In the 25 (!) years that I’ve been a composer, I’ve noticed a transformation from a general feeling that being a composer (or any kind of artist) was the opposite of being a business person to the expectation that all composers should be entrepreneurs, and not only that, we’re supposed to like that. I had the chance to write about this for VAN Magazine, in my article Performing Creativity: Composing in the Entrepreneurial Age.
I’m just back from London, where the English String/Symphony Orchestra and violinist Harriet Mackenzie, with Ken Woods conducting, gave a beautiful performance of falling still. The concert also featured a fantastic premiere of Wall of Water by Deborah Pritchard, and pieces By Thea Musgrave and Kaija Saariaho. (A detailed review of the concert can be found here.)
I’ve known Ken since the early 1990’s, when we were both students at Scotia Festival of Music, and it was great to have the chance to work with him again. (Ken is a very multi-talented musician. When we were at Scotia Festival, we performed Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb together: Ken played both the mandolin and the musical saw parts!)