Sean Shibe wins New Music Scotland award for softLOUD

14 May 2019

Guitarist Sean Shibe has won the award for Best Recorded New Work at this year’s Scottish Awards for New Music for his second solo recording, softLOUD.

softLOUD, which premiered in recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe and East Neuk Festivals, explores the dynamic extremes of guitar repertoire over five centuries. In a revelatory programme, he juxtaposes Jacobean lute music for classical guitar with multi-tracked electric guitar repertoire such as LAD by Julia Wolfe, David Lang’s Killer, and Electric Counterpoint, which was praised by Steve Reich himself as “one of the best recordings of the piece ever”.

Widely praised by press and audiences alike, in the 18/19 season softLOUD has been performed in major venues across the UK and abroad, including Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, St. George’s Bristol, and Mosel Musikfestival Germany. Sean looks forward to future performances of the programme at Wigmore Hall, the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre, MITO Settembre in Milan and Ryedale Festival.

Further praise for softLOUD can be found below:

“[He] is an artist blessed with grace to spare, and a roar that is fearsome” Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine – Instrumental Choice *****

“Sean Shibe is one of those bright young virtuosi who see programming as an act of creative challenge and responsibility rather than dull routine…an absorbing aural journey” The Scotsman

“The talented young Scottish guitarist brings this bracingly original concert programme into the recording studio. The results, like the performances themselves, are spectacular.” William Yeoman, Gramophone

softLOUD is a gripping recital from guitarist Sean Shibe… beautifully touched-in accounts of pieces from 17th-century Scottish manuscripts [and] a definitive performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint” Erica Jeal, The Guardian

“The second Delphian album is the sort of release for which the potential audience is vast… The first hard-to-ignore contender for the Scottish Album of the Year award from a classical label? I very much think so” Keith Bruce, The Herald

More information on the recording can be found at the Delphian website, and the full album can be heard on Spotify.

Tickets for Sean's softLOUD concert at Wigmore Hall can be found here.


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