On tonight’s show, we bring you interviews with two giants of the arts: one of the worlds’ most performed living composers Augusta Read Thomas, and artist William Kentridge. We also hear about a new audio project from Dublin based radio producer Susanna Caprara.
South African artist, William Kentridge, whose body of work, which spans forms from charcoal drawings to huge audio-visual installations, is often propelled by themes of violence, oppression and human horror. Our presenter Fionn Davenport catches up with him at Thick Time, which has just opened at London’s Whitechapel Gallery. This is his first major show in London for 15 years, and features six immersive installations. Check out whitechapelgallery.org for details.
Augusta Read Thomas is one of the world’s most performed living composers, and Zoe Comyns met with her recently. She’s a Grammy Award winner, and university professor of composition at the University of Chicago. She also founded the hugely success Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago where 86 composers will come together for their work to be performed next week. Music in the show is Augusta Read Thomas’ Of Being is a Bird and her Selected Works for Orchestra. Ear Taxi (eartaxifestival.com) runs in Chicago every October.
Susanna Caprara is a Dublin based sound artist whose work includes site-specific pieces and guided sound walks around Dublin. Her latest project is ‘a secret soundscape club’. This is made up of miniature sound works that are emailed to subscribers and can range from small sound-drops to audio-fiction. ‘Enjoy’ is her latest offering and involves US radio producer Julia Barton. Check out lacosapreziosa.net for more.
Broadcast on 03 October 2016