I knew I’d get into trouble the minute I used the words ‘Indie’ and ‘Classical’ in the same sentence. I actually wanted to call it ‘Musicians doing what musicians do’, but my editor didn’t think it was that catchy.
Nevertheless, whatever you call the kind of music coming out of the wilds of Brooklyn, Newtown, Chicago, Clapham and pretty much wherever musicians gather is worth inspecting closely, and not just because plenty of it is good.
I spoke to so many people for this piece. In the interests of clarity and a fixed word count, only a few made it into the printed piece, but many others gave generously of their wisdom, including Nicole Canham (Canberra Festival, Clarity, currently studying for PhD based around how the internet and music intersect), Tim Hollo (founding member of FourPlay, Communications Director with the Greens), Drew Crawford (composer, gigster, writer, all round smart fellow), opera’s can do gal, Jennifer Paterson (aka @gaspiagore) and anyone else who would listen.
Thank you, everyone, and watch this space for transcripts / commentary.