Today we have the first Summer Festival installation of our feature 60 Seconds with…! In the build up to the Summer Festival we will be posting interviews with a variety of Festival artists . This week we spoke to harpist Rhodri Davies. As well as the harp, Rhodri also plays electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. To find out more visit his website.What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection?
CD: Gaelic Psalms from Lewis, School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Greentrax Recordings
MP3: Eliane Radigue, Triptych, Important Records
LP: Alterations, Peter Cusack, Steve Beresford, Terry Day and David Toop, Bead Records 9
Where’s your favourite place in London?
Sir John Soane’s House.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Fireman or carpenter.
What would you most like your audiences to take away from your performances?
A glimpse of alternative ways of doing things.
What inspires you?
Werner Herzog’s documentaries.
What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo.
What do you like about working with Spitalfields Music?
The staff and Festival team are passionate about the music they are programming.
What do you think your breakthrough moment was?
I don’t think I’m looking for one.
Do you have a favourite piece or repertoire to perform, if so what?
Ben Patterson: Pages to Save our Planet.
Who’s your favourite fictional hero?
Any by Thomas Bernhard.
Who are your real-life heroes?
The 180 workers battling to stabilise the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
Catch Rhodri Davies playing harp in the
world premiere of Eliane Radigue’s Occam I:
Tuesday 14 June 7.30pm
Christ Church Spitalfields.
Produced by Sound and Music as part of Triptych: The Music of Eliane Radigue