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Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet perform at Wigmore Hall<>
Dinara Klinton at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre<> – this a free event and I can get guestlist VIP tickets if wanted.
Misha Mullov-Abbado at Clapham Omnibus
Streetwise Opera’s new Little Opera Season features a new opera created with CMF Artists Bridie Jackson and The Arbour
Bridie Jackson and the Arbour are involved in a collaborative project with Streetwise Opera, the award-winning charity that uses music and opera to help homeless people move forward in their lives.
The River Keeper is the first of three 30-minute operas in the season and was composed by Bridie Jackson. This premieres as a double bill on Wednesday 10th December at Gateshead Old Town Hall and Tuesday 16th December at Middlesborough Town Hall, and will be accompanied by the band.
About the work, Bridie said:
‘I have admired the work Streetwise Opera do for a long time, so it’s a real honor to be asked to compose a new piece for this incredible group, whose fearless and committed working style is nothing short of inspirational. Musically, it’s been an exciting opportunity to work outside of my comfort zone, and I’m looking forward to being involved in performing the new piece in December.’
All of Streetwise’s opera productions feature performers who have experienced homelessness working with top professionals; each production has won wide critical acclaim and 4 and 5 star reviews in the national press.
For more information, please visit: www.streetwiseopera.org
City Music Foundation’s Artists have all enjoyed a considerable amount of success before being accepted onto our programme. They have won a range of renowned prizes, performed all over the world, and many were nominated by prestigious institutions for the CMF scheme.
We are delighted that CMF Artists Mikhail Nemtsov, Joseph Shiner and Samson Tsoy have received further recognition in the City and are Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company.
The first of our monthly interviews with CMF Artists is with jazz clarinettist Giacomo Smith…
Describe yourself (musically, or otherwise, whichever you’re most comfortable with) in 3 words:
social, inquisitive, hungry (seriously, like 6 meals a day)
You’re originally from the US, what made you come to the UK?
I moved to the UK to work as the Academic Affairs Assistant at Boston University’s London office for 1 year. I quit a year and a half ago to pursue music full-time.
Who do you usually perform with?
Kansas Smitty’s House Band and Big Four and various gypsy jazz outfits in England and Europe.
What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
Performing on BBC 2’s Friday Night is Music Night with Smitty’s Big Four.
What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?
In February, Kansas Smitty’s will host a two-day Mardi Gras celebration at The Vaults underneath Waterloo Station. We’ll be playing the music of New Orleans to over 1000 people over two days. That’s something to get excited about!
Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
I enjoy Wynton Marsalis’ performances more than most artists’ (living!). I also enjoy performances from local London musicians like Brian Musinghi Edwards, and Alex Garnet. I guess I mainly attend jazz gigs these days, but some of my favorite artists are Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Paul Lewis, Nicola Benedetti, The Roots, Fleet Foxes, Thomas Quastoff, Patrick Watson, The Dirty Projectors, Kim Burrell, and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.
Do you compose your own music and if so, how do you approach this?
I do, but I don’t have a very efficient approach! The most effective approach for me has been to share composition ideas with the members of my band and see how they can spur me on to a finished product. At one of our recent rehearsals, a simple drum beat and melody idea became a full-fledged composition in a matter of minutes.
How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?
Jennie Cashman-Wilson and Sebastian Scotney both suggested CMF to me. They advised that it was not just a grant, but a 2-year coaching program that would help with necessary skills exclusive of performance.
What are your hopes for the future?
To continue making a living playing fulfilling and meaningful music.
Finally, your 3 desert island discs?
Only 3??? Sidney Bechet on Blue Note, Louis Armstrong 1934-1936, Golden Gate Gospel Quartet 1937 Vol. 1
Read more about Giacomo and listen to some performances here.
Pianist Cordelia Williams presents ‘Between Heaven and the Clouds: Messiaen 2015’, a year-long series of performances and events exploring Messiaen’s piano masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. The work was written in occupied Paris, 1944, yet is suffused with themes of love, colour, passion, silence and faith. The project will delve into Messiaen’s compositional style, his historical and musical contexts, and his rich variety of inspiration.
Cordelia is commissioning poetry from award-winning British poet Michael Symmons Roberts and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams, as well as a Suite of paintings by British artist Sophie Hacker. All three of these contributors will take part in events throughout the year, alongside Messiaen experts and scholars in the fields of music, the arts and theology.
Join Cordelia Williams, Michael Symmons Roberts and Sophie Hacker for an exclusive performance, poetry reading and exhibition to celebrate the launch of this exciting project.
4th December 2014, 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London SW7 5PN
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