Músicos maravillosos que conocí en micrófonos abiertos

No recuerdo la última vez que fui a un micrófono abierto, pero después de darme cuenta recientemente del hecho que la mayoría de los músicos que conozco, los he conocido por consecuencia de uno, creo que voy a hacer un esfuerzo por ir a más micrófonos abiertos en el futuro. Nunca sabes lo que vas a encontrar, pero es algo muy bonito cuando conectas con otros músicos, y no sólamente por colaborar. Como alguien cuya música es literalmente su vida y su carrera, es un gran alivio conocer a gente como yo, que sencillamente lo entiende todo. El proceso creativo, la lucha contra el perfeccionismo, trabajar independientemente -todo- y así todos podemos animarnos e inspirarnos el uno al otro. Sobretodo, los artistas incluidos en este post son buenas personas, lo cual, para mí, es más importante.

Dónde sea posible, voy a intentar evitar definar los géneros; tendrás que comprobar para ti mismo. De una u otra manera he sido afortunda de poder trabajar con estos músicos y creo que tú también deberías conocerlos.

Saskia Maxwell

Desde hace tiempo, Saskia Maxwell se ha presentado a un nivel muy superior al que se esperaría para su corta edad. Ya ha sumado cientos de concertos y ha sido telonera para artistas como JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris y Rachel Sermanni. Es una guitarrista muy hábil, con letras ingeniosas y cautivadoras, y con una voz de ángel conmovedoramente etérea.

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Marvellous Musicians that I Met at Open Mics

I can’t tell when last I went to an open mic night, but having recently realised that most of the musicians that I’ve befriended are as a result of one, I think I’ll be making an effort to go to more of them in the future. You never know what you’re going to find, but it’s a beautiful thing when you make these connections, and not just for the sake of collaboration. As someone whose music is literally her life and career, it’s such a relief to know people like you who just get it. The creative process, the tussle with perfectionism, the independent hustle – all of it – and in that way, we are all able to encourage and inspire each other. Above all, the artists featured in this post are really nice people, which matters a smidgen more to me.

Where I can, I’m going to avoid attempting to define them by genre; you’ll just have to taste and see for yourself. In one way or another I have had the great pleasure of working with these music-makers, and so I think that you should know a little more about them too.

Saskia Maxwell

For some time, Saskia Maxwell has been a far more experienced performer than her young age would suggest. Having already racked up a gig count in the hundreds and opened for artists such as JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris and Rachel Sermanni, she is a very skilled guitarist, with clever, bewitching lyrics and the hauntingly ethereal voice of an angel.

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INTERVIEW: Annalise Lam

Annalise Lam is a remarkable young jazz and pop violinist based in the musical city of Bristol. Having been involved in music since she was very young, she’s an intuitive and dedicated talent with a spirited energy and inquisitive attitude to music in many of its styles. She has played at a number of festivals, and with orchestras and a quite a few local bands and musicians, including Immigrant Swing, Julia Turner – and myself.

Last week I’d scheduled to rehearse with Lam (who also happens to be my friend) and I asked if she’d be so kind as to let me interview her – gladly she agreed. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know her a little better… or in other words have a slightly more formal and thus potentially awkward chat.

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LIVE REVIEW: Julia Turner “Fifteen Times the Moon” Album Launch

Last Friday I attended an important gig for a good musician friend of mine. Jazz, blues singer-songwriter Julia Turner, whose new album Fifteen Times the Moon is set for release this year, hosted a pre-release album launch at the Bristol Folk House.

The show took place downstairs past the cafe in the medium-sized hall, which had a surprisingly really intimate feel. People sat in groups around tables or on a line of chairs off to the side of the stage. Lighting was dim (obviously, that would be pretty harsh to make people eat and drink in the dark now, wouldn’t it), which added to the cosiness – I felt as though I were in a living room. A big one, of course.

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