Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As a gift, I'd love to share two very different videos:

1. Luciano Berio's setting for soprano and orchestra, of I Wonder as I Wander, a Christmas carol written by John Jacob Niles.

2. Something a tad more light-hearted! Heifetz performing his own transcription of White Christmas


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Musical Design of the Week (22)

For those of you who cycle to work/college and you're a cellist- this solves the dilemma:

Monday, 10 December 2012

The music world is hit with another death.

I feel like my blog has recently consisted of a lot of posts about musicians who have died, and unfortunately here is another one.

Charles Rosen, pianist and writer, died at the age of 85. I remember him coming to my school to give a masterclass. This man, who we had all admired for so long and talked about as if his existence was a legend, set foot in our modest hall, and graced us with his presence. Every sentence he spoke was wise, and well-thought out. Of all the music books out there, his books were the ones I was willing to read, and I shall read them again, to remember how much he affected all of us.

RIP Charles Rosen.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Musical Design of the Week (21)

Since it's Christmas, I figured I'd help out with the whole headache of gift-giving!

There's a company called Violettes that make whimsical bags shaped in different musical instruments and there are a range of different fabrics, designs and sizes for you to chose from. Great because it covers the two things gifts should be: fun and practical.

Check out their site if you're stumped for gift ideas!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

RIP Jonathan Harvey

Recently, we've lost Hans Werner Henze, and Elliott Carter, and last night, we lost another great....

Jonathan Harvey

A composer steeped in tradition, yet trained at IRCAM in the avant-garde world. Some composers fade, but I am sure Harvey's music will live on forever. 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Fun times at Manifold

Spent Saturday night socialising (for once) and attended Studio Manifold's party to celebrate it's 2nd birthday. Manifold is a group of 9 artists and designers who founded a studio that's based in a very cool east London railway arch. Their art includes sculpture, installation, digital art etc. and of course, collaborative projects (hence my collaboration with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom).

Happy Birthday Manifold!

There was great food and wine, and it was great to talk to other artists and get to know their inspirations and concepts, and perhaps, try and apply these thoughts to my own kind of art. The most interesting was comparing the differences between these artists who work with materials, textures and the physical sense of making objects, and my own art which is not tangible but deals with sound and timbral colour instead. I loved how we all had great respect for each other's art...That's the way it should be!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Musical Design of the Week (20)

This is a biggie....

This is why you should always make friends with double bass players.

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