thu 23/10/2014

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Musician Fuse ODG

Matthew Wright

Anglo-Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG – born Nana Richard Abiona – is a leading exponent of the new Afrobeats movement, which combines Western pop and rap with Nigerian and Ghanaian pop, and some stylistic elements from the Fela Kuti-inspired Afrobeat scene. Unlike many of his contemporaries on the scene, Fuse spent many years of his childhood in Ghana, returning to London for secondary school, and has detailed first-hand experience of both cultures. He retains a musical interest in both countries,...

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jonathan Nott

David Nice

When I entered the light and spacious chief conductor’s room in Bamberg’s Konzerthalle, Jonathan Nott was poised with a coloured pencil over one of the toughest of 20th century scores, Varèse’s Arcana. He thought he might have bitten off rather a lot to chew the day after that night’s Bamberg programme of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and a new commission as part of the orchestra’s new Encore! project, David Philip Hefti’s con moto.An Amsterdam Concertgebouw...

10 Questions for Playwright Simon Stephens

Marianka Swain

Fresh from global domination with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, currently garnering rapturous reviews on Broadway,...

10 Questions for Conductor Alan Gilbert

Kimon Daltas

When Alan Gilbert’s Nielsen Project with the New York Phil and Danish label Dacapo is completed next year, it will total four CDs including the six...

10 Questions for Musician Jamie Cullum

Peter Quinn

Since self-releasing his debut album Heard It All Before in 1999, Jamie Cullum has gone on to become the UK's biggest selling jazz artist of all time...

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

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

Sebastian Scotney

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

10 Questions for Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Jessica Duchen

LPO maestro on the ins and outs of Rachmaninov, focus of this season's celebration

10 Questions for Musician Gruff Rhys

Jasper Rees

Super Furry Animal travels to the heart of America in pursuit of a long-lost multi-media tall tale

10 Questions for Actor Stellan Skarsgård

Kieron Tyler

Sweden's succesful export talks about the humour in brutality, the nature of Scandinavia and Monty Python

10 Questions for Singer Sarah-Jane Morris

Matthew Wright

Passionate, political singer discusses writing, Africa, and her career with the Communards

10 Questions for Playwright Nicholas Wright

Jasper Rees

Great war story: on adapting Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' for the theatre

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Sofie Gråbøl

Jasper Rees

The face of Nordic noir on The Killing, cancer and playing a queen for two national theatres

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

A second album for Berlin Phil musician will expand the repertoire downwards

10 Questions for Director Hong Khaou

Katherine McLaughlin

Fresh new talent on film-industry diversity and his debut feature Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw

10 Questions for Actress Celia Imrie

Sebastian Scotney

The versatile actress and author celebrates the act of stepping into the unknown

theartsdesk Q&A: Tenor Michael Fabiano

David Nice

American singer on the brink of superstardom talks Verdi, competition and inspiration

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Gilles Peterson

Matthew Wright

Taste-making DJ and broadcaster on jazz, how to stay relevant, and John Peel's legacy

10 Questions for Bassist Marcus Miller

Tim Cumming

Marcus Miller talks musical and cultural origins and the philosophy of fusion

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Jasper Rees

Television's premier dramatist on righting wrongs in his new courtroom drama Common

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo-soprano and Director Brigitte Fassbaender

Sebastian Scotney

A great singer and musical force for the good talks about opera from two sides and Lieder

10 Questions for Artistic Director John McGrath

Jasper Rees

All of Wales is a stage for the boss of National Theatre Wales

theartsdesk Q&A: Chris & Cosey

Joe Muggs

We meet the electronic duo in Barcelona to talk past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Kristine Opolais

David Nice

The Royal Opera's Manon Lescaut talks about new roles, ones she won't sing any more, and looks versus voice

theartsdesk Q&A: Guitarist Hank Marvin

Thomas H Green

The original Brit guitar legend talks Jerry Lee Lewis, Django Reinhardt, Oxo cubes, 'Apache' and, of course, Sir Cliff

10 Questions for Director Annemarie Jacir

Tom Birchenough

Memories of exile: the Palestinian director on the making of her new film, 'When I Saw You'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Jonathan Kent

Jasper Rees

From the Almeida to musicals via opera: the director with a finger in every pie

The Seckerson Tapes: Soprano Corinne Winters

Edward Seckerson

From Traviata to Benvenuto Cellini: the ENO's new American star

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