So these are scans of the magazine interview of this month:
And I leave you with Robert Hill on the Lautenklavier.
Talking about how I started with guitar etc.
k realised this is a link available for 7 days of the repeat concert in Ayr Town Hall, begins with a co-comission of BBCSSO and John Maxwell Geddes which is pretty good. 19:30 if you can’t be bothered waiting.
wow hey guys this is turning into a real blog eh?
so currently i’m drinking some pretty damn nasty whisky…
although apparently by appointment to the late queen victoria and kind edward VII
so i guess they don’t know what it tastes like now. Wow this just makes me rage that 27/12 can’t come any sooner
OK litttttttle bit of a digression guys but basically writing to say yeah by dad found that Herald review?
Hey ok so it’s been a while since I posted anything. Over the past week I’ve been back in Glasgow and Ayr for a few concerts with the BBCSSO under Andrew Manze. You can listen to the live broadcast from what was a sellout in the City Halls here until erm this evening I guess… woops should have posted this earlier. Anyway it’s pretty glitchy cos I think it cuts out halfway through…
Preconcert interview for Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/scotland/interview-guitarist-sean-shibe-on-his-rollercoaster-year-of-studying-and-performing-1-2649575
Concert reviews: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/music/news-and-features/classical-review-bbc-sso-rodrigo-s-guitar-concerto-city-halls-glasgow-1-2668720
Actually I think there’s one from the herald too but I can’t find it. Never mind.
Anyway sellout YEAH SUPERCOOL
then to London for my first studio recording at Maida Vale: Britten Nocturnal, Rodrigo Invocacion y Danza, Albeniz Catalunya and Seville
And other SECRET PLANS YET TO BE RELEASED OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH
no but seriously this is exciting.
Now back in Austria The walk to my deutschkurs:
Back in Scotland in 2 weeks.
So announce was made a few days ago but I have been busy moving to Austria. Anyway links to various articles are here:
There’s also an article/interview in this month’s BBC Music Magazine. The scheme basically involves lots of recording, many concerts, concerto opportunities. Good to keep busy so massive thanks to Adam Gatehouse and the team.
A review of the Dunbar concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein by Alan Coady is here. Cheers Alan.
Updated biography too. Not really anything else to say apart from follow me on twitter, everybody says that nowadays so it’s OK right?
Not really but I’ll do it anyways
New post, just realised that my last one didn’t have much to do with music. So here’s a picture of my guitar case with gratuitous pixlr-o-mat usage.
Ok ok ok serious face.
This month there was a review of my Wigmore Hall debut in Classical Guitar Magazine.
There’s also a small promo feature in the SCO blog about the performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez next week:
We are looking forward to your performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in September. Why do you think it is such a popular piece?
I’m looking forward to it too xD It’s memorable, the Adagio especially – almost too memorable… It’s popular with the audience because it’s beautiful, with epic cowboys chucked in too. Also, in all fairness, it’s probably the only guitar concerto they have ever heard and it’s certainly the only one I’ve ever been asked to play.
This tour sees you make your SCO debut. What are you most looking forward to about performing with the Orchestra and about the tour in particular?
Because I love the SCO hahahahhahahaaaaaa I really really do and was so flattered and shocked and happy when I received the invitation, you genuinely are my favourite orchestra in Scotland and I’m not just saying that to brown nose. Although obviously I’m still brown nosing.
The classical repertoire for guitar is somewhat smaller than for other instruments, how does that affect you as a musician?
We generally lack the top tier of compositions. The trouble with guitarists is not even that we have so much mediocre music – it’s not even that we compose a lot of mediocre music – it’s that so many guitarists choose to play this mediocre music. I mean, some guitar music is nice, some is pretty and some is even beautiful. But when we reduce ourselves to playing, as we so often do, Romance by whoever the snot wrote it (actually just boring, only 2 chords in the whole piece) or Recuerdos de la Alhambra (pretty) then we’re obviously not going to be taken seriously. So we have to pick the beautiful, complex ones. So Bach and renaissance and a bunch of 20th century Bream commissions. And hope and try to do it well. In playing the best musics that we have and arranging them from whatever we can scrape, we can endeavor to better our own music making.
You act as your own agent! What is that like?
Have a nice Sunday evening folks
My diary normally:
***Riyoko finds diary***
Funny? Yeah maybe not but I thought it was xD k so she’s fundraising at the moment so she can get to go to Ecuador for a conservation trip, help her out here – http://riyokoforecuador.wordpress.com/
As I pointed out before, her blog is much prettier than mine:
Anyway instagram eh? Got a new phone and tried it out, then realised it was facebook.
But I’d left facebook about a year ago. So anyway, got rid of it and tried pixlr-o-matic which apparently is instagram + few other hipster things – social networking aspect which works much better for me.
Anyone watched house of cards? Ian Richardson epic actor:
Even the longest, the most glittering reign must come to an end someday.
Epic lines from a satire.
Wow bad jokes from top commenters though haaaaaaa
In other news I have retired as head of the Green Party.
