To the Moon: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang’s Bring VR to Manchester International Festival
First Published at I Care If You Listen (US) July 30, 2019
“With my head tilted back, I gazed up at the stars. Against the black of space, the constellation read ‘Democracy,’ and then burst into dust. I looked down at my hands, which had transformed into gloves of an astronaut’s spacesuit. And there I was, standing on the moon.”
5 Questions to Khyam Allami (composer, oud-player, sound artist)
First published in I Care If You Listen (US) on 23 July 2019
“Working at the intersection of electroacoustic composition and Arabic microtonality, London-based composer, oud-player, academic, and label founder Khyam Allami is reimagining the context of the contemporary oud.”
How can Classical Next best respond to our times?
CRITIQUE OF THIS GLOBAL INDUSTRY EVENT
First Published in CutCommon on June 4, 2019
There is no doubt that Classical:NEXT facilitates new partnerships and achieves its status as a platform to recognise innovation. But, with the staggering number of creative minds coming together, it seems there are resources for more dialogue about what unified vision we have for classical music, and how it responds to our time and place.
BBC Tectonics Festival
First Published in CutCommon Magazine May 13, 2019
The rearrangement and subversion of performance space and performer-listener roles is an identifiable trait of Tectonics. As a listener, I am constantly asked to be disorientated, unassured, and challenged.
Berlin filmmakers launch platform showcasing real, musical lives
OPEN STRINGS BERLIN ON ARTISTIC AUTHENTICITY
First Published in CutCommon Magazine March 22, 2019
Lost in the social and cultural currency of image and persona in the digital world, it can be easy to forget the stories of real people living real musical lives. Real people have challenges and doubts; they take risks and find fulfilment in unforeseen paths and creative opportunities. Open Strings Berlin amplifies these voices to us in sound and image, bringing classical musicians hope and inspiration.
LONGREAD // Clemens Christian Poetzsch finds his musical language
First Published in CutCommon Magazine February 26, 2019
It is a musical voice in search of atmosphere; a music of immediacy in feeling and mood.