sat 04/07/2015

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Russ Coffey

On paper, Richard Thompson's career seems every bit as exotic as one of his songs. At the age of 18 he helped found folk-rock pioneers, Fairport Convention. Later, in the Seventies, he and wife Linda recorded several successful records together before retreating to a Sufi Muslim commune. Then, after returning to music, Thompson relocated to LA, where he worked on a unique combination of British folk and virtuoso rock guitar that would make him, amongst connoisseurs, one of music's most...

Robert Glasper: 'When hip hop took over the world'

Matthew Wright

Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is one of the most versatile and innovative musicians on the scene, working within jazz, R&B, hip hop and related genres. He has won two Grammys, one each for his two Black Radio albums, 2012 and 2015, recorded with his electronic band The Robert Glasper Experiment. He also has an acoustic trio, working more specifically in the jazz tradition. His trio’s new Blue Note album Covered, featuring cover versions of artists including Radiohead, Bilal and...

We Made It: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Marianka Swain

Zurich, London, New York…Somerset. It may seem unlikely, but an 18th-century farm in the West Country is the new place to be for contemporary art...

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Martin (AKA The...

Guy Oddy

Kevin Martin is a musician, record producer and journalist. He is best know for recording and performing as The Bug, however, has been and continues...

We Made It: Jonathan Thomas, Maker

Simon Munk

Jonathan Thomas helped set up Thomas Heatherwick Studios, having met the man behind the Olympic Cauldron, new double-decker bus and potentially the...

10 Questions for Musician Pokey LaFarge

Lydia Perrysmith

American roots music's freshest face talks dancing, touring and 'dreamlike melancholia'

10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

Marianka Swain

The rising star talks comedy, corsets and colour-blind casting

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Thea Gilmore

Lisa-Marie Ferla

On looking forwards, not back; and why 'female singer/songwriter' is not a genre

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

David Nice

Phenomenal Russian talks about thinking orchestrally, inspirations, partnerships and Scriabin

theartsdesk Q&A: Spooks, the movie

Adam Sweeting

How the popular MI5 drama finally made it to the big screen

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Peter Perrett

Thomas H Green

The Only Ones' elusive frontman tells all – a tale of love, sex, drugs and extraordinary music

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti

Thomas H Green

The leading civil rights advocate talks Brighton, Billy Bragg, the war on drugs and more

10 Questions for Musician Ron Sexsmith

Russ Coffey

Canadian songwriter talks yoga, dogs, hipsters and much more besides

Percy Sledge: 'When a man loves a woman he can't even think right'

Jasper Rees

The great soulman, who has died, on the creation of his classic ballad

10 Questions for Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote

Thomas H Green

The singer speaks about opera, loneliness, time machines and her special Brighton Festival event

theartsdesk Q&A: Günter Grass

Kate Connolly

An unplanned encounter with the great German writer, who died on Monday

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear

Marianka Swain

The theatrical dance dynamo talks striptease, triple threats and the power of escapism

10 Questions for Composer Unsuk Chin

Gavin Dixon

Introducing her latest work, inspired by dance, but also by tales of sinister obsessions with artificial life

10 Questions for Artist Marcus Coates

Thomas H Green

Eccentric visionary talks birds, shamanism, intoxicated animals and the Brighton Festival

10 Questions for Playwright Richard Nelson

Thomas H Green

Ahead of the UK premiere of his Apple Family plays at the Brighton Festival, the award-winning playwright talks theatre, cinema and television

'The Pain Swallowed Her Up' – Rebecca Ferguson Sings Billie Holiday

Matthew Wright

X Factor soul-pop star on her new album to celebrate the jazz singer's centenary

'Most of the time I play complete losers'

Jasper Rees

From the archive, an encounter with Hugh Bonneville as one of his finest roles at last appears on DVD

10 Questions for Composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Sebastian Scotney

The Grammy-nominated Bulgarian-British composer talks about her music

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

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