New Issue: Angry Violist 6 now available

In this installment of my zine about music, music-making and punk rock/alternative/experimental string playing.

This issue:

  • Getting over notions of ‘being good enough’
  • What happened when Joshua Bell, world class violinist, went busking in the Tube
  • Viola FAQ: everything you’ve always wanted to know about violas
  • Interview with Warren Ellis, musician in Dirty Three, Grinderman and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • The politics of calling yourself a musician: who has the right? what does it mean?
  • Heroes and all-stars from the world of far-out, left-field string playing

Written July 2012. 32 pages (inc covers), b&w, text heavy, A5 (half sized), bound with staples.

Get it from my Etsy shop! SAY NO TO BORING CLASSICAL MUSIC!

South East London zine fest

I will be tabling at the brand-spanking new South East London zine fest on 12th November, 12-6pm. This particular zine fest has the added boozy appeal and convenience of being held in a PUB — namely, the Amersham Arms in New Cross.

I would like to add here that the first and only time I’ve been to New Cross was when I had an audition at Goldsmiths College nearby. I was 18 and it was the first time I had been to London (I’m from the North). I got on the fast train from Preston at 5am and spent the 3-4 hour long trip jammed between my viola case on one side and a big man in a suit on the other, unable to move my legs.

In London I got on the wrong tube. Then I got on the right tube train, but my viola case got trapped in the tube train doors as they closed. Then a man with flaking skin on his hands tried to fondle my hands. I arrived at the audition sweating from the heat and traumatised, totally messed the whole thing up and failed to get into my beloved Goldsmiths. I only wanted to go there because of John Cale and the Young British Artists, anyway.

Yup. I’m hoping for a more fun day in New Cross this time. Harumph.

Here’s a flyer designed by Kathryn Corlett:

Issue five out now!

Run out of viola-based reading matter? Well, turn that frown upside down mister because Issue Five of Angry Violist zine is out now!

This issue has a technicolor cover and is 34 pages long This issues’s theme is (vaguely) psychology.

Inside you’ll find

  • Punk rock viola outreach: a self-help guide for when you are musically lost, alone and have no-one to turn to
  • Is experimental string playing the new rock’n’roll/punk rock? A brief history of alarming classical music
  • The noise rainbow
  • Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra
  • Graphic scores and psychology
  • Sports psychology for musicians
  • Heroes and all-stars of string-playing
  • RIP Billy Bang
  • And much more less
You can get it at the Camden Zine Fest where I’ll be tabling, or from my Etsy shop.