Nigel wherever we find him
John Hunter writes: I am sending you a recent portrait I made of Nigel Kennedy from a TV presentation of him performing at the Albert Hall.. The painting was done with a knife in oil. I paint portraits as a hobby being retired from a busy career in the electronics industry. As well as the occasional commission I like to portray musicians and singers from time to time for my own amusement and self training! I had to use a still gleaned from the TV of course, but normally I prefer to paint someone who is in front of me, using my photographs as a supplement to shorten down the sittings hours! The knife painting technique though is very fast. My Nigel painting was completed in just two afternoons! His image was so expressive. It inspired me and encouraged me to be vigorous. I wish that I was as half as good as a painter, as he is as a musician.
John has caught Nigel's expression to perfection, hasn't he ?
Experiment IV by Kate Bush (As recommended by:careydes)
Described by careydes as “excellent” and “ahead of its time” it’s a song about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. Experiment IV is also notable for its haunting violin work, courtesy of Nigel Kennedy. The video was banned from Top of the Pops, and the single only reached Number 23. If you would like to listen to it, click MEDIA CLIPS.
In 2013, , a Druze teenager and talented viola player from the village of Meghar in the Galilee, made headlines . Now he is making his first public performances since being released from prison earlier this year. He has served a number of jail sentences since 2013 for his refusal to be conscripted. On the seven-date tour, Omar Saad will be joined by his brothers Mostafa and Ghandi on violin and sister Tibah on cello. Collectively, they perform as The Galilee Quartet, while Omar and Mostafa both played in the orchestra led by world-famous violinist Nigel Kennedy at the . The concerts will take place in Cambridge, Evesham, Reading, Worcester, Brighton, Sutton and London from 30th September to 8th October. (Not strictly Nigel news, but Nigel would approve of my posting it here !)
Nigel's latest, greatest version of The Four Seasons will be released by Sony this winter. You can pre-order it at Amazon.
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Nigel with Jean-Luc Ponty and Lizzie Ball after their concert in Nyon (Switzerland)
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy’s landmark recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this very special 25th Anniversary Luxury Edition includes the original ground-breaking recording, award-winning film, images and memorabilia and a specially written account of the unfolding event. Nigel Kennedy’s recording was released 25th September 1989 on vinyl, cassette and CD and went on to become one of the best-selling classical albums of all-time. Originally recorded in November 1986 in the Church of St John-at-Hackney, London, it was a recording that would achieve unprecedented public and media attention and change the course of music history. To read what John Brunning has to say about the original release click on MEDIA CLIPS.
CNET names the best-sounding music of 2014 (so far) and includes this: Violin Jazz: Nigel Kennedy; "Recital" (The "Take Five" interpretation is brilliant. Hang with it until it resolves.)