Outdoor Musical Instruments
Every outdoor musical instrument made by Jamie Linwood is a hand-made, bespoke, creation. He constructs durable musical instruments for schools, playgrounds, parks and sensory gardens using his expert knowledge of African and Indonesian instrument making traditions.
"Our pupils are really enjoying the new instruments that Jamie made and are visiting our Music Garden every day to experience the superb quality sound and vibrations from the Contra Bass Chimes and the wonderful wood sounds from the Akadinda.
Georgina Cartledge, Foxwood School
Musicians and Theatre
He has made xylophones, marimbas and specially designed instruments for professional musicians: Evelyn Glennie, Michael Barker, Risenga Makondo and Rango. The world music magazine Songlines wrote an article about his faithful recreation of a traditional
Sudanese xylophone for the Egyptian band Rango. See Article
Recently he was commissioned to make a set of huge marimba bars (after Harry Partch, the composer/instrument maker) with double octave overtone tuning for Max de Wardener.
He has also worked in collaboration with the Oily Cart Theatre Company to design and make instruments for interactive performances for children and young people with complex disabilities. His academic knowledge of acoustics and instrument construction enable him to design and make musical instruments of the highest callibre.
"All his instruments make beautiful sounds even when played by young people with very little control over their own body movements. His creations are gorgeous to look at and lovely to feel."
Oily Cart Theatre Company
For the past two years he has been invited to appear at the WOMAD Music Festival where he runs a series of marimba and xylophone making workshops, along with having outdoor instruments set up throughout the festival for people to play."We saw your work at WOMAD and were stunned by it. "
Vik Haydn Taylor