wed 25/05/2016

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Musician Martin Fry

Adam Sweeting

It was in the long-ago year of 1982 that Martin Fry and ABC released The Lexicon of Love, a feast of addictively lush pop-soul swathed in Anne Dudley's orchestrations and producer Trevor Horn's sparkling electronic innovations. Fry bestrode it like a knowing nouveau-glam mastermind, treading in the ironic footsteps of Bryan Ferry and David Bowie as he effortlessly juggled camp, kitsch and sardonic wit. The album's multi-million-selling success was underpinned by vintage songs like "Poison Arrow...

10 Questions for Musician Tinchy Stryder

Thomas H Green

Tinchy Stryder (b. 1986) has had a successful pop career since 2009, including two chart-topping singles (“Number 1” and “Never Leave You”). Born Kwasi Danquah in Ghana, his family moved to London’s East End when he was nine and, in the early years of the new millennium, he established himself as a rising talent of the grime scene and member of the Roll Deep Collective. He was one of the first grime artists to make a successful transition to mainstream pop and has worked with artists ranging...

Digital demands: time for artists to speak up?

Jessica Duchen

Galloping technological change, collapsing incomes and a climate of violence facilitated by anonymity are just a few of the challenges facing...

10 Questions for Playwright Joe Penhall

Jasper Rees

Joe Penhall first thwacked his way to the attention of British theatregoers more than 20 years ago with a series of plays about schizos and psychos...

theartsdesk Q&A: Violinist and Conductor...

David Nice

Unquestionably one of the greats as a performer, Danish-Israeli violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider divides opinion over his forthright views in...

10 Questions for Artistic Director Emma Rice

Jasper Rees

The new fairy queen of Shakespeare's Globe takes on the Bard

Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

Jasper Rees

The Hallé's music director introduces a sumptuous festival of the Czech composer's work

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

The Indian raga slide guitar genius talks Hawaii, Brighton, punk rock and more

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter talks about California, EDM, music-making, money and more

10 Questions for Artist Clare Woods

Florence Hallett

The sculptor turned painter talks about her monograph, working with her husband, and the artists who inspire her

10 Questions for Musician Graham Nash

Adam Sweeting

Now in his sixth decade as a musician, the Salford-raised veteran is starting a new life

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

Thomas H Green

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

10 Questions for Choreographer Charles Linehan

Thomas H Green

Prior to Brighton Fest premiere, Charles Linehan talks Berlin, time machines, Robert Wyatt and more

10 Questions for Composer Errollyn Wallen

Jessica Duchen

The dynamic musician on creative processes and her new CD PHOTOGRAPHY

Save ENO: The Chorus Speaks

David Nice

Crucial and articulate voices representing a great company under threat

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Youth

Thomas H Green

The eminent producer talks Killing Joke, Paul McCartney, psychedelic trance, 'Bittersweet Symphony' and the first time he took an E

'Paul said he would like orchestral instruments. John couldn’t be bothered'

Jasper Rees

How George Martin made the French horn an integral part of the Beatles sound

10 Questions for Songwriter Carla Marie Williams

Matthew Wright

Writer to the stars explains her new scheme to support women in the arts

10 Questions for Choreographer Matthew Bourne

Hanna Weibye

Dancemaker talks about storytelling, Shakespeare, and dance on screen

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Boris Giltburg

David Nice

Russian-Israeli master on Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, competitions and pianos

We Made It: Stufish Entertainment Architects

Marianka Swain

From U2 and Madonna to Chinese theatre and the Martian Fighting Machine

We Made It: 'Carol' Costume Designer Sandy Powell

Graham Fuller

How she brought a melange of styles to Todd Haynes's sublime period romance

10 Questions for Jazz Quartet Empirical

Thomas Rees

Empirical bassist Tom Farmer on musical risk-taking, scientific method and taking jazz to bleary-eyed London commuters

Jim Dolan, the Singing Tycoon

Adam Sweeting

From boardroom to bandleader with JD & the Straight Shot

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Pierre Boulez

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Godfather of the avant-garde on how he changed music forever

Jaap van Zweden: ‘A great orchestra needs to be a chameleon’

Gavin Dixon

The Dutch conductor on new directions plus his work in Hong Kong and Dallas

We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith

Thomas Rees

The world-leading horologist keeping British watchmaking alive, crafting exquisite timepieces by hand

theartsdesk Q&A: Filmmakers Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson

Graham Fuller

How the makers of 'The Forbidden Room' conjured the spirits of cinema's lost movies

We Made It: Concert hall acoustics

David Kettle

The RSNO have a new concert hall. The lead acoustician explains why it sounds so good

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