‘Wide Asleep’ and my most recent release ‘Scattered on the Wind’. Performance-wise I really enjoyed performing at Dark MOFO Festival with my cellist Peter Hollo and violinist Jay Kong. It’s a very unique mid-winter cultural festival held in Tasmania. It’s a pretty fascinating immersive festival where thousands of people flock to the very small town of Hobart for the duration of the festival experiencing the state’s reputable food and wine, art installations, theatre, music and more.
Which particular works do you think you play best?
I feel most at home playing and performing my own pieces. I’ve always found composing a lot easier than sightreading. If I do play other music, which is rare these days, I love Debussy, Satie, Chopin’s Nocturnes and Bach.
How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season?
My repertoire will always be based around the most recent album recording and release and then I might add a couple of listeners’ favourites like we all do or one that I’m attached to that tells a particular story that I enjoy sharing with the audience. I often like to finish my shows with a goodnight lullaby style piece of mine. I don’t feel we are ever too old for a lullaby!
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?
Not really. I generally love venues that have a bit of a story or history behind them. I enjoyed my last show at Silent Green in Berlin, a performance venue housed in the historic premises of a former crematorium. The main performance space once the mourning hall has a beautiful high ceiling and aspatial atmospheric intimacy about it but also feels quite casual. There were people lounging on bean bags in the front few rows which I thought was fantastic. I would like to perform in a space where all the seating is just bean bags! I think it really suits the style of music.
What is your most memorable concert experience?
Once when I was in Spain I heard these amazingly dreamy ornate harmonies drift up to my window…. I looked out to find a choral performance taking place in an old amphitheatre AND it was a full moon! I had no idea that it was going to happen. I sat on the windowsill of my accommodation with a glass of wine. The illumination of the moon, the voices echoing through the open air. It was a truly beautiful emotional experience that has always stuck with me.
Who are your favourite musicians?
Sophie Hutching’s new album ‘Scattered on the Wind’ is available now