mon 22/12/2014

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Nina Raine

Jasper Rees

When writers research, it’s not all about digging for facts. Feelings also count. When Nina Raine spent three months visiting hospitals for a play about the medical profession, she found a strange feeling spontaneously erupting inside herself. “The funny thing is I was getting up early for me, 6.30, to get on a bus to be at the place by a quarter to eight and I just started within a week to feel like a put-upon doctor saving people’s lives. Don’t these people realise I’m going to hospital? You...

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Adam Sweeting

Compared to grand divas, virtuoso pianists or stupendous fiddlers, legends of the classical guitar have been few in number. Once you've ticked off Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams you're pretty much done with the household names. This isn't to impugn the musical powers of players such as Craig Ogden, Pepe Romero, Sharon Isbin or David Russell, it's more a reflection of the niche nature of the instrument. If Beethoven or Mozart had written guitar concertos – or Berlioz, an accomplished...

10 Questions for Songwriter Jackson Browne

Adam Sweeting

If there's one commonly-known fact about Jackson Browne, it's that (with a bit of help from Glenn Frey) he wrote "Take It Easy" for the Eagles. The...

10 Questions for Musician Michael League

Peter Quinn

Michael League is the Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, producer and bandleader with NYC-based jazz-funk-fusion band Snarky Puppy. Formed in...

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Hanna Weibye

Akram Khan is unexpectedly softly-spoken. Acknowledged as a truly great dancer, he's a master of the classical Indian Kathak form that he trained in...

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

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

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