Oh yeah ok this is the last bit but this Sun article made me laugh and cringe and everything so much. Read Here. Although I mean, it was the Sun, right…?
Half convinced to 4chan him xD
But of course much outrage in scottish and general press so don’t worry, he’s catching some hassle.
Next month to austria, flat sorted
Old town, beautiful place in graz
Went to a friend’s wedding, nice ceremony
Suit, pirate’s hat
And graduation – 1:1 whatever that means
read love in the time of cholera with juice of one lime, equal this with gin, top with sparkling water.
“the best you can buy of these works – on any instrument” – Gramaphone magazine on his 2000 recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin adapted for Baroque Lute.
omg why the seperation between the videos
LIFE AFFIRMING IN MANY WAYS
Is the title of the first post that is automatically published on your blog upon first starting one. It has been a while since I have written anything here, largely because in an attempt to take a holiday I stopped checking my email and going on the pc for reasons of communication. This, unfortunately, only led to me developing emailophobia. So today I checked them and started writing this.
OK so firstly vanity calls. A review of the sellout Brighton Festival gig is here. On that note, Brighton was beautiful and I took a picture with my awful mobile phone camera.
Though not as beautiful as the garden of the concert promoter for the next day’s gig.
Both of these surpassed though, by Italy, when I got off the plane from Budapest at 0730 in April.
Now a few shots from the workshop Morgan and I gave to a bunch of schoolkids in Beaminster after our concert:
Hmm now there was some other stuff but I forgot oh yeah here we go. OK so my sister is going to Ecuador next year for a conservation project and she’s set up a blog that is infinitely better than my one – http://riyokoforecuador.wordpress.com/
Ent at nais?????????
Anyway, please all donate for her good cause here – http://riyokoforecuador.wordpress.com/sponsor-me/
And spot a new piano pupil of hers here – http://riyokoforecuador.wordpress.com/about/music/piano-lessons/
Ok ok ok I think that’s all and I leave you with more concerts in my concert diary page and an updated bio.
Just a wee note to say that although Brighton festival gig on the 25th has sold out, I am playing the next day nearby in Lyminster. So basically if you wanted to come to the Brighton gig and realised no tickets left just go here to get some http://www.diochi.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=activities.content&cmid=586
Also just a reminder to say that I’m playing tomorrow in Edinburgh’s 100 Princes Street OverSeas House, please come along! 1830 start
Following nomination and shortlisting, I have been awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship of £12,000.
This money will go towards travel for further tuition, recording equipment and put towards a new guitar. Past trust recipients include Emma Bell, Jonathan Biss, Robin Ticciati.
Ya so just a few more concerts up on the page, just click here to view.
Oh noes here we go. Article complete with unfunny jokes here. Although perhaps it won’t be so bad? Apparently he’s already composed a bunch of scores for his own films, something I didn’t know…
On another note Christopher Hitchens died today (((((((((((( Vanity Fair taking the liberty of publishing his last article online (to have been published January 2012), embedded here. And a particularly well-crafted series of interview snippets follow:
Never be afraid of stridency
Richard Dawkins One of my main beefs with religion is the way they label children as a “Catholic child” or a “Muslim child”. I’ve become a bit of a bore about it.
Christopher Hitchens You must never be afraid of that charge, any more than stridency.
RD I will remember that.
CH If I was strident, it doesn’t matter – I was a jobbing hack, I bang my drum. You have a discipline in which you are very distinguished. You’ve educated a lot of people; nobody denies that, not even your worst enemies. You see your discipline being attacked and defamed and attempts made to drive it out.
Stridency is the least you should muster . . . It’s the shame of your colleagues that they don’t form ranks and say, “Listen, we’re going to defend our colleagues from these appalling and obfuscating elements.”
Fascism and the Catholic Church
RD The people who did Hitler’s dirty work were almost all religious.
CH I’m afraid the SS’s relationship with the Catholic Church is something the Church still has to deal with and does not deny.
RD Can you talk a bit about that – the relationship of Nazism with the Catholic Church?
CH The way I put it is this: if you’re writing about the history of the 1930s and the rise of totalitarianism, you can take out the word “fascist”, if you want, for Italy, Portugal, Spain, Czechoslovakia and Austria and replace it with “extreme-right Catholic party”.
Almost all of those regimes were in place with the help of the Vatican and with understandings from the Holy See. It’s not denied. These understandings quite often persisted after the Second World War was over and extended to comparable regimes in Argentina and elsewhere.
Hitchens on the left-right spectrum
RD I’ve always been very suspicious of the left-right dimension in politics.
CH Yes; it’s broken down with me.
RD It’s astonishing how much traction the left-right continuum [has] . . . If you know what someone thinks about the death penalty or abortion, then you generally know what they think about everything else. But you clearly break that rule.
CH I have one consistency, which is [being] against the totalitarian – on the left and on the right. The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy – the one that’s absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes. And the origins of that are theocratic, obviously. The beginning of that is the idea that there is a supreme leader, or infallible pope, or a chief rabbi, or whatever, who can ventriloquise the divine and tell us what to do.
Tell me that he wasn’t a Great Man.