April 4, 2014 § 3 Comments
…the astonishing beauty of Lester’s vocals – DIVA
Aether is an album that demands your attention with the kind of songwriting and arrangements that truly reach into the deepest part of those lucky enough to have discovered it. Compelling, sometimes utterly disarming, Aether is a profoundly personal offering that needs to be heard. – So So Gay
Aether is one of those albums where you want to turn all the lights off and just let the music wash over you. You can drown in it. – Cheryl Morgan
Three more gigs and the preview tour for Aether will be over. Lying in the ocean at night, performing for film festival crowds, cars and trains and cars and trains and swimming pool shoots and sleeping under the piano in the studio – I’ve gotten a little lost and wrong in the making of this, but in the most wonderful way.
I have quite a number of exciting plans stuffed up my sleeves for the summer. Do keep your ears pricked for news of the next music video call out.
But, most of all, thank you.
February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
…it’s still my least favourite month, but it had some pretty sweet moments.
Dark Angels had its first review – possibly the best review of my career so far. “This is no less than creativity at its most lucid and profound.” There’s no way it can be anything other than downhill from that, but I’m overjoyed, nonetheless. Many, many thanks to So So Gay.
We also had a lovely message from composer Jonathan Kulp, whose settings of Emily Dickinson form an integral part of the Dark Angels programme. A really fantastic composer (and former competitive skateboarder!) – check him out.
I hopefully managed to talk some sense about media transphobia and Burchill to Pride Live Radio and, with Trans Week at the New Statesman brought forward, was named as a trans role model (in some very good company). Writing this makes me feel somewhat bashful but also, it must be admitted, rather proud.
Start as you mean to go on, right? Come on 2013 – let’s have at it.
September 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
“I think artistic culture (both ‘high’ and ‘pop’) is one of the greatest tools we have with which to effect change. The nature of artistic communication – the necessity of empathy and imagination, of being unbearably close, of transcending the self – is, I believe, the very form of communication required to break down the barriers imposed by a kyriarchal system.” If you liked that then go read the rest here.
September 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
I realised that I’d failed to put up a link to the chat I had with Classic FM a little while ago about castrati musicians and travesti roles – enjoy!
June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
…with Future Radio – on a very crackly line. But many thanks to them.
Listen here – 26 minutes in. Music and activism and cake. So, yeah, that’s my life.
March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Again, so many thanks to everyone involved – and, you know, if you’d like to interview/review then just say the word. I can be convinced to answer all sorts of ridiculous questions.
First up, some lovely comments from BOLT magazine – queer feminism from Ireland, yes please.
Second – the second part of my interview with So So Gay – because changing the world should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list.
March 16, 2012 § 1 Comment
March 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
The apology first – sorry for the lack of posting. There are ever so many rough drafts clogging up my desktop – but I’m lacking the brains/energy for the final edit. Everything is MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC here and my linguistic skills have…abandoned me, somewhat. (Insert your own “cunning linguist” pun here if you feel the need).
So why not read some other people’s words? First – a review from So So Gay. What he said. All the way.
Secondly, an interview from the Marylebone Journal. So many thanks – over and over.
As for me – a cup of herbal tea and a sit down and a desperate attempt to put my thoughts in order. But not in 6/8. Bloody 6/8…
January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment