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Joel C. Robinson Historical Woodwinds -New York NY

131 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
ph. (212) 260-9344

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While the first instrument I played was the modern oboe, the first instruments I made were harpsichords and organs. A talent for metal and woodworking as well as an attraction to early music led me to recreating woodwinds of the past. It was 1973 and I bought a metal lathe and designed and made my first instruments: cornamuse and bagpipes. The pipes were born of the revelation that, according to the iconography, pipes were played all over the Old World and in a multitude of forms. I remember the first thing I played, the Cantiga #1 of the Cantigas de Sancta Maria. It was a hit! No one had thought of using a bagpipe, in spite of the pipers dancing in the marginalia! ...
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