Bookmark this site. Offbeat is back November 1st with a thought-provoking, musical mashup of the best in art, pop and world music. Handel to Hip-Hop, with context and content, analysis and history! Can’t wait to provide listeners and readers with an alternative to mainstream musical radio – critically acclaimed by Irish press (The Irish Times, […]Read more "My revamped, critically-acclaimed podcast series Offbeat is back right here!"
OK, so this interview brings back bittersweet memories, since the amazing Marni Nixon is no more. The soprano voice behind Hollywood’s greatest musical hits (West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady), Marni was one of my childhood favourites. I vowed to track her down and interview her if I ever […]Read more "Marni Nixon, WHO? My radio interview with the Legendary Hollywood soprano before her death."
Another blog post, another podcast interview from the Offbeat archives. This one features my interview with supremely gifted guitarist Pierre Bensusan, in advance of his Dublin concert. I’m always apprehensive about interviewing artists outside the classical music spectrum (Bensusan’s brand of guitar virtuosity defies categorisation anyway) but this particular conversation was a chance for me […]Read more "French-Algerian Guitarist Pierre Bensusan in conversation with me for Offbeat."
Another radio interview from the Offbeat archives. I was really nervous to interview world-class musician David Harrington, founder and violinist with the brilliant Kronos Quartet, but talking to him was a superb experience. We covered a range of musical topics, including and especially David’s collaboration with Bollywood songstress Asha Bhonsle. This interview attracted a great […]Read more "Kronos Quartet Founder David Harrington talks to me for Offbeat."
It was a thrilling experience to speak at length with legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain – one of my childhood musical heroes – for my radio show Offbeat. In the first of a series of podcasts from the Offbeat archives, here is my conversation with Zakirji – unedited and uninterrupted! Coming up soon – similar […]Read more "From the Offbeat archives – my Zakir Hussain radio interview."
I’ve been meaning to comment on this particular issue of the journal Music Analysis for quite some time. To put it simply – I’m thrilled that we have a whole issue dedicated to popular music analysis; this area of analytical scholarship has been seriously neglected in past issues of the journal, where the focus has mainly […]Read more "Music Analysis: Popular Music Special, March 2017 (ed. Kenneth Smith)."
Because studying theory and analysis at doctoral level complements my training in piano performance in a way that is intellectually and spiritually fulfilling. Because I want to continue to train as a researcher and lecturer in the analysis of both classical and popular music, to inspire other musically inclined students to take up the subject […]Read more "Can’t wait to get back to work on my music theory and analysis PhD…"