sat 08/08/2020

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Record label New Heavy Sounds

Thomas H Green

New Heavy Sounds is one of Britain’s most exciting and undersung labels. Founded in 2011, they have consistently released music that boasts innovation, imagination and a strong female presence. The added sweetener is that this comes attached to sheer guitar-slingin’ power of the kind heavy rockers, from the 1970s to the present, have always relished.

theartsdesk Q&A: author Jorge Consiglio

Olivia Fletcher

Fate: commonly understood to mean the opposite of chance or, more narrowly speaking, a theological concept. Often synonymous with predetermination – an idea which might be used to justify a set of unfortunate or fortuitous events, whether you are religious or not – it gives a shape for Jorge Consiglio’s novel Tres Monedas. A poet and an academic, Consiglio wrote this novel over the course of a ‘single scorching summer’ in his hometown of Buenos Aires.

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Graham Rickson

Horn player Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 2001. She juggles her position with spells of teaching, interviewing soloists and...

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Mike Hodges

David Thompson

Mike Hodges arrived in cinema through television, including a stint on the rightly revered Granada Television current affairs series World in Action...

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Gemma Whelan

Adam Sweeting

She's not quite a household name yet, but Leeds-born Gemma Whelan is heading speedily in that direction. Having started out as a standup comedian,...

Remembering John Prine, one of the great American singer-songwriters

Jasper Rees

A tribute to the blue-collar folk poet, who has died at the age of 73

Director Marjane Satrapi: ‘The real question is do you like everyone? No? So, why should everyone like you?’

Jill Chuah Masters

The forthright 'Radioactive' filmmaker on intelligence, ignorance and Marie Curie

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Joe Muggs

Multidisciplinary thinking at a multidisciplinary festival in a time of crisis

Roy Hudd: 'I was just trying to make 'em laugh'

Jasper Rees

The most traditional of entertainers, who has died at 83, harked back to a vanished age

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Rick McMurray

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ash drummer on 25 years as an indie rock teen titan

Actress Noémie Merlant: 'This is something that hasn't been told yet'

Demetrios Matheou

The star of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' talks about a film that asserts the female gaze, behind and in front of the camera

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

David Nice

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

'She was revolutionary': Tanztheater Wuppertal's new director on the legacy of Pina Bausch

Jenny Gilbert

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt talks violence and taped music in a monumental early masterpiece

Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland: 'Without journalism, democracy will not survive'

Owen Richards

'Mr Jones' director discusses why she's fascinated by Europe's darkest hours

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Olari Elts in Tallinn

David Nice

From contemporary ensemble to top orchestra, the latest major Estonian has arrived

'In every concert, I want to try to tell a story': Conductor Omer Meir Wellber at the BBC Philharmonic

Robert Beale

The new man in Manchester discusses past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Sir Jonathan Miller

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

The legendary director lets rip

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

Catching up with the prince of Detroit techno as he revives an old alter ego

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered something for the elite': director Claire McCarthy on 'Ophelia'

Owen Richards

Upcoming adaptation shines a new light on Shakespeare's famous tragic maiden

'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview

Jasper Rees

The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal

'I’m having too much fun writing novels': author Nicolas Searle on The Good Liar

Joseph Walsh

Writer explains the journey from debut novel to prestige film

theartsdesk Q&A: Shakespears Sister

Russ Coffey

After 27 years they're back and chatting about reconciliation, yoga, the desert, Bananarama, and much more

10 Questions for musician Craig Finn

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Hold Steady frontman on his "more vulnerable" solo work and mental health on the road

theartsdesk Q&A: Gianandrea Noseda on conducting Mahler and the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra

David Nice

The Italian conductor reflects after a blazing 'Resurrection' at the Tsinandali Festival

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

10 Questions for conductor Charles Hazlewood

Thomas H Green

The man with the baton talks books, Brexit, minimalism, techno and time machines

10 Questions for author Martin Gayford

Marina Vaizey

The prolific writer on his love of art and jazz, and what makes a good writer

theartsdesk Q&A: composer Alastair White on his new opera ROBE

Miranda Heggie

Emerging Scottish talent describes creating layers of reality in his latest work

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theatre

Heather Neill

As 'The Night of the Iguana' opens, the actor renowned for playing dual roles talks Tennessee Williams, Pinter - and Wallis Simpson

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