Dave’s Discoveries Week 3 – Avril Kinsey ‘Song of the Water, Mokoro’

​This week’s post is about the South African guitarist/composer Avril Kinsey, who is one of the most inventive composers of modern classical guitar music. ​She is well known in South Africa, yet isn’t as well known as she deserves to be elsewhere. Around 20 years ago I bought her book ‘Guitar Music from Africa’, a… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 3 – Avril Kinsey ‘Song of the Water, Mokoro’

Dave’s Discoveries – Week 2: ‘Tears of Joy’ by Niwel Tsumbu

​ Who’s the greatest living guitarist in the world? Eric Clapton? Mark Knopfler? John Williams?  Pat Metheny?  Eddie Van Halen? None of the above! They are all excellent in their genres, but to be the best guitarist in the world you need to be ultra-versatile. I’ve seen many guitarists in my lifetime and none of them can match… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries – Week 2: ‘Tears of Joy’ by Niwel Tsumbu

Dave’s Discoveries Week 1: ‘Chiyo’ by Linda Buckley

​Please take ten minutes of solitude to listen to ‘Chiyo’ by Irish composer Linda Buckley, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I think it’s one of the most beautiful orchestral works of the 21st Century. Its sound-world is, to my ears, somewhere between Arvo Pärt, John Adams and Sigur Ròs, yet it is Linda’s own… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 1: ‘Chiyo’ by Linda Buckley