Q: What’s your job (on Sound Symphony) and what do you like about it?
A: I am one of the three performer/composers in the show. I play cello which is a fantastic instrument to explore in the context of this show and for this audience as it has so many possible extended techniques which take it from beautiful and song-like to weird and loud and resonant. I love finding new things to do on my cello. I’m also the musical director for the show. I’ve been in charge of organising the composed elements in the show, incorporating the ideas from Sonia and Shiori and making sure that it all works together cohesively.
Q: What is the hardest bit of your job?
A: As an artist I do lots of different things: composition, performance, devising etc. Sometimes I have to draw upon skills that I’ve not used in a while. For Sound Symphony I’ve had to use some music software that I hadn’t used in a while. It can be tricky having to relearn all the shortcuts when you’re up against it time wise.
Q: What’s your favourite thing about working on Sound Symphony?
A: This show is pushing everyone out of their comfort zones, in a really exciting and creative way. I’m doing things as a performer that I’ve never done before and that’s really good fun. It feels like the whole process is completely unique, and I think the show will reflect that.
Q: What is your favourite sound?
A: It changes all the time but recently I was working away from home for a few weeks and I really enjoyed the sound of the blackbird that would sing outside my window each evening. I found it incredibly comforting. I listen to lots of pretty wild music so sometimes I think my ears just want to settle on something familiar and beautiful.