tue 31/03/2015

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Artist Marcus Coates

Thomas H Green

Marcus Coates (b. 1968) is an artist who specialises in projects that involve the natural world. Graduating from the Royal Academy School in the early Nineties, by the millennium he was attracting attention for filmed art events that were both eccentric and thought-provoking. These included Goshawk (1999), wherein Coates was suspended in a pine tree so that he might view the world as a bird of prey, the self-explanatory Sparrow Hawk Bait (1999), where he ran through a wood with his head covered...

10 Questions for Playwright Richard Nelson

Thomas H Green

Richard Nelson (b. 1950) is a leading figure in American theatre but also a consistent documentarian of his country’s liberal consciousness. His series of plays about the Apple Family, written between 2010 and 2013, have been critically acclaimed for their portrayal of the upstate New York clan’s gatherings on significant historical days. They are performed for the first time in the UK at the Brighton Festival in May.Nelson’s career, however, began in the mid-Seventies with his profile coming...

'The Pain Swallowed Her Up' – Rebecca...

Matthew Wright

Platinum-selling singer Rebecca Ferguson has released two acclaimed albums, Heaven (2011) and Freedom (2013), though she broke through (in?) to the...

'Most of the time I play complete losers...

Jasper Rees

The world now knows him as Lord Crawley, stiff-backed in white tie and tails, regimental garb or, for relaxation, tweed. But before he became the...

10 Questions for Composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Sebastian Scotney

There is everything of the quiet achiever about Dobrinka Tabakova. The softly-spoken Bulgarian-British composer was born in 1980 into a music-loving...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark Stewart

Thomas H Green

The Bristolian songwriter talks suedeheads, semiotics, Roxy Music, William Blake, the return of the Pop Group and much more

10 Questions for Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan

Demetrios Matheou

New York's latest multi-hyphenate on making sense of her place in the world

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress MyAnna Buring

Adam Sweeting

The Swedish-born doctor's daughter on her rapid rise from 'Kill List' and 'Twilight' to 'Downton', 'Ripper Street' and Jimmy McGovern's 'Banished'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Thomas H Green

On riots, drugs, drunkenness... and jazz

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Sakari Oramo

David Nice

A Finn firing up the London concert scene talks Nielsen, Sibelius and concert halls

10 Questions for Rumer 2015

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter opens up about her new album and her punk rock side

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Liz Fraser

Graham Fuller

She put the come-hither in Brit comedies, but has done her finest work in dramas

10 Questions for Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Jessica Duchen

The young British pianist talks about rare repertoire and his suspicion of major competitions

theartsdesk Q&A: Novelist Hilary Mantel

Jasper Rees

A BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall is only the latest triumph for the double Booker winner. But what is the novelist's story?

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Ayub Khan Din

Jasper Rees

The author of 'East Is East' on bringing his tyrannical father back to life onstage

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Nina Raine

Jasper Rees

As a hit play about the NHS returns, the author-director explains its creation

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Adam Sweeting

How the man from Montenegro put the classical guitar in the spotlight

10 Questions for Songwriter Jackson Browne

Adam Sweeting

Veteran tunesmith on politics, David Geffen and life with the Eagles

10 Questions for Musician Michael League

Peter Quinn

Snarky Puppy's bassist and bandleader on composing for a collective

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Hanna Weibye

Kathak and contemporary dancer talks about flamenco, inspiration, and his last performance piece

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Wayne McGregor

Hanna Weibye

British dance-maker shares his views on creative practice, cognitive neuroscience, and critics

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Britain's best-selling singer on her new jazz album, Amy Winehouse and existential loneliness

10 Questions for Musician Fuse ODG

Matthew Wright

Anglo-Ghanaian rising star of the Afrobeats scene on making a stand for Africa

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jonathan Nott

David Nice

An Englishman abroad on balancing Mahler and Strauss with contemporary music

10 Questions for Playwright Simon Stephens

Marianka Swain

The celebrated dramatist on adapting his idol Chekhov’s seminal work

10 Questions for Conductor Alan Gilbert

Kimon Daltas

The New York Philharmonic's music director on recording a Nielsen cycle for 150th anniversary year

10 Questions for Musician Jamie Cullum

Peter Quinn

The best-selling jazz artist on following his instinct and being part of the most exciting scene in the world

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Holly Johnson

Thomas H Green

Frankie Goes To Hollywood's frontman on disco, art, the Eighties, HIV, Live Aid, Liverpool and what his maiden aunt made of 'Relax'

'For classical musicians, Radiohead are the band'

Alexandra Coghlan

Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on premiering a new work by Jonny Greenwood

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