Sound and visions: Sean Shibe, ‘Lost & Found’

The latest album from Sean Shibe is original and rewarding; inspired and inspirational. And the more I play it, the more it also feels like a game-changer, the kind of release that could challenge any preconceptions about the instrument featured and open new avenues of writing and recording for it. * For those unfamiliar, Shibe…

Picture This : Serge Bloch

Ce qui m’intéresse dans le collage, c’est le contraste, la rencontre entre le trait et l’objet que je colle ou l’élément graphique que je rapporte. C’est aussi la relation entre le temps de la collecte et le temps du dessin. Pour moi le collage, c’est l’humour, la poésie de ces associations, la complicité de ces…

Picture This : French Illustrator Serge Bloch ‘I Wear the Hat’

What I find interesting in collage, is the relationship between the glued object and the graphic line, and what transpires between the collection of the collage and the drawing. For me, collage is humour, the coming together of two artistic impulses. The titles to my drawings are often playful, made up of strands of poetry…

The japes of Roth: ‘Glass / Handel’ Prom, Printworks, London

The Proms have come to symbolise a lot of different things, some of which are seemingly contradictory. Famously inclusive in terms of relaxed approach and atmosphere, but potentially exclusive to anyone who isn’t alive to the odd arcane tradition or two. Brand new works rub shoulders with reliable old ‘warhorses’. And outreach: more and more,…

Lightbulb moments: Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain

The exploding shed is probably the image familiar to most. But the joy of seeing so much of Cornelia Parker’s work all in one place shows just how consistently she has sought to reach the heart of the (subject) matter by systematically taking it apart or changing its form – violently or otherwise. * The…

At Last! Vengerov’s Albert Hall Celebration of Forty Years On Stage

Maxim Vengerov is “the greatest living string player in the world today” according to Classic FM. He is also a conductor and an educationalist. During lockdown, he created, (with a dedicated IT team), a hugely successful educational platform which live-streamed his free master classes to students and audiences across the world.  Karine Hetherington from ArtMuseLondon…

The Innocent Ear

The Innocent Ear was a radio programme, broadcast on the Third Programme (which became BBC Radio 3) in which listeners were invited to “preserve [their] ‘innocence’” by not trying to guess the composer, and by approaching the music with fresh judgment, freed from prejudice”.  The music broadcast would be identified afterwards, thus freeing the listener’s…

Jollymath: Bill Bailey at the Royal Opera House

There is a huge range of skills at play here. And the way he weaves them all together into something resembling a whole is bewilderingly deft. But that said – you could probably describe Bill Bailey as having the one, key superpower: an ability to make a large group of strangers blissfully, almost deliriously happy…

Deep Listening – Inner Landscapes: Christina McMaster

“The act of listening can be transformative. It can introduce a change of perspective, heighten our perception of sound, space, time, spirituality. Our intuitive intelligence knows there is more beyond the images we see, the sounds we perceive. Just sit in silence for a few minutes to begin to recognise this. In this age of…