Matthew Bourne’s 12 Questions

Creative pianist and composer Matthew Bourne first came to national attention as one of the winners of the Perrier Jazz Awards in London, 2001. His unique ability to create powerful imagery through an esoteric piano language fused with spoken word samples earned him the Innovation Award at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002, and he continues to reap acclaim for his limitless musical imagination.

He is currently collaborating with the London Sinfonietta players to create new material for the ensemble’s Written/Unwritten festival, to be premiered on 3 June 2011. Read on to find out how he answers the Sinfonietta’s quickfire questions … 

Matthew Bourne at the first collaborative session with the LS players. Photo © Briony Campbell

Matthew Bourne at the first collaborative session with the LS players. Photo © Briony Campbell

What – or where – is perfection?

Interesting question – I don’t think it really exists even though one may wish that it did…

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera)?

Any character played by the actor Corey Feldman in any film from the 1980’s.

What’s your favourite ritual?

Listening to The David Jacobs Collection on BBC Radio 2 whilst soaking in a hot bath with a glass of Bushmills Whisky at 11pm on Sunday nights. I LOVE his shows…

Which mobile number do you call the most?

It’s a close call between my two best friends, Jonny Flockton and Paul Bolderson (AKA Pb’s. or ‘Peebs’) – Human beings par excellence.

What do you fear the most?

Not having a family of my own someday.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Shoeing a Horse – to become a Farrier.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Kings Place.

Playing duo concerts with Pete Wareham in the Rotunda Bar & Restaurant…

Tell us about a special memory you have of working with London Sinfonietta.

Haven’t done that yet but I’ll let you know in due course!

What’s your favourite website?

I have two longstanding favourites, actually: &

If you could programme your ideal show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?

Richard Pryor, Laura Nyro, Lord Buckley, Grace Jones and Scott Walker.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Impermanance and the unforgiving power of mother nature…

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

Most recently it’s been Shostakovitch’s String Quartet No.13, Peter Gabriel’s eponymous debut album and Ben E. King’s Stand by Me

Hear the world premiere of Matthew’s collaboration with the London Sinfonietta at Written/Unwritten on Friday 3 June,  and click here to read Principal percussionist David Hockings’ blog about how the collaboration got started.

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