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Herbert Meets: Lady Jess

Herbert Meets: Lady Jess

Lady Jess by Zach Hyman 

Lady Jess is a New-York based violinist who between touring with Beyoncé, Max Richter and the The Roots also co-artistic directs the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, whose mission is to promote the work of underrepresented groups in classical music with a priority on music by women and people of colour. I wanted to get an insight into Lady Jess’ ethos and background and what had contributed to making her the committed and unapologetic artist she is today.  read more

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

sophia bacelar

Herbert Meets: Sophia Bacelar

Herbert Meets: Sophia Bacelar

Photo by Dovile Sermokas

Sophia Bacelar and I first connected a couple of years ago when I came across a video of her performing  Bridge Sonata and was instantly taken in. As I have gotten to know her a bit better, I discovered a thoughtfulness, studiousness and passion that underlies everything she does, (which in hindsight is what shone through in that video). I wanted to learn more about what drives Sophia and what is coming up for this rising cellist. 

Sophia, I know it’s been a very busy year for you, can you share some of the highlights?

My move to New York, getting a dog (@cubathehapa), starting my Artist Diploma at
Julliard, finding my gym (whose logo I got tattooed!) and its community, and the
evolution of relationships with the people around me.

And you managed to fit in some performances – I saw a video of you performing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York –  how did this come about? read more

Good Vibes Only: Herbert Meets Unit 31

Good Vibes Only: Herbert Meets Unit 31 

Unit 31 is a collective founded by two musicians and a filmmaker that connects artists across London’s creative community.

I was lucky enough to sit down with Raffy Bushman and Julian Prentis – two core members of the team – to find out the story behind the space, their exhibition, which celebrates the last 5 years at Unit 31 and that culminates in their final installment of chamber music on 15th December.

Photo by Karolina Wielocha  read more

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