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Peer Gynt debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Last October I debuted a new adaptation of Ibsen and Grieg’s famed masterpiece Peer Gynt, cut to 90 minutes of music and story for four magical performances. It was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ken-David Masur and featuring the incomparable soprano Camilla Tilling and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Photos by and […]

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King of Ghosts album launched

I have a new album out this month I’m so excited to share with everyone, KING OF GHOSTS, featuring sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta and the City of London Sinfonia. This is the fourth release from Globe Music, the label I set up and manage for Shakespeare’s Globe. Percussionist Cormac Byrne plays the talking bodhran and […]

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Festival of Independence

Announcing a new series at the Globe of music, film, theatre, and comedy put together by a few of us working over time, in cahoots with phenomenal talent and playwright Tanika Gupta, the festival curator. You can read more here and the concert I’m leading on June 21 & 22 with Soumik Datta, Talvin Singh, […]

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My New Book on Shakespeare’s Music

This year after 4 years of writing, editing, research and collaboration with an incredible group of intrepid scholars, Shakespeare, Music, and Performance has been finally published by Cambridge University Press and is available for purchase here. Our book launch is Monday, May 8th at 5pm at Shakespeare’s Globe. Here’s the blurb: Music has been an essential constituent […]

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Growing Praise for MALI IN OAK

Mali in Oak is the third release from Globe Music, the new record label I founded and manage for Shakespeare’s Globe. Featuring Nigerian kora virtuoso and cellist Tunde Jegede and the innovative and dynamic South African guitarist Derek Gripper, this is a disc of Malian griot repertoire, recorded in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse under the […]

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Conducting a New Film Score with the BFI

Play On – Shakespeare and Silent Cinema, was released a few months ago by both the British Film Institute and Shakespeare’s Globe as one of our many collaborations during the Shakespeare 400 season. For this project, I conducted and supervised a score composed by five Globe composers – Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In […]

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GLOBE MUSIC – A new record label for Shakespeare’s Globe

 In 2016 I launched a new record label, Globe Music – capturing special collaborations at Shakespeare’s Globe. Bringing together some of the world’s finest musicians to commune in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this label attempts to bottle the unique environment where music and the theatrical meet. Our first disc, Songs from Our Ancestors with Ian Bostridge and Xuefei Yang was shortlisted […]

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Wonder Women Concert Series

In 2016, we took a radical departure from the Candlelit Concert series by bringing together a technicolour clutch of women from folk to electropop and featured them across both our spaces. It was a huge pleasure to work with Radio 6 DJ and admirable music entrepreneur Lauren Laverne in putting this series together. Roisin Murphy […]

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I published some books everyone

The Jon Lipsky Play Collection is here. The 8 best plays by Boston-area stalwart Jon Lipsky are published by Smith & Kraus, co-edited with Jon’s son, Jonah.  We’re terribly proud of these. Volume 1 includes Living in Exile, Jon’s masterpiece.  Volume 2 features his dreaming and devised works, and includes Call of the Wild. I introduce both […]

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REVIEW: Armenian King John at the Globe

King John, or My Big Fat Armenian Wedding. So far in this feast of a festival, the most satisfying thing to witness is one of these foreign companies use their own culture, music, dress, and point of view to make a Shakespeare play completely their own, then illuminate this unique prism in performance to reveal […]

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Reading the Romeo & Juliet “Lark” scene (first half) from the 1632 Second Folio

What an amazing activity for Shakespeare’s birthday… This video was taken at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collection at the Golda Meir Libarary. A more comprehensive blog posting can be found introducing the longer video which begins with UWM staff librarian Max Yela introducing us to the Second Folio. I recommend you watch that one […]

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