Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano promoting works by women composers at this wonderful festival
and a great interview with Odaline by Jessica Duchen
Jessica Duchen's book Ghost Variations is a classical music detective story in essence as JD explores for herself the story of the concerto and Clara Shumann's decisions about how to present her late husband's work as well as exploring Jelly d'Arányi's story as well. The book is in physical and kindle editions
The best background is in JD's blog of course! http://tinyurl.com/gkog8zl
This is a delightful and informative piece featuring female musicians onthe London Improv Scene who talk about what improvising is to them, how they began and their careers and lives in London - really refreshing piece of writing. Thanks to Women in Music UK member Alison Blunt who tweeted this and drew our attention to it recently. Good to see her included alongside others like Caroline Kraabel (who played at the Chard Festival of Women in Music some years back ), Sylvia Hallett, Maggie Nicols and Kay Grant. The initial information was drawn from entries in the British Music Collection site. Thanks to Julie Kjaer of Sound and Music for this piece/exhibition.
Debbie Golt WiM Chair adds that she will put a link up soon to a discussion she led with some other female improvisers that was broadcast on Resonance FM a few years ago to mark International Women's Day . It's an important area of music to fully explore and one where women are quite prominent these days.
Do encourage others to read this blog. And do add your what's on info to www.womeninmusic.org.uk - swift turnaround for entries usually.
THis will be wonderful - it starts off at Shambala Festival (sold out) but fear not it tours widely including London, Hull, Festival 6 and will be well documented, It's In Place of War's brilliant and timely all women Voices of the Revolution tour led by Women in Music's own Errollyn Wallen MBE - leading composer and animator of marvellous things
So proud of Errollyn and In Place of War for collaborating on this! Many of the musicians are in UK for the first time invited by IPOW from places of conflict to collaborate with UK based women of similar backgrounds. Both known and bubbling up artists are involved:
An event in London on 12th September that some of our followers may be interested in.
Nikki Yeoh is a brilliant London based pianist composer whose music spans jazz into improv and more. She has recieived many commissions for her own compositions and her band Infinitum and has played with musicians like Roy Ayers, Ernest Ranglin, Jean Carne and many more on both mega and intimate stages. Her debut album is called Solo Gemini on her Infinitum records and is distributed by Proper Music. The album is released on June 10th and there is a launch event at The Vortex in London on June 19th.
The album has been 25 in the making in that over this time Nikki has created music that at last she is happy to share with the world. The launch date information is here: www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/nikki-yeoh-gemini-album-launch/
This event will be included in the Women in Music website www.womeninmusic.org.uk What's ON - do remember that you can submit all your events with women composers and musicians for inclusion and there is a swift turnaround after you have sent your info. It's a great way to let people know. Remember also you can follow Women in Music on Twitter @WomeninMusicUK and often retweet news when we are included.
Sending out a few posts at once today as there is a lot to share ....
Every year Women in Music surveys the BBC Proms in London to see how well - or not as is often the case - women composers, conductors and lead players represented and included. You can see this year's ratings on the Women in Music website at this link:
These statistics are respected as a vital resource by many people including journalists and leading publications. We have contacted programmers from time to time to make our views known on how vital it is to include many more women. It remains a mystery how BBC Radio 3 can have a wonderful array of composers on International Women's Day and a major resource list of same on their website and still the Prom programmers in their name appear to have difficulty including significant numbers in the proms. Anyway this year shows improvements in some areas - it can't be hard! For example there are 5 instead of 2 women conductors ... And not in others. Still a long long way to go.!
You are welcome to quote the stats however we ask that you always quote the source of course.
You can access the full BBC Proms programme HERE