipes, I have received this video in Messenger at least ten times! Friends are trying to tell me that I have been remiss in not exploring other genres with my pipes! They think that all bagpipes are the same.
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