fri 05/02/2016

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Jim Dolan, the Singing Tycoon

Adam Sweeting

We're packed into the basement of Madrid's Costello Nite Club, a kind of narrow brick-lined tunnel off the Calle Gran Via. It's the kind of place where you could imagine finding groups of earnest jazzniks nodding along to atonal pandemonium in 11/7 time.Not tonight though. Onstage, we find a stocky, bearded gentleman in a burgundy-coloured jacket and fedora hat. He's leading his all-American band through a selection of country-rock, bluegrass, hoedowns and swamp blues, played with a downhome...

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Pierre Boulez

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

David Nice writes: it hardly seemed possible, but a pivotal figure in the 20th century music scene has died, two months short of his 91st birthday. As composer, Boulez now seems not so much a game-changer as a constant innovator in one of many strands among the possibilities of contemporary music. He even admitted in an Edinburgh Festival interview that he and his colleagues may have underestimated the role played by the audience in absorbing his avant-gardism. But on one thing everyone agreed...

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

Gavin Dixon

Jaap van Zweden is going places. At 55, he is already 16 years into a second high-profile musical career. His first, as a violinist, saw him...

We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith

Thomas Rees

Long before the Swiss came to dominate the watchmaking world, British horologists were leading the way, grappling with miniscule screws and the...

theartsdesk Q&A: Filmmakers Guy Maddin and...

Graham Fuller

The Forbidden Room, reviewed here yesterday, brings to a climax Guy Maddin’s thirty-year orchestration of the ghosts of world cinema past. A movie...

We Made It: Concert hall acoustics

David Kettle

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

10 Questions for Composer Ludovico Einaudi

Adam Sweeting

What are the elements that make up Einaudi's music?

10 Questions For Singer-Songwriter ESKA

Matthew Wright

Multifaceted performer on the Mercury Prize and musical humanity

10 Questions for playwright Patrick Barlow

Jasper Rees

After world conquest with 'The 39 Steps' and four actors, his next challenge is 'Ben Hur'

Warren Mitchell - ‘If you could be Welsh and Jewish you really couldn’t miss’

Jasper Rees

The creator of Alf Garnett, and Arthur Miller’s favourite British actor, remembered

10 Questions for Musician Maria Schneider

Peter Quinn

The acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader on beauty, risk-taking and the ongoing struggle for creative rights

Maggie Smith: 'If there’s an old bat to play, it’ll be me'

Jasper Rees

As 'Downton Abbey' draws to a close, revisit a rare interview its biggest star gave on set

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Elizabeth Watts

David Nice

Heading toward major lyric roles, the singer discusses her love for Alessandro Scarlatti

10 Questions for Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis

Jasper Rees

He's a jazz composer, she's a classical violinist: put them together, what have you got?

We Made It: Violin Maker John Dilworth

Alexandra Coghlan

With historical instruments in dwindling supply, meet a craftsman using historical techniques

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Edward Gardner

Jasper Rees

The English maestro on leaving ENO and London critics to take up the baton in Bergen

10 Questions for Director Roger Michell

Jasper Rees

Harley Granville Barker's 'Waste' still resonates, says the director reviving it at the National

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Bernard Cornwell

Barney Harsent

As 'The Last Kingdom' starts on BBC Two, the 'Saxon Stories' author talks about shared history, discipline and putting doors in alleyways...

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Stephen Kovacevich

David Nice

A living legend gives a grand retrospective in his 75th birthday week

An Open Book: David Lan

Marianka Swain

The Young Vic's artistic director on Steinbeck, his love of social history, and the only theatre book 'that really matters'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Ray Davies

Jasper Rees

The king of The Kinks has reasons to be cheerful: a new greatest hits album is out, and 'Sunny Afternoon' is unveiling a new cast

10 Questions for Director Sarah Gavron

Demetrios Matheou

As Suffragette opens the London Film Festival, its director reflects on a group of women ahead of their time

theartsdesk Q&A: Mercury Rev

Kieron Tyler

Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper talk beginnings, cassettes and hiss

10 Questions for Actress Jane Lapotaire

Heather Neill

Veteran actress on returning to the stage in the RSC Histories

10 Questions for Composer Max Richter

Barney Harsent

With an eight-hour piece about to debut, the composer, pianist and producer talks Sleep

An Open Book: Laurent Garnier

Thomas H Green

Albert Camus to Thelonious Monk. Plus graphic novels and a nihilist hamster

An Open Book: Chantal Joffe

Fisun Güner

The lives of artists, confessional poetry, and a cold bath with John Updike

10 Questions for Conductor Peter Phillips

Sebastian Scotney

The founder of the Tallis Scholars looks forward to the group's 2,000th concert

An Open Book: Michael Hulls

Ismene Brown

The wizard of lighting design is delighted by cricket, London and sesquipedalian words

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