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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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Herbert Meets: Sergio Diaz De Rojas

Herbert Meets: Sergio Díaz De Rojas

Sergio Diaz De Rojas by Laura Vidal-Abarca

In a time where Spotify’s ‘Peaceful Piano’ has become the blue tick verification that contemporary classical artists strive for, I wanted to learn more about how Peruvian-born pianist and composer Sergio Díaz De Rojas felt about the rising popularity around a genre that he has helped grow through his own music, platform ‘Piano and Coffee’ and record label‘ Piano and Coffee Records.’   read more

Herbert meets a voice of hope: Italian Opera Singer Laura Baldassari

Laura Baldassari by Luca Bruno / Associated Press

Italy, which has been one of the countries hit by the coronavirus the hardest is currently living through a national lockdown.

Last Friday, a musical flash mob launched throughout the country, a show of solidarity and community, which has caught international attention and admiration. 

Italian soprano Laura Baldassari leaned out of her window and joined in with her neighbours and country men and women. Like many others, we were deeply touched by the story and reached out to Laura to learn more about how this came about and what life is like for her and her community at this difficult time.  read more

Herbert Meets: Willie Alexander

Herbert Meets: Willie Alexander

Willie Alexander is a New York based musician and composer whose journey began with the accidental discovery of his singing talent. Fast-forward to today and Willie has just completed a five year stint with the San Francisco Symphony and now lives in New York where he is composing – most recently the music for Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS Fashion show. 

I soon found out when listening to his story that Willie is tenacious, warm and unafraid to get to the heart of the matter, so that’s exactly what we did.  read more

Herbert Meets: Elena Perroni

Herbert Meets: Elena Perroni

I was immediately drawn to speak to Elena after hearing her sing because her voice betrayed a maturity I can only describe as characteristic of an ‘old (and clever) soul.’  
 
We arranged to speak and I was greeted by a warm voice with a distinctive Australian twang. Maybe it was the accent, but I soon detected a level of mischievousness in Elena and I liked her instantly. Before I knew it, we were into the full swing of things –

 So, who are some of the artists that you admire right now? 
 
Well, I was watching this year’s Grammys, and I was blown away. I felt like there was a new energy about it and a new voice that was emerging. An artist that really blew me away was Billie Eilish – I admire her honesty in her work, which is what I try to achieve with my own work. 

Is there an artist in the classical world that you feel similarly about?
 
There is an artist called Ermonela Jaho – have you heard of her?
 
Yes!
 
Oh good, well, I love her because she draws you in but she’s never showy – She performs with no ego. I met her briefly once at an awards show and I could immediately sense there was no ego there.  
 
I agree totally and love her too; I saw her perform a couple of years ago and her performance made a huge impact on me – what do you think is her quality?
 
I think what it is, is that she has a human quality – in the sense that she is able to capture what it is to be human in her performance and she shares that back to the audience-
 
So, then I assume, you are a Maria Callas fan…?
 
Yes, without a doubt. It’s also because of her honestly and the way she communicates in performance.  
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Herbert’s Ones To Watch 2020

Herbert’s Ones To Watch 2020 

We feel that this year is an auspicious one and we hope it is exactly that for you. To kick it off, Herbert and I wanted to share our predicitions of which ten classical music artists will cause some serious waves this year.

If you like and hear what you see, please go and watch, listen and support these talented rising artists. 

 1.Nana Ouyang

Nana Ouyang by Jumbo Tsui 

19-year-old Nana Ouyang is a rising cellist that supercharges what it means to be a ‘triple-threat.’  At just 15 she released her debut cello solo album ’15.’  The same year – also a budding actress, she starred as the lead in Jackie Chan’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Bleeding Steel.’ She since has been building her acting career, her 14 million followers on Chinese social platform ‘Weibo’ and has also caught the attention of the fashion world. Watch the space for what Nana does next.  read more

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