This month, BAFTA nominated composer Mica Levi takes on our quickfire questions in the lead up to the London Sinfonietta’s Spectrum of Sound series, on Friday 27 February (sold out) and Saturday 28 March at Southbank Centre. In the first event of the series we premiere her new piece Greezy.
She shares her highs, her lows and her best musical joke:
What do you regard as your greatest artistic achievement?
I broke in and climbed up a city building under construction with my friends as a teen, to the scaffolding’s 11th floor – that was freedom. I could tell you my worst more easily.
What do you fear?
Boredom, constant sadness, arthritis (fear itself).
Which piece of music has had the biggest effect on you as a composer?
Recently Sun Ra’s When There Is No Sun, but music changes my life into another direction quite often.
What’s the most unusual performance you’ve been a part of?
My band and I played a song of ours with about 40 school kids in a church once – that was insane, it was way better than the original.
What’s currently on your coffee table at home?
A rizla and a blank CD.
What was the first recording you ever bought?
Probably the Beatles second hand <3. But new music was Comin’ Atcha! by Cleopatra (an all girl group from Birmingham, 1998).
Describe your compositional style in three words.
Bored, sad, arthritis.
If you could have any other profession, what would it be?
A pro-footballer, pro-racing driver or pro-jungle trawler. Sorry that’s three!
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My Dad probably.
Tell us your best musical joke.
What’s the difference between the first desk of the violas and the second? A semi tone.