Trio HLK with Evelyn Glennie, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Concert review: The Scotsman.

Trio HLK with Evelyn Glennie, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Concert Review by Jim Gilchrist: The Scotsman 18th May 2018 AN UNSUSPECTING fragment from one of Bach’s cello suites mustn’t have known what hit it, as Trio HLK, joined by percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie, hijacked it amid a melee of heavy-metal intensity. With Glennie’s vibraphone ringing and Ant Law’s eight-stringed guitar … Read More

Shadow Behind the Iron Sounds

I recorded a CD titled Shadow Behind the Iron Sun in 2004. The recording was totally improvised which gave me the freedom to create onto a blank canvas. Improvisation can be liberating and exciting but it can also be frightening at the same time because I am never sure where the inspiration is directly coming from. For me improvisation is … Read More

Feed the Brain Music

Do you ever encounter something you knew all along and then read it in an article and suddenly it all makes sense? This happened to me recently when reading a back copy of International Arts Manager magazine, titled Study in children’s music training has enormous implications. The article carries forward the ongoing debate about the importance of music education in schools, a subject very close to … 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

How to Build a Great Venue

As I prepare to perform Bela Bartók’s Concerto for two pianos and percussion with my esteemed colleagues Janet Fulton, Noriko Ogawa and Philip Smith I am reminded of the time when I performed this piece with Sir Georg Solti. This video clip is a documentary of a very early performance of the Bartók with Sir Georg, older video’s like this … Read More

What picture is my body painting?

In response to a question from Lisa in Sweden who mentioned that she is currently doing a photo documentary project at a church involving many shoots of musicians and also listeners attending the services and events. Lisa said “If you have any thoughts on how to really show the making of music and the act of listening in photography I’d … Read More

How Would You Perform?

I am just standing in a queue at Heathrow airport waiting for my flight to Lausanne, Switzerland where I will be performing at the Salle Métropole. On this occasion I will be performing the world première of Cosmos by Jean-Luc Darbellay. As I wait my turn I think about the journey I have taken so many times to reach this … Read More

Cosmos

My favourite book is a dictionary; I always have one to hand. I dip in and out of it like a box of chocolates eager to read the description of a new word or even an old favourite. As you know the new piece I am currently working on is titled Cosmos and as I interpret the composer’s notes I … Read More