hear now berlin on an island!

On 7 September, my recently-formed sextet hear now berlin is excited to present an open-air concert on the beautiful Insel der Jugend in Treptower Park. This was made possible by a recent crowdfunding campaign generously supported by Berlin Recycling and Fairplaid, as well as many very kind private benefactors. One of the pieces we will play was written especially for us by Grammy-winning American violist and composer, Nathan Schram. After so many months without concerts, it’s really special to be able to get together and play with these awesome and fun musicians!

Seating is limited to 100 guests, appropriate distancing measures will be observed. Entry from 19.00, concert at 20.00. Tickets 10/15 EUR. More info and tickets HERE!


Judd Greenstein: Clearing, Dawn, Dance 
Nico Muhly: Balance Problems 
Nathan Schram: HNB 
Caroline Shaw: Limestone & Felt 
Andrew Norman: Music in Circles 
Jeremy Turner: The Bear and the Squirrel

hear now berlin: 

Kelly Watson Woelffer, flute 
Jens Thoben, clarinet 
Chris Collings, trumpet 
Meike Lu Schneider, violin 
Alexina Hawkins, viola 
Edward King, cello

Photo: Dovile Sermokas

Damon Albarn | Streaming from Isolation

I have been involved in a project working with Damon Albarn and an eclectic mix of musicians towards a tour which, after being cancelled due to Covid-19, can hopefully take place next year. The name of the tour was The nearer the fountain, more pure the stream flows, which is a line from the John Clare poem Love and Memory. In May, Damon presented this glimpse of some of the musical material which we would have performed had it been possible to play concerts back then.

I have been listening to a lot of his other music recently, which I hadn’t really done before, and it was very interesting for me to come back and listen to this again today with different ears. Damon is a fascinatingly creative, inspiring and honest artist (I suppose all those adjectives are actually the definitive features of an artist, really), and I feel very honoured to have come into contact with his music in this way.

Damon Albarn in a barn