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From the Archive: Harrison Birtwistle at 80 (part 2)

This week, we look back to May 2014 and the second of two podcasts episodes which attempt to explore the music, the man and the myth of composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle, with a rare interview with the composer himself and the many musicians who surround him.

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Introducing Jean Dubuffet

Not familiar with Monsieur Dubuffet? Don’t fear, as our Research Assistant and resident Dubuffet expert Camille Houzé has written a brief biography about the artist’s life and times.

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Meet the Artist: Nye Thompson

Artist Nye Thompson speaks to us about the politics of island geography and national identity explored in her video installation INSULAE [Of the Island].

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Barbican Sessions: Jess Gillam

In an empty Level G foyer, saxophonist Jess Gillam performs the world premiere of her ECHO Rising Stars commission: Edmund Finnis's A Spiral Ascending, before she's joined by pianist Leif Kaner-Lidström and double bassist Sam Becker for Kurt Weill's Je ne t'aime pas and Astor Piazzolla's 'Nightclub 1960' from Histoire du Tango.

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From the Archive: Mariss Jansons

This week we return to our archive and a conversation with the late conductor Mariss Jansons, who sadly passed away in December 2019.