MUSIC

Acid Arab interview

The National: February 2014 The harsh, repetitive electronic sounds of 1980s acid house and the expansive drama of traditional Middle Eastern music are not the most obvious of…

Omar Khairat interview

The National, January 2014  He won’t thank anyone for reminding him, but when Omar Khairat first joined the Cairo Conservatoire to study piano in 1959, Dubai had just…

The Story Of Music by Howard Goodall

The Observer, October 2013 There is a fascinating point made on the very first page of Howard Goodall‘s snappily written journey through 40,000 years of music. Until the late 19th…

Dreams still coming true

Copy: The National 07/03/12 >> Really fascinating to read that the highest-earning British musical act in the US last year wasn’t Adele. Or Coldplay. It was, incredibly, Sade….

UAE Symphony Orchestra… via Manchester

Copy: The National 06/02/12 >> It was, frankly, bizarre to be in Manchester’s wonderful North Tea Power, chatting to the leader of the famous Wingates brass band… about…

REVIEW: COLDPLAY @ MEN ARENA

Copy: The National 19/12/11 >> Yes, yes, Coldplay’s date in Manchester was right at the start of December. I know. However, I was covering it for The National,…

ARSHA KAVIANI CAN REALLY SHINE

Copy: The National 17/11/2011 >> It’s one of the perks of the job – sometimes you come across really talented people who seem on the very cusp of…