Film Music

We can thank British musician Stephen Coates, of the band The Real Tuesday Weld, for belatedly bringing Tariverdiev’s music to the west. Some years ago, Coates was sheltering from the cold in a Moscow café with a friend. Fascinated by the music that was playing, he asked a waitress about it and was told it…

The Piano Has Been Thinking

Düsseldorf’s Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, is not a man who does things by halves. A one-time rapper and rock band synth player, the 47-year-old has spent the last decade transforming his first instrument, the acoustic piano, over a dozen albums, into a thing of infinite sonic possibilities courtesy of numerous physical ‘preparations’ – his materials of…

Folklore Vinyl

If psyhco-geographically themed railway brass band music on limited edition, seven-inch vinyl, in a hand-printed sleeve is your idea of audiophile gold, then look no further than Manchester imprint Folklore Tapes’ latest release. Until now a cassette-only imprint, Manchester’s Folklore Tapes, which deals in “folkloric arcana and heritage of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Britain,…

Memoryhouse

Max Richter with the BBC Symphony Orchestra Memoryhouse

Barbican 24 January 14 Memoryhouse was Berlin-based, former Piano Circus leader Max Richter’s 2002 solo debut album which originally appeared on the BBC’s short-lived Late Junction record label. Its compound of emotionally charged chamber orchestra works, poignantly simple solo piano etudes and atmosphere-laden electronic interludes provided the artistic breakthrough for a polymath artist who moves easily…

Morrissey – Autobiography

He may not have produced any music of genuine significance for two decades, and has lived abroad for as long, but, somehow, 54-year-old, erstwhile Smiths potentate Steven Patrick Morrissey remains a pervasive presence on the UK music scene (and beyond – the Prime Minister professes to be a fan) – a still ineffably looming, indomitable…

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Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra

In C (Invado) Portishead guitarist and all around event-garde music aficionado Adrian Utley is not the first figure from somewhere close to the popular music mainstream to have tackled Terry Riley’s 1964 photo-minimalist composition In C, nor is he the first to attempt it armed mainly with an arsenal of electric guitars. While it may not…

World of Echo

Sharing a love of Arthur Russell’s 1986 album, World of Echo, musician David Sheppard and artist Louise Clarke chose to use its resonant song titles as springboards for new ctions. With each participant unaware of what the other was writing, these short, sudden narratives reverberate between the pair with a curious synchronicity, ideas and images…

Cage Against The Machine

In 1961, the Wesleyan University Press published a collection of John Cage’s essays entitled Silence: Lectures and Writings. Already an avant-garde cause célèbre, notorious for his ‘silent’ composition, 4’33”, Cage’s revolutionary, Zen-derived, non- deterministic approaches to creativity were now available to all in one handy volume. Silence would duly become the catechism of the 1960s…

Chapter and Verse

Over the years, David Sheppard has been charged with writing or editing more than half-a-dozen musicianly monographs, and lived, as it were, to tell the tale; so he knows from bittersweet first-hand experience how penning a half-decent tome about the life of a popular recording or performing artist can be a pursuit littered with impediments…