It slipped my mind to mention this, but over the last year or so I have written a number of reviews for the excellent online theatre magazine Exeunt. So far I have covered classical experiments, perambulatory music, spoken word and poetry-inspired theatre… Click here to read the latest, my take on a Spitalfields Festival walkingContinue reading “Exeunt”
I’m becoming a big fan of Swedish electronic band Little Dragon. This track, from their 2007 eponymous album, has the added benefit of a short shadow puppet film by Johannes Nyholm.
Continuing with my obsession with choral music, though this extraordinary piece of contemplative liturgical music is by a modern composer – Danish-American Morten Lauridsen. It helps that this recording is from Westminster Cathedral and is high quality (for Youtube). One to play with the lights off, and no interruptions.
Yes, I am involved in co-organising this brilliant and brilliantly silly homage to Indiana Jones – celebrating this year its/his 30th birthday. It’s Saturday 22 October, from 7pm. Jazz star Gwyneth Herbert will open the show with a rendition of “Anything Goes” from Temple of Doom, poets including Jack Underwood and Kirsty Irving will performContinue reading “Indy, cover your heart!”
I have a new poem in Birdbook 1: Towns, Parks, Gardens & Woodland – the latest venture from Sidekick Books. You can buy it here. ……….
SOME RECENT THINGS >>> Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky (Penguin) factorycraft by FOUND (Chemikal Underground) Re: by Ahren Warner (Donut Press) Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today Susan Hiller at Tate Britain
To celebrate the Pope’s visit to Britain, and to offer some counterbalance to my resolutely anti-Catholic (and sometimes quite offensive) Facebook news-stream, here’s my favourite piece of music of all time: ‘Crucifixus’ by Antonio Lotti (1667-1740). This is a short, seeringly beautiful part of Lotti’s setting of the Catholic Mass. My version of choice is by The Sixteen,Continue reading “Desert Island Discs: No.5 ‘Crucifixus’”
This is just glorious: ‘My Girls’ by Animal Collective, from their 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion. Slow build, partial release… Jittery glittery gold! For the full effect, enter a darkened room, put your headphones on and turn the volume up to 11 🙂
I first came across ‘Empty Glasses’ by The Amps on the soundtrack to one of the many skateboarding videos I used to watch as a teenager. The Amps were a short-lived American band formed in 1995 by Kim Deal of The Pixes / The Breeders fame. Whilst at first listening this is a fairly unremarkable mid-90s indie-rock number, it’sContinue reading “Desert Island Discs: No.3 ‘Empty Glasses’”
I was first introduced to Gregorio Allegri’s ‘Miserere mei deus’ (the Italian composer’s setting of Psalm 51) by my mother whilst she was on a research sabbatical from teaching at Merton College, Oxford. I guess around 1995. Composed in the 1630s for exclusive use in the Sistine Chapel, it’s an extraordinarily beautiful piece of RenaissanceContinue reading “Desert Island Discs: No. 2 ‘Miserere mei deus’”