Interviews

Steve Sedergreen on presenting ‘a concert for everyone’

It’s going to be a concert for everyone. We’re going to be playing some music that we perform well at the moment – it’s really hard hitting but also very, very acceptable music that everyone seems to love. It’s family friendly and cutting edge without being egotistical and too intellectual; just music that you can really have fun and listen to.”

Omid Shayan: ‘Creation is hard and it hurts, but the result can be life-changing’

“My favourite moment to date was the first time SHAYAN played as a seven-piece. It wasn’t about playing a festival, or the people in the crowd, but about hearing the compositions played live for the first time by these incredible players. There is something so special about hearing the dots on the page turn into actual music, especially when it is played by great musicians.”

Nat Bartch created the antidote against bad baby music

“It’s only now, 18 months on, that I’m starting to realise the impact this album has had on people. The album has been played in the delivery suite as a baby is born numerous times, and also in the final hours of a person’s life. It is so incredibly moving to know that my music has a place in these extremely personal moments. I cry just thinking about it.”

Jacqueline Gawler: ‘Stoneflower plays beautiful music with a little bit of chaos thrown in’

” We don’t confine ourselves to particular genres, or traditional interpretations of genres, and we don’t pre-determine too much about the music. All of us love pop, and have listened to loads in our time on the planet. And Brazilian tunes creep in because I find it hard to omit these from any setlist I’m involved in! Aside from that, Stoneflower creates a very gentle, magical sonic palette that doesn’t attempt to prove anything to listeners.”

Gai Bryant: ‘It’s all about self expression’

“When I started working this with Giorgio Rojas, I felt that this is great; I can start to expand on what I know.He started to give me some recordings of traditional Peruvian music and I transcribed them to see if I can do some arrangements of my own, a panolivio of my own and be able to solo.That’s what I have done with Afro Cuban music.”