Episode #4 Robert Ames
Robert Ames is the guest music maker for this episode. Rob is best known as the co-artistic director, co-principal conductor and violist of the London Contemporary Orchestra, which happens to be my favourite collective of musicians of all time - it's safe to say I was very excited to have Rob on as a guest.
Since the LCO's creation 10 years ago they have collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and have gained a reputation as one of the most innovative outfits in contemporary music culture. Their performances and projects are anything but the norm, they are no standard 'orchestra'.
Their collaborators include [now, brace yourselves]: Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Actress, Mica Levi, Jed Kurzel, Shiva Feshareki, Edmund Finnis, Emily Hall, CHAINES, Danny Mulhern, Anne Nikitin, Frank Ocean, Vivienne Westwood, Spitfire Audio, Beck, Cat Lamb, Daniel Wohl, William Basinski, Claire M Singer, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Foals, BadBadNotGood...
...i'm definitely missing a bunch, it's hard to keep track.
In this episode we discuss a lot of the above, the Actress writing process, performing film scores live to picture, gripes with the classical world, London's booming young composer scene and much more.
Rob made for a brilliant guest - so much interesting chat and it was exciting to make a track with him. We hope you like it!
Don't forget to check out the Spotify playlist which contains music from a broad range of these collaborators that was featured in the episode.
Upcoming LCO shows you should definitely get along to are:
- 26th May LCO & Actress @ the Barbican
- 23rd July LCO Late Night Prom
- 31st October LCO performing 'Become Ocean' @ the Barbican
LCO will soon be releasing an album with longstanding collaborator, Darren Cunningham aka Actress. Ninja Tune, a label known for it's innovative electronic music will be releasing LAGEOS on 25th May the LCO - which is an interesting sign of the time's I think.
Also worth checking out is the LCO's monthly show on NTS radio. You will discover music from some of the most interest artists around today. I've discovered many gems. Rob and Hugh curate a fantastic mix of music regardless of genre.
Have a listen to the above episode 4 teaser. Rob walking us through Mica Levi's 'SAW'.