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Herbert Meets: Sofiane Pamart

Herbert Meets: Sofiane Pamart 

Sofiane Pamart by Romaine Garcin

Sofiane Pamart is a French pianist and composer that is determined to shake things up. Having trained at the National Conservatory of Lille from the age of 7, hip-hop was always a genre more aligned to his lifestyle and attitude and he has since become one of the most in demand collaborators in the French hip-hop scene. The gap between the conservatory and his life has driven Sofiane to lead a ‘piano revolution,’  which reclaims the instrument as something for everyone and he has created a universe that has inspired a new generation to look at the piano differently. In the wake of the release of ‘Planet Gold’ his 18-track solo piano album centred around different places across the world, we spoke about his beginnings, inspiration for the album and his mission as an artist. read more

Herbert Meets: Büşra Kayıkçı

Herbert Meets: Büşra Kayıkçı

Büşra Kayıkçı by nebulozo 

Büşra Kayıkçı is an Istanbul-based composer, pianist and interior architect that has created a gentle world of sounds which have inspired many, making her a household name in the neoclassical world. I was fascinated to understand more about Büşra, how she came to composition and how the many disciplines she practiced were able to live together in her everyday life. When we spoke, I came to realize that these many expressions were all one natural expression of who she was and their easy synthesis was a result of Büşra’s authenticity and knowledge of self.  read more

Herbert Meets: Roderick Cox

Herbert Meets: Roderick Cox 

Roderick Cox by Grayson Lauffenburger

Styled by Pauline Hetger

Roderick Cox is a Berlin-based conductor that grew up in Macon, Georgia and that has already made his mark on the world stage with recent and upcoming appearances including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Philharmonia Orchestra in London and Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester. I came across a video of Roderick conducting Tchaikovsky 4 Symphony and was mesmerised with his physicality, musicality and power as he led the orchestra through the movement and wanted to know more about the conductor. When we spoke, I discovered that despite his gentle Southern manner, Roderick possessed a determination, persistence and vision that had and would continue to drive him to wherever he wanted to go.  read more

Herbert Meets: Eric Christian Von Fricken

Herbert Meets: Eric Christian Von Fricken

Eric Christian Von Fricken by Chris Millington 

Eric Christian Von Fricken is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer with a deeply romantic musical style influenced by the  sounds of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Satie. Eric’s innate understanding of listeners has led him to grow an engaged and growing Instagram family of almost a quarter of a million fans. I was intrigued to understand more about his ethos, influences and how he cracked the social code.  read more

Herbert Meets: Isabel Hagen

Herbert meets: Isabel Hagen

Feature Shot by Celeste Sloman

Isabel Hagen is a stand-up comedian and classically trained violist that combines the two in an unexpectedly charming way. As well as collaborating with Björk, Max Richter, The National, and Steve Reich, she had her debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon just before the lockdown. I was curious to understand more about this artist as well as the challenges she faced carving her unique path and discovered that Isabel has thoughtful, focused and passionate energy which also resonates from everything she does.  read more

Herbert Meets: Uèle Lamore

Herbert Meets:Uèle Lamore

Uèle Lamore by Daphné Giquel

Uèle Lamore is a Paris-based composer, conductor and arranger whose sound is a true blend of her musical and personal experiences and make it both distinctive and exciting. We talked about her journey from rock guitarist to conductor, founding her own orchestra, her upcoming EP ‘Tracks’ and reworking Puccini for her upcoming Plunderphonia project with Berlin-based 7K!/ !K7 Records where she is re-working one of the greatest Italian composers of all time.  read more

Herbert Meets: Zara Hudson Kozdoj

Herbert Meets: Zara Hudson Kozdoj

Zara Hudson Kozdoj by Denzel Gaisie 

Zara Hudson Kozdoj in a London-based cellist in the final year of her Masters at The Royal College of Music. She is also a member of Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe with majority black and minority ethnic musicians.  

I wanted to find out more about her experiences as a performer and her thoughts on the wider classical ecosystem and if it needed to change to stick with a younger generation.  read more

Herbert Meets: Darian Thomas

Herbert Meets: Darian Thomas

Darian Thomas Self-Portrait.

I wanted to find out more about Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Darian Thomas after hearing and his track ‘Marble,’ which was released on May 29th part of a stunning compilation ‘String Layers’ from 7K! 

After getting to know him a bit better, it turned out that much like his music, Darian is a multi-faceted, exacting and forward-thinking artist that is carving his own exciting creative path.  read more

Herbert Meets: Casual Melancholia

Herbert Meets: Casual Melancholia

Casual Melancholia by Alexandre Desmidt 

When I watched pianist and composer ‘Casual Melancholia,’ play the piano on an Instagram live a couple of weeks ago, there was a studious delicacy to his playing and a charm that was palpable even through the tiny screen. I went straight to Spotify and listened to the first track listed ‘Memory’ (first track of EP ‘Birth’) and was immediately transported. When we spoke, it turned out that the artist, like his playing was charming, studious and a little bit magic.  read more

Herbert Meets: Sarah Neutkens

Herbert Meets: Sarah Neutkens

Sarah Neutkens is a Dutch composer and visual artist that  is currently finishing her studies in the Netherlands. I was drawn to speak to Sarah having heard a couple of her tracks, which had a freshness and complexity that I wanted to understand more about. I reached out to Sarah at a time at which artists around the world are also trying to adapt to a new normal, curious to see how she was getting on. 

Sarah Neutkens by Anna Perger

A lot of musicians’ lives have been affected by this crisis, what is your experience looking like?  
 
Not a huge amount is different for me but it is a very strange time. I am staying with my parents who live in a village on the border of Belgium. I am lucky because I just heard that the entire apartment block where I usually live is on lockdown and no one can leave the building. I have noticed a change here too, because we used to go for many walks across the border Belgium but now because of the new enforcements, we can’t … that has been strange too.  
 
I see a huge impact on my father’s life who is also a musician (lute and theorbo) because he would usually be playing concerts at the moment but of course they have all been cancelled. My mum’s a teacher so she’s teaching her students virtually, which is also surreal.

 
You must have grown up in a  house filled with music – do you remember the first time you heard a melody or a piece of music?
 
Yes, absolutely! The first memory I have of hearing music is my father playing Chaconne en la mineur by Robert de Visée. It was that piece that made me fall in love with the expressive and melancholic quality of music.
 
I then learnt the recorder like all the children in my village but I wanted to learn my own instrument..I was drawn to the piano. My parents found a teacher who I stayed with until I finished all my exams and then I went to study something totally different!
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