Friday, January 30, 2009

Bagpipe Revolution Review

My new solo CD, Bagpipe Revolution, has been out for a few months and getting great reviews. Here is the latest from the Irish American News.
"This is the best solo effort I have heard in quite a while."
"There’s a bunch of really fine new tunes to wrap your ear around, recorded and mixed with skill. Jori himself was the producer and he certainly turned out a CD to be proud of."
"For all you folks who appreciate good music and want to see the scope and range of the bagpipe expanded and developed, get a copy of Bagpipe Revolution and see for yourself what a great solo pipe recording sounds like."
Read the whole review.

Read more great reviews at the Bagpipe Revolution site.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gold Medal Video and Audio

Here's the audio of my Gold Medal winning performance of Lament for the Dead.

(If you have video to share, please send me an email.)

Here's video of my two performances in the Ceol Beag.

The final:

The qualifier:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Triple Gold!

I'm just home from Kansas City and the annual Winter Storm piping festival and U.S. Gold Medal piping competitions. I'm excited that I won the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd for the second year in a row and third time. I won the first Gold Medal back in 2004 and now I'm the first piper to win it more than once.

There were many people in the audience with cameras and recorders, so I'm hoping the performance will be up on YouTube shortly.

The sold-out champions concert of all the prizewinners and judges was held the night after the competition and there are already many videos up on YouTube. Just search for "winter storm 2009 concert"

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bagpipe Revolution news!

My new CD, Bagpipe Revolution, received 26% of the votes in the PipesDrum Reader's Choice Poll for Album of the Year. That was enough to win the runner up spot. Thanks to all who voted.

Wilson Brown reviewed the CD for PipesDrums. He gave it 3.5 stars. You can read the whole review (subscription required) here:

A few highlights:

"It is obvious from this recording that Jori is not only a very talented piper but is also a very creative musician."

"The Highland pipes are full and resonant and the mix of instruments work very well in creating an atmospheric sound."

"Evolution, a jig-style piece of music composed by a cleverly constructed piece of music."

"Bagpipe Revolution is an enjoyable CD from a musician who has been willing to put together an album of contrasting styles, who has not been content to follow the usual format."

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2009!

Thanks for all of your support over the past year. A few highlights from the past year.

-release of my first solo CD, Bagpipe Revolution
-another successful competition tour in Scotland, including many top solo competitions prizes and the World Pipe Band Championships with the SFU Pipe Band
-continued success of my Tune Lesson Downloads
-my tune composition published in new book of pipe music
-making new friends and keeping in touch with old friends at on Facebook
-my second United States Gold Medal for Piobaireachd
-and many more!

Here are a few photos from the past year.

Stay tuned for more exciting learning solutions here at in the coming year.