WhatifBeethovenwasaLesbian? Louise Gray on Pauline Oliveros

Further to the blog entry below with an obituary and appreciation of original thinker, feminist music innovator Pauline Oliveros, here is a link to an intriguing and moving piece by Louise Gray in contemporary and exploratory music  mag The Wire magazine exploring PO's stimulating lateral thinking.


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Ghost variations - Jessica Duchen's book is basis of concert tonight Nov 3d in Barnes and Book is available onwards of couse

A quick alert about the last of the current 'Ghost Variations' Concerts, TONIGHT Thursday 3 November, at the Barnes Music Society. 

All details and how to book: http://www.barnesmusicsociety.org.uk/

The narrated concert, based on classical music journalist and novelist Jessica Duchen's  novel 'Ghost Variations', tells the story of the great Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi and her rediscovery of the long-suppressed Schumann Violin Concerto in the 1930s. 

All the music is selected with forensic care for its relevance to the story and its associations with d'Arányi herself: music by Bartók, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Schumann and more. 

The Old Sorting Office, London SW13, is a lovely arts centre right next to Barnes Pond. The concerts so far, much to my delight, have been bringing down the houses, and it's an honour and a joy for me to work with the spectacular violin & piano duo of David Le Page and Viv McLean. This is the last chance to hear the concert in London for a while.

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.

10 Women Improvisers talk about how it is for them

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.

On another NOTE - Women in Music will be 30 next year! Founded in 1987 we still trod on ...It is interesting how the name and term WOMEN IN MUSIC that we invented back then has gone on to be a worldwide phenomenon (is that the correct spelling? - just checking!)

Voices of the Revolution all women musician tour led by Errollyn Wallen kicks off

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:

"Through the project and the music produced we aim to provide a platform for female artists in places of conflict to tell their stories, share their cultures and take part in a life-changing experience."  Ruth Daniel co-direcotr In Place of War

Nikki Yeoh brings out brilliant debut album Solo Gemini which has been fermenting for 25 years launch on June 19

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 is a personal recommendation from Women in Music Chair Debbie Golt .....

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.