Talking about Brexit on Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting) earlier today: http://www.ndr.de/ndrkultur/Reaktionen-zur-Brexit-Entscheidung,brexit176.html For those who don't understand German, a translation: That's just the nature of democracy. I am of course disappointed about the result, but we must now look ahead and try to make the best of the situation . There is no way back. [...]
David Lang is pretty damn cool. Who knows of truly great solo electric guitar pieces in the classical genre (whatever you might interpret as being)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJXYs1kd5Ho#t=30
I feel like I moved to London, in part, because I there was a single day where I realised that most of my friends had moved South. But, as Ai Weiwei points out, in the larger cities things today, things are decided weeks in advance and it's difficult to pin people down: I actually don't [...]
Kaupo and I had a nice few days together in Edinburgh a week or so ago, and he's posted some early content up on his blog under the title: "When city sleeps". See the rest of the set here.
Today I was working on alternate fingerings for the second song in Tippett's Songs of Achilles and it was raining outside. it is the rain and it smells of christening; it is the rain and it tastes of silver Transported in an instant to the first time working on these songs in humidity and the [...]
I realised that it's been nearly a year since I was at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont... Working there last Summer was, as ever, an inspirational experience, and a highlight was surely working with Spencer lang on Tippett's Songs for Achilles. I'm returning to these songs with tenor Robert Murray when I arrive at [...]
This last week I've had the pleasure of working on Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with The Little Orchestra, a work that gets the reputation for being a classical guitarist's warhorse concerto, but curiously, that I've performed RELATIVELY seldom over my career so far. It's been really cool to rediscover forgotten secrets, unearth some new ones, [...]