Video of the Day: James Ross and the Maxwell Quartet perform 'Flow Country'

Theo Elwell
Monday, July 1, 2024

Performing Ross's own piece from his new album 'Landscape to Light'

Today's Video of the Day comes from pianist and composer James Ross, performing his piece Flow Country with the Maxwell Quartet. 

Flow Country was influenced by the largest blanket peatland in Europe, the huge bog straddles the counties of Caithness and Sutherland. Complex and colourful, it is home to rare plants and birds, and is also a vast carbon store which contributes to the global fight against climate change. The Flow Country is currently being considered for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to emphasise its global importance.

The Scottish composer & pianist's new album Landscape to Light is made up of Ross’ original compositions for piano & string quartet, performed by himself on piano & the Maxwell Quartet. Both based in Scotland, Ross and the Maxwell Quartet draw on their folk music heritage and classical training. The album invites listeners into Ross’ homeland of Caithness, the northernmost point in the Scottish mainland, and the landscapes depicted by Scottish novelist Neil Gunn. Each track depicts an aspect of Caithness life & lore, highlighting its natural beauty & prowess, as well themes of the sea, shore, moorlands and more.

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