Category: Features

January 15, 2021 / Features

Speaking after a live-stream concert at the end of May, the super-versatile percussionist Jess Ciampa guessed that in the year prior to the lockdown he’d only had one day off. Then, for the next seven weeks, he had zero interaction with other musicians. Some players went for over nine months…

January 13, 2021 / Features

Empty theatres due to pestilence – routine in Shakespeare’s time – created financial black holes sucking the lifeblood from companies, venues and individuals. Our governments, meanwhile were bewilderingly slow to understand that COVID was at least catastrophic for the arts as for the travel and hospitality industries. Streaming, embraced by…

December 21, 2020 / Features

The epiphany came in his late teens. He was supposed to be studying McNeill’s History of Western Civilisation, but when he opened the cover, rather than any words, her saw a vision of Miles Davis. He checked the New York gig guide. Miles and his quintet were playing at Birdland…