thu 30/06/2016

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Garrison Keillor

Jasper Rees

It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, and has been for the past 42 years, ever since Garrison Keillor first reported on the town's goings-on in his weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor's purring baritone is the gentle voice of non-coastal America, and it is picked up by 700 local public radio stations by four million listeners. But at 72, and after a health scare, Keillor is stepping down. So anyone who wants to get a regular fix from Lake Wobegon will need to go back to the...

10 Questions for Actor Toby Jones

Jasper Rees

What is it about Toby Jones? A decade ago he had a stroke of luck when a film producer spotted his physical similarity to Truman Capote and cast him as the lead in Infamous. The luck wasn’t unadulterated. Philip Seymour Hoffman played the same role in a different film and won an Oscar. While Infamous was overshadowed, Jones wasn't. The latest advance in his career finds him playing a medieval king in a film from the director of Gomorrah, the ultra-violent portrait of organised crime in Naples....

Paul Simon Introduces 'Stranger to Stranger...

Adam Sweeting

Perhaps as a hopeful harbinger for Paul Simon's new album Stranger to Stranger, Disturbed recently topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs...

10 Questions for Photographer Tanya Habjouqa

Thembi Mutch

Tanya Habjouqa, winner of the World Press Photo Award 2014, is a founding member of the all-female Middle Eastern photography collective Rawiya (...

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...

10 Questions for Musician Tinchy Stryder

Thomas H Green

One of grime's original break-out pop stars talks tattoos, Keith Lemon, vinyl and Glastonbury

Digital demands: time for artists to speak up?

Jessica Duchen

Intellectual property expert Francis Gurry seeks solutions for creatives in the internet age

10 Questions for Playwright Joe Penhall

Jasper Rees

As Blue/Orange is revived, its author explains the link to the Kinks and the FBI

theartsdesk Q&A: Violinist and Conductor Nikolaj Znaider

David Nice

A fine thinker among musicians discusses competitions, Mozart and Nielsen

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

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