THE SPITALFIELDS Music Festival has decided to shake itself up. It has hired a musician who works in indie, rock and pop, as well as classical, to curate its seasons, starting this winter. André De Ridder has collaborated with, for example, Damon Albarn, and Efterklang, Arcade Fire and These New Puritans.
The German-born conductor told Loving Dalston: “For this year’s festival we have commissioned and connected with composers who may be better known as members of cutting-edge indie bands such as Dawn of Midi and Factory Floor.
“Lots of these bands’ individual members are composers for their groups, but they also have their own creative voice. With Spitalfields Music Festival we’re supporting them and their individual output. For the generation that follows those bands, it’s about discovering a different side of their musical personalities through their own creative projects.
“I think they’ll create new electro-acoustic works away from the academic spectrum – contemporary classical music for a new generation that is accessible but, crucially, no less complex or multilayered.”
The season was launched this week with a party that attracted a swish bunch of people — apart from at least one journalist. And he could not help but notice the preponderance of white faces, even though a few hundred metres away is the capital’s biggest population of Sylhetis.
The festival is proud of its continuing work with ethnic minorities. Perhaps one day more Bangladesh migrants will make more effort to join with people outside its community.
Hamish Scott 090917
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