As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician’s Point of View
Episode 43: Oliver Davis “Make your own voice heard”

Episode 43: Oliver Davis “Make your own voice heard”

March 9, 2021

Composer Oliver Davis joins me for Episode 43 to chat about finding his own compositional voice (via 1980s synthesisers), writing for ballet choreography, and the absolute mission of writing, recording and producing his new album Solace during a global pandemic; drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, traveling to the Isle of Bute, and curiously, a game of Scrabble. You’ll also hear about Ollie’s favourite live performance he ever went to!

 

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Oliverdavismusic.com

@oliverdavismusic

 

Solace: https://open.spotify.com/album/74VziC5rrMeen3wplY5f5q?si=OFdwRzwaSMG3eAvOJwRenQ

 

Photo credit: Frances Marshall

Episode 42: Dwight Pile-Gray “Just put your toe in the water”

Episode 42: Dwight Pile-Gray “Just put your toe in the water”

February 26, 2021

As a commentary on the times we currently live in, in preparation for some work this week, my nostrils have well and truly been penetrated.

Horn player, conductor, researcher and fellow podcaster Dwight Pile-Gray is my guest for Episode 42. He’s the creator of “The Black Maestro” podcast, and recently we chatted about the way the pandemic is changing up approaches to classical music, creating space in the industry and promoting excellence. This episode is also accompanied by a Spotify playlist of Dwight’s musical picks by composers Nathaniel Dett and Florence Price.

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

 

Dwight’s website: http://blackclassicalmusic.uk/

 

The Black Maestro Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KfWJQ0EUv4RISeh3xUpXV?si=Y4-9ikcNRGK-XWep1vDs_g

 

Episode 42 playlist – music by Nathaniel Dett and Florence Price: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/642aIKaq9EomT41WX7NlKJ?si=vN1cMg3-QMaWXj54ABXcAg

 

Colorado Symphony’s short excerpt of Florence Price’s Symphony no.1, 3rd movement, with dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXC3d46Po0

Episode 41: Leah Broad “A completely new way of thinking about music”

Episode 41: Leah Broad “A completely new way of thinking about music”

February 16, 2021

I had a chat with music researcher Leah Broad recently, about her journey into academia, the thrill of finding new music, and her upcoming book shining a light on four composers: Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell and Doreen Carwithen. Listen and learn a little more about these composers, including which social media platform we reckon they’d be suited to best if they were around today.

Accompanying this episode is a special playlist including some pieces from these composers, plus some examples of the British Phantasy – something that I’ve been curious about for a while.

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@LeahBroad

Leahbroad.wordpress.com

 

Episode 41 playlist: pieces by Smyth, Clarke, Howell, Carwithen, plus some Phantasies: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7etuKGvvpwbVK0FCowBMpO?si=RV2_3WbRT9qxSuZwZs4Viw

 

Laura Sneddon: “British Women Composers and Instrumental Chamber Music in the Early 20th Century”

 

BBC Radio 3’s Time Travellers podcast: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069vjyc/episodes/player

Episode 40: Southbank Sinfonia’s Alec and George “Walk away with a new skill”

Episode 40: Southbank Sinfonia’s Alec and George “Walk away with a new skill”

February 5, 2021

This episode is all about Southbank Sinfonia, the one-year orchestral fellowship where 33 musicians from around the world come together to embark on a journey of professional development and creative fulfilment. I’m joined by two members of the 2020/21 cohort, Canadian percussionist Alec Joly Pavelich and British viola player George White. We spoke about their unusual situation of being part of the fellowship during the pandemic, what they can’t wait for in 2021, as well as their recommendations for keeping on top of your mental, physical and social wellbeing during this time.

As a Southbank alumna, I share with you my (rather lengthy) tumultuous journey from Sydney to London that led me to taking up a place in the 2013 recruit.

Special thanks to Marcus Norman and Kate Walker for their assistance in this episode.

 

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Southbanksinfonia.co.uk

Instagram: @southbanksinfonia

Twitter: @southbanksinf

Facebook: @SouthbankSinfonia

 

@alecjoly

@georgehenrywhite

 

Yoga with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

 

“Wood Works” by the Danish String Quartet: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Wf5EwRWblXDs1aiAAvxal?si=Flc-mOpCSia5MnYGzCbOcg

Episode 39: Peter Riley “Taking the risks”

Episode 39: Peter Riley “Taking the risks”

January 26, 2021

Stop! Tax time! Doing your tax return for 2019-20 is a retrospective into another world...

Episode 39 features composer, arranger and orchestrator Peter Riley. We met up in person in early-December (back when you could) for an al fresco park podcast, where we spoke about so many topics, including Peter's work arranging and orchestrating for Squarepusher, Pete Tong, Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, sticking to crazy deadlines, being a musician with a mortgage, and how making music is sometimes like gardening. We also spoke about the lovely distractions that help you get through when life is spent mostly in front of a computer screen.

 

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http://www.peterrileymusic.co.uk/

 

Peter’s Instagram and Facebook: @peterrileymusic

Twitter: @musicpete

YouTube: @musicpete86

 

Squarepusher Ufabulum: https://open.spotify.com/album/7ajrfqR7FCY4KuzZsVAFSH?si=0C_RDo2eTUqjlx2zdabE5w

Excerpt with Southbank Sinfonia 2013: https://youtu.be/GMF-UOPMDFA

Episode 31 with Daniel Rainey: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-xksnd-f0c20d

Episode 38: Lucy Drever “Stay open”

Episode 38: Lucy Drever “Stay open”

January 15, 2021

Welcome to the January slump, 2021 edition!

My guest for Episode 38 is Lucy Drever. She’s a workshop leader and presenter who heads up musicianship at the Benedetti Foundation. We chatted in December 2020 about how she got into community-based music making, creating a music making environment with a level playing field, challenging prior perceptions of music education as well as how to stay motivated musically during times of fluctuating restrictions. Find out also about a delightful cheesy snack that you can find if you’re ever in Glasgow.

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

Lucydrever.com

@lucy_drever

Benedettifoundation.org

https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/learning/trainee-music-leader

Episode 37: Joe Di Fiore “I just kept going with it”

Episode 37: Joe Di Fiore “I just kept going with it”

January 5, 2021

Joe Di Fiore kicks things off for 2021. He’s an American sax and wind player who also composes and arranges. In a fantastic American accent, he shares some helpful tips about setting your home studio for remote recording (seeing as this is the reality for a lot of musos at the moment). We also chatted about the positives of smaller family gatherings, switching between different wind instruments, the importance for composers to have performing experience and being patient.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

@joedifioremusic

 

YouTube: JD Winds

Mario Kart 8 Big Blue and Mute City Mash up: https://youtu.be/yHe8n9760I8

 

The Mario Kart Lick: https://youtu.be/3rD-tdEFKlg

 

Joedifiore.com

Episode 36: Shimpski Christmas Extravaganza

Episode 36: Shimpski Christmas Extravaganza

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Bass player Mark Lipski joins me for this Christmassy, mince pie and mulled wine fuelled conversation. He also happens to be in my household bubble as he is my husband; collectively, we are known as “The Shimpskis”. Think of this episode as an audio Christmas card to you, for you to listen to if perhaps you’re spending Christmas alone or with fewer people than usual, or if you just want to hear voices from outside your own household bubble. We’re here to keep you company!

Amidst giggles aplenty, listen to us discuss the weirdness that is 2020, performing with the Phacelia Ensemble in Germany mid-pandemic, the challenges of Zoom lessons, the ideal mango, Daily Romeo, and the differences between Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

https://www.facebook.com/mark.lipski.92

 

https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/online-sunday-concerts-phacelia-ensemble/

 

@phaceliaensemble

Episode 35: Egīls Šēfers “This is part of who we are”

Episode 35: Egīls Šēfers “This is part of who we are”

December 15, 2020

Egīls Šēfers is my guest for Episode 35. He joined me from his home in Riga to chat to me about performing with the Carion quintet during the pandemic, his musical journey growing up behind the Iron Curtain, how global travel broadens one's musical sound, as well as Latvian voices and music-making. We also talk about his hobbies he indulges in away from playing the clarinet and being director of the Latvian Music Information Centre and SKANi Records.

 

These days we seem to have brief slivers of time in which to enjoy sweet live performances, including my experience of finally performing in a chamber concert recently that was a long time in the making. Also featured is a disastrous flag-bearing anecdote from friend of the podcast, Jen Lang (Episode 34) from her time working at St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

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Mentioned in this episode:

carion.dk

skani.lv

Episode 34: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-fw6y6-f3e348

Episode 34: Jen Lang “Joining the dots”

Episode 34: Jen Lang “Joining the dots”

December 4, 2020

Jen Lang is my guest for Episode 34. As well as recent motherhood, we chat about what led her to her role as Senior Manager for learning, engagement and innovation at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well being a new mother in one of the longest local lockdowns in the world. Lots of laughs in this one, as well as the different ways one can make a musical contribution and providing platforms for musical voices that have previously been unheard. Music college didn’t prepare her for an experience involving rodents, and I’ve also found my new favourite analogy for explaining shifts on the cello.

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

MSO Beethoven Bites: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGUc1mZt9dlKZLrfSt5bA6kRC8tSyX6-h

 

All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B086R6GMMY/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_2LIVgA_4_10

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