Guest Blogger – Composer & Inspiration, Thea Musgrave…at 90!

When inviting inimitable Scottish composer, Thea Musgrave to write a Guest Blog, we did not presume that Thea would necessarily have sufficient time to agree or that she would offer such a glowing tribute to Evelyn’s talent. Below she reflects on this year’s significant concert at Glasgow City Halls, celebrating ‘Thea Musgrave at 90.’ Thank you for your words Thea! … Read More

“The Core-tet Project” CD | Review: Avant Scena, contemporary music blog

[…] This album music is full of unusual timbres, sounds and unpredictable stylistic turns. The musicians masterfully switch between free improvisations and swing, bebop and cool, contemporary jazz and Africa music elements and many other combinations of music styles. This music is full of contrasts and musical experiments – four outstanding improvisers are dedicated to create and extract unusual and … Read More

Magic and Mischief | Guest blog by Jill Jarman

Image: © John Sturrock   The following has been written by Jill Jarman after the premiere of ‘Echoes from the Birdcage’, the new piece of music that resulted from Evelyn’s 2017 King’s Cross Musician in Residence A chance to further our collaborative musical journey is not to be missed. So, when Evelyn asked if I could write a piece for her … Read More

Vibrating Systems | Guest blog by Tilmann Böttcher

The following has been written by Tilmann Böttcher as a foreword for the Symphony Concert programme that took place in Bonn, Germany, on November 14, 2017. Just the mere act of making music is like walking a tightrope within a delicate system: Every musician in the orchestra has first practised scales and done finger exercises so that during the concert … Read More

The Face You Wore | Guest blog by Michael Verde

For this blog post I would like to share a story that changed my way of understanding the source of the suffering that we habitually associate with people with Alzheimer’s disease. It changed too my understanding of what people with dementia, in any of its myriad irreversible forms, most need from us. And, finally, it changed my understanding of what … Read More

Guest Blog: What is Art?

Due to a truly hectic schedule, I’ve not had chance to update my blog. And, believe me, there’s been so much that I’ve been wanting to share! This will be a collaborative blog post connected to a very interesting project that I’m very fortunate to be involved with. Written by Rebecca Boyle Suh, Executive Chairman for Artis, this is the … Read More

Vincent Ho: ‘The Shaman’ | Review: Staff Blogs at post-gazette.com

Dame Evelyn’s tour-de-force performance rounded out the concert. She had a massive percussion set-up that included cymbals, vibraphone, marimba, bass drum, several side drums, bongos, bowls and other instruments. The piece, inspired by shamanism, again harkens by to indigenous traditions of Canada, and it has moments that are both rocking/mesmerizing and downright gorgeous. A few moments stick out in my memory: beautiful vibraphone and Bach-like marimba … Read More

Reblogging a Blog

This week I am cheating! I am reblogging a blog! Well not quite, I did provide some of the raw data for the following blog on behalf of Audio Network Australia. Jess Ossington transformed my responses to her questions into a very readable article and I wanted to share some of their article with you. Real Instruments, Real Stories What if I … Read